Often (but not always), at three years the battery in the sat-navs start to deteriorate and as the lifetime map updates are not transferable to a new device, sometimes it can be more cost effective to replace the sat-nav with a new device rather than update it.
All new sat-navs now come with free lifetime map updates.
This firmware update process is done at your own risk.
so you can make sure these are the maps you want to buy and keep.
When you replace or upgrade your hardware, you may migrate licenses from old to new at any time.
Even with several years of updating various models of Garmin sat-navs, I have found the experience torturous at times.
You buy a micro/SD card preloaded with the Ireland/UK maps, you insert it into the side of your device and off you go.
In this case you can either select a smaller region that will fit on your device or you can insert a micro/SD card into your sat-nav to hold the maps. If you don't have one, you can purchase one from here. Always make sure you have the latest version of Garmin Express installed before updating your sat-nav. Unfortunately, Garmin Express does not always work.
You can check this by clicking the 'cog' icon, top right hand side of the Garmin Express window and clicking on the link in the 'About Garmin Express' panel. Sometimes it has trouble recognising the devices that are connected to it.It is important to let this procedure complete - don't be tempted to switch on/off your device even if it looks like nothing is happening.The software update procedure can take several minutes to complete so be patient. It is advisable not to update your sat-nav if the battery is flat, make sure it is charged. Your sat-nav may not have sufficient space for the map update.In these cases, even though your device comes with lifetime maps, no matter how many times you connect your sat-nav to Garmin Express it informs you that can purchase a map update.If this happens, you will need to contact Garmin on 1890 930 081 to have the problem resolved. The only difference is that you have to purchase the map update from Garmin's website first and then use Express to apply the update.Yes, these devices can be updated however it is problematic if you want to update full European maps.