For the most part, cars that are considered compact, mid-size and full size are the most common vehicles quoted from Ontario drivers. The Honda CR-V and Ford Escape are the only crossovers that made it on this list. Although the Dodge Grand Caravan didn’t make the list of top 10, it was number 11, making it a top choice for Ontario drivers that require a family-friendly vehicle.
This is the most important tip you will read in this guide. You should always shop around for car insurance – when you first get insurance, when your policy is up for renewal, and so on. There is never a reason not to, and in just a year enough can have changed in your situation to affect your rates. In addition, some companies offer discounts to attract or retain new customers so you should always be on the lookout for such deals.
Review your deductibles: If you have collision and comprehensive coverages included in your auto insurance policy, see how much your deductibles are. If they are set at $500, increasing them to $1,000 will typically save you about five to 10 per cent. Only increase them however, if your budget allows for it because the deductible is what you’ll have to fork out should you need to submit a claim.
It’s always helpful to ask your colleagues at work, your family members or close friends to recommend their car insurance firm or broker in Toronto, especially of course, if they are happy with the car insurance rate and satisfied with the service provided. In some cases the recommendation is rewarded with a slight, but always welcome, car insurance discount for the referee and somewhat of an incentive for you to provide similar favorable mentions in the future.
For home insurance, there is a 20% reduction in deductible for every claims-free year in all provinces and territories. For auto insurance in Quebec and Newfoundland, there is a $50 reduction in deductible for every claims-free year up to a maximum reduction of $250. For auto insurance in all other provinces and territories there is a 20% reduction in deductible for every claims-free year to a maximum reduction of the deductible total.
If you live in Quebec, the provincial public automobile insurance plan covers you for injury or death due to an automobile accident, no matter who is at fault or where in the world the accident happened. However, under the Automobile Insurance Act, you also have to have third-party liability insurance of at least $50,000 for property damage. This protection, available from private insurers such as The Co-operators, covers any property damage caused to another party.
In Ontario, the minimum amount of third-party liability coverage, which covers you in a situation where you damage someone else’s property with your car, is $200,000. Although this amount may seem high, it is recommended to take out a plan that offers more protection to help cover you and your family in the event of a more serious accident where people may get injured. If you are in a province which requires a higher minimum, an Ontario car insurance policy must cover the new amount.
Each quarter, insurers can apply to have their rates increased or decreased. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), which oversees insurance regulation in the province, approves or denies these requests. Most of the time, insurers request rate increases due to changes in a particular coverage. For example, an insurer experiencing an increased prevalence in payouts resulting from car accidents might apply to have rates increased to help offset the costs of increased claims.
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.
Mortgage Savings: Based on the present value of monthly savings over the mortgage term (3-years). The monthly savings is the difference in monthly payments between the lowest and third lowest mortgage rates from major Canadian lenders as of April 24, 2012. These rates are for a 3-Year closed mortgage for $350,000, with an amortization period of 25 years, in the province of Ontario, for a borrower with a good credit rating.
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.