#5- A Cheapo’ GPS Unit
With smartphones pretty much replacing the standard GPS unit, no one except an older demographic purchases stand alone GPS units anyways. But that doesn’t mean they can’t make great last-minute gifts for that car guy in your life.
For one, GPS units don’t require a data plan to continuously run. That means if you’re particular directions app on your phone is close to pushing your data limit over for the month (assuming you don’t have unlimited data), a standalone GPS unit will be your recipients go to unit if they need to get from Point-A to Point-B.
Using your iPhone or Android device for directions means you’ll have to mount your phone on your windshield putting one of your most expensive pieces of equipment in the direct line of fire for falling off or from that errant splash of coffee or ketchup while you’re eating.
Here are a couple of guidelines to remember when buying a cheap GPS unit.
- Tom-Tom units are typically easier to understand and use. Their intuitive nature makes them popular brands for any driver.
- Garmin usually packs the most value in a GPS with some of the best customer service in the industry.
- Magellan GPS units typically have the best screens so if you’re gear head has a hard time seeing, Magellan units typically perform better in direct sunlight or low-light situations.
- For all other brands, do your homework and research as sometimes the cheaper models may be rife with problems.
Next: #4- A pair of driving shoes