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Extending the value of your car

America Now automotive expert Steve Strope explains how keeping your used car in good shape will get your top dollar when you're ready to sell it or trade it in.

If you own a used car, it could be a hot commodity. The used car market is booming these days and auto retailers are paying top dollar for vehicles in good shape.

Strope visited the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, home to one of the finest "used car" collections in the country. While most of these vintage and classic cars are valued for their scarcity, they're also in great condition.

Whether you plan on keeping it, reselling it or trading in it, Steve has some simple things you can do to extend the value and life of your used car.

First, if you have an older car, maintaining your engine's anti-freeze or coolant is a must, but this is easy to achieve. These days, most new cars use an extended life formula coolant that lasts up to 5 years or 150,000 miles without changing. But many older cars use a Standard Formula that gets mixed with 50 percent water and needs flushing around 36,000 miles. The good news is that you can replace the old coolant with extended life for just a few dollars more.

The second thing you can do is change your oil on a regular basis and use the correct viscosity. Generally, you should change your oil around every 5,000 miles and never mix oil viscosity. Check your owner's manual for your car's type and also ask your mechanic about using a synthetic oil instead of a petroleum-based. For a few more dollars, synthetics are better for your engine.

A less known way to keep your car in good condition is to not drive it until your gas tank is almost on empty. This is because sediment can build up in the bottom of your tank and get into the fuel pump, causing serious engine problems. So don't go below an eighth of a tank.

Remembering these life-extending tips will keep your used car in good condition.

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