Common Car Insurance Myths ‐ Separating Fact from Fiction

With so many insurance stories from so many different drivers - it can be difficult to know which stories are fact and which stories are fiction.
That’s why we are going to address some of the most common stories and test your knowledge to see if you know if these are true or false.

The colour of your car affects your insurance premium.

FALSE

The insurance industry is colour-blind. It doesn't matter if your car is blue, red, black, or beige—your insurance premium is not impacted by the colour of your car.

A 2-door car is more expensive to insure than a 4-door.

FALSE

In fact a 4-door can, in some cases, be more expensive. This is because when insurance companies determine your premium, they look at the price of the car, repair costs, theft frequency, and its previous claims history.

Certain car models have higher insurance premiums than others.

TRUE

Insurance companies do take into account the model of a car. To determine the premium, they look at factors such as repair costs, theft, vandalism, and safety ratings.
For example, the premium might be lower on a car that has statistically proven to be less likely to be stolen or involved in an accident. It also might be lower if the vehicle has better safety and handling characteristics, or is less costly to repair.
Tip: If you are thinking about buying a new car, consider a car that is ranked low risk by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Your location in Canada affects your insurance premium.

TRUE

In Canada, your insurance premium will differ depending on whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural area. Urban areas tend to have higher insurance rates because there are more cars on the road and therefore there is a higher frequency of accidents that occur.
If you live in an area with a high auto theft rate, you will probably be paying a higher price for your insurance. Every year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) publishes a list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada. See if your car is on the list >

If you are under 25, you will pay more for car insurance.

TRUE

While age may be a factor in determining your car insurance premium, it is not the only factor. Insurance companies will also take into consideration:

  • Your driving history
  • The type of car you drive
  • What you use your vehicle for
  • How many people will regularly drive the car
  • Where you live
  • The type of coverage you choose
  • Industry-related factors such as markets, inflation, taxes and regulations

Getting a parking ticket means your insurance premiums will go up.

FALSE

Parking tickets do not count against your driving record or your insurance. However, if you have unpaid fines, they will affect your ability to renew your driver's license.

Getting a speeding ticket means your insurance premiums will go up.

TRUE

Speeding tickets will affect your insurance premium. And depending on the severity, it may result in your insurance being cancelled at your renewal.

You don't have to pay your deductible if the police said the accident was not your fault.

FALSE

The police may have deemed you not responsible for the accident, however an insurance company will still need to establish whether you have to pay your deductible or not. If police investigate the accident and rule that it's not your fault, the insurance company may waive your deductible.

If you are in an accident in the U.S. your car insurance won’t protect you.

FALSE

Your car insurance is valid anywhere in Canada and the United States. That’s why it’s a good idea to carry your “pink card” with you at all times. Depending on the coverage you have available, you and your car should be covered if you get into an accident while in the U.S.

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