Well, I don't really know what you mean by cheap. Are you looking for something less than $400? Heck, just a generic GPS receiver for a computer is usually around $100 new. A standalone GPS receiver is over a couple hundred dollars or more. I honestly don't see a cheap way to do this.Originally Posted by Gilbes
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Which is a bargain under $3k.
What sort of system are you looking for - if you want to be able to track the vehicle live, you need some wireless form of communication. Wireless Inet, GSM, cell phone style, etc.... You also need a source of power. Antennas etc...
I believe there's a reason you haven't found any DIY setups. It would be even more expensive to DIY. It wouldn't be too expensive to build a GPS vehicle tracker that just logged data. But then again, you would have to check the logs when the car is back in your possession.
What exactly are you looking to do?
GPS Secure is a great PC based Vehicle tracking system. It's developed by one of our own mp3car users. It does what you want, except it's on a PC.