We all know how devastating the physical and emotional toll of an auto accident can be. Yet the financial impact can also be significant, especially when it comes to your automobile, perhaps one of your most treasured – and vulnerable – assets. Even the safest of drivers today face the risk of an accident, with the rise of factors such as distracted driving.
Overall, men are considered riskier drivers. According to Statistics Canada, men are involved in more than twice as many deadly collisions than women. Drivers under the age of 25, particularly single males, have statistically higher collision rates, and therefore pay higher rates. Insurance is all about assessing risk based on data, so companies consider a number of general factors, including time spent driving, type of vehicle, number of accidents, and general driving behaviours. In some cases, being married – especially if your partner has a good driving record – can reduce your rates.
When comparing prices, make sure you know exactly what’s included in your policy. Carefully check the coverage, deductibles and liability limits. While it’s always nice to save money, a lower-priced policy might cost you more in the long run if you discover later that it doesn’t have enough coverage for you and your family. Look for the insurance coverage that best matches your needs, not necessarily the one that costs less.
*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.
In order to operate a vehicle in Canada, you are required to have a valid car insurance policy in place at all times. Car insurance policy requirements vary from province to province, depending on the type of insurance system each is mandated by (public vs. private). However, you need to have a minimum amount of third-party liability insurance, to protect yourself financially in the event that you injure someone or damage their car/property. You’ll also need a minimum amount of accident benefits protection, which provides you with coverage for any medical/rehabilitation costs that occur as result from an accident.
Raising the deductible limits on collision and comprehensive coverage lowers monthly insurance premiums. By taking on more financial responsibility in the case of an accident, a driver lowers day to day costs. A driver must be ready, however, to absorb these costs if an accident occurs. Note that in some cases where a driver is not at fault, other insurance provisions or companies may cover some or all deductible amounts. Check with your agent or broker to determine what applies to your specific policy.
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.
Mortgage Savings: Based on the present value of monthly savings over the mortgage term (3-years). The monthly savings is the difference in monthly payments between the lowest and third lowest mortgage rates from major Canadian lenders as of April 24, 2012. These rates are for a 3-Year closed mortgage for $350,000, with an amortization period of 25 years, in the province of Ontario, for a borrower with a good credit rating.
To begin with, you (and all drivers you wish to include in the policy) must have a valid driver's license and be a resident of Canada. Next, insurance companies will look at your prior driving record to determine eligibility and rates. However, rates will vary depending on whether you are looking for a new insurance policy altogether or if you wish to renew an existing one. Other eligibility restrictions may arise from past convictions. This too, will vary depending on when your last conviction occurred and the nature of the conviction.