In order to operate a vehicle in Canada, you are required to have a valid car insurance policy in place at all times. Car insurance policy requirements vary from province to province, depending on the type of insurance system each is mandated by (public vs. private). However, you need to have a minimum amount of third-party liability insurance, to protect yourself financially in the event that you injure someone or damage their car/property. You’ll also need a minimum amount of accident benefits protection, which provides you with coverage for any medical/rehabilitation costs that occur as result from an accident.
Pay-as-you-drive: Some insurance providers can reduce your insurance premiums based on your driving profile (capturing data via a special device added to your vehicle). Insurance companies like Desjardins Insurance or Industrial Alliance attract customers promising cheaper vehicle insurance premiums if you can demonstrate that you are a safe driver.
While Toronto politicians have made efforts to encourage the use of transit and bike lanes, the truth is that more and more residents are choosing to drive. If you are one of them, it is crucial that you have a quality car insurance policy that will cover you when the unexpected occurs. By following these guidelines, you can get the best coverage for your money.
Did You Know? New reforms to Ontario insurance law took effect on June 1st 2016 that are meant to reduce the average costs for basic policies. The new policies will also include less coverage, but you will have more choice to pick what extra coverage you want. As of the summer of 2017, the results of this new reform have been mixed and consumers are encouraged to continue shopping around to find the best rates.
Cutting back car insurance coverage to meet the provincial minimum requirement is only an option for a few drivers who are able and willing to take on the financial costs of repairing or replacing a vehicle after an accident. The standard provincial policy does not include collision or comprehensive insurance provisions. However, drivers financing car purchases may find that lenders have insurance requirements.
Insurance is funny, in a weird sort of way, because rates can vary wildly between insurance companies. Also, premiums often change so the insurance provider who offered you the best rate two years ago, or even last year, may not be the insurer who offers you the best car insurance rate today. That’s why it’s so important to shop around, because the quote you get from one company can be significantly higher (or lower) than the quote you get from another.