Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

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xpf2003
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Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by xpf2003 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:57 pm

Hello everyone,

I will be soon receiving my Kodiaq. It is a SE L model.

I want to have a tracker installed and a steering wheel lock the first night it will be sitting on my drive. A friend mentioned that Kodiaq may have a factory fitted tracker. Is that the case? If not, any recommendations for a tracker?

Also - which steering wheel will go on Kodiaq?

TIA
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Re: Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by Zach » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:46 am

Tracking is a part of Skoda Connect, but we don't get that in New Zealand so someone else on the forum will have to walk you through that.
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Re: Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by FoxtrotAlpha » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:13 am

In the U.K. you can track the location of the car via the connect app. This is free on a new car for 12 months and then you have to pay for a license afterwards. It was £35 P.A. but when mine came up for renewal I think it’s increased up to £60. I don’t have the same concerns as you regarding security so I didn’t bother renewing at that price.

It’s worth noting that you can only get a position when the car is stationary. I would hazard at a guess that when the battery is disconnected you will also fail to get a signal or maybe just logging you off the connect app via the infotainment system works... but I could be wrong on that. Either way it’s a useful app to locate your car and does warn you remotely if the cars senses external / internal movement (usually by email). I would not consider this as a replacement for a GPS tracker as you pro thief will know it exists and disable it.

I have never bothered with steering wheel locks as I know people who used them and they didn’t stop the theft, all it seemed to do was cause more damage to the car when they took them off., sawing the wheel or taking a hammer to it. Here’s a link to a lock review, nice to see some can be removed in 5-10 seconds. Not worth the money in many cases.

https://www.carbuyer.co.uk/tips-and-adv ... cks-to-buy

I am a believer that if they want your car they will get it, just need to mitigate the risks as much as you can but some of these device will not stop a pro. and are probably an annoyance to the most casual criminal.
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Re: Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by Old and Grumpy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:20 pm

https://www.kleinmetall.de/en/carlok-60230503

I use one of these. On a manual gearbox by hooking it around clutch pedal and steering wheel it not only prevents the steering wheel from turning, but also prevents the engine from being started since the clutch has to be depressed to start the engine.
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Re: Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by Marinfullsuss » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 pm

Apparently, it's possible to turn an old mobile phone (well hidden, in car or caravan) into a GPS tracker. Quite a few YouTube vids.
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Re: Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by scratch113 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:03 pm

FoxtrotAlpha wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:13 am
Here’s a link to a lock review, nice to see some can be removed in 5-10 seconds. Not worth the money in many cases.

https://www.carbuyer.co.uk/tips-and-adv ... cks-to-buy

I am a believer that if they want your car they will get it, just need to mitigate the risks as much as you can but some of these device will not stop a pro. and are probably an annoyance to the most casual criminal.
Quite shocking that even the best ones can be removed in 5-10 minutes, but also the more simple ones that can be removed in 10 seconds are still rated at 3/5 stars. What's the point? It's really no deterrent to the determined thief - as FA says, if they want it and they've got the ability to get around the electronic security, then these things really aren't going to be the one thing that actually stops them.

Decent insurance with a decent insurer is what you actually want (plus possibly GAP insurance if you've bought new), despite the hassle obviously involved in having the deal with the fallout of losing your pride and joy to some scumbag who doesn't care two hoots about the implications of taking something that is not theirs. Even full-on trackers aren't infallible and the thieves know all about them.

I had a friend at work who had his 3 month old Audi RS3 nicked off his drive - they hooked his keys off the hall table through his letterbox and even though he was woken and saw them drive off, the police failed to track it other than spotting it on an ANPR camera on the M5. The police said it was probably on the first ferry from Fishguard to the Republic of Ireland the next morning and then broken for spares, most of them then imported back to the UK for the black market. Even the most robust steering lock will not stop the organised criminals.
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Re: Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by FoxtrotAlpha » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:58 pm

Here is another relatively recent review, this time GPS trackers of differing prices with and without subscriptions.

https://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esb ... 35081.html

As an easier option the OBD port devices make sense but there again if I was inclined to nick a decent car it would probably be the first place to look.
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Re: Steering wheel lock and tracker for kodiaq?

Post by DAN@ADRIAN FLUX » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:56 pm

Hi.
If it's of any help we recommend these. Hopefully they could offer you some advice.
http://gapsecuritydirect.co.uk/
Regards,
Dan.

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