So my friend bought a 9500ix from someone he knows locally. He barely used it, and told my friend that it was never registered. It came with everything original, all of the books, and the card with the serial number and the key code. The serial number on the card matched the radar detector's serial number. I think he got it on amazon initially.
This is where it gets funny - he tried to register the Escort, to get updates. Oddly enough, it would tell him that the serial number was already registered - and he knew that it had never been registered by the only other owner.
So he plugged in the 9500ix to the 1.8 detector tools, and in the top part where it shows you the serial number, it showed him a different number than the one on the radar detector or on the card. In fact, this number is available to register and is not taken.
What is going on here? Obviously the detector tools is picking up a different, and perhaps correct, serial number internally from the 9500ix when connected.
Is it possible that the serial number on the card and the back of the 9500ix were switched, or perhaps incorrect?
This is strange indeed!