How to Buy Used Replacement Parts for a Pram

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How to Buy Used Replacement Parts for a Pram

A pram usually serves as the first pushchair-type device that parents use to transport children around while out on pleasure or business. A type of pushchair or buggy, a pram allows parents to take their newborns and small babies with them when they go out in public. A pram allows a baby to lie flat and has a sunshade to protect the baby's eyes and face from the sun. Featuring four wheels, most prams have room underneath for storing of various items.

Occasionally, a pram needs repairing. Pram owners can buy new replacement parts to do this, or to save money, they can buy used replacement parts instead. Most of the time, used pram parts are in great shape and comparable to new parts. At the very least slightly, used parts are slightly worn but still usable. When buying used replacement parts for a pram, shoppers need to know the type of pram they own, the pram part that needs replacing, and what to consider when selecting a used part.

Types of Prams

Generally considered one of the most important considerations when purchasing used replacement parts for a pram, the type goes a long way towards determining which parts an owner might possibly need. The table below contains the various pram types, including joggers and buggies.

Pram Types

Description

2-in-1 Pram

Converts into an upright pushchair, thereby extending usability; fabric hood to keep sun out of the baby's eyes; apron to keep the baby enclosed.

3-in-1 Pram

Like a 2-in-1 pram but also includes a full-size carrycot; carrycot can also be used as a place for the infant to sleep in lieu of a crib.

3-Wheel Jogger

Two rear wheels and one front wheel; make for an extremely comfortable ride over rougher terrain; excellent manoeuvrability.

Double Buggy

Can hold two babies at the same time; comes in either side-by-side or inline models; excellent for parents with twins.

By knowing how a pram operates, the number of wheels it has, and what capabilities it provides, shoppers can determine the exact replacement part they need. If unsure about which used part to order, shoppers can look online or check with someone knowledgeable about prams, such as staff at a local baby specialty store, for more information.

Parts of a Pram

The various parts of a pram affect how it rides, the overall security of the child while in the pram, and whether parents or caregivers have room for storage. The following section provides a list of the various pram parts, including wheels, seats, and straps.

Pram Wheels

The number and type of pram wheels can make travelling on rougher terrains easier. Three-wheeled models are built for manoeuvrability, and they are great to take out while jogging.

Pram Seats

Make sure the pram seats are well-cushioned. This allows conversion into a pushchair as the child gets older. Make sure the seats can adjust higher so that the child's feet do not drag on the ground.

Pram Straps

Pram straps serve the purpose of holding a child in place while in the pram. This is not so much a concern unless the pram can be converted into a pushchair. The straps should allow for quick release if necessary.

Pram Storage

Storage space on a pram can be as simple as a pocket or area underneath to hold essential items to as elaborate as storage that can be taken with the parents even while not using the pram.

Buying used replacement parts for a pram saves shoppers both time and money. Shoppers should keep in mind that just because a replacement part might say used does not mean the part is not in good condition.

Pram Considerations

When buying a pram, several crucial product criteria stand out, including brakes, wheelbase, safety harness, pram body, and size. These areas play a large part in the overall safety of a pram, so remember to assess these areas before buying a pram and then make sure the product works properly when setting it up. Then, check these areas occasionally to make sure they still work correctly. Afterwards, if needed, replace faulty or worn parts.

Brakes

Locking brakes should come as standard on a quality pram. It allows for the pram to stay in place when stationary, especially if parents or guardians need both hands free. To test, just lock the brakes in place and try to move the pram. If the brakes slip, more than likely they either need to be tightened or replaced. When replacing the brakes on a pram, make sure they work correctly before using it for the first time.

Wheelbase

Another important component of a pram is its wheelbase. Wider wheelbases allow for a more comfortable and stable ride. This proves itself most evident when travelling over rough terrain, as prams with smaller wheelbases run the risk of turning over. Check the wheel axles for damage and replace them if necessary before using.

Safety Harness

The safety harness, one area that really needs close scrutiny when examining a pram before using, helps hold the child within the pram. This is especially important for small children who could potentially fall out of a pram configured as a pushchair. Replace frayed or broken straps immediately.

Body

Shoppers should examine the overall body of the pram. Durable pram body materials should last many years. Shoppers should buy prams made of materials resistant to water to protect against rust or other wear. The material covering the pram body, as well as the cushioning and seat within, should be free from damage. If any of these areas show damage, shoppers might want to consider buying a different pram or replace the parts on the currently owned pram.

Size

Also consider how long the pram might be used. Unless the pram can be configured into a pushchair, once a child has reached a certain age, the pram can no longer be used. In such cases, maybe pram owners can then sell them online to others.

Benefits of a Second-Hand Pram

In addition to buying used replacement parts for a pram, second hand or used, prams offer another way for shoppers to save money. The section below contains some of the benefits of purchasing a used pram.

Almost as Good as New

Shoppers should look for used prams with only slight use. If unsure, ask the seller how long the pram was in use.

Top Quality for Less

A quality pram can last many years and even be used by more than one child. Even used prams can last for many years.

Starter Pram

Sometimes parents want to save up for a more expensive pushchair. In the meantime, they can buy a less expensive but good quality used pram to fill in until they can afford the pushchair they want.

Prams for Different Occasions

Parents can also use used prams as a good second pram for specific situation. One example would be while travelling abroad. Instead of taking a bulky pram, which will likely have to be checked, travellers can take the compact used pram they bought instead.

Budget

Most of all, buying a used pram allows shoppers to still stay within a designated budget. When looking at used prams, look for popular brands known for great quality.

Conclusion

Parents and caregivers should keep in mind that, most often, used replacement parts are a great way to save money on the purchase of replacement pram parts. Shoppers can oftentimes find used parts that are just as good as new parts but at a less expensive price. The most important aspect of purchasing used replacement parts for a pram is to make sure and buy the correct part. Shoppers can do this by educating themselves in how a pram operates, including the brakes, wheels, and the body of the pram.

A final consideration involves the budget allocated for the purchase of used replacement parts. Also make sure that the parts are safe and operate as intended. Remember to test out the pram brakes and strap conditions occasionally. Finding used pram replacement parts can be quick and easy if shoppers conduct the right research and don't make a hasty purchase decision.

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