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. May is Car Care Month, and Kanetix.ca has pulled together some spring car maintenance tips to ensure your ride is ready for the driving season ahead.
Ontario Car Insurance Is Changing. What You Need to Know
Every now and again, the provincial government makes changes to the auto insurance system. Back in January, for example, all Ontario car insurance companies had to offer a winter tire discount to drivers who change their tires seasonally. There are more changes coming that come into effect on June 1, 2016.
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 some inspiration, see what countries are favoured by Canadians year after year as a go-to destination.
Top 15 Tips To Cheaper Auto Insurance The more you know about how insurance works, the more you'll be able to save off your premiums. Follow these simple tips and you'll know how to unlock the ways to maximize your car insurance savings.
Top Tips for Canadian Motorcycle Riders
It's that time of year again when Canadian motorcyclists are itching to hit the open road. Whether you're an experienced rider or just starting out, make sure you're ready to roll this summer-safely and smartly.
Infographic: Great Canadian Road Trip Tips and Road Trip Essentials Where will your wheels takes you? No matter where you go in Canada, there are many great stops that just shouldn't be missed while on a road trip. 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.
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 spring has sprung it's time to see if you could spring into some savings on your car insurance too.
What Impacts Your Home Insurance [Infographic] From the roof to the basement to the garage, there are many things that go into your home insurance rate. But what specifically affects your home insurance rate? As you make your house your home, we've identified 21 things that may influence the rate you pay for your home insurance coverage, and illustrated a few of them in this Kanetix.ca infographic.
Home Insurance Savings Guide: 21 Things That Impact Your Rate Your home is probably your biggest investment and the best protection for that investment is home insurance. But what specifically affects your home insurance rate? As you make your house your home, we break down some of the things that may influence the rate you pay for your home insurance coverage.
Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time Home and Auto Safety Checklist Don't forget to spring forward March 13, 2016. The weekend most Canadians spring forward one hour is also the ideal time to tackle seasonal safety projects. A lot of the routine maintenance on your home and car should be done twice a year, so what better time to start checking items off your "to-do" list?
Ring in Spring: Travel Tips for March Break Every year, around this time, thousands upon thousands of Canadians set their sights on the upcoming March break holiday. In fact, last year-two days prior to the official kick off of March break-Toronto's Pearson Airport expected to see over 226,000 travellers pass through the airport. A typical day at Pearson sees around 100,000 travellers. Are you ready for the crowds?
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.
Tips to Save Once You Decide Tie the Knot
Life's big moments come with big changes. When you get married, you enter a whole new world of personal finance opportunities. From honeymoons to home insurance, get the most financially from your new life together and say, "I do" to savings.
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.
Top 10 Trucks in Canada
In 2015, 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 2015, 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
In 2015, the top 10 most popular cars Canadians bought all had a starting sticker price of under $25,000. This tells us that Canadians are cost-conscious when it comes to their vehicles, so we've included the estimated annual gas money you'll need to keep the car moving. See which cars top the best-selling list and which cars cost most to run.
The First Stop on the Road to Going Driverless: The Driver-Assisted Vehicle
We may be years or even decades away from fully driverless cars, but in the meantime, we are in the age of semi-autonomous, driver-assisted vehicles - cars equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that enhance vehicles for safety and better driving. Take a look at our guide to the different levels of automated cars and ADAS options available to you.
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.
Tips to Avoid Collisions with Pedestrians and Cyclists Limited daylight, snow and ice, mixed together with some dirty road slush makes for an interesting commute whether you're driving, cycling or walking. We know most road users are cautious in messy weather, but here are some tips for taking extra caution on the road to avoid a collision.
Mortgage Life Insurance and Term Life Insurance: Q & A Buying a home will likely be the largest purchase you make in your lifetime, which is why protecting it should be a key part of your overall financial plan. For this protection, chances are someone has suggested you buy insurance-whether it's mortgage life insurance, term life insurance, or both. See what these different types of life insurance have to offer.
Is Mortgage Life Insurance or Term Life Insurance the Best Choice for You? Whether you're buying a home for the first time, or refinancing an existing mortgage, someone has probably suggested you purchase mortgage life insurance. But don't rush into buying a policy until you've looked at all the possibilities. You could end up saving money by purchasing a term life insurance policy instead.
