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Old 11-08-2014, 07:46 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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"Buy here, pay here"

Some of those places are one stop short of rental car agencies. What do you expect them to do, let their assets disappear?
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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How did the police know his car had a gps locator and who sold it to him?
According to most news reports, when police viewed the video taped abduction, they noticed the dealer's decal on the perp's car. They knew from experience that this dealer only dealt in high risk buy here/pay here customers. And they knew the dealer installed the GPS-based locator device on all it's cars in order to locate them if they needed to repossess a car. Police called the dealer, asked him to activate the system, got the location and arrested the perp and found the girl.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:45 AM
 
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Just about every car has a black box now. That way when you say "the car was defective, I stepped on the brake" they can pull the codes that say "No, dumba$$ you stepped on the gas."
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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Am sure many know this but most all car share vehicles (Hertz on Demand, ZipCar, etc....) not only have GPS but the ability to receive "kill" signals that will shut the engine off and lock doors.

Then there is by most accounts EZ-Pass devices also give information that can be used for tracking purposes.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: metropolis
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The last car I owned, I bought from a Chrysler/Dodge dealership. All of the cars have GPS on them. They have the little sticker on the front windows indicating that. They claim it is for locating stolen vehicles. They probably use it when people try to hide from the repo man, too. LOL
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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This scenario is probably much more common than you might expect, HappyRider . . .

What would you do if you sold a vehicle with only minimum down to an individual with lousy credit? I definitely don't blame the dealer one bit as they has a great deal of money at stake.

The best solution is to GROW UP and CLEAN UP YOUR CREDIT RATING BY PAYING YOUR BILLS and this would be a non-issue.
If a dealer is that afraid of the customer's financial position, don't sell 'em the damn car. What gives you the right to track my movement?

By the way, being able to pay bills is not a function of growing up...it's a function of personal finance. Being grown up does not guarantee being able to meet your basic financial obligations (rent, food, water, electricity). The amount of money you make and how you spend it is what determines your ability to pay your bills.
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Old 11-11-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If a dealer is that afraid of the customer's financial position, don't sell 'em the damn car.
If you're such a lousy credit risk that you need to have a GPS tracker on your car to make disabling and repo-ing easy and that's not something you're willing to live with, don't buy a car until you're no longer such a lousy credit risk.

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What gives you the right to track my movement?
The terms of the contract along with the credit/flight risk you pose.


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By the way, being able to pay bills is not a function of growing up...it's a function of personal finance. Being grown up does not guarantee being able to meet your basic financial obligations (rent, food, water, electricity). The amount of money you make and how you spend it is what determines your ability to pay your bills.
If you're not cognizant of the basic relationship between the two, chances are you still have some growing up to do.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Birmingham
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This is very common when people with crappy and horrible credit buy from a buy here pay here type auto lot. They pay huge down payments for mediocre vehicles bought at auction and then get to pay huge interest rates. If they skip a payment the GPS allows the car lot to come repo the vehicle.

Very common practice. JD Byrider, Drivetime, etc are national buy here pay here type lots.
Yes it is. Some will also have immobilizers where they can keep the car from being started. No they won't shut it down while someone is driving, but they can keep it from starting again.
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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The last car I owned, I bought from a Chrysler/Dodge dealership. All of the cars have GPS on them. They have the little sticker on the front windows indicating that. They claim it is for locating stolen vehicles. They probably use it when people try to hide from the repo man, too. LOL
The dealer couldn't care less if the car gets repo, they got their money it's the fin ace company that looses out. And if the dealer had them in all of their cars they were getting a kick back from all the fin finace companies they do business with. Unless they are also doing in store financing.
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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As these systems get more common, people will simply find ways to disable them.

It's not hard.
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