lineup of Ford pickup trucks on car dealership lot

No. 1: Park it

If you had your choice between two cars in comparable condition would you choose the one with 85,000 miles or the one with 45,000 miles? Chances are you would choose the one with lower mileage, even if it was a year older.

Keeping that in mind when using your car will help you recoup more money when you sell it or trade it in.

"The number of miles you drive you car contributes to the wear and tear on it -- inside and out," Payne said. "Not only is having low mileage a great selling point for a used car, your car will probably look a lot more attractive to buyers compared to other cars on the market made the same year."

Payne also recommends parking your car in a garage to protect its paint job from exterior wear and tear. If you don't have a garage, consider a car cover to protect your car from sunshine and inclement weather.

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