Plug-in & Go: An OBD Tracker Can Keep Your Business Going

Not all hardwares are created equal. Learn all about OBD Dongles, how they work, how they differ from other hardwares and how they are the best tracking option for your business vehicles.
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Researching a fleet management provider’s software is undoubtedly important, but comparing hardware types is equally crucial. The type of hardware will determin the installation process. If a trip to the mechanic is required to install the hardware, that will cost your business valuable time and money. If you’re looking to cut costs and prevent unnecessary trips to the garage, your best bet is to invest in an OBD tracker. 

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Vimcar makes it easy to implement a GPS fleet tracking system into your fleet thanks to its user-friendly OBD GPS trackers

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The 3 main types of GPS hardware 

There are three main kinds of hardware associated with fleet management systems. The key things to note about each type of hardware are as follows: 

1. OBD Trackers

Also known as “Plug-In Trackers.” This kind of hardware can be plugged straight into the port of your vehicle. The OBD interface is EU-standardised for all vehicles with a combustion engine, which means you can use OBD GPS trackers on a variety of fleet vehicles, not just trucks.

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2. Hardwired Trackers

This kind of hardware is wired directly onto your vehicle, usually under the dashboard or hood. Some hardwired trackers can be installed yourself, while others require a trip to the garage. Hardwired trackers are typically used for fleet vehicles without an OBD interface (such as electric vehicles and lorries). 

3. Battery Powered Trackers

This kind of hardware can run without being hooked up to a vehicle whatsoever. Because battery powered trackers have a limited amount of power, they use energy-saving measures when reporting data and don’t provide as precise of numbers as often as hardwired or OBD trackers.  

The cost of installing GPS hardware 

With some other fleet management system providers, you not only have to pay monthly fees to use their technology, but you also have to pay to have your new trackers installed. Some providers charge as much as £90+ per vehicle in installation fees! 

With Vimcar, there are no hidden fees. You can easily install the Fleet Geo OBD tracker yourself without any trips to the garage and no downtime for your vehicles. 

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The cost of de-installing OBD GPS Trackers 

There is nothing more annoying than wanting to end a contract and needing to pay to do so. Whether you’re switching vehicles, investing in electric cars or simply don’t need a tracking system any longer, you shouldn’t have to pay to de-install your fleet management hardware. 

Vimcar’s Fleet Geo has no de-installation fees. Simply remove the OBD GPS trackers from your vehicles yourself. 

Costly garage trips 

Taking your vehicles off the road is costly. Trips to the garage not only incur costs for the completed maintenance work — such as fleet management hardware installation — but you also lose business the longer your vehicles are unusable.

When you invest in Vimcar’s Fleet Geo, installation and de-installation is quick and easy and there are no other hidden fees. This means there are no surprise trips to the garage in your fleet’s future and no unnecessary downtime whatsoever. 

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Some of the hidden fees to watch out for from other UK OBD tracking companies include:

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  • Installation fees (£90+)
  • Cancellation fees (£100+)
  • Administration charges (£20+)
  • De-installations costs (£75+)
  • Service calls (£40+)
  • Shipping charges (£5+).

For UK SMBs, hidden costs like these can quickly add up and lower your bottom line. 

When purchasing a fleet tracking system, it’s vital that you understand what your total cost (ROI) is going to be. By choosing Vimcar, you’ll avoid hidden fees like those mentioned above. Plus you’ll save the time and money you’d normally pay someone else to install the GPS hardware thanks to Fleet Geo’s easy-to-install OBD trackers. 

Benefits of OBD Trackers for UK Small to Medium-sized Businesses

There are three major types of GPS trackers available for businesses, but OBD trackers are ideal for UK businesses, for several reasons. In this article, we look at the benefits of OBD trackers UK businesses can use to improve fleet efficiency.

OBD Trackers are easy to Install

OBD means on-board diagnostics. Like USB ports, vehicles have several OBD ports that allow you to connect automotive peripherals such as scanners, ECU, and GPS trackers to your vehicle. OBD offers plug-and-play capability, making them easy to install. You only need to find an OBD port and plug the GPS tracker into it. The installation requires no visit to the garage, takes only a few seconds, and is DIY-able. Using OBD trackers will save your business time, money, and allow you to continue providing quality service to customers.

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Thankfully, all European vehicles have OBD2 diagnostic ports, so you can install OBD trackers on a wide range of vehicles, including all types with an internal combustion engine. Vimcar’s Fleet Geo tracker system uses an OBD tracker UK businesses can rely on for real-time and affordable vehicle tracking.

OBD Trackers are affordable

Unlike hardwired and battery-powered GPS trackers, OBD trackers are easier and cheaper to install. Installation of OBD trackers does not require specialist tools and you need not visit the garage.

Plus, it takes seconds. So, you save on expensive installation costs, avoid expensive downtimes, and enjoy all the full range of an award-winning fleet management system. Vimcar offers one of the most affordable OBD trackers UK small and medium-sized businesses can rely on. With 24-month plans starting from £7.90 and yearly contracts at just £9.90, you can depend on our innovative vehicle tracking solutions to prevent fleet car misuse, improve route, and better serve customers.

They comes with excellent customer service

Despite offering one of the cheapest OBD trackers UK companies can buy, Vimcar also provides exceptional customer service. We have a transparent pricing regime-you only pay for what you use. We do not charge admin, support, or service call fees.

Vimcar also provides a dedicated Customer Success Agent for each client that you can reach on the phone or e-mail whenever you need help. Besides personal support, we have a rich database of free resources, including videos and brochures to help you get maximum value from our products.

With Vimcar’s OBD trackers, you get the best fleet management software for the money with dependable customer support.


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