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GPS Tracking - the Pros and Cons

Whenever you are considering using GPS tracking, make sure you understand the local laws. The Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement needs a warrant to use a GPS tracking device.  While this does not directly

Texas law is clear under penal code chapter 16 that it is illegal to install a tracking device on a car without the owner's permission.  This also applies to private investigators who need written consent of the owner to install the device.

So, in a nutshell, you (or someone you hire) can put a tracker on your own car - but not on anyone else's car.

Pros: It makes it very easy to locate a vehicle 24/7.  Some devices have monthly service charges that can quickly add up to big bucks.

Cons:  Don't become one by breaking the law.  In a more practical sense if you are being legal - you need to be aware of battery life and placement of the device.  It has to be able to access satellites to be effective. Simply sticking it on the bottom of the vehicle with a magnet may not work.  You need to test out the device in various vehicle locations beforehand.  Every tracker is different - make sure you have an idea of what the battery life is likely to be on each setting.


Remember that whatever you do - stay safe!

31 comments:

  1. My husband's business uses fleet vehicles and they all have tracking devices in them. That gave me the idea of putting a tracking device in my son's car because he has been making bad decisions and getting himself in trouble. I told him I was going to do that is he gave me a reason to. Do you think that is an invasion of privacy?

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    1. Is the car yours or his? I mean this as in legal ownership. If it is yours - no problem. If it is his - it is illegal in most states.

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  2. Is there a legal document you can print you and get the other person to sign it stating that they give you permision to put a tracking device on their car? Or can you just type it your self and then get them to sign it?

    If you get caught and they sue you how bad can it get?

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  5. What about a repoman with orders from a car dealer. Suppose the car buyer has defaulted and not made his final payment, the car still belongs the dealer - he holds title. Can the dealer not track his own car?

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    1. Are you asking or telling? If the dealer owns the car - the dealer owns the car. Owners can track their own vehicles.

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