If you live in Ontario and own a car, you know that auto insurance is mandated by the government. But… this doesn’t take away the complexity of auto insurance!
Do you know what limits of coverage you need to have and your options to increase these limits?
Do you know if you’ll be provided with a rental car in the event of a claim?
If you’re in an accident and the other driver sues you, do you know how your insurer will respond?
What if you are injured in an accident and can’t work…what happens then?
If all you know about your car insurance is how much you pay, then it’s time to talk with Advocate. You need someone on your side who will take the time to assess your needs, shop the market to find the best solution for you and help you make informed decisions about your insurance.
Let’s face it, insurance is expensive. But just selecting the cheapest car insurance quote might be the most costly mistake you ever make if you don’t have the protection you need in the event of a claim. Take the time to speak with a licensed broker, so together we can build the right solution for you. You get to choose what you purchase but we want you to know your options!
It’s all about you. Advocate is here to represent your interests. We work with many different insurance companies so unlike a direct writer or agent who can only offer you one insurance company’s products, our licensed insurance brokers will shop the market to find the solution that is best for you.
The same is true in the event you have an accident. We are here to represent your interests. We work independently from the insurance companies so we’re here to assist you.
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Clients are often confused about how this is handled. If the items stolen are permanently attached to your vehicle, for example the stereo system, then it is covered under your auto policy. However if an item like your briefcase, purse or sports equipment is stolen, then you would claim that under your personal property policy (i.e. home or tenant insurance). Limits and deductibles apply so please call us to discuss.
Do I need to inform Advocate if I start driving for a ride sharing program such as Uber?
Yes. How you use your vehicle has an impact on your insurance. Your insurance company will want to know if you use your vehicle for a ride sharing program. Although Uber now has their own fleet policy in place for their employees, some insurance companies have different requirements if you are driving for Uber. It’s always best to check. Let us know if you’d like to discuss how the insurance companies that we work with, handle ride sharing vehicles.
Why did my insurance premium increase?
There are a number of factors that could cause your insurance premium to increase. All insurance companies must have their Ontario auto rates approved by the Government regulator, Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). Depending on the details of your policy, your rates could go up on renewal when you enter a new policy period. Or perhaps you’ve made a change to your policy such as –
Change the use of the vehicle (i.e. commuting distance)
Added/deleted a driver
Suffered a recent claim
Amended coverage, limits or deductibles
Always work with a licensed insurance broker who will take the time to review your policy with you and answer any questions you have.
If I’m travelling outside Canada in my vehicle, do I need to inform Advocate?
Your Ontario Automobile Insurance policy will provide coverage while travelling within Canada and the United States. Your insurance company will need to know if your vehicle is outside of Canada for 6 consecutive months.
We recommend that if you are making frequent trips outside of Canada, that you increase your liability limit to ensure you have sufficient coverage in the event of a loss outside of Canada. Many clients are surprised how inexpensive it is to increase their liability limit. Call us today and we will give you a quote.
How do I know what auto insurance coverage I need?
Although the Ontario Automobile Policy is a standard policy that is regulated by the government, it is still a very complex product. There are many optional benefits that are available based on your own personal needs. Always work with a licensed insurance broker who will take the time to discuss your options with you and help you make informed decisions.
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