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To buy a second hand Bugaboo Cameleon.

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DueInSeptember Tue 26-Mar-13 12:21:59

Ok just want to see if this is a good idea or not.

Have a six month old baby, she is our second and last baby.

Bought a pushchair for my first daughter new, it is ok for the car/ shopping centres etc but not for walking or pavements as we later found out. When she was a baby (4mths) we bought a second hand off roader type pram which is now battered as we used it so much and it was tatty/old to start with.

I've been looking for a second pram to replace it with for a while. Have come across an ad for a second hand cameleon (in nearly new condtion) for just under £200 with some extras. Looking around this seems pretty good value for this pram and I guess I could ebay it when we're done with it to recoup some of the money as they seem to keep value well.

Have just spoken to my husband and he thinks that it's a waste of money (we're quite careful through choice with money). I'm not sure if it's a good plan or not? Not a particularly fashionable family, just want a good all rounder pram.

AIBU to consider this?

merrymuzzie Wed 27-Mar-13 00:16:55

That's an amazing price - if you keep it in good condition you could probably sell it for more once it's used.

I sold my second hand Bee for more than that.

ThisIsMummyPig Wed 27-Mar-13 00:26:56

I have used my Chameleon almost every day for the last five years, over 2 babies. If I were to have another child I would buy a new hood, as it's looking distinctly tatty now, but it would survive another couple of years (I think) I have taken mine on woodland paths, through fields and lots of other places. I think its fine off road.

The front wheels swivel too - I think you have to adjust them, but whoever complained that they were fixed has missed out there.

If you are doing soft sand or slushy snow the trick is to tip it up so that you are only pushing on the large back wheels.

I love mine.

SandyChick Wed 27-Mar-13 00:38:41

Just to throw a spanner into the works I would have to disagree shock

I have a bugaboo chameleon which I used with ds1 until he no longer needed a buggy. I do love it but ds2 is 1 and I'm fed up of lugging it in and out of car boot and not being able to fold it so is stuck in the hall mostly for school run etc.

I never thought I'd say it but I'm buying a stroller. Not sure i can bring myself to sell my bugaboo just yet tho.

PicaK Wed 27-Mar-13 07:05:34

Don't forget that the 3rd gen chameleon is in the shops now and the price of second hand ones has dropped from around 400-500 with accessories to about 250-300. Been following it on ebay as gearing up to selling mine.

Check the tyres - if they are the pump up ones then it's not even 2nd gen (i think).

That said i loved mine - still think it was worth every penny.

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Wed 27-Mar-13 07:28:13

See I tiny get the folding thing. It takes a couple of seconds, may be three at most. And it fits in the boot of my Nissan micra. I don't think boots get much smaller than that

Once it is folded you can invert the triangle seat bit into the frame and the bits where it joins onto the frame sit on the wheels holding it snug and compact admittedly I don't use public transport, but compared to the behemoth that is an Icandy, Phil and Ted of mountain buggy it seems relatively light and compact

DueInSeptember Wed 27-Mar-13 09:51:51

Thanks for all your replies. I'd be buying it to replace my big off roader (which I tended to use for mostly everything, but kept the smaller Streety pushchair for the car/ public transport/ visiting cities).

I live on the outskirts of a town so tend to walk lots of pavements to do the school run, and walk into town to do the shopping sometimes. My previous pushchair was only folded when I needed to put it in the car on weekends to visit places like country parks and the beach as the Streety pushchair couldn't cope with terrain like that (or anything over 1cm!). Got two cars, a Laguna with a biggish boot which we tend to use with the kids and a small Clio which we don't tend to use with the kids (work, nipping out somewhere etc).

I do like the fact that all the fabrics are washable. I like that you can use it on many terrains. I like the big basket as I do put lots of things in there. I like the adjustable handle as I'm 5 3 and DH is 6 2. I like the two way facing seat. I like that it will probably fold to a smaller size than my older buggy, which was a beast! I like the potential of it keeping some of its value.

I guess it's worth a look, may go this weekend if it hasn't been sold already. The seller is two hours drive away but somewhere touristy so we can combine it with a daytrip. I was looking for something second hand for under £100ish but would consider this as it's priced well.

gutzgutz Wed 27-Mar-13 10:10:12

With a 6 month old could you not go for a better stroller? I love my mclaren Volo, very light and compact and good for walking too on pavements. Doesn't recline but you can get more expensive mclarens which sell new for less than £200. I have to say my friend's chameleon is just so bulky and unwieldy it's a pain to go for a walk with her! Takes up our entire hallway when she visits and I can't say it's been great when we've been on different terrain. My sister swears by the bee though, great on towpaths she says.

DueInSeptember Wed 27-Mar-13 23:13:12

Thanks for all the replies. Unfortunately, I now think the ad (gumtree ad) is a scam, so I'll have to have another look for a buggy. I was browsing ebay and found the exact same photo and description from a seller located at another end of the country. The starting price was £250 on ebay, not £190 as in the gumtree ad.

I don't know what the scam is, quite curious to know though?

ParadiseChick Thu 28-Mar-13 09:03:44

Have a look for a frog, same pram, cheaper 2nd hand because of the age.

Sunnysummer Thu 28-Mar-13 12:45:07

Sounds like a great price, and you'll still probably get some of it back if you on sell again.

Like other people said, have you tried posting on the pushchairs thread, there are some really helpful people there with trainspotter levels of pushchair knowledge wink They definitely helped me tremendously!

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