I put new. One reason is I've never
owned a new car. All my cars have been used. Some "certified preowned" some just "used."
I'd LOVE a brand new car, one I could pick out, with everything I want. Not in this economy, though.
Buying a used car is buying someone else's problems. But, if that's all you can afford.... that's what you have to drive. I now, after driving minivans for years, have a PT Cruiser (hey, don't laugh!) It's the first car I've ever really liked. But, it's always in the shop, so I'm liking it less and less. I call it my "Mafia Staff Car" because it looks like something out of the 1930s. (No, my "heritage" has nothing to do with this car's nickname.....)