Feb 21, 2022

How To Fit a Self-Fit Tracking Device

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Vehicle tracking is a great way to manage your company’s fleet of vehicles and streamline your operations to become much more efficient and cost-effective. However, some fleet managers may be putting off implementing vehicle tracking because they worry about having their vehicles off the roads during the time it takes to install the devices.

That’s why at Fleetsmart, we offer self-fit vehicle trackers so you can install them individually when the time suits you, avoiding any downtime. In this guide, we’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial on how to install self-fit tracking devices as well as some other useful information to help you get started.

What Does Self-Fit Vehicle Tracker Installation Typically Involve?

At Fleetsmart, our self-install plug & play devices can be easily connected via the onboard vehicle diagnostic port. This can typically be found in the footwell on either the driver or passenger’s side of the vehicle.

This takes a matter of minutes and is simple enough for almost anyone to install, especially with our handy instructions guide that comes with the devices, however, if you require extra assistance, you can get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to provide additional support.

How Does the Process Differentiate to the Professionally Installed Trackers?

With our standard trackers, our install team fits the device to any vehicle with a typical 12-24V battery. This includes trucks, vans, cars and plant machinery. Trailers can also be tracked when joined to a vehicle as the device is connected to the power loom inside the trailer which draws power from the vehicle.

When installing a fleet tracking device, our qualified auto electricians usually install the equipment out of sight behind the vehicle dashboard so there is no visible wiring or antennae. This is to prevent the risk of thieves or drivers tampering with the device.

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How Long Does Self-Fit Vehicle Tracking Installation Usually Take?

Self-install plug & play devices can be installed by the user and set up in a matter of minutes, so if time off the roads is a serious concern, this will likely be the best option for your business.

When our standard trackers are installed by our qualified auto-electricians, the job usually takes between 30-45 minutes per vehicle, though we’ll typically book a 1 hour appointment with you to ensure we have plenty of time without the need to rush. This means your vehicles should be off and back on the road in under an hour, ensuring your business can continue to run with very little disruption.

Any installations with optional add-ons such as remote immobilisation, in-vehicle cameras and driver identification can take longer, so it’s worth bearing this in mind when planning time off the road for your vehicles if you would like to implement these additional features.

For more tips on Fleet Management and Vehicle Tracking, why not take a look at our blog or to find out more by getting in touch with one of our helpful team members who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.