Factors that influence your car insurance rates
You might think that car insurance quotes for the same driver/car would be similar across all providers, but every auto insurance company has its own costs to cover, based on data about all of their existing users/claims. In fact, an insurance rate calculation has many subtle complexities to it and multiple factors contribute to the final rate you receive. Based on the information you provide for your driving profile a car insurance company will categorize your risk potential and calculate a personalized rate. Unfortunately, some factors are out of your control, but there are still a few that you are 100% in the driver’s seat for, so being in the know could save you money on your auto insurance policy. Here are seven factors that auto insurance companies will consider before offering you a personalized car insurance rate.
In order to operate a vehicle in Canada, you are required to have a valid car insurance policy in place at all times. Car insurance policy requirements vary from province to province, depending on the type of insurance system each is mandated by (public vs. private). However, you need to have a minimum amount of third-party liability insurance, to protect yourself financially in the event that you injure someone or damage their car/property. You’ll also need a minimum amount of accident benefits protection, which provides you with coverage for any medical/rehabilitation costs that occur as result from an accident.
The majority of Canadians choose to customize their policy beyond the mandatory minimum coverage requirements, though additional coverage options and limit increases may vary by Province. Examples of policy customization would be adding collision and comprehensive coverage to your policy, while upping your accident benefits limits to better suit your needs. Before finalizing your policy make sure to review all coverage options available to you within your Province!
How to compare car insurance quotes
Before you buy auto insurance, here are some things you can do to save more.
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.
Check car insurance rankings
Before you buy or lease your next car, look at car insurance ranking lists to find popular vehicles with the best insurance value. Cars with lower-than-average insurance rankings are generally less expensive to insure.
Get a multi-product discount
Some car insurance companies offer a discount when you buy two or more products from them, such as home and car insurance, including The Co-operators.
Raise your deductible
The deductible is the amount you choose to pay for damages to your vehicle before your insurance kicks in. For example, if your deductible is $500 and you have $2,000 worth of damage, you’ll pay the first $500 of the car repair cost and your insurance company pays the rest.
Raising your deductible just a few hundred dollars could save you a lot of money. It typically costs less to pay a little more for a minor repair than to pay a higher premium over time.
Get less coverage on your older car
If you have an older car, you may not need Collision and Comprehensive coverage. Compare the cost of the insurance with what the car is worth. Auto dealers and banks can tell you the worth of a car, or look it up online on autoTRADER.
Take advantage of group insurance
Include group insurance plans as you compare car insurance quotes to find more discounts. Some employers, professional, business or alumni groups and other associations offer group plans for discounts on insurance rates.
Be a safe driver
Most car insurance companies offer better rates to clients who haven’t had any accidents or traffic violations for a number of years.
Drive a hybrid car
Do you drive a hybrid car? You’re eligible for an automatic five percent discount on your Co-operators car insurance premiums.