I'm looking into a replacement VCR and I've narrowed it down between two different models. One has an auto head cleaner and the other doesn't. This is the deciding factor for me since both models fared comparably well in a recent Consumer's Reports testing. Will an automatic head cleaner preserve the video heads (and tape) longer or will it just serve to wear them out more quickly? I already own a VCR that has one and I can't remember the heads ever getting dirty or clogged in the 10 years that I've had it! The new one I want to get will be for watching videos of dubious quality (ex-rentals and such). I asked a VCR repairman about auto head cleaners a number of years back and he said there is no such thing! He said he's never seen one yet and that the companies tell you there is one when there isn't just to make you buy it!