A used car doesn’t necessarily equal buying junk.
Consider buying a leased car which has been turned back. They are usually:
1. Half the price or better, than new
2. About 36-45,000 miles
3. In excellent condition
4. Still carry manufacturer warranty
5. Has been refurbished mechanically to “same as new” standards.
Getting in to a leased/return depending on brand, could mean getting into a sweet $8-10k deal which might be low enough to pay cash.