South Dakota has its own laws to protect consumers when buying a used car. This guide will help make it easier.

Step 1 - Research the Car’s History

A vehicle history report can reveal important details about the car’s past.

  • Title liens.
  • Accidents.
  • Reported stolen.
  • Maintenance records.

PrivateAuto’s trusted partner, AutoCheck, delivers the best value for the money.

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

Arranging a test drive can lead to endless back-and-forth calls and texts.

The PrivateAuto test drive scheduling tool puts an end to all that. Just choose a time and meet the seller at the assigned location.

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

A car might look clean and handle well in the test drive, but still have hidden mechanical problems.

With the PrivateAuto inspection scheduler, you can book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic.

Step 4 - Get the Paperwork

Certificate of Title

Complete the back of the certificate.

  • Date of sale.
  • Selling price.
  • Odometer disclosure (less than 10 years old).
  • Damage disclosure (less than 7 years old).
  • Seller’s hand-printed name, signature, and address.
  • Your hand-printed name and signature.

Bill of Sale

South Dakota requires a bill of sale. You’ll need it for titling and registration.

When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get an electronic bill of sale form and state-specific documents. You can fill them out and sign right in the app.

Step 5 - Complete the Sale

If you can, finalize the sale at a county treasurer's office. It’s the best way to make sure you meet all the requirements.


PrivateAuto makes it easy to shop for a used car in South Dakota.

  • Communicate without sharing your private info.
  • Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
  • Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
  • Ready-to-sign state-specific documents.

You get dealer-quality services in the palm of your hand.