With car theft being a constant worry for any vehicle owner, having a contingency that allows you to easily locate your vehicle is vital.
In this blog, we will be exploring the question ‘Can I locate my car with my phone?’
At Car Specialist Customs, we are proud to offer a wide variety of options when it comes to making your car a unique expression of who you are, alongside security options that can protect your vehicle. We are excited to share with you the option of our vehicle trackers.
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The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.
Vehicle trackers explained
A vehicle tracker is a small device, varying in shape and size depending on the brand and model you choose. These devices emit a signal which can allow you to view your vehicle’s location, through your phone or computer (this again varies with the brand and model you select.)
There are two types of trackers, monitored, in which location is shared live. And unmonitored, where location is stored on the device and viewable when the device is in the hands of its user.
Trackers can be installed within the vehicle so it is undetectable, whereas others may not need installing, it is subjective to the brand and model you select.
Who would benefit from a vehicle tracker?
We believe any road user can benefit from a vehicle tracker, just in case your vehicle is stolen. Using the data provided by the tracker, authorities can follow and obtain the vehicle and hopefully arrest the thief.
For those who lease vehicles, it can prove to be a massive benefit in instances where there are damages, as it could prove a client went somewhere unsuited for the vehicle.
Can I locate my car with my phone?
Yes, you can locate your car with your phone if you own a vehicle tracker, or a security system that includes a vehicle tracker. With this information you can show the authorities where to look immediately, getting your vehicle back as soon as possible.
Our tracker range is from £200-£1500, so explore our trackers to find the best one for you, alternatively, you can get in touch, discuss your needs and desired features, and we can point the appropriate option to you.
What happens if my tracker is removed?
Trackers are only removed if they are easy to find, one benefit of having your tracker installed by us, is that we can install it within the vehicle so that only we know as well as yourself if you so choose.
If the tracker is removed by any thief, unfortunately, your car will become even more difficult to find. Depending on the model of car tracker you opt for, there is a slim possibility of its last known location being available for you to see. Or there may be a chance that the tracker is still operational despite being removed, due to working on an external battery.
What to do if your car is being tracked
This is a serious offence, so make sure you have proof of this before accusing someone. The best proof of having your vehicle tracked can come in the form of finding the tracker in your vehicle. Alternatively, having evidence of someone applying the tracker to your car can also be considered as proof.
If you are renting or leasing a vehicle, and the provider hasn’t stated the vehicles are tracked either during conversation or within the paperwork, you are within your rights to launch a formal complaint.
Though it is understandable as to why rented/leased vehicles would require trackers, if this is done without the driver’s knowledge, it can be seen as spying/ breaching data protection.
There are devices available that can help you detect whether or not your car has a tracker on it. Though there are manual methods of finding out, here are some helpful tips below.
Signs of a tracker in your vehicle:
- A small box or rectangle (usually with wires coming from it)
- Any abnormalities in or outside your car
- Wiring that you can physically see
Where to find a tracker in your vehicle:
- In the wheel-well of your car
- Around your front and back bumpers
- Any crevice or space outside car that is not subject to heat or direct weather.
- In and around the dashboard, including the glove compartment
- Underneath, behind and on the sides of seats
- In your boot and in the spare tire storage.
Can vehicle trackers lower my insurance?
This is subjective to your insurance provider, but making your car harder to steal by having security within it may lower your insurance. It is best to speak to your provider directly just so you know what to expect if you opt to have a tracker installed.
Can a vehicle tracker affect my MOT?
No, if your tracker is installed correctly, it will not affect your MOT. A vehicle tracker will only affect your MOT if it directly affects features that compromise the safety of you as the driver, your passengers, pedestrians and of course, other road users.
So if your tracker is affecting your electrical system for example, it could very well result in you failing your MOT.
Aftermarket security systems for cars
In addition to selling vehicle trackers, we also supply aftermarket security for your vehicle in the form of Ghost Immobilisers and Pandora Alarms, these two security systems essentially prevent your vehicle from moving if certain conditions aren’t met.
These security systems again can be installed in such a way that it is not obvious to anyone in the vehicle that this technology is installed. Prices range from £500 – £2500
Purchase your car tracker today
As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:
Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!
We always will go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.
See what we can do for you today, we aim to have provided what you need to know before considering purchasing a vehicle tracker.
We hope to have answered the question ‘Can I locate my car with my phone?’ whilst providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in security systems for your vehicle.
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