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5 Things to Consider When Buying a Car Tracker

With the rates of car thefts going through the roof, it is ever so essential to install a car-tracking device in your vehicle. But with so many products in the market, how does one know which one to buy? From costs to the feasibility of installation to ease of use, there are a number of things to consider before you pick a car-tracking device.

 

There can be no ‘one size fits all’ guide to select a tracker. Your choice will depend on the kind of car you drive, the purposes you use it for, and the areas you travel to. But considering the following will ensure that you don’t regret your purchase.

 

Can it track remote locations?

If you have a transportation business and make deliveries to remote parts of the country, it is vital that your car-tracker cover those areas. Failure to do so will keep you from knowing the exact location of your vehicle. Using such a tracker, you can even allow your customers to track their deliveries in real-time. To protect your delivery trucks and their contents, you should make a compromise on power requirements of the device if you have to in order to protect them from theft.

 

Does it have traffic info?

If you are a businessman or have an important job, getting caught up in traffic and arriving late at your workplace could be detrimental to your career. For those who value every minute of their day, it is important that their tracking device alerts them of traffic jams and accidents so they could take the alternative route and arrive at their destination in time.

 

Does it store data?

There are car-trackers available that work like USBs and display stored information upon being connected to a computer. For businesses that use vans and trucks to provide services, costs of commute could be tax-deductible. An efficient car-tracking device that stores data about each of the trips your vehicles makes it easier to estimate the cost of the commute. You can even use this data to do a fuel efficiency test on your individual vehicles and work out performance levels of each of your drivers.

 

Does it fit your budget?

The costs that first go into the purchase and later into the installation of car-trackers can vary significantly. Some vehicles come with a pre-installed tracker so ideally; your choice of a car-tracker should come before your car purchase, not after. If you have a deep pocket, the options are potentially limitless but if you are working on a strict budget, you can select a cellular tracking system instead of GPS to save on costs. However, you should know that cellular trackers do not provide as accurate a location as GPS ones.

 

Does it provide emergency services?

Elderly and the young are the most likely to get into accidents. So if you are buying a car-tracker for your parents or kids, you should take into account whether the tracker contacts emergency services after an accident. This will help ensure that your loved ones are protected as well as your vehicle.

 

Car-tracking devices of today do a lot more than just track the location of your vehicle. Talk to an experienced seller about your preferences and they will help you decide. Depending on your individual circumstances, a cheaper car-tracker might actually be more feasible than a high-end one.