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Second hand car seats?

(6 Posts)
BertieBotts Sun 16-Dec-12 14:08:41

Also, "never been in an accident" might mean different things to different people. I was in a rear shunt when DS was tiny and XP expressed disbelief that I wanted to replace DS' car seat because the impact was "no harder than an emergency stop" - well, maybe it wasn't, I don't know, though, and I'd rather not take the risk. But he'd have happily carried on using the seat and perhaps even passed it on to someone else.

Also they can be damaged if dropped or handled roughly and people may not be aware of this, no car accidents, but perhaps they've been tripped over in a hallway a few times or dropped which could damage the seat. I know people who are incredulous that anything short of a major crash can damage a car seat, because they're designed to take knocks.

Since the stage 2 seats are used for around 3-4 years I'd definitely buy new because they can take a lot of wear and tear just from everyday use. You can get some good deals - try the January sales!

Also worth mentioning that your baby hasn't grown out of the group 0 seat until their head reaches the edge of the seat back OR they reach 13kg, whichever comes first. Legs coming off the end aren't an issue, and if you're finding them hard to squeeze in the seat with coats on then take the coat off and use blankets - it's unsafe to use coats in car seats anyway.

HTH! smile

specialsubject Fri 14-Dec-12 15:42:23

food for thought indeed, and definitely no old ones! Thanks folks.

MincePiesAddict Fri 14-Dec-12 13:02:02

Personally, I would get a new one, or a second-hand one from a trusted source, someone you know well.

Some people say all sorts when they want to make money.

PolterGoose Thu 13-Dec-12 19:04:05

I personally wouldn't use a second hand seat, unless I knew and trusted the seller and knew how old the seat was. You have no way of knowing if it has been in an accident, how it has been stored, and how old it is: the age thing matters as they do degrade over time.

Having said that, I did sell on our 2 stage 1 seats through our work for sale board, they weren't very old, had not been in accidents and people knew and trusted me...

lagoonhaze Thu 13-Dec-12 17:18:47

www.rearfacing.co.uk when making choices

specialsubject Thu 13-Dec-12 15:38:31

time to upgrade to the toddler/child size seat. Like much baby kit, it is VERY cheap on ebay and there are lots that clearly have only been used for visitors, so haven't had much use.

If the seller says it hasn't been in an accident, and if it looks hardly used...am I missing something?

Buyer beware I know, but is there anything else I should consider?

thank you!

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