Ontario Auto & Car Insurance
Over 150,000 Canadians are injured on the road each year. This number only increases when counting total overall collisions in Canada every year. The reality is that as experienced of a driver as you may be, you can never be sure of what or who you’ll encounter on the road. Accidents do happen. Some things are out of our control. But what we do have in our control is the measures we have set in place in case an accident should ever occur. When you have an insurance policy that’s right for you, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that you are protected no matter what happens on the road. Navigating through all the available policies can be tedious and confusing – and you shouldn’t have to do it on your own. At Morison Insurance, we have professionals that take care of the hard part for you. We’ll sift through dozens of available policies from the multiple insurance companies that are competing for your business. We come back to you with only the options that provide you with the coverage that you need at a price that fits your budget. Want to see how this might look for you? Click here to obtain a quote!
Things to Consider When Purchasing Car Insurance
In Ontario, the law requires all drivers to have insurance on the vehicle that they are driving. Legally, a basic insurance policy will do but realistically, basic insurance usually does not fully cover your claim should you ever be involved in an accident. In the face of such a difficult event, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to pay for the damages, legal fees or medical expenses that may have arisen. At Morison Insurance our professionals provide you with competitive auto insurance rates that cover the things you want to protect. We’re experienced and know where to find a policy with excellent coverage at a great price. Morison Insurance’s licensed professionals offer lots of ways to save on your insurance. We also make sure that you feel fully protected with the coverage you select. We can provide you with optional additional insurance protection to ensure you that all your bases are covered.
Physical Damage Protection
Physical damage protection is a coverage that you can choose to add to your personal auto policy. This type of protection is a very prudent choice, especially if your car is new or has costly parts to replace. What does this type of additional protection cover and what are the details? There are several options that a Morison Insurance professional can walk you through.
- Specified Perils Coverage: You can choose to protect yourself from specified perils such as losses caused by fire, theft or attempted theft or even damages from lightning, windstorm and hail.
- Comprehensive Insurance Coverage: This type of coverage will simply protect your vehicle from damage as a result of fire, theft or vandalism.
- Collision Coverage: With collision coverage your vehicle will be protected from damage due to an accident caused by you or if someone damages your car that does not have insurance. You will also be protected in the event that you are unable to identify who caused the damages to your vehicle.
- All Perils Coverage: This type of coverage offers the most protection. It combines the coverage found in collision coverage and comprehensive insurance coverage. It further protects you in the event that your vehicle is damaged by a person that lives in your household or even if an employee steals your vehicle.
Physical damage coverage is highly recommended if you have a newer vehicle. Your Morison Insurance Broker would be very happy to discuss your coverage options with you to meet your individual needs.
This type of protection will provide you with the coverage you need to obtain a rental car in the event that your car is being repaired after an accident. Having loss-of-use coverage will ensure that you get a rental car whether the accident was caused by you or someone else. This endorsement to your policy helps your collision affect your life a little less – you will still have the convenience of getting from point A to point B, unaffected, just as you would on any other day. This type of coverage is very easy to add to your automobile insurance policy. It’s also inexpensive. In your annual premium, to add loss-of-use protection you would pay about the price of what it costs to rent a car for one day. In our experience (and we’re sure yours too), repairs can be much lengthier than one day. Loss-of-use protection would cover you for the entire length of your car’s repairs. This can save you hundreds of dollars in the event that an automobile claim leaves you without a vehicle. Morison Insurance would be very happy to discuss your coverage options or loss-of-use coverage limits that are available.
Accident Forgiveness Protection
Did you know that one at-fault accident can cause your automobile insurance rates to increase by hundreds of dollars? At Morison Insurance, we strive to find you a policy that understands that accidents can happen to anyone – even the most experienced of drivers. A policy with accident forgiveness protection would prevent your automobile insurance premiums from increasing in the event of your first at-fault accident. It would be like the first accident never happened and the driving record on your existing policy would not be affected. This translates into protection from skyrocketing premiums after your first at-fault accident. Most importantly, this extra coverage is inexpensive. Often times it usually only works out to approximately $5 per month and is worth the peace of mind of knowing that your car insurance premiums will remain where they are.
Vehicle Depreciation Waiver
Are you thinking of purchasing or leasing a brand new vehicle? You may want to consider vehicle depreciation coverage. A brand new car depreciates very quickly in the first days and months of ownership. If you were to get into a serious accident soon after purchasing a brand new car, your basic coverage would deduct depreciation from the amount disbursed to you to replace your vehicle. This amount would be much lower than what you paid to purchase your car brand new. Vehicle depreciation coverage ensures that you will receive the value of a new vehicle when it comes to replacing your brand new car.
