Each quarter, insurers can apply to have their rates increased or decreased. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), which oversees insurance regulation in the province, approves or denies these requests. Most of the time, insurers request rate increases due to changes in a particular coverage. For example, an insurer experiencing an increased prevalence in payouts resulting from car accidents might apply to have rates increased to help offset the costs of increased claims.
Young drivers, those under 25 years of age, can expect to pay considerably more for auto insurance in Ontario. The younger the driver the higher the premiums tend to be. Statistics show that young drivers are much more likely to have traffic violations and be involved in car collisions, probably partly due to lack of driving experience. Auto Insurance companies in Ontario take that into account and as a result charge young drivers much higher premiums to compensate for the risk of insuring them.
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Comprehensive: With this option, you’re covered for any threat or danger other than collision, including theft*, damage or loss caused by vandalism, projectiles, and falling or flying objects such as stones kicked up by a truck in front of you. The important thing to remember is that this coverage applies to your vehicle only, not you or your passengers.
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.
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.
For those placed in this unfortunate situation, there is an insurance pool called the Facility Association, which serves as a last resort for those unable to convince an auto insurance service provider to insure their vehicle with an appropriate policy. However, a checkered driving history and the high risk associated with unsafe driving practices will still work against candidates as far as auto insurance costs go.
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.
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.