This Year's Black Friday Cross-Border Shopping Must-Have Purchase
Are holiday sales across the border calling out to you, despite the lagging loonie? If a cross-border shopping trip over this year's Black Friday weekend is in the plans there's one item you absolutely must buy before you take on the crowds: travel insurance. Here's why.
Tips for Winter Driving With flurries in the forecast, it's time to take the prospect of winter driving seriously. Winter can be one of the most difficult and unpredictable driving seasons, but if you stay alert, slow down, and stay in control, you'll be sure to get where you need to go, safely.
Winter Car Safety Kit Checklist Slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility and the cold: these are all conditions that can make winter driving difficult. They are also the conditions that can make getting stuck in the snow or a car breakdown treacherous if unprepared. But, with an emergency kit for your car, you could find yourself back on the road quicker if you run into problems.
Save Five to 10 per Cent on Your Car Insurance Right Away Auto insurance is one of those costs of owning a car that everyone wants to save money on; spending less on fuel is another. Yet, while there's often little you can do about the price of fuel, the price of auto insurance can often be mitigated by shopping around. Another way to lower your premium however, is by raising the deductibles you've chosen which could save you in the neighbourhood of five to 10 per cent off your auto insurance premiums.
The Cost of Car Insurance in Quebec's Largest Cities Like any big city, there are three realities Montreal drivers must face on a regular basis: traffic, road repairs and construction, and the high cost of auto insurance. On this latter point, drivers in Montreal pay the highest premiums in the province.
Oh, Deer! What Happens If You Hit Wildlife While Driving?
Would you know what to do if you hit a deer, moose or other wild animal-big or small? Road kill is a grizzly, but common sight especially at this time of year. So if you hit a deer, do you know whether or not you would be covered for this type of collision?
The Most and Least Reliable Cars on the Road Not sure which dealership to head to first when looking to buy a new car? With so many car brands to choose from it can be difficult to decide. However, a recent ranking of the most and least reliable car brands by Consumer Reports might help.
Halloween Safety: 8 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe It might be one your favourite times of the year, but Halloween can be downright scary for your pets. The holiday is full of Halloween hazards for your dog or cat, but there are some simple ways you can keep them safe.
13 Halloween Safety Tips at Home and in the Car As much as children love to go trick-or-treating and the resulting stash of candy, Halloween can be ghoulish if precautions by homeowners and drivers aren't taken. We here at Kanetix.ca have scared up 13 Halloween safety tips for around the home and in the car to help banish the ghouls to the netherworld.
Ontario's 10 Most Expensive Cities for Car Insurance We round up the top 10 most expensive cities for car insurance in Ontario based on estimates from Kanetix's InsuraMap. Most can be found in the GTA, but the top most expensive city might not be where you think. If you're wondering about the cheapest, we've got that too.
Toronto's Most Expensive (and Cheapest) Areas for Car Insurance If you live in the north end of the city, whether it's the east end or west end, chances are you're paying more for your insurance then those living in the city's centre and midtown. Rates vary greatly across Toronto depending on where you live. Find out how your area compares.
A Cornucopia of Tips to Help You Save Money From the credit card in your wallet to the travel insurance you'll need on your next trip to the home and auto insurance policies you have, Kanetix.ca will help you harvest the savings this Thanksgiving season.
Celebrate Seniors Day by Saving Money on Car Insurance What are you doing for Seniors Day, this October 1? Kanetix.ca would like to invite you, or the drivers in your life who are over 65, to compare car insurance rates online for an opportunity to save money. Car insurance can account for a big chunk of your regular expenses, and if left unchecked, it's easy to overpay for it. See why, this Seniors Day, you should compare to save.
Seasons Change and So Does Your Car Insurance A change in season is the ideal reminder to take a few quick minutes to see if you're still getting the best car insurance rate out there. And, now that autumn is upon us, it's time to see if you could rake up some extra money by saving on your car insurance.
Tips on Buying a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Have you had it with the mostly ups, and the occasional downs of gas prices? Is a fuel-efficient car in your future? If so, this handy guide on how to choose a fuel-efficient vehicle will aid you in buying a car that will help you save at the pump.
Gas Prices Driving You to Walk? Fuel Savings Tips Gas prices have increased, Canada-wide, and it is unknown when they'll come back down. Increasingly pinched at the pump, Canadians more than ever, are looking for ways to save on two of their least favourite car costs: gas and car insurance.
In Search of the Cheapest Flights Everyone needs a vacation to look forward to, and now that summer is basically over and everyone is getting back into the grind, it's time to start thinking about your next holiday...and making sure you're not overpaying for your flight to get there.
