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Tips for Buying Used Car Seats Avoid being seduced by a typically expensive car seat that you find used for cheap. A new, affordable seat is, hands Purchase a used car seat only from someone you know, and whom you trust to give you the facts about the seat. Double-check the expiration date, which. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE SEAT.

If you were not the original owner of the seat and/or do not know EVERYONE who used the seat, you can not sell the seat safely as you will not be able to answer question #2 below. 2. MAKE SURE THE CAR SEAT WAS NEVER IN ANY CRASH. In case you missed it, Wheel Well receives donated child safety seats to create a “seat exchange”, where lower income families can receive a safe second hand car seat in return for an affordable donation.

The seats are thoroughly cleaned and checked for defects before they’re put into stock. Ensure the second hand seat has all parts present and instructions! Inspect the seat Once you know what the seat looks like new, inspect the second hand seat is the seat shell plastic, foam protection under the covers and harness in good condition, with no marks, rips, dents or tears?For related information, check our car seat buying guide.

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For 80 years, Consumer Reports has been testing products and working to. Here are some tips to help you find a great used car. Pick a Place to Shop. Get Financing Before You Start Exploring. Check the Ratings.

Study the Vehicle History Report. Check the Title Status. Use All of Your Senses.

Take a Friend. Check Those Seams. Match Those Colors. Magnetic Personality.

Unfortunately, some second-hand car seats can be sold damaged or may not come with all their parts. Even with family members or close friends, ensure that the car seat comes with an instruction manual and that it fits your car correctly. The practicality of your baby car seat.

Tagged affordability of car seats, are second hand car seats safe, buying a second hand car seat, car seat questions, car seat safety, Car seat usage, car seats, Eleanor Bester, Just Ella Bella, second hand car seats, tips to buy second hand seat Post navigation. If buying the car from an individual, unless the car still has some of its factory warranty left on it or you buy an after-market warranty, you are more than likely buying the car. Buy a seat that fits your child with room to grow. The manufacturer’s instructions and labels on the car seat or booster seat state the weight and height of children that the seat will protect.

Make sure your child’s weight and height are within these limits, with room to grow.

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Advise parents to check borrowed car seats to be sure they have not been in a previous crash, are not cracked or broken, and are not too old or without manufacturer directions (AAP, 2014).

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■ Avoid used infant safety seats if its parts are missing or if it is damaged.

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It is important that parents purchase only approved car seats, so bargain-hunting at used child equipment stores should be done with caution.

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Before buying a car safety seat, it is best to look carefully at different models.

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If your budget is tight, look for the most basic model and remember that all car seats conform to the same safety regulations regardless of the price.

“The Minimalist Mom: How to Simply Parent Your Baby” by Rachel Jonat
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I don’t recommend buying a used car seat from a garage sale or thrift store because you don’t know the history of the car seat, and any car seat that’s been through an accident should be discarded.

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Visit to find a car seat technician near you.

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If you are buying a second­hand car seat, check that it hasn’t been involved in an accident or is otherwise damaged.

“So You're Going to Be a Dad, revised edition” by Peter Downey
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If you must use a secondhand seat, only accept one from a family member or friend (don’t buy one from a secondhand shop, through the classified ads or online).

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Used car seats If you’re considering borrowing or buying a used car seat, make sure the car seat is safe.

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  • Some people can’t afford to buy a baby or child car seat so they have to rely on charity but they always check for safty first even if some are used.

  • Yeah my 8 year old is 80 lbs she’s TALL and skinny. Wears 12 year old clothes and a size 7 shoes in women’s. She still rides in a booster or highback booster. (Depends on the car) she just started calling the high back a baby seat. Lol


  • I always tell people if they don’t know what their looking at. Take the car to a dealer (If your looking at a Jaguar, take it to a Jaguar dealership), and have the service guy do a used car inspection on it. You will pay for 1 hour of their labor rate (will usually cost anywhere from $120-$150), but they will let you know if anything is messed up, needs brakes, major leaks, any recalls, they can look up the warranty history and tell you if anything major was replaced….And if you are waiting at the dealership, sometimes the advisor can take you back there so you can have a look at the underside. And if the car is too bad, you only lost $150 rather than thousands…

  • Good video my 11 month old weighs around 28. We cannot afford another seat. So unfortunately he is forward but in my state its 20lbs or the age of 1. My son has one from baby trend its a 3 in 1 hybrid he is 31 inches and 28 pounds and the size of other ppls 2 year old.

