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For cycling devices, like Edge and Montana units, Garmin offers paid street and topographical map updates for different regions, including the U. Some of Garmin’s marine cartography products come with a free chart update after purchase.

If you buy a fixed-mount chartplotter, a preprogrammed Blue Chart or a preprogrammed Lake View SD or micro SD card, Garmin allows you to download one free update covering the region of your original purchase under its New Chart Guarantee.

To be really useful for navigation, GPS mapping software has to be kept up to date.

Every year, some 5 percent of our roads are changed in some way.

If you have a Garmin device specific to golfing, cycling, boating or aviation, you can download or purchase map updates from Garmin’s website.

Some products, such as the Garmin Approach devices with golf course maps, come with free lifetime map updates, which you can access through the Garmin Express software on your PC or Mac.

The 90-day counter starts ticking when the device acquires satellites for the first time, so if you’re giving a GPS unit as a gift, the recipient can still take advantage of the program for 90 days following the initial use.

Even if the GPS unit isn't giving incorrect directions or not finding certain roads, it's a good idea to download and install Garmin's Express software on your computer when you're getting close to the 90-day mark because you can't go back and check for free updates after that.

Garmin doesn't follow any kind of set schedule for map updates, but Express shows any available updates and their prices when you connect your unit to your computer.

If you're lucky enough to be planning a vacation to another country and you'll be driving while you're there, Garmin has maps for many regions all over the world available for purchase on its website.

Remember that "Lifetime" in this case doesn't mean for your lifetime.