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If you haven’t checkout the Vehicle Tracking Devices 101 article on the homepage then I recommend having a read through that first.
It covers many of the basic questions people have when first researching GPS tracking for cars. This FAQ covers some more of the technical questions we’ve had.
And if you’ve got any extra questions or need some help, just send me a message on the CONTACT PAGE, or write a comment below.
HOW ACCURATE ARE GPS CAR TRACKERS?
Although the GPS accuracy varies depending on how strong the signal is, you can usually get the location down to 2-8 meters. This is generally close enough to find your car, unless you’re blind.
IS GPS CAR TRACKING LEGAL?
Yes and No.
If you use it in the ways mentioned on this site, then it is totally, 100% legal.
However, there are contexts where using a GPS tracker can be considered illegal or an invasion of privacy. If it’s on your own car, in nearly all cases it is legal. But, if you’re a co-owner with your spouse and your checking up on her, you can get into trouble.
Keep in mind that we’re not a legal firm, and if you have any legal issues or concerns go see a lawyer. Please seek a lawyer's advice if you’re not the sole owner of the car.
WHAT ARE THE TWO TYPES OF TRACKING SYSTEMS?
There are two main systems:
Real time tracking does exactly as it suggests. It tracks your vehicles location live, but in intervals (usually every 30 seconds - 2 minutes). On the other hand, passive tracking stores the location data in the memory of the GPS device, and then at the end of the day the information is sent to the servers for processing.
We recommend that most people choose real time tracking.
HOW HIDDEN IS THE GPS TRACKING DEVICE?
Depends on how well you hide it.
For an OBD tracker that plugs underneath the steering wheel, you can get an extension cord for the ODB port, plug the tracker into that and then hide it underneath the dash.
For a hard wired tracker, you just need to connect it to the battery and then you can hide it amongst everything underneath the bonnet.
DO THEY WORK WITH ANY TYPE OF CAR BATTERY?
The majority of cars run on a 12V battery, with a few running on 24V batteries. Either way, nearly all GPS tracking devices will be compatible with these so you’ll have no trouble with shorting the system. However, make sure to check the voltage of the GPS device before you buy it.
WHAT VEHICLES ARE THEY COMPATIBLE WITH?
As covered on the homepage, there are two main types of tracking devices, hardwired and OBD. Hardwired trackers can be attached to any car, or any vehicle with a battery for that matter (as long as it is compatible with the voltage). However, for OBD trackers your car must have an OBD port which is usually located under the steering wheel. If you’ve got a car made in the last 10 years it will have an OBD port, however for older vehicles you should double check this. Just do a google search for your brand, model and make of car with ‘OBD II port’ and it should tell you whether one is present.