If you have a classic car, protecting it with the right car insurance is essential. Classic cars are quite different from your standard automobiles, meaning they need specialized insurance coverage. Classic car insurance from Morison Insurance will provide you with peace of mind knowing your classic car is properly protected.
Classic car insurance provides protection for collectible vehicles. Classic auto insurance is different from standard auto insurance because of the different risks associated with owning these kinds of rare vehicles. A classic car policy is tailored to the value of your car and will protect you financially against the higher physical and economic costs in the event of an accident with a classic car.
If your car is considered a classic due to its rare or high-value qualities, you need classic car insurance. Classic vehicles have different needs than standard, modern automobiles do, and without proper insurance protection, you would be leaving yourself with inadequate coverages and an insufficient value on your classic car, which can lead to extreme out-of-pocket expenses. With classic car insurance coverage protection, you'll have peace of mind to enjoy your vehicle.
Some requirements to qualify for classic car insurance include having a minimum of 10 years of driving experience, a clean driving record, and owning a classic car that is 25 years old and that is used for pleasure only with 5,000 kilometres of driving each year (higher mileage can be considered).
Most classic vehicles are insurable, however, there are certain restrictions and some vehicles may not be eligible, such as those used for racing or cars heavily modified with extreme horsepower. An insurance agent can provide you with more information to determine if you qualify for classic car insurance.
A classic car is generally a vehicle manufactured in 1995 or earlier. However, some insurance companies will consider newer vehicles for classic car insurance based on their collectible or classic nature. Cars, trucks, and other vehicles can be considered classics. However, some insurance companies specify that your classic car can not be your daily driver. Every licensed driver in your household needs a vehicle for daily use other than the collector vehicle that is being insured. Your best bet is to contact an insurance broker who will help determine if you need classic car insurance.
Classic auto insurance protects you and your high-value classic car in the event of a claim. Classic car insurance provides liability coverage, accident benefits coverage, collision and comprehensive coverage. In Ontario, it is mandatory that all drivers have car insurance on every vehicle that is driven.
With a classic car insurance policy, you can get the same insurance coverage provided in a standard auto insurance policy, plus you will have added key benefits, including:
Classic car insurance provides the same coverages as a standard auto insurance policy like liability coverage, accident benefits coverage, collision and comprehensive coverage, however, classic car insurance will also address the needs and value of your classic car. These additional coverage options include agreed-value protection, flatbed roadside assistance protection and flexible usage protection.
A big part of the fun with classic cars is repairing, restoring, refinishing and tinkering—in fact, some vehicles are basically permanent projects with no finish line in sight, and there's nothing wrong with that. But if you're planning on having major work done on your car—or you're planning on doing the work yourself—it pays to consider adding vehicle under construction coverage to your Ontario classic car insurance policy. It gives you better protection when restoring or building a classic car. You will likely need to provide evidence of active restoration in the form of photographs and restoration details. Vehicle under construction coverage comes in handy in the event of theft or some types of accidental damage. Errors made during the restoration, such as incorrect wiring, are not covered.
When you tell the insurance broker the value of your classic vehicle, the insurance company will confirm the value is accurate and fair. The insurer will then agree to a guaranteed value. The agreed-upon amount will be paid to you in case of a total loss.
Regular vehicles come and go and it's nothing to get heartbroken over, but classic cars are a different story. Whether you spent years (or even decades) hunting for your grail car and finally got it, or it's been with you for so long you can barely even remember when you first saw it, your classic car is irreplaceable. Even another vehicle of the same make and model can't replace the memories you have with that specific car—so if the worst happens and it's damaged to the point of a total loss, you may not be willing to let it go. With cherished salvage coverage, you don't have to. Instead, you can keep the damaged vehicle and have it restored, work on it yourself, gift it to a friend or just keep it in your garage—it's all yours to do with as you see fit, and you still get your full guaranteed value.
From time to time, something out of the ordinary happens, and you need to get your vehicle evacuated out of the area to safety. Needless to say, that can be a costly endeavour. Even if your classic car is drive-able, that may not be a safe option under the conditions that are prompting evacuation. With evacuation expense coverage, you can get back up to 50% of reasonable costs to move your classic car from an area experiencing emergency conditions to a safe storage site for up to 180 days. Evacuation expense coverage applies to emergency conditions such as a named storm warning or advisory from a government agency, or a government-ordered evacuation due to factors such as wildfire.
Flatbed roadside assistance is a coverage option available to provide guaranteed flatbed roadside assistance when needed in the event of a claim. Using the flatbed towing method for your classic car reduces stress and increased risk of damage to your classic vehicle. You have peace of mind knowing your classic car will be taken care of in the best way possible when an unpredictable situation occurs.
Classic and collector cars should be driven to be fully enjoyed! Some people are afraid to take their collector vehicle out on the road, but there's so much fun to be had by rolling down to the ice cream parlour in a classic convertible or heading to a show 'n' shine to let others gawk at your most precious possession. An insurance broker can tailor your classic car insurance policy to meet your specific driving uses and needs, so you can feel free to take your classic car out for a spin whenever the mood strikes you.
In addition to the basic coverage that is required for any drivable vehicle and the coverage add-ons listed above that are specific to Ontario classic car insurance, here are a few more additional coverage options that are well worth considering:
The Insurance Bureau of Canada has more details on classic car coverage.
The cost of collector car insurance is typically much less than standard auto insurance – more than 40% less in some cases. You may pay as little as $300 to $1,000 approximately per year. The cost of a classic car premium depends on factors such as the vehicle's value and the number of vehicles you want to insure. Speak with an insurance broker who will provide you with multiple quotes to determine the cost of your classic auto insurance.
In all likelihood, it won't be necessary to get an appraisal done. If the agreed value of your classic vehicle matches verifiable market values, you don't need to go through the hassle of getting an appraisal. The insurance company will have evaluation guides that you can use to help you assess and determine value, which may be as simple as entering the VIN and finding it in their system. Keep in mind that information and factors such as originality, number of previous owners, documentation and unusual equipment can all influence the value of a vehicle, so it's a good idea to be as thorough as possible in reporting the vehicle's provenance and history.
Not necessarily. Secure garage storage is definitely going to be preferred and in many cases it will be required, but some insurance companies may be willing to offer classic car insurance for vehicles that are stored in other places such as rented storage units, depending on the specific circumstances of the location.
That depends on the insurance company that issues your classic car insurance policy, but in most cases, yes you can choose the garage or mechanic you prefer to repair or restore your vehicle—or take care of repairs yourself.
There are some limitations on classic car insurance, such as vehicles used for commercial purposes, racing or off-road uses, or highly customized cars. Speak with a broker at Morison Insurance who can help determine if your collector car will qualify for Ontario classic car insurance.
Yes. You can get full insurance coverage for eligible classic or antique vehicles. An insurance broker who provides classic car insurance can get you several competitive quotes from auto insurance carriers to get you insured. Our auto insurance resource centre has more details on everything you need to know about car insurance coverage.
You can buy classic car insurance from Morison Insurance. Our insurance experts can help provide you with coverage to ensure your special vehicle is properly protected. We shop dozens of classic car insurance providers to ensure you receive the best coverage for you and your collector vehicle. Get started today by calling 1-800-463-8074 or by filling out the form on our website. You will be glad you did!
This content is written by our Morison Insurance team. It is provided for general information only. Insurance needs differ from person to person, and this article is therefore not a substitute for professional advice about your individual insurance needs which can be obtained by speaking to one of our brokers.