MOTOsafety Tracking Device Review

We tested MOTOsafety for 5 days. All of its features worked well, and it's great for teens.
Best for new drivers
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MOTOsafety OBD GPS Car Tracker
4 out of 5 stars
4
  • Pros
    Geofencing
  • Pros
    Custom alerts
  • Pros
    Regular driving reports
Katie McEntire
Staff Writer, Safety & Security
April 05, 2022

We tested the MOTOsafety OBD GPS Car Tracker hands-on to put its features to the test. We loved the route replays, maintenance reports, and customizable alert boundaries, but thought the app and web interfaces were a bit confusing.

All in all, we think MOTOsafety offers good features for teens and aging drivers alike. You can track their speed and help remind them of regular vehicle maintenance. Watch your loved one on-the-go through the MOTOsafety car tracker app or from the web login on your computer. 

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Easily customizable alerts and boundaries
Pro Bullet Regular driving and maintenance reports
Pro Bullet Real-time reporting
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Confusing user interface
Con Bullet Difficult cancellation policy

We’ve looked at vehicle tracking devices for teens before and MOTOsafety stands out from the crowd. Other than Bouncie, it’s one of the few GPS trackers with maintenance reminders for your vehicle. 

See our full review of the 5 Best GPS Vehicle Trackers for more information.

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*Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

What's in the box

  • MOTOsafety OBD vehicle tracker
  • Zip tie
  • Quick start guide

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MOTOsafety setup and installation

Safety expert Katie McEntire installing the MOTOsafety vehicle GPS tracker into a car's OBD port.

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Installing MOTOsafety is as easy as plugging in a lamp. The small GPS tracker connects directly to your car’s OBD-II port (found in vehicles made after 1996). This port is usually under the steering wheel but can vary from model to model.

Simply plug it in and track the vehicle using your web account or mobile app. It took us a moment to find the OBD-II port in our vehicle, but once we did, the MOTOsafety clicked in as smoothly as a USB drive. Once the physical device is in your vehicle, you’ll want to be patient with the app. In our experience, it took about half an hour for the device to start communicating with our mobile device.

The mobile app is handy for watching your teen’s driving, but you can’t set any parameters from it. You’ll need the web portal to change settings like alerts, curfew hours, and geofences.

Custom reporting

MOTOsafety report card

Screenshot: SafeWise

MOTOsafety comes with comprehensive reporting that covers almost everything—vehicle upkeep, speed, sudden braking and acceleration, distance, location, and stops along the way. Our favorite features include geofences, maintenance reports, and route replay.

In addition to a regular “safety report card,” MOTOsafety also provides maintenance updates and reminders. This will keep your teen responsible for regular maintenance like oil changes and state inspections. We also like this feature for adult drivers who may not be as vigilant when it comes to regular vehicle maintenance.

Route replay

MOTOsafety route replay

Screenshot: SafeWise

Route replay is one of the most useful features of MOTOsafety. You can watch the vehicle from your phone or desktop as it moves around town. You’ll see the driver’s top speed and any stops they make. This can help you watch out for your teen if you suspect they’re making unnecessary detours or speeding during their outings.

Geofences

MOTOsafety geofences

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Geofences are custom boundaries you can place on the MOTOsafety map. When your teen enters or exits any of these zones, you’ll be notified via email, app alert, or text (the choice is yours). Set them up around your teen’s school, work, home, or anywhere else they frequent. 

Geofences can be large as your state or as small as your neighborhood. This is also a good feature for employees like delivery drivers and chauffeurs to ensure your vehicle is where it needs to be.

MOTOsafety Customer Service

MOTOsafety’s customer service team is prompt and friendly. There’s a live chat on the website for quick questions and an email option for longer ones. While the tracking device itself is affordable, it comes with a monthly fee of $20. Be sure to call MOTOsafety if you want to cancel. There are no options online and you’ll be charged every month until you stop the service.

Things to consider before buying the MOTOsafety

The teenage years should be full of fun and new experiences, but your kids need to be smart and safe too. Your first line of defense is learning how to talk to your teen about safe driving. Having a conversation about boundaries and expectations can prevent trouble down the road. It’s also wise to provide an emergency car kit in case they do run into trouble.

Final word

MOTOsafety gives you parenting power without restricting your teen. Help them enjoy their teenage years and make better decisions with clearly defined safe zones and driving times. MOTOsafety is easy to install and use, but you’ll still need to pay a monthly fee to keep the monitoring service.

Whether you want to track your teenager, aging parent, or employees, MOTOsafety is a good choice among the GPS trackers on the market.

How we reviewed MOTOsafety

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We tested MOTOsafety for ourselves in a 2013 SUV for five days. Our testing included setting up geofences around key local spots, scheduling a curfew (then breaking it), and checking routes we took over the week.

We made sure to set the off-limits times to hours we knew we’d be on the road to make sure it worked. Not long after, we got email alerts notifying us of unauthorized driving. To learn more about how we tested MOTOsafety and other products we’ve reviewed, check out our full methodology.

Disclaimer

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Katie McEntire
Written by
Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.

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