For years I have run an older (2002) Cobra detector from Walmart. It has done a decent job of protecting me from my local country cops, and an ok job of protecting me on the highway. I even took it on a 5500 mile road trip last year and it did a great job of alerting me of law enforcement across the country.
Now, I bought a 2nd car and wanted something to go in it. Picked up another cheap Cobra from Walmart ($30, 787 something) and expected it to do as well as my other cheap Cobra. Well, long story short, it sucks.
So I went on the prowl for nicer units, and found most to be out of my price range ( I am a college student. ie: Budget). Also the general opinion was either get the Escort 8500 refurb as a minimum, or dont get anything at all. I did run across a very nice Escort 7500-S on ebay for $60 shipped, and I picked up a direct wire cord.
When the unit arrives, what do I need to check for to make sure its functioning properly? As simple as drive by a cop and see if it picks him up?
Anything I need to do to the unit before I put it in use?