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Zumbruk

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4,843 posts

144 months

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Saturday 25th August 2012 quote quote all
What's the best (cheapest!) way to get a SatNav for an upcoming trip to the USA? The options as I see it are;

- Rent one (several people in the UK do this)
- Buy one on an American site (ebay.com/amazon.com) and have it delivered to where we're staying (with relatives). This has the advantage I can donate it to the people we're staying with when we leave - they don't own one.
- Buy USA maps here - I have a TomTom OneXL which I guess I can get US maps on SD card for?

I'd prefer a TomTom since I already understand the UI. I also want to spend as little money as possible - chances are we'll never use this again.

Can you copy the SD cards? I've read that the satnav customises the card so you can't resell it - I could always make a copy first.

Freakuk

769 posts

35 months

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Saturday 25th August 2012 quote quote all
Car rental companies in the US will offer you one also

Zumbruk

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4,843 posts

144 months

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Saturday 25th August 2012 quote quote all
Freakuk said:
Car rental companies in the US will offer you one also
We'll be using my relative's car ...

marting

276 posts

58 months

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Saturday 25th August 2012 quote quote all
I did option three a few years back, worked out fairly cheap iirc (as I only bought maps for a given state/area)

Zumbruk

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4,843 posts

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Sunday 26th August 2012 quote quote all
marting said:
I did option three a few years back, worked out fairly cheap iirc (as I only bought maps for a given state/area)
Any suggestions as to a good place to look for them? I've looked on Amazon (UK & US) and eBay (UK & US) without much success.
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mudster

415 posts

128 months

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Sunday 2nd September 2012 quote quote all
I used NavFree on the iPhone. Free app and it's all stored on the phone so no data charges. Stored all the hotels as favourite destinations before setting off. Worked a treat.

matts4

773 posts

75 months

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Monday 3rd September 2012 quote quote all
I just bought one on eBay (£40)for my trip last month. (was a UK seller)

I used it for the 3 weeks I needed it and just sold it for the same amount on eBay yesterday.

I could have purchased a brand new one in the States for around $70, but this would have meant me not having it from the off at San Fran airport, and after a 11 hr flight with two kids under 7, I didnt want the hassle of paper maps, to find my way to the hotel in Fishermans Wharf.

There are quite a few on eBay, mostly being sold by people who did the same as me.







Deva Link

26,934 posts

129 months

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Monday 3rd September 2012 quote quote all
matts4 said:
I could have purchased a brand new one in the States for around $70,
I was surprised that a Walmart I called in to in Florida didn't have any sat-navs at all. One of the assts said people don't buy them any more?

matts4

773 posts

75 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
Deva Link said:
I was surprised that a Walmart I called in to in Florida didn't have any sat-navs at all. One of the assts said people don't buy them any more?
There were plenty for sale in smaller electrical shops down the west coast.
Maybe Walmart have kicked the arse out of the market so much, they've now given up stocking them.

Deva Link

26,934 posts

129 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
mudster said:
I used NavFree on the iPhone. Free app and it's all stored on the phone so no data charges. Stored all the hotels as favourite destinations before setting off. Worked a treat.
Apparently iOS6, which I guess will be here in a few days, includes TomTom based sat nav.

bad company

3,767 posts

150 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Deva Link said:
Apparently iOS6, which I guess will be here in a few days, includes TomTom based sat nav.
iOS6 seems to have some problems so not a good solution imo.

Is it possible to buy a Garmin or Tom Tom with Europe and USA maps?

marting

276 posts

58 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Zumbruk said:
Any suggestions as to a good place to look for them? I've looked on Amazon (UK & US) and eBay (UK & US) without much success.
Tomtom sell them direct, have a look on their site. There are a few satnav forums about too.

Fas1975

870 posts

48 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
Buy one. Ridiculously cheap. I bought one for USA / Canada for $60.

When do you need it? And how long for? I don't mind lending if you need it though it's a Garmin, but simple simple to use

SixtySpeedTwin

257 posts

36 months

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Wednesday 14th November 2012 quote quote all
Just download the map from tom tom to your PC, its cheap at about £35 and save it onto a SD card. Then just pop it into into the unit and swap maps from the set up menu.
it works just like over here and can even remind you to drive on the right smile
they do call roundabout rotarys though which is novel.

our maps served us well on some big tours and gives you the confidence to explore a bit more.

nutsytvr

204 posts

82 months

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Thursday 15th November 2012 quote quote all
I have a tomtom xl live, which doesn't have an sd card. However I have found it very easy to swap maps using TT home. Save Europe to computer, then remove it from device.
Purchase & download USA map £35.00. Open a bottle while download does its stuff - a fairly lenghty process - may need 2 bottles. Stagger back to PC. USA downloaded and installed!.

To reverse the process, you will find that the download saved the USA map to your PC, so simply remove it from device and reinstall europe whilst consumimg another bottle.

Simples.

Nutsytvr

big_boz

1,656 posts

91 months

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Tuesday 27th November 2012 quote quote all
I got a 2nd hand TomTom on e-bay delivered to my Hotel in San fran last year in anticipation of needing it to get from Sanfran-calistoga-yosemite-death valey-vegas, then Miami-St petersberg.

Complete waste of money, only used it once or twice and even then i could have managed without. I just ended up stopping in at places with free wifi and going on my phone and downloading maps to use offline if i got stuck.

If i was doing in now, i would take my Nexus 7 and do the same as it has offline Google maps, you just need to be in a free wifi zone (golden arches/starbucks/KFC bsically all over the place) to download the maps to the device, although you can store 1000sq Miles in one go.

The only saving grace was i sold the TomTom to a friend of a friend in Florida who happened to be after one, so i didnt loose the $100 i paid for it.
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