Many factors determine your car insurance