Car tracker is a device installed on a vehicle so that in the event of a theft, you can track down the vehicle or inform the police so they can track down the vehicle and recover it. It leverages on a network of satellites to determine the location of the device that was installed on your vehicle.
Car tracker could be seen by some as a form of car insurance in that the service allows you to locate your stolen car. But you know the popular saying, if it is not panadol, it is not the same thing as panadol. I am here to give you 5 reasons why comprehensive car insurance is better than car tracker.
INSURANCE COMPANY TAKES RESPONSIBILITY
When your car is stolen, it becomes the insurance company’s responsibility to help track down the car once you report it stolen. They would either find the car or pay you for the value of your car less depreciation. A car tracker on the other hand, will simply tell you where the vehicle is. You would still have to go and recover the vehicle yourself. Or “pay” the police to help you.
SOME INSURANCE COME WITH CAR TRACKER
My current insurance company offers you a free tracker if your car is worth N3,000,000.00 or more. This is an added benefit for their high end customers. It also helps them to find the car when it is stolen, which helps to reduce their losses. In other words, car tracker sometimes comes, free of charge, as a part of insurance.
INSURANCE WOULD COVER DAMAGE DURING ROBBERY
Another advantage a car insurance has over a car tracker is that it covers damages as a result of the robbery. If the car is recovered after robbery, and the car was damaged or needs to be towed to a repair shop, the insurance company would cover the cost. A car tracker on the other hand, would only show you where the car is. The rest is your problem.
INSURANCE COVERS DAMAGES INCLUDING FIRE
With comprehensive car insurance, the insurance company covers any damage including loss to fire. The insurance company would pay up to the value the car was insured for. A car tracker can’t give you this benefit, its sole responsibility is to tell you where the car is.
CAR INSURANCE GIVES MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCKS
If you insure a N2,000,000.00 at 4%, your insurance premium would amount to N80,000.00 per year. For a car tracker, you would pay about N60,000.00 per year. Some car tracking companies charge you up to N40,000.00 to install the tracker for you. Considering the benefits that you get from a comprehensive insurance, you will get more bang for your bucks.
It is very clear that car insurance is a far superior alternative to car tracker. You would be wise to not waste your money on a car tracker. Instead invest that on a comprehensive car insurance.