I am based in Hamilton. I am looking at 2012-2014 Japan imported Prius with ~80k kms at ~NZD15k budget. Another option is to go for Corolla Auris 1.8 2010-2012 at ~NZD12k. Using fuel economy no. and my commute distance, the Prius saves $800 more than a Corolla Auris 1.8 on fuel in a year driving.
As for the prius, I have worries about the ease of repairing, maintenance and finding help if i problems with the hybrid components in New Zealand.
Are the hybrid component easily serviceable and repair by independent mechanic or must I go to Toyota Dealer?
Data and survey shows priuses are very reliable. However if they do fail, they cost a bomb to fix. Is that true?
Where can I get pre-purchase inspection that include hybrid battery health in Auckland/Hamilton?
My focus is to save money but if the above is problematic, I think it is a no buy.
I like to hear your experience.