I decided to buy used since this will be my wife's first car after learning to drive. I hope I can find a used car that is not an accident, lemon, salvage or odo rollback. That is going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Sounds like a wise decision. Good luck to you as the owner of the car, and above all to your wife as the (unexperienced) driver in the crazy dominican traffic jungle. Keep us posted ;-)