  • Do you have any videos on carseats that spin? And infant seats that can be pulled out to safe sleep mode while clicked onto a stroller?

  • Excellent video. I sold cars for about 10 years. One thing, I see a lot where I am now is scammers selling “salvage”, “rebuilt” “scrap” cars without telling the buyer they have no value, can not be financed, And can not ever be covered by “full coverage” insurance.

  • Hi Chris,Thanks for the guide and tips, It’s very helpful! I’m just wondering where can I find and download the checklist, I checked website mentioned in the description, but with no found.

  • My 10 month old is big I can hardly carry the infant car seat he was 20lbs for his 6 months checkup and shots. His next one isn’t till he is 13months do I don’t know how mu h he weighs but I’m guessing around 25lbs or more. Can I put him in the next up one.

  • Dont get emotional

    Me:buys the car same day because i definitely got emotional

    I got a 2004 dodge ram with 131k miles and its bootiful

  • Hi Sir,, can you please show me the Chrisfix form so i can clearly read all the questions on the form.. plz show the form in the video.. hope to hear from you.. i like your video.. thanks.. Antoni

  • Hopefully FIXD don’t drop support. I’ve used many apps like it over the years but they eventually stop updating the app and it becomes abandonware and I’m left with its device connected to my OBD port doing nothing.

  • Hi chris i have been interested in a 2015 Audi A3 1.6tdi with 180000km. Just wandering for some inspection tips and yeah price tips also. The car is cross state from where I live.

  • If any one is having trouble accessing the link. Try deleting the.php at the end of the web address. like so others can see this.

  • I can’t thank you enough for such an informative video. It puts me at ease about what kind of car seat I need to buy for my baby next. The way you put information about all the car seats (height range, weight range and the age range) are very helpful. What brand or brands do you recommend for a convertible seat?

  • What about the height for the convertible car seat? My son is 3 but he is the size of a 5 year old (3’8” 51lbs) so I’m confused if I have him in the right car seat.
    He is in the 3rd car seat with the 5 point harness. Is this the correct seat? I feel using a seat belt right now seems unsafe

  • thank you so much! i only have one child and was confused when he hit the weight and height of being able to switch to a booster. I will be getting the high back with 5 point harness thanks to you! Thank you for educating me and keeping my baby boy safe <3

  • hey Chris, love your videos so far. I am learning a TON. I am in the market for a used car right now, and after watching these videos on what to do when buying a used car, I was wondering something: do I still need a mechanic to check out this car? I noticed at the end of this transaction on this Jaguar, you walked home with the car the same day. Everywhere I look I hear that I should “get a mechanic to check it out”. Is this checklist you have the equivalent of having a mechanic check out the car?

    Thanks for anything!

  • Tip one.dont listen to someone constantly going on about mayo under the oil cap??(normal condensation)yet never checks the oil n water for mixed fluids.��gets on my nerves this false info(scaring people.

  • I know this is an old video now. But extended rearfacing should have been mentioned. My little girl born in 2012 is still rearfacing so the seats were definitely around in 2015 when this video was made. Poor show when it’s 10x safer it should have been mentioned.

  • At the hospital they won’t let you leave without inspecting the car seat and asked me to bring it inside the hospital so they expect an infant car seat

  • Also, don’t forget to bring your boxing gloves, you’re gonna need those when the owner wants to fight you because you went over the whole car with a magnet.

  • lol I can’t believe that children up to the age of 8 years of age are expected to sit in a baby seat!!!! hahaha that’s ridiculous. Can we bubble wrap these little shits any more than we already do?! No 8 year old child of mine would EVER be seen dead sitting in a baby seat, not gonna happen. I would rather pay a fine than have my kid sitting in a stupid seat like that. It’s just silly, it really is. Just let them sit in the damn car like a normal person. Baby seats are for babies, period.

