- Dec 15, 2008
- Reaction score
- PRESTON, LANCS.
- Your Mercedes
- 97. E300.TD. 7 SEAT.ELEGANCE. EST.TOYOTA SUPRA MK4. RS. VAUX. CORSA.GLS AUTO. SPORT.
hi everyone, i have had a "tracker" moniter fitted for 9 yrs. for those who are not familiar with this device, it's a electronic transmitter which constantly gives the exact location of your vehicle using GPS satalites, with 24/7 monitering. 90% of police forces have the equipment to track down your vehicle if it is stolen. there were two types on offer at the time i purchased, the "moniter" includes a movement sensor so if your vehicle is taken you are contacted immediately by tracker, the other version was the "retreive" this was cheaper and the vehicle owner has to report the vehicle stolen then the track down system is put into operation. i chose the "moniter" simply because if your vehicle is taken whilst you are asleep or if you have left it in an airport for a week then it is essential that the vehicle is tracked down within the first hour otherwise it will be in a container or broken down for spare parts. you may find this next bit amusing, it has only just occured to me that the movement sensor is the key to the successfull track down of your vehicle, so i thought how do i know it is working ? it's not like a car alarm where you can open your car door and the alarm goes off. four years ago i was having tyres fitted and tracker contacted me to say my movement sensor had been activated, i thought this was great. during the past four years i have had more tyres fitted other repairs etc, but no tracker alerts ? i contacted tracker today, they say the movement sensor is specially designed to only trigger on genuine car movement on a road to avoid ferry crossings etc giving nuisense triggering, makes sense, but how do i know it is working ? they say they can put a test signal out to establish the basic GPS signal is in place, but the only way to test the movment sensor requires an engineer's visit. i suppose i could try towing the car away and see if i am contacted, this would save me £78.the cost of the visit. the system was installed 9 yrs ago at a cost of £485.with an anual hook up fee of £68.this increased to £85, then £100, and currently £125.i had a service 4 yrs ago £85,which included a new internal battery, so we have circa £2,000 on cost over the 9 yrs. insurance cover reduction hes been circa £350. my car was stolen prior to me fitting the tracker, it was missing for two weeks and i thought it was gone for good so i still reccomend the tracker but find the inability to test the key feature, the movement sensor, is the system's "achillees heel". tracker and their engineers are very helpfull and professional, my local engineer is paul roberts. i would value other member's comments on this subject ? herbiemercman.