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Old 08-21-2018, 11:01 AM   #1
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I was talking to someone I work with about Gps recovery devices for cars and trailers. His dad has a very nice old Vette and he had buddies that have nice race cars and trailers. I had mentioned a GPS device Incase something weíre to happen. Unfortunately, it seems more and more you see stories of someoneís truck, trailer, and car being snatched.

So Iím wondering, whatís out there and whatís best?

I looked at LoJack. They have 2 systems. One for $700 and the other is $1000 with no monthly fee after that. Then there are small cheap devices on amazon, but they have to have cell coverage to work and require a monthly fee.
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Tagging along. Want to look into a setup that is an alarm and GPS as well in case anything happens once my car is done.


After my buddies Evo was stolen I'm a little paranoid about it.


I thought there was another one that looked good when I looked into it after my buddies car was stolen, just cant remember it.
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Guys use these all the time on the their Polaris rzrs. I would stay away from LoJack. It's pretty old tech.

Check out rzrtracker.com. $150 for the device (comes with free 1 year service). Then $20 a year afterwards.
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Or make sure insurance is paid up.
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You canít replace an original 67 high horse 427 Vette with the factory 3 2 barrel set up thatís been in the family for decades.
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I had LoJack back in the day. Didn't know they still existed.

I think the other option at the time (Not sure if it still is), was Teletrac.

The Teletrac had the advantage of being able to be tracked at all times. The LoJack was only tracked once the owner called in and said the vehicle was stolen. So that gave theives at least some head start. Most would steal a vehicle, put it in an abandoned lot, then let it sit for a day or two just in case the vehicle had LoJack.

Isn't there some form of basic OnStar kit that can be installed on any vehicle?
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I had LoJack back in the day. Didn't know they still existed.

I think the other option at the time (Not sure if it still is), was Teletrac.

The Teletrac had the advantage of being able to be tracked at all times. The LoJack was only tracked once the owner called in and said the vehicle was stolen. So that gave theives at least some head start. Most would steal a vehicle, put it in an abandoned lot, then let it sit for a day or two just in case the vehicle had LoJack.

Isn't there some form of basic OnStar kit that can be installed on any vehicle?
Iím not sure about the on star kit. Iíll look into that.
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Guys use these all the time on the their Polaris rzrs. I would stay away from LoJack. It's pretty old tech.

Check out rzrtracker.com. $150 for the device (comes with free 1 year service). Then $20 a year afterwards.
That seems like a decent option
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Yep, I heard nothing but good things about it.
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I was looking at Viper when I was being overly paranoid about my Mustang being stolen while we're temporarily living in an apartment. It's been 2+ months and nobody has even looked at my bucket.

I believe the Viper unit will notify you when the car moves.

I ended up not moving forward with it. Though I would like to install a remote start system in the Infiniti for the winters in the work parking lot.
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Looked back to when my buddies car was stolen and the one I was thinking of was the Escort Entourage CIS, but it has since been discontinued.


Looks like the tracking technology has come WAY down in price now.


https://www.calamp.com/products/vehicle-trackers


Also read of someone just getting a cheap phone and data plan and hiding that in the car on a charger...
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Yup. Cheap phone, hardwire it into the car somewhere and keep it on. Install all the tracking apps you want on it and bam GPS tracking.
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Yup. Cheap phone, hardwire it into the car somewhere and keep it on. Install all the tracking apps you want on it and bam GPS tracking.
Thatís what theyíre doing for this weekend. Only problem is you need a cell service to find it.
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Thatís what theyíre doing for this weekend. Only problem is you need a cell service to find it.
Install google maps with a google email account. Turn on all the location and data tracking, turn on wifi and location on high. Then they will track it for you and you just need to login on google.

They use cell, gps, wifi, bluetooth all for data tracking. Just need a data plan. Anyone who takes the car will eventually hit wifi or cell service for sure. Its very hard to avoid service areas.
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I've been wanting a GPS tracker for my car but haven't done enough research. Are they easy to hide while still getting good signal or is there an antenna that needs to have a clear path to the sky / daylight?
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I've been wanting a GPS tracker for my car but haven't done enough research. Are they easy to hide while still getting good signal or is there an antenna that needs to have a clear path to the sky / daylight?

They have very small dimension from what Im seeing. Should be easy to bury in the dash or someplace not easily found/defeated.
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The bonus with the cell phone is a battery. Thieves will cut power to the car. Which means most trackers go dead as they rely on the car's battery. A cell phone will use its battery to add additional tracking time.

I know guys were having trailers and cars stolen more and more a couple years ago. Many went the route of a used cell phone hidden in them.
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The bonus with the cell phone is a battery. Thieves will cut power to the car. Which means most trackers go dead as they rely on the car's battery. A cell phone will use its battery to add additional tracking time.

I know guys were having trailers and cars stolen more and more a couple years ago. Many went the route of a used cell phone hidden in them.
The trackers Iím looking at have a battery backup as well now. Definitely good to have for sure!
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