Pay-as-you-drive: Some insurance providers can reduce your insurance premiums based on your driving profile (capturing data via a special device added to your vehicle). Insurance companies like Desjardins Insurance or Industrial Alliance attract customers promising cheaper vehicle insurance premiums if you can demonstrate that you are a safe driver.
Become an occasional driver under your parents’ policy – Consider being an occasional driver before getting your own car and becoming a primary driver. Occasional drivers pay significantly less for auto insurance. You can build up driving experience while being an occasional driver and end up paying less for auto insurance once you become a primary driver down the road.
If you are in your twenties and either working or in school, you can qualify for various discounts, including discounts for good marks at university or college. Teenagers are usually covered under family car insurance plans, and any age group can take advantage of discounts for taking driver’s education classes – which also help you get your graduated licence faster in Ontario.
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:
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Sometimes an insurance company will not automatically adjust your rates to match your up to date driving record, and will only do so when your policy needs to be renewed. This is why when you shop around other companies you can usually find a better rate – they are using your most up to date information. You can also occasionally try calling your company and bring up the following:
Did You Know? New reforms to Ontario insurance law took effect on June 1st 2016 that are meant to reduce the average costs for basic policies. The new policies will also include less coverage, but you will have more choice to pick what extra coverage you want. As of the summer of 2017, the results of this new reform have been mixed and consumers are encouraged to continue shopping around to find the best rates.
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.
Bundling more than one car onto a single insurance policy can save you money, as can bundling your car with your home insurance. Some insurers offer “good student” discounts to full-time post-secondary students who can prove their good grades. Many insurers also offer discounts to members of professional organizations or affiliation groups – so it pays to ask about discount relationships.
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.
Another important aspect of buying car insurance at a rental location – it probably has much lower insurance limits than your personal car insurance. Let’s say, if you have $2,000,000 liability on your personal policy, an insurance policy purchased in a rental location might only have the minimum required by law – and that’s just $200,000 in Ontario.
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.
Also, these collision policies are good for cars that have little to no value. For example, a person who paid for their car years ago and could only get a few hundred dollars for the car can use a collision policy to save money on car insurance every month. Ontario insurance agents can offer people collision coverage that keeps them legally entitled to drive but not cost them very much every month.
Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD): Available only in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, P.E.I. and Quebec, this covers the cost of loss or damage to your car in an accident for which you were not entirely responsible. To qualify, the other driver has to be identified, insured and found to be at least partially at fault. In some provinces, you can no longer sue another person for damage to your car.
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.