  • Chris, I always CRINGE when someone uses the term “VIN NUMBER.”
    The term is VIN. You are professional, yet made this mistake multiple times in one video.

  • I have a tall 3 yr old. I bought a bulky baby trend 5 point harness but it’s a nightmare! You can’t install it normally and came with crazy instructions.
    My daughter is 42 pds but as tall as a 5 yr old
    I’m very confused on a alternative that is safe but not such a nightmare.

  • I love Nuna. I currently have the Tavo/Pipa travel system. Wouldn’t trade it for anything…. until I found out I was pregnant with baby #2. When baby #2 is born, my first born will be 15 months. So I know I need a new stroller and I’ll need another car seat for her. I do want to trade in my stroller for a double and I’m considering going with a Demi Grow since I have the Pipa. BUT I’m really struggling with which convertible car seat I should switch to for my first born. Since I’ve had Nuna and I love it, I’d love to get the Rava, but budget-wise it doesn’t work for us, unfortunately! So I’ve seen a lot of reviews on all sorts of brands, but I’m still having a hard time making a decision. I’d love to know or see a video of your 2019 convertible seat choices, or what you’ve seen sell well with great safety in the market. There’s so much info out there and seeing it compiled in 1 video like you’ve done here or in other videos is really helpful! Sharing this video with all my friends who are new mamas. Really loved it! Also sharing with my husband so he doesn’t think I’m going with the Rava just because it’s expensive �� Love your videos. Very helpful and informative.

  • now,this is a complete checking list:)) but jaguar Xtype was always a crappy car and a waste of money so from the start this could never be a “good deal” but this vid is for other purposes:)

  • These modern cars are rubbish, sorry but unless your buying a Brand new BMW or Mercedes your average Ford or Vauxhall will not last 5 years, for example my friend Lukas had a 3 year old Vauxhall Insignia CDTI it only covered 28000 miles when the Turbo went bang, totally awful build quality, where as ive seen old Astras from the 90s still on the roads? so hows that work?

  • A child thats 65lbs or 5 yrs old would be way to big for that rear to front facing seat. Most booster seats accommodate 40lbs and up.

  • Love this channel. Amazing info and reviews for a new dad! This is now my go to channel for baby stuff! Keep up the amazing work ladies!

  • My dad’s tried and true method is to get different dealerships really invested into what he’s looking for and then just say “no”. He helped me snag a 2018 Honda CR-V for $150 per month ��

  • Thanks for this video I recently bought my first car went to meet the dude & my homeboy came with me who happens to be a used car salesman car was in good condition few minor things but all around good car 200k miles but well maintained the guy wanted 1,500 after test drive talked him down to 1,200 asked him if he was willing to go any lower even though I had the whole 1,500 which he didn’t know he did we both agreed & shook on 1,000 for the car which is a 2003 bmw 325xi �� following your tips on test drive & other things helped me get a good deal ����

  • My 9 month old has an inch of room above his head in his infant car seat and toes just past the edge of the foot area. He is about 21 lbs. Is it too early to switch to convertible car seat? His chicco key fit 30 goes up to 30lbs and 30inches. Taking him for his 9 month check up tomorrow but I suspect he is about 28.5-29 in

  • Dear ChrisFix, I live in Europe and I am almost allowed to drive a car:) I also found a car that’s for sale (a Nissan Sunny 1.6 SR from 2003 for €1200 with 91.000 kms) but NADA doesn’t work in Europe and I can not find the car on KBB. Do you maybe know sites that work in Europe or do you know more about this car? Thanks a lot:)

  • I once test drove a car with a very very noisy owner and he had 2 more of his goons with him so they could talk loudly and laugh loudly to hide the transmission bearing noises and grinding noises coming from God knows where. It sounds like plastic rubbing on the wheels but i dont see any signs of rubbing plus its a 4×4 at stock height with stock wheels. I’ve spent just over a thousand dollars on repairs that didnt get rid of the grinding noise but i couldn’t find where it is.

  • So I tried to get to your checklist, but the link did not work. Is there another way to get to that checklist? Im currently looking at used cars and that would be a huge help.

