The Bouncie OBD tracker is one of the most popular GPS trackers for 2019. Like other OBD trackers on the market, it is easily installed and comes with an app to track the vehicle’s position and more. Unlike other GPS trackers, it updates location immediately without charging extra and has some really neat features in its robust desktop and mobile apps.
Not sure what an OBD tracker is? It’s basically an internal monitor for your vehicle that also functions as a GPS tracker. OBD devices hook into your car’s computer and can show you location and vital information about your car – engine lights, fuel efficiency (MPG), speed history, and more. It might sound complicated, but you can install an OBD tracker in seconds.
We’ve reviewed some other OBD trackers in the past. If you’re interested in skipping ahead and seeing our comparison of the Bouncie to two other popular devices on the market – the Vyncs and the Automatic – click here.
OBD2 vs OBD1
The Bouncie is the first device we’ve reviewed that bills itself specifically as an OBD2 tracker. OBD2 is the current standard for OBD devices and they are not specific to the manufacturer. You no longer have to go to a mechanic to have them look in your car’s diagnostic computer – and OBD2 tracker allows you to check it out. It’s universal. If your car was built after 1996, it is OBD2 ready and compatible with the Bouncie!
The downside of OBD trackers? They’re not really discrete. While they aren’t bulky, they might be easily noticeable depending on the location of your vehicle’s OBD port. If you’re looking for a discrete GPS tracker, check out our review of the SpyTec.
How Do I Install the Bouncie?
You simply insert it into your car’s OBD port. The OBD port is almost always near the driver-side steering wheel. This is usually near the car’s spark plugs. Don’t worry – you don’t have to tear your car apart to install it. At about 2 inches in it’s largest diameter and weighing just over an ounce, the device isn’t bulky at all.
Bouncie Battery Life
Like all OBD trackers, it is charged by your car’s battery so you never need to charge it. You don’t need to worry about removing it when not driving, either, because the device turns off when your car does. There’s no need to worry about the Bouncie killing your car’s battery.
This is what makes OBD trackers our favorite GPS car trackers on the market. Sure, they are a little pricier with a few more bells-and-whistles that you might not always need, but their monthly price is nearly the same and you don’t have to remember to charge them. Pretty sweet!
GPS Features of the Bouncie
Unlike other OBD or GPS car trackers out there, you can have as many vehicles as you want within the Bouncie app. For some reason, other similar trackers on the market will limit the amount you can have. This also makes it a great fleet option if you have a large number of vehicles to keep track of.
Bouncie bills itself as “connecting your car to your life” and that really holds true for those wanting to keep track of an elderly relative or a teen driver. Bouncie calls their geofencing capability “Geo-Circles,” which allow you to create different alert zones in the app. If a car enters or leaves one of these circles, you can set up an alert. The great part is that you can enable logins for multiple users without paying more – this means multiple people can keep track of all of the vehicles associated with an account. Again, this is a feature that we haven’t seen before.
The Bouncie updates location every minute or so. Other details about the trip are updated at the end of a driving session. However, Geo-Circle barriers are alerted immediately.
When it comes to driving, Bouncie has alerts for the following things:
-Speed – the “Speed Bands” feature shows the trip history with a layer of colors that show the average speed during that portion of the trip.
-Geofencing (aka “Geo-Circles”) described above
Every feature of the Bouncie works without having a cell phone in the vehicle!
Car Diagnostic Features
There are way more features than just tracking that the Bouncie can keep track of. Since it is used by the OBD port, it can “tap in” to your car’s diagnostic information. Not sure what that light means on the dashboard? Check the app and find out! Not sure if you need to get gas in the morning? Again – check the app! The benefits of an OBD tracker compared to a regular GPS tracker are really worth the value!
Here’s a list of the car diagnostic information that the Bouncie shows:
-Engine alert information – the Bouncie will not just say “engine light on” but will give you the specific alert number and a description of what the error is.
-Current fuel level
-Fuel economy (average MPG) – you can even set an alert if it goes outside of a range that you set!
-Unplugged device alert – receive an alert if the Bouncie is unplugged and reconnected
-Idle time – receive an alert if the car is on for a set period of time (you can configure the duration in the app)
The device’s monthly fee includes up to three roadside assistance requests every twelve months. Bouncie claims to use the second largest network for roadside assistance with millions of affiliated repair vehicles ready to help you in the event of a breakdown. While crash detection isn’t currently available, Bouncie have promised to add it in a free update in the near future. You can read more about the roadside assistance feature here.
Bouncie Monthly Fee
The fee is really reasonable compared to other similar devices. At $8 per month per device, we think it’s worth it for keeping track of your car and seeing all of the latest information. However, the deal gets even better if you have 3 or more devices. For 3 or more devices, it’s a flat $20 per month for all of them (not for each device). Another benefit – other devices will charge more for how often the car updates its location. The Bouncie does not do that – a huge plus in our books!
The Bouncie Desktop and Mobile App
The user interface of the mobile and desktop apps is the best we’ve seen yet. It’s great to have multiple logins to monitor all of your vehicles, too. We have reviewed several of these devices and have seen so many companies come and go. We don’t feel like that’s a worry with the Bouncie because of its network of support.
The app has a lot of detail and attention put into it. It is the hub for everything and alerts and configurations can be set up on the desktop app, too. They’re one-to-one. It’s obvious that this device isn’t just another cash grab from a company trying to get in on the GPS market.
Tracking Multiple Vehicles
The app allows you to add multiple vehicles and gives you a discount for doing it. Instead of $8 per month for one or two devices, 3 or more devices becomes $20 per month. From kids to senior drivers, you can keep tabs on location and car diagnostic information for every vehicle you own. You do have to pay a monthly fee per device that you have, but we think it’s absolutely worth it if you have even the smallest inclination to purchase this device for multiple people. Remember – if you have 3 or more the monthly fee is only $20 flat per month.
GPS Tracker that Keeps Track of Miles
If you’re on the road a lot for business, we’ve found that the Bouncie does a great job of rounding up your business trips. It will also add those trips with mileage and fuel costs into a spreadsheet which is great for expense reports. You can view miles per gallon, too, and set up alerts if the vehicle goes outside the desired range for miles per gallon. If it’s fluctuating a lot, you can easily check the speed reports to see if increased acceleration is to blame or if short-distance city trips might be the culprit. Since it’s easily installed, you can bring it on business trips easily or set it up in another vehicle on-the-fly.
Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT Integrations
With its smart integrations, you can ask Alexa or Google “where is my car?” and receive a detailed report of where it is. You can ask for milage reports or, our favorite and most used, “do I need gas?” There are loads more, too, that you can see here.
The IFTTT (If this then that) integration is also really neat. You can set up events such as driving home and having the lights turn on when you get on the street. Some of our other favorites include sending an email when low on fuel or when an engine light is on, sending all trip details when you arrive at your destination, and turning off your lights as soon as you leave your home. Check them all out here.
Bouncie vs. Vyncs vs. Automatic Pro
The Vyncs is another popular GPS tracker that we previously reviewed. We also reviewed the Automatic Pro not to long ago, too. Well, the Bouncie has now edged out both of these devices in our opinion. Why? The wide integration of smart devices, multiple login options, and the fact that the location updates quickly without having to pay a higher monthly fee. Also, you can add as many vehicles to the app as you want. Check out the table below for our full comparison.