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.
A bit of a history lesson: Google introduced its online shopping comparison website Google Compare in the U.K. three years ago. Google Compare is available in the U.S., although currently all you can search for is credit cards. Google is keeping mum on its possible entry into the auto insurance space. However, Google has already been licensed to sell auto insurance in more than 26 U.S. states after working on the project for the past two years, according to Forester Research blogger Ellen Carney.
For those placed in this unfortunate situation, there is an insurance pool called the Facility Association, which serves as a last resort for those unable to convince an auto insurance service provider to insure their vehicle with an appropriate policy. However, a checkered driving history and the high risk associated with unsafe driving practices will still work against candidates as far as auto insurance costs go.
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:
It is often possible for those seeking cheap car insurance to bundle their service and get an additional discount on other policies such as home insurance. For example, if you have multiple drivers living in a home you own, rather than having separate car insurance policies and a separate home insurance policy, you can often get everything covered in one policy at a significantly discounted rate. Best of all, you can save time when it comes time to pay bills as you will only have to make a single payment.
We know that having a complete vehicle insurance plan in Ontario is important — one that will cover you on our snowy back roads in cottage country to the morning gridlock on the 401. Sometimes in this province you never know what driving conditions you’ll face, which is why you need a comprehensive plan. At PC insurance, we take that 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. And we are available 24/7 to help you with any claims.
Because your vehicle is new and still has most of its value, we recommend this coverage. If your car is damaged by weather, vandalized, or stolen, you’ll be covered. Though your vehicle has a few years on it, we still recommend this coverage. If your car is damaged by weather, vandalized, or stolen, you’ll be covered. Since your car is older and has depreciated in value, we recommend you discuss this coverage with an advisor to make sure it’s right for you. If your car is damaged by weather, vandalized, or stolen, you’ll be covered.
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.
Sometimes an insurance company will not automatically adjust your rates to match your up to date driving record, and will only do so when your policy needs to be renewed. This is why when you shop around other companies you can usually find a better rate – they are using your most up to date information. You can also occasionally try calling your company and bring up the following:
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.
If you’re driving an older model car in Toronto and not considering purchasing a newer vehicle for a while, investigate the cost of upgrading to anti-lock brakes, air bags, automatic seat belts, installing anti-theft devices or putting in a burglar alarm. Car insurance companies in Toronto often provide discounts for such products or enhancements. If the cost of doing so is favourable versus the long-term savings in your car insurance rate, it’s worth the investment. For older vehicles, it’s also worth considering dropping your Collision coverage to reduce your premiums.
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.
If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is, and this is true for Ontario car insurance. As you compare car insurance quotes, it is not recommended to seek only the cheapest overall price. Just as a cheap Internet provider with slow service is not preferable, a quote that is significantly lower than the competition likely has hidden downfalls that you should look into. As you compare coverage, make sure to consider things such as the deductible. After all, the point of insurance is to have peace of mind in the event you were to get into an accident. The added investment in a policy that has a lower deductible is often worth the extra monthly payment.
Here at Specialty Life we specialize in life insurance for individuals over the age of 50, with plans offering eligibility up to age 85. Our relationship with leading Canadian insurers provides access to a wide range of no medical insurance policies including Guaranteed Issue. With easy underwriting you can be covered in a matter of days. Apply for a quote and discover your options.
Ajusto is underwritten by The Personal, which refers to The Personal Insurance Company. ® Ajusto is a registered trademark of Desjardins General Insurance Inc., used with permission by The Personal Insurance Company. The discount does not apply to certain endorsements and additional coverages. Please note that the discount will automatically be applied to the premium at renewal. Ajusto is only available in Ontario and Quebec.
Before you commit to anything, make sure you shop around. It's best to compare car insurance quotes offered by insurers and brokers (it's best to get a minimum of 3 quotes). You should make your final purchase with the company or person who provided you with the best service and a competitive rate. The insurance representative should take the time to answer all of your questions and make you feel comfortable about the purchase.
*60% of Kanetix customers in Ontario who participated in the survey said Kanetix helped them identify an average savings amount of $776.58 (December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016) 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.
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