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ClearPathGPS Review

Donna Fuscaldo
Donna Fuscaldo

Price-conscious small business owners need affordable and transparent pricing from the GPS fleet tracking software they select. We chose ClearPathGPS as our best pick for affordability because there are no hidden fees or changing prices; you know exactly how much it will cost each month. It also helps that ClearPathGPS doesn't break the bank; it charges $20 per vehicle per month for the Standard package and $25 per vehicle per month for the Pro plan. There are no long-term contracts, and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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ClearPathGPS

The Verdict

ClearPathGPS offers feature-rich GPS fleeting tracking software for an affordable price. You aren't locked into a long-term contract, nor do you have to spend a fortune to keep track of your fleet, making this service our best pick for affordability.

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ClearPathGPS Editor's Score: 9.24/10

Refresh rate 9/10
Contract length 10/10
Dashcam 9.2/10
Free trial 9/10
Hardware type 9/10

 

Why We Chose ClearPathGPS as Best for Affordability

Two big knocks against fleet tracking services are long-term contracts and a lack of pricing transparency. Most vendors, including Samsara, require you to sign long-term contracts, typically 36 months. You can learn more in our review of Samsara. You may get a money-back guarantee, but once you sign up, you are locked in. That can get costly if you don't need all the services you are paying for. Many fleet tracking services don't include pricing on their websites; they will give you a customized quote if you contact them, but you won't have a ballpark idea from the website.

Those downsides don't apply to ClearPathGPS. We selected it as our best pick for affordability because it offers transparent, affordable pricing; doesn't lock you into a long-term contract; and honors a 30-day money-back guarantee. At $20 per vehicle per month, ClearPathGPS makes a lot of sense for business owners who have small fleets and don't want to spend a fortune to keep tabs on them. For that price, you get software that works on desktops, tablets and mobile devices, so you can check on your fleet no matter where you are. You can also contact drivers and manage reports directly from the software.

FYIFYI: ClearPathGPS is one of the few fleet tracking software providers to charge month to month; most make you sign a three-year contract.

What We Like

  • Unlike other GPS fleet tracking software vendors we reviewed, ClearPathGPS doesn't lock you into a long-term contract.
  • This GPS fleet tracking vendor charges $20 per vehicle per month, and there are no surprise charges.

What We Don't Like

  • ClearPathGPS just became an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau this year, which means it doesn't have much of a track record.
  • To get advanced reporting, real-time alerts and access to ClearPathGPS' open API, you have to subscribe to the Pro plan, which costs $25 per vehicle per month.
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ClearPathGPS makes it cheap and easy to track fleets of all sizes.

Ease of Use 

ClearPathGPS is a cloud-based software program that makes it easy to monitor and track your fleet. It offers a wide selection of hardware that is both plug-and-play and hardwired into the vehicle. While you don't need to pay extra for installation, it may be a little more complicated than other plug-and-play devices. ClearPathGPS has videos on YouTube to help with installation.

We found the software to be intuitive and easy to navigate. However, it does have a 30-second refresh rate, which is the same as we found in our review of Verizon Connect. ClearPathGPS offers live demos, which can be very helpful for users who are not familiar with all of the software's capabilities.

ClearPathGPS has a mobile app (available for both iPhone and Android) that lets you easily monitor your fleet and take any necessary action on the go. You can respond to customer inquiries directly from the app, which gives you live access to fleet maps, reports, and vehicle and driver information.

Features and Services

We were impressed with the number of valuable features and services ClearPathGPS offers, especially when you consider how affordable it is.

Hardware and Installation

ClearPathGPS provides a wide selection of hardware with different installation and setup requirements. The company has videos on YouTube to assist with installation should you choose a more advanced type of hardware.

Mobile App

ClearPathGPS has a mobile app for both Android and iPhone. Through the app, business owners can manage their fleet and react in real time.

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ClearPathGPS' mobile app makes it easy to manage your fleet on the go.

Safety

ClearPathGPS supports driver safety scorecards and driver IDs. This can help you coach your team to be more fuel-efficient and safe drivers, allowing you to issue incentives for high performance. It also lets you control unauthorized use, stop side jobs and track your vehicles in the event of theft.

TipTip: Look for a GPS fleet software provider that gives you tools to reduce fuel costs and boost efficiencies.

Fuel Performance

In addition to safety, ClearPathGPS reports your fuel performance so you can get the most out of your fleet. The software sends you alerts and reports for speeding and excessive idling, and offers fuel card verification.

Maintenance

ClearPathGPS informs you of vehicle diagnostics and preventive maintenance. You can keep tabs on vehicle health and set reminders for maintenance, like oil changes. Preventive maintenance alerts are available for Pro plan members.

Alerts

You can set up instant alerts with ClearPathGPS if you are enrolled in the Pro plan. These alerts can be for safety, maintenance or fuel performance, depending on the kind of insight you require. You can also set up after-hours, geofencing or unauthorized-use alerts.

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With ClearPathGPS, you'll know when your driver is behaving badly.

