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used carseats?

Would you buy used carseats?  A girl in my MoMs club is selling her britax marathon carseats.  I can't afford to buy these new, so I was planning on buying a cheaper carseat when my girls grow out of their infant seats.  Do the britax carseats have an expiration date?  I think they are 5 years old.  Would you buy them or buy a cheaper new carseat? 

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Re: used carseats?

  • i accepted 2 used Britax convertible seats from my SIL (for free) b/c I knew 100% that they were never in an accident... i would not buy them from someone if I wasn't 100% sure they were never in an accident --- and being 5 yrs old - i certainly wouldn't pay much at all if you did buy them.  Yes- they do expire- it should say somewhere on the label.
  • I believe Britax's expire at 6 years, so that would only leave 1 year of use left on them... you'd have to check the manufacture date on the inside of the seat.
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  • I would only buy a used car seat if I knew the person who was selling it really well and it was only a year or two old.  I think you'd be better off buying a less expensive seat brand new that a Britax that is 5 years old.
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  • I wouldn't do it and def not 5 year old ones.  I think like pp said, you'd be better off getting a less expensive car seat new.
  • Thanks for the input.  I'm not going to buy them. 
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  • I wouldn't purchase a used car seat from anyone that I didn't know really well.
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