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1) I currently have a 2013 Mazda CX5 which was bought in 2018 as my husband needed a higher car as due to joint issues. (It has 41,700 odometer reading) Unfortunately, after owning it for only a year he died suddenly and I am now thinking of "downsizing" as I mostly use a bicycle , though I am classed as "elderly" and may need to increase my car use in the future. I am considering either a Nissan Leaf, (2014-2015), or a Toyota Aqua 1500 hybrid, (2015-2017). I am getting different answers from various people. I do not go away much, but am aware that a Leaf would not get me to Christchurch if I decided to drive. Can you advise me of the pros and cons of each, or I would welcome alternate suggestions if you have any.
2) What is your opinion re buying from another centre, IE Auckland or Christchurch, as car dealers in my local area do not seem to have later models of the Aqua. Whatever, I would get an AA pre purchase car check.
The Nissan Leaf is a great short range EV and is best for the occasional trip if you can map out charging/coffee stops along the way. The Aqua is a great little car and being hybrid is also very economical. Our used car review can be found here: https://www.aa.co.nz/cars/car-reviews/used-car-review-toyota-aqua-2013/
You might want to find a car you like and see if you can test it in your town to get a feel for how the seating and access is- especially vision out the screen. Then see what towns have a range and good prices, see if the dealer will send it down to you and then get an inspection.
Thank you. I have friends in Christchurch who are willing to help me look for another car. I am not then pressured to get everything organised in one/two days, ( including an inspection), as I can stay in Christchurch for the time required. I want to sell my Mazda first, is AA car fair a good place to start for selling the CX5. Alternatively in your opinion if I found something in Auckland are the car dealers, who are likely to have Toyota Aquas "trustworthy" if I get an inspection done without going up to Auckland and decide to have it shipped to my address?
If you look for AA Appraised dealers is a good place to start. Yes AA Carfair is free for members, and Trade me is also a popular option. http://locations.aa.co.nz/aa-appraised-used-car-dealers