Car owners in Canada are required to insure their vehicle on some level. This is because car accidents happen every day, and the people who are involved in these accidents need to have protection for themselves, their passengers and their vehicles. Avoiding citations for lack of insurance can be handled simply by purchasing the cheapest insurance policy a driver can find.
If you live in Quebec, the provincial public automobile insurance plan covers you for injury or death due to an automobile accident, no matter who is at fault or where in the world the accident happened. However, under the Automobile Insurance Act, you also have to have third-party liability insurance of at least $50,000 for property damage. This protection, available from private insurers such as The Co-operators, covers any property damage caused to another party.
For the most part, cars that are considered compact, mid-size and full size are the most common vehicles quoted from Ontario drivers. The Honda CR-V and Ford Escape are the only crossovers that made it on this list. Although the Dodge Grand Caravan didn’t make the list of top 10, it was number 11, making it a top choice for Ontario drivers that require a family-friendly vehicle.
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.
What you use your vehicle for and how often you’re behind the wheel can be a contributing factor in setting car insurance premiums. To get the best rates possible, always try to be as specific as you can about your driving habits. You might consider installing a Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) unit on your car, which tracks where and how you drive, to provide proof of your driving habits. These devices often reward good driving behavior (and penalize bad driving habits such as speeding).
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.
This insurance is required by law throughout Canada. It covers the costs associated with damages caused to another person or vehicle in an accident, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost earnings, legal fees, and other expenses up to the limit of your policy. As a practical matter, you'll want enough insurance to cover a judgment against you in a major accident so that your personal assets won't be put at risk.
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.
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.
A couple of at-fault collisions, a few traffic violations or an impaired driving conviction is all it takes to get a high risk driver designation from an auto insurance company in Ontario. That sets you up for high auto insurance premiums for several years or perhaps worse, an outright cancellation or non-renewal of your existing Ontario auto insurance policy.
Preferred Vendor Program: Preferred Vendors offer the highest-quality workmanship. When you choose a Preferred Vendor for your repairs, the quality of workmanship is monitored and the bill is settled directly with the repair shop, giving you a hassle-free claims experience. Plus, collision repairs made by a Preferred Vendor are guaranteed for life.1
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.
The information and examples provided are intended as general information. This information does not constitute legal or insurance advice. You must speak to one of our insurance advisors before purchasing your policy to review additional coverage options and benefits that could be available. Insurance policies contain exclusions and limitations that may affect your coverage and the benefits payable.
Insurers determine your rates based on the year, make, model, engine size, and age of a vehicle. More expensive cars, less safe cars, and commonly stolen cars can cost more, as insurance is based partly on how likely your car is to get stolen, how much it would cost to replace it, and the cost to repair it after a crash. Vehicles with the highest safety ratings have lower insurance rates.
Get the protection you need at a price you can afford. Get all the discounts and savings you deserve – there are many options to choose from so you can customize coverage for a perfect fit. As you select coverage, remember that your premium will reflect the coverages and coverage amounts that you select. For example, if you select lower coverage amounts, you may pay a lower premium but may need to pay more after an accident.