Another day in the pawn world and here I am answering a question that I do get asked surprisingly often. Do pawn shops buy car seats for babies and small children?
Well, the answer is, it depends.
Oh, I know that’s not what you are looking for, but give me a chance to explain it all.
We’ve got several different factors at play here that can change what this answer really turns out to be for you.
First, you’ve got to take into account the individual pawn shop that you are working with.
Pawn shops are owned by thousands of individual small business owners and they all have their own thoughts about what items are good for them to take in versus what aren’t.
There’s no black book that tells every pawnbroker what he or she absolutely must accept (although this site appears to quickly be becoming that for many.)
Second, you’ve got to take into account the specific car seat that we are talking about here.
Car seats have all of the basic rules when we are talking about the types of merchandise that pawn shops will and won’t accept.
On top of that, car seats are particularly sensitive on this topic because of the number of recalls that go on for them.
No pawnbroker wants to think that he or she was the one that sold a potentially dangerous and harmful car seat to someone which later resulted in a child being hurt, so they tend to be very picky about looking for recalls and basing their decision on that, at least in part.
With those two things out of the way, let’s talk about what you probably really want to know, which is how to go about pawning a car seat to begin with.
How To Find A Pawn Shop That Will Take Your Car Seat
So, as discussed above, not all pawnbrokers will work with car seats, but many will. Your job is to find one.
The best way to do that is to simple go to Google.com and search the phrase “Local pawn shop” or “Pawn shop in my area.”
Google will return a list of results of the pawn shops close to you.
You should pick 3 or 4 out of the list and give them a call. While you have them on the phone, you will want to ask the following:
- Do you accept car seats for a loan, and if not, do you buy them?
- Is there anything in particular that I need to have with the car seat?
- What do I need to bring with me in order to do business in your pawn shop?
By asking them these three things, you potentially will save yourself a lot of time and hassle.
First of all, you are figuring out who takes car seats so that you don’t waste a bunch of time driving all around town just to be told no.
Secondly, you will know upfront what the pawn shop expects you to bring with you for the car seat. Maybe some require the fabric liners that often come with them – others don’t. This way you know beforehand and can come prepared.
Thirdly, you know what you need personally in terms of proper identification for the pawn shop to transact business with you. Some states just require a photo ID while other need it to be an actual driver’s license. Either way, you won’t be stuck at the pawn shop an unable to make a loan or sell your car seat if you ask before you arrive and come with what is required.
Most pawn shops will be happy to take your car seat in, but some don’t. They just don’t think that car seats are good for their business and that’s fine.
You can often save yourself a lot of time and hassle by calling ahead and figuring out what you need to have with you in order to sell the car seat to the pawn shop, or make a loan on it so that you can get it back later.
Ultimately, it’s fairly common for pawn shops to take these when they are clean and in good condition, so I doubt you will have much trouble finding a pawnbroker happy and willing to deal with you on selling or making a loan against yours.