Getting locked out of our car is one unexpected and unpleasant situation that can lead to frustration and anxiety. Consequently, some people at times are tempted to scrounge up whatever we can to use as a tool to get access to our car – a coat hanger or maybe even a brick.  Emergency situations sometimes require radical measures. However, when we’re not faced with an emergency, getting back into the car is sometimes best left to the experts. Nonetheless, it can still be helpful to know precisely what a few of these tools do that the locksmith uses to get this.

In car lockout, the Slim Jim is a tool you’ll often see used on older cars more so than recent models. The reason being is some newer model cars have built in internal defenses that block the use of the Slim Jim to prevent car theft. Dependent on the expertise of the locksmith, your car can be unlocked within few minutes using a Slim Jim. Technically, the Slim Jim tool cannot be regarded as a lock pick tool as it does not actually work with the lock technique in the car. Instead, it allows one to control the link that unlocks. One drawback of using this kind of tool is an inexperienced user might actually disconnect the linkage to the door lock. If this happens, even the original key will not open the door.

Another commonly used tool of the car locksmith is the inflatable wedge. This particular locksmith tool has rounded corners which allow easy penetration between the car door and frame. After you slip the wedge in between your door and frame, an air pump is used to inflate the wedge and create a seam so that other unlocking tools can be used, like a Slim Jim, to open the door totally. It can be handy for not only the locksmith profession, but also the police, fireman and other emergency personnel. Built from of non-marring vinyl, it is considered safe for use on any cars.

A Jiggler is actually a thin piece of metal cut in the common shape of a key. The Jiggler slides into the key way of many locks and most car locks. Jigglers come in a set, having a variety of basic cuts that vaguely resemble cuts on keys of specific companies. A Jiggler is slipped in the lock and moved around, much as using a rake kind pick, until the lock opens. If one Jiggler does not work then the next one in the set is tried. The chance of success depends upon the skill of the operator and some luck.