Tips for Winter Driving 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.
The Quick Guide to Buying Life Insurance: What to Expect... Whether you're a newlywed, single mom, retiree or even a small-business owner, you may have people who financially depend on you. Life insurance provides your beneficiaries with money after your death. But what exactly happens after you get your life insurance quote and decide it's time to buy?
Quitting Smoking and Life Insurance
The hullabaloo of the holidays has finally settled and many Canadians are now focusing on sticking to their New Year's resolutions. For those of you who resolved 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.
Talking Autonomous: How will Driverless Cars Affect Canadians?
Talk of autonomous cars has been going on for years now, with announcements of major companies like Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and most notably, Google releasing their own models. This month, Kia joins the race by unveiling it's vision and roadmap for a fully autonomous vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. In light of the CES unveiling, Kanetix.ca surveyed Canadians to find out how they really feel about driverless cars.
Make 2016 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?
10 Holiday Travel Tips Canadians love to travel over the holidays and if you're travelling to visit (or escape!) friends and family this year, then you'll want to consider the following travel tips first.
(Buying a ) Home for the Holidays?
House hunting isn't typically associated with the holiday season, but if you're in the market to buy a home there's no need to give up the hunt just because it's the off-season. In fact, there are those who would argue that house hunting in the off-season offers buyers unique opportunities that don't exist during the traditional home buying season.
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 in Canada. See where and when the shows will be near a town near you.
Buying A Home? You May Need To Save For A Bigger Down Payment In the new year, home buyers may have to save up a little more for a down payment. The minimum down payment required to qualify for mortgage loan insurance will increase from five per cent to 10 per cent for the portion of the house priced above $500,000. See what this really means in dollars and cents.
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, in Alberta, in Ontario, Quebec, and in Nova Scotia. Is your car a favourite of thieves?
Winter Tires In Quebec: It's The Law
The Quebec winter tire law requires Quebec drivers to equip their vehicles with winter tires by December 15th of each year and keep them on the car until March 15th. If you don't install four winter tires and get caught the fines are hefty, ranging from $200 to $300. Learn more about the Quebec winter tire law, who it affects and how to spot a winter tire.
The Value Of Deductibles, Discounts, And Other Ways To Save On Car Insurance Have you ever wondered what discounts are available on your auto insurance, or how choosing higher deductibles could save you money? Or even how much your daily commute adds to the cost of your insurance? You might be surprised how much you could save if you change your deductibles, ask about discounts, or minimize how much time you spend in your car.
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 cross-border shopping over this year's upcoming 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.
The Most And Least Reliable Cars On The Road Not sure which dealership to head to first when looking to buy a new car? A recent ranking of the most and least reliable cars by Consumer Reports might help. Based on a survey of their subscribers, Consumer Reports has identified the companies that make cars more likely to be trouble-free from day one and which ones produce vehicles more likely to give you a headache.
Ontario Drivers To Get Winter Tire Insurance Discount Starting January 1, 2016 all Ontario car insurance companies must give Ontario drivers who change their tires seasonally a discount. How much the discount will save drivers will vary, however, it could be as much as five per cent.
Twelve Common Myths About Car Insurance Insurance can be confusing, and these 12 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.
4 Car Myths, Rumours and Urban Legends: Are They True? There's a popular quote that says "A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on." This is true when it comes to four popular car myths, rumours and urban legends: from cellphones at gas stations to red cars costing more to insure, we help you decide what's fact and what's fiction.
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. Thirteen tips to help you make sure that Halloween doesn't end up being scary.
Halloween Safety: 8 Tips For Keeping 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.
Ten Business Insurance Tips
As a business owner, if you don't protect yourself with business insurance, who will?
Sometimes, your business's success can be affected by events outside of your control. It is for times like these, when-with business insurance-someone else will have your back, and you won't be alone.
When Does A Freelancer Need Business Insurance? Whether it's due to the competitive job market or the rise of entrepreneurial culture, many Canadians are turning to freelancing as an alternative to the conventional salaried job. See how insurance can help you protect the business your building.
Ontario Auto Insurance Rates Have Dropped
Auto insurance rates have dropped, with some companies decreasing their rates by as much as four per cent, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario reports. The office urges consumers to shop around.
