Hi I'm Patrick from the big town of Wausau Wisconsin. I am looking for a radar detector for a 18 year-old to help me with my lead foot. Right after I got my license, I purchased a Cobra RD from Walmart and surprisingly it save me a lot in my city driving. I then was starting to commute to our cottage a lot so I wanted a RD that would be more reliable to me unlike the cobra that gave me a 150' warning. I purchased a Escort 8500 that was refurbished online from the Escort store on ebay for $150. After using it for 4 months, I had to sell it due to parents that were non-supporters of me speeding. Now a year after, I am going off to college in a different city that is quite a bit larger than Wausau and I will be frequently driving back home and around an unfamiliar city. Seeing that I don't know any of the places cops hide and radar, I'm back in the market for a RD and the parents really caring now that I am an adult. I have been reading online and there is alot about the Escort, Beltronics and Valentine but everywhere gives a different #1 RD. Looking at the Escort store again on ebay, they have the 8500 x50 for like $199. I also looked at a few V1's but they are extremely expensive. What would you recommend for a good reliable RD for a kid?