The difference between buying a new or used vehicle used to be rooted in expensive versus affordable. These days, you can still expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a vehicle that's at least ten years old.
Unless, of course, you go the beater car route instead. Cast cosmetics aside and you'll find an entire world of cheap, affordable cars that promise reliability while simultaneously lacking aesthetic appeal. But how do you know if a beater car is right for you?