We all know how devastating the physical and emotional toll of an auto accident can be. Yet the financial impact can also be significant, especially when it comes to your automobile, perhaps one of your most treasured – and vulnerable – assets. Even the safest of drivers today face the risk of an accident, with the rise of factors such as distracted driving.
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.
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:
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 you're male and under 25 in Ontario, you're going to get dinged hard. It sucks, but it's the way the system's setup. Other than complaining to your MPP about enacting change, you're mostly out of luck. If you're in a large urban area like Toronto, it's also going to hurt since you're paying for other people's accidents. Here's a map from Kanetix to give you an idea of insurance rate differences across Ontario.
Other insurance conditions may arise depending on the type of vehicle, its use, and any customizations or modifications made to the vehicle. For example, if you have altered your vehicle to enhance its performance or appearance, most insurance companies would need to assess the vehicle to determine if they could insure it. If you plan on modifying your vehicle, call us first! We will let you know if the changes you plan on making could have an impact on your policy.