There are lots of GPS vehicle tracking systems that are specialized to track vehicles with an app. But there’s also lots of apps that do just the same. Follow along as we breakdown five of the best options for tracking multiple vehicles.
Devices vs. Apps
In a perfect world (for me at least), it would be great if tracking things did not require physical devices separate from our phones or something built-in to our cars. The good news? We’re almost there. Nevertheless, there are still many physical GPS vehicle tracking systems that are worth checking out. The catch? Many of these physical GPS devices only work with one vehicle.
Don’t fear, though! We have compiled a list of 5 of the best GPS trackers that support multiple vehicle tracking. These options are sure to help you keep track of lovled ones and your precious vehicle. Want to fast-forward to our favorite one? Click here instead of reading individual reviews.
What about OnStar?
If you’re unfamiliar, OnStar is a built-in system for GM vehicles only that has been around for over a decade. While it’s built-in, it is only activated if you pay the monthly fee. There several different leves of plans but the OnStar Family Plan is the one that allows you to track your loved ones on an app. As of the date of this post, the price for Family Link with OnStar is $14.99 per month. Family Link has boundary, vehicle, and destination alerts. You can find out more about the OnStar Family Plan here.
Vyncs Real-Time Car Tracker
Vyncs Monthly Fee: 1 year free with purchase followed by $72/year. One-time $10 setup fee.
Battery: Powered by the vehicle!
What makes the Vyncs really cool is that it doesn’t need to be charged independently. Instead, it charges through your car’s OBD-II port. Not sure what that is? It’s the little plug in that secret compartment in the front of your car. This also allows the device to tap into your car’s computer. Depending on your vehicle, this means the Vyncs can tap into your fuel data, emissions information, battery health, recall alerts, and even maintenance information.
Have more than 5 vehicles that you want to track? The Vyncs tracker’s standard app only allows for a maximum of 5 vehicles to be paired with it but the VyncsFleet subscription option allows for even more vehicles to be added. The app has real-time tracking, fuel-cost tracking, and boundary zone alerts, and speeding notifications. The VyncsFleet option is perfect for car dealerships and great for families looking to keep tabs on one another while also maintaining their vehicles. We love the Vyncs!
Trax Play GPS Tracker
Trax Monthly Fee: $4-$9 per month/per device
Battery: About 3 days
The Swedish-made Trax is a simple device with a really great app. It has consistently been one of our favorite trackers on the market. It supports multiple vehicles and multiple digital fences. Have kids and an elderly parent? Set their own custom boundary zone so that you get an alert if they exit it. Alerts can even be on an Apple Watch! It charges via micro-usb and the battery life varies widely depending on how often you want it to update. All of the Trax’s alerts, digital fences, and device registrations are very user-friendly and easy to access. For more information on the Trax, check out our previous review.
Accutracking VTPlug TK373
Monthly Fee: $12.99-$25.99/month per device
Battery: Powered by the vehicle!
The Accutracking VTPlug is very similar to the Vyncs in that it uses your car’s OBD port and provides mostly all of the same reports. There’s speed notifications, driver history on a map (with speed notifications!), fuel alerts, check engine light notifications, and more! That’s a major plus for the Vyncs. Still, the Accutracting VTPlug does offer loads of benefits. The first being multiple accounts. They don’t separate this into a separate service like Vyncs does, either. You can also use Alexa with the Accutracking and ask “where is my car?” – pretty neat!
The major downside? The monthly fee kicks in immediately and there is no phone app option – only desktop computer. Remember – the Vyncs doesn’t kick in until after a year. However, there is no activation fee and the Accutracking is significantly cheaper than the Vyncs.
MOTOsafety MPAAS1P1 OBD GPS Vehicle Tracker
Monthly Fee: $19.99/month per device
Battery: Powered by the vehicle!
The MOTOsafety is also an OBD GPS tracker like the Vyncs and the Accutrack. It has all the same bells-and-whistles of reporting data and easy installation. How is it different? Well, in a couple ways.
The MOTOsafety App
You can view MOTOsafety driver data for multiple vehicles on the desktop and phone app. We really like the reports it generates, too. There’s “Daily Driver’s Report Card” that scores and summarizes the day’s driving. Like all the other devices, it does geofencing, but it also does something really cool called a “Route Replay.” The Route Replay does just that – review details of all the routes driven for the vehicles in a day. MOTOsafety claims that some people have even received insurance discounts because of these reports. Pretty neat!
Currently, the MOTOsafety is priced very competitively compared to the other devices on this list. However, the monthly fee is $19.99/month per device. That adds up quick when buying multiple devices to track family members! There’s no activation fee, but this added monthly fee becomes quite a bit of money after one year.
Spy Tec STI GL300 Multiple Vehicle Tracker
Monthly Fee: $25/month per device
Battery Life: About 5 days
The Spy Tec is one of the best selling GPS car trackers on the market. It’s great because of its portability, but it doesn’t offer the infinite battery life of some of the other trackers that we looked at in this review. It also doesn’t have the extra information that the OBD trackers have, either. It’s a bit more similar to the Trax in that respect.
We consider the Spy Tec and the Trax to be “on-the-go” multiple vehicle trackers rather than permanent solutions. They’re great for using one tracker to track certain situations, trips, or family members. However, they are also multipurpose devices that can track luggage, keys, purses, and more. Still – the Spy Tec does allow for multiple devices to be attached to its app. Speaking of the app, it allows for geofencing and alerts. It works on your phone and on desktop. There’s also an extended battery option with a magnetic case.
Our favorite is the Vyncs – hands down. Its initial cost is steeper than others, but the reports it provides and its lack of a monthly fee for a year mean that you save a lot of money without sacrificing quality. As an OBD tracker, its battery life lasts as long as your car does. The allowance for up to five vehicles also means that you’re most likely not going to need the VyncsFleet subscription option. The other devices are still great, especially the Trax and the Spy Tec, but we think that the Vyncs addresses the multiple vehicle tracking option the best. Thanks for reading!