GPS Vehicle Tracker FAQs
Can real-time GPS trackers pinpoint your exact location?
Sometimes. GPS tracking devices triangulate their location by sending and receiving satellite signals. Just like your cell phone, your GPS tracker might also experience some interference that can knock the location accuracy off.
My car GPS tracker says it’s moving when it’s not. Why is this happening?
When you’re in an area with a lot of buildings, your GPS tracker’s signal can bounce off different surfaces and cause false alerts. It can be annoying and worrisome to get an alert in the middle of the night telling you your car has moved from the garage, but it’s not uncommon for this to happen with GPS trackers.
If the alert shows that the car has just moved a short distance, like down the street, it’s usually a false alarm.
Will my GPS tracker still work in rural areas?
If you live in an area where cell service is spotty, then you’ll likely experience some spotty GPS coverage as well.
This doesn’t mean the GPS isn’t working, it just means it’s unable to get the location information to your phone because there aren’t enough cellular towers around to send the signal.
Will my GPS tracker work outside the United States?
It depends on the device you buy. Most of the devices we studied were for US use only, but a few worked outside the US in Canada and Mexico.
If you’re not sure if your device will work outside the country, contact the manufacturer.