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Car insurance is one of those things that everyone needs and everyone wants to pay less for and the single most effective way to do this is to shop around. Car insurance rates often change, and the insurance provider who gave you the best rate in the past, may no longer offer you the best rate today.

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Cheap car insurance in Canada

No matter where you live in Canada, you must have auto insurance, and even though each province and territory establishes their own required minimum insurance coverages, there are many similarities across Canada about Canadian car insurance in general.

Insurance for new drivers will likely be expensive

When you're first starting out, you've got a clean record with no blemishes, but also, no history. Young drivers can gain more experience to add to their driving history by starting off as an occasional driver under their parent's auto policy.

With no history to indicate what kind of driver you are, insurers will charge you more for your premium. The good news is that getting a great car insurance rate gets easier the longer you drive and the more history you build up. Since you're starting with a clean record, it's important to maintain it as it builds a positive driving history that shows insurers you're not a dangerous driver. In return, you're rewarded with lower car insurance rates.

Your driving record will affect your car insurance premium

Think of your driving record as a continuous report card for your driving. You lose marks if you've been involved in any accidents or had convictions. However, you can improve those marks by the number of years you've been licensed and continue to be. The fewer marks you lose, the higher your grade is, which insurers reward with lower premiums.

The vehicle you drive affects your car insurance premium

Vehicles have this in common; they have four wheels, they have a steering wheel, they have a metal body with windows and they need something to power them. This is where the commonality ends. Ultimately, every vehicle is different and rated by insurers differently as well. Insurers look at a variety factors, including safety ratings, repair costs, and theft rates.

One of the hardest things about shopping for a car is trying to narrow down what you want. It's not easy to pick between two to three different cars. An important factor that could be a great way to break a tie is the cost of car insurance. Ever vehicle is different, which means auto insurance coverage will be different for each car as well. We've got you covered with this great tool that shows how rates differ between multiple vehicles.

Your auto insurance rate is impacted by how often and how far you drive

You can be the safest driver in the world, but that doesn't mean much if everyone else isn't also a perfect driver. The more you expose yourself to danger, the higher your odds are to be hurt. This means that the longer your commute, the higher your chances of being in a collision. Find ways to lower your time behind the wheel, and your auto insurance provider may lower your rate. If work is close by, try walking, biking, or even taking public transit. Not only will you save on your premium, you'll save at the pumps doing less driving, and you'll enjoy the health benefits if you choose to bike or walk.

The area you live affects how much you pay for auto insurance

Where you live and drive is one of the factors in determining your car insurance rate. If you live in a rural area, chances are you'll pay less than someone who lives and drives in a city where there are more drivers on the road, and the likelihood of getting into a collision is higher. Also, more vehicles tend to be stolen in urban areas.

Optional Coverages and Endorsements are available

While every province has compulsory minimums that you must have as part of your policy, there are also optional coverages and endorsements that you can add to your policy for a fee. A few of the more popular include:
  • Collision coverage: This covers damage to your vehicle as a result of an impact or collision with another vehicle or object.
  • Comprehensive coverage: This insures your car against damage caused by events like theft and vandalism.
  • Loss of Use: Let's say you have collision coverage, and you're in an accident. Loss of use will cover your transportation costs (like a rental car) while your vehicle is being repaired or replaced.
  • Rental Car: If you frequently rent cars, this endorsement will ensure that your rental has both collision and comprehensive coverage.
  • Depreciation Waiver: If you have a new car, this endorsement ensures you will receive the full value of your vehicle should it end up being considered a total loss.

Deductibles

Parts of your insurance policy may have deductibles. A deductible is the portion of an insurance claim you agree to pay. Your insurance company covers the remaining cost. Your deductibles play a part in how your auto insurance rates are calculated. Depending on how much financial responsibility you take on in the event of a claim, your rates will reflect your commitment. Take on more responsibility (i.e. increase your deductibles) and your rates will lower, take on less responsibility (i.e. decrease your deductibles) and your rates will increase.