Buying a Car? Eight Ways to Ensure You're Happy with Your Purchase
There is no better feeling than getting behind the wheel of a car that you love; a car that you enjoy spending time in. That's why, when it's time to buy a new car (or at least one that's new to you), it's important to do a little research. It will be time well spent, because the research you do today can go a long way in ensuring you'll enjoy your new vehicle for years to come.
12 Long Weekend Driving Tips As we prepare to close the book on another summer, scores of Canadians will be looking to write one last chapter and will be taking to the road to make the most out of the last long weekend of the season. We've listed 12 long weekend driving tips to help you get to where you want to go safely, and free of tickets and collisions.
Three Reasons Why Students Need Tenant Insurance With a new school year fast approaching, many students will be leaving home and moving into on-campus housing or their first apartment. There's a lot to pack-books, laptops, clothes, furniture, and entertainment systems to name just a few of the essentials. But, what about property insurance? See why students need tenant insurance.
Most Popular Hot Spots for Snowbirds The sun has set on summer and if you are retired (or of retirement age) and like to travel, you may be setting your sights on where you can go to escape winter's wrath. According to a recent Kanetix.ca survey, these warm weather destinations are tops with Canadian snowbirds.
Amped up for Battery Electric Vehicles: 10 Cars That Will Spark Your Interest Battery electric vehicles (BEVs), especially the Tesla Model S, are sparking the interest of Canadian drivers. More than one in three drivers (36 per cent) who requested auto insurance quotes at Kanetix.ca for a BEV got quotes for the Tesla Model S, followed by the Nissan Leaf (17 per cent). See how the rest ranked.
Canada Is a Nation of Honda Drivers When you take to the road, is your vehicle of choice a Honda or a Toyota? Chances are it is, as these two car brands consistently come out on top of the 10 most popular car manufacturers quoted for auto insurance online through Kanetix.ca.
Bank of Canada Raises Interest Rate to 0.75 Per Cent For the first time in seven years, the Bank of Canada has raised its target for the overnight rate to 0.75 per cent from 0.50 per cent. The last time the Bank of Canada increased the rate was back in 2010 and for the last two years, the overnight rate has been sitting at 0.50 per cent.
How to Test Drive a Car Taking a car out for a test drive is an integral part of the car buying process. Yet, it's been estimated that about 16 per cent of car buyers skip the test drive, and 33 per cent test drive just one vehicle.
Infographic: Great Canadian Road Trip Tips and Road Trip Essentials With school out for the summer, it's time to plan your family road trip! No matter where you go in Canada, there are many great stops that just shouldn't be missed. We've picked a few road trip ideas for you but, let's be honest, for every one featured in the Great Canadian Road Trip Stops and Tips infographic, there are another 100 that deserve their time in the spotlight too.
Common Myths About Car Insurance Insurance can be confusing, and these common misconceptions about auto insurance coverage in Canada often lead drivers astray. From the colour of your car to parking tickets to deductibles see what's fact and what's fiction.
Home Insurance Myths Busted Home insurance can be confusing. The following are some of the most common misconceptions about home insurance in Canada to help you weed through what's fact and what's fiction.
The Worst Roads in Ontario CAA's annual list of the worst roads in Ontario is out. Do you regularly travel on a road that made the list?
Falling Ill While Visiting Canada: Why Tourists Need Travel Insurance With over half of all tourists to Canada coming to visit in the summer months, Canadians are getting ready to open their doors to friends and family. If you are expecting visitors this year, be a good host and suggest that your guests get Visitors to Canada health insurance.
Filming Your Ride: Does a Dash Cam Help with Your Auto Insurance? Whether it's a cyclist cutting across Canada's busiest highway, a collision, or an attempted insurance scam, vehicles equipped with a dash cam have recorded some unbelievable footage out on the road. But does having a dash cam affect your auto insurance at all?
Will Work for Belly Rubs
Could you use a little less stress in your day? Need a little boost in office productivity? Then maybe the answer lies in your favourite four-legged best friend. With almost half of all Canadian households owning a pet, it's not such a crazy idea that people would enjoy pets in the office too.
Hobbies That Make Your Life Insurer Squeamish
There are people who like living on the edge. They have nerves of steel and boundless energy and are as nimble as a cat. Understandably, many people cast a wary eye on these risk-takers; after all why would anyone want to jump out of perfectly good airplane or race down a quarter mile track at speeds that defy logic? Not surprisingly, your life insurer may be asking these questions as well.