  • Thank you. I was unable to decide for my 4 month old. We didnt go out much for the last 3 months coz of COVID so we never bought the infant seat. Now we think we will go for the convertible (2nd) directly.

  • Excellent advice Chris! One exception. Don’t bring the money. Not on your person or car. Meet later after the negotiation and after you see the title. Pay then!

  • Before this video I have the question to buy infant car seat for my 3 month old baby or go for convertible. Thanks you solved my doubt very clearly.

  • Thank you so much for these videos. One of my boys is in the clek Fllo. We really like the streamlined look, and that I can easily fit 3-across. What is a good high back booster and 5-point harness for him to move into (the Britax is pretty ugly)

  • Do not touch the engine coolant by putting your finger in the coolant tank. The coolant could be REALLY hot, and it is TOXIC! You could get serious poisoning if you ingest the coolant.

  • Chris If the car was well loved by a family, and reasonably well maintained and checked off pretty much every box on your inspection sheet (minus a few slight scratches that don’t bother me), how would you feel about a 2008 Honda Element that has 200k miles? too much?

  • What about the Evenflow DLX that is supposed to be for infancy until the child is 120 lbs? Our son is 12 mo and growing out of his infant car seat so we are looking for a new one. Rather than buying a convertible seat and then later buying another high back/booster, we’re thinking of the Evenflow DLX so we don’t need to switch car seats again. What are your thoughts on that place seat?

  • Thank you so much for the videos and the checklists you made! I feel much more confident looking at used cars now. What a great tool your lists are so you should be proud of them! �� Again, thanks Chris!

  • Wouldn’t even use a high back/no back at all. The Britax car seat that is the high back with the five point accommodates children until they don’t need a car seat. And riding five point is proven to be safer.

  • Hi guys i have been interested in a 2015 Audi A3 1.6tdi with 180000km. Just wandering for some inspection tips and yeah price tips also. The car is cross state from where I live.

  • White residue on oil caps can happen due to simple condensation issues when engines are not run up to temperature properly ie many short trips, not necessarily a head gasket fail.

  • 1:54. Im watching this vid and i left off here so like or comment a random letter or something so u can remember i put this here lol

  • Good tips. But you should do this with any car. Especially older ones like this: Bring it to a local dealer that services that brand. For one hour of their hourly rate they will put it on a lift and go over it with a fine tooth comb. Often times funding issues the average buyer would not.
    Also, if you are buying an older car know that you will most likely be spending 1-2k per year on repairs. Put 100-150 away in a seperate account each month. Don’t touch it except for repairs. And get a AAA membership. The peace of mind is worth it. You will have to have it towed at some point. That’s just the nature of owning an old vehicle. You are going to have to pay one way or the other. There is reliable and expensive. Or cheap and unreliable. There are exceptions to both. But you generally get what you pay for.
    Also, get an unlimited pass at a local car wash and go through at least once a week during the winter so that rust doesn’t eat your car alive. I have also heard that keeping your gas tank full keeps it from rusting. Don’t know if that is true or not.

  • Thank you so much! Very clear explanation! Do you recommend anti-rebound bar car seats or is the nuna rava sufficient in terms of safety?

  • Other things that should make you not buy the vehicle:
    1. CVT transmission
    2. Engine auto stop and start built in when you come to a stop
    3. Tiny engine with a turbo. They are known as grenades to mechanics.
    4. Any engine with the term, “eco,” in it. They usually have direct injection which carbons up the engine.
    5. Anything with dual clutch transmission. They burn through clutch packs.

  • bought a car a week ago and told me car was never in an accident and it has clean title so i went to my insurance and they told me that they consider the car as a total loss because it was totaled but it still has clean title and im being charged the same as a salvage title for the insurance.

  • Hey chris,
    Im from the future. This car is mostly gonna be used by your dad and will get a lot of repairs.
    Eventually you will buy your dad his dream car in blue.

  • Mamas! Please note, it is safer for children to remain rear-facing until 2 years! Many states have now made this LAW! Don’t worry about their leg room! Saftey over comfort!!! Keep the babies safe!

