How To Find a GPS Tracker on Your Vehicle
How to Get LoJack for a New Car
"LoJack" is the trade name for a wireless radio transponder the size of a deck of cards that can be installed in a motor vehicle, either at the time of purchase or at a later time, to discourage the vehicle from being stolen. When a LoJack-equipped car is reported stolen, the police activate LoJack's inaudible tracking signal, which can penetrate tunnel and garage walls, ship containers, and dense foliage. If you're planning to buy a new car, you may want to consider buying a LoJack system.
Know whether LoJack coverage is available in your area.LoJack's radio signal requires special computer equipment to be tracked; not all police departments have the appropriate equipment. A list of counties within states where LoJack coverage is available is given at , and is also available by calling 1-800-456-5225 (1-800-4-LoJack).
- The telephone list is usually more current than the website list.
Decide on the level of protection you want.The basic LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System is the wireless radio transponder described above, which LoJack's certified technicians install somewhere in your vehicle. For an additional fee, LoJack offers an Early Warning Recovery System that includes a key pass you carry with you when driving and notifies you by phone, cell phone, e-mail, text message, or pager if your car has been moved without your permission. (You choose the methods you want to be contacted by when you register your LoJack.)
- LoJack makes it a practice not to disclose where in the car the LoJack unit is installed, not even to the vehicle owner. Although you can witness the installation, your recovery warranty may be voided if you do.
Look for a LoJack dealer.The LoJack website includes a database of car dealers authorized to sell LoJack. You enter your ZIP code, make of vehicle, and search radius, and the website will provide a list of dealers who can meet your needs, listed from the closest to you to the furthest away. A ZIP code search field is available on most of the website's pages.
- Be sure to specify the option "I am buying a new vehicle or piece of equipment" when using the advanced dealer search.
Buy a LoJack system online.You can also buy a LoJack system for your car directly from LoJack at .
- If you purchase a LoJack Early Warning System, you'll need to change the batteries in your key pass every 6 months.
- Buying a LoJack system for your car may qualify you for a discount on your car insurance. To find out where a discount is available, see , and to find out the particulars, contact your insurance agent. You will need an insurance certificate to claim your discount, which you can obtain by registering your LoJack system at or by calling 1-800-456-5225 (1-800-4-LoJack).
- Although LoJack systems are tested and certified when they're installed, LoJack recommends they be inspected every 2 years or whenever the vehicle has been in an accident. (Inspections are required to maintain any warranty coverage on your LoJack system.) Inspections can be arranged by contacting the company; there is a fee involved. When arranging an inspection or requesting service, have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) handy.
- If your vehicle is stolen, report it at once to the police in the municipality where it was stolen and then contact LoJack. Once the theft is properly reported, the police will activate your LoJack, and LoJack will provide you with insurance filing requirements and assist in filing your claim for any warranties.
- A LoJack system is keyed to the VIN of the vehicle in which it is installed and, therefore, it is not transferable to another vehicle. If you sell a LoJack-equipped vehicle to someone else, be sure to tell the new owner, or the dealership if you trade the car in at a dealership other than the one you bought the car from. The car's new owner will have to contact LoJack to inspect the unit and re-activate the service in his or her name.
Video: Watch how criminals remove the tracker once they've stolen/hijacked your car
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