First off I wanted to say that this is a great board and Iíve been spending way too much time here reading over the past few days. I know many of you are probably :roll: your eyes at yet another newbie asking yet another ďwhich should I buyĒ? question and I do apologize. I really do hate to make these kinds of posts but I would appreciate the feedback on the questions below.
I have searched and read many great posts with lots of info, including the GOL tests.
My problem is that I really do want a V1 but I donít know if I *need* it considering the final price. I live in Calgary, Alberta and when I phoned V1 I was quoted $50-$60 shipping charges. On top of that there will be a broker fee for $37.50 from FedEx. There will also be duty, taxes, and a few other fees that I have had to pay on past items I have bought in the US.
So it boils down to the V1 costing a minimum of $500 once I get it to my door. This is compared to a Bel RX-65 at $330 local or an Escort 8500 X50 at $350 local.
Is it worth the hassle and extra $150-$170 for the V1? My budget really isnít huge, but I am a tech geek and although I really shouldnít buy (or maybe even need)? a V1 I would *like* one.
If it helps Iím not a maniac speeder. But I do like to go for a rip every so often, and then of course there is the highway driving in the summer. I donít do a lot of that anymore but this summer I will be on the road more often. Most of my driving is in the city, and I found my trusty old vector940 to not be annoying to me, and it worked very well.
As for radar, in Calgary there is a lot of laser, although my old vector940 picked up quite a bit of Ka band. We have a lot of photo radar as well, it seems to be the best way to rake in the bucks here in town. (I believe the photo radar is Ka band but I could very well be wrong).
In the end I guess Iím waffling on the V1, I really donít know if it is worth all the extra cash for the kind of driving I do, and the prevalence of photo radar which even my old Bel picked up well in advance.
Thanks for tolerating my dumb Qís and I hope someone can help me stop waffling on this issue with your experience and expertise. :?