You might think that car insurance quotes for the same driver/car would be similar across all providers, but every auto insurance company has its own costs to cover, based on data about all of their existing users/claims. In fact, an insurance rate calculation has many subtle complexities to it and multiple factors contribute to the final rate you receive. Based on the information you provide for your driving profile a car insurance company will categorize your risk potential and calculate a personalized rate. Unfortunately, some factors are out of your control, but there are still a few that you are 100% in the driver’s seat for, so being in the know could save you money on your auto insurance policy. Here are seven factors that auto insurance companies will consider before offering you a personalized car insurance rate.
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.
Certain conditions apply. The OMA Auto & Home Insurance Program is underwritten by The Personal General Insurance Inc. in Quebec and by The Personal Insurance Company in all other provinces and territories (collectively carrying on business as “The Personal”). The discounts and savings referred to are for Ontario residents only. Certain products and services may not be available in all provinces and territories. Auto insurance not available in Manitoba, Saskatchewan or British Columbia due to government-run plans. The clauses and terms pertaining to the described coverages are detailed in the insurance policy. Certain restrictions and exclusions are included therein.
Raising the deductible limits on collision and comprehensive coverage lowers monthly insurance premiums. By taking on more financial responsibility in the case of an accident, a driver lowers day to day costs. A driver must be ready, however, to absorb these costs if an accident occurs. Note that in some cases where a driver is not at fault, other insurance provisions or companies may cover some or all deductible amounts. Check with your agent or broker to determine what applies to your specific policy.
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.
*60% of Kanetix customers in Ontario who participated in the survey said Kanetix helped them identify an average savings amount of $776.58 (December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016) 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.
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No consideration of your driving experience: Some insurers will accept the fact that you can buy car insurance (with a newly received Canadian driving licence) but will treat you like somebody who has just got a driving licence and has no driving experience. If you are a young driver in Ontario, your rates can reach $250-$350 per month – not a very attractive scenario!
Also, these collision policies are good for cars that have little to no value. For example, a person who paid for their car years ago and could only get a few hundred dollars for the car can use a collision policy to save money on car insurance every month. Ontario insurance agents can offer people collision coverage that keeps them legally entitled to drive but not cost them very much every month.
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.
If you are in your twenties and either working or in school, you can qualify for various discounts, including discounts for good marks at university or college. Teenagers are usually covered under family car insurance plans, and any age group can take advantage of discounts for taking driver’s education classes – which also help you get your graduated licence faster in Ontario.
Before you commit to anything, make sure you shop around. It's best to compare car insurance quotes offered by insurers and brokers (it's best to get a minimum of 3 quotes). You should make your final purchase with the company or person who provided you with the best service and a competitive rate. The insurance representative should take the time to answer all of your questions and make you feel comfortable about the purchase.
NerdWallet averaged rates for 30-year-old men and women for 10 ZIP codes in each state and Washington, D.C., from the largest insurers in each state. “Good drivers” had no moving violations on record and credit in the “good” tier as reported to each insurer. For the other two driver profiles, we changed the credit tier to “poor” or added one at-fault accident, keeping everything else the same. Sample drivers had the following coverage limits:
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.
This insurance is required by law throughout Canada. It covers the costs associated with damages caused to another person or vehicle in an accident, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost earnings, legal fees, and other expenses up to the limit of your policy. As a practical matter, you'll want enough insurance to cover a judgment against you in a major accident so that your personal assets won't be put at risk.