  • I wish more people were educated on car/booster seat safety it’s sad to see so many kids in danger because parents aren’t educated on the subject. I sat in a booster until I was around 10 because I was bigger then most 10 year olds but my one sister actually had to sit in a backless booster until she was 14 and my 12 and 10 year old siblings both still sit in backless boosters because they aren’t big enough to sit without them!!!

  • Hey Chris, you need to do a video on “HT read a VIN#”. Heard will tell you where that car state started? Tell you what kind of climate the car came from?

  • There is absolutely NO way a 11 or 12 year old would be in a car seat. That’s ridiculous. I’m 12 and I can’t even imagine sitting in a car seat like what the heck.

  • OMG!!!! thank you so much! I was told to switch to convertible when my daughter was 1 bc she was so tall and had her knees in her face! and i got blasted on social media for doing so! but the people who told me to do this was her family doctor, her specialist, public safety nurses(they give vaccinations where i live) and 3 local police station. My daughter is 2yr and she weights 24pounds! She is 37 inch of height and the normal for a girl is 33 so she is tall but skinny lolll perfectly healthy! Before we switch the car seat, she was throwing up, screaming, crying in the car! The day of the switch, she was singing, dancing feets, smiling and no more vomiting in our car! They scolded me on switching before her 22pounds.. it was not safe and all but on my car seat it was clearly written 1yr of age or more than 22pounds! My doctor said the 22pds was for big babies that weights 22 before 1yr of age… Thanks for clearing that up! I will send them this video!��

  • I’m in the process of looking for a high back/5pt booster not because my son reached the limits of his convertible but because it expires at the end of the year, we have used it for 5 years now

  • We have used Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System till now, but baby is getting really tall. I would like to move him into a convertible car seat when he turns 11 months. What convertible car seat is best for Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat Base? Thank you

  • This car was Jack’s GTI which was pushed down the motorway sideways by a royalmail truck

  • Thanks for this video… It has clarified so many things for me… Choosing a Car seat seemed like such a mammoth task before coming across this video…

  • Chris, I suggest also including CarFax’s free odometer fraud check. I used it and get myself getting scammed. I already saw the mileage was wrong from the vincheck, but I confirmed it with the free odometer fraud check. Guy ghosted me when I called him out on it.

  • How do I know the convertible type is suitable for newborn? Are there any specific guide in term of reclination? Or are there convertible which is not suitable for newborn? Thanks

  • I just want to say thanks a lot for the great videos. I had to leave the city so now I need a car after 8 plus years and my last ride was a GT V8. It’s been Maxi Scooters for the city but now needing a car again is like crazy weird. Thanks for all the great information, I really didn’t want to go to a dealer.

  • Wow that Mazda is a Ranger. My dad’s Explo looks the same inside, same side mirrors and what not. Is it a V6? Or a 4 pot? The Explo is a 5.0, lots of fuel lol.

  • Hey Man the link for the check list doesn’t work. Could you fix it?
    By the way Thank for your valuable information taking the time to show us how to do it right I appreciate it.��

  • I’m currently looking at a 06 IS250 that was 99k miles. I use the Carfax and mention that it was two fail recalls. One involving front passager airbags and the other loose fuel pressure sensor. Is it better to look for a different car or negotiate lower?

  • What if I buy a used car from dealership? They advertise 3 day back guarantee plus 1000 miles bumper to bumper coverage. Do I have to follow your advice and check everything?

  • I bought a baby car seat/carrier to use as a blinding mechanism to weird and wicked people who were watching and stalking my daughter. Now they don’t know whether she is a boy or a girl or an animal or what. So when you pick your car seat/carrier be sure of what you want known and unknown about your child because that car seat/carrier will certainly do the trick. Choose wisely.

  • Hi, great video, could you please advice that can i use this for 6 month old baby, as you are a Pediatrician please advice is there is any problem to the baby to travel a long trip. Thanks in advance.

  • I bought a 2008 vauxhall astra 1.8 for £1400 with 160k miles on the clock. FSH from main dealership throughout and it’s never had any issues since I bought it June 2019. At the time I thought I paid more than I should of done but its definately been worth what I paid. Only failing an MOT once for a the number plate light not working.

