Buying used Garmin units with Lifetime Maps

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by pckopp, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. pckopp

    pckopp Aged Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,427
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    There are a lot of used Garmin GPS units for sale with lifetime maps. eBay, craigslist, FB listings.

    Can a new owner of one of these still get the maps updated? Is it automatic or is there some process with Garmin to go through?

    Curious because I've seen what looks like barely used models with lifetime maps for under $50.

    Thanks!
    #1
  2. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,675
    Location:
    Bakersfield CA
    Technically not supposed to be transferable but YMMV....... For 50 bucks just ask the owner to install latest update and supply photo of the installed maps screen and call it good.

    Bruce
    #2
  3. bluestar

    bluestar sheep shagger

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2014
    Oddometer:
    21,858
    Location:
    N.E. Louisiana
    I bought a used Zumo with lifetime updates and have never had a problem with updating it.
    #3
    pckopp likes this.
  4. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,076
    Location:
    Way out West
    Lifetime maps supposed to stay with and are locked to the unit,cannot be transferred to another GPS.
    The seller needs to unregister the unit with Garmin prior to selling,then you register and you should be able to get map updates from there.
    Also get any map disks,unlock codes that should have come with unit new,depending on the unit.
    You may have to call Garmin if any issues.

    JR356
    #4
    RCmoto and pckopp like this.
  5. smbjm

    smbjm Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    270
    Location:
    Southern Midcoast Maine
    ^^^
    What JR356 said. When Lifetime maps updates were first available (not included with devices) they were not transferable. That lasted for a year or so before Garmin changed the policy to make them transferable, including the ones previously purchased.

    But, the previous owner has to unregister the unit. Once that is done the new owner will be able to register the device and continue to receive the updated maps.

    I have done this with 3 units I've sold without any hitches.
    #5