How to Not Do Damage to Vehicles When Performing Lockouts

Jan 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

What’s the first step to unlocking a modern car without doing damage to the vehicle? Understand how the car is built.

Government side-impact crash standards required on every car sold in the U.S. since 1996 have significantly changed how vehicle doors are built, and how towing operators go about unlocking them. For more information on damage-free lockouts, see the January 2011 feature article, “Damage Control” by Tow Times lockout columnist Steve Young.