Top 5 car tracking companies in South Africa – plan features and costs

There is a wide range of car trackers and services on the market, some more advanced and more expensive and other basic GPS versions that are much more affordable but what is “best” depends more on your needs than the actual products and packages on offer.

In this article, I list the top 5 car tracking companies (in my opinion) to make it easier for you to select the best option for your needs. In the end, you’ll also find some information about Track My Stuff, a company that will help you gather and compare a range of quotes from some of the top tracking companies (all four of the first companies on our list).

In general, make sure you don’t opt for the most comprehensive packages only to never use the additional services it comes with. If you’re not interested in tracking mileage or driver behavior or work from home, don’t get the R300 per month packages, it’s a waste of resources.

This is another reason why I suggest you use Track My Stuff, they’ll ask you what it is you need and make sure you don’t end up with the most expensive package only to never use a single feature it offers.

The below car tracking companies are listed in ALPHABETICAL ORDER – while I’ve tried to list all the features and all the packages on offer, this list is not all-inclusive.


1. Beame


Link to their website: beam-e.com

Beame is one of MiX Telematics’ brands and is on the fast track to becoming one of the country’s most popular wireless vehicle tracking and recovery products. They have a reliable network of recovery agents across the country and will quickly track and recover your stolen vehicle.

Their tracker is completely wireless and can quickly and easily be installed into any vehicle from a motorbike to a large truck. You’ll need to have the battery replaced in three years’ time – something which is done at no additional charge.

They’re accepted by all major South African insurers and recommended by many including Outsurance and King Price. They have around 250 fitment centres across the country, so you can rest assured that you can easily find and get to one without much effort.


Beame’s packages and plans

Beame’s basic package offers:

  • A lifetime warranty on installation and replacements of the wireless device – absolutely free
  • Quick installation since the Beame device is wireless and battery-powered
  • Jamming detection – their control centre will be alerted automatically
  • Access to Beame’s Smartphone App that lets you check the status of your device battery, report your vehicle stolen, and more

Beame Protect includes:

  • A lifetime warranty on installation and replacements of the wireless device – absolutely free
  • Quick installation since the Beame device is wireless and battery-powered
  • Jamming detection – their control centre will be alerted automatically
  • Access to Beame’s Smartphone App that lets you check the status of your device battery, report your vehicle stolen, and more
  • Accident assist
  • Fines assist
  • License assist
  • Pothole assist
  • Bail assist

Beame monthly costs

Beame starts from 142.22 per month which gives you access to all the features you really need. You will also have to pay a once-off administrative fee of R150 which can be done online via cheque or credit card payment.


Sign up for Beame online

You can make use of Beame’s website to sign up for their services. You will need to complete a form online and provide, your ID number, vehicle registration or VIN number, and your banking details.


2. Ctrack


Link to their website: c-track.com

While Ctrack is more known to be a provider of fleet tracking services, they also offer personal vehicle tracking and stolen vehicle recovery. Their packages range from a simple insurance-focused plan to a more comprehensive plan with lots of added benefits.

Ctrack Secure offers: 
  • View the status of your vehcile from any device 
  • No-go area alerts
  • Battery system and tamper warning alerts
  • Accident and rollover detection
  • App called Ctrack Mobi
  • Trip reports

You can add their Backup product which offers stolen vehicle response and an automatic health check. In addition to this, you can also opt in for their value added services which include:

  • SOS panic
  • Emergency medical response
  • Medical transport and guaranteed acceptance into hospital
  • Towing and roadside assistance 
  • Legal and medical assistance 
  • Access to medical advice and medical assistance hotlines

3. Matrix


Link to their website: matrix.co.za

If you’re looking to secure your vehicle – and peace of mind, Matrix offers a reliable vehicle tracking and recovery service. As a customer-centric company, they offer great customer service and you can rest assured that their capable recovery personnel will ensure quick and effective tracking and recovery.


Matrix payment options

Their packages allow you to either pay off the hardware as part of your monthly installment or purchase the hardware upfront and enjoy the lower monthly installment.


MX1 Core Security offers:

  • 24-hour access to Matrix recovery services
  • Stolen vehicle recovery at no additional cost
  • Vehicle positioning pinpointing
  • Ability to track your vehicle even in basements and under cover
  • Dedicated recovery teams at your service

The MX1 costs R116 per month with the upfront hardware payment and R160 per month without it.


MX2 Safety Enhancer offers:

  • 24-hour access to Matrix recovery services
  • Stolen vehicle recovery at no additional cost
  • Vehicle positioning pinpointing
  • Ability to track your vehicle even in basements and under cover
  • Dedicated recovery teams at your service
  • Advanced alert features that notify you when your vehicle is moved without consent
  • Boarder alerts
  • A panic remote for added safety

The MX2 costs R201 with the upfront hardware payment or R267 without it.


MX3 Advanced Safety offers:

  • 24-hour access to Matrix recovery services
  • Stolen vehicle recovery at no additional cost
  • Vehicle positioning pinpointing
  • Ability to track your vehicle even in basements and under-cover
  • Dedicated recovery teams at your service
  • Advanced alert features that notify you when your vehicle is moved without consent
  • Boarder alerts
  • A panic remote for added safety
  • Internet and App vehicle tracking
  • Harsh event reports in the event of an accident
  • Automated Tax logbook that uses GPS
  • Roadside and medical assistance
  • Driver no-go zones

This package costs R217 per month without the upfront hardware payment or R318 per month if you prefer to pay the hardware off.


