Car owners in Canada are required to insure their vehicle on some level. This is because car accidents happen every day, and the people who are involved in these accidents need to have protection for themselves, their passengers and their vehicles. Avoiding citations for lack of insurance can be handled simply by purchasing the cheapest insurance policy a driver can find.
Insurance policies have different levels and amounts in terms of coverage. While minimums in Ontario, like $200,000 in third-party liability, are legally required, higher coverage can help cover supplementary costs in the event of an accident resulting in injuries or a lawsuit. Compulsory car insurance also covers fixing your car in the event of a not-at-fault accident – regardless of who’s behind the wheel.
However, there are some other federal and provincial laws that allow for exceptions. The biggest exception is Bill S-4, or the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. One of the implications for insurance companies is that it they can share personal information without consent if it reasonably allows them to discover and prevent fraud.
Other discounts can include vehicle amenities, such as using snow tires for winter driving or adding approved anti-theft devices. Usage-based insurance programs are on offer from some insurers. These track how your vehicle operates. Factors such as acceleration and braking report through a smart phone or diagnostic device. Participating insurance companies offer a discount when you sign up for the program and good driving habits potentially generate further savings.
Limited waiver of depreciation: This coverage protects against the loss of value or depreciation of a new car if, as a result of an accident, your car is beyond repair and must be replaced. This coverage is only available during the first two years of a vehicle lease or ownership. You could receive an amount up to the price you paid for the vehicle or the manufacturer’s suggested price. You can only add this endorsement if you have insured your vehicle with Collision and Comprehensive coverage, Collision and Specified Perils coverage or All Perils coverage.
Sometimes an insurance company will not automatically adjust your rates to match your up to date driving record, and will only do so when your policy needs to be renewed. This is why when you shop around other companies you can usually find a better rate – they are using your most up to date information. You can also occasionally try calling your company and bring up 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 resident of Ontario, you will automatically qualify for a 5% discount on eligible coverage* if you complete a car insurance quote using our online quoter right now. The personalized quote will also be emailed to you so you can refer to it at any time. If you want to save up to an additional 25% on your premium, download and use the TD MyAdvantage app!