Dashcam

We like the easy-to-install dashcam, which lets you monitor your drivers' behaviors in the cabin as soon as vehicles are turned on. You can "drop in" on drivers and pull 20-second video clips. Dashcam recordings can be viewed in real time and recorded and stored for later viewing.

Pricing and Contract

ClearPathGPS separates its offering into plans for vehicle tracking, asset or trailer tracking, and heavy equipment tracking, so you can focus on the functions you need. For this review, we looked at the company's vehicle tracking plans and compared them with those offered by the other services we reviewed.

There are two main software plans for vehicle tracking: Standard and Pro.

  • Standard: This plan costs $20 per vehicle per month. It includes all of the main vehicle telematics features, like geofencing, traffic overlay, ELD support and driver reports. However, it lacks real-time alerts, which are reserved for the Pro plan.
  • Pro: This plan costs $25 per vehicle per month and includes full compliance support and driver IDs.

Once you've chosen a software package, you pick the type of hardware devices, such as plug-and-play OBD-II port devices or more advanced hardware. For both plans, ClearPathGPS' dashcam costs an additional $30 per vehicle per month.

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ClearPathGPS' dashcam lets you "drop in" on drivers.

The company doesn't require long-term contracts. There's even a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try the services first.

There's no minimum number of vehicles for this service; you can use it even if you have only one vehicle to track. Overall, ClearPathGPS' pricing and contract are flexible and ideal for small businesses.

Bottom LineBottom line: ClearPathGPS is a great choice for small businesses that are budget-conscious and don't want to commit to a long-term contract. If you aren't satisfied within the first 30 days, you can take advantage of the company's money-back guarantee.

Customer Service

ClearPathGPS provides customer service via phone, email and live chat. It offers 24/7 support, and several tutorials, demos and knowledgebase videos are available on the company's website. If you need help using the software, you can sign up for a free live demo.

ClearPathGPS is accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as of this year and has an A+ rating. Some other fleet tracking services aren't accredited with the BBB, as we found in our review of Azuga. ClearPathGPS has good reviews on various telematics review websites.

Limitations

One downside of ClearPathGPS is that it has a 30-second refresh rate. That is not real time, although it is in line with the refresh times of other top GPS fleet tracking services. To get access to real-time alerts, you'll need the Pro plan, which costs $5 extra per vehicle per month.

Another possible limitation is that ClearPathGPS just got accredited by the BBB this year. However, the company does have an impressive A+ rating.

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ClearPathGPS' Pro plan lets you run real-time reports.

What Is GPS Fleet Tracking?

GPS fleet tracking software enables businesses to keep tabs on their vehicles and drivers, often in real time. The software is designed to improve safety, reduce transportation times and lower fuel costs. Most of the software lives in the cloud and communicates with in-vehicle plug-and-play or hardwired devices.

Methodology

When reviewing vendors for affordability, we first looked at the prices of the software. After narrowing our list based on that, we pored over the services' terms and fees, including any contract requirements. Finally, we considered the features and functionality, to evaluate the value of the service. After all, the software might be cheap, but if it's hard to use or doesn't have the features you need, then ultimately, it is worthless.

FAQs

How much per month does ClearPathGPS charge?

ClearPathGPS is transparent about its pricing, offering two plans: Standard and Pro. The Standard package costs $20 per vehicle per month, and the Pro plan costs $25 per vehicle per month. With the Pro plan, you get everything in the Standard plan, plus real-time alerts, reporting and access to the company's open API. 

Does ClearPathGPS require you to sign a long-term contract?

ClearPathGPS is one of the few GPS fleet tracking vendors that don't require you to sign a long-term contract; in fact, many require 36-month contracts. By contrast, ClearPathGPS charges on a month-to-month basis, and there is also a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Bottom Line

We recommend ClearPathGPS for ...

  • Cost-conscious small business owners who want to know exactly how much fleet tracking software will cost them each month.
  • Small business owners who don't need real-time alerts to manage their fleet and don't want to commit to a vendor for a long time.

We don't recommend ClearPathGPS for …

  • Small businesses that need real-time alerts, as the $20-per-vehicle-per-month plan does not come with real-time alerts or reporting.
  • Small businesses that are concerned with this service's limited history as a BBB-accredited company.

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ClearPathGPS

ClearPathGPS

The Verdict

ClearPathGPS offers feature-rich GPS fleeting tracking software for an affordable price. You aren't locked into a long-term contract, nor do you have to spend a fortune to keep track of your fleet, making this service our best pick for affordability.

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Donna Fuscaldo
Donna Fuscaldo
business.com Staff
Donna Fuscaldo is a senior finance writer at business.com and has more than two decades of experience writing about business borrowing, funding, and investing for publications including the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Bankrate, Investopedia, Motley Fool, and Foxbusiness.com. Most recently she was a senior contributor at Forbes covering the intersection of money and technology before joining business.com. Donna has carved out a name for herself in the finance and small business markets, writing hundreds of business articles offering advice, insightful analysis, and groundbreaking coverage. Her areas of focus at business.com include business loans, accounting, and retirement benefits.