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Jan 10, 2018
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Any deals on GPS?

Hey guys!

Just joined RFD - my first post!
I am looking for a GPS but don't have much experience with them. What is a decent / deal price to pay for one such as a Garmin or TomTom? Any recommendations?

Cheers
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[OP]
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Jan 10, 2018
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Wow thanks looks good! Ideally under 100 would be perfect but i think i would be pushing my luck... i would want something good though which has US and Canada on
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fatjaw wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 9:36 am
Hey guys!

Just joined RFD - my first post!
I am looking for a GPS but don't have much experience with them. What is a decent / deal price to pay for one such as a Garmin or TomTom? Any recommendations?

Cheers
$0 with Google Maps in your Smartphone.

Turn on data for 10 secs to load latest traffic and shut data down when it loads your route.

At least that's how I do it when traveling in the US - I turn on my WiFi at stops.
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Definitely any Garmin with LMT. Have been using the 1350LMT since new and still works fine. Bought this from Costco.
Only thing needed was an extra microSD card as internal storage was only 2GB and not sufficient for the map updates.
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Have a Garmin... really like it
Got it at Cdn Tire on Sale
(They have sales often)
Make sure you get lifetime maps so you can update
Our first Garmin 10 years ago did not have this feature

Like @Biscayne05 We also use Google Maps as a back up on trips...
double check suggestions (real time fastest route, current road conditions etc)
But use the Garmin to set for turn by turn directions
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fatjaw wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 9:36 am
Hey guys!

Just joined RFD - my first post!
I am looking for a GPS but don't have much experience with them. What is a decent / deal price to pay for one such as a Garmin or TomTom? Any recommendations?

Cheers
Make sure it has lifetime maps, otherwise you'll be paying for map updates (which are quite expensive). On Garmins, they're labeled LMT (lifetime maps and traffic).

I have bought a couple from Costco and recently bought one from there for a friend as well. Better product protection and the price was pretty good too. Sure, they don't have a lot of variety but I saved about $100 on the price for the same model at Best Buy etc.
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I have a Garmin and my car has built in NAV, but I prefer to use my phone.

Google maps is just more accurate. On my Pixel, it downloads offline maps for an entire city before I get there.
[OP]
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Jan 10, 2018
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Thank you all! great responses, I will look into Garmin at Costco or CT
Cheers
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ALLCAPS wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:25 am
Make sure it has lifetime maps, otherwise you'll be paying for map updates (which are quite expensive).
Even that is no guarantee. Make sure you understand whose "lifetime" they're actually referring to.

I bought a TomTom XL340TM (the TM means lifetime Traffic and Maps) back in 2010. I get quarterly e-mails from TomTom when new maps are available. Recently however these e-mails read:
Your subscription: Map of USA, Canada & Mexico
Start date: 22/10/2010
End date: 22/10/2020
So evidently "lifetime" means 10 years.

But actually it's not even that long. Recently they sent me an e-mail that says:
You and your sat nav sure have been places together. But tech moves fast, and as it’s been around a while, it can’t handle all our new-generation maps.

Here’s a dedicated offer to buy a Single Map Download so that you can drive with the most up-to-date map.
This is because apparently my GPS model doesn't have enough memory to store newer map sets. They go on to offer me a last map download for "only" $20 or the opportunity to buy a new GPS with a 20% discount. But that model is at least 50% more expensive than what I paid for my GPS. And worse, there's no mention of "lifetime" maps.

That said, I echo the recommendations of others upthread to use a smartphone with Google Maps. It's a far better solution than a dedicated GPS. For example rather than having to type a destination, if your trip is already in a Calendar appointment you can just tap on the address and Google will start you on your way there.
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Penrose wrote:
Jan 18th, 2018 12:54 pm
I am a big fan of dedicated gps and I like to keep both tomtom and garmin machines. when I tire of one of them, I just switch them out. I am one of those people that you couldn't pay me to give up my dedicated gps for a phone app.
I'm not trying to switch you, but I'm curious why you prefer a dedicated GPS?
but people who use their phones for a car gps have a strong need to get everybody else to do the same for some weird reason.
That's a broad generalization. I post my preference for a smartphone GPS to suggest an alternative for consideration. And I also give reasons why, e.g. integration with Google calendar as well as why not, e.g. the need for a data connection that may not work or may be expensive outside Canada.
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bylo wrote:
Jan 18th, 2018 1:02 pm
I'm not trying to switch you, but I'm curious why you prefer a dedicated GPS?

That's a broad generalization. I post my preference for a smartphone GPS to suggest an alternative for consideration. And I also give reasons why, e.g. integration with Google calendar as well as why not, e.g. the need for a data connection that may not work or may be expensive outside Canada.
..it is my personal preference. I like a dedicated machine for this. I don't have anything more to say about it.
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Jan 17, 2018
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Honestly, I just use an old phone with google maps, and I think its way better. :)

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