Manufacturer vs Aftermarket Car Tracker Systems

Manufacturer vs Aftermarket Car Tracker Systems

Modern cars have a lot of technology built within them to increase our levels of comfort, allow automation of certain tasks and increase the level of safety and security.

Things like navigation systems, automatic windscreen wipers, parking sensors, digital radios have around for decades. More recently, birds eye view cameras, radar technology, automatic reverse parking have been some of the newer features that have been introduced to the options list. But one of the newest innovations to make their way into the most cutting-edge cars have been GPS location tracking technology.

After installing an app onto their phone, owners of these vehicles can see where their car physically is at the touch of a button and even have their driving style analysed and rated by the built-in software.

So, if you own one these cars why would you then invest in an aftermarket car tracker system? Quite often, the reason in many cases is that an insurance company has insisted on having one installed as a condition of cover. This however leaves many people wondering why they are being forced to if they already have tracking technology in their car. The main reason is that the insurance underwriter knows that manufacturer installed units are not usually robust enough to withstand attacks by the modern car thief.

Because cars are built on production lines, this allows them to be built relatively quickly and keeps the costs down but this means that a standard car tracker system will always be installed in the same standard place, with the same standard software to power them. As a result, car thieves will always know where they are, allowing them to physically destroy or digitally disable the unit using widely available manufacturer diagnostic software.

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Aftermarket GPS tracker systems, like the ones supplied by overcome this weakness due to the fact these systems are installed by accredited engineers in random places within a vehicle according to Thatcham Research specifications. This means that an engineer will always hide the units behind panels that require tools to access and will blend the wires into the factory wiring to make them difficult to spot. Combined with the fact that these car tracker systems are powered by their own proprietary software which is not widely available, aftermarket car tracker systems are better equipped to withstand attempts to disable them. This gives the owner of a stolen vehicle a chance that exceeds 90% to successfully recover it.

But what if you are lucky enough to find that there is an aftermarket car tracker system already installed in the car that you have just bought? Unfortunately, in a lot of cases the initial pleasant feeling is quickly replaced by disappointment when it transpires that the annual subscription cost to keep the system monitored is as much as £500 per year. If the car is kept for the UK average of 3 years before it is part exchanged for another one, then the total cost of subscription services comes to £1500! If you find yourself in this situation, then you definitely need to head over to where you will find that you could save up to £1000 including subscription by installing a new system.

Avijit Ghosh