4. Netstar


Link to their website: netstar.co.za

As the pioneer of the vehicle recovery industry in South Africa, they’re a trusted brand that offers personal, business, and commercial vehicle recovery services. They also provide a range of fleet management and tracking solutions as well as insurance vehicle telematics.

They boast a 90% vehicle recovery rate and offer one of the lowest monthly plans on the market at just R99 per month. What I specifically like about them is that they offer simplicity as well as more complex service add-ons which means you get to choose how much, or how little, you need.


Netstar Nano offers:

  • Stolen vehicle recovery
  • A fitment certificate for your insurance company
  • A wireless tracker with a three-year battery life
  • This package will cost you R99 per month for 36 months

Netstar Basic offers:

  • Stolen vehicle recovery
  • A fitment certificate for your insurance company
  • A wireless tracker with a three-year battery life
  • Signal jamming alert
  • Impact detection
  • Battery disconnect alert
  • This package will cost you R139 per month for 36 months

Netstar Plus offers:

  • Stolen vehicle recovery
  • A fitment certificate for your insurance company
  • A wireless tracker with a three-year battery life
  • Signal jamming alert
  • Impact detection
  • Battery disconnect alert
  • Tracking via the internet and their App
  • Logbook for Tax purposes
  • Driver behavior reporting
  • Car park jamming alert
  • This package will cost you R169 per month for 36 months

Netstar Early Warning offers:

  • Stolen vehicle recovery
  • A fitment certificate for your insurance company
  • A wireless tracker with a three-year battery life
  • Signal jamming alert
  • Impact detection
  • Battery disconnect alert
  • Tracking via the internet and their App
  • Logbook for Tax purposes
  • Driver behavior reporting
  • Car park jamming alert
  • Auto-arm proximity tag
  • A wireless panic button
  • Early theft warning alert
  • Tow-away alert
  • This package will cost you R199 per month for 36 months

5. Tracker


Link to their website: tracker.co.za

Probably South Africa’s most well-known stolen vehicle recovery company. With over 20 years in the industry, they’ve served the people of South Africa well and have earned their well-deserved reputation.


Tracker has over a million subscribers

They currently have over a million active tracker subscribers but you may be surprised to find that tracking vehicles are not all that they do. With a host of data, they’ve essentially become a data company focused on vehicle telematics. This is essentially vehicle communication technology at its finest.


How to get Tracker for your vehicle

You’ll likely be automatically connected to Tracker through a dealer, insurance provider, or your vehicle’s original equipment manufacturer but, if not you can visit their website and request a tracker quote.


Tracker monthly costs

Tracker offers private vehicle owners tracking services starting at R179 per month (this is for their most basic plan). You will obviously pay more if you opt to have the installation fees spread out over your 36-month contract. Ideally, you can pay the installation fee upfront and reduce your monthly Tracker installment.


Recover (their most basic plan) includes:

  • Theft retrieval
  • App and web access to monitor your car’s location
  • License reminders for both your driving and car licenses
  • A vehicle expense log for everything from fuel to maintenance
  • Trip logbook allows you to log mileage for business and private needs

Trackers Protect package offers:

  • Theft retrieval
  • App and web access to monitor your car’s location
  • In-app car guard that allows you to set a specific location for your car and be notified immediately if it moves
  • License reminders for both your driving and car licenses
  • A vehicle expense log for everything from fuel to maintenance
  • Risk notifications that will let you know when your battery has been disconnected or when high-risk events such as border crossing or entry in high-risk areas are detected
  • Trip logbook allows you to log mileage for business and private needs

Care, Trackers most comprehensive plan offers:

  • Theft retrieval connected to their extensive national track and recovery network
  • Location tracking uses GPS and GSM to let Trackers monitoring centre where your car is
  • Reports on your vehicle that can be used for any purpose
  • App and web access to monitor your car’s location
  • In-app car guard that allows you to set a specific location for your car and be notified immediately if it moves
  • License reminders for both your driving and car licenses
  • A vehicle expense log for everything from fuel to maintenance
  • Roadside and medical assistance can be activated via your Assist Button
  • Service reminders a month before your next service is due
  • Share My Journey allows you to let your family know where you are via the Tracker App where they can monitor your journey and safe arrival
  • Risk notifications that will let you know when your battery has been disconnected or when high-risk events such as border crossing or entry in high-risk areas are detected
  • Trip logbook allows you to log mileage for business and private needs
  • Zones management allows you to set safe and no-go zones on a map and will notify you when it happens
  • Accident assistance sends out medical and towing help if your vehicle is involved in an accident
  • Impact detection allows Tracker to detect when your car has been involved in any sort of accident or incident that caused a detectable impact
How to choose a vehicle tracking provider

You can make use of Track My Stuff and quickly and easily obtain multiple car tracker quotes from the first four car tracking companies listed above. Track My Stuff offers a reliable quote service (just like Hippo does for insurance quotes!) and will help you find the most suitable and affordable option for you.

Do you currently subscribe to any of the above vehicle tracking companies? Let us know your experience with them or leave a review down below to help others decide which option to go for!

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