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Three reasons to call a locksmith if you get locked out of your vehicle

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If you get locked out of your vehicle, you might find yourself contemplating breaking one of its windows in order to get in. However, unless it is an emergency situation (i.e. there is a young child or a pet trapped inside the car during a heat wave), this is a terrible idea. Read on to find out why, in this scenario, you should call a mobile locksmith, rather than smash one of your car's windows:

To save money

It's a common misconception that locksmiths charge a lot of money for their services. In reality, this type of service is usually very reasonably priced.

Conversely, the cost of having a broken car window repaired could be very high. You will not only need to buy a new pane of glass but will also need to pay a mechanic to install it.

Additionally, if the process of breaking the glass results in you sustaining a wound (an outcome which is extremely likely, unless you happen to be wearing protective clothing when you get locked out), you may also end up incurring a hefty medical bill.

To avoid embarrassment

If people walking by your vehicle see you attempting to break one of its windows, it is entirely possible that they will assume you are a thief. Should this happen, they might approach and interrogate you, or report you to the police.

In either case, you may need to provide an explanation and produce proof of ownership and some form of identification. This could be both stressful and very embarrassing, particularly if you aren't carrying this documentation (or if it locked inside the vehicle).

To keep your vehicle secure

It's important to note that if you shatter one of your vehicle's windows, instead of calling a locksmith to assist you, you may not be able to have a replacement pane fitted straight away. The window will, of course, need to be the correct shape and size for your particular car and as such, may need to be ordered from the manufacturer.

If this order takes more than a few days to arrive and you do not have an enclosed storage space (such as a lockable garage) in which to keep your car, there is a high risk of the vehicle being stolen. Leaving a car with a broken window on the kerb outside your home will almost certainly attract the interest of opportunistic thieves. This security vulnerability could make it very easy for them to gain access to the vehicle and drive it away.