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Car insurance in Hamiliton
Hamilton, which now has a population exceeding 520,000 people, sits on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and connects the major metropolitan centres of Toronto and Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York. The average age of Hamilton drivers shopping for car insurance at Kanetix.ca is 37 and male drivers (66%) outnumber females (34%) by a large margin.
Why is it important to compare rates?
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) reviews and approves the latest rate changes on a quarterly basis. Because the rates change often, it is important to shop around to ensure you're getting the best rate possible. You may have gotten the best rate last year from one company, but that doesn't necessarily mean that same company will give you the best rate this year. Keep track of your auto insurance rates with the Kanetix.ca Car Insurance Rate Tracker.
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Hamilton car insurance policy 101
Like everywhere else in Ontario, a Hamilton car insurance policy has mandatory coverage and optional coverage that can be purchased according to your needs.
The following are some of the mandatory coverages that your Hamilton car insurance policy will include:
- Accident Benefits:: Accident Benefits covers the people in a vehicle in the event of injury. Coverage can include medical and rehabilitation costs, funeral expenses, death benefits, as well as income replacement. As of June, 2016 there are some changes to your Accident Benefits. Learn more about the changes.
- Third Party Liability: Third Party Liability coverage pays for a legal claim against the policyholder in the event that they are responsible (whether wholly or partially) for a collision that causes injury or damage to a third party. The minimum limit requirement is $200,000 although most drivers go with at least $1 million.
- Direct Compensation - Property Damage: Commonly referred to as DCPD, this provides coverage for damage to your car and any property inside the car as a result of an automobile accident in which you are not-at-fault.
- Uninsured Motorist Coverage: This component of the standard Ontario auto insurance policy provides coverage for you and your family if you are in an accident and injured or killed by hit-and-run driver or by a driver who is not insured.
There are optional coverages as well, that can be added to your Hamilton car insurance policy to ensure you're protected in the way you expect to be covered. Two of the most common coverages are:
- Collision: This covers damage to your vehicle as a result of an impact or collision with another vehicle or object.
- Comprehensive: This insures your car against damage caused by events like theft and vandalism.
Both of these optional coverages typically come with a deductible. A deductible is the portion of an insurance claim you agree to pay. Your deductibles will factor into how your auto insurance rates are calculated. The higher the deductible the lower your rates.
What goes into your Hamilton car insurance rate?
Experienced drivers know when they have to shop for new car insurance or renew existing policies, insurance providers will examine a list of different criteria before issuing the insurance rate. The following are the most common factors considered:
- Where you live: In determining the cost of auto insurance for drivers in the city, expect insurance brokers and agents to pay close attention to statistics and other historical data to get a clear picture of what roads, intersections and neighborhoods pose the greatest risk of accidents and collisions. Where you reside in Hamilton will have an impact on the cost of your insurance.
- Your commute: Insurance providers will likely provide customers who work close to home with a better rate than those with a lengthy commute. Customers who choose to use public transportation to get to work may also enjoy a cost benefit while those driving greater distances should expect to pay more in insurance premiums.
- The car you drive: The vehicle you own or lease will impact the cost of insurance you pay, as you know. While purchasing or shopping for new or used automobiles, drivers often discover that car insurance companies have access to a great deal of information about all the different car models that they consult before setting rates. The likelihood of the vehicle being stolen, safety rankings, cost of repair and replacement parts are important considerations.
- Your driving record: Driving history will also have a strong bearing on auto insurance rates. Insurance companies have always considered a person`s past driving behaviour as good predictor of future behaviour. Therefore, a track record of previous accidents, tickets or infractions will be collected and reviewed. However, good driving behaviour and safe handling of your vehicle counts too, so look for that to be reflected on the insurance rate you receive.
More than half (54%) of drivers in Hamilton indicate they have had at least one car accident. Slightly less (49%) report they have had just one ticket. Looking at differences by gender, more male drivers (52%) report having one ticket than female (43%).
More ways to save on car insurance
Kanetix.ca customers throughout the province know there is now a discount being offered by car insurance companies in Ontario to any driver who buys and installs four winter tires in November and keeps them on until April. The Ontario government made this effective on January 1, 2016 and since that time, many drivers have saved up to 5 per cent on auto insurance rates by choosing to install snow tires.
There may be other savings and discounts available for insurance customers. When shopping for a new insurance firm or comparing quotes, just ask if discounts are available for taking driver training courses, for belonging to certain groups or getting additional security features or alarms for your car or home.
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