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Larry Printz: You don't need to spend a lot to get a great ride

You know the drill. You're out to buy a new car or truck, just aching for that new ride, but then you check your finances. Sigh. Looks like you might have to bike to work. But don't despair. There is an answer. Any buyer can get the essence of a high-priced ride without the price tag if he knows which vehicles to consider. Some spendier rides are little more than mundane vehicles with an attitude, while some everyday vehicles have many of the same attributes as pricier rides. With that in mind, here are five budget-stretching suggestions: Instead of a Mini Cooper ($20,700) try a Fiat 500 ($16,845). You'll save $3,855. Despite being quite a bit lighter than the Mini, the...