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Ten trusty used cars for winter

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Reliable winter beaters that won't cost you much to buy or run

Tired of kicking frozen slush off of your Ferrari's shapely rocker panels? Do the tire chains clatter inside your precious Bentley's wheel wells? Maybe it's time to consider a winter beater.Driving an inexpensive winter-use car can go a long way towards preserving your favourite auto's looks and value. Enthusiasts think nothing of hibernating their Porsches and Corvettes and climbing into a cheapo car or truck to battle the elements.Drive a beater and you can avoid rust, rock chips, unnecessary mileage and bad-weather mishaps from taking the shine off your summertime fling. Others find driving a high-performance vehicle in winter weather tricky.Even the most skilled driver has no control over other motorists sliding into him or her, and expensive or rare vehicles are more difficult to restore compared to a run of the mill Chevrolet.Here are 10 winter beaters you can find for well under $5,000 -- plus $600 for a good set of snow tires. Buy one and you can tuck your summer love into a warm garage until the vernal season.Related links:Find a winter beater with MSN AutosWhich winter tires are right for you?
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