In finding out if your car has a GPS tracker, you must first bear in mind that such device needs to ‘see’ the sky for it to work flawlessly. Even though GPS signals can penetrate plastic materials that are not too thick, they can’t do so with metal.
Thus, the device is most likely to be placed in a location that will safeguard it and still let the device provide a practically direct communication route together with the satellite above.
Now the next question would be where in your vehicle should you look for a GPS tracker? It may be best to begin from the front and work your way to the back until you reach the rear end of your car. The following are the car parts you may check:
This may not be the most common place to hide a GPS device, but it is still possible. Search all four wheels and look for any weird object that can appear as a container. Also, the brakes must be the only thing at the back of the wheels. Take off the brakes as well and inspect them since there may be a wire leading to a sensor (do not touch it, though).
Look at the back of your rear bumper for any strange thing. Although there are some wires found there, they could just be external sensors and powering lights, sending signals as you drive. Be careful not to disconnect or detach these wires as you check for a GPS device. Any disruption may affect your car negatively.
The undercarriage is another thing to inspect. You may think that any device laid beneath this area would most probably not have a good contact with GPS satellites. But actually, some devices still have resilient antennas or sensors that can create communication via such barriers.
You probably have not thought of finding a GPS device on your dashboard area because if there is one, you should have already sensed it since you sit near this area often. However, there is still a possibility for that since so much space exists under a dashboard.
Thus, check the glove box or compartment. You can even take off this part and detach it entirely by loosening the screws. Then, search within the place, including the wires. Pull out any strange thing or object not connected to any component in the compartment and inspect thoroughly.
When you are done searching through this area, move on to the dashboard’s side near the driver’s seat and repeat the whole search procedure. If you can, take out the panel found beneath the steering wheel and look for weird colors.
Installing a GPS tracker in other places in the car is possible where it can make contact with the satellites via the sunroof. Thus, find odd or weird wires or objects. You can also expose each place possible but do not force to open them.
Also, scrutinize underneath the front and rear seats or the carpets for weird wires. Trace every wire to its source to verify that it is not from an external source. Do practice caution as you perform this to avoid any seat warming gear damages or disconnected wires.
If you still have not found any GPS tracker, there is a good chance that there is none. Still, if you’re suspicious, then maybe it is time to hire a professional to sweep your car since there may be some complicated areas that you can’t access.
Also, it may be dangerous to do all of this GPS inspection alone. You can choose someone who is a car alarm installer selling GPS trackers, a mechanic with experience in finding trackers or a private investigator.
Moreover, you may want to sweep the car electronically since the devices which actively transmit your location can be determined by handheld detectors. It may be pricey, but if you want, find a company selling Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM).
The GPS tracker may only transmit occasionally or when your vehicle is moving. Therefore, best to test while your friend is driving somewhere secluded.