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About 160 charitable groups in the U.S., from Maine to Hawaii, help needy people get affordable cars. Programs vary&mdash;some sell cars at cost, others provide cars for free, and still others arrange low-interest loans. California has four, all in the Bay Area. Read more: <a style='color: #2262CC’ href=''>Is there a better way for the working poor to find wheels?</a>

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