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post #1 of 6 Old 09-22-2010, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Caveats buying a used GPS from ebay?

Hi all, got a question.

Has anyone ever purchased a used GPS from Ebay? I'm looking for some of the older model Garmins out there and I have seen some great deals. I don't understand the way Garmin licenses their devices, and I was wondering how big of a pain it is to update an older GPS that was not originally purchased be myself.

Many of these units don't come with the software, or are outdated. I don't want to get into a situation where I get the hardware for a great price, but then have to spend a heap of money to update it and purchase software for it. If that is the case then I'll just save for a new unit.

Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-24-2010, 11:43 AM
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I just got a refurbished Magellan Roadmate 1212 off E-bay for $37 + $12 shipping.
Looks like new and all cords mounts etc are there.
I'm going to use the mounting technique listed a few threads up for my Vee and the included mount in my car.
I also get the newest 2010 map for only $10 shipping.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-24-2010, 12:28 PM
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I just picked up a streetpilot 2720 for $100. One of the pins on the power wire was bent, the one for the speaker, but it wasn't an issue to me as I already had a motorcycle mount. I was worried about the previously owned status when I went to register, but I got lucky! It was never registered, and I was eligible for a numaps onetime upgrade.
If you mean the mapsource software, it wasn't an issue for me, I already have it.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-24-2010, 01:01 PM
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Same caveats as buying anything used on ebay - reputable seller - return policy and so on.

Registering a previously registered 2720 I bought from took one toll free phone call to Garmin - provided the serial and model numbers and they sorted it out. Fortunately the mapset was up to date. With registration I get to do the software updates from time to time. I'm about due for a map update. You'll want to budget about $65 for 2010 maps or I believe you can get a lifetime update for $100-ish.

Instead of Ebay my method was to google "refurbished garmin XXXX" The XXXX being the model I was looking for. TigerGPS and a few other refurb dealers came up. It was just easier to deal with them directly. The GPS I received looked as if it had never been out of the package.

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-24-2010, 01:06 PM
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I just bought a used Nuvi 765T from a wholesaler on Ebay. It was registered already but not by the seller. I emailed Garmin about it already being registered, and all they asked was that I email them back some kind of payment receipt.

I emailed them a copy of the paypal transaction, and they removed it from the previous owner's account so I could register with mine.

Pretty painless... Jason
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-26-2010, 09:18 PM
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Update on the Roadmate 1212 I got off E-bay
Got an e-mail from Magellan saying they don't do the free map update on units bought on e-bay despite the fact that the support staff I spoke with told me I qualified for one. I responded to plead my case but I doubt it will do any good.
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