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:
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.
Canada’s 9th largest city by population, Brampton sees congestion, poor road conditions, long commutes and a high incidence rate for accidents. Insurance claims costs in the area, also much higher than other parts of the province, may stem from an active insurance fraud network using facilities in the area. Auto insurance fraud practices stem from staged accidents, exploitative towing operators, over-billing repair facilities and unscrupulous medical and rehabilitation clinics. The cost per accident in Brampton is high. All local drivers share the cost to service the area.
Another important aspect of buying car insurance at a rental location – it probably has much lower insurance limits than your personal car insurance. Let’s say, if you have $2,000,000 liability on your personal policy, an insurance policy purchased in a rental location might only have the minimum required by law – and that’s just $200,000 in Ontario.
The chart above illustrates the average auto insurance premiums across Canada. Typically the province of Ontario is characterized by the highest auto insurance rates. Quebec, as a rule, has more affordable car insurance premiums since the health part of the insurance (e.g. bodily injuries) is covered by the government. Not all provinces allow customers to choose from a variety of insurers. Three provinces have crown companies being the only source of vehicle insurance:
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!
The majority of Canadians choose to customize their policy beyond the mandatory minimum coverage requirements, though additional coverage options and limit increases may vary by Province. Examples of policy customization would be adding collision and comprehensive coverage to your policy, while upping your accident benefits limits to better suit your needs. Before finalizing your policy make sure to review all coverage options available to you within your Province!
Once you get your car insurance quotes, call Kanetix.ca and we'll help you secure your rate. We'll connect you to the provider who offered you the best rate with our priority phone lines. With your permission, we'll also send your quote details to the insurance provider you've selected so you don't have to enter the same information twice. Then, once you are speaking with them, they will validate the information to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date, and your insurance needs are met.
Similarly, many Ontario auto insurance companies have discounts available to customers who install additional safety features, upgrades or alarms in their vehicle. To save money, high risk drivers should also consider trading in their cars for a different model equipped with better safety equipment or one that rates low in car theft frequency or fares better in collisions. Information is available from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, which issues a Canadian Loss Experience Automobile Rating (CLEAR) that’s used by several Ontario auto insurance companies in setting premiums.
Get the protection you need at a price you can afford. Get all the discounts and savings you deserve – there are many options to choose from so you can customize coverage for a perfect fit. As you select coverage, remember that your premium will reflect the coverages and coverage amounts that you select. For example, if you select lower coverage amounts, you may pay a lower premium but may need to pay more after an accident.
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