Could Fido Void Your Home Insurance? In April, Quebec tabled legislation to ban certain dogs in the province. Once the Quebec legislation comes into force, Quebec and Ontario will be the only two provinces in Canada with a province-wide ban on certain breeds of dogs. Could the type of dog you own affect your home insurance coverage?
Distracted Driving Laws in Canada Canada continues to crack down on distracted driving. All provinces and territories (aside from Nunavut) have some form of distracted driving-related legislation in place. And while the laws and penalties vary by province, the intent behind the legislation is the same: to encourage drivers to remain fully focused on the road while driving.
What Happens When a Cyclist Gets a Traffic Ticket? June is Bike Month in Ontario, and as more people put down their car keys this spring and take to their bicycles, some cyclists may be surprised to learn that they can be ticketed for traffic offences, just like drivers, and face the same fines.
You Got a Traffic Ticket for What? Everyone knows all the main traffic violations that could affect your auto insurance premiums, like failing to signal, running a stop sign, speeding, or making an improper turn. But, there are plenty of lesser-known instances where a driver may not realize that what they are doing may run afoul of the rules of the road.
Five Bad Driving Habits That Could Cost You How we choose to behave while driving could have serious consequences, perhaps a ticket or worse, an accident. Avoid the following five bad driving habits and not only will you be a safer driver, but you'll also help keep your insurance premiums in check.
The Reality of the Millennial Homeownership Dream If you're a millennial in Canada, or the parent of one, a recent HSBC survey suggests that the dream of homeownership isn't dead, it just requires some help-and work-to bring the dream of buying a home to life.
#KanetixLovesTrees: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Save on Car Insurance With Earth Day just around the corner, Kanetix.ca has pledged to help drivers reduce their carbon footprint. Every time you compare car insurance quotes and call us to secure your rate a donation will be made to Tree Canada, a not-for-profit charitable organization. The donation for each call will equal the money needed to plant and maintain a tree.
Top 10 Selling Sports Cars in Canada As the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with more than 8 million people giving it the thumbs up, the Ford Mustang also happens to be Canada's best-selling sports car. On the roads since 1964, the Ford Mustang holds a special place in the heart and mind of many drivers; it's an iconic muscle car. See which other sports cars top the list.
Spring Is in the Air and Your Car Needs Some Care
Now that winter has finally released its grip, it's time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road ahead. We've pulled together some spring car maintenance tips to ensure your ride is ready for the upcoming driving season.
Top 15 Countries Visiting Canada It will likely come as no surprise, that of all the people coming to visit Canada, residents of the United States are the most represented; but, what other countries may have Canada on their radar as a vacation destination this summer?
The Top 10 Countries Canadians Visit Most Canadians are some of the most well-travelled people in the world. Even so, there are tried and true destinations that Canadians continue to visit. If you're planning a holiday and need inspiration, see what countries are favoured by Canadians year after year as a go-to destination.
Top 10 Selling SUVs in Canada
If you're in the market to buy a SUV or crossover, there's more to consider than just the sticker price; there's auto insurance (of course) and gas too. See which SUVs are Canada's best-selling, and how much you can expect to spend a year in gas.
Ring in Spring: Travel Tips for March Break Every year, thousands of Canadians weary of winter set their sights on the upcoming March Break holiday. Last year, Toronto's Pearson Airport estimated they'd see 115,000 travellers on the Thursday prior to March Break and 120,000 on the Friday; well over what they see on a typical day. You can expect all airports across the country to be busier than normal. Are you ready for the crowds? How about going through security clearance?
Which Cars Hold Their Value the Best? Planning on buying a new car? Chances are you've heard that as soon as you drive off the dealer's lot, your brand new vehicle depreciates somewhere around 20 to 30 per cent. What you've heard is partially true; this is how much the average vehicle depreciates in the first year. Even so, vehicles depreciate at different rates. See makes vehicles hold their value the best.
The Cost of Mortgage Loan Insurance in Canada Buying a house can be costly, and for the majority of us, the only way to make that dream a reality is to get a mortgage. Yet, with housing prices being what they are, many Canadians find it difficult to save up the needed 20 per cent down payment to avoid paying for mortgage loan insurance.
Does Car Colour Affect Your Auto Insurance Rate? When you bought your car, did the colour of it matter to you? Did you pick the colour because you believed it would affect how much you pay for auto insurance? Learn how car colour affects your auto insurance premium, if at all.
Best-Selling Minivans in Canada If you drive a minivan, chances are it's the Dodge Grand Caravan. See what other best-selling minivans made it to the top of the list.
