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.
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.
Know when to cut coverage. Don’t strip away coverage just for the sake of a lower price. You’ll need full coverage car insurance to satisfy the terms of an auto loan, and you’ll want it as long as your car would be a financial burden to replace. But for older cars, you can drop comprehensive and collision coverage, which only pay out up to your car’s current value, minus the deductible.
Similarly, many Ontario auto insurance companies have discounts available to customers who install additional safety features, upgrades or alarms in their vehicle. To save money, high risk drivers should also consider trading in their cars for a different model equipped with better safety equipment or one that rates low in car theft frequency or fares better in collisions. Information is available from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, which issues a Canadian Loss Experience Automobile Rating (CLEAR) that’s used by several Ontario auto insurance companies in setting premiums.
Review your deductibles: If you have collision and comprehensive coverages included in your auto insurance policy, see how much your deductibles are. If they are set at $500, increasing them to $1,000 will typically save you about five to 10 per cent. Only increase them however, if your budget allows for it because the deductible is what you’ll have to fork out should you need to submit a claim.
Insurance rates are always changing. Take car insurance, for example. In many provinces, rates change every three months. Car insurance companies typically apply to their respective regulating board to have their rates either increased or decreased. This means that even if you were getting the best rate two years ago, you might not be getting the best rate today. It's just the nature of the car insurance industry, which is why these same regulating boards recommend drivers shop around and compare rates from at least three different car insurance companies before purchasing a policy.
Many insurance companies offer affordable policies that contain the minimum amount of coverage required by law. But be careful – such policies may look attractive on the surface, but have gaps in coverage that can end up costing you money. So it’s important to know what you’re covered for, but also to choose a reputable company that will stand with you when you need them. At Liberty Mutual, we have coverage options to provide you with affordable car insurance that doesn't compromise on quality. We also offer valuable insurance discounts and multi-policy bundled packages so you can save even more.
Certain conditions apply. The OMA Auto & Home Insurance Program is underwritten by The Personal General Insurance Inc. in Quebec and by The Personal Insurance Company in all other provinces and territories (collectively carrying on business as “The Personal”). The discounts and savings referred to are for Ontario residents only. Certain products and services may not be available in all provinces and territories. Auto insurance not available in Manitoba, Saskatchewan or British Columbia due to government-run plans. The clauses and terms pertaining to the described coverages are detailed in the insurance policy. Certain restrictions and exclusions are included therein.
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.
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.