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Pin number i bought a garminc550 gps at a flea market it is asking for a pin number. How do i unlock or reboot it

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The only way to get it going is to send it to Garmin. The PIN is a security lock and Garmin will only unlock and return it to the registered owner ... who is not you. This is to prevent miscreants from stealing them and then selling them at, erm flea markets. You DID ask for proof of ownership, manuals etc from the flea market person didn't you?

Posted on Sep 12, 2007

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Got a used garmin nuvi for christmas from flea market no papers but it want pinn # how can i unlock it

Unfortunately, you cannot unlock it. It can only be unlocked by the original owner with either a PIN or taking it back to their 'security location' which they set. Otherwise, you have to send it to Garmin with the original receipt from an authorized Garmin dealer and they will unlock it for a fee. If you/gift giver got this from a flea-market, it looks like you are out of luck in unlocking it.

Dec 28, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

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Just bought a Garmin GPS. Where do I find the PIN number to use it for the first time?

If it is asking for a PIN number, then the unit has been secured by the previous owner. If you bought it new, take it back to the store for a new unit. If you bought it used, you cannot change the PIN number. Only Garmin can unlock it and you will need an original receipt from a licensed Garmin dealer to unlock it and they will probably charge you for this service. This is a security feature so that the unit cannot be used if it is stolen.

Dec 25, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

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Bought a gps at a flea market Garmin 260, but it has a pass word

Probably a stolen Garmin GPS. When I was living in Indianapolis last year, they were breaking into cars all thru my neighborhood just to steal GPSs. Cost me $225 to have my driver's side window replaced. Cost me $180 to replace the Garmin and my iPod. Should've left the car unlocked and let them have it. Would've been cheaper.
No, I can't help you bud. Don't know how to clear that password. Maybe you can send it back to Garmin and they can do it.

Aug 02, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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I bought a garmin nuvi 350 at a flea

Take it back and get your money back, as it is probably stolen. The PIN cannot be broken as it is set by the original user and cannot be reset by a third party. Even Garmin will not reset it without the original receipt from a Garmin dealer.

Nov 22, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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Garmin nuvi 300 asking for pin number

Unfortunately, even if you perform master reset on Garmin GPS unit, it does not reset Garmin Lock security feature, which password-protect most Garmin electronic devices to deter theft. If you forget the PIN or password unlock code to unlock the Garmin unit, the best solution is to bring it to Garmin to get unlocked. “Secure Location” does not unlock a locked Garmin unit either as it’s only a temporary fix as when it’s turn on outside the security location, the device is locked again."

So unfortunately, there is only one option: You have to send your nüvi into the Garmin, who can unlock it. Remember original receipt.

Apr 07, 2009 | Garmin Nuvi 300T GPS Receiver

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I bought a garmin at a flea market and i did not get the unlock code and i went back and did not see the man again. i need a universal unlock code

There is no such thing as a Universal unlock code. Please see my article that I wrote on this topic. There is a chance the item you purchased was stolen.

- Jim

Dec 08, 2008 | GPS Devices

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Garmin nuvi 660

Owners can select a pin code to use which locks the unit preventing use by theives. Sat Nav theft is a big market. The unit needs to be sent to Garmin who will verify you are the registered owner and unlock it for you. If you bought at a market is there a good chance it may have been stolen?

Sep 18, 2008 | Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS Receiver

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Pin number

According to the c550 owners manual, the only way to bypass the PIN request is to drive to the security location where the PIN was set. When you are at that location the GPS will NOT ask for a PIN. Since you bought the GPS at a pawn shop, you probably don't know the security location either.

In that case, according to the owners manual, you'll have to send the unit back to Garmin to be unlocked. Go to

I know you won't like my solution but its the only solution available.

Good luck,
- Jim

Jul 16, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver

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How do I unlock a Garmin c550? i bought garmin device at black market. after 1 month, it's automacally locked, ask me typing pin code. i'm trying so many times and unlocked. after that it was locked...

Your first problem was purchasing the unit the way you did. If you purchased it legitimately, you would not have this issue. Your only solutions are to enter the correct PIN number, take the unit to where the PIN was set, or send the unit back to Garmin.

Jun 28, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver

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