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Everything I've heard is that one should never buy a used car seat unless you know and trust the owner well. Then at last appt. the nurse recommended a couple consignment stores that carry them. I was surprised, but she seemed to think that everyone buying only new seats was extreme and impractical, esp. for people with multiple kids. Opinions?
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I wouldn't do it. I'd sooner, and I did, buy a more moderately priced seat new. I bought an Evenflo Triumph I think for $140 in late 2003 before my daughter was born - a convertible seat so I didn't have to buy an infant seat and then a convertible seat - and used it until she was over 3 years old. I will also use it for this next baby for a few weeks/months until I buy it a nicer seat.
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NO do not buy used seats!!! You do not know their history, especially from a consignment store. That nurse needs some serious education!!!!!

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: i did get a used convertible seat for ds when he outgrew the infant seat. true i don't know the history for sure (got it off of e-bay) but i could not afford $100+ bucks for new. (paid half that including shipping). i'll be getting another when we have another (we'll skip the infant seat entirely next time though)
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I also bought a used carseat. I am fairly certain the seller was honest with me about it- she lived in practically a mansion and said she used it for her grand-daughter that she saw for 2 weeks a year. I believe her. I got a Britax Roundabout, practically un-used, other than about 2 months TOTAL for $100.

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I got my car seat from a moms of multiples group. My DH's cousin helps run it. I just dont have the money. I know the history of the seat so Im not worried.

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I tried to donate our convertible seat when we upgraded and no one would take it. Apparently stores around here are not allowed to resell them.

I would take a used seat if I knew the people who owned it. I gave our extra seat to my BIL since it was only a year old and we only used it for flying (Britax seats are %$#@^& heavy and I hate lugging them through the airport).
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I bought a used infant seat from craigslist and I feel confident about it. I asked a lot of questions about it, didn't pay for it until I looked it over, met the couple selling it, etc. I could have gotten one new for about $10 more than I paid, but it would have been a 3-point instead of a 5.

Our local consignment store does sell them, but the ones that I have looked at in there are not in great shape and 95% of them are expired or VERY expired.
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I wouldn't buy used, personally, but I figure the money I spend now (and have spent in the past) will go a long ways because, barring any car accidents, we will be able to re-use the seats for all the kids. The infant seat doesn't expire until 2011 and if we're not done having kids by then : !!! I might have to buy a new booster eventually, but they're relatively cheap.

Oh, and if I DID buy a used seat it would most certainly be from someone that I know and that I know will be honest with me about the history.

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The lady at the local consignment store here told me that they do not take used car seats for legal reasons. I got the implication from her that they are prohibited by law from reselling them, but maybe she just meant they didn't want to open themselves up to liability.

Either way, I personally -- this is just me -- would not purchase one used. Now, if a trusted friend wanted to give me their old one, that would be fine. We actually got my son's infant carseat from a friend that way. But buying it from an unknown person, I would not feel comfortable with.
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I wouldn't because as previous poster have said, you can't know the seat's history. It's the only item I would not buy used. IMO, if you can't afford a car seat, you can't afford to drive.

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Car seats and underwear...

two things even I wouldn't buy used.
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Costco makes a seat that rearfaces up to 35 pounds (the scenera touriva or something, I think it's called) and it sells for about $40-50 new. You can get an Evenflo Tribute or titan for 60ish bucks. That's cheaper than a lot of the used seats on the market. It's a perfectly good seat and that's the highest rear facing limit on the market.

Would I buy a used carseat? It really depends on the answer to the question Do I trust the seller's word enough to possibly stake my childs life on it? That may sound extreme, but knowing that there ARE perfectly good seats on the market for cheap, and many states have ways to get free seats (usually you have to sit thru a class) I don't think it's unrealistic to encourage people to only buy new (or used from WELL trusted friends/family).
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If you trust the person you're buying from w/ your child's life, then yes, it's o.k. IMO to buy a seat from them. I have sold seats before to friends, but they know they are o.k. as I'm a carseat tech. Carseats have a limited lifespan and are a one time use item, one crash and they shouldn't be reused. WAY too many people don't know that so you have no idea what you're buying. You can get a Cosco Scenera for $50 and unless your baby is under 7.5# or so, you can use it from birth to about age 3.

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I would not buy from a store because you are disconnected from the owner entirely in that case. For someone you knew or who knew people you are close to, that would be fine. My SIL bought from a neighbor, I got one from a friend (Britax seats in both cases, so pricey).

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I wouldn't unless i knew the person selling very well. It killlllls me to buy something for full price, so I'm all about deal finding, but I'd be too nervous that the seller wasn't being honest w/ me about the condition of the seat.

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I have no problem with used items for my babes except carseats. I guess if it were a friend I would be ok with it but for me investing in a seat is worth is, and since seats only have a 6 year shelf life dd#1 will use her marathon hopefully for the whole 6 years and dd#2 will get her own.