First Time Home Buyer, Eight First Time Home Expenses
You did it! You survived the years of saving for a down payment, the open houses, the paperwork, the outrageous bidding wars and the stress of it all, to finally buy a new home. As a first time homeowner, the next year will be exciting, but it will also likely be expensive.
CMHC to Increase Mortgage Insurance Premiums
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is increasing its mortgage loan insurance premiums. The new mortgage loan insurance premium increase will come into effect on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, 2017. Will you be affected?
Top 10 Trucks in Canada
In 2016, the pickup trucks Canadians most often bought were mostly built Ford Tough. The Ford F-Series pickup truck is not only the best-selling truck in Canada, but it's the best-selling vehicle, period. In 2016, it was the only vehicle in Canada to break the 100,000 sold achievement. See all the pickups that cracked the top 10 best-sellers list in Canada, plus how much they'll cost in gas each year.
Top 10 Cars in Canada
2016 was yet another good year for the Honda Civic; for the 19th year in a row, the Civic has come out on top as Canada's best-selling car. Since 1997, the Civic has been, hands down, Canada's favourite car. See what other cars are favoured by Canadians.
Drive into Auto Show Season
Although the Detroit auto show is arguably one of the best known auto shows in North America, 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. See where and when the shows will be near a town near you.
Top 10 Life Insurance Myths
True or false? Fact or fiction? Understanding term life insurance and its benefits means sifting through the myths surrounding it first. So we've taken a look at the most common misconceptions about term life insurance to set the record straight, and help you make the right choice for you and your family.
How Ready Are Canadians for Driverless Cars? It may sound like the stuff from a science fiction novel, but self-driving cars may well soon be a reality. In fact, many of today's new cars already have features that came about as a result of the drive to develop autonomous vehicles. As the reality of driverless cars on our roads accelerates, Kanetix.ca has released new survey findings of Canadians' attitudes on the (not so) futuristic vehicles.
Make 2017 the Year You Pay Less for Your Car Insurance It's that time of year again, to forget the mistakes of the past and look forward to a new year of opportunity. And, when it comes to your car insurance rates, there's a lot of opportunity to save. Kanetix.ca customers save on average up to $750 off their car insurance premiums. Could you save too?
Quitting Smoking and Life Insurance
The hullabaloo of the holidays has finally settled and many Canadians are now focusing on their New Year's resolutions. For those of you who resolve to quit smoking, there's good news. Not only will you save money on the cigarettes you no longer buy, but you'll also enjoy savings on your life insurance premiums. See how much.
Travel Tips to Travel More
New Year's resolutions are usually blah and not terribly imaginative. Save money. Lose weight. Eat better. Hit the gym. Be nicer to people (*sigh*). All are noble endeavours to be sure, but if you're looking to add travel to your repertoire, the Kanetix.ca list of travel resolutions will help you get where you want to go faster and enjoy it more while you're there.
Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada This year's list of the most stolen cars in Canada is out. The list, published annually by the IBC, reveals the most stolen cars in Canada. Is your car a favourite target of thieves?
A 15 Per Cent "Brake" on Your Auto Insurance Thanks to technology, today's cars are safer than ever before and the list of safety features now available is extensive, but, one safety feature in particular has caught the attention of Aviva Canada: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). Aviva now offers a 15 per cent auto insurance discount for drivers of vehicles that have AEB.
Fire Safety Tips to Protect Your Home Winter is the worst season for fires in Canada and National Home Fire Safety Week starts Nov. 24th. Protecting yourself and your home from fire hazards means testing smoke alarms, reviewing a fire escape plan with the family, and keeping a fire extinguisher handy. But it doesn't end there. Follow these fire safety tips around the home so you can roast your chestnuts without a hitch as we head into the holiday season.
Top 10 Home-Based Businesses That Need Insurance If you run a business out of your home, or are thinking about it, there's more to ensuring your success than a solid idea, a business plan, and hard work. There's also protecting your livelihood with a home-based business insurance policy. Because, while entrepreneurs are accustomed to taking risks, running a home-based business without a safety net is one risk not worth taking as it could be financially devastating if the worst should happen.
Not Wearing Your Seatbelt Can Increase Your Car Insurance by How Much? OPP kick off annual fall seatbelt compliance campaign. Do you buckle up? It's estimated that 95 per cent of us do, but, police across Canada still consider not wearing a seatbelt one of the "Big Four Killers" along with aggressive driving, driving while impaired, and distracted driving. How can it still be considered one of the Big Four if 95 per cent of us buckle up? Because, in collisions where there's a fatality, about one-third were not strapped in.
Insurance Tips for Home-Based Startups When you're starting out with your home-based business, chances are you've got a lot on the go. But, while you're busy growing your business, you also need to protect it because your business's success can be affected by events often outside of your control. Take control, as much as you can, with these insurance tips for home-based businesses.
