This is a question that all drivers want to know the answer to – and in most cases the answer will be “too much”. It’s no secret that Toronto has some of the highest car insurance rates in all of Ontario. Unfortunately, since you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you can already to expect to pay more than other Ontario drivers simply because of where you live.
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.
Usage-based insurance (UBI) is another new technology that is also becoming more popular where you pay your insurance based on when and how you drive. You install the necessary tracking device on your car and it, along with a GPS, monitors your driving behaviour. The data is examined when your policy is up for renewal, and usually looks at the following:
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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!
Insurance policies have different levels and amounts in terms of coverage. While minimums in Ontario, like $200,000 in third-party liability, are legally required, higher coverage can help cover supplementary costs in the event of an accident resulting in injuries or a lawsuit. Compulsory car insurance also covers fixing your car in the event of a not-at-fault accident – regardless of who’s behind the wheel.
In general, the cancellation fee is a percentage of your premium and the percentage charged is determined by how far along you are into the term of your policy. For example, you’ll pay more if your current policy is only four months old than if you’re nine months into your coverage. The cancellation fee charged is basically a sliding scale that typically ranges from two to seven per cent.
Do you have a teenager with a new license? While this is an exciting time, the idea of your child driving your car around Toronto can be nerve wracking. But with PC auto insurance, you can get the coverage for your child for their driving adventures in the city. Here are some points to consider when adding them to your existing car insurance policy:
The more time you spend on the road, the higher your chances of being in a collision or getting a ticket. If you can, start carpooling with colleagues to work, taking public transit, biking or walking because if you can find ways to spend less time commuting, not only could you benefit from a lower premium, but you’ll also decrease your chances of getting a ticket or being in a collision. There are also health benefits too if you bike or walk to work instead of taking the car.
We merged with Alex Berthelot Insurance Brokers in January 2013. With this acquisition we were pleased to obtain Alison Rogers who is a graduate of Sault College. She has been a licensed insurance broker for11 years and works in both personal and commercial lines insurance. In her spare time she is an active hockey mom and enjoys watching both her sons play hockey.
Third-party liability: In all provinces and territories in Canada, Third-Party Liability is mandatory. This coverage will pay for the outcome of a lawsuit if you are sued because a collision you caused resulted in the injury or death of another, or resulted in damage to their property. Generally, the minimum required amount of coverage you need to have is $200,000, although typically most drivers have at least $1 million.
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:
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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.
Young drivers qualify for discounts by successfully completing driver training programs that have MTO approval. Be sure to check the MTO site for revoked schools. Certificates of completion won’t be honoured by insurance companies unless a school has MTO approval. At time of publication, two Brampton schools are listed on the list of revoked schools. Some insurance companies also offer discounts to students who maintain honours level marks in high school.
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.
Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD): Available only in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, P.E.I. and Quebec, this covers the cost of loss or damage to your car in an accident for which you were not entirely responsible. To qualify, the other driver has to be identified, insured and found to be at least partially at fault. In some provinces, you can no longer sue another person for damage to your car.
Δ PC pet insurance and travel insurance are arranged for by PC Financial Insurance Agency Inc. and are underwritten by selected Canadian insurers. PC Financial Travel Insurance To Go is not available in Quebec or New Brunswick. PC travel insurance online is available in all Canadian provinces except Quebec. PC pet insurance is available in all Canadian provinces.