How to sell GPS w/Lifetime Maps?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Mtl_Biker, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Been here awhile

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    I'm selling one of my bikes, a BMW K1300GT and trying to decide whether or not to sell my BMW NavIV (Zumo 660) with it or to keep it. I have Lifetime Map upgrades for it and I wonder if that presents any problems when/if I sell the unit.

    I seem to recall reading that the Lifetime Maps were tied to not only a specific unit but also a specific person. If that's the case, it's awful!

    How can I sell my GPS allowing the new owner to continue those Lifetime updates?

    Thanks!
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  2. NickBrewer3

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    I don't think you can legally, but I suppose if you wanted to hand over your Garmin account and password to the new owner they could continue to update the maps....
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  3. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Been here awhile

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    Can't legally what? Sell my GPS? Somehow transfer the Lifetime maps along with the unit? Or are you talking about handing over my Garmin account to the new owner? That's something I have no intention of doing as I have half a dozen different GPS units (more actually) and I'm not giving those up.

    If the Lifetime Maps are associated only with the specific unit then it would make sense (but software doesn't always) that this should be possible. But if it's to ME and to the unit, that's pretty unfair I think.


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  4. NickBrewer3

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    Software (maps) is licensed to you according to the terms the provider offers and you accept when you download the first time, the Garmin Lifetime Maps license says that the license is only good for the particular unit and the original owner of the lifetime subscription, so legally you cannot transfer your license rights to the person who purchases your hardware. Are there ways around it, probably, but not legally...
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  5. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Been here awhile

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    Thanks very much. I have no desire at all to do anything illegal in this regard.

    I am frustrated though with Garmin's restrictive licensing... I wish it would be more like a great many software packages, in that it is licensed to a person or company but you can install it on your home and laptop computers. I think that's pretty fair. With Garmin, it's licensed to a person AND a specific GPS. And if you upgrade your GPS, you don't have the option of UNinstalling it from your old unit and reinstalling it on the new one. Again, something that you can do with the majority of software.

    So, I can sell the GPS unit to someone, and if they then want to pay for the Lifetime updates, is that something that can be easily done? Or do I have to take some sort of steps to DE-register the unit first?


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  6. NickBrewer3

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    BTW, I agree with you, but I also looked into this with my old Garmin Nuvi 750 with Lifetime Maps.

    If I were to purchase a new Garmin GPS I would have to purchase a new Lifetime Maps subscription for it because I am changing units.

    And then if I were to give/sell my old Nuvi 750 to someone else, they would not be able to update the maps on it unless they purchase the Lifetime Maps subscription, even though that unit has a Lifetime Maps subscription because they are not the original subscriber.

    And I am 100% sure this violates Garmins licensing agreement and is therefore illegal, the only way I can think of to circumvent this would be to give the new owner access to your Garmin account.

    Kind of why I probably won't replace my Nuvi 750 until it completely dies on me, which is pretty short sighted of Garmin in my opinion....
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  7. 250senuf

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    One workaround would be if the new owner lived close by. Then the new owner could get the old owner to update the maps as req'd. Leave Garmin thinking that the unit had never changed hands. Just a thought. :wink:

    :D
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  8. 9Dave

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    The licensing you agreed to when you purchased Lifetime Updates said it was specific to the unit, and to you. You had a choice to purchase it under those terms.

    The alternative was to buy a new single license disk.

    You can sell the unit with the current map data. When the new person wants to update it, unless you want to share your Garmin account with them, they will have to buy a new update.
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  9. Yossarian™

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    What did the Garmin customer service rep tell you when you called?
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  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Bend over. :lol3
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  11. Steve Hunt

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    Also, just to clarify the point of the comment that lifetime maps are tied to a particular S/N. if you have lifetime maps for a S/N and that units totally dies a week after the warranty period and you purchase the same model reconditioned unit or even a new replacement of the same model you are also SOL with the lifetime maps. you gotta buy em again.
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  12. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Been here awhile

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    Just to clarify that... there's apparently a difference (from what you report) between replacing a unit AFTER warranty or having a unit replaced DURING warranty.

    I have twice had Garmin GPS units replaced under warranty and both times the lifetime maps license was transferred without problem.

    Real bummer though if after warranty the license cannot be transferred.


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  13. Hikertrash

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    I bought a used navigator IV and when I plugged it into my computer and basecamp, it automatically updated to the new maps and said it had lifetime free updates. The seller didn't mention that, and it seems the lifetime updates are tied to the GPS unit and not the original owner.
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  14. Wlfman

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    Not true. I had this happen. Bought Lifetime Maps and two months later the unit died. Garmin transferred my Lifetime maps to my replacement unit at no charge. And the old unit was about 4 years out of warranty...
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  15. HMR

    HMR Alps & Dirt Roads

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    What a lot of people do that works fine is to use an unique owner name for each GPS and LifeTime. I use the registration code, ie XZFHTES, for a gmail account XZFHTES@gmail.com with password xzfhtes. Then i register the unit, and LifeTime, at garmin.com using a fake name as "Donald Duck" with a fake addres as "Far side of moon" and password xzfhtes.

    Finaly I store a file login.txt containing the logindata in the GPS memory.

    When I sell a GPS I just attach the login data and the new owner gets all future map updates.

    I can't see any advantage whatsoever to register more than one GPS in the same name.

    Since I never check the GPS mailboxes I also avoid spam from Garmin.
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  16. Steve Hunt

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    Is true, because i'm telling you my story...Garmin said I was SOL.
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  17. Steve W

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    I don't understand this. I've transferred my lifetime maps to replacement units (Garmin re-ferb service) on 3 different units. All long after warranty, 2 478s and a 376.
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  18. ChadHahn

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    I bought a used Dezl 760LM and tried to register it but it said it was already registered. However when I plugged it into the Garmin Lifetime Map Updater program I was able to add the new GPS to the queue and update the maps on the Dezl.

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  19. stuartmcivor

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    In early summer I purchased a Garmin GPS (nuvi 50LM) with lifetime maps through Craigslist. The seller had already registered it on their mygarmin.com account so I was unable to add it to mine, With their help I was able to remove the GPS from their mygarmin.com account and then add it to mine. Just yesterday I was able to update the maps to City Navigator North America 2014.20 without issue.
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  20. CrozB

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    According to this, eBay reports that there is a somwhat straight forward process for transfering lifetime maps. You can read it HERE.

    I assume it works as eBay would be refunding a lot of purchases through their buyer protection if it was not true.

    I am selling my 3490 and 3590 on eBay and will report if it does not work.


    Side Note: "Lifetime map and traffic subscriptions purchased after the purchase of the GPS unit are not transferable to the new owner."

    Hope that helps.

    Dave
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