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Jul 24th, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Renting a toddler child seat from a rental car company?

Has anyone done this and can you share your thoughts? What was the condition of the seat and was it good quality? Reading horror stories on the internet that make me want to lug my own but they're all dated 3-4 years ago. Anyone have a current experience they can share? We have a britax advocate 70 and it's HUGE, I don't even know how we'd lug this thing around!
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Jul 24th, 2012, 07:56 PM
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So don't lug it around.

I use Hertz a lot. Call them and ask what model car seat is used by them, and what they promise in terms of quality.

They should be glad to help you.
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Jul 25th, 2012, 05:11 AM
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Sorry, but the condition of one car seat at one location has nothing to do w/ any other car seat or any other rental location. Even if most of the car seats at one location are decent,the one you get might not be. Any anecdotes about a good or bad seat won't make any difference re the particular one you receive.

They are bound to be serviceable since the rental agency doesn't want liability if a seat fails, but that doesn't mean it will be clean.

If you want guarantees - take your own.
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Jul 25th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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I'm less concerned about cleanliness and more about safety. We only need the car seat for the first half of the trip, then we will be lugging it around on public transportation. Perhaps buying a travel bag with backpack straps would be helpful.
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Jul 26th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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Guilia, I have a big Britax and a back-pack travel bag. It is good for when I am juggling DD, in her stroller, plus our luggage, in and out of airports, but I am not sure I would want to juggle it on buses, subways or whatever. Feel free to pick my brain about how I use it, I am not sure what you mean by lugging it around.
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