Top 15 Tips to Cheaper Auto Insurance The more you know about how insurance works, the more you'll be able to shave off your premiums. Follow these simple tips and you'll know how to unlock the ways to maximize your car insurance savings.
Major Conviction, Minor Conviction...What's the Difference? A part of what goes into determining your auto insurance rate is your driving record, including any tickets you may have received. There are a variety of different types of tickets and some have more influence on your premiums than others.
Save Five to 10 Percent 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 percent off your auto insurance premiums.
Can You Claim It? Sometimes "it" hits the fan. When things go wrong, really wrong, that's where your insurance coverage can help, but sometimes you might wonder if submitting a claim is in your best interest or if you're even covered.
Ontario Car Insurance Rates Are Increasing (Again) According to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), car insurance rates for many Ontario drivers will be going up at renewal. See how much your rates could be going up the next time you get your renewal documents.
Gas Prices Driving You to Walk? Fuel Savings Tips Gas prices have increased, Canada-wide, and who knows when they'll come back down. 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.
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 percent of car buyers skip the test drive, and 33 percent test drive just one vehicle.
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 officially sprung it's time to see if you could spring into some savings on what you pay for coverage.
18 Myths About Car Insurance There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about auto insurance in Canada that often lead Canada's 26 million licensed drivers down the wrong road. Let's right these wrongs today so that the route ahead is clear.
Quiz: When a Storm Hits, Are You Covered? When the weather is wild and causes damage, are you covered? Take the Kanetix.ca quiz to find out how weatherproof your coverage is, or can be, with the right policy.
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.
The Highs and Lows of Toronto Car Insurance Rates 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.
The 10 Most Expensive Cities for Ontario Auto Insurance We round up the top 10 most expensive cities for car insurance in Ontario based on estimates from Kanetix's InsuraMap. Most are found in the GTA, but the priciest city might not be where you think. If you're wondering about the cheapest, we've got that too.
Best-Selling Minivans in Canada Minivans have a funny status among Canadians. You either love them or you hate them. Yet, after more than 30 years of family-friendly style, the minivan continues to be the vehicle of choice for many parents.
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 and fuel efficiency 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 2018, 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. 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 The year 2018 was another good one for the Honda Civic; for the 21st 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.
Breaking Bad Habits for Good: Auto Renewing Your Car Insurance In the world of car insurance, the best time of year for drivers is renewal time. It's the time of year when you can easily switch auto insurance providers, for any reason. Yet many drivers allow their policy to auto renew, which may seem convenient at the time but can end up being a costly mistake.
Are You Up to the Challenge? It's Trivia Time! Who doesn't like a little trivia? Given there's a day dedicated to it each year, January 4, there are obviously trivia enthusiasts everywhere, including here at Kanetix.ca. We're also keen on all things insurance and we've pulled together 10 questions that we're confident will answer the question: Are you up to the challenge?
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?
Accidentally Speaking: Take the Road Test When are you more likely to be in a collision, during the morning or evening rush hour? In December, February or August? Take the Kanetix.ca (Road) Test to find out.
Brace Yourself for Parking Lot Mayhem As throngs of shoppers descend on the stores this Black Friday and beyond, two things are certain: the parking lots are going to be busier than usual and secondly, we can all use a refresher on how best to tackle this reality.
A 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.
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.
One in Four Canadians Admit to Driving Without Their Glasses The vast majority of Canadians require vision correction, about 74 per cent, yet many drivers take an unnecessary risk when they get behind the wheel. A recent study found that one in four Canadians who have corrective lenses admitted to driving at least twice in the last year without wearing their glasses or contacts.
Are You Ready for the Challenges That Come with Driving in the Dark? The vast majority of Canadians require vision correction, about 74 per cent, yet many drivers take an unnecessary risk when they get behind the wheel. A recent study found that one in four Canadians who have corrective lenses admitted to driving at least twice in the last year without wearing their glasses or contacts.
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.
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 that will help ensure your night doesn't end up giving you a fright.
The Reality of Cannabis-Impaired Drivers in Canada It's usually alcohol we think of when the topic of impaired driving comes up, but with the legalization of cannabis, drug-impaired driving is a focus now too. It's a discussion, however, that likely should have started years ago.
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 grisly, 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?
