Rushmore Honda

  • Rushmore Honda Call Us
  • Rushmore Honda Get Directions
Sales: (605)-348-4468 Service: (605)-348-4468 Toll Free Number: (866)-348-4468 1632 E. Mall Dr. | Rapid City, SD 57701

Top Five Steps to Choosing a Used Truck in Rapid City

Posted by Steve Michelson on 1/3/18 3:17 PM

View of a Honda Ridgeline truck.

If you're new to truck shopping in Rapid City, then you've come to the right place.

Not only do we sell a large selection of used trucks for sale in South Dakota, but our expert staff knows all about the truck buying process. To make your shopping experience as easy as possible, we've pooled our truck knowledge together and came up with the five steps of buying a truck. 

Top 5 Steps to Choose the Right Used Truck Rapid City

1. Know what you can afford.

If you're buying used, you're already making a wise financial decision. But even within the used truck category, there's a wide range of prices available. 

We recommend the 20% rule: never spend more than 20% of your total take-home pay on your monthly vehicle payment. 

2. Determine your top truck criteria.

Decide on the features that are the most important to you and your needs. Would you like more engine power or more savings at the pump? 

Make a list the must-have features you can't go without to help you prioritize. Here are a few considerations to get you started: 

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

3. Find a dealership you can trust.

Now that you know your budget and your favorite features, 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!

4. Research used trucks for sale in Rapid City.

This is the fun part—start shopping!

Do research on particular makes and models to help you refine your options. Then, consider the year and trim level of what you're looking at. Read online reviews to determine quality and value by using websites like Kelley Blue Book and NADAguides

We recommend you search inventory online before shopping in person. 

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—this is the part that will tell you the most 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. 

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

Click the AutoCheck report icon on the vehicle description page to pull up the AutoCheck vehicle history report.


Where to Buy Used Trucks for Sale in Rapid City 

We can help you shop and save serious time and money on a used truck. 

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, second, and third step of the trucking 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.


*With qualified credit. See dealer for details.
**STK#HB4823A. Plus tax, title, and license. 
***STK#HB4803. Plus tax, title, and license. 
****STK#HB4833. Plus tax, title, and license.
*****STK#HB4784. Plus tax, title, and license.
******STK#HB4793. Plus tax, title, and license.
*******STK#HB17400A. Plus tax, title, and license.

Topics: Used Vehicles

Latest News & Events for Rapid City Honda Enthusiasts

Thanks for visiting the Rushmore Honda blog! We share the latest Honda events, news, and vehicle special information for the Rapid City area. Browse a wide selection of new Honda cars, SUVs, and trucks as well as our used inventory online. We're here to help, so let us know if you have any questions.

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts