Buying Used Car Seats – Estate Sale Shopping Tips
Local Estate Sales throughout the country have a variety of items for sale, while the estate sale professionals perform their due diligence on items that can be legally sold during a sale. Estate Sale shoppers must also be aware that the items being sold are used items and requires the buyer to perform their own due diligence and research.
During a local estate sale, you’ll see a variety of items being sold. Each home is different; some may be filled with vintage and antique items, while others hold everyday items, dishes, furniture, including children items such as strollers and car seats.
If you get a used car seat, whether it’s from a purchase or handed down to you by someone, it’s more than likely not in the original package, and does not include the instructions critical for proper installation.
If you’re lucky and can get the history of the car seat, you may be less at risk, but that’s quite rare. Here is a list of information to be cautious about when you’re buying a used car seat:
- Has it been in an accident or damaged (even non-visible damage can affect the function)
- Does it meet today’s safety standards and requirements?
- Is the car seat one of the products listed for a recall due to faulty design
- How old is the plastic? Hardened, aging plastic can be brittle and break during a car accident.
Used items sold at estate sales, garage sales, yard sales or donated, are sold in an “as is” condition, as a frugal shopper, it’s important to do your homework and be well aware of what you’re buying.
If you end up buying used car seats, contact the manufacturer for a replacement copy of the product manual. Once you receive the information, check for missing parts, and the recall status online.
Car seats are stamped with an expiration date, to narrow the age, avoid any dangers from brittle plastic, and stick to car seats that are less than five years old, as recommended by SafetyBeltSafe USA.
Your local fire department is also a great resource for a visual evaluation once you have the seat installed in your vehicle.
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