Adding a new member to the family is expensive, right? Luckily, there are many baby essentials that can be purchased second-hand, and in great condition too! However, with things like baby car seats, while purchasing second-hand is a great way to save money, there are a few things to keep in mind before you take the plunge.
- Ask the seller about the crash history. If the vehicle has been in any accidents with the car seat in it, it may not be safe for continued use. If this is the case, we would highly recommend giving it a pass.
- If you see any loose parts or cracks, this is another indication that the car seat is not as safe as it should be.
- Ask the seller how old the car seat is. Most car seat manufacturers have a recommended amount of time that their seats should be used, so do some online research before purchasing a second-hand seat. Manufacturers are also continuously upgrading car seats to meet safety standards, so models that are close to their expiry date may not meet the requirements any longer; this is unsafe for your child.
- As a general rule of thumb, do not purchase a second-hand car seat older than 6 years.
- Do some online research to make sure the model you are about to purchase has not previously been recalled by the manufacturer. If it has, give it a pass!
- Ask the seller if they still have the user manual. This is not a must, but it is a great tool to ensure you know the proper way to install the car seat into your vehicle, and to know that you have all the required parts.
- Lastly, do a good inspection of the overall condition. Your child’s safety is your number one concern, so make sure the seat is in tip-top shape with no loose pieces, cracks, missing parts, and areas that look too worn.