One of the best things – and the worst – about vehicle GPS tracking technology is that you’ve got a wide range of different options available to you depending on your needs. Gone are the days where GPS devices were used purely to get turn-by-turn directions to your next appointment. These days, they can be used to keep an eye on your car while you’re on vacation, learn more about your driving habits, or monitor your children when they take the family car out for a fun night on the town with their friends.
Because of this, however, buying any GPS tracker for your car can quickly prove expensive – particularly if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. By keeping just a few key things in mind, you can go a long way toward both getting the most bang for your buck AND getting all the features you need at the exact same time.
Make a List of the Features That Matter Most to You
As you begin the process of finding a new GPS tracker for your car, the most important thing you can do is sit down and think about what you’re actually trying to accomplish with such a purchase. Are you just worried about car theft and therefore want to know exactly where your vehicle is at all times? Are you looking for a device that collects historical information, allowing you to see where you’ve been and the places that you visit most frequently in a report? Do you want something that will send you SMS or push notifications to your mobile phone whenever your car moves, which may prove valuable if you’re trying to keep a closer eye on your newly minted teen driver?
All of these features are common, but as you begin to look for single devices that do all of these things the price can get fairly expensive. Likewise, helping to identify the features that matter the most to you will help you quickly narrow down your list and eliminate options that don’t have them, thus making your decision even easier.
Balancing Budget and Quality
Once you’ve taken the time to make your list of ideal features, separate them into two categories – the ones you have to have and the ones you’d like to have. This will help when it comes to balancing the budget with quality as you continue with your purchasing process. You can easily find an “ultimate” GPS tracker that does everything on your list and more, but you’re also going to pay a pretty penny for it. Cross referencing your available options with units that perform as many of your “must have” functions as possible is the perfect way to not only spend less money, but to also make sure that what money you are spending is going to the right place.
Finally, take the time to read as many reviews about your available options as possible – both from industry publications like Consumer Reports and reviews from real users on retailer sites like Amazon.
Pay attention to not only the good reviews, but the bad ones as well. See if all of the bad reviews have anything in common. Certain complaints will pretty obviously reveal themselves as user error – someone bought a complicated piece of equipment they weren’t sure how to use, assumed it didn’t work and acted accordingly by writing a negative review.
Other negative reviews, however, will yield valuable information about how certain GPS trackers hold up under everyday conditions. This can help you narrow the list of possibilities down even further, as you don’t want to spend a few hundred dollars on a device when 7 out of 10 reviews say it is probably going to break down in under a year.
Once you’ve done all this, your remaining list of potential GPS vehicle trackers should be fairly small – and your purchase should be right around the corner.