6 Tips To Help You When Purchasing A Used Stroller
(Photo credit to honeywildblog and their review of the UPPAbaby Vista)
Quality strollers are expensive, costing anywhere from $700-$2000 a peice. At that price, it will probably be your most expensive investment. It is therefore no surprise that many parents turn to the re-sale market to save some of the cost. While this may seem like a logical decision, it is important to consider a few very important things before making your purchase.
When you buy a used stroller from an individual, you likely won't have access to the original manufacturers warranty. That warranty is key. Strollers break down constantly. The wheels, frames, and all mechanisms go through a tremendous amount of wear, as many parents use their strollers daily. Having that manufacturers warranty can come in so handy when the breaks start to falter, as most times the repair parts are astronomically expensive or difficult to install.
If you find a stroller that is a particularly good deal, or is in observable excellent condition, you can try and let go of the advantages of having a warranty. In this case, there are a few things you can do to make sure you're making the right decision.
1. Ask for the date of manufacture (and be sure to check for it yourself when viewing the stroller), and ensure that used parts can still be obtained. For us, the age of a stroller is of little significance aside from this detail. An older stroller that has been well cared for is often in far better shape than a one year old stroller that has been left outside for a month or two. Condition therefore matters a lot more than age, but still ensure you can source parts if you need to. You can always ask us!
2. Check for smoke damage, mold, and any major rust. I know it's awkward, but really get down and dirty with that stroller. Move every single part. Inspect it from top to bottom. Make sure the breaks work, the folding mechanism isn't too stiff, and that the wheels are rolling smoothly. While all of these things are fixable (smoke damage aside), they should be considered within the overall cost of the item.
3. See if you can go to a brick and mortar store to see and try out a few brands before deciding on a stroller. Or, better yet, try and rent one for a week or two so that you can get a feel for what you are looking for and what will best suit your family. There are so many options out there, and no one stroller is right for everyone. We LOVE the UPPAbaby brand, but if you are an avid jogger an UPPAbaby Vista- however amazing - wouldn't work for you.
4. Do some googling to see which brands offer the best customer support. Having access to live agents willing to help you troubleshoot is priceless.
5. Consider whether or not you want to use a newer model carseat with your older model stroller. Carseat adapters are a fickle thing. Not every company makes adapters for all carseat brands, and universal adapters never work as you want them to. Try and stick to the carseats recommended by your stroller's brand, as this is your best bet at having a travel system that works together.
6. Try and invest your money into a quality brand that has good re-sale in your area. How can you know if you've made the right choice? Do a quick kijiji search and see how many strollers are being sold Canada wide under this brand. Have they been listed for a long time? Are they selling for less than 50% of their original value? Also, take a look around when you're out and about and see what other parents are pushing in your area. In the Ottawa area, we see mostly UPPAbaby, Baby Jogger and Thule strollers. In Montreal, there is a strong preference for Bugaboo and Mountain Buggy Strollers. In Halifax, we see a lot of B.O.B and Thule. It really varies by city.
And that's it! Buying used can be tricky, but we hope that this list makes it a bit easier for you to desipher the world of Kijiji. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org