How to buy a new car seat for a buck or two
With car seats costing between $800 and $1000 and only a small chance of breaking even, it’s easy to feel like the price is just a few bucks over the odds.
But it’s not that simple, and you’re better off sticking with what you already have.
In the first place, you’re not paying for a product that’s going to last longer.
Most car seats are designed to last about five to seven years.
You’re not getting the cushioning you’d get from a cushioned seat for an extra $40 to $50, says Car Seat Head of Marketing Scott O’Brien.
The seats themselves are designed for a specific person to sit in, so they don’t necessarily provide a good foundation for long-term comfort.
For example, a new Subaru Outback with an A-pillar has a seat that’s designed to be used in the front, which allows you to get a good feel for the comfort level and stability of the seats when you’re in the back seat.
But once you’re back in the driver’s seat, you get the same feeling of stability but with less cushioning.
A cushioned car seat can be great for people with spinal injuries, but if you’re sitting in the middle of a group of people it’s a lot less comfortable, according to Car Seat Research, a research organisation based in Washington DC.
So if you can get the cheapest car seat you can, but are worried about it lasting longer than the product’s advertised lifespan, get an older car seat instead.
“We have a lot of studies that show that people who are comfortable in a car seat tend to be more likely to return to their vehicle and stay in it longer,” says Carsead Research’s O’Connor.
“That’s the most important thing for the consumer.”
The car seat that lasts longest