  • The websites you listed, i tried to find the values of the car but the websites aren’t directing me to the papers you have. Like for NADA and Kelley Blue book

  • Well im 12 and 165cm and Ive been out of a car seat since I was 8 or 9. Im not at all fat im underweight and I for the love of god cannot fit in any car seat at all. I have tried but they caused me pain and I was left with stiffness in my neck, shoulders and my shoulders are still very stiff and weak now so people will say my parents are bad parentsthey arent my doctor and paediatricion said I shouls be taken out of it. Anyway that was before these new laws ans by 8 i was 140cm

  • the videos of chrisfix are better than the other car videos, its entertaining and interactive, when you watch that, you just wanna get out and repair your car

  • Imported stuff, it would be, do not buy a car, when it is night (or dark), when it rains, or when the car is very dirty (can hide defects)

  • I don’t like how this makes parents think they need the most expensive seats to keep their children safe. Honestly surprised when you said you were a CPST at the end. As some of the things you said just aren’t true. Having an insert in the car seat isn’t a requirement. Some seats don’t come with inserts. You can’t always just buy them separate, if the manufacturer doesn’t make them for the particular seat you have, and you can’t use after market inserts. In that case tightly rolled receiving blankets can be used along the sides of baby. And moving from infant to convertible at one isn’t the magic number. As long as babe is within the weight and height limit it’s perfectly safe to continue riding in an infant seat. If a child is a bare minimum of 5 and can sit still (even though many aren’t mature enough) but if they can, there is no evidence that a properly fitting booster seat is safer than a harness.former CPST that didn’t renew two years ago, but still keeping up with current recommendations.

  • I do MUCH more checks then what you faffed about at… zzzz… And the app OBD reader American and twice the price in the UK, AND it’s a subscription service… Has terrible reviews and doesn’t work with many UK car’s! How much did you get paid matie..? ( Seems it was ALL about pushing an app..)


    Outside of the car-
    •look at all the body panels and make sure they’re the same color. If one is rusted, all should be rusted.
    •go around the car and look ar the reflections for any bumps
    •look at all the glass/mirrors
    •make sure both front tires come from the same company and both back tires come from the same company and make sure they are the same size.
    •check that all 4 rims are the same. And that there are no scratches,dents, etc. Can be expensive to fix.
    •check how deep the threads of the tires go woth a penny.
    •turn wheel, run ur hand evenly flat around the wheels. If its bumps, that means its not aligned or parts are worn out, making it thousands to repair.
    •open and close all doors/trunk/etc and see the alignment on the sides of it
    •look under car and see if theres any oil leakage/rust
    •look at the break discs. If shiny, its been running which is good. If rusty or not shiny, its been sitting which is bad.

    •check transmission fluid. (Yellow cap, should be red.) smell it to check if its not burnt
    •check engine oil,check smell
    •check brake fluid. If its low, then brakes are worn out. If full, ur good.
    •check overall engine, make sure the cables are good, no rust
    •check antifreeze. Should be a nice color.
    •check for any scratches/broken plastic or ripped rug.
    test drive it in the city and highway.
    •Check if its straight or shakes at all.
    •Listen for sounds
    •make sure to do a high acceleration test and a high breaking test
    •turn both ways fully, hear for noises

  • Hi CrissFix
    I’m trying to research information about recalls of a car that i want to buy but i write the VIN number and the page show me this:
    “An error occurred with your request. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. does not recognize your VIN.”
    I have to worry about it?
    Cheers mate and thanks for your advices

  • Hey ChrisFix, can you do a video going over the anatomy of a car for a girl (and all the girls out there) who doesn’t really know? When I open a car hood, I don’t fully know what I’m looking at. Would be cool if you could open maybe a standard car hood and point out some of the basic things that we should be looking at….as well as how often we should be performing regular maintenance on these things and what to look for. Maybe include some basic important parts to keep an eye out for under the hood with regards to leaks and such, too. As well as exhaust. Thanks!

  • I definitely also think they should stay rear-facing longer, but with the new i-size regulations and the direction the law is taking on this matter it is only a matter of time before all car seats sold will have to meet i-size standards which means kids must be rear-facing up until 4 years old. Finally! If you guys are looking for the safest car seats you should definitely check out this guide!

