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How To Pick a GPS Car Device

You won't need to stop and ask for directions once you've purchased the GPS system ideally suited for your car.


  • Step 1: Consider your car's layout and how often you drive. GPS units include handheld, plug-in, and built-in varieties.
  • Step 2: Select a system that allows you to search via address, intersection, or map.
  • TIP: Some GPS units include a points-of-interest search feature for such destinations as restaurants and hotels.
  • Step 3: Look for a system that provides verbal cues as well as graphic direction, so you can see and hear where the next turn is.
  • Step 4: Consider the cost of each system. Plug-in models with a windshield-attached monitor may cost a few hundred dollars while large built-in units can run up to several thousand.
  • Step 5: Test the demonstration units set up in stores. Compare prices and models to find out which system you're most comfortable with.
  • FACT: NAVSTAR, the United States' GPS navigation system, comprises 24 main satellites.

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