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.
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.
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.
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.
Ajusto is a usage-based insurance program that you can enjoy on your smartphone to help you monitor and improve your driving habits. The app will provide you your driving score that will determine your savings on your auto insurance premium at renewal. Using Ajusto never results in a rate increase or penalty. Everyone wins with enhanced safety and savings!​
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Here's what happens in case of a covered accident: First, you report a claim — online, or through your agent. If there's damage to your vehicle, you can choose your own repair shop or one of our preferred auto shops, which provide great repairs and guaranteed completion dates. Then, subject to the terms and conditions of your auto insurance policy, we pay for the damages. Our claim specialists help find repair facilities in your area, keep you updated on work being done, and process your claim quickly and efficiently.
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