I have a two-door hatchback. Quite a while ago, the lock on the driver’s side door broke. You know how there’s sort of a springy type plate thingy that pops up so it’s flush with the door? You put the key in the keyhole, and push this springy plate thing out of the way, so the key can go in. Then, when you take the key out, it pops back out. Anyway, the springy plate thingy stopped springing. Now, when I look at the keyhole, instead of a nice flush plate thingy, there’s a gaping, um, gap. And I can see the end of a wire. But the point is, I could no longer get my key to go in the keyhole.
Not a big deal. I just started unlocking the passenger’s side door, then using the power unlock to unlock the driver’s side door. It’s kind of a pain, but workable. Well, as of tonight, my passenger side door keyhole is also broken. It did the same thing as the driver’s side door lock.
It’s not an emergency yet. Upon further experimentation, I found that I can, in fact, still get my key to go in the hole and unlock the door with enough wiggling and careful maneuvering. Plus, if I am ever unable to open either door, I can always pop open the hatchback and climb in that way. Though, needless to say, I’d prefer to avoid that.
ANYWAY, my question is, who do I call? Is this a car repair problem or a locksmith problem? And how much can I expect it to run me? Will they be able to match my current key? Would that cost extra? Has anyone out there ever had to deal with this before?
Thanks in advance.