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Several economic outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic have coalesced to create a booming used auto sales market in South Dakota, resulting in low vehicle inventories, strong consumer competition for cars and skyrocketing prices.

Good used cars at affordable prices are hard to come by and they don’t last long, creating a fast-moving, high-priced market rarely seen in the state, according to some South Dakota auto dealers.

“It’s been mind-blowing,” said Dusty Johnson, general manager at CarSwap auto sales in Sioux Falls.

Johnson, an auto salesman for 18 years, said he is selling cars at a fast pace in Sioux Falls but is also seeing demand for cars from buyers living far beyond the borders of the state. The inventory shortage and high sticker prices in South Dakota are being seen in used car markets across the country.

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