Can you unlock your VW with your car key?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 8:32 pm
Picture of VW door handle and text saying how to manually unlock VW

How to manually unlock your Volkswagen

Here’s a question you might never have thought to ask when shopping for a new car. How do you unlock the doors manually? If you look at your Volkswagen, you won’t immediately notice a keyhole. If you drive a model with push-button start, you might even be thinking that you don’t have a key. It can’t be impossible to open the doors on your Volkswagen without the key fob, right? Of course not. Here’s how you get into your VW when the battery runs out on your remote.

Where is the keyhole for VW doors?

Statistically, the average car on the road is 12 years old. That means most of you likely have, at some point, opened a car door with a key. It’s not an entirely outdated option, right? Of course it shouldn’t be! You can find the manual lock right where you would expect it on the driver’s side. The reason you might not know it exists is because there is a cap over it. All you have to do is pry it off, and there’s a convenient slot under the cap where you can insert the key from underneath. Unlock your door the old-fashioned way, and you’re ready to go.

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Wait! But what about push-button start? You’ll be happy to know you have a secret plastic back up key located in the fob. A button on the side of the fob will reveal a key ring you can pull out. You can insert the fob into the ignition to start your vehicle, or if you have push-button start you may need to hold the fob against the steering column and then push the button.

What if your alarm is going off after you manually unlock the car door? Try popping the trunk or locking and unlocking your doors.

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Do you have a VW question? Leave us a comment here at the Folsom Lake VW Blog.


12 Responses to “Can you unlock your VW with your car key?”

  1. Joanne says:

    Where are all the hidden locks on a VW Golf Plus 2005 1.9?

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you soooooo much!!!! We thought the spare key was useless since the other key was inserted in the ignition. But this worked!!!

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    I want to open my VW tigaun,2011 model trunk by key but it is not opening but other door opens the problem only turnk. Please let have any option to open the trunk from inside or by key.

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