12 Long Weekend Driving Tips As drivers take to the road this long weekend, make sure you don't end up remembering this long weekend for all the wrong reasons; namely getting a ticket, or worse being involved in a collision. Twelve long weekend driving tips to help you get to where you want to go safely, and free of tickets and collisions.
Celebrate Seniors Day With Savings Of $750 On Car Insurance
What are you doing for Seniors Day, this October 1? Kanetix.ca would like to invite you, or the over 65s in your life to compare car insurance rates. 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.
Car Insurance For Teens For families with teenagers learning to drive, here are some ways to make sure you are getting the auto insurance coverage you need for your teen at the right time and best price.
Uber and Intact Working on Rideshare Insurance In response to the rapidly growing and somewhat controversial rise of ridesharing programs, Uber and Intact Financial Corp have announced plans to develop a new insurance product that protects drivers who use their own personal vehicles for ridesharing programs.
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 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.
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. Minimize the chance of having buyer's remorse. Go on a test drive and get the most out of it with these easy test drive tips.
Three Reasons Why Students Need Tenants 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, not to mention "essentials" like laptops, tablets, and entertainment systems. But, what about property insurance? See why students need tenants insurance.
New Ontario Rules Of The Road To Come Into Effect
Distracted driving penalties, cyclist safety, and the safety of the drivers and occupants of roadside emergency vehicles among some of the new changes expected to come into effect in the coming months.
A Guide To Graduated Licensing In Ontario
New drivers in Ontario must work their way through Ontario's graduated licensing program. It typically begins with getting a G1 licence, followed by a G2, and finally the full G driver's licence. See what's involved, the conditions, and restrictions of getting and keeping your licence in Ontario.
Put Down Those Phones: Dangerous Driving Months Ahead
Many people assume winter is the most dangerous time of the year for driving, but year after year, summer proves to be the deadliest season. July and August not only have the most collisions, but the most fatalities too. Here's how you can avoid distractions and help make the roads safer this summer.
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 bad driving habits and be a safer driver.
Traffic Tickets, Fender-Benders And Your Insurance Ever wonder what a traffic ticket or fender-bender might do to your insurance rate? See how a ticket (or two), a not at-fault accident, and an at-fault collision would impact an otherwise clean driving record.
How The Toronto Flood Affected Home Insurance Coverage It's been two years since flooding in Toronto caused $850 million in insured damages. Combined with the damage from Alberta's floods, insurers have been forced to react. Now a handful of companies are offering something they've never offered before: overland flood insurance.
Auto Insurance Tips For First Time Buyers Getting your very own car for the first time can be exciting, and with new beginnings like these it is prudent to start off right. Let's take a look at some tips for getting and understanding your auto insurance when you are a first time car owner in Canada.
7,000 Reasons Why Visitors To Canada Need Travel Insurance With over 65 per cent of all tourists to Canada coming to visit in the spring and summer, Canadians are getting ready to open their doors to friends and family making their way to Canada for their vacation. If you're expecting to receive visitors this year, be a good host and suggest that your guests get Visitors to Canada health insurance. Why? It's all in the numbers; well,just one number actually. $7,000.
More Visitors To Canada Than Canadians? The population in Canada is approximately 35 million. Interestingly enough, the Canadian government estimates that 35 million tourists visit Canada annually. That's one visitor to Canada for every person in the country!
Cyber Safety Tips For Travellers If you're thinking of travelling or have something already booked, it's important you remember to travel cyber safe because it's not as hard as you may think for strangers to gain access to your devices and compromise your personal information. Learn how to travel cyber safe.
Will Work For Belly Rubs
Could you use a little less stress in your day? Need a boost in office productivity? Then maybe the answer lies in your favourite four-legged best friend. Learn more about pet-friendly offices.
First Time Home Buyer, 8 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: 8 expenses new home owners may not be expecting.
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.
Buying Your First Car, Or Your Tenth: 6 Resources Worth Checking Out Before You Buy
Whether you're buying your first car or already own a car and are looking for a new set of wheels, buying a car should not be an impulse buy. It's important to do your research because no one wants a car that consumes too much gas, has high car insurance rates, or is one of the worst rated cars in Canada. We've rounded up six resources worth checking out before you buy.
