Features To Look For When Buying GPS Trackers
Devices that help you keep track of your motorcycles, vehicles, and trailers in real-time are many but none of them can perform as good as GPS trackers. When you put this device on your asset, you are able to see its whereabouts or location via your mobile phone, computer or tablet device.
GPS trackers vary in price depending on what they bring to the table. Things like features, design, brand name, quality and battery power all influence price, however, if you are on the market looking to buy your first trailer GPS tracker, below are a few features you need to look out for.
- Amazing after-sales service
When you buy your first trailer GPS tracker, things should not stop there. You need to make sure that the makers offer technical support should you need it. This technical support can be in the form of email, live chat online or even a direct phone call.
The people working in the tech team are very knowledgeable when it comes to the products and are in a position to answer any questions or queries you may have regarding managing your device. Something that also falls under after service is making sure that the GPS tracker you buy has a warranty. This means that should you encounter any problems, you can return it to the manufacturers and they will be able to fix it or give you a new one.
- Features that allow you to track your trailer in real-time
This is one of the fundamental features that a trailer GPS tracker must have because, without this, the product is very much useless. What this feature does is ping the location of your trailer or asset straight to a device of your choice in real-time.
This device can be your computer, smartphone or tablet. Your GPS tracker is connected to the manufacturer’s satellites and it is these satellites that give you an accurate location of your asset even if it is not moving.
Many GPS trackers have a SIM card slot in them and this is something you have to look for as well because it allows you to use track your assets globally. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you are, if you have a SIM card in your device, you will be able to know where your vehicle or trailer is at all times.
- Product design
As consumers, we are not big fans of tech products that are complicated or tough to understand. The people who make GPS trackers are well aware of that and make sure that their devices are easy to understand for those who are novices and easy to use at the same time.
In case of emergencies, always make sure that your GPS tracker has an emergency SOS button as well as be water resistance so that it doesn’t malfunction when it comes into contact with water. The last thing you want is your GPS to stop working plus keep an eye out for the battery life.
A good GPS tracker will have a battery life of around 5 days, be online all the time and two buttons that make setting up very easy. However, products like our RetrieverLTE and OysterLTE have several years battery life! Lastly, the device has to be durable as mentioned above, you don’t want it to fall apart when it comes into contact with water and have a charging port so that it continues to track your trailer or asset 24/7.
- Price of the product
No one wants to break the bank when purchasing GPS trackers for their trailer however, it is important to do research and know which device suits your needs. The average price of GPS trackers on the market is between $59 to as much as $460.
The price depends on things like design, brand name, battery life it offers, international coverage, after-sales services and much more. Price is also affected by the monthly subscription plan each provider offers to customers. Subscriptions range from $10 to $35 per month.
- Methods of monitoring
The last feature you need to be on the lookout for is a tracker’s monitoring methods. A good trailer GPS tracker will allow you to track your assets via mobile phone and tablet if you are not on a computer. This is all thanks to the advancement in technology that have happened over the last 20 years. You can get up to date locations in real-time by downloading a manufacturer’s app from the iOS or Android store. These apps are very easy to install and give you everything from the current location to history.