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.
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*75% of Kanetix customers in Ontario who participated in the survey said Kanetix helped them identify an average savings amount of $610 (June – November 2017) 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.
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.
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is a non-profit organization in Canada that provides a number of benefits to members, such as roadside assistance and travel services. CAA also provides car insurance, and offers its members additional savings as a benefit. It is a paid membership, and car insurance is an extra service that you would have to sign up for so make sure you still shop around.
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.
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.
Insurance rates are always changing. Take car insurance, for example. In many provinces, rates change every three months. Car insurance companies typically apply to their respective regulating board to have their rates either increased or decreased. This means that even if you were getting the best rate two years ago, you might not be getting the best rate today. It's just the nature of the car insurance industry, which is why these same regulating boards recommend drivers shop around and compare rates from at least three different car insurance companies before purchasing a policy.
Those that will continue your driving record: Some companies will consider your previous experience and will offer you a rate based on how long you have been driving, no matter where you got your on-road experience. Check with a broker to see which companies consider previous out-of-Canada experience so you can reduce your chances of a denial and increase your chances of getting the best possible rate.
Parts of your auto insurance policy may have deductibles. A deductible is the portion of an insurance claim you agree to pay. Your car insurance provider covers the remaining cost. Your deductibles play a part in how your rates are calculated. Depending on how much financial responsibility you take on in the event of a claim, your auto insurance rates will reflect your commitment. Take on more responsibility (i.e. increase your deductibles) and your rates will lower, take on less responsibility (i.e. decrease your deductibles) and your auto insurance premiums will increase.
Some employers will offer their employees savings or discounts to employees on their car insurance if you go through them, similar to professional associations and their members. The same tips apply for this as with associations: ask the organization how the insurance benefits work, and make sure to still shop around in case you can find a better deal elsewhere.
Many insurance companies offer affordable policies that contain the minimum amount of coverage required by law. But be careful – such policies may look attractive on the surface, but have gaps in coverage that can end up costing you money. So it’s important to know what you’re covered for, but also to choose a reputable company that will stand with you when you need them. At Liberty Mutual, we have coverage options to provide you with affordable car insurance that doesn't compromise on quality. We also offer valuable insurance discounts and multi-policy bundled packages so you can save even more.
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.
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!
Car insurance premiums are calculated based on a number of factors that determine the risk of you getting into an accident, and how likely it is that you'll make a claim. These risk factors include your driving and accident history, as well as statistical information such as your age, location and number of years driving. The amount and distance you drive, the type of car you own and whether you live in an urban or rural setting can also affect your premiums.
As for best place to shop for insurance, I always try Kanetix before I buy any car (new or used), and every year before my insurance is up for renewal. For the past 4 years TD has been the cheapest for me, but that doesn't mean it'll be cheaper for everyone. It depends on how many cars/drivers you insure, if you insure property, and of course it depends on your record, experience, etc.
To make sure you get all the available discounts, we apply savings automatically during your car insurance quote. Keep in mind, a lot goes into determining your price, including the vehicle you drive, where you live, how much you drive, and your driving record — as well as coverages, deductibles, and limits. In some provinces your age, gender, and marital status may be factors. Your agent can help you decide how best to balance coverage and price and confirm you're getting all the discounts you're eligible for.