Discount GPS systems can be found in a number of places ranging from your local supercenter to some other unexpected places. The following list will help you find the best deal on a quality GPS, possibly where you might least expect to find one.
Find a Sale. Grab a newspaper on a Sunday. It’s usually thicker because it’s packed full of sale ads from places like Target, Radio Shack and Best Buy. It is a safe bet that at least one of the major retailers will have a GPS on sale.
Check Online. Do some research and narrow down your choices. Once a few units have been decided upon, use a major search engine to find the lowest price on the models that you are interested in.
Look for a Refurbished Unit. Factory refurbished GPS devices carry a limited manufacturers warranty and are generally significantly cheaper than their brand new counterparts.
Shop on eBay or Craigslist. Like most major electronic items, GPS technology is rapidly evolving, which means people are constantly upgrading. Finding a gently used GPS is a breeze on eBay or craigslist.
Talk to Your Friend with the New Car. Integrated GPS units are becoming very common in new vehicles. If you have a friend or family member that recently purchased a new car with built-in navigation, they might have an older portable GPS that they are not using.
Check Your Pocket. An increasing number of cell phones have GPS functionality built into them. Some carriers will charge a monthly fee for turn-by-turn guidance, but it is generally around $10 a month. To make it even easier, hit eBay and find a vehicle AC vent or windshield mount for your phone and turn on the GPS.
One word of advice, stick to a major GPS brand if possible. It will be easier to find updated maps in the future, and the resale value will be higher than a no-name counterpart.