The cheapest way to track your car as low as $30
You have come to the right place if you are looking for a cheap way to track your car. There are many GPS tracking devices available for sale out there from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand dollars. Some of them come with a monthly fee as well as activation and installation charges. Let’s just forget about that if you are tight on budget or prefer not to spend that money. Here we have got a trick where you can track your own car, your kid’s car, your daughter’s car, your lover’s car or any vehicles for just $30 dollars. Yes, it is just $30 dollars without burning your pocket. Let’s see how can you do this.
Step 1: First of all, you will need to get a mobile device that is compatible with Google Latitude. Any Android phones, iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia Smartphone, Windows Mobile 5.0+ phones, or Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones will do. Search around eBay or go to any cell phone stores and get the cheapest phone possible. It doesn’t matter if it is a used one as long as it is cheap and in working condition. We recommend eBay because the chances to bid and get a used android phone for less than $20 are very high. Some dirt cheap phones we recommend are LG Optimus S, T-Mobile G1 (HTC G1), HTC Desire C, Blackberry Curve 8520, Blackberry Curve 9300, Huawei Ascend II (Ok, it is made in China, but who cares?), Sanyo Zio, and Samsung Transform.
Step 2: Visit the URL (www.google.com/latitude) through your phone’s browser and sign up for Google Latitude from your phone. You can also sign up from your computer. Now you should be able to see your exact location in your phone and your computer with Google map.
Step 3: Tab/click on the “Share location with family or friends” in your Google Latitude account. Click on “Agree & Continue”. In your account settings, enable location history. That allows you to see where your car travels from time to time. If you log in to your Google Latitude account from your computer, you should be able to see the phone location and the location history.
Step 4: Buy a car charger for your phone and connect the phone (now you can call it the cheapest GPS tracking device) to your car battery power. You can either rewire the cigarette lighter socket in your dashboard or get a direct current from the car battery.
Step 5: Now hide the phone at a place inside your car where no one else can see it except you know where it is. You can then trace the location of your car from time to time through your computer. Make sure you hide the phone at the best spot otherwise everything will become “Google Latidude” instead of latitude.
What you need to track your car
- A device or phone that is compatible with Google Latitude.
- A Google Latitude account.
- A SIM card with data plan (Get the cheapest plan or go for the pre-paid)
So, what’s the total damage? $20 for the phone (a used one), $3 for the car charger and $7 for the data plan depending on which services you choose. That’s all you need to track your car in a dirt cheap way.
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