How to Install a Car Tracking Device

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Car tracking devices are often used by concerned parents, business owners, and conscientious vehicle owners. A car tracking device uses a global positioning system to track a vehicle's location and movement. These devices can be used by parents to monitor a child's route, speed, and time spent at specific locations. For business owners, a tracking device is useful in monitoring employees' activities while on company time. Many vehicle owners also install tracking devices to aid in recovery in the event their vehicle is stolen. A car tracking device is an indispensable tool when monitoring a car's location is necessary.

Magnetic Weatherproof Case

Purchase a battery powered GPS car tracking device. Tracking devices can be either hardwired into your car or run on batteries. A hardwired device requires professional installation, so a battery operated device is the best choice for quick and simple installation at home. Purchase a magnetic weatherproof case to prevent the tracking device from being exposed to the elements.

Select a location for the car tracking device. The strong magnetic case surrounding the device will make it possible to choose among several metal areas in the vehicle. The most common locations for placing a tracking device are in the glove compartment, under the hood, on the metal frame beneath the vehicle, and in the trunk. Select an inconspicuous area that will not be routinely accessed.

Insert new batteries into the tracking device. Most tracking devices will run for one month continuously before the batteries will need to be replaced. Turn the device on and verify that it is transmitting information to the system monitoring it.

Place the car tracking device on the metal area that was previously selected. A strong magnet on the tracking device case will attach to the metal and hold it securely in place. Check that the device is not placed in an area where it can be damaged by moving parts or debris.

Do a test drive. With the car tracking device in place, drive the vehicle for a few blocks. Exit the vehicle, and make certain that the tracking device is still securely in place. Log onto the car tracking program, and verify that the information transmitted is accurate. Once the placement and transmission are confirmed, the tracking device may be used until its next battery replacement is due.


  • close Verify all applicable laws regarding vehicle tracking.

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