Uk costs updating sat nav
Buy now from Currys PC World Our original article continues below For many drivers, a smartphone app such as Google Maps or Waze will do everything they need, including traffic information, up-to-date maps and places to stop off at along the way.
There’s only one problem: you’ll need a decent data connection unless your app has offline maps, and you’ll cost yourself a fortune in roaming fees if you attempt to download maps and navigate abroad.
If you're using an app that doesn't offer worldwide mapping for free, you can often download more maps by purchasing them directly from within the app, or via the Google Play or Apple app stores.
Gone are the days when satnavs were a strictly aftermarket purchase.
You now get a satnav fitted as standard on a Suzuki Baleno that costs less than £13,000 – and every single BMW that rolls off a garage forecourt comes with one, too.
It’s becoming less and less common to find a car without a half-decent navigation device fitted as standard.
And even if a used model does come with satnav, the maps it uses and the features it offers could well be so out of date that a modern unit is worth the investment.
Depending on the brand of your sat nav, you may be offered the opportunity to purchase a newer version of the map as a 'one-off', or upgrade to 'lifetime' map updates.Depending on the size of the map update and the speed of your internet connection, the updating process could take anything from a few minutes to as much as an hour.If your sat nav is a few years old, you may well have to pay to update it.The Garmin Drive Smart 50 LMT-D 5 is now on sale at Currys PC World for just £99.99, which represents a significant saving of £70.This excellent model holds the title of 'best satnav under £150' in our round up below for its 'responsive screen and live traffic updates'.
You'll often need to connect it to a laptop or desktop computer, too.