DON’T RISK USING DIY TRACKERS
Insurers voice fears over homemade security devices revealed by CCW
The FBHVC is advising enthusiasts not to make homemade trackers in order to protect their classics and save money.
Last week’s CCW broke the news that homemade tracking devices were being used by thieves to track and locate classics remotely – and for less than £5.
Since then, experts, including the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), as well as a leading classic car insurer, have suggested that people shouldn’t create their own tracking devices.
Some insurance companies stipulate that a tracker must be fitted to a car in order for it to be insured. However, it has emerged that many insurance companies don’t offer tracker services on classic policies. The use of telematics and tracking devices is only reserved for younger drivers. Peter James, managing director of Peter James insurance, explains: ‘I am not aware of any [classic] insurer or broker offering a telematic solution. I would expect that telematics can be used to trace a stolen vehicle, but of more importance with young drivers is that installation of a “black box” is designed to control and monitor the risk and use. I only know of telematics/black box technology being used for young drivers.’
Liam Lloyd, marketing manager for Footman James Insurance, confirms: ‘ The telematics rating has not made an appearance into the classic markets, to my knowledge.’
FBHVC communications director Geoff Lancaster says: ‘We would advise caution to anyone making their own tracking device. It won’t be Thatcham-approved, it won’t be safe and it could seriously damage electrical systems in your car.’
One owner of an appreciating fast Ford voiced his grave concerns about the current situation within the Ford community after a tracking device was found on a Ford Escort RS Cosworth at a Ford Fair at Silverstone.
Ford Fiesta XR3i owner Matthew Byrne says: ‘Decent trackers are £300 and £15-per-month subscription. I don’t want to invest that when it spends 99% of the time sat in my garage. Insurance companies should be doing more.’