I think Stannius hit it on the head. A case can be made for new or used. It's really a personal choice. I think it is a bad idea to take out a high interest loan to buy a car. But if you can get 0-2% then it might not be a bad idea to finance. As I said, I sincerely believe that the warranty is a major factor in the decision. In addition to coverage, manufacturers use warranty for collecting data and all sorts of things so the cost is actually subsidized in a sense. In other words, while most things you buy you actually can self-insure for to save money, new cars are a possible exception.
You just have to look at all your options at the time you are ready to buy. I've looked at used cars and new cars at the same time. I would buy a used car if I found something I liked and was cheap enough. But 4 out of the 5 times I've bought a car in the last 25 years (including my wife's and mine), a new car has turned out to be teh best choice over all.