COMPARE THATCHAM APPROVED TRACKERS
What is a Thatcham Approved Tracker?
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.
You can see a chart of the different Thatcham approved
|Thatcham approved Fitters|
|24hr control centre|
|Low battery alert|
|Battery disconnect alert|
|Transferable to new vehicle|
|GPS/GSM block alert|
|Remote Fobs (DRS)|
|Remote engine immobilisation|
|Subscription (starts at)|
|Price (inc VAT)|
Vodafone Protect Connect 5
SmarTrack CAT 5
ScorpionTrack CAT 5
Vodafone Protect & Connect 6
SmarTrack Protector Pro CAT 6
ScorpionTrack ST50 CAT 6
|3 Yrs||3 Yrs||2 Yrs||3 Yrs||3 Yrs||2 Yrs|
|GPS / GSM||GPS / GSM||GPS / GSM||GPS / GSM||GPS / GSM||GPS / GSM|
|12/24 Volts||12/24 Volts||12/24 Volts||12/24 Volts||12/24 Volts||12/24 Volts|
|View Tracker||View Tracker||View Tracker||View Tracker||View Tracker||View Tracker|