Tom Tom vs. factory navigation

Real Estate Agent with Treanor Real Estate

There are a lot of people out there that think its crazy to pay $1,500 - $2,000 extra for a new car that has a factory navigation system.  I am one of them but I did it anyways.  I gotta tell you it was one of the best decisions I ever made.  Not only because it cleaned up my car from all of those mapquest printouts, it makes showing a house a whole lot easier.

I am the type of person who overresearches everything.  I decided to go with a Honda Accord with Navigation.  Not just because I liked the car the best, it had to best navigation unit.  It has all the usual navigation features, but it also allows you to use them while the car is moving.  That may seem like a small deal to be able to make a quick change to you route while in route, but it can be embarrassing when someone is following you to have to make a few stops on the side of the road to change something. 

The first Accord I bought with the navigation was back in early 2005.  I recently won a Tom Tom portable navigation at a stag so I decided to use it in my pickup truck.  I have never been so annoyed at anything.  First off, it keeps falling off the windshield when I use it.  The unit I got is one of the newer ones that has the suction cup attached to the unit.  It is designed like that so there is no empty suction cup attached to the windshield when its not being used (prevents break-ins from thieves who see the empty cup and break in your car to steal the unit).   So when I use it it sits in the cup holder, but its hard to see since the screen is only 2.5" big.  However, the more annoying part of the Tom Tom is that when you turn it off it forgets where it is.  It can take almost 2 minutes to find the satellite which is annoying if you have people following you to the next house. 

I feel that a Tom Tom is a great alternative to using a map but when it comes to new car shopping, don't not get a factory navigation unit thinking it is the same as a portable.  In most cars the navigation unit is not only a map, but it controls the radio, climate control, and in some cars even tell you the weather and traffic. 

Posted by

Jim Treanor Jr.  REALTOR®, Broker Associate, ABR, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI
Treanor Real Estate

Waterbury/Wolcott, CT Area
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Hartford/New Britain, CT Area
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Comments (4)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I purchased a new Toyota 4Runner a couple of weeks ago.  It has a navigation system, my first.

I haven't begun to read the booklet yet because I usually know where I'm going and they don't let me out much anymore anyway.

I do like the pretty picture when I back up.


Oct 25, 2008 06:41 AM
Daniel Button
Chevy Chase, MD

Nice Blog! I am going to agree with you Jim.  A couple thousand for an in car navigation system seems alot compared to a $100 portable, but it is worth it.

#1-There are no cords for the in-dash which keeps everything neat

#2-It is harder to steal a nav system build into the car.

#3-The screen tends to be bigger for in car systems

I'm glad it only takes you 2 minutes to find you for your old system.  It takes mine around 10.  That becomes very awkward when clients are with me.  "we have 10 minutes to spare, lets talk about the football game last night, while we wait."

Daniel Button

Germantown, md

Oct 25, 2008 06:42 AM
David Wang
Prudential California Realty - Millbrae, CA
Prudential | 650.504.8190

I agree, its always nice to have something built in plus it is more accurate.  One big advantage for aftermarket is parking you car and walking in the city and being able to find your way back to it.

upper end units are better than what you descibe but if you can get it get built in

Oct 25, 2008 06:55 AM
Bill Parecki
Elite Pacific Properties - Hilo, HI
RS, ABR, RDCPro, SFR, E-Pro, SRS, AHWD, Green

Aloha Jim,

What can I say.  I use my GPS all the time and I wonder how I did business with out it

Oct 25, 2008 09:27 AM