5 Steps To Finding The Right Used Truck

pre-owned trucks in black hills

1. Know what you can afford.

If you’re buying used, you’re already making a wise financial decision.

To keep making good decisions, we recommend you never spend more than 20 percent of your total take-home pay on your monthly truck payment. 

2. Determine your top truck criteria.

Make a list of your must-have features to help you prioritize. Here are a few considerations: 

  • Cost
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
  • Payload and towing capacity
  • Cab and bed size
  • Engine size and type
  • History and mileage
  • Fuel type and economy

3. Research used trucks in the Black Hills.

Now comes the fun — albeit a little overwhelming part — shopping!

Do research on makes and models to help you refine your options. Then consider the year and the different versions. Read online reviews to determine quality and value from sites like Kelley Blue Book and NADA guides.

And before you visit a dealership in person, check their online inventory.

If you’re shopping on our website, we make sure to attached an AutoCheck vehicle history report with each vehicle.

4. Find a dealership you can trust.

Now that you know your budget and your favorite features, it’s time to pick a dealership.

Be sure the dealership you choose is one you can trust. Select one that will help you every step of the way to making a purchase on a used truck.

From start to finish, our staff at Rushmore Honda understands the truck-buying process. We strive to get our customers the best deal we can. We promise!

5. Take a long test drive. 

Found something you like? Schedule your test drive appointment with us, and take the used truck for a spin! 

Don’t rush the test drive. It’s the best way to learn about the condition and value of the vehicle. While you’re at it, be sure to inspect the truck for damage, leads, rust, or anything that feels off.

And when you’re ready… 

With the help of real-time tracking software, we research the price of similar makes and models within hundreds of miles of our store. Meaning, we can take care of the first three steps of the truck-buying process for you.

Shop our wide selection of used trucks and SUVs for sale, and come see us when you’re ready for a test drive.

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