msingerman wrote:This may be a foolish question, but I see people commenting that you have to pay for new maps. Can someone please explain this in more detail? Will the existing maps expire and have to be repurchased? Do maps in areas you already have (US, Canada) get updates if, say, a new highway is built, or do you have to pay for it? Or is it just if you want maps of a different region? Thanks for the clarification.
You don't pay for maps. The way it works is, you wait two years, then buy a new GPS unit, because a new unit is cheaper than paying for the maps.
Not only does Tom Tom charge you for new maps, they release new maps something like once a quarter, and if you want to update to the current version, you have to pay for EVERY UPDATE since whatever map version you currently have. So if you have not updated your map in two years, it's not, pay $20 to get the latest map, it's pay $160 to get every map between the map you have and the current map.
DO NOT BUY a GPS without lifetime maps.