We know driving in Toronto can be challenging, from the Gardiner’s morning gridlock to the crowded parking spots of Bloor. That’s why you need a car insurance plan built for city driving – one suited for the ever-changing road conditions, the speedy freeways and the diverse neighbourhoods. And we take that need 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. We’re also available 24/7 to help you with any claims.
Young drivers, those under 25 years of age, can expect to pay considerably more for auto insurance in Ontario. The younger the driver the higher the premiums tend to be. Statistics show that young drivers are much more likely to have traffic violations and be involved in car collisions, probably partly due to lack of driving experience. Auto Insurance companies in Ontario take that into account and as a result charge young drivers much higher premiums to compensate for the risk of insuring them.
Young drivers qualify for discounts by successfully completing driver training programs that have MTO approval. Be sure to check the MTO site for revoked schools. Certificates of completion won’t be honoured by insurance companies unless a school has MTO approval. At time of publication, two Brampton schools are listed on the list of revoked schools. Some insurance companies also offer discounts to students who maintain honours level marks in high school.
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.
Preferred Vendor Program: Preferred Vendors offer the highest-quality workmanship. When you choose a Preferred Vendor for your repairs, the quality of workmanship is monitored and the bill is settled directly with the repair shop, giving you a hassle-free claims experience. Plus, collision repairs made by a Preferred Vendor are guaranteed for life.1
You can save a bit of money by paying for your insurance once per year rather than once per month. This helps the insurance company save on the administrative costs of billing you every month and a lot of the time they will pass the cost savings on to you. It means you will have to pay a larger amount all at once, but in the long run it can help you save as long as you have that money up front.
Those that will continue your driving record: Some companies will consider your previous experience and will offer you a rate based on how long you have been driving, no matter where you got your on-road experience. Check with a broker to see which companies consider previous out-of-Canada experience so you can reduce your chances of a denial and increase your chances of getting the best possible rate.
Not all collisions affect your insurance rates, but crashes where you’re deemed at fault will drive up your premiums. Insurers care about your three-year driving record, because that’s how long convictions stay on your driving record. A single speeding ticket may not have a huge impact on your premiums, but repeated infractions could cost you – and serious driving crimes that result in court convictions can really hit hard.
Become an occasional driver under your parents’ policy – Consider being an occasional driver before getting your own car and becoming a primary driver. Occasional drivers pay significantly less for auto insurance. You can build up driving experience while being an occasional driver and end up paying less for auto insurance once you become a primary driver down the road.
Like in the rest of the province of Ontario, the minimum amount of third-party liability coverage required by law in Toronto is $200,000. It is often recommended that this number be significantly higher in order to properly help cover your family — especially in a dense urban centre like Toronto, which is surrounded by 400 series highways — traffic accidents are more common than rural areas.