The car GPS trackers in this article went through two rounds of reviews. We started by searching retailers like Amazon, RealTruck, and Advance Auto Parts for top products, looking at factors such as warranties, updates, customer ratings, and prices.
Our product testing team then ordered the car GPS trackers that best met these standards. A team member tested each product on one of our testing vehicles, taking note of how navigable the car GPS tracker’s app interface was, how well it tracked, and the design of the device itself. Each car GPS tracker was given a rating out of 5 stars based on these criteria.
For each GPS tracker, we bought the base-level tracking subscription. All tracking apps were accessed using iOS 15 on an iPhone 12 Pro. Next, each of the GPS trackers we tested was placed in the same testing vehicle and tracked over a 24-hour period. It should be noted that the Bouncie and Vyncs GPS trackers were tested separately since our vehicle only has one OBD-II port.
You want a GPS tracker that works consistently without failure or faulty tracking. Trackers in this review that had real-time updates and accurate readings received a good rating. Trackers that stayed powered on even when the car was not running scored highest in this category.
Ease of Use
When testing and setting up any electronic, our team wants a product that’s going to be easy to install, quickly connect to our smartphone, and use reliably. GPS trackers that had a plug-and-play setup, great app user interface, and precise tracking information scored highest in this category during our testing process.
To determine the value of each GPS tracker, we not only considered the initial price but also the monthly or annual subscription options and what amenities were included. GPS tracker subscriptions that include driving tips, precision tracking, car health reports, and more, all at a fair price, scored highest in this category.
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