Is it possible to rent a car seat on vacation?


Asked by MommyKris at 2:18 AM on Jun. 19, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We haven't had to rent a car but we are going on a trip out of state in August. We have a Britax at home but it's to big to lug around everywhere so we are going to buy one of the Cosco transitional car seats that come with the plastic travel bag. It's goes rear facing to 35 pounds so it will work for us. It was recommended to me by a car seat tech. To be 100% honest I wouldn't use a car seat from the car rental place because you don't know the car seats history. Has it been in an accident? Is it missing any parts? Is it installed correctly? Etc.

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 2:45 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • If it's just for short term use, weigh out the value of a rental against buying a cheap one to use temporarily. If the rental is your only choice, ask the car rental company to give you the brand and model number of the seat so you can research it. Ask them how old it is so you can make sure it's up to date with current safety specifications. You should also inquire if it was purchased new or used, if it has been in any car accidents, and how often the covers are removed for cleaning. You may also want to look into one of these carts:

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • Nope never had to rent a car though. BUT I don't think I would ever use the rental companies car seat. You never know what it has gone through before you got it.

    Answer by raine2207 at 12:33 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • To be honest, I think I would consider bringing my own. The ones I have seen have been expired, nasty seats.

    Answer by CarSeatJunkie at 6:39 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • I have used one for a one way car rental to the airport and never again. They don't know how to fit their own seats and they don't have the instruction book for you to be able to do it.
    Luckily our kids are now big enough for portable car seats. I have an Eddie Bauer 5 point harness for I think 20 lbs and up and a Safer Rider vest for kids around 4 and up. We are no longer at the mercy of the rental company.
    Have you considered the GoGoKidz Travelmate? wheels for your britax? They work great and on one trip we used that instead of a stroller.

    Answer by AussieMum2 at 1:30 AM on Jun. 22, 2008

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  • I would bring your own seat. Most rental seats are nasty, are expired, or a broken. If you bring your own you know your child will fit into it and you know how to install it.

    Answer by babyboomboom at 5:51 PM on Sep. 15, 2008

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  • i will not use a seat i don't know the complete history of. i would buy the cosco scenera and take it with me. it is a decent seat and inexpensive.

    Answer by trepsica at 12:02 AM on May. 2, 2009

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