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Sorry if this is the wrong place but I cannot find a forum that fits nor an existing thread on this topic.

I want to equip my car with a tracking unit, in part because it could get stolen and because I have an 18 year old son and 16 year old daughter. I've searched the web but wondered if anybody has experience with any of these units good or bad to help guide me as I go through this search process.

A kill switch would also be useful to ensure it doesn't get taken but the bigger concern is making sure kids aren't doing stupid things.

(Note: these are both very responsible kids. Straight A's and never once in trouble in school. That said, they are kids and the Supra is a car asking to be driven fast, especially since friends' families have Mustangs and Porsche's.)
 

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First off, anything that plugs into an OBD-II port won't work on a Supra, as it doesn't have one.
Secondly, from my observations of other people having a car stolen is that you don't want it back when that happens. What you want is the insurance money. The car is never returned in any condition you want, even if it's not totaled.

There are easy ways to use an old phone with cheap prepaid data service as a tracker. That's surely the best way. You'll have to rig up a power cable and tap in somewhere to power the phone. Check the wiring diagram.

Hiding a switch under the dash to keep the car from starting isn't hard. But, it's easier to buy a steering wheel lock.
 

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Linxup makes several trackers and some can be hardwired into the car instead of using OBD2. I think one is even battery powered. They work well. But I don't know about the kill switch. That sounds like a big liability if you kill the car while driving and cause an accident.

I don't recommend the phone thing simply because phones are not stable over long times. They will auto update or shut themselves off if left for long periods of time. I've tried using that approach for a semipermanent mobile hotspot and got really frustrated.

What I did with my kids was make them turn on their phone gps tracker. Then I could track what they were up to. Worked fine.

 
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Linxup makes several trackers and some can be hardwired into the car instead of using OBD2. I think one is even battery powered. They work well. But I don't know about the kill switch. That sounds like a big liability if you kill the car while driving and cause an accident.

I don't recommend the phone thing simply because phones are not stable over long times. They will auto update or shut themselves off if left for long periods of time. I've tried using that approach for a semipermanent mobile hotspot and got really frustrated.

What I did with my kids was make them turn on their phone gps tracker. Then I could track what they were up to. Worked fine.

Thanks for the info.
 

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I just saw the Lojack and looks like it is a good vehicle recovery system.
 

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Maybe look up Tile? https://www.thetileapp.com/en-ca/store/tiles/pro

1 year battery, or you could potentially hardwire it into the car (you'll need a power adapter for the supply voltage). Water resistant, so potentially put it under the car behind a splash shield, so less likely to be found than in the interior.

Obviously the downside is it's not a true GPS tracker, it relies on other Tile users to ping the location. But for the price (CDN$37 with no yearly fee), I'd say it's a good option.
 

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Lol James bond car, shocks any thrives trying to steal the car. JK.

Pi if you put a kill switch on the starter wiring, it wouldnt have any effect on the driving capability right? If you accidentally flip the switch while driving it would only cut the power to the starter which isn't being in use while driving. No negative effect right?

Also you could do a detachable steering wheel and remove the steering wheel every time you get out of the car. I learned that one from Mr. Bean show. Lol
 
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Wow I'd be amazed if their claimed 12 months battery life was true. With a li-poly tiny pouch cell like that I could see it lasting that long while off & just normal self discharge.
But actually on & working that long is laughable.

If it actually works though could easily add a battery bank to keep it powered while in a vehicle for long periods.
 

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Looks like $5/month for worldwide tracking if you buy into the Kickstarter.

Hardwiring it would be easy, just power the charging cable and leave it plugged in.
 

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I wouldn't connect it to the vehicle battery.
But that's just my background in vehicle testing speaking.

It would work, but battery SoC would need to be closely monitored.
Especially depending on climate and vehicle usage.
 

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I have a Tile. It is useless without a paired phone beside it.
Redpocket will sell 200MB of data for $2 / month. Pair that to a mobile hotspot and a gps sensor and you can make you own very cheap tracker.