1. Technology
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

How To Download and Install Free Vehicle Icons From the Garmin Garage


Garmin Garage

Garmin Garage Ambulance

Photo © Garmin
If you use a Garmin in-car GPS, there are much more interesting car icons available than the few that appear within your unit's stock menu. In fact, you don't need to "drive" a car at all. How about a fire truck, or a football, or a tank, police car, motorcycle, or stock car? Sound like fun? Read on to learn how to download and install free new GPS icons.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. You will need a Nuvi series, Zumo series, or select StreetPilot model Garmin GPS to be able to download and install vehicle icons from the Garmin Garage.
  2. Visit the Garmin Garage to review the selection of vehicles that are available.
  3. Select your vehicle from the "all vehicles" page and download your selection.
  4. Follow the instructions as described on the Garmin site:
    -Connect your Garmin GPS device to your computer.
    -Click download.
    -Click open, if necessary.
    -Browse to find the “Garmin/vehicle” folder on the Garmin drive (you may need to create the vehicle folder), and double-click the file to extract.
    -Double-click the unplug or eject icon in your system tray. Click stop, and then click OK.
    -Unplug the USB cable from your Garmin GPS device.
  5. How to change your ride:
    -On your GPS device menu, touch Settings.
    -Select Map.
    -Select Vehicle.
    -Choose your favorite vehicle.


  1. Download new vehicle icon files directly into your Garmin GPS device. There is no need to download them to your computer hard drive first.

What You Need

  • Garmin Nuvi series, Zumo series or select StreetPilot GPS device.
  • USB cable to connect your GPS to a personal comuter.
  • Internet connection
  1. About.com
  2. Technology
  3. GPS
  4. Fun and Free GPS Stuff
  5. Download Vehicle Icons for GPS from the Garmin Garage

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.