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Israel is the next contestant in the Cash-for-Clunkers game, but playing it a bit differently than national counterparts: Israel's intentions appear to be solely for the purpose of getting older cars off the roads. Run jointly by the transportation and environmental protection ministries, the program will hand over 3,000 New Israel Shekels (NIS) ($810 U.S.) to anyone who turns in a car more than 20 years old.

The program imposes no obligation to buy a new car – just hand over the old car and walk away with the cash. With 100 million NIS devoted to the cause and five years allotted in which to spend it, Israel is ready to take 33,333 beaters off its byways. Hat tip to Karin

[Source: Haaretz | Image: Beny Schlevich - C.C. License 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      You don't have an idea how expensive cars are in Israel.
      Most of new cars are part of salary packages or leases (interesting from Hertz, Avis, Budget ...).
      Taxes are crazy on anything in Israel
      This $810 is not really going to help
        • 5 Years Ago
        I heard a Civic or Jetta can cost close to 40K a year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least they are putting an age requirement on their program. Saves the scams like a 2006 STS or the horror 1991 GMC Typhoon from going through "the crusher"
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the American C4C didn't have an age limit hmm?

        The alleged crushed STS is a hoax.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The yellow Beetle in the pic looks cute.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are lots of German cars in Israel. Those that can afford (given the high VAT and gas prices in Israel) opt to drive BMWs, Mercedes and Audis (I have seen Porsches too). Taxi drivers have Mercedes diesels (albeit bare-bone models) because the tax policy is lenient toward taxis but most taxis are Skodas which are basically VWs at a lower price. Buick also has made some inroads.

      Due to free-trade with the U.S., and special admiration of the U.S. and American-made products, there are many Chevrolets where the Chevy emblem is super sized in the bottom of the door. Some Chevrolets come from South Korea and are not sold in the U.S. such as the Optra. There used to be more Opels but I think Chebrolet has supplanted it.

      Ford is also a big seller (I like the Euro-made Mondeo). Peugeot is known for its plush rides at a decent price. But the big movers recently has been Mazda (the Mazda3 is a big seller), Hyundai (Getz are everywhere) and Subaru (Legacy is known as the B4) who used to be the sole Japanese supplier when the Arab embargo was at full tilt.

      What is interesting for me is that most Israelis have no problem buying German cars even though they are coming as regular sales and not as reparations and to the contrary actually seek and aspire to own a German-made car. The Arab sector too loves German-cars and you can see the old E and S-Class Mercedes diesel still going in the Arab villages. Those cars are almost indestructible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a 71 or newer Super Beetle, looks like a 71 or 72 from here. Taillights would tell me if it's 73 or newer.

      The license plate is the antique plate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is a '73. You can tell by the curved windshield and rigid bumper supports.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh great--How will terrorists find affordable cars to blow up now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      To: The Governments of the World
      Re: Cash for Clunkers

      Dear Sirs or Madams:

      STOP DOING THAT! YOU AREN'T HELPING!

      Signed,
      The Automotive Enthusiast Community
        • 5 Years Ago
        No need to do that, the old clunkers are already falling apart on their own and piling up on junkywards.

        How many 20 year old cars do you see daily anyway? Maybe 1-5 where I live.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And guys like you should be put in a straight jacket in a secluded room with Algore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      not for nutn , but hth u find THAT car in IL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got 2 older Volvos, a 740 wagon my parents bought brand new and a 73 1800es sportwagen. One's a cool car and the other I'm emotionally invested in. The problem with both is their engines. 2.0-2.3 liter inline 4s, no turbos, no direct injection, NO POWER!

      I love both cars, but I'm envious of the newer engines! Much more power in the same sized motor with better fuel economy.

      I'm currently researching the possibility of dropping a newer VW TDI motor in the 740. What we need is some enterprising shops to come up with a clean way of dropping some of this newer engine tech into some older cars...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "..the program will hand over 3,000 New Israel Shekels (NIS) ($810 U.S.) to anyone who turns in a car more than 20 years old."

      That Super Beetle should cost more than $810...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm aware A-Blog pretty much just used this classic Bug pic as a reference..all am saying is in general, Super Beetles values are north of 3k Shekels...
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