Although rural backroads and small-towns in Ontario do have their own unique hazards, owning and driving a car in an urban area, like Toronto or Ottawa, carries significantly higher risks for everything from traffic accidents to theft to minor fender benders. Due to the higher risk associated with cars in the city, car insurance is generally more expensive in city centres.
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.
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!
Young drivers, those under 25 years of age, can expect to pay considerably more for auto insurance in Ontario. The younger the driver the higher the premiums tend to be. Statistics show that young drivers are much more likely to have traffic violations and be involved in car collisions, probably partly due to lack of driving experience. Auto Insurance companies in Ontario take that into account and as a result charge young drivers much higher premiums to compensate for the risk of insuring them.
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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.
In Alberta, Ontario, the Atlantic provinces, and the territories, there are only private insurers. In British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, basic auto insurance is available from the government and additional coverage is available from private insurers. Quebec, on the other hand, has is it's own unique regulations - public insurance covers injury or death while private insurance covers property damage.
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:
If your driving licence originates from a country that has an agreement with Canada and can be converted into a Canadian licence, there is also the question of how long you can drive with your out-of-country driving licence before you have to convert it, and these times vary by province. Here are examples from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia:
Because you indicated you occasionally have non-family members as passengers in your car, we recommend Additional Third Party Liability for you. The more passengers you have in your car, the more damages you can be liable for in the event of an accident – not only are non-family members not covered by most standard insurance, they are also more likely to file law suits.
Comprehensive: With this option, you’re covered for any threat or danger other than collision, including theft*, damage or loss caused by vandalism, projectiles, and falling or flying objects such as stones kicked up by a truck in front of you. The important thing to remember is that this coverage applies to your vehicle only, not you or your passengers.
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If you want to save more money on your car insurance, there are a lot of potential ways for you to do so. They all center on reviewing your life, making some changes to your driving habits, and looking into potential discounts you can get. Most importantly of all, always remember to shop around and see your options because you can almost always find cheaper rates somewhere else. Good luck!
Since most people choose one of these large insurers, NerdWallet compared quotes from the five largest auto companies in ZIP codes across the country. Rates are for policies that include minimum coverage required in each state, plus collision and comprehensive coverage. Our “good driver” profile is a 30-year-old with no moving violations and credit in the “good” tier. Use the tabs to see rates for drivers with credit in the “poor” tier and those with one at-fault accident as reported to the insurer.
Not all collisions affect your insurance rates, but crashes where you’re deemed at fault will drive up your premiums. Insurers care about your three-year driving record, because that’s how long convictions stay on your driving record. A single speeding ticket may not have a huge impact on your premiums, but repeated infractions could cost you – and serious driving crimes that result in court convictions can really hit hard.
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.