Owning a Car

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Insurance

Car insurance consists of Compulsory (חובה) and Comprehensive (מקיף). By law, you must have compulsory, and comprehensive is optional. When leasing, comprehensive is required as well. Most people forgo comprehensive on old, used cars, but on newer cars, it is advisable to take out comprehensive insurance as well. There are two kinds of policies for comprehensive depending on how much you plan on driving per year. One policy covers you for driving more than 10,000 Km and the other covers for under 10,000 Km a year. In order to reduce your policy price, you can get proof from your American insurance company stating that you have no driving incidents in the past 3 years. I have experience with a British speaking guy named Johnathan Marcus. He is a pleasure to work with and therefore I highly recommend him. He also is an insurance agent for supplementary health insurance, travelers’ insurance, and life insurance.
Contact us to get in touch with him.

MOT Test

The MOT test (Ministry of Transport, or simply MOT) is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects, and exhaust emissions required in Israel for most vehicles over three years old. I have experience with a place called Test Line. It costs 96 Shekel. The address is Ya’akov Eliav St 2, Givat Shaul Jerusalem.

Service

In order to keep your car running smoothly and get the most years out of it, it is worthwhile to get it serviced. When leasing, it is actually mandatory to service the car. It is recommended to service it once a year or every 10,000 Km. The service cost is between 450 and 550 NIS. You can find many garages that provide services for your car on Beit Hadfus street, just make sure they have a certificate verifying them. I have experience with a garage called אי-תן שירותי רכב located at Beit Hadfus 30. The phone number is 0536668411. They are very busy and it can take up to two hours, sometimes even longer. I advise you to go as early in the morning as possible to avoid wait times and guarantee service that day.

Maintenance

Whether you went for the new car or the used car, wear and tear are inevitable. With the language and culture barrier, it’s hard to know if you’re getting ripped off or not. I have experience with a mechanic called מוסך האחים גסנר in the Romema neighborhood right next to the Shankys/Imperiat Hachessed shopping area.

Address: Petach Tikvah 10, Romema

Phone Number: 02-500-0924

Hours:

  • Sunday 7:30 AM – 5 PM

  • Monday 7:30 AM – 5 PM

  • Tuesday 7:30 AM – 5 PM

  • Wednesday 7:30 AM – 5 PM

  • Thursday 7:30 AM – 5 PM

  • Friday 7:30 AM – 1 PM

  • Saturday Closed

This mechanic provided me with excellent service, real honesty, and can communicate in English, and he’s nicely priced. My car’s tire pressure light kept going on (by the way on rental cars it’s probably just a faulty gauge because for some reason almost every car I ever rented, that light was on). After filling it up many times at the gand the light still going on, I decided to take it to this mechanic who was recommended to me. After a few minutes, he was able to locate the problem. Turns out I had a “puncha” in one of my tires. A “puncha” is a fun word to say. It means you have a nail wedged into your tire slowly letting out air. He took off the tire, plugged it up from the inside and it was as good as new. And it only cost forty shekel! As he was putting the tire back on, I asked him if I needed a new tire. He looked at me and said, “Do me a favor if you ask the mechanic here if you need a new tire, you’ll leave with four new tires. Keep your mouth closed!” I appreciated the honesty and with that, I was on my way.

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