Although the Detroit auto show is arguably one of the best known auto shows in North America (it's running from January 11th to 24th this year), you don't have to take a trip to the Motor City when there are many great auto shows to be found in Canada. From the Vancouver auto show, the Toronto auto show and to the Montreal auto show, Canadian drivers don't have to go far to see what'll be coming off the assembly line next.
The 2016 Canadian auto show season schedule is out, and with it, 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 ShowHeld January 15th to the 24th in Montréal, Québec at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Learn more about the Montréal Auto Show.
2016 Canadian International AutoShow (also commonly called the Toronto Auto Show)Held February 12th to the 21st in Toronto, Ontario at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Learn more about the Toronto Auto Show.
Salon International De L'Auto De QuébecHeld March 1st to the 6th in Québec City at the Centre de foires de Québec. Learn more about the Salon de l'Auto de Québec.
Calgary International Auto and Truck ShowHeld March 9th to the 13th in Calgary, Alberta at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Learn more about the Calgary Auto Show.
Vancouver International Auto ShowHeld March 23rd to the 27th in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Learn more about the Vancouver Auto Show.
Edmonton MotorshowHeld April 7th to the 10th 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 as low as can be 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.
- 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
Additional common discounts include the age, low mileage, occupational and auto club discounts all of which could save you money, if you qualify.
- 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.
- Don't believe the myths about auto insurance premiums.
Auto insurance premiums across insurers are not the same. In fact, each insurer's car insurance rates are so unique to them that it's safe to say that no two are alike.
- Shop around
Get car insurance quotes. Kanetix.ca shops the market for you. No one else covers as much of the market as we do, and we make it quicker and easier for you to get quotes and your coverage from the top providers all in one place. Compare car insurance quotes today for a better price.
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