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What Should I Consider When Buying a Vehicle GPS System?

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  • Written By: Josie Myers
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 05 December 2016
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There are a few basic types of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Many automotive users automatically turn to a vehicle mounted system for use as their vehicle's GPS. These specific systems are not necessarily the best choice depending on other personal factors.

For someone interested in camping or hunting, it may be a good idea to consider a handheld system or GPS programs that run off of a cellular phone or Palm® device. Many even come equipped with the ability to tell the best hunting and fishing times for a given region. These kinds of devices can be mounted in the car with the use of a universal suction cup holder. A holder connects to the front window and has an adjustable neck. The holding area adjusts to fit any phone or handheld device.

A GPS program can also run off of a computer. For business people who already must have a laptop installed in their vehicle, this option may make the most sense. A laptop provides one of the largest and clearest viewing areas when it comes to vehicle GPS options.

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A standard vehicle GPS is best for those who are not looking for a multipurpose purchase. There are a few things to consider when looking at any GPS. Internal memory capacity should be great enough to store several locations, which makes it quicker and easier to navigate to places visited on a regular basis. The battery life is important to note since some vehicle GPSs run on regular batteries. Those that charge through the car are not as susceptible to battery outage.

Screens come in a wide array of sizes. A very small screen may be less expensive, but the sacrifice can make it hardly worth the savings. The screen should be large enough to view upcoming roads and turns. Some vehicle GPS screens have touch capabilities, which makes them easier to use than those with lots of external buttons. A system with Bluetooth® further reduces the complications and increases the safety of using a system while driving.

A few advanced options can be well worth the investment. Systems with advanced navigation, like traffic rerouting, can save much time while real time tracking is almost a necessary option. Those with a large satellite network will have an easier time staying on track. Some vehicle GPS even have a speed limit monitor to help stay within legal limits and provide extra backup against getting pulled over. Individuals should consider what features are necessary for their particular situation and intentions for usage when purchasing a vehicle GPS.

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