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What Does a Car Tracking Device Look Like?

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What Do Car Trackers Look Like?

GPS tracking devices are now used for a variety of applications from helping car dealerships quickly repo financed vehicles that are in default to construction companies track rental equipment. Unfortunately, real time GPS trackers are often used for some unsavory applications. That is why if you have ever thought, “I think there is a GPS tracker on my car and want to know what a tracking device looks like.”,  our security experts are here to demystify that question! Car tracking devices are typically small, black, portable and potentially wireless trackers that can be equipped inside or outside of a vehicle. With so many different options, let us take a closer look at the different types of car tracking devices and explain what each looks like!

GPS Tracker For OBD2

The easiest GPS tracker to find on a vehicle, OBD2 tracking devices are small, black devices that plug directly into the OBD2 port of a car. Devices that connect to the OBD2 port are live GPS vehicle tracking systems which means someone is remotely tracking the vehicle. Below is a photo of what an OBD2 GPS tracker looks like:

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Hardwired GPS Tracker With Engine Shut Off

GPS trackers that are hardwired to a vehicle are the hardest to locate because they pull power from the car’s 12-volt system. This means the tracking device could be hidden behind the stereo, inside the dash, under the steering column or some other location a professional installer chose to mount the device according to the make and model of the car. Below is a photo of what a hardwired GPS tracker looks like:

hardwired GPS tracker

Wireless GPS Tracking Device

Another type of tracker that can be difficult to locate on a car, wireless GPS trackers are portable, waterproof, and oftentimes equipped with an exterior magnetic mount. This means the wireless GPS tracking device can be placed inside or outside of a vehicle! Therefore, people would want to search under the car seats, inside the glovebox, and even underneath the automobile when looking for a wireless GPS tracker. Below is a photo of what a wireless GPS tracking device looks like:

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Car tracking devices come in many shapes and sizes but the most important thing to remember is that they are designed to be covert in nature. Therefore, finding a car GPS tracker can be challenging, but hopefully, now you have a better idea of what a GPS tracker looks like when scanning the vehicle!