Baby Products, nursery, Safety

4 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car Seat

used car seatIt’s no secret that babies can be expensive, so buying used items is a great way to save money. But before you agree to purchase a “gently used” car seat, you want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting. Here are a few questions to ask before you buy.

Has the car seat ever been in an accident?

Did you know that you are supposed to replace your car seat after any accident–even if the car seat seems fine, and even if the child was not in the seat at the time of the accident? A car seat it meant to protect your child in the event of an accident, but it’s not designed to withstand multiple collisions. Small or internal damages caused by an accident can compromise the safety of any car seat, even if it appears to be fine.

With that in mind, you want to be 100% sure that the car seat you are getting for your child has not been in any accidents before. If you’re getting a used seat, it’s usually best to get only from someone you know and trust. Ask them about the entire history of the car seat.

Has the car seat been recalled?

Do a quick online search of the car seat model you are looking at to see if there were any recalls issued for that seat. You can never be too thorough in a background check.

When does the car seat expire?

All car seats have an expiration date, and most are 5-8 years after the manufacture date. If you are getting a used car seat, make sure that it is within the expiration date and that you will get enough use out of the seat before it expires. If the car seat only has two more years of use, it probably makes more sense to invest in a new seat that will last you longer.

Is the car seat in good condition and does it contain all the parts?

Again, the job of your car seat it to protect your child. If it has missing or broken parts, it can’t really do it’s job. Inspect the seat, find a manual, and ensure that everything in included and in working order.

Your car seat is the single most important product you will buy for your baby, so you want to make sure you’re getting a good one. There’s nothing wrong with trying to save a few bucks, but don’t compromise safety. If you splurge on one purchase for your baby, it should be on the product that can save their life.

Car seat questions? Reach out to us! Our Certified Car Seat Technician will give you all the answers. Call {320-639-2229}, stop in, or message us on Facebook!

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