On average the cost of renting a GPS from a car rental company is US per day in addition to your standard car rental fees.By using your own Garmin GPS and purchasing a map for your travel destination, you will begin saving money within days and the map is yours to use on subsequent trips.A personal consumer license entitles the user to use map on one GPS device.
GPS devices are great to use while traveling because they work worldwide without needing a cell phone signal or other paid service to operate.
However, without a map, the GPS won't be able to provide road navigation outside of your home area/country.
Take for example some of the earliest Street Pilot devices (now just a couple of years old) which can no longer accept the latest map updates either due to space considerations or the new map format.
Another factor is that since the discontinued Garmin models are no longer in production, the ones you find on store shelves are less likely to come with a more recent map.
Since Garmin does not guarantee the device will come with the latest map, and don’t guarantee a free update to the most current map at time of purchase (unlike the more recent Tom Tom models), you could very well find yourself shelling out some cash for a map update when you first get your device. The number one complaint GPS users have about their devices is out of date maps.
Generally you will be able to find a nearly equivalent model Nuvi that has not been discontinued, for less money than an older model the new map update.
Strictly speaking, “discontinued” means that the device is no longer in production.
No new devices will be built of models that are discontinued.
So long as you purchase the device new from an authorized dealer, your one year warranty will still be in-tact.