How To Prevent Tampering Of GPS Tracking Devices

How To Prevent Tampering Of GPS Tracking Devices

In the recent past, several car dealerships have noticed tampering in the GPS tracking devices in the vehicles sold under the BHPH financing option. Buy Here Pay Here, popularly known as BHPH is an interesting offering provided by several car dealerships. Under this option, buyers can take the car with a small down payment, and then pay the rest to the dealership on installment. The car they buy is held as collateral against such financing.

Moreover, even when the vehicle is sold, it still is an asset for the dealership. And to secure this asset, several dealerships opt to have a GPS tracking device installed in it. For a buy-here-pay-here dealer, vehicle tracking removes the risk of doing business. Despite the fact that dealerships never reveal customer information, and collect location data only to ensure the security of their asset, GPS tracking devices are tampered with to avoid the same.

In this article, we will discuss the dangers of tampering with GPS devices, how to identify them and what should dealerships do to prevent them.

Kinds of GPS tracking devices for dealerships:

Dealerships only need to know the location information, and in cases create Geofences to ensure that their asset is within safe geographical limits. For these purposes, there are two kinds of GPS tracking devices available on the market for dealerships:

How GPS tracking devices are tampered with?

The most common way to tamper with a GPS tracking device is to either physically remove it or to cut off its power supply. Wireless devices can be disabled by plugging them out of the OBD II port, while wired devices can be deactivated by cutting the wire to power. This disrupts the signal and the device can no longer connect and transmit the location data of the vehicle. Another more creative and expensive way is to either use a jammer or a strong magnet to disrupt the GPS signal.

Dangers of a tampered GPS tracking device:

A tampered, deactivated, or disabled GPS tracking device in any of the vehicles held as collateral by a dealership has dire implications on its business. Not only the dealership loses its asset, but it also has to bear the financial loss. Moreover, if the vehicle is taken beyond the safe limits of a city or state, the chances to recover it are bleak.

What can dealerships do?

Although it seems that disabling a GPS tracker is quite easy, dealerships can be proactive and prevent this from happening. All you need to do is get Matrack’s kill switch tamper-resistant MA BHPH wired tracker. Impeccably designed, the MA BHPH wired GPS tracking device comes with a built-in tamper detect sensor. The sensor regularly checks for a live connection between the device and engine.

With this feature, if anyone tries to disable the tracker either by cutting the kill switch or unplugging the device from its power source, an automatically generated alert is sent to you via messaging or email. This helps you in taking quick action and minimize your losses.

Features of MA BHPH:

Matrack’s MA BHPH wired GPS tracker comes with all the features of a regular device and some sleek add-on features to avoid tampering. Apart from being tamper-resistant, MA BHPH is also waterproof and weatherproof and can withstand rough terrain and harsh conditions.


A tampered GPS tracking device in anyone the vehicles held as collateral is a huge business loss for a dealership. And the only way you can prevent it is by proactively seeking tamper-resistant devices. Matrack is a leader in GPS tracking devices and services and offers a dedicated and customized solution based on your business needs. Our MA BHPH bundles tamper-prevention with regular tracking needs like real-time location, Geofencing, and more.

We also offer 24/7 customer support. If you have any questions related to MA BHPH or any of our other devices, contact us!


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