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    Looking to buy a cop radar detector. Looking to spend $50 and under because is spending in the hundreds really worth it? Please comment with help!! Thanks!

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    Pay the premium for a nice one. A $50 radar detector will be junk. Escort of Valentine is the way to go.
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    Could I find one used for cheaper? Say $100?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McBill View Post
    Pay the premium for a nice one. A $50 radar detector will be junk. Escort of Valentine is the way to go.
    This.

    Also get the WAZE app.

    Oh and try not driving ridiculously.


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    Could I find one used for cheaper? Say $100?
    No. Unless you find someone to sell you a used Escort or Valentine on the cheap.
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    1. Keep in mind the cheaper you go the more false signals you may pick up

    2. Its a Radar Detector not a "Cop Radar Detector" they do not pick up "Cop Cars" I state that because so many people get in my car and say ohh your radar detector didn't go off when we past that cop. (if that was the case my radar would steady be going off at every Impala and Crown Vic)

    3. Spend the money get an Escort/ V1
    4. Just because you have one does not mean you wont get pulled over for speeding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd1Out15 View Post
    2. Its a Radar Detector not a "Cop Radar Detector" they do not pick up "Cop Cars" I state that because so many people get in my car and say ohh your radar detector didn't go off when we past that cop. (if that was the case my radar would steady be going off at every Impala and Crown Vic)
    4. Just because you have one does not mean you wont get pulled over for speeding
    This, I get asked this all the time. It doesn't go off if they aren't using radar. Also if the officer is using a laser, you will not know until they use it on you and at that point they will already know how fast you are going. The best radar detector is your eyes. Don't get me wrong, I have an escort and use it ritually But I've beed ticked twice while using a radar detector.
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    I have a mediocre radar right now so trust me I know the false signals. I'm letting it go because im getting a profitable price for it so I'll end up with a better radar somewhat. Thanks for the suggestions

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    Is anybody concerned with cops noticing the radar and all of a sudden finding other issues to give you a ticket for?

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    ive had my 9500ix for almost 2 years now and its been worth every penny so far ($450 back then v. multiple $100+ tickets its saved me from).

    also, arij, i haven't been so unfortunate to have been pulled over with the detector, but I feel like if I did I'd probably take it down before the cop got to my window just to avoid any ridicule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arijfroo View Post
    Is anybody concerned with cops noticing the radar and all of a sudden finding other issues to give you a ticket for?
    Well in my experience it is not common enough to out weigh the advantages for most folks. However, if one drives like a total asshat and drives a car the screams "give me a ticket" (wing fabricated from 2x4 and stupid loud exhaust pipe that looks obviously not correct) and then acts like a douchebag when dealing with an officer.. then that probably changes the equation.
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    Go big or go home when it comes to a radar detector. The cheap ones are crap. The expensive ones work MOST of the time. Lol.

    +1 on the laser guns. I got lasered once and pulled over and my Escort detector never even went off...

    As far as pulling it down when pulled over, I never did. Cops are trained to watch your movements more than you think. Being honest about having it is better than them seeing you pull it down and stashing it. Plus, the darn suction cups would need to be pulled down too.

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    The cop that lasered me said, "did that thing go off when I got you". My answer... "No sir, it never made a sound"...

    He just shook his head and wrote me a ticket for 90 in a 70...
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    1) Spend the money on a good unit.
    2) Learn how to use it properly (will expand on this later)
    3) If you are pulled with a detector in the window, the likelihood of a walk is reduced drastically


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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I will write more when I am not on my phone...

    1) Spend the money on a good unit.
    2) Learn how to use it properly (will expand on this later)
    3) If you are pulled with a detector in the window, the likelihood of a walk is reduced drastically


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    By walk, do you mean warning or no ticket? If so, I agree with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257
    1) Spend the money on a good unit.
    If you're going to spend money on a device to potentially save you, you want a solid performing one. The two big names are Escort and Valentine. Either one of their models are good choices, and both offer different features. Read the features, and decide which one is more conducive to your needs. While I personally have a V1, I don't feel that it is superior/inferior to the equivalent Escort units, and believe that in more densely populated areas, the Escort may be the better choice for some.

