Is it illegal for a car dealership to put a gps tracker on my car

Asked over 2 years ago - Murfreesboro, TN

The car dealership put a tracker on my car with my permission. I checked me sale of contract and no where on their stats they were putting a GPS tracker on my vehicle. Is this against Tennessee laws?

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  1. Dana L. Manner

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . I am not an attorney in TN, and the installation of GPS tracking devices by lenders into the borrower's car is a very controversial topic, and there may or may not be a specific statute governing this topic in your state.

    You wrote they: "put a tracker on my car with my permission." Did you me with? or without? If you consented, the consent should be in writing. Without a written consent, you may have a claim for invasion of privacy or other cause of action against the dealer/lender.

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    I am an attorney who is only licensed in the State of Florida. My answer is general legal advice based upon what I... more
  2. Ronald Lee Burdge

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    Answered . Generally it is not illegal for a buy here pay here lot to install a GPS tracking device on a car that they sell, although they usually have the consumer sign papers acknowledging that they know it is on the vehicle. There is some debate among attorneys though on whether or not doing that violates certain credit rights laws but in most states that legal question is not settled yet. You need to talk to a local Consumer Law attorney near you who deals with car sales fraud or Consumer Law. For a Free Online 50 State National List of Consumer Law Lawyers, click on this link ( and find one near you (lawyers don’t pay to get listed here and most of them are members of the only national association for Consumer Law lawyers, You can also look for one here on Avvo under the Find a Lawyer tab. Or you can call your local attorney's Bar Association and ask for a referral to a Consumer Law attorney near you. But act quickly because for every legal right you have, there is only a limited amount of time to actually file a lawsuit in court or your rights expire (it's called the statute of limitations), so don't waste your time getting to a Consumer Law attorney and finding out what your rights are. If this answer was helpful, please give a “Vote UP” review below. And be sure to indicate the best answer to your question so we can all be sure we are being helpful. Thanks for asking and Good Luck. Ron Burdge,

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  3. Mitchell Paul Goldstein

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Did your contract limit where you can take the car? If so, you may have agreed to be tracked for that purpose.

    Are you on a rent-to-own or lease program? If so, you may have agreed to be tracked so they know where their vehicle is.

    Take Mr. Burdge's advice and talk to a local lawyer who handles consumer and privacy claims. You never know.

    Mr. Goldstein is a Virginia-licensed attorney only. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice.... more

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