Inspect your beater closely
If you dread taking your car out in the snow and slush and exposing it to the elements, you might invest in a "beater," or a no-frills car you drive only in winter. When it comes to beaters, looks don't matter. So forget fancy paint jobs and flashy rims. With these cars, it's all about function and safety.
Here are some important features to check on a beater before buying.