Before shopping for the best car insurance rates, it is a good idea to do a little bit of homework first. Insurance companies know their products, and it can be easy to become tricked into signing on to a policy with hidden downfalls that the average consumer will not think to ask about. Insurance brokers are not obligated to quote the cheapest rate, so you should ask what those rates are and what the policies entail. Another aspect many shoppers forget to consider is cancellation fees. Before signing anything, you should read the fine print. Every policy has different stipulations, and you should understand what those are or risk being dropped if you get a couple of tickets.
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.
Ontario paved the way for ride-share insurance in Canada by becoming one of the first provinces to introduce insurance products specifically for Uber drivers, and now for Lyft and other ride-sharing platforms. Several insurance companies now offer this type of coverage as ride-sharing increases in popularity, especially in dense urban areas such as Toronto.
What the above facts help illustrate is that, quite simply, Toronto is a big, busy city with lots of cars on the road. This translates to lots of driving and lots of traffic congestion, which can lead to accidents - especially multi-vehicle accidents. Factor in pedestrians, cyclists, and public transportation (TTC), and there is no shortage of things that drivers need to pay attention to when behind the wheel.
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.
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.
If you drive more than 9,000 km, CAA MyPace may not be for you. When you drive more than 9,000 km on CAA MyPace, you will be charged an administrative fee for each additional 1,000 km increment used. This fee will put you above the price of our traditional Auto Insurance policy so you may wish to discuss options with one of our Agents or your Broker.
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: