Things to know about car insurance before you buy

Not quite ready to start a car insurance quote? No problem! Let's start with a few helpful basics:

  • To begin with, you (and all drivers you wish to include in the policy) must have a valid driver's license and be a resident of Canada.
  • Insurance companies will look at your prior driving record to determine eligibility and rates. However, rates will vary depending on whether you are looking for a new insurance policy altogether or if you wish to renew an existing one.
  • Car insurance is mandatory in Canada, whether you lease, finance or own your car.
  • Car insurance could help protect you from the financial loss that comes with car accidents.
  • TD Insurance can help you choose coverage that fits your needs, so you can feel confident in your protection.

How TD Insurance helps drivers like you

There are many good reasons why more than 1.1 million Canadian customers trust TD Insurance with their personal car insurance needs

Claims Free Reward

We believe you should be rewarded for your safe driving. That’s why as a new or existing TD Insurance customer you’ll receive greater savings on car insurance the longer you stay claims free.

Auto Centres and Preferred Vendor Network

TD Insurance Auto Centres serve as a one-stop solution for your car insurance claim. You can also choose from our network of preferred vendors for quality, professional repairs, or an auto shop of your choice.

Lifetime Repair Warranty

Enjoy a lifetime warranty on vehicle repairs completed at our Auto Centres or preferred vendor network for as long as you own the vehicle and remain insured with us.

We’re here for you when you need it most

You’ll never be alone in moments of need as a TD Insurance customer, with 24/7 claims support available through the TD Insurance mobile app or by calling us at 1-866-454-8910.

Types of auto insurance coverage

In Canada, auto insurance rules vary by province. There is a minimum level of standard coverage you are required to have, and optional coverages for added protection

Standard coverage

While the minimum standard for auto insurance and mandatory coverage varies by province, these may include coverage such as:

Optional coverage

TD Insurance offers optional add-ons for broader coverage. These coverage options vary based on your needs, but can include:

  • Specified perils
    Protects your vehicle from specified perils such as losses caused by fire, floods, hail or theft.
  • Collision or upset
    Damage to your vehicle caused by a traffic collision with another vehicle or object.
  • Comprehensive
    All other insured damage caused to your vehicle (except collision or upset).
  • All perils
    All causes of loss except those directly mentioned as exclusions in your policy

How Much Does Car Insurance Cost?

There are a number of factors that determine how much your car insurance will cost. Here are 7 of the key factors that insurance companies take into consideration when calculating your car insurance premium:

Your car: The make, model, and year of your car can affect your insurance premium. This determines the cost and value of the car, safety features, and repair costs.

How often you drive: The number of kilometers you drive your car per year will affect your insurance premium.

If you use your car for commercial purposes: If you use your car for work purposes (other than commuting), you may need to get commercial car insurance. Your business may require a higher liability limit.

Your driving record (and the records of all drivers who use your vehicle), which includes: The number of years you’ve all been licensed for, convictions due to driving infractions (which includes speeding tickets), and accidents.

Where you live: Premiums are usually higher in and around large urban areas

The coverage you choose: The more comprehensive the coverage, the more it will cost to insure your vehicle

Special discounts: Belonging to a preferred group for professionals and alumni. With TD Insurance you can select up to three eligible groups!

Learn more about how car insurance premiums are calculated

Ways TD Insurance helps you save more

We're committed to helping you save every dollar possible, and we’ll work with you to find all the ways you can save on your car insurance. Here are just a few:

Multi-Vehicle Discount

Save more when you insure two or more vehicles of the same type.

Bundle Home & Car

Get additional savings when you combine your home and auto insurance.

Preferred Membership Rates

Special rates for members of over 750 alumni, professional, and employer groups.

Steps to buy car insurance online

  1. Begin your quote by answering a few questions. With the information you provide we’ll be able to:

    • Assess your needs and recommend coverage
    • Determine what discounts are available to you
    • Give you the most accurate quote

    And of course, it’s all 100% confidential.

  2. Customize your coverage

    Once you've completed your quote we’ll provide you with our recommended coverage options based on your individual needs.

    You’ll be able to:

    • Adjust your deductible amounts
    • Alter your coverage limits
    • Proceed with buying online
  3. Set up payment, review coverage and buy

    Once you’re satisfied with your coverage, you can:

    • Review your payment options
    • Confirm your payment method
    • And review your summary

    Now you can finish the process and put your feet up.

Other Eligibility Considerations:

Other insurance conditions may arise depending on the type of vehicle, its use, and any customizations or modifications made to the vehicle. For example, if you have altered your vehicle to enhance its performance or appearance, most insurance companies would need to assess the vehicle to determine if they could insure it. If you plan on modifying your vehicle, call us first! We will let you know if the changes you plan on making could have an impact on your policy.

Other factors that may also prevent an insurer from issuing you a policy:

  1. Your vehicle has substantial unrepaired damage or is deemed unsafe
  2. Your vehicle is rented or leased to others
  3. Your vehicle is used for racing or competition

Learn more about Car Insurance Eligibility and Restrictions

Easily manage your policies

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TD Insurance at your fingertips

In addition to login access to MyInsurance, the TD Insurance app gives you access to our Accident Toolkit, Severe Weather and Safety Alerts, and safe and convenient access to a digital copy of your pink card

Frequently asked questions

1. Is car insurance mandatory?
Yes, car insurance is mandatory in all provinces in Canada. You'll need to get insurance for your vehicle before you are able to drive. Learn more about car insurance in Canada.

2. What is a deductible?
A deductible is the amount you may be responsible for in the event of a claim. This amount, which is pre-determined by you and your insurer upfront, is then “deducted” from your total claim settlement. Learn all about insurance deductibles.

3. What is "fault" when it comes to insurance?
The reality of accidents is that someone is always either partially or fully at fault. The law in almost every province requires insurance companies to assign a percentage of fault to each driver involved. Learn all about fault when it comes to insurance.

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