Shopping around can save you money

Whether you own or lease your vehicle, it's important to compare rates regularly to ensure you're not overpaying for your coverage. At minimum, you should compare rates annually at renewal. You should also shop around when life changes: you get married, move, buy a new car, add drivers to your policy (like your teen), get a ticket, are involved in a collision, change jobs or retire. These are all times when you should be shopping around to see if there's a cheaper car insurance rate available.
*60% of Kanetix customers in Ontario who participated in the survey said Kanetix helped them identify an average savings amount of $776.58 (December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016) on their car insurance. The cited amount represents the average difference between the best quote obtained at www.kanetix.ca and the current premium amount of participants in the survey. The savings amount varies by individual and does not constitute a guarantee; in each individual case, the difference may be smaller or greater than the savings amount cited.

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Every season, no matter the season, has its own set of driving hazards. Whether it's spring, summer, fall or winter, these driving tips will help you get to where you want to go, safely.

Spring may be in the air, but there are often storms that are reminiscent of winter. Check out the 'Snow, Ice and Winter Storms' section for in-depth coverage in how to drive in winter weather, plus:

Day or night turn on your headlights. Spring temperatures can change in the blink of an eye resulting in misty, foggy conditions that can reduce your visibility. And while foggy conditions are common in spring, so too is the occasional spring blizzard; don't be too quick to ditch the winter car safety kit in your car, or switch from your winter tires to your summer set.

April showers, may bring May flowers, but it also often brings wet slippery roads. Drive to the conditions and you'll get to where you want to go safely. As you would in winter, slow down and leave extra distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. It takes longer to stop when conditions are wet and slippery. Also, where possible, drive in the middle lanes; water tends to pool in the curb lanes and could lead to hydroplaning.

Foul weather isn't the only factor to watch for; warm weather means there will be more motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians out and about. Watch for pedestrians and share the road with all users.

Lastly, your car has been through a lot in the winter and is probably in need of some attention. Take it in for a spring tune up to your risk of driving problems this spring.

After a long bitter winter and a slow wet spring, you may be ready to hit the road again, but be careful: according to the Canada Safety Council, more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than at any other time of year. Whether you're heading out for the day, going to the cottage or taking a road trip with the family, remember to put safety first.

You'd think that summer driving would be the safest, when in fact the reverse is true. Summer brings increased traffic to the roads and highways. With more drivers on the road, construction, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians to watch for, don't let the clear weather fool you into thinking that summer driving is easy driving.

Stay safer this summer and: don't drink and drive; always wear your seatbelt; don't drive when fatigued; and tune out the distractions.

The dog days of summer are over, and there's a chill in the air. Weather conditions in the fall, like spring, can be unpredictable. A warm, sunny day can turn dark, cold and rainy in no time. Mist and fog can reduce your visibility, and the first snow of the winter isn't unlikely. Give yourself plenty of space between you and the cars around you and remember to drive to the conditions.

The leaves may be changing colour and are beautiful to admire, but keep your eyes on the road and your attention focused. Fall brings the first frost of the season so beware of slippery conditions. And, if the temperature is hovering around freezing, then approach bridges and overpasses with caution as these tend to ice up quicker than the road.

When the leaves fall remember that they are a hazard on their own; they can hide potholes or other road hazards, and when they're wet, can be as slippery as any ice-covered road.

Ice is a major concern for anyone driving in extreme cold weather conditions. Not only does it create a smooth surfacing that can lead to sliding and loss of vehicular control, but it can also be difficult to detect. When faced with this type of road condition, drive carefully and reduce your speed and allow as much as three car lengths more than normal between yourself and the car ahead of you.

In general, drive slowly and refrain from stepping too heavily on the brakes to avoid skidding. Watch out in particular for black ice. In areas that experience extremely cold weather, melted snow and puddles of water can quickly freeze, particularly when in the shade or on a bridge or overpass. It is called black ice because it can be nearly impossible to see until you're upon it.