    You’re welcome:)

  • I have 3 kids a teen, and kid. Here to ask for my kid..,she’s 9 almost 10 she weighs 25-27 kg she’s 133-136 centimeters tall and she’s currently in a convertible it’s so surprising….but I normally keep my kids in the car seat for ATLEAST a teenager……so should I keep her in the convertible,she fits right it perfectly…..or should I switch it up,to a booster or the 3rd one?

  • you can check the price on what car, or to give an indication of value, also you can do a cheap HPI check using your mobile to see if it has ever been written off, also peel back the rubbers for signs of a paint job after an accident. If the pedal rubbers are rubber does the wear confirm the mileage

  • In Wisconsin you are required to use an infant specific carseat (not convertible) to go home from the hospital. Do any other states have this rule?

  • The one nice thing about being a car guy in california is that our cars don’t get rust.
    Oh that and we can make a right turn on a red light. That’s about lol

  • Hey:). A quick question my daughter is going to be a year next month. She’s 20 pounds and almost 30 of height. She still using the car seat but she’s to heavy and her legs are long. She’s pretty much tall My car is to small for us to get another car seat to faces Backwards because only the infants car seat fits well. It is okay if she’s facing forward?

  • My son is 3 months old. as my car has passenger airbags in the back of the front seats, how will I place my child, rear facing or front facing???

  • I asked a guy if the timing chain had been replaced on a E46 M3 that was for sale and he told me that they’re supposed to last the entire lifetime of the car…
    So wait isn’t a cambelt and a timing basically the same thing?

  • Hello, it is a really nice and safe car seat you’ve introduced in here, thanks, appreciated. Check this out to see the most elegant baby stroller that fits with your need and safety of your baby as well…

  • Rear facing,,,,,0-4y….my 2.5y old legs are bent if rear facing plus weight is 15kg… think some of these rules are over the top

  • 15 months?!?!
    I child should stay rear-faceing until they are at least 5 years old for the best protection. watch crash tests and you’ll see why. ��if you care about your child,keep them rear-faceing for as long as possible!

  • all infant seats are pretty similar so if you want one, just pick one that appeals to you. However, there is a bigger decision to make. Infant carrier seats are NOT a required stage in car seats.
    here is a good review:
    Babies can actually start out from day one in rear facing convertible car seats. Realize that if you choose to get an infant carrier, it will only last an average of 5-7 months before baby outgrows it and then you will be out car seat shopping.

  • Hmmm, what private car seller or dealer for that matter would let u plug in an unknown dodgy code scanning dongle or tool to their vehicle with complicated electronics. Sure you could argue then maybe they have something to hide but could also argue some of these tools can damage computers if they are crap or the user doesn’t know what they are doing.

  • I live in Iowa where the law is babies must be in a rear facing car seat till they are 1 or weigh 20 lbs then they must be in a 5 point harness till age 4 then can move to a booster seat which they can leave at age 6. They can sit in the front seat at age 12 so saying a 12 year old should be in a car seat is just ridiculous. I moved from the booster to a regular seat when I was 7

  • Hey Chris or anyone that replies to this, it would be greatly appreciated for any comment, positive ones. To get to the point, I’m looking at a Honda Accord EX-L for $1k but the owner said that it needs to have tires, water pump, timing belt, radio, and brakes replaced, other than that the car functions really well. I looked up the parts, ($550 in total) and I”m going to put in the work myself with my brother’s help. The interior also has a rip on the driver’s side but the rest of them are in decent condition. Is this a good deal or should I negotiate down to $800? The value of this car can go down as low as $400 up to $6,000 and it has a clean record (i checked the vin number, thanks again Chris) with just two previous owners from the same household lol

  • Man, britax makes some bad ass looking seats. I’m getting the boulevard shipped this weekend and am I excited. I’m almost jealous of my son’s seat lmao

  • Why doesn’t Which? advocate rear-facing beyond 15 months despite overwhelming evidence that children are much safer and avoid the spinal injuries associated with forward facing seats? You make the valid point about babies’ heads being heavy relative to their bodies but this applies up until at least 4 years of age. Why the inconsistency?