Car Tech forum: Why buy in-dash GPS?

by: hosmann95 January 7, 2008 6:37 PM PST

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Why buy in-dash GPS?

by hosmann95 - 1/7/08 6:37 PM

When I read the reviews on CNET, I obviously see a lot of emphasis on technology and gadgets. However, while I can appreciate this (that's why I'm here) I don't understand why, as a consumer, I should ever choose to purchase an in-dash navigation system in a new car.

- They are far more expensive than aftermarket units (usually seem to be about $2k vs. some nice portable units for $200).
- You can't take them with you (My wife and I each have cars... in fact, I also have two classic cars). With a portable unit I can use it in any of my vehicles. Also, I really want nav when I'm in a strange city, not when I'm driving my daily commute. The portable units are now little bigger than a cell phone so I can take them with me when I travel and rent a car.
- In-dash GPS seems to often complicate the usability of other features like the stereo and climate controls which all use the same display or touch screen. This is a big negative to me. I don't want to scroll through two or three menus just to save a radio station.
- Resale values for cars put little value on GPS... look at some late-model cars, for example. KBB puts as little as a $200 value addition for GPS.

So, other than the fact that they often look cool, why tie myself to one technology during the 3-4 years I'll likely drive my new car?

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