Locked Out? How To Use Smartphone Apps To Open And Start Your Car

by Claude Walters

When you're locked out of your car, time is of the essence. While waiting 15 minutes for a locksmith to show up isn't going to put you extremely behind schedule, you also have to factor in the amount of time it takes for the locksmith to do their job. Every minute that you spend waiting for a locksmith to unlock your car, pull your ignition and make a new key is another minute wasted.

Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do to make your locksmith's job easier. All you have to do is use your smartphone. Not only can the right app save you time and money when you have to call a locksmith, the right app might even make it possible for you to get into and start your car without a locksmith. Here's how to use smartphone apps to open and start your car.

Key Copy on Your Phone

An exciting app allows you to take pictures of all your keys and upload them to the cloud, where they will hang out until you or your locksmith needs to retrieve them. The app uses specialized software to translate the image of your key into measurements and numerical data that a locksmith can use to make another key. This makes your locksmith's job easier and faster because they won't have to do anything with your ignition. They can simply make you another key. 

While there are only a few locations as of now, kiosks opened by the developers of this app can produce a new key in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is get to the kiosk and ask them to pull your key information and make you a new key. If you don't need a new key immediately, you can also send off for a new key and it will be mailed to you.  

Automatic Open with Subscription

If you subscribe to a remote auto communication service, you can download their app and use it to unlock and start your car using your phone. While it will cost you approximately $200 per year to subscribe to the service, you can have immediate access to your car anytime you lock yourself out. What's more, you will never have to call a locksmith as long as you have your phone and it is working. 

New smartphone technology makes it easier than ever before to get into a locked car. If you want to make a lockout situation less stressful for you and your locksmith, take advantage of one of these exciting apps. If not, professional locksmiths, like those at A-Okay Lock & Key Inc, will always be there to help.