The Low-Cost Method To Track A Car
If you want to see where a car has been lately, you’ll be more than happy with a passive tracker like the Tracking Key Pro. The only purpose of this tracker is to see the history of a vehicle, and all you need to do it stick it on a car.
The tracker can last up to 1 month inside/under a car before the batteries need to recharged, which is more than enough time to get the information you need. Every second that goes by, it saves the current time and address.
To see where it’s been, just plug it into your computer. All the car history is opened inside Google Earth/Maps, making it incredibly easy for you to see what’s happening. The product can work with all versions of Windows and Mac.
Where To Put It
The Tracking Key Pro GPS Logger has a magnet built into the case, letting you attach it underneath the front or back bumper. Usually you can just slid your hand underneath the bumper and the magnet ‘catches’ the steel bar inside.
The second option is to put it in the wheel well. This can be a little bit risky, but we’ve seen work many times without problem. You can always put it inside the car, too. The most common places are the glove box, center console, under a seat or floor mat, and in a seat pocket.
Look Where It’s Been
When you’ve collected enough travel history, it’s time to see where the car’s been. Plug the Tracking Key Pro into your computer and install open the software that’s on the included CD.
The program looks over the GPS data, and then shows you a detailed map history of everywhere the car was. You’ll see a big Google Map, which you can also make 3D, and over on the left size it gives you all the addresses that car was at.
Pick a day on the calendar, hit ‘play’, and watch as you see the car move across the map, leaving a purple trail along the path it takes. Every address listed details when the car got there, how long it stayed, and when it left again.
Like our other GPS trackers, this unit is motion activated, meaning it only uses battery life when the car is moving. If your target car driving for about 2 hours/day, you’ll be able to go up to 2 weeks without needing to replace the 2xAA batteries.
You can get even battery life by having it update less frequently. So, instead of having it track every 2 seconds, you could have it track every 2-5 minutes and greatly extend your battery life.