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Where to buy a GPS

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Where to buy a GPS

Hello, I am planning a trip to Key West next summer. We plan to fly into Miami and then get a connecting flight down to Key West. After a couple of days here we plan to hire a car and drive up to Key Largo, St Pete Beach, Crystal River before finishing off in Orlando. Normally we hire a GPS with the car but just wondered whether it would be cheaper to buy one (as we generally take our annual vacation in the USA and always hire a GPS).

Can anyone advise where we could buy a basic GPS (and rough idea of cost) in Key West before we hire the car? We are planning to stay at the Ocean Key hotel. Thanks very much for your replies.

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1. Re: Where to buy a GPS

You can probably just order one on the internet. i just got a Garmin Nuvu and it is great....

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2. Re: Where to buy a GPS

Why don't you order one on line a couple of weeks before your trip and have it shipped to your hotel in Key West.

I personally like the Garmin units. If you go to www.garmin.com/ you can pick out the model you want and then search by model number or just google "gps garminI" to find the best price. I almost always find things like this are cheapest from Amazon. When comparing prices make sure if there is shipping included.

Depending on the bells and whistles, you can get a unit from $100 on up.

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3. Re: Where to buy a GPS

Find the nearest Best Buy store in Miami .... less than $100 ... much less if you catch a sale on them.

CompUSA also has them ... this week there was a Magellan for $60. Here's a list of CompUSA stores in the Miami area:

* Aventura: 17641 Biscayne Blvd.

* Dadeland: 7440 N. Kendall Drive

* Falls Area: 14951 S. Dixie Hwy.

* Flagler: 7795 W. Flagler Street

* West Kendall: 12200 N. Kendall Drive

Edited: 01 October 2010, 17:39
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4. Re: Where to buy a GPS

I LOVE my Garmin Nuvi!

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5. Re: Where to buy a GPS

Buy one online before the trip. Internet is always cheaper than in a store.

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6. Re: Where to buy a GPS

If you want to buy one in Key West as you planned, Sears Department Store has them. They are located at Searstown Mall on North Roosevelt. It is about 2-3 miles from your hotel. My guess is one will cost about $100-$150. You can use that to compare the rental cost of one.

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7. Re: Where to buy a GPS

FYI, the Garmin (and probably many other brands) has models with both European and US maps installed. You might get more use out of one with both.

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8. Re: Where to buy a GPS

Heres my idea....

Once you get here hit the first Walmart you can find and buy a prepaid Motorola Droid from Verizon Wireless. Now you have a phone, a way to check your email and send text messages as well as a way to use google maps with navigation. Use the minutes you need and charge it up as you go. I think this is your best bet seeing how you re an out of towner and all. Hope this helps

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9. Re: Where to buy a GPS

It will be much cheaper to buy the GPS unit in the USA than the UK. Sales tax is a lot less and there is no VAT. Since you are flying into EYW, the best option seems to be bying it at the Sears store previously mentioned. However, you really won't need a GPS until you leave the Keys, since there really is one road in and out.. If you can wait until you get to Florida City or Homestead, you will probably get better prices at Target, Mal-Mart. or Best Buy.

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10. Re: Where to buy a GPS

I bought one at Radio Shack in one of the strip malls on North Roosevelt. I was in a RS today in Michigan and they had several models at about $100. They had TomTom, Garmin, and an off brand.