Heavy snow creates a driving situation that is a mixed bag of dangerous driving conditions. It diminishes your ability to see, and creates slippery road conditions. At the beginning of snow season, invest in winter or snow tires. This will give the best traction possible for the conditions.

During heavy snowfall, it is safest to avoid driving. If staying off the road is not an option, first clear the car's windows of snow and ice to improve visibility. As with driving in icy conditions, it is important that the distance between cars is at least three car lengths more than normal. When other cars follow too closely, allowed them to pass.

Sleet and freezing rain can affect a your ability to safely manoeuvre your vehicle, and often officials will advise you to avoid driving under these conditions. When driving in these conditions is absolutely necessary, follow safe driving protocols: reduce speed and allow more following distance. Drivers often encounter freezing rain and sleet on bridges and overpasses first and should always exercise extreme caution when driving across them.

If you become stranded during winter storm conditions such as a blizzard, remain in the vehicle until help arrives. To make the car more visible, a brightly coloured ribbon, piece of cloth or towel should be tied to an antenna or outside mirror. An emergency kit that contains water, blankets, rope, a flashlight, and non-perishable foods should be kept in the car for emergencies. Use the additional clothing and blankets to keep warm. If there are no blankets in the car use items such as floor mats or even the seat covers to help keep warm. The car's heater may be used, but it should only be run for ten minutes every hour. When running the heater, keep a window slightly open to help with ventilation. Additionally, the vehicle's exhaust pipe should be kept clear to prevent poisonous gases from entering the car.

Whether it is freezing rain or blizzard-like snowfall, it is important that people drive safely when getting behind the wheel. While it is often best to stay indoors during extreme weather conditions, knowing how to drive for the specific condition goes a long way in keeping one safe while on the road.

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Customer 41, SAINT-LAZARE, PQ
2016, MITSUBISHI, RVR GT 4DR 4WD
The Co-operators$697
SSQ auto$717
COSECO$1148
Aviva Agency$1209
Range of top quotes$512
Customer 23, OWEN SOUND, ON
2013, SUBARU, IMPREZA WRX 4DR AWD
The Co-operators$1763
Johnson Insurance$1914
Dominion of Canada$2097
Aviva Agency$2126
Chieftain Insurance$2220
Range of top quotes$457
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2000, CHEVROLET, CAVALIER Z24 2DR
The Co-operators$1911
Echelon Insurance$2897
Dominion of Canada$3698
Chieftain Insurance$3864
CAA Insurance$5191
Range of top quotes$3280
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2018, MAZDA, MAZDA3 GS SKY 4DR
The Co-operators$1172
Dominion of Canada$1441
Wawanesa$1800
Pafco$2122
Allstate$2213
Range of top quotes$1041
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2014, NISSAN, ROGUE S 4DR AWD
Johnson Insurance$1392
Desjardins Insurance$1403
Aviva Agency$1585
SGI$1703
COSECO$1844
Range of top quotes$452
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2013, FORD, ESCAPE SE 4DR 4WD
Desjardins Insurance$1829
COSECO$1880
Zenith Insurance $1971
The Co-operators$2577
Dominion of Canada$3007
Range of top quotes$1178
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2015, VOLKSWAGEN, GTI 2.0 TSI 2DR HATCHBACK
Millennium Insurance $1282
Pembridge$1373
Allstate$1825
Intact Insurance$2059
COSECO$2104
Range of top quotes$822
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2013, SUBARU, IMPREZA 2.0i 4DR AWD
Millennium Insurance $1295
Allstate$1798
Pembridge$2111
COSECO$2251
Intact Insurance$3149
Range of top quotes$1854
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2013, FORD, ESCAPE TITANIUM 4DR 4WD
Desjardins Insurance$1768
COSECO$1861
Zenith Insurance $1957
The Co-operators$2523
Chieftain Insurance$2916
Range of top quotes$1148
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2016, SUBARU, IMPREZA 2.0i 5DR AWD
SSQ auto$1035
The Co-operators$1150
Aviva Agency$1352
COSECO$1681
Range of top quotes$646

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