Step 6: Call a professional
When all else fails, call a professional. Who you call can vary depending upon your situation. Typically, you would call these professionals in the following order, AAA, Local Tow Company, Local Lock Smith, Car key Locksmiths and Emergency Service/Police. Note, however, if there is a small child locked in the car immediately call the police. An officer will arrive immediately to assist you.
However, the quality and price of locksmiths can vary greatly. It is important verify that the locksmith is reputable and will not overcharge you prior to arranging service. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is an excellent resource for identifying companies with proven track records. When calling a local locksmith, make sure to ask for a quote prior to arranging the service call. Also, ask if there are any additional fees beyond the work estimate. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $150 for the service depending upon factors such as, distance the locksmith has to travel, the day service is requested, and the time of day the service is requested.