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Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:27 am

I have been with my tracking company for 13 years. I recieved an email notification that as of 1st of October 2019 my bill will be R505 per month for a 2006 Nissan 2.4 Hardbody and a 2013 MB B200.

Is this reasonable :?:
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by HJK 414 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:44 am

Ugly Duckling wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:27 am
I have been with my tracking company for 13 years. I recieved an email notification that as of 1st of October 2019 my bill will be R505 per month for a 2006 Nissan 2.4 Hardbody and a 2013 MB B200.

Is this reasonable :?:

Paul

Buy a tracker - stick a "data flat rate" simcard in it - and it costs nothing further per month.
As long as it has data from a network - it will tell you where it is.

https://www.pearl.de/a-NX4421-1511.shtm ... gINlPD_BwE

You can track it on your phone - and gives an alarm when the car moves - when you don't want it to move.

Here's another one - SIM card - plug and play

https://www.ebay.de/itm/GPS-Tracker-TK3 ... SwH0VcB7sH

They must be available over there as well...….

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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:26 pm

Looked at similar items here.

The main advantage of the units installed is the remote shutdown, if they can locate it :shock:
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by Walter105 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:37 pm

After my car has been stolen I don't really want it back.

I therefore fit the minimum specification tracker I can find.

My current car has a R120 odd pm unit from Tracker in it as it was convenient that the dealership had a Tracker installer inhouse.

Previous cars had the Netstar Nano/Sleuth unit in them for R99pm.

Don't really see the point of spending a fortune on a tracker.
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by HJK 414 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:38 pm

Ugly Duckling wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:26 pm
Looked at similar items here.

The main advantage of the units installed is the remote shutdown, if they can locate it :shock:


Then order 2 …... :idea:
With Kill switching ……… no monthly fee

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/ ... 31e5X4e6kc

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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by csparksfly » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:56 pm

HJK 414 wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:38 pm
Ugly Duckling wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:26 pm
Looked at similar items here.

The main advantage of the units installed is the remote shutdown, if they can locate it :shock:


Then order 2 …... :idea:
With Kill switching ……… no monthly fee

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/ ... 31e5X4e6kc

JK

What "exactly" does the kill switch kill :lol:
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by HJK 414 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:36 pm

csparksfly wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:56 pm

What "exactly" does the kill switch kill :lol:

uhmmmm

As far as I know - the block of Semtex under the driver seat is an optional extra.
Blow car.jpg



Works every time ……... :evil:
Apparently comes with a guarantee that the thief will never steal again - if he does - money back


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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by cage » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:04 pm

insurance companies want approved devices only.
I pay R594 for two Tracker Skytrax units. Most insurance companies will get you a discount on a preferred tracking unit.
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by JCA » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:26 pm

Time to change Ugly Duckling, nothing but chucking the tracker company out will cause them to rethink and sharpen the pencils. Of course, make sure you have new bridge to cross.
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by Chalkie » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:51 pm

Ugly Duckling wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:27 am
I have been with my tracking company for 13 years. I recieved an email notification that as of 1st of October 2019 my bill will be R505 per month for a 2006 Nissan 2.4 Hardbody and a 2013 MB B200.

Is this reasonable :?:
Paul, I think HJK is onto something good. We in this country are ripped off by all and sundry. My 2008 car was on the Stannic HP and had to have a tracker. Matrix were the preferred supplier; 2011 I retired, bought the car from Stannic and continued debit order for Netstar.

A year or two ago Matrix became MiXtelematics and I was offered a new Beame at about R60 pm. When I went to have it installed I learned something I did not know: Your tracker contract is like a cell phone contract. After 2 years, you have paid off your tracker and it is yours! The companies do not tell you this and just keep debiting your account the FULL amount rather than a reduced amount for just the tracking service.

The Beame is the size of a R5 coin and was soon deposited somewhere and the company wanted me to pay them to remove the old tracker. Needless to say having been ripped off for about 7 years, I refused to pay. The old unit is still in my car and beeps at me if I do not push the button after start. Perhaps I should stop pushing the button if they do not track me. :?
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by cage » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:10 pm

Chalkie wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:51 pm
A year or two ago Netstar became MiXtelematics and I was offered a new Beame at about R60 pm. When I went to have it installed I learned something I did not know: Your tracker contract is like a cell phone contract. After 2 years, you have paid off your tracker and it is yours! The companies do not tell you this and just keep debiting your account the FULL amount rather than a reduced amount for just the tracking service.

The Beame is the size of a R5 coin and was soon deposited somewhere and the company wanted me to pay them to remove the old tracker. Needless to say having been ripped off for about 7 years, I refused to pay. The old unit is still in my car and beeps at me if I do not push the button after start. Perhaps I should stop pushing the button if they do not track me. :?
Netstar is part of Altron, unless I missed something.
I think you are referring to Matrix tracking.

I have been with tracker on all my vehicles, then moved to Skytrax which tracker bought.
I have always opted to pay the R1500 or so that they wanted to install a unit so I could have no contract, not that I have ever changed until the cars were sold.
I probably should give them a call again and threaten to move, sometimes that works - it does with cellphone companies.
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by Chalkie » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:38 am

cage wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:10 pm
Netstar is part of Altron, unless I missed something.
I think you are referring to Matrix tracking.
Thanks, edited and fixed.
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by Roger » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:47 am

This could add to the woes of having a tracker fitted:
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Re: Vehicle tracking bill

Unread post by Whirly » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:08 pm

We have experienced that a few times Roger.

One was fitted to a Prado that wanted to kill the owner every time he went into a sharp corner, turned out the tracker was wired into the vehicle stability control wiring. :shock:

Another vehicle kept cutting out as soon as the owner crossed the border and always in the middle of nowhere, removed the tracker and it solved the problem. Also some do drain the batteries excessively.

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