Is it Worth Using Your Oleh Discount to Purchase a Car?

An Oleh (new immigrant) receives a discount (off the taxes), up to 12% approx, when purchasing a new car.  No matter how long you have been living in Israel, the opportunity to save money is enticing. 

To use your Oleh rights, the following restrictions apply:

1) Only two (2) drivers are permitted to drive the vehicle

2) You have only three (3) years to use your Oleh discounts to purchase a car

3) Four (4) years must elapse from the date of purchase before you sell to an Israeli citizen or you are heavily penalized.

4) Within four (4) years of owning the car, it can be sold to another Oleh. This is called “Passport 2 Passport.”

We are asked daily, what seven (7) seat cars we have to offer with Oleh discount. We at Zvi Cars have seen a large drop in sales of P2P cars in recent years. We speculate the reason for this is the following:

1) As other discounts are available (see bellow) there has been a drop in sale of cars purchased using Oleh rights. (It is possible to use two (2) discounts).

2) Most families that own a seven (7) seat car, keep it for many years. 

3) An Oleh who is leaving the country and wants to sell his vehicle expects “top dollar” for it and the discount offered is not substantial. 

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What seven seater?

Jeremy Clarkson (popular English car journalist formerly Top Gear presenter) jokes, life is over once you purchase a minivan. If a car is an extension of ones clothes, then it may appear he has a point. BMW, Ferrari and Porsche make sport cars that are a thing of beauty, not seven seaters. But, most that read this article have large families and therefore need a vehicle that can move them around. The high cost of new cars in Israel makes, for most of us, buying a one, out of our range. That’s why minivans perform so well in the used market, often selling higher than book price.

As the adage goes, it’s not the size that counts, well with automobiles it is the seats that count, ‘car-sales man’ are bereft with the requests for 9, 10 and even 11 seaters. The king of the road is ho who has the most seats, and anyone who lives in Israel and has more than three kids can’t help but desire the minivan.

Because of the Mazda 5’s Rock solid build quality, it is Israel’s most popular seven seater. But it isn’t fuel efficient as a Toyota Verso or Mitsabushi Outlander, which we prefer. For moving your family, Toyota Siena is almost a flawless minivan, sure it is held in higher regard, especially for those that come from the USA. Both Ford SMax and Galexy are desirable and fairly reliable. Post 2012 models had fewer problems. Nissan Qashqai +2 is a very accomplished car but because they cost more than the other mentioned her, there are fewer on the used market. The Verso and the Outlander are the only seven seaters that are currently being made that have no known issues and are fairly affordable. A 2014 Verso starts around NIS 90,000 while an Outlander will set you back NIS 115,000. Being very fuel efficient as these are, don’t be alarmed if they have been driven a lot. 25,000 km per year is normal for Israel and doesn’t do any harm to such a well made vehicle.

The Outlander may have seven seats but only children can sit in the back row. The trunk isn’t huge, 308-litre, only 22 more than the Mazda 5. Lots of pockets and cup holders that makes the cabin a nice place to be in.


The Mitsabushi Outlander tops our list of recommended minivans for 2013 till 2017. This practical and luxurious Minivan is roomy enough for most families, with enough space to comfortably seat seven people. And it doesn’t drives like a van either – the Outlander is responsive and comfortable to drive, with very little body roll, it does feels like a quality car. The new cool is a daddy that has a SUV seven seater.

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Whether you’ve just arrived to Israel, been here for 30 years, or are a first time buyer. Buying a used car is pretty much akin to a poker game. Keep your head, keep your focus and you’ll win. You might have noticed dealers in Israel are not as polite and helpful as abroad. You have also probably felt overwhelmed searching on Yad 2 (Popular national website for buying cars). Here’s a few fail-safe pointers when deciding on a car that we at Zvi Cars feel will aid you.

  1. Leave your ego at home. Cars in Israel often are 200-300% more expensive that they are abroad. In other words, it might be best to stop dreaming about aspirational vehicles or those that would hoist you up the social rung. Bear in mind, the sweet spot in Israel is a reliable people mover that won’t chuck you into overdraft and plaque you with maintenance issues.

    Be practical and sensible; do not buy a model because the dealership is offering a holiday for two or a low interest scheme. Identify a vehicle that suits your needs before subjecting yourself to an onslaught of marketing.


  2. Bring your significant other with you! You’ll want them not only to be on board with your purchase, but their opinions could be invaluable.
  3. Find the used car’s true market value at ‘Levi Yitzchak’ also known as Mechiron or blue book. Levi Yitzchak releases a copy of used car price guides every month. You may also check Yad 2, although it is not industry standard. Yad 2 has it’s own price list for advertising on their website. Private sellers often quote the Yad 2 because it is higher. All dealers and insurance companies use Levi Yitzchak. The proper price for a certain used vehicle is not necessarily the one indicated in the Mechiron – this gives you just an average price. It’s ‘guide book’, not a ‘rule book’. The actual value of the vehicle depends on a car’s condition. The price is based on, among other things, mileage, age of the car, number of previous owners, accidents, etc. All these factors are converted into the price the car is worth.


  4. Beware of scams and dealers selling substandard cars. The most frequently asked question amongst Israeli car buyers is: “has it been in an accident?” If a car has been damaged in a collision, even if it has been repaired by the manufacturer it could compromise the safety of the vehicle. Expect the price to be discounted by 10 – 50% depending on damaged caused.

    Visit our website at to view additional incentives beyond the 12% when you buy P2P, or call us to explore your options for a car at (972) 02-991-3115. For those interested in researching the car buying process in Israel, check out our ‘How to Buy a Car’ page at