The only seat that both kids will use is probably the infant seat as I don't plan on moving dd#1 into a booster until she has outgrown the 65# weight limit on the marathon, 6 years and 65# is well worth the $250 we spent on the seat. $41.66 a year $.80 a week $.11 a day

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Ditto to what everyone else says.
I will add one more thing...my dh xrays our car seats every couple of years for stress fractures and we have had one car seat that we got rid of because of the stress fractures and it was not in an car accident.
Walmart has a infant seat for $35.00.

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I have no problem with used items for my babes except carseats. I guess if it were a friend I would be ok with it but for me investing in a seat is worth is, and since seats only have a 6 year shelf life dd#1 will use her marathon hopefully for the whole 6 years and dd#2 will get her own.

The only seat that both kids will use is probably the infant seat as I don't plan on moving dd#1 into a booster until she has outgrown the 65# weight limit on the marathon, 6 years and 65# is well worth the $250 we spent on the seat. $41.66 a year $.80 a week $.11 a day
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Ditto to what everyone else says.
I will add one more thing...my dh xrays our car seats every couple of years for stress fractures and we have had one car seat that we got rid of because of the stress fractures and it was not in an car accident.
Walmart has a infant seat for $35.00.
Tell me more about x-raying the seats. How does he do this? Is he a tech or something?

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Walmart has a infant seat for $35.00.
Right, but it's a 3-point harness. Their cheapest 5-point is twice that.
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My brother, who is a smart guy otherwise, mechanical and electrical engineer, bought his DD's infant car seat at a yard sale. And it looked OLD to me. And then he didn't even install it correctly. I would have thought, given his technical brain, that he'd understand the mechanics behind the infant car seats and recognize that any slack on the seat belt holding the seat down would be dangerous, but he didn't worry about it. And luckily they never had an accident. And when she outgrew the seat, they did spend some money on a new one. He is notoriously cheap so it must not have been yard sale season when they needed a bigger one!
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Tell me more about x-raying the seats. How does he do this? Is he a tech or something?
My husband is an aircraft mechanic and he fixes jets and they have to xray different parts for the same reason for stress fractures, so he has always had access to the machine since we were first married (he is also able to make my oven racks nice and shiny with a different machine). I have not ever gone with him when he does it, he just takes the seat to work with him, so not sure if its the same technology they use medically or what. He is not home right now or I would ask him. (he is at work).

The bad news for us now, is he now builds jets instead of fixing them and I am not sure if he has access to the xray machine.

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My husband is an aircraft mechanic and he fixes jets and they have to xray different parts for the same reason for stress fractures, .
cool, my husband is an aircraft structures mechanic although he doesn't xray anything for me but the kids think the planes are cool
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What annoys me is that I gave/lent our infant seat to someone who didn't have one, thinking that she would use it for 6 mos then return it. Well, it didn't happen that way, last time I ran into her her babe was 7 mos old and she was still using it (dd outgrew it young) and "I don't have the base, I don't know what happened, it just fell apart." She was willing to give back the seat but I said no thanks. Sigh.
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No, I wouldn't buy used.

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and I guess i"ll answer the question. I wouldn't buy a used seat at all, I would borrow one from a friend if I knew it had been well taken care of.

but in my experience the cheap carseats do what they are supposed to do. I bought a cosco carseat (3 point with a t shield) for my oldest son installed it correctly and was in a massive car accident where someone in the other car was killed. He was unharmed, the only one who walked away from the accident.

Of course after that accident I threw the carseat away, but someone stole it out of the dumpster so who knows who unknowingly used it after it had been in a severe accident
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and I guess i"ll answer the question. I wouldn't buy a used seat at all, I would borrow one from a friend if I knew it had been well taken care of.

but in my experience the cheap carseats do what they are supposed to do. I bought a cosco carseat (3 point with a t shield) for my oldest son installed it correctly and was in a massive car accident where someone in the other car was killed. He was unharmed, the only one who walked away from the accident.

Of course after that accident I threw the carseat away, but someone stole it out of the dumpster so who knows who unknowingly used it after it had been in a severe accident

ACK! GOod to hear your son was unharmed. If I ever need to dispose of a car seat I will cut the harness and dispose of it seperately. I know some people reccomend cutting the shell, but I don't know how they expect one to do that :

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but in my experience the cheap carseats do what they are supposed to do.
: All seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards. Period. Whether they are $30 or $300. Also there are free car seat programs for those that qualify. You just need to look for them.

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ACK! GOod to hear your son was unharmed. If I ever need to dispose of a car seat I will cut the harness and dispose of it seperately. I know some people reccomend cutting the shell, but I don't know how they expect one to do that :
People pull them out of dumpsters & replace the webbing from either a craft store or an automotive store. You would be amazed at what people used to make car seats "work". Zip ties, bungie cords, rope. One way to dispose of a car seat is to take it & saw it in half. I have also heard of taking them to the local police station, & they will destroy it too.

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ACK! GOod to hear your son was unharmed. If I ever need to dispose of a car seat I will cut the harness and dispose of it seperately. I know some people reccomend cutting the shell, but I don't know how they expect one to do that :
I would never dispose of a car seat now like I did then (11 years ago) I know so much more. But even at the time when I was very naive about car seat safety I was pretty freaked out when I noticed someone stole it from the dumpster I mean there is no way that seat's integrity was still intact
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