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Q. Do I need car insurance?
A. Ontario law requires that all motorists have auto insurance.
If you drive in Ontario without car insurance, you can be fined, have your driver’s licence suspended and/or have your car impounded. Fines can range from $5,000 to $50,000. Furthermore, if you are convicted of driving without car insurance, you may be considered a high risk driver which means higher premiums. Even though we do have options for you, we highly recommend that you don’t drive without a valid insurance policy.
Q. What coverage do I need?
A. In Ontario, you are required to purchase the following coverages:
Third Party Liability – This protects you if someone else is killed or injured or their property is damaged. It will also provide coverage for lawsuits against you. Although other amounts are available, $1 million is typically the lowest anyone should have. Your SurNet broker will be able to discuss your personal needs and make recommendations you can choose from.
Statutory Accident Benefits – Regardless of who is at fault, “SAB’s” provide benefits if you are injured in a car accident. They include supplementary medical, rehabilitation and attendant care, caregiver, non-earner and income replacement. You have the option to increase these benefits to suit your unique situation or leave them at the base amount.
Direct Compensation – Property Damage – Also knows as “DCPD”, this covers damage and loss of use to your vehicle and/or its contents when another person is at fault provided the following conditions are met;
- the accident took place in Ontario;
- there was at least one other vehicle involved in the accident; and
- at least one of the other vehicles is also insured by an insurance company that is licensed in Ontario
If any of these conditions are not met, then you can make a claim on your optional Collision coverage.
Uninsured Automobile – This coverage protects you and your family in the event that you are injured or killed by an unknown driver (hit and run) or an uninsured driver. Damage to your car caused by an uninsured driver is also covered.
For more information on car insurance in Ontario, please visit the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s website.