How Much Does a GPS Cost?
According to Garmin, a GPS (Global Positioning System) is a “satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense.”
How much is it?
- A portable GPS, one that can be transferred from one car to another, will cost between $50-$500. This price depends on the screen size, brand, and features. The Nextar X3 can be found for $75 while the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 will cost $500.
- A GPS that is installed in your car, generally called “in-dash”, will have other entertainment features as well. This type of GPS will cost $500-$1200 at Best Buy. For example, a GPS from Alpine can be purchased for $1150 and will come with iPod and mp3 player hookups, a DVD player, and a cd player. A more basic in-dash GPS from Dual will cost about $520.
- A hiking GPS that is designed for hunters to know their exact location in the woods, etc can range anywhere $180 to as much as $400 depending on the features, it’s screen size and the manufacturer.
- A running GPS that is commonly built into a wrist watch can cost anywhere from $130 to as much as $350. These watches can track history, show your time, distance, heart rate and much more. For example, the highly rated Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver with Heart Rate Monitor retails for $175 to $299.
- Biking GPS designed for bikes are also available. These units will simply attach to the front of the bike and can measure distance, speed and more. These units can retail for $150 to as much as $500.
- A golf GPS that has built-in golf courses from around the globe can show the golfer exactly where they stand when on the course. These GPS units can cost anywhere from $148 to as much as $350 depending on the brand.
What is going to be included?
- Most GPSs will come with some type of limited manufacturer’s warranty.
- All GPS units will come with a users manual of instructions for use.
- GPSs should also come with software used for updating maps and other applications.
- Some portable GPS units will come with hardware used to dock the unit in your car.
What are the extra costs?
- If you are purchasing an in-dash GPS, installation will be an extra charge.
- If your portable GPS does not come with a dock for your car, one can be purchased separately.
- Certain brands may require an optional map update in the future. These updates can commonly be done via a computer, using a USB cable. Keep in mind that some do have free updates for life, but not all.
- Optional add-ons such as live traffic and more can commonly incur a monthly charge, depending on the manufacturer.
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How can I save money?
- The best way to save money on a GPS is to buy the most basic for your needs. If you are only going to use it once in a while when traveling then spend as little money as possible. If you drive for a living and will be using it on a daily basis you may want a higher-end GPS.
- Consider purchasing a second hand unit on site such as eBay.