Usage-based insurance (UBI) is another new technology that is also becoming more popular where you pay your insurance based on when and how you drive. You install the necessary tracking device on your car and it, along with a GPS, monitors your driving behaviour. The data is examined when your policy is up for renewal, and usually looks at the following:
To drive in Canada, auto insurance is required by law from coast-to-coast-to-coast; however, the cost for coverage varies significantly depending on which province or territory you live in. A recent report (2017) commissioned by Ontario’s Ministry of Finance detailed the average auto insurance premiums paid by drivers across the country, and the range in rates is considerable.
As a driver, you can't control these particular changes, but you can control maintaining a clean driving record. Next to comparing rates, this is the best way to keep your auto insurance rates down. However, note that your rates can also increase or decrease if you move, change your commuting time, get a new vehicle, add another driver to your policy, and so on.
For example, if there's a ticket you forgot to include, or you decide to go with a different deductible, then your auto insurance rate will likely change. The same is true too, if you choose not to bundle your home insurance but originally indicated it was something you'd consider doing. If you don't end up getting home insurance with the provider you buy your auto insurance from, then you'll lose the multi-line discount that was originally applied to your auto insurance quote.
Canada’s 9th largest city by population, Brampton sees congestion, poor road conditions, long commutes and a high incidence rate for accidents. Insurance claims costs in the area, also much higher than other parts of the province, may stem from an active insurance fraud network using facilities in the area. Auto insurance fraud practices stem from staged accidents, exploitative towing operators, over-billing repair facilities and unscrupulous medical and rehabilitation clinics. The cost per accident in Brampton is high. All local drivers share the cost to service the area.
The majority of Canadians choose to customize their policy beyond the mandatory minimum coverage requirements, though additional coverage options and limit increases may vary by Province. Examples of policy customization would be adding collision and comprehensive coverage to your policy, while upping your accident benefits limits to better suit your needs. Before finalizing your policy make sure to review all coverage options available to you within your Province!
If your driving licence originates from a country that has an agreement with Canada and can be converted into a Canadian licence, there is also the question of how long you can drive with your out-of-country driving licence before you have to convert it, and these times vary by province. Here are examples from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia:
If you are self-employed, income means your share (proportionate to your ownership interest) of the income or loss of the business net of all business expenses except income taxes. If you are an incorporated business owner, you may also include any wages, salary, fees or commissions which the incorporated business paid to you as an employee of the business.
These policies are unique because ride-share drivers are in a unique position. You use your personal vehicle for business purposes, blurring the lines between commercial and personal auto insurance coverage. Ride-share insurance was created to fill that gap. To learn more about insurance for Uber drivers and similar ride-sharing programs, visit our ride-share insurance page here.
If you’re driving an older model car in Toronto and not considering purchasing a newer vehicle for a while, investigate the cost of upgrading to anti-lock brakes, air bags, automatic seat belts, installing anti-theft devices or putting in a burglar alarm. Car insurance companies in Toronto often provide discounts for such products or enhancements. If the cost of doing so is favourable versus the long-term savings in your car insurance rate, it’s worth the investment. For older vehicles, it’s also worth considering dropping your Collision coverage to reduce your premiums.
But a new type of insurance policy has arrived in Canada that may be just the ticket to help out the high risk driver. Usage based insurance (UBI) has been adopted by several insurance companies in Ontario that are now placing data collection boxes–run by telematics technology–in the cars of their customers to track and record how they drive, including monitoring such things as quick turns, hard acceleration, braking and overall speed. Several Ontario auto insurance firms now present customers with a five to 10 percent discount to do a trial run. In the course of trying to establish a better driving record, having such objective data in the hands of auto insurance providers is bound to help the high risk driver who conforms to safe driving habits.
Because you indicated you occasionally have non-family members as passengers in your car, we recommend Additional Third Party Liability for you. The more passengers you have in your car, the more damages you can be liable for in the event of an accident – not only are non-family members not covered by most standard insurance, they are also more likely to file law suits.
Brampton is a young city, though the settlement predates the start of the 1800s. It wasn’t until 1974 that the area achieved city status. Known in the past for its nurseries, shoe manufacturing and insurance services, Brampton now boasts Loblaws, Maple Lodge Farms, Chrysler and Canadian Tire as a few of its main employers. Proximity to Toronto and comparatively low property values continue to draw businesses.
We know that having a complete vehicle insurance plan in Ontario is important — one that will cover you on our snowy back roads in cottage country to the morning gridlock on the 401. Sometimes in this province you never know what driving conditions you’ll face, which is why you need a comprehensive plan. At PC insurance, we take that very seriously. As a car insurance broker, we shop at up to nine car insurance companies to make sure you get the best rates for your specific driving situation. And we are available 24/7 to help you with any claims.
*75% of Kanetix customers in Ontario who participated in the survey said Kanetix helped them identify an average savings amount of $610 (June – November 2017) on their car insurance. The cited amount represents the average difference between the best quote obtained at www.kanetix.ca and the current premium amount of participants in the survey. The savings amount varies by individual and does not constitute a guarantee; in each individual case, the difference may be smaller or greater than the savings amount cited.