Price: Free / $5.99 per month / $79.99 per year
Hurdlr is one of a few car tracking apps for self-employed people. It tracks your daily activities as a function of your job. You can easily track how far you drive, how much money you spend on gas, and other stats like that. You can then use those numbers at tax time to get your proper deductible. It has integration with Square, Uber, PayPal, and tons of other companies. It also has a few additional tools for self-employed people. It’s not something you’d traditionally think of in this space. However, it actually is really useful for people in this line of work and it should easily save you more on taxes than it costs per year. You can check out the app just below or the official site here.
Google Maps can do a lot of things. That’s what makes it one of the better car tracking apps. An update in 2017 gave you the ability to save where your car was on the map. You then use Maps to find your way back to your car. It has a lot of other features as well. You know most of them. It’ll give you step-by-step directions, show various transit information, and you can even re-route your commute to avoid obstacles like traffic or construction. It’s a one of a kind app. Those who use this app already should just keep using it for keeping track of where your car is.
SpotAngels is probably the best of the car tracking apps. It quickly and easily lets you save where you parked for easy recall later. Additionally, the app can show you no parking zones so you can avoid parking tickets. The parking spot saver is available everywhere. However, the parking tickets part is only available in a few cities. It has expanded a lot over the last year, but the selection is still fairly limited. Luckily, people can report spots where they’re likely to get tickets. That info will be available to other people who use the app. This is a hidden gem for people who live in big cities.
Car manufacturer apps
Manufacturers are making a bigger push into the mobile space. Many car companies now have apps that connect to their cars. Ford, Chevy, Lexus, and many others are doing it. The apps aren’t all that good. However, every now and then they can actually be helpful. We would recommend you try your luck with one of these apps if your car is new enough to support it. Worst case, there are other apps on the list that will get the job done for sure. These apps will likely improve over time to do better.
Dedicated car tracking hardware
Price: Free apps / Hardware costs vary
The most secure and stable option for car tracking is dedicated car tracking hardware. The most popular example is LoJack. You install the module on your car and then use the app to see where your car is, track it if it gets stolen, and even get alerts when your alarm goes off. There are other options as well. This gets you a lot further than something like Google Maps. The downside is the price. LoJack SureDrive costs about $700 to install in your car according to its FAQ. It’s kind of like fitness trackers, though. Hardware still does it better than just software and you get extra security features as well.
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