Seeking financial advice for car shopping?

I'm wanting to buy a car, but my credit is not the best. I'm selling off the vehicles i have that are no good, and am debating on paying off my minimal credit card debt, or use the money as a down payment. Also thinking, is it better to buy a cheaper car for a lower payment- but higher insurance. Or buy something a bit more expensive, but less insurance payment. Or go all in and buy a brand new cheap car due to the inflated used car market prices.
Cheap car- high insurance
Vote A
Expensive to brand new car
Vote B
Pay off credit cards to raise credit score
Vote C
Put money as cash down payment
Vote D
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