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What is a Thatcham Approved Tracker?
Thatcham Research is the organisation overseeing the testing and categorisation of vehicle security products. Their stringent, meticulous testing is designed to assess the effectiveness of the security and safety of the products. As long as the product meets the exact criteria and high standard of quality, they will receive a Thatcham Security Certification.
Therefore, due to a combination of escalating vehicle theft, and the high level of quality and the very impressive recovery success rate of Thatcham approved trackers, insurance providers are now insisting that motorists install these particular tracking devices.
This is likely to be why you are now being asked to install a Thatcham approved tracking device, even though you may not have ever been asked to in the past.
What Are The Thatcham Tracker Categories?
The Thatcham Tracker categories that you are likely to hear referenced by your insurance provider are 'S5' and S7'.
The S7 is the entry level Thatcham tracker category, with the S5 being the higher level (due to it including the Driver Rcognition System).
There is also the optional category of S5 Plus. This is not technically a Thatcham tracker category, but includes additional immobiliser security.
If you opted for the S5 Plus, your insurers would recognise this as the S5 Thatcham tracker category.
Which Is The Best Thatcham Approved Tracker For Me?
Now that you know why it is a standard requirement, the next question you are probably thinking is 'which is the best Thatcham Approved Tracker for me?'
There are two main categories of Car Insurance Trackers - S5 and S7. In a nutshell, S7 trackers are the cheapest Thatcham approved vehicle tracking device. S5 Trackers are the same as S7, but with the addition of an extra Automatic Driver Recognition System (ADR recognises you are the authorised driver. If anyone else moves your vehicle, it triggers an instant alert).
If your insurance provider has NOT stipulated a category, then you are free to choose which category you prefer. However, if they have stipulated an S5 tracker, then you MUST meet this requirement. Failing to do so will most likely invalidate your insurance policy in the event of theft.
The differences between the categories are quite straightforward, however, there are multiple brands and may have slightly different additional optional features, and pricing.
Do you have a Thatcham Approved Tracker Installers Near Me?
As not many people have heard of these products, you're probably wondering 'is there a Thatcham approved installer near me?'
Trackershop's Installs Team cover every UK postcode, with a fully mobile installation service.
We have the largest network of engineers on the road daily, so you can be confident that a) we can provide full installation in your area, and b) the quickest appointment times?
How long does it take to install a Thatcham approved tracking device?
An S7 tracker can be installed in as little as 45 minutes. An S5 tracker will take approximately 1 hour.
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Are ‘insurance approved’ the same as ‘Thatcham Approved Trackers’?
There may be rare occasions when a non-Thatcham product will be sufficient, however, you will need to ensure your insurance provider confirm this to you in writing, as this is not common.
Best Thatcham Approved Vehicle Tracker
As well as the standard Thatcham approved tracker requirements, motorists can also choose optional additional security.
These aren't always a Thatcham requirement, but most certainly improve the security of your vehicle - giving you even more peace of mind.
Thatcham Tracker with Immobiliser
If you would like optional added security then take a look at the best Thatcham Tracker with immobiliser installed by Trackershop.
Thatcham Tracker with Alarm
Many insurers are also insisting on alarms being installed for security.
However, even more savvy motorists are being proactive and seeking out the best Thatcham Tracker and Alarm installation options regardless.
Take a look at all Thatcham Approved Trackers
Now you know a bit more about how Thatcham Accredited Trackers work, you can take a look at the full range of options in the Insurance Approved Tracker category here.
Thatcham Approved Car Trackers Explained