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A long time ago, having a car alarm was the pinnacle of vehicle security. However, once the thief is able to hot wire your car, silence the alarm, and drive away, you won't be able to get your car back. But that won't happen if you have a GPS tracking device. With this gadget equipped on your car, you'd be able to know where your car is at all times. It has a comprehensive database of cities and streets that can be used to tell you the exact location of your car. On top of that, GPS tracking can be synchronized with mobile phones and desktops. That way you can update yourself with your vehicle's status on the fly. Additionally, there are also GPS tracking devices that tell you other things about your car. It can tell you if one of your airbags accidentally deploys or if one of your car doors was left open. Definitely, this instrument is one of the best car security devices you can ever install. Now if you want to know more about this product, be sure to check out our online catalog. If you want to buy a car GPS tracking device for yourself right now, order it here at Auto Parts Warehouse.

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Date Published: July 30,2014

Practical GPS Tracking Gadget Features You Should Look Into

Shopping for a GPS tracking or navigation system for your vehicle can be an overwhelming experience, what with all the options available today. And with so many features listed for every unit, itís impossible not to feel confused when selecting one for your ride. So to help you navigate through the shopping maze, here are some of the features you should look into:

Voice command

With a voice command prompt, you donít have to divide your attention between the road and the GPS control buttons. This means increased road safety as you get directions or enter an address into the screen menu.

Built-in battery

Putting in a built-in battery into a GPS tracking and navigation device that you can plug into your vehicleís electrical system may seem redundant, but itís actually a very practical feature. A built-in power source allows you to use your carís power port for other devices such as a mobile phone. It also lets you pre-program the gadget even before you get inside your car. This is especially useful if you regularly plot a route when traveling to an unknown destination. And if you donít like wire clutter on your carís dashboard, a battery-equipped GPS device is a good investment.

Antenna

Another feature known for its practical applications and benefits is the antenna. If youíre an outdoor enthusiast who loves to camp or hike, youíve probably experienced losing a GPS signal while driving. With an antenna, your chances of re-experiencing this situation are lessened. Now if youíre an urbanite who loves to discover hole-in-the-wall restaurants, you donít have to worry about tall buildings interfering with your GPS signals.

Data storage capabilities

With a GPS device that features a memory card slot, gone are the days when you have to stuff your glove box with paper maps. Data storage capabilities allow you to store maps, routes, directions, and other information into the GPS device, making it a truly all-in-one navigation system.

There are other features worth a second look, but this list should give you an idea on what to look for in a GPS tracking and navigation device. With the right features, every buck you put into this gadget is a good investment.

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Date Published: July 30,2014

Install an In-dash GPS Tracking and Navigation Device in 4 Steps

With the right GPS tracking and navigation device installed on your vehicleís dashboard, finding the right route to your destination is just a few clicks away. And if the navigation device is equipped with all the right features, youíll also be able to get updated information on the nearest fuel stations and even real-time traffic-congested streets. So once youíve got your hands on a high-quality in-dash GPS device, make sure youíve installed it properly. Hereís how (instructions may not be applicable to your specific vehicle):

Difficulty level: Moderate

Tools needed:

  • Screwdriver
  • Panel tool
  • Crimping tool
  • Wire stripper
  • Ratchet and socket
  • Pliers

Step 1: Disconnect the car battery. Because an in-dash unit will require you to tinker with your carís electrical system, disconnecting the car battery prevents short circuits.

Step 2: Remove your vehicleís stereo system panels. Using a panel tool, remove the panels around the stereo system. Check your car manual when figuring out which panel to remove because this will all depend on your vehicle make and model. Depending again on your car make and model, you might need to remove other dashboard parts in order to properly install an in-dash GPS system.

Step 3: Connect the GPS deviceís wires into your carís electrical system. Depending on your preference and skill level, you can either run the wire throughout your vehicleís interior or use a wire harness, a tool that lets you easily connect to your carís wires without having to install additional wires throughout your carís interior. If you choose to run the wires without a harness, keep in mind that youíll have to wire the GPS device into the speed sensor, the backup light wire, and to the battery. You can connect the wires through butt connectors, soldering, or crimp connectors. Wiring this device into your carís system is the trickiest part of the installation process since basic electrical skills are necessary.

Step 4: Reinstall all the panels youíve removed. Once the GPS tracking and navigation device is properly wired into the system, reattach the panels or any other dashboard components youíve previously removed. Then switch on your carís ignition to test the device.