HGV specific sat nav has been a revelation over the last few years and today, there are several options available – from market leaders Truckmate, to popular TomTom and Garmin, to letter known ProNav. Whilst there are differences between the four brands, all work along the same principle by calculating a safe route based on the size and weight of your vehicle.
Having listened to customers and attended numerous trade and consumer shows, we know the pro’s and con’s to the different HGV sat navs out there. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Snooper Truckmate ranges right up to £500 whereas the ProNav can be picked up for under £200.
Snooper Truckmate Pro S2500 offer all the navigation features you would expect on a high spec device
What’s the difference?
Smart shoppers will always looking for cheap HGV sat nav but as the cheapest, ProNav gave us the highest returns rate we’ve ever seen, resulting in a lot of headaches and the range being removed from Sat Nav Warehouse completely. That would say to us that cheap truck sat nav is not the way to go when you consider the implications of a wrong turn.
Truckmate, whilst it can be more expensive depending on the model chosen, still gives you the same quality navigaton on their £229 S2500 that you get on the £499 DB8500 – you just get a few more bells and whistles such as digital radio, Bluetooth, reversing camera compatibility, integrated TV and a large 7″ screen display as you go through the range.
TomTom sell well with the excellent 5150 Live Truck Sat Nav which gives you live update as you drive. In short, it’s worth paying a little more for a better device when you consider the alternative and being let down by something half the price and half as reliable.
Garmin have a couple of devices in their Dezl range but with long delays to the 760LMT being released, sales have dwindled somewhat.
So how can you get the most for your money?
We are receiving a growing number of enquiries from haulage company managers and driver buying groups. It stands to reason that if you approach any supplier and ask for a price on 20 pieces, your per-unit price is going to be significantly less than if you were to order single units. You benefit from the price saving and we are grateful for the extra business and happy to support you.
If you are a haulage company manager or you are buying several devices either for your company or for a number of drivers, give us a call and we’ll work out the best deal for you and your drivers. You don’t need to sign up, become a member or enter any special codes, we just have a conversation like human beings. You can speak to us on 0161 8777 321 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org