Re: Beater Cars
There are beater cars around that run great. After my Mom died (in '03) my sister used her '82 Pontiac Grand Am with 23000 miles on it to run through the winter snow, ice and salt. The body is shot but the thing still runs and all the way up to 40000 miles.
So, if you can find something like that it might be a good deal.
The biggest thing, to me anyway, is to make sure it's 'safe' with good brakes, tires and other things that will keep you out of troubles while you are just looking for basic transportation.