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Tracking Devices

Tracking systems do nothing to prevent the loss of your vehicle.

“Success” for a tracking company may not be “Success” for you.

It takes a thief less than 8 minutes to strip what they want for from your vehicle. How long do you want your car to be gone for before it is recovered? Hours? Days? Weeks? What will be left of your car?

Tracking systems do nothing to prevent the loss of your vehicle. They are there to get it back. But what condition will it be in when it comes back? Will the mechanics piecing your car back together find all the damage and abuse the car has undergone at the hands of the thieves? This uncertainty leads to a reduction in resale value. Once you report your car stolen, police departments send the VIN to the DMV, where it eventually finds its way to companies that track car histories, such as CarFax. Once the vehicle is recovered, it is devalued, and you will not get the resale value you would have if it was never stolen.

And tracking systems are easy to defeat. For GPS based systems, all you need to do is break off the antenna, or cover it with metal, and the GPS system is useless. If the GPS antenna can not see a satellite, the car can not be tracked.

Radio based systems are nearly as easy to defeat. Simply driving into a concrete parking structure blocks the radio waves. Even shipping cargo containers can block out the signal. Just check your cell phone next time you’re in your work’s parking structure or underground parking, and consider

Consider the following:

What will a car thief do with your car while you’re using a tracking system to locate it? Commit other crimes? Strip the valuables and personal information from your vehicle? Drive your car to a distant location where it will be costly and inconvenient for you to recover it? While you may eventually recover your stolen vehicle, you are forced to deal with the challenges and costs of vehicle recovery and the consequences of owning a vehicle that was stolen.

Unfortunately, long after your vehicle is recovered your vehicle title history will show a “Vehicle Theft.” That’s right. Companys that track vehicle history such as CarFax.com will show that your car has been stolen. Consider a buyer’s perspective; if you have two identical cars you are considering purchasing, would you pay the same amount for a car that has been stolen? Most people would not.

What you might not know about tracking systems and vehicle recovery:

  • Vehicle tracking systems are costly, often with a monthly monitoring fee on top of an up front purchase price.
  • One popular system used by the police requires the police to find the time to locate your vehicle. Will your car get top priority?
  • Most recovered vehicles have already been picked over by the thieves. Using simple hand tools it only takes minutes to get the most valuable parts of your car.
  • The resale value of a recovered car can drop dramatically, and the theft will appear on the vehicle history report.
  • Consider the amount of time you’ll need to take off work, or from your personal life in dealing with a car theft.
  • Why invest in a system that would track your stolen car when you can prevent your vehicle from being stolen in the first place?

The Ravelco Anti-Theft Device works when you want it: BEFORE your car disappears.