First Time Home Buyers Guide: Getting Ready For The Big Buy
Taking that first step on the property ladder is one of life's biggest decisions. Sounds ominous, doesn't it? It doesn't have to be; you'll have plenty of help along the way and the Kanetix.ca first time home buyer's guide will help you break it all down into easy bite-sized pieces.
Traffic Report: Canadian Drivers Lose 79 Hours A Year Delayed In Traffic Think traffic congestion is getting worse? According to TomTom, you're right. You spent more time in traffic this year, than you did last year by about 2 hours. Overall, Canadians lose 79 hours a year because of traffic, and if you live in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal, it's even more.
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 with consequences varying from fines to fines and demerit points. And these penalties are getting tougher.
Which Cars Hold their Value the Best?
Thinking about buying a new car? If so, then chances are you've heard that as soon as you drive off the dealer's lot, your brand new vehicle depreciates somewhere around 20 per cent. But vehicles depreciate at different rates, and each year. See which vehicles hold their value the best.
Top 10 Most Expensive Cities for Car Insurance In Ontario
We round up the top 10 most expensive cities for car insurance in Ontario based on annual auto insurance averages. 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.
Tips To Pay Off Your Home Mortgage Sooner
If you intend to pay off your home mortgage as quickly as possible, then you're in the majority; a survey claims that more than 75 per cent of new homeowners said being mortgage-free sooner was their goal. Of course wanting to be mortgage-free sooner is easier said than done, but there are some tips that can help you reach your goal quicker.
Best Cities In Canada For Starting A Small Business
Best cities in Canada for starting a small business according to a recent report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Does your city support and promote entrepreneurship? Is your city listed?
Are Teens Becoming Better Drivers?
Teen drivers have always been saddled with a bad reputation when it comes to driving, and this is often cited as the reason behind high teen driver car insurance rates. But could this be changing?
Tenants Insurance 101
If you're renting, tenants-or renters-insurance should be a no brainer. Not only will it help you get back on your feet after a fire or theft, for example, but it has numerous other benefits too. Here's our guide to how much tenant insurance you need-and when you need it.
Driven To Distraction
We've all done at least one of these things while driving and some of us do them daily: put on make-up, shave, flip through songs, text message, or use your cell phone. You've multi-tasked before without incident so why worry now - right?
The Top 5 Driver Distractions
The word is starting to get out that distracted driving kills, but many drivers are surprised to learn there's more to distracted driving than picking up that phone. From French fries to four-year-olds, we identify the top 5 driver distractions and how to avoid them.
How To Save $25,000+ On Your Mortgage
Buying a house can be costly, but owning your own home is a dream that's hard to ignore-and for most of us, taking out a mortgage is the only way to make that dream a reality. So what can you do to cut down on the interest and other costs of borrowing? Here are a few tips to save.
Ways To Avoid Distracted Driving Habits
Distracted driving has become the number one killer on the road. Avoid becoming a distracted driving statistic with these tips to help kick eight bad habits that lead to distracted driving.
Buying Used Vehicles: Safety Recommendations For Teens
Many teens are not driving safe enough vehicles. The U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety surveyed 500 parents about the cars their teens drive and found many of the chosen vehicles lack good crash protection and important safety features. Here's what to look for.
Kanetix.ca Survey Uncovers Why Drivers May Pay Too Much For Car Insurance
Are you happy with what you pay for your car insurance? If yes, then count yourself lucky as only four in 10 people in Ontario are, according to a Kanetix.ca survey. Happy or not, the survey also revealed three misconceptions Ontarians have, which could lead to overpaying for auto insurance.
Tickets And Car Accidents On Vacation: What You Should Know
Road trips can turn sour if you get a ticket or have an accident. Whether you're heading across Canada, or going south into the U.S., it's important to know what'll happen if the open road is marred by a speed bump along the way. Read more.
Twelve Common Myths About Car Insurance Insurance can be confusing, and these 12 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.
Top Tips for Canadian Motorcycle Riders It's that time of year again when Canadian motorcyclists are itching to hit the open road. Whether you're an experienced rider or just starting out, make sure you're ready to roll this summer—safely and smartly.
Infographic: Great Canadian Road Trip Tips And Road Trip Essentials Where will your wheels takes you? No matter where you go in Canada, there are many great stops that just shouldn't be missed while on a road trip. 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.
Ontario Auto Insurance: 15 per cent cheaper in two years
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