You can save up to 80 % if you buy a second hand stroller. Sometimes, you can be better of purchasing a second hand pushchair as there are many benefits. But to ensure that you do not purchase junk, there are some some things that you should consider.
Check the Used pram's Condition
If the pushchair has been used a lot, its condition will be worse. Check the pram exceptionally carefully and make sure that there are no missing parts. Take the pushchair for a test run. Are there any unusual noises or vibrations? Does the pram pull to 1 side whenever walking over a level surface. Does the stroller fold and unfold faultlessly? Check out the brakes. Check the safety harness and harness fastening points and buckles. Check for rough edges. Is the pram in bad condition. If so, it might not be what you are looking for and might be near the end of its life. Is the stroller worth the cost?
The rule of thumb is that wheels and other extremities are cheap to replace, however any damage to the frame is a definite warning to not purchase.
Check for stroller Recalls
Any brand of stroller might have a recall. Many popular pushchair manufacturers have had to issue recalls in the last few years. Check out the CPSC site to see if there are any outstanding recalls.
Make sure any outstanding recalls have been rectified before buying. Sometimes, manufacturers supply free repair kits to remedy stroller problems.
Make sure that you go online and glance at the reviews of the new models. This is a splendid way to find out the good and bad points of the pram. Look for strollers that have predominately positive reviews. Remember that there will always be a few bad reviews no matter how good the pram in point of fact is. To get a feeling for the pushchair, you should examine as many reviews as feasible.
Make Sure the stroller Has all of the Features That You Were Looking For
Make a list of all of the features that you would like on your stroller. Look for a stroller that meets most of your requirements Look for the following:
How much does it cost?
- Ease of Folding
- Hand operated brake
- Size of wheels
- Height adjustable handle bar
- Tire condition
- Seat condition
This list is not conclusive and there are lots of other things that you can add to it. If the pushchair you are looking at does not meet most of your requirements then you will not be content with it for long and so you should walk away from it.
Check the New Stroller Cost
Just because a second hand pram is really cheap, is not a reason for buying it. Inexpensive ones do not last too long. Plan to spend as much as you can afford.
Where To Find Secondhand Strollers
Join forums and get advice on where to look. Check eBay and Craigslist. Check your local classified ads. Speak to the managers in the pushchair stores. They might know pushchair owners who are looking to trade in their old stroller and there may also be special offers coming up. Look on the net for specialist stroller sales sites. Keep an eye open for garage sales.
Speak to friends, work colleagues and family. Let them know you are looking for a second hand stroller.
Purchasing a second hand pushchair can be a challenge yet it can also be rewarding and excellent fun too. You will save yourself a lot of cash and if you do it right, you will have a fantastic pushchair that meets your needs. Do your homework and follow the tips above and you will be immensely delighted with the results. There is something unique about getting a bargain.