October Is Car Safety Month: Get Your Car Ready for the Winter You know it's coming, the snow, slush and cold weather. Canadian winters demand you take extra caution on the road and with your car. Don't get caught unprepared. It's time to schedule a visit with your mechanic to do a tune-up and inspection of your vehicle now before we're knee deep in snow.
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, you can harvest the savings this Thanksgiving season at Kanetix.ca.
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. It's an easy way to see if there are lower car insurance premiums available which can help you save money.
How Likely are Canadians to Lay on the Horn When Traffic Issues Arise? A recent Kanetix.ca survey has found that 46 per cent of Canadians are horn happy. This is the number who said they were likely to use their vehicle's horn to voice their disapproval of any traffic-related issue. That leaves 54 per cent who said they're more likely to watch what's going on around them in silent displeasure. Which way do you lean?
Does Driving High Mean You're Driving Impaired? For the last several decades, any talk about impaired driving has mostly centred on drunk driving. Since the federal government first introduced the bill to legalize cannabis in the country, however, the conversation has turned to focus on drug-impaired driving as well.
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.
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.
Father's Day Savings Tips Start Here The kids will ensure that this Father's Day, June 17th, Dads everywhere are loaded up with thoughtful gifts, but don't overlook the gift you can give yourself: saving your hard-earned money.
What a PC Win in Ontario Could Mean to Your Auto Insurance Now that Doug Ford's PC party has won the election in Ontario, what could this mean to the premiums you pay for auto insurance? It's a topic that over the course of the campaign that both the Liberals and NDP touched on, but it's unclear what the PCs plan to do now that they're in power.
What Happens When a Cyclist Gets a Traffic Ticket? June is Bike Month in Ontario, and as more people put down their car keys 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.
12 Long Weekend Driving Tips As we prepare to open the book on another summer, scores of Canadians will be looking to kick off the season in style by taking to the road. 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.
Make Mom Proud: Save on Your Car Insurance Mothers everywhere can appreciate saving money, but perhaps more importantly moms know that overpaying for anything is just wasteful. Make mom proud this Mother's Day and see if you can spend less on your car insurance.
Top 10 Electric Vehicles That Will Give You a Charge Gone are the days when you only had one or two options to choose from if you were in the market for a plug-in electric vehicle. Now there are about 40 models available and we've identified the 10 most popular with drivers at Kanetix.ca.
Which Cars Hold Their Value the Best? Everyone has heard that the minute you drive off the dealer's lot with your brand new vehicle, it's worth a lot less than what you just paid for it. By the end of the first year, your vehicle will likely have depreciated in value somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20 to 30 per cent. See which vehicles hold their value the best according to CanadianBlackBook.com.
Ready to Plug-In for Lower Insurance Premiums? From auto insurance to life insurance and everything in between, would you be willing to share additional information with your insurance provider if it could help you lower your insurance premiums? The type of information, for example, that is gleaned from technology that you may already be using, like Fitbit, OnStar, Google Assistant, or Siri?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Auto Insurance Tips for When Your Kids Head off to College Whether your child stays at home or goes to school out of town, fees and tuition can be expensive. But there are ways to save money - particularly on your car insurance premiums if your child is listed as an active driver on your policy.
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.
On the Road with Car Rental Insurance With the days getting hotter, and vacation days to use, many of us are thinking of taking a road trip, driving up to the cottage, or making a few trips to the beach over the summer. If you're renting a car, before you leave home, make sure you know you'll be covered.
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.
How to Get Car Insurance in a New Province When it's time to move, there's a lot to do! This is especially true when you're moving to a new province. For those that drive, car insurance is essential no matter where you live in Canada. It's important that you change your car insurance when you move to another province. The good news is that it's not as difficult as you might think. Here are some simple tips you can follow to make finding insurance in a new province easy.
Save Money with a Letter of Experience Knowing what insurance companies look at is important when you're shopping for new auto insurance. There's a lot that goes into calculating your insurance rate, like your insurance history. But what happens, if for some reason, your insurance history is not easily available, or there are discrepancies on your insurance history? You may be asked to provide a Letter of Experience.
Ontario Car Insurance Changes Are Here. 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. As of June 1, 2016, there are are more changes you should know about that may affect your coverage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 officially sprung, it's time to see if you could spring into some savings on your car insurance.
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