As modern cars become more technologically advanced, safer and more mechanically reliable, they are also increasingly catching the eye of those looking to take what isn’t theirs.
Car theft, despite what you might think, has been on the rise for many years. Whilst the car and its factory-fitted security has improved over time, it’s still a constant game of ‘cat and mouse’ for those looking to steal them. As alarms and car trackers get better, so too do those looking to find new ways around their circuitry.
It’s no longer enough to just make a noise to stop a theft, thanks to advances in GPS technology, you can now track your cars whereabouts, whether it has been stolen or not, thanks to a tracker.
If you’ve been looking to buy a tracker for your vehicle, and especially if you’ve taken a look at our huge range here at Infiniti, you’ll soon realise that buying the right one isn’t that easy. As with anything, there are a number of factors to consider, so let’s take a look at what they are.
Vehicle trackers allow their owners to see the location of the car, truck or motorbike on a map wherever it is. This is obviously a massive bonus if it’s been stolen and are looking to recover it, but just as useful generally.
One of the biggest factors to consider when buying a device is its real-time tracking ability. Being able to see its location on a map in real-time allows you to know exactly where it is at any one time. It’s important to remember that not all trackers on the market offer real-time tracking; some only ‘ping’ the device intermittently, and some only at pre-determined intervals.
In addition, you want a tracker that can connect to a number of satellites, rather than just a few. This will not only improve the accuracy of the device, but also give you a quicker ‘time-to-first-fix’. Also, because trackers use a SIM card, just like your mobile phone, to pinpoint their location, you might need to consider one that has a roaming ability, should the vehicle be taken internationally.
Like anything in life, the cost of a tracker will generally reflect the quality of the device and the features within it. So, if cost is an important variable for you, here are some ways to get the most for your money.
With many of the best trackers, the cost of buying it doesn’t end with the initial purchase. Because trackers utilise ongoing GPS and software services, many will come with a monthly fee to ensure you can always find your device should the worst happen. It’s important to bear this in mind when you’re shopping for a tracker. When you think of the hassle and upset that comes with a loss of a vehicle, you’ll realise that a tracking subscription is money well spent.
Whilst many trackers share many features, they’re not always created equally from a design perspective. You want one that’s easy to use, but durable and robust enough to weather everything the outside world can throw at it.
When you consider the design of a tracker, think about its battery life, how water resistant it is, the build quality, and how easy it is to use. Ease of use should not only take into account your day-to-day operation, but should you need to use it in an emergency, you want it to be simple enough to activate quickly. The last thing you want to do is go hunting for an 500-page instruction manual, when you should be following its location on a map.
It’s easy to take for granted GPS technology and the miracles of the modern world we all enjoy but, at the heart of our business, we also recognise that behind all the tech are real people. Whilst we have a huge range of trackers for you to choose from, we always recognise that they’re there to help people like you. That’s why we only stock the best devices and make them available to you at the most cost-efficient prices. If you need any advice, please let us know and our team will be delighted to help you find the perfect tracker for your needs.