As of January 1st 2016, the Ontario government passed a law mandating that insurance companies give drivers a discount on their insurance if they buy and install winter tires on their cars for the winter months. The discount is usually around 5% of your collision coverage, or $72 per vehicle per year, but you will not necessarily get this discount immediately. Some companies make you wait until your policy renews, so make sure you call your insurer to find out how they handle it.
Would consumers consider buying auto insurance from Google? Although it’s a household name in Internet search, this would be its first time in the auto insurance space. According to a study by Accenture insurance research, two-thirds (67 percent) of U.S. consumers would consider purchasing insurance from sources other than insurance companies, and 23 percent would consider buying online from service providers like Google and Amazon.
What the above facts help illustrate is that, quite simply, Toronto is a big, busy city with lots of cars on the road. This translates to lots of driving and lots of traffic congestion, which can lead to accidents - especially multi-vehicle accidents. Factor in pedestrians, cyclists, and public transportation (TTC), and there is no shortage of things that drivers need to pay attention to when behind the wheel.
Similarly, many Ontario auto insurance companies have discounts available to customers who install additional safety features, upgrades or alarms in their vehicle. To save money, high risk drivers should also consider trading in their cars for a different model equipped with better safety equipment or one that rates low in car theft frequency or fares better in collisions. Information is available from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, which issues a Canadian Loss Experience Automobile Rating (CLEAR) that’s used by several Ontario auto insurance companies in setting premiums.
Rental car insurance and credit cards: Many Canadian credit cards include rental car insurance coverage, but there is something very important to know about this. It DOES NOT cover 3rd party liability, meaning that if you damage somebody’s else property, it is not covered. This type of insurance is called a damage/collision wavier, and, as opposed to a real car insurance policy, it is only good for covering scratches/damages on the rental car itself.
Dashboard camera, or “dashcams”, is a new technology that is becoming increasingly popular. The appeal is that if there is a dispute of who is at fault in an accident with no other witness, or the other party flees the scene, you have objective proof to fall back on. There is no mainstream or common discount from most insurance companies, at least not yet. There are some ways they can help lower your rates indirectly, however:
Among the things insurance companies don’t take into account are: employment history, bankruptcy, your housing situation and history, or your net worth. In Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, insurers also cannot take your credit score into account when assessing your premiums – but in Nova Scotia they can; in Alberta, they need your permission. Car colour also doesn’t affect rates – it is a widely-believed myth that owners of red cars pay more – they don’t.
To begin with, you (and all drivers you wish to include in the policy) must have a valid driver's license and be a resident of Canada. Next, insurance companies will look at your prior driving record to determine eligibility and rates. However, rates will vary depending on whether you are looking for a new insurance policy altogether or if you wish to renew an existing one. Other eligibility restrictions may arise from past convictions. This too, will vary depending on when your last conviction occurred and the nature of the conviction.
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