Whoa! Its another beautiful edition on automobile solutions with Otobase solutions. On this edition, we shall be sharing a few tips on how you can scan your car for a tracking device. We hope this gets you ready for some scan or search, just in case a tracking device was secretly placed in your car. Now, that isn’t funny, but it sure does happen. So, my advice to you is that you open your mind with a readiness to learn.
Do you know you can scan your car to determine whether or not it has been fitted with a tracking device? However frustrating that can be. It isn’t impossible at all. One of the first steps to take in this is to contact a private investigator or someone who installs these systems on a daily basis, and Otobase solutions is your best call to solve your car tracking device issues. We will be able to give you some of the most common location in which a tracking device will be hidden.
If you are searching for a tracking device in a car, you will have to look really thoroughly, and this means checking under the hood and in the trunk, including around the spare tyre, under seats and in overhead compartments and basically in every nook and cranny of the car. Be sure to check the foot wells and in the spaces around the windshield and the windows too.
If you have found the GPS unit but do not want to remove it, you can muffle the antenna. This stops the device from sending and receiving signals and thus will stop it from working. Be sure to check the car’s outside too. Sometimes, the GPS tracking device is placed in a magnetic box which is stuck underneath the car or under the front or back bumper.
Scanning for a GPS unit can also be done with a special tracking unit, but this is both expensive and not always effective as the device can pick up signals from just about anywhere. The most effective way to look for a GPS unit is to physically look for it.
Sometimes, these tasks are best left to the professionals and if this is the case, it may make more sense to take your car to a professional unit installer like; Otobase solutions and ask them to look for a unit. They will have tools and more experience that will allow them to search more effectively than you can. Though it is not the cheapest exercise, sometimes it makes more sense to leave this to the professionals, but if you have the time to search an entire car thoroughly, you may come up with the results you are looking for.
Car tracking devices are an essential component to have in any car nowadays, as it will increase the chances of you getting your car back in the case of theft or high jacking. If you have purchased a second hand car and would like to locate the tracker on your car, then there are couple of places that you can look if you really have the time.
Locating a tracking device on your vehicle can be an exhausting task as they can be located anywhere on a car. It is a job that is best left to the professionals as we have all the tools that are needed to locate the tracking device. If you do not have the extra money to pay the professionals then you can have a look yourself. Here are some of the places that you might possibly find the concealed vehicle tracker. Most people tend to place it in an area that is well concealed; however it is easily accessible to them.
Some of the most common places are in the glove box, under the hood, under the steering wheel or in the boot of a car. If you still have no success finding the tracking device in these areas you are going to have to look deeper. The wheel wells of the car are the next most popular place, note that the tracking device will be concealed in a metal casing. Under the driver’s seat is also another good place to look for the tracking device.
Other areas that you can also look for the tracking device is behind the front or rear bumpers, overhead compartments, the foot wells, underneath the backseat, underneath the gear lever cover or even underneath the front passenger seat. Make sure that you look in all the nooks and crannies of the vehicle.
The essence for putting tracking devices in vehicles is to make easy the report of delivery truck journeys, stolen vehicle recovery, field service management and valuable asset tracking. However, these devices are generally considered invasion to privacy, especially when they are placed without your permission, and we understand this. That’s why we are giving you tips on how you can scan your car for a tracking device.
Searching Your Vehicle Manually
Look for the tracking device in both easily accessible and hard to reach parts of your car. A tracker has a very compact size, and anyone who secretly placed a tracker in your vehicle would make sure you don’t find it. Since a tracker would most likely be placed in areas that won’t get your attention, look for it in the most unexpected places.
Check if a part of the tracking device is lit as many devices have an electronic light indicating that it is functional. Depending on the specific tracker used and where it is placed, there is a chance that you can see it in the dark.
Search the cigarette adapter of the car. Since most trackers require enough power, there is a chance that the one in your car is hooked up in some way to the cigarette plug-in adapter. However, determining a tracker in this way would require thorough knowledge in auto mechanics and electrical parts. You may have to seek the Otobase professional team to determine if a tracking device is hooked up in your cigarette adapter.
Using a Signal Detector
Buy an RF scanner/signal detector, a device that is sold in many stores. Unless the tracking device doesn’t use radio waves, an RF scanner can be quite helpful, especially if manual searching didn’t work.
Park your car in a remote area far from electronic interference from nearby electronic devices. Since RF scanners monitor radio waves, make sure you turn off all electronics in the area including your mobile phone and your car’s battery. Get a wrench to disconnect the battery cables from its terminals to prevent any kind of interference that may be caused by the car’s electrical system.
Turn on the RF scanner to look for the tracking device.
Move around with the RF scanner and start looking for the tracking device in various parts of the car. Place the RF scanner on each significant part of the car for a few minutes and wait to see if a signal is detected. Scan the edge of the engine compartment, the floor of the trunk, over and under each seat and along the floorboards.
Search more carefully in the area where the RF scanner detects a signal. Check its surrounding location more carefully and move the scanner towards the spot with the strongest signal. Ideally, this brings you closer to finding the tracking device.
Here is where we have to draw the cotton. We trust you were able to learn a few tips on how you can scan your car for a tracking device. If you still have reservations or you require a professional advice or touch to any of your car issues, simply reach us at info [@] otobasesolutions.com. We are ever willing to serve you.