Although the Detroit auto show is arguably one of the best known auto shows in North America (it's running from January 14th to 22nd this year), you don't have to take a trip to the Motor City when there are many great auto shows to be found here in Canada. Whether you live in Vancouver or Quebec City (or anywhere in between), Canadian drivers don't have to go far to see what'll be coming off the assembly line next.
- Like cars, car insurance rates also often change and the company who provided you the best rate five years ago, two years ago or even last year, may no longer offer you the best deal now. Compare car insurance quotes today for a better price.
The 2017 Canadian auto show season schedule is out, and all the driving and automotive enthusiasts are getting ready to check out the next best set of wheels on the road. This year's auto shows include:
Montréal International Auto ShowRunning January 20th to the 29th in Montréal, Québec at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Learn more about the Montréal Auto Show.
2017 Canadian International AutoShow (also commonly called the Toronto Auto Show)Running February 17th to the 26th in Toronto, Ontario at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Learn more about the Toronto Auto Show.
Quebec City International Auto ShowRunning March 7th to the 12th in Québec City at the Centre de foires. Learn more about the Quebec City International Auto Show.
Calgary International Auto and Truck ShowRunning March 15th to the 19th in Calgary, Alberta at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Learn more about the Calgary Auto Show.
Vancouver International Auto ShowRunning March 28th to April 2nd in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Learn more about the Vancouver Auto Show.
Edmonton MotorshowRunning April 20th to the 23rd in Edmonton, Alberta at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Learn more about the Edmonton Auto Show.
Bitten by the Car Bug After Visiting an Auto Show?
If after visiting an auto show you get the bug to buy a new car, don't forget to factor in the cost of auto insurance into your buying decision. After all, buying a car for most people is a long-term commitment and knowing you can affordably insure it year-after-year is important.
When No Other Car Will Do!
All right, maybe you have your heart set on a particular car, and the fact is you simply don't care how much that car costs to insure compared to another—because you have to have it. Consider the following tips to keep your auto insurance premiums low after you've bought your new car:
- Make sure all your cars are on the same policy
Most insurance companies offer a "Multi-vehicle discount" for customers who insure more than one car on the same policy. This can bring you a savings of up to 10 or 20 per cent.
- Insure both your car and home with the same company
Again, this may qualify you for a discount called the "Multi-line discount". Most companies offer this savings as an incentive to get your home insurance business too and can save you anywhere from five to 15 per cent.
- Ask about other discounts you might be able to get
Discounts are a great way to save money on your auto insurance. Ask your insurer for their list of discounts because you never know how the details about your life could save you money. Have a smarty pants in the family? There's the Good Student Discount that may be available. Is your child away at college or university? If they only drive the car when home visiting, some insurers offer a Student Away At School Discount. Park in a private garage at night? Some insurers offer a Preferred Parking discount if where you park means your vehicle is less likely to be stolen or vandalized.
- Increase your deductibles
The higher your deductibles, the lower your auto insurance premium so raise them as much as you can. Keep it affordable though, because this is how much you'll have to cover if you need to submit a claim. How much can be saved? Well, switching from a $500 deductible to a $1000 deductible can typically save you between five and 10 per cent.
- Drive carefully
Drivers with no accidents, tickets or insurance claims almost always pay less for their auto insurance coverage. With a less than perfect driving record, you can find yourself paying much higher insurance premiums over the years.
- Pay your premium all at once, rather than in monthly installments
Many companies charge a little extra to cover the cost of administering payments every month, so if you can afford to pay your premium annually, rather than monthly, at the end of the day you'll pay less for your coverage.
- Shop around
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This article is updated annually to reflect the current year's auto show dates