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Step 2: Check the interior
Some GPS trackers can be plugged in directly to the car’s data port. If you see a small object connected to your data port socket, that is not yours, remove it.
Check also your compartment, in the nooks and crevices of your spare tire. Feel the seat’s edges for a small mass. A GPS tracker can be hidden inside the upholstery. Check also underneath the car seats using a flashlight. If the car’s rear seat is adjustable, you may as well check it.
Include also the under-surface of the dashboard. Depending on the model of your car, if you could remove the dashboard’s cover, it’s also possible that a car location tracker is hidden inside. Examine the wiring of your car. Car wires are usually grouped together or wrapped with vehicle harness, so you’re looking for something out of place like a small electrical component without wires connected to it or with a couple of dangling wires. Give the suspicious wire or antenna a small tug, if it doesn’t come off, it means it could be a real part of the car, so you’d have to leave it alone. Inspect also the glove box on the passenger side for a possible tracking device concealed inside.
- Tip: when you remove the dash cover, you will see various electrical components, fuse box, and controls for operations. So if you suspect that one of the components you find inside is a GPS tracker, make sure that it really is by looking at the tag or model number, then google it before removing.
Part 3 of 5: Use a GPS tracker detector
While manually checking your car for possibly hidden GPS tracker is good, using an electronic bug detector is still more reliable. Car trackers emit cellular signal transmission, which an electronic bug sensor can detect.
Surveillance device detectors come in different shapes and sizes. Some bug detectors look as small as a pen, while others are as big as handheld radios, but they all work the same way. When the device lights up or makes some beeping sound (or both), that means the device has detected a tracker on your car. Usually, a faster flashing of light or beeping of sound indicates that the GPS tracker is nearer. However, if there’s another RF-transmitting device nearby, like a cellphone, a radio, microwave, etc., it could be also be picked up by the bug detector and you may receive false detection.
- Remember that some car tracking systems are motion-activated. In case it’s this kind of tracking device installed on your car, have someone drive your car around while you search for the GPS tracker using the bug scanner.
Part 4 of 5: Get a professional mechanic
If there’s someone qualified to have a look at your car, it’s a professional mechanic. The audio technicians, the ones who install alarm systems and other electrical systems. They can spot and remove GPS trackers installed on your car better than you.
Part 5 of 5: Handle a tracking device properly
If indeed there is a disguised tracker on your car, of course there’s nothing else you want to do but remove it. If it’s a battery-operated car tracker, then it’s easy to get rid of it because it’s likely not wired in. If that’s the case, you can simply disconnect it.
If it’s fastened strongly to a spot or connected to your vehicle’s electrical wiring, cut it slowly, but make sure it won’t do damage to your vehicle’s components.