I've heard a lot of good things about the basses Squier have been making of late. It's in your price range as well(I'm just assuming it's US $, please correct me if I'm wrong here).
If you by any chance were to expand your budget with let's say 150-200, you'll be able to buy the Mexican Fenders. I recommend trying the bass before buying one though, if possible.
And then there's always ebay.
Luckily, you've come here to the TalkBass forums, where bass knowledge exists in very large quantities!
Try searching around here(and the rest of the web, of course) for reviews and let us know what you come up with!