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Why did you decide to buy that GPS device?

Published by on Jul 4th, 2009, 3 Comments

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Most of us know exactly why a GPS device is an important part of our safe travel in unknown areas…but why do we buy a specific make or model? We have raised this with one of the top SA accident investigators and received this response:

“ The more important question is – and remains – do you want to use it primarily in the City, cross-country, between cities on National Roads, Off-road, etc.? Before choosing a GPS, establish YOUR needs, then shop after getting the best “pound-for-your-buck.” Also keep in mind that – with all the building going on for 2010, you will invariably get out-of-date routing errors. We have been using GPS for about 6 years now, on a daily basis. Like a computer, the user can also influence the effectiveness of the device.. So, FIRST your needs, THEN your wants (bluetooth, etc), THEN price, THEN “coolness.” My 10c worth…”

This is a concise but rather accurate summary of some of the aspects to consider when buying a GPS device.
The Arrive Alive website will assist our drivers further with a guide titled “GPS Navigation Technology and Buying a GPS Device”

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[...] I also raised this question with a friend in the field of accident investigation and would like to share his response [as also quoted on CARBlog] [...]

July 4, 2009 8:51 pm Reply

Carz

This is a great article. Tips given in choosing a GPS device is very helpful and sounds practical.Coolness will definitely be last on my list…my priority would be purpose in buying one.

July 6, 2009 1:06 pm Reply

Car Dealer Finder

I recently bought a GPS device for a journey but I only had to make the journey once and I very seldom go “off the beaten track”. Also, I dont trust them because the satellites are out of date and the manufacturers are behind schedule for producing them. Coolness was my first factor though.

July 25, 2009 12:49 am Reply
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