Your Home Insurance Doesn't Cover Your Home-Based Business If your work address is also your home address, you might think your home-based business is automatically insured under the liability and contents coverage of a home insurance policy. It's not. In fact, if your home insurance provider is unaware that you run a home-based business you may be jeopardizing your home insurance coverage too.
Having a Baby Means It's Time for Life Insurance Becoming a parent is one of those life-changing occasions that compels many people to buy life insurance, because, underneath the joy and excitement of bringing your newborn home for the first time is also concern for the future, especially when it comes to finances.
Infographic: Celebrity Insurance - Insuring Body Parts
It's TIFF time and there's a whole lot of celebrities coming to Toronto for the festivities, including (hopefully) Canada's own Rachel McAdams. If you've ever watched the movie Mean Girls, there's a classic line in it about Rachel McAdams' character Regina George, "I hear her hair's insured for $10,000." As rumours about insuring body parts go, this one is pretty tame compared to the insurance policies some celebrities are said to have taken out on their assets.
Top 10 Myths of Running a Home-Based Business Starting a business and working out of your home can be rewarding. But, not everyone gets what you do. In fact, running a home-based business is riddled with myths and misconceptions.
Moving? Where You Live Affects How Much You Pay in Insurance Chances are when you are looking to move, whether it is because you're planning on buying a new home or moving to a new apartment, the last thing you think about is how it will affect your car insurance premiums. And, who can blame you? But the fact is that when you move, your auto insurance premiums will likely change; for the lucky, it might mean paying less for car insurance, for others, it might mean paying more.
Tickets Fall in Autumn: Drivers Get Fewer Tickets During the Fall Compared to the rest of the seasons, drivers appear to be on their best behaviour after the dog days of summer are over. Drivers say they get fewer traffic tickets during the fall months-October, November, and December-than any other time of the year. See which seasons are best, and worst, for getting tickets.
10 Times When Your Home Insurance May Not Pay Out You may think that your property insurance will cover anything and everything that happens in your home, but, this isn't entirely true. Here are some reasons why your insurance provider may not completely pay out your claim, or worse may reject your claim or cancel your coverage all together...
Top 15 States Visiting Canada Every year, more than 12 million Americans cross the border into Canada and spend billions while on vacation. If you've met a friendly American at your neighbourhood restaurant, chances are they're from one of these states.
New Survey Shows 98% of Canadians Are Polite Drivers... Or So They Think Canadians are rumoured to be extremely polite. We hold doors open for each other, we always say thank you, and we never have road rage... or at least that's what we seem to think. A recent Kanetix.ca survey found that most Canadians think highly of their driving etiquette, but further survey results show they may be overstating their own level of politeness.
How to Handle the Moments After a Car Accident The moments after a car accident can be challenging, even if it was a minor collision and no one was injured. What should you do? Who should you call? How will damages be resolved? Follow these tips to ensure the process goes smoothly.
The Most Environmentally Friendly Canadian Cars
The Canadian Green Car Awards recognize vehicles with the greatest potential to minimize the overall impact of automobiles on the environment. Six have been identified as the greenest on the roads. See which cars won.
The Sharing Economy Grows with Turo's Entrance into Canada Owning a car is expensive. There's the initial cost of the purchase, upkeep, maintenance, gas, auto insurance, and parking to name just a few car-related expenses. But now that Turo is available in Canada, car owners in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec may be able to offset those costs by renting their cars out to drivers who are in need of a vehicle.
Common Myths About Car Insurance Insurance can be confusing, and these common misconceptions about auto insurance coverage in Canada often lead drivers astray. From the colour of your car to parking tickets to deductibles see what's fact and what's fiction.
How To Ground The Soaring Costs Of Snowbird Travel Insurance Snowbirds heading south this winter will likely feel a chill when it comes time to pay for their snowbird travel insurance coverage as rates have risen this year. See why rates have gone up and how you can spend less on the coverage you need.
This Year's Black Friday Cross-Border Shopping Must-Have Purchase Are holiday sales across the border calling out to you, despite the lagging loonie? If a cross-border shopping trip over this year's Black Friday weekend is in the plans there's one item you absolutely must buy before you take on the crowds: travel insurance. Here's why.
Oh, Deer! What Happens If You Hit Wildlife While Driving? Would you know what to do if you hit a deer, moose or other wild animal-big or small? Road kill is a grizzly, but common sight especially at this time of year. So if you hit a deer, do you know whether or not you would be covered for this type of collision?
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