It’s easy to feel lost with so many options to choose from, but our guide will help you decide
Buying the Right Fleet Tracking System
So you’ve decided that a GPS fleet management system will be beneficial to your business – that’s great, but now you’re faced with the task of finding the right one for you.
Every business is different – different sized fleets, different budgets and each has their own particular needs. Fortunately, there is such a large array of GPS fleet tracking products available that there will always be one that suits you best – it’s just a matter of finding it.
It can be a daunting task, but it need not be. The easiest way is to complete the form at the top of the page with your details and let us help you compare solutions, but here are a few things to consider.
Fleet Tracking Features
What features do you absolutely need, and what features can you do without? Basic systems deliver a lot of useful information, which you can use to improve efficiency, while more advanced systems will deliver more data, at a price. If you are paying for data, you need to know that you can put that data to good use.
Read our comprehensive list of all fleet tracking features you can find for more information.
Checklist for Comparing Fleet Tracking Systems
Once you have an idea of what features you might want on your vehicle tracking device you can then move on and consider the following when looking for a quote from a supplier:
It is essential you can adjust the tracking device to suit your particular business needs. Hence, choose the one that fulfills them all or as much as possible.
As with choosing most things in life, you want to have the reassurance that the product and service you are buying will be reliable and reputable.
If you are running a business that could take your vehicles anywhere in the world, you want to be sure they can be tracked anywhere in the world, thus ensuring international coverage is crucial.
It’s no good having a device that you can’t operate on your own when unforeseen circumstances occur (and of course they will), so making sure you have the on-going technical back-up through the contract is very important if your business is not suddenly going to grind to a halt due to some malfunction.
Ease-of-use and employee training is another factor to consider as it’s no good having a device that has fiddly menus or is difficult to navigate around that could cause frustration among your drivers and indeed lead to inefficiencies arising.
Test-runs and Demos
To be absolutely sure that the device you are contemplating is the right one for you is to ask the supplier to demonstrate the model; it is the only way you will be confident in your purchase.
Will your GPS vehicle tracking requirements change over time?
Currently, you may believe that choosing the best GPS vehicle tracking system for your fleet is simply a case of choosing the least expensive. However, it is worth considering how your business may change in the longer-term; will your fleet increase? Decrease? Will you need your GPS vehicle tracking system to provide something more than it does now, such as lone worker functionality for example?
When choosing the best GPS vehicle tracking system for your fleet it’s wise to ensure that any system considered has the flexibility to cope with changes in your business requirements.
Is Your Provider A Specialist?
When comparing fleet tracking systems you may prefer to choose a provider that is a specialist in the field and can provide reliable support and advice based upon experience when you need it. Selecting a company such as Masternaut, Fleetmatics, or TomTom that is a recognised brand leader in the field of vehicle telematics and fleet management solutions can provide extra reassurance that you are making a sound investment
Will Your Budget Cover The Fleet Tracking Solution You Require?
The cost of vehicle tracking systems increases according to their level of sophistication: more features equal greater expense. Fleet tracking solutions tend to be provided on a lease basis, but when comparing them it’s worth checking how much you’ll be required to pay for device installation, monthly subscription to the tracking service, any associated software licensing, system maintenance and GPS/GPRS data transmission (for active systems).
Rough Guide To Pricing
The cheapest vehicle tracking devices can start from around £30.00 (without SIM card) and go all the way up to around £300.
But that is just for the device. There will be other costs to incur for installation and subscription charges to access the Real Time features of the device, as well as contract fees depending on whether you sign up to pay-as-you-go, take out a business lease or decide to opt for rental. Most contracts last from 1 to 3 years.
Get Multiple Quotes
You have to shop around to get the best deal, and since many companies don’t publish their prices online the only way to do this is contact the companies directly to request a quote – which can take a lot of time.
We can take the hassle out of the process. Complete our quote form and receive multiple quotes from top suppliers based on your needs.
Its free, there’s no obligation to buy, and it only takes a minute!