    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257
    2) Learn how to use it properly (will expand on this later)
    The detector is simply one tool in your arsenal to avoid tickets. People get in trouble because they buy a $400-500 radar detector and drive like an idiot thinking they are invincible. Items like laser and instant-on radar can still get you, if they are used in your area.

    The most important factor (outside of buying a quality unit) is placement. You want it to be unobstructed. For radar defense, you typically want the unit mounted as high in the car as possible, as to get the best reception. For laser defense, you want the unit mounted on the dash, as LEO will typically target reflective objects like headlights, license plates, etc.

    First, you need to learn what is used in your area. Here in NY, you only have to worry about Ka band and laser, and laser isn't all that commonly used. Any X/K band signals are false. In PA, however, they use the K band. If you travel to unfamiliar areas, you should use more caution to what your detector is telling you.

    You should always be looking ahead. Use vehicles in front of you as bait. Vehicles hitting their brakes could signal there's a speed trap ahead. Having a vehicle - mile ahead of you could catch LEO attention and they won't even notice your speed. Use what you learn about speed traps you know about to be aware of the types of tactics used. Here, it's not completely uncommon for LEO to sit on Interstate on-ramps gunning motorists from behind. People tend not to pay proper attention to their six when they're driving, so they don't see the light bar in their rearview; LEO just sit there waiting for a person who has lost track of their current speed. It's also common for them to sit on Interstate overpasses behind the guard rails where their vehicle is pretty well obscured until you are up close enough that they've had you targeted for a while. By observing speed traps, you can notice potentials ahead of time and prepare yourself, thus avoiding a laser/instant-on trigger (assuming your detector isn't already going off).

    Lastly, know the general "tolerances" for the area you're in. If you can typically go 10MPH over the speed limit without being bothered, going 25MPH over is asking for trouble. Slowing down 15MPH in a short window when you get hit with a radar signal is going to be obvious, where 5MPH can be done more inconspicuously. Besides, being the fastest car on the road you're traveling means there are no rabbits baiting out waiting LEOs

    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257
    3) If you are pulled with a detector in the window, the likelihood of a walk is reduced drastically
    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant AWD
    By walk, do you mean warning or no ticket? If so, I agree with that.
    Any kind of a reduction, whether partial or full. The LEO will often see the device and assume you have "gotten enough breaks" already.

    Quote Originally Posted by ebautis
    i haven't been so unfortunate to have been pulled over with the detector, but I feel like if I did I'd probably take it down before the cop got to my window just to avoid any ridicule.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant AWD
    As far as pulling it down when pulled over, I never did. Cops are trained to watch your movements more than you think.
    Doing anything like trying to hide a radar detector is absolutely stupid. LEOs will be watching you for anything suspicious going on, and if you're rustling around in the car, not only are you going to heighten the tension (the last thing you want to do), but they will likely ask you about it anyway. At that point, you have put them on elevated alert, and portrayed yourself as a bit questionable, neither of which will help you as the next 10-20 minutes unfold.

    Most LEOs (outside of something stupid) have not made up their mind about whether they are issuing a citation or not until the initial interaction starts, which begins when they flip their lights. How you handle yourself will play a big part in how much "officer discretion" is used during the roadside visit. You want to eliminate as much tension/worry from the officers mind as possible, as it will lead to a more pleasant stop for both of you, and increase the likelihood of a reduction.

    When they hit their lights, acknowledge it (e.g., a wave), and at the earliest, safest possible time, pull over. Don't slam your brakes or do anything erratic, but don't also let them follow you for a half mile. If you have the chance to pull onto a less-traveled street or into a parking lot, that is advisable, as it reduces their risk of being struck by another vehicle. When you come to a stop, roll down all windows in the vehicle (especially if they are tinted); as they approach they are going to be assessing the situation and offering them a clear view will help put them at ease more. Turn the car off and place the keys on the dash (no risk of you driving away or running them over with your vehicle), and leave your hands on the steering wheel until they approach. Announce any movements prior to doing them. When addressing the LEO, don't kiss their ass, but little things like a proper officer/deputy/trooper/patrolman reference, and even better if you can tell rank based on their uniform, properly addressing a Sgt, for example, could work in your favor.

    In the event you do receive a citation, and you plan on contesting it, do NOT make a comment to that effect. By notifying the LEO of your intentions, they will take additional time to accurately note details so it will be easier to recall at the time of the contest.
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