It does show that maps are the key component to a satnav and as such nobody - tomtom nor garmin will be giving them away.

That's why its appears to be almost as expensive to update your old satnav maps as to buy a new satnav.

Just to illustrate what's involved we will talk you through a typical method for adding the "free" hacked maps to a tomtom.

This is not meant as a guide - you can find those on many pirate site.

That's because you have a lot of points to make up just one section of road.

Maps are now extremely closely linked with satnav's that they are almost inseparable now.

Satnav makers like tomtom put a lot of work into copy protecting maps and SD cards - things are not simple.

Illegally updating tomtom maps does take practice, luck and expertise.

Go online and find a popular pirate site and download the following: a recent Navcore, a recent map and an illegal activator program.

This is harder than it appears and may end up with torrents, virus and all sorts pirate site issues. Download the files and open them on your computer - unpack them.

We accept that you may need some new maps, however before you start looking all over the internet and involve yourself in a lot of time and effort - we suggest you glance through this short and helpful article.

Lets explain one thing from the start: There is no such thing as a "free map".

They don’t for example see copying a CD as the same as mugging an old lady for her purse !