European or Japanese Made Cars? Pros and Cons of Both

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Here’s a scenario for you: you’re at a Tauranga used car dealership and you’ve got a Volvo on the left and a Toyota on the right. Which one do you choose?

If you know straight off the bat which one you’d choose without even looking into kilometres or age, you’re probably biased based on where the car is from. Most cars in New Zealand are made in either Europe or Japan and there are some people who whole-heartedly support European brands while others swear by Japanese design. If you haven’t got a clue, here’s a beginner’s guide to the pros and cons when it comes to your near new car’s country of origin.

European Cars: Pros 

European cars are typically well built and designed. They are sturdy and are often equipped with the latest safety features and technological gadgets. Style is an important element in European designs. 

European Cars: Cons 

As a generalisation, European cars are expensive to buy and cost more to maintain in New Zealand than Japanese cars do. 

Japanese Cars: Pros 

Japanese cars are known for being reliable. They have a lot of life in them, likely out-lasting their European competitors. They require less maintenance and maintenance tends to be cheaper. 

Japanese Cars: Cons 

Japanese cars can lag behind European ones when it comes to safety features and popular add-ons. 

Bottom Line: European-designed cars will probably perform better and offer you a little more safety than their Japanese counterpart but Japanese cars tends to be more reliable, efficient and offer you better value for money.

Die-hard supporters exist on both sides of the fence. Some people won’t look past a reliable Japanese car while others won’t stop short of a flash European design. If you’re still unsure, it’s best to weigh up your options and consider your values: safety features, reliability, cutting-edge technology or cost? It’s up to you, but your friendly Tauranga used car dealer, Near New Cars, is happy to have a chin wag and talk you through it.