The primary function of the Vivint Car Guard (and any GPS vehicle device for that matter) is tracking location.
But the Car Guard doesn’t stop there. You don’t just get the wheres; you get the whens and hows of each trip.
From the Vivint app, you can see your vehicle on a map, where it’s traveled, if it’s in motion, or where it’s going.
Every time your vehicle moves from point A to point B, Vivint provides trip details with information like distance traveled, trip duration, max speed, average speed, and fuel efficiency.
If you have teens who borrow your car, you can set locations in the app where your kids are most likely to go. By entering the address of your kids’ school, workplace, or friends’ houses, you’ll get alerts when they leave or arrive at these popular spots.
Unfortunately, Vivint Car Guard doesn’t have geofences like the other vehicle GPS trackers we’ve reviewed. Instead, Vivint restricts locations to single addresses but geofences allow you to draw lines around larger areas like neighborhoods, cities, and even states.
One thing that sets Vivint Car Guard apart from other GPS vehicle trackers is the disturbance alert feature. If a bad actor tries to break in or someone hits you in the parking lot, you’ll get an alert on your phone.
As an anti-theft device, the Car Guard won’t stop thieves like a steering wheel lock might but it can warn you when someone breaks a window, giving you time to get to your car and investigate before they get too far.
If someone does manage to get away with your car, you can track it through the app.
And, as anyone who uses street parking knows, fender benders and towing are constant threats. If another driver bumps into your car or your vehicle gets towed, the Car Guard will sense the movement and alert you.