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Keys locked in car

Can you tell me where on the door we should try unlocking it using a coat hanger. The keys are in the ignition and all doors are locked.

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Your message is already old so you surely have gotten into your car by now but for future problems, I'll post this anyhow.
Coat hangers may work but if you can find a friendly cop, they often carry 'slim-jims' which is a thin, flat, flexible piece of steel that slides easily past the gasket and has a hook-like opening on one end to catch the mechanism.  

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