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Hi I bought one of your gps units on ebay.I dont have the pin code or can i go to secrity place. I do have ebay receit from seller and sieral number on the unit. Whats it going to take and how much to fix it. Thank You for your help. Dan

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I can help you with your locked Garmin Nuvi 250W.

Hi I bought one of your gps units on ebay.I dont - 32d1251.jpg

I can't tell you the current costs for having the lock removed from your Nuvi 250W, but I can point you in the right direction to having GPS navigation again.

First up is contacting Garmin to receive an RMA (return material authorization) number. Do this through emailing their Tech Support
or calling 1-800-800-1020 or 913-397-8200.

When you receive your RMA number, you will also receive a dock number to include in the shipping address. Ship the unit (insured) to :

Garmin International
1200 E. 151st Street
RMA Number: (insert your RMA number here)
Dock Door (insert the dock number here)
Olathe, KS 66062 USA

I hope that helps.
Nuvi 200 series manuals available here.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010


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