In case anyone's interested, I Found a factory refurbished Nuvi 3597 with warranty and free shipping on Ebay for $210.
Appears to be a reputable seller with more than 10 available.
I saw that and was going to alert everyone, too. You beat me to it. That's about $40 less than the next cheapest refurbed 3597.
i will check it out.
I realize this is a Garmin Factory Refurbished Unit, however, Garmin may not condider this as "legitamate store" and may NOT honor the warranty.
To be on the safe side I would call Garmin and ask them if the Nuvi is covered if purchased through this vendor.
Garmin's Ebay Policy
That does sound like a good deal
It's up to $230 now.
and... still a great deal. If I needed another GPS, I would snap this up in a heartbeat. I love my 3597 refurb. (incidentally, I paid $250 for my 3597 refurb in Jan 2014, and still think I got a great deal!)
Correct me if I'm wrong here but why chance buying the 3597 from an E-Bay seller for $230 + $32 shipping ($262 total) and wait 2 to 3 weeks for delivery, when you can buy the same great unit from a reputable dealer like GPSnation for $250 with free shipping and have USPS deliver it in a week or so:
Correct me if I'm wrong here but why chance buying the 3597 from an E-Bay seller for $230 + $32 shipping ($262 total)...
For US deliveries, the Seller offers free S&H and expected delivery in less than a week—or next day delivery for $10 S&H.
Just make sure what warranty is covering this units. For refurbished units Garmin was giving 3 months (if I remember right) but they have to by bought from Garmin. Make sure what warranty is offered by seller, because - as it was said above - Garmin may not accept unit for repair under warranty and you will have to deal with seller about it.
While there is always some risk in buying on Ebay, most reputable sellers offer a 14 day return policy. The Ebay buyer protection plan covers issues where sellers refuse to honor this warranty. Ebay buyers are protected against units that are DOA or fail within the 14 day period.
As mentioned earlier in the post, according to Garmin policy, the 90 day or 1 year warranty on refurbished devices (or new for that matter) may not be honored if the unit is purchased by an unauthorized Garmin dealer or reseller. This is a valid point and I’m glad it was mentioned.
I buy and sell a lot of Garmin equipment on Ebay and it has been my experience that unless the unit is reported stolen, Garmin is willing to work with customers who buy their products. I think they understand if they were to strictly adhere to all their policies, it would have a negative impact on their customer base.
This is by no means a guarantee that someone buying refurbished equipment on Ebay won’t have a problem. Yes, there is some risk but at more than $100 off the cost of a new unit, it’s one I’m willing to take.
According to Garmin, the Refurbished warranty is 1 year providing it is Garmin Factory Refurbished, and was purchased from an authorized Garmin Dealer.
The key here is in the wording of Authorized Garmin Dealer.
Straight from Garmin:
"If you have purchased a new or newly overhauled Garmin device from an authorized Garmin dealer, your unit will be eligible for the limited one year warranty under Garmin's policy".
I can't post the link because it causes a page run off making the poat unreadable.
Below is a link for Authorized Garmin Dealers:
I'm not sure if the list is conclusive so as mentioned earlier, it's best to contact Garmin to confirm the warranty will be valid.
Thanks for the heads up! This is a nice deal.
Did anyone try to find out yet if it's covered? For that cheap a price I'd consider it, even though I use my smart phone a lot now a days. Warranty is always a concern, although with a refurb that means a real human has looked at it, where off an assembly line maybe 1 in 100 gets human hands to QC.
I always knew that the Warranty go with the original owner and it can not be transfer to onother owner. If the unit was register ones can"t not be register again. Unless the seller give you his registration that include his account name and password with his Garmin account..good luck with that.
When you buy a " Garmin Factory Refurbished you will receive a unit in the same condition as a new one. It will not have any previous registrations so you will be the first owner.
Seems like a good price to me.
But I'd be leery of the warranty too unless it was an authorized dealer.
I too would recommend only from an authorized dealer for warranty purposes. So much can go wrong in electronics that the consumer cannot fix themselves or even see, that it's not worth saving a little while risking no warranty support.
Not quite true. The seller can deregister the unit via his mygarmin.com account. At that point it can be registered by the buyer. Also I believe you could update the maps without the registration information as long as the device's serial number was recorded as being eligible for lifetime map updates.
A good thought to have—along with the normal eBay precautions we should take when buying from eBay or from Amazon's or others "marketplace partners" (Seller Feedback % and items sold, etc.)
This Seller does seem to sell a very large amount of Garmin products so there is the chance that this is actually a Garmin-authorized Seller. But even if not, this wouldn't affect my thought of buying from the Seller given earlier comments that Garmin may still help out even when bought from a non authorized source and even more, that of all the Garmin nuvis I've owned, I've never had a warranty issue arise. Given eBay's and the Sellers Return policies, failed device issues that arise soon after purchase will be resolved within eBay/PayPal without the need to contact Garmin. But most of my reasoning is that I think it very unlikely that a Garmin nuvi will fail requiring a Garmin warranty replacement.
All in all, it's a bit of a gamble. When this thread started, the price was $210 shipped and if I needed a 3597, I'd take whatever risk there was and buy from this Seller before his supply is exhausted. Even now at $230, if I needed a 3597, I'd take the risk and buy here instead of paying $250 or more for a refurb from a guaranteed Garmin-authorized Seller.
But as you and others have said, potential Buyers need to be aware that if a purchased unit fails after a few weeks and before one year, there is the possibility that Garmin will not authorize a warranty exchange. It's the dilemma of the bird-in-the-hand $20 savings vs. the potential bird-in-the-bush loss if a unit fails and Garmin refuses to help.
To build a little on CraigW’s post, I currently own 12 Garmin devices and all but one is a refurbished unit. Around half of those were purchased on Ebay from various reputable sellers. To date, I have had no issues with defective units. A refurbished unit is always my first choice when shopping out a GPSr. IMO, a refurbished unit receives more personalized factory testing than a new unit for which testing is mostly automated.
The warranty issue is still a sticking point though but keep in mind the $100+ cost savings on refurbs over new units would pretty much cover the repair cost should Garmin fail to honor a warranty.
BTW, I was one of the lucky ones who bought a 3597 at the original $210 Ebay price. It arrived today in sealed factory packaging and after initial tests, appears to be in perfect shape.
I love buying on ebay!
Hmm, as a gal, couldn't you just have said "I love buying."
The price is now $330 -- for a refurb!
The original Ebay seller still states they are refurbs but I wonder if they are actually new units. You can get a new 3597 from Amazon for $360. Their price was $330 last week.
There are other reputable Ebay vendors still selling refurb 3597’s for $230
It could be the supply is drying up causing a price increase.
It could be the supply is drying up causing a price increase.
I agree the supply is probably dwindling and those with remaining inventory are pricing accordingly. But with this auction, there will always remain three available devices for someone looking to buy one:
I assume this to be a typo. I emailed them earlier but they never responded or revised the item.
And let's not forget the truckers and hikers:
if he got that price for the 36 units he sold.
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