You can save a bit of money by paying for your insurance once per year rather than once per month. This helps the insurance company save on the administrative costs of billing you every month and a lot of the time they will pass the cost savings on to you. It means you will have to pay a larger amount all at once, but in the long run it can help you save as long as you have that money up front.
Each quarter, insurers can apply to have their rates increased or decreased. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), which oversees insurance regulation in the province, approves or denies these requests. Most of the time, insurers request rate increases due to changes in a particular coverage. For example, an insurer experiencing an increased prevalence in payouts resulting from car accidents might apply to have rates increased to help offset the costs of increased claims.
Getting married? Moving? Adding a teen driver to your policy? Make sure your insurer still offers you the best deal: As your life changes, so will your auto insurance rates which means your current insurer may no longer be the one who offers you the most affordable coverage. At minimum, you should be putting your insurer’s auto insurance premiums to the test every year by shopping around.
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.
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.
Among the things insurance companies don’t take into account are: employment history, bankruptcy, your housing situation and history, or your net worth. In Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, insurers also cannot take your credit score into account when assessing your premiums – but in Nova Scotia they can; in Alberta, they need your permission. Car colour also doesn’t affect rates – it is a widely-believed myth that owners of red cars pay more – they don’t.
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.
But a new type of insurance policy has arrived in Canada that may be just the ticket to help out the high risk driver. Usage based insurance (UBI) has been adopted by several insurance companies in Ontario that are now placing data collection boxes–run by telematics technology–in the cars of their customers to track and record how they drive, including monitoring such things as quick turns, hard acceleration, braking and overall speed. Several Ontario auto insurance firms now present customers with a five to 10 percent discount to do a trial run. In the course of trying to establish a better driving record, having such objective data in the hands of auto insurance providers is bound to help the high risk driver who conforms to safe driving habits.
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:
These policies are unique because ride-share drivers are in a unique position. You use your personal vehicle for business purposes, blurring the lines between commercial and personal auto insurance coverage. Ride-share insurance was created to fill that gap. To learn more about insurance for Uber drivers and similar ride-sharing programs, visit our ride-share insurance page here.
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