How To Open a Car Door That Won't Open From The Inside or Outside

October 5, 2021

If you have been locked out of your car, that is frustrating enough, but what do you do if the car door will not open from the inside or outside? There are several varied reasons this could happen, and, in most cases, you will need the assistance of a locksmith or mechanic.

There are a few situations where you could solve the problem yourself, and we will cover those as well as when it is time to call a professional.

Your Vehicle is Deadlocked

You may have inadvertently deadlocked your car. When your car is deadlocked, you will not be able to open the door from inside or outside. It is usually caused by a combination of buttons or an activation method of some sort. In some vehicles, it can also be automatic. For example, both Volvo and BMW have this set as a standard.

If this is the issue, the simplest way is to use your manual key to unlock the door. Even when deadlocked, a car will open with the manual key. If you do not have your keys, you will need to call an experienced locksmith. This is a complicated issue to resolve so that the service will be more costly, but it is the only way to gain back access to your vehicle.

Your Lock is Broken

Another possibility is that your lock is broken. Thankfully, this typically only affects one of your doors, and you will be able to enter through another door temporarily. It is important not to wait to get this fixed, however. Your locks are all connected, so it is always possible the other locks could break as well. This problem is best solved by a locksmith who can fix the issue without further damaging the lock or door.

Your Door Is Damaged

If your door has been damaged, this can also make it to where you cannot enter from the inside or outside. Car doors can be damaged in accidents or blunt force, such as being kicked or hit against a wall. This prevents you from opening the door because the door cannot get out of the door frame. The more warped or bent the door is, the worse the problem is.

This problem is always associated with the bodywork of the car. This means that a locksmith will not be able to assist you. You will need to have your car inspected by a reputable mechanic who can repair the door frame, door, or both.

Final Notes

We at ASAP Locksmith understand how frustrating this situation is, and we hope you never find yourself with this problem. However, we hope these tips help you if you do, and contact us if we can assist.

Article written by Dustin Fernandez
I am Dustin Fernandez, and I'm the owner of ASAP Locksmith in Dallas. My company is a family business, and we provide locksmith services to residential, commercial, and automotive customers. I’ve been in the locksmith industry since 1995, when I was just 20 years old. I started by working for another locksmith company before eventually starting my own. Over time, my father joined me as a partner in this venture, which made him proud to help his son succeed at something he loved doing!

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