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Has anyone fitted a S5 tracker and type and are the subscriptions negotiable, I also understand some can remotely isolate the engine if stolen.
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Thanks MattBW, Watched a good few youtube vids, seems we have nothing to worry about unless you own a Range Rover, only need one due to both insurance companies i have requested quotes from insist upon a Tracker.
Morning Simon,Good morning @Breeze1
If you are after a reliable, low cost tracker that doesn't have monthly charges for monitoring it, the Back2You is a good bet. https://back2you.com/ It operates on a Sim card, they send you a GiffGaff card with it, and you just top it up when the credit runs out. It can be as sophisticated as you want it to be. Geo-fencing is one option, so if it moves outside a certain distance from where you set it, you are alerted. It comes with it's own battery which lasts up to 3 months, but will gradually get less over the years. The battery can be replaced by the company at a reasonable charge. It can also be run from a 12V feed but that could make it easier to locate. It links to Google Maps and you text it's number and it sends back a text showing it's position. This could be very useful if the vehicle is stolen, then left somewhere for a couple of days to see if it is being tracked.
There is a simple leaflet that explains the functions that most people use which makes it easy to operate. The instructions that come with it are not so good however. I think @MattBW had a similar model sold by a different company, but their instruction book was much better.
You might need to ask your insurance companies whether they will accept a tracker like that or whether they need a monitored one. Like many others on here I have had an Autowatch Ghost fitted which would, hopefully, stop the theft in the first place.
There have been a lot of threads on here https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/trackers.24590/#post-283140 @Loz in the second post on this thread from 2018 highlighted 3, but I imagine the scene has changed again since then. Do consider the simple steering wheel lock as wellThe modern thief may be highly skilled with defeating electronic immobilisers but less used to the older mechanical systems.
Edit; Sorry should have mentioned, but @Erbster 's post reminded me that the Back2You company are extremely helpful. Any problems they will resolve if you call them. I rang about the battery life and they suggested changing it which they did and returned it within 4 days. Very good company to deal with indeed.
Hi Simon,Morning Will
Just a thought. You might find that if you add the cost of installing the monitored tracker plus the monitoring per annum fee to the insurance quotations it adds up to more than the prices given by other firms who don't insist on a monitored tracker. I think the installation costs in the order of £500 and £150pa to monitor it.