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Frequently Asked Questions
At Morison Insurance we know that policies can be confusing. If you have questions, you’re not alone! In fact, we’ve listed some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from our clients. If you don’t have time to give us a call today, take a look below to see if any of these answers apply to your car insurance questions.
What is a car insurance “deductible” and how does it work?
If you’re ever in an accident and have resultant repairs, the deductible is the amount of the cost that you’ve agreed to cover on your own before your insurance company covers the rest. Very often, a standard deductible is about $500. For example, if your car requires $2,000 worth of repairs, you will have to cover $500 and your insurance policy will cover the remaining $1,500. Usually, the deductible only applies if you are at fault for the accident. If you are hit by another driver and they are found to be 100% at fault, you will not have to pay a deductible. Keep in mind that the lower your deductible is, the higher your insurance premium will be. For example, a policy with a $1,000 deductible will cost the driver less annually than if the deductible on the policy were $500.
How is my insurance premium calculated?
There are multiple factors that your insurance provider will consider upon calculating your premium. Your driving experience as well as the make, model and age of your car are some of the heaviest weighted influencers. Other things that will be taken into consideration are your driving record, who else will be driving the car, and where you live (cities with high-density populations have more collisions and theft and will result in a higher premium). More simply put, your insurance provider is calculating risk by determining how likely it is that your car will be involved in a collision or stolen and how expensive it will be to repair or replace. The lower the risk, the lower the premium.
Do I need third-party liability coverage?
Yes. In Ontario, you are required to have third-party liability coverage on your vehicle. This type of coverage protects you from the expenses associated with damage or bodily harm accidentally caused by you upon someone else (a third party). The minimum amount of third-party liability coverage that is required in Ontario is $200,000, but it is recommended that you have much more. Many car insurance policies offer $1,000,000 or even $2,000,000 in liability coverage. Legal fees and medical expenses are especially easy to rack up should you ever be involved in a complicated claim. This type of coverage protects you from such expenses.
Will my premiums decrease considerably at the age of 25?
Yes and no. This is a widely held belief that isn’t entirely true. No letter comes in the mail on your 25th birthday awarding you with lower premiums. However, because of the tendency of drivers to become lower risk as they enter their mid to late twenties, you should witness a steady decline in your premiums over the years.
What if I let my friend drive my car?
You can let someone else with a driver’s license drive your car but be aware that when doing so you are taking on all risk and liability onto your own insurance policy. Regardless of whether your friend or family member is insured under their own policy, you would be liable for any accidents that occur in your car.
I have some traffic tickets. Will they affect my insurance premium?
Usually. Anything that negatively impacts your driving record will also negatively impact your insurance premium. Minor traffic tickets can have no impact or make a slight impact on your insurance premiums. Major tickets (like speeding in a construction zone) will raise your premiums more significantly. Any serious or criminal tickets (like driving under the influence) can cause colossal increases to your insurance premiums and some insurance companies may not even be able to insure your vehicle.
I don’t want to commit to a year. Can I get short-term coverage?
Short-term coverage exists and is available to you if you do not need an entire year of coverage, however not all insurance companies offer this type of coverage. If you opt into a year-long policy and choose to cancel it mid-way you may have to pay cancellation fees. A Morison Insurance broker will be able to help you identify a policy that covers you for the period of time that you need and help you avoid cancellation fees.
If I rent a car am I covered by my personal auto insurance?
Yes. Your personal car insurance transfers over to a rental car. However, rental companies do tend to offer their own insurance which can be more comprehensive than your personal auto insurance. In this type of circumstance, some drivers decide to opt into the rental company’s insurance to avoid any costs to repair a car that isn’t their own. However, at Morison Insurance, we can find you coverage that protects you in all circumstances, even a rental car situation.
If I get into an accident should I contact Morison Insurance or the policy provider?
For additional information about reporting accidents and claims, please visit our claims page here.
Where can I get an auto insurance quote?
At Morison Insurance we are more than happy to help you get the car insurance policy that’s right for your coverage needs as well as your budget. You can obtain an online quote here or give us a call at 1-800-463-8074.
What is Car Insurance?
Car Insurance or vehicle insurance is insurance coverage for cars and trucks and other road vehicles. Car insurance provides financial protection against physical damage or bodily injury that results from traffic accidents. Car insurance also provides protection against liability that could also arise from incidents in a vehicle.
Who Needs Car Insurance?
In Ontario, car insurance is mandatory, and legally everyone is required to have car insurance to drive. The minimum coverage you need is $200,000 in third-party liability coverage. Driving without car insurance may cost both the owner of the car and the driver up to $50,000 in fines, license suspensions and vehicle impoundment.
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