Last updated December 1st, 2023
It’s a scenario that’s probably all too familiar: wandering aimlessly around a car park, keys in hand but with no idea where you parked your car. You might even wonder if your car has been stolen.
Fortunately, there’s a solution available that can save you a good deal of time and stress. By tracking your car using a dedicated device or app, you can easily identify its location at any time. What’s more, tracking your motor can even help you save money on your car insurance.
In this guide, we will cover the various methods for tracking your vehicle, such as by using apps – or a GPS tracking device.
Google Maps is more than a navigation tool – it also allows you to keep track of where your car is parked. Although the methods for setting up this feature differ slightly between the iOS and Android versions, both are very straightforward:
The Android version has two additional vehicle tracking tools:
iOS users can also use the built-in Apple Maps app to track their car.
There are many other third-party apps that can be used to track your vehicle. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular options - and provided a brief explanation of the set-up process for each:
Find My Car is an easy-to-use Android app. Simply open the app and tap ‘Park’. The app also allows you to snap a photo of your parking spot and add notes to make it easier to locate your vehicle. When you plan to return, just tap ‘Find My Car’ and follow the directions given.
To record your parking spot with Parked Car Locator, open the app, select the compass icon, zoom in on your current location, then tap ‘Park Here’ to save your location. When you plan to return, simply follow the arrows shown on the map.
This iOS app allows you to set your location before you leave the car using the ‘I parked here!’ button on the app’s home screen. When you want to return to the vehicle, just open the app again and follow the red arrow on screen.
If you aren’t keen on the idea of tracking your vehicle through your phone, you might consider installing GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to track your vehicle instead.
There are plenty of GPS devices on the market that can be used to track your vehicle’s location. A quick online search should show you a variety of options that suit your requirements and budget.
GPS technology works using GPS satellites, which orbit the Earth using a precise path twice daily. Each of these satellites transmits a unique signal. This enables GPS devices around the world to decode their precise locations in relation to satellites.