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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car Checklist

To say that South Dakota winters can be pretty rough is an understatement. That’s why you need an SUV or truck that can handle the Watertown roads no matter the condition. But, sometimes you might not have it in your budget for a brand new vehicle, and you might choose to opt for a used vehicle. To help you get the best deal, take a look at our “what to look for when buying a used car” checklist at Brookings Auto Mall to help you make sure you don’t miss a thing. Then, feel free to explore our pre-owned inventory at Brookings Auto Mall. 

Used Truck & SUV Checklist

When looking for a used truck or SUV, you’ll need to make sure you look for a few things. Obviously, you want a vehicle that’s going to be able to handle the South Dakota winters and everything else your Brookings travels will require. However, there are other things you should consider. Here is what to look for when buying a used car:


It may come as no surprise that mileage is a key factor when looking for a used truck or SUV. However, you don’t have to shy away from vehicles over 100,000 miles since many recent vehicles can now easily surpass 200,000 miles. When looking for a used car or truck, try not to focus so much on how many miles are already on the odometer, but instead try to think how many more miles you think you can get out of a vehicle. For reference, most drivers put about 12,000 miles on their car every year. 


Age is another factor that you should definitely consider when searching for a used truck or SUV, especially when you compare a vehicle’s age to the number of miles it has on it. For example, if a vehicle that is 10 years old with 150,000 miles on it will probably last longer than a vehicle that is five years old with 75,000 miles on it. Generally, the older the vehicle, the lower the price tag. 

Maintenance History

You should always ask for the vehicle history report on a used truck or SUV. This will tell you if the previous driver followed the vehicle’s maintenance schedule regularly or if the vehicle was in a major accident. A poor vehicle history report could result in more expensive repairs later on. You should also get a mechanical eye and have the vehicle inspected for any alarming mechanical issues. 

Now that you know what to look for when buying a used car, you can visit Brookings Auto Mall near Mitchell to explore our used vehicle inventory and save on every purchase with our used vehicle specials

Find a Used Truck or SUV at Brookings Auto Mall

Hopefully, you can cross everything off of your “what to look for when buying a used car” checklist when you find the right used truck or SUV for your Brookings winter travels. Contact us to help you find a vehicle that can help you take on the South Dakota winters at a rate you’ll love. 

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