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Old 10-06-2016, 04:24 AM
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I want to know where a car is from time to time. Don't need a streaming location, just ping it and get a location.

Devices are all over the board, price-wise, and what kind of receiver would I need to use?

Anybody know of a low-cost system that would operate fine within a couple of hundred miles?
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:53 AM
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Trackyourtruck.com

Four years ago I got tired of calling my guys multiple times during the day and asking where they were.

I'm Paying about $20/month per device. Gps trackers run around $150 and I paid my mechanic another $150 to install.
I just 5200'd one of their battery powered devices to the roof of a trailer I have with a expensive piece of equipment.


I put the first one on a vehicle four years ago without telling the employee when gas was $4/gal. Eye opening experience. After a few weeks I told him I just put a gps on the truck, he continued the BS and was fired.
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:00 AM
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I wonder whether a service is needed, because I'd rather not have to pay a monthly fee for something that might not ever get used (it's a car I loaned money on, title in my name)

I also heard that it's illegal to install without the user knowing about it. Is that true if I'm the owner, but not the user?
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:11 AM
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No idea on the legality but in my first case I made the employee clearly know the truck had one before firing him.

The buy here-pay here lots all put gps trackers along with kill switches but I'm sure it's in the finance agreement. I doubt you will find a tracker that does not include a monthly fee unless you rig a phone or similar device to the vehicle with a find my phone app.
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:36 AM
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Totally legal if you own the car or if you run a business and NO you do not have to let the employee know.
Not legal to stick it on anyone elses unit unless they know about it or accept it BUT will comment more on that in a minuet.
We have them on every truck actually what someone mentioned few weeks ago its called People net gets real advanced.

They can tell how fast i'm going if I'm unloading or loading watch me go down streets if they want.

If you don't pay for a program your going to have to build one or buy one.

Brinks security has about the best set up they have two ways of GPS-ing a car or truck.

One plugs into the information port under the steering wheel and the other is a simple device that goes behind the radio undetected. . Easy to hook up hot and ground wire. You connect it to a constant positive.. Will show you how long they have stopped where and tracks I think up to a week. Think the service is 20 or 25 dollars a month.

Don't cheap out on yourself. If this is a kid your trying to track, its worth its weight in gold.
If the car is stole you have a location till someone rips the radio out and finds it but then you have their location where thery are doing it.

Lot of GPS tracking things on for your phone but remember you can change your location on a phone with a false location app. I can be in South Fla next minuet in Washington state. Make you think that anyway. LOL

If this is for tracking a GF or wife and she will let you use her car, would I stick it on there if I was worried about something. Maybe.
You pay for the service can cancel anytime so if you wanted to track after finding out what you wanted to know just cancel the service and forget about the tracker under the dash. Sure ain't going to hurt anything.

Brinks behind the radio is the best one I know of. Girls might not figure out the information power thing but a car guy friend of theirs might. Not fond of that one.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:56 AM
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We have GPS tracking on all company vehicles. We set warning for speed, impact, rapid acceleration/deceleration and outside approved areas. There are many other warning options available and we can download reports showing speed and location and other parameters. It even gives us a warning if it's been disconnected or tampered with. The system allows us to set automatic reports that go directly to a file.

This technology is changing all of the time and can be tied to traffic and inside the vehicle cameras. It really depends on exactly what you want to know.

On a side note I am so glad none of this was available when I was in high school and college.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:03 AM
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gpsit.com and enfotracegps.com are the ones that a repo guy I watch online uses

they have ones that you attach to something metal like the frame and ones that go in the ODBII plug so they are always charged

you can track real time with them and in the past they had a plan that was little or no cost until you started using the tracking
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:08 AM
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I know of a company where the worst performing outside salesman for the month gets told in the monthly sales meeting his car will have a gps tracker in it for the next month. From what I've heard it works well.
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I use Lixup OBD trackers on my kids cars. It send me speeding and rapid acceleration alerts to my email or phone. They know it, they don't speed or go places their not suppose to. 22 bucks a month. Cheap piece of mind.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:31 AM
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I have one of those http://frotta.com/on each of my boats mainly for theft protection and i never had issues.
Even if i am out of cell phone reception the device stores position, speed, etc and will upload it as soon there is again cellphone coverage.
Theft alert/geo fencing, tracking, advanced statistics, great customer support!
The device size is about a box of cigarettes and need 12V and can be programmed to have alarm inputs like high bilge water, gas or smoke detectors, etc.
Very cool device and the owner/programmer is a very experienced programmer and almost world circumnavigating sailor.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:27 PM
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I would hate for my every move to be tracked by my employer. i don't want them knowing how fast I drive, how much time spent on THT or how late I sleep. I guess they can track the laptop, if they wanted too, but I rarely use it to surf the web & could remove the battery.
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I have this on my classic car. I can see the location and it will call me if my car moves more than 3 feet. $10 a month

http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=128
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Sorry to derail, but what's your opinion on putting it on your kids car? Think what it would have been like having it when you were a teen. I think I'd rather teach them well, let the grow up and learn some things in the process.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by 04keywest1720 View Post
Sorry to derail, but what's your opinion on putting it on your kids car? Think what it would have been like having it when you were a teen. I think I'd rather teach them well, let the grow up and learn some things in the process.
I would never put one on my kids car.. I would have hated it if I found out my parents put one on mine when I was younger..
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:32 AM
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Rick, tell us more about the scenario as there are other options depending what you're trying to accomplish. Is this a family member you want to track, or just the physical asset aka you're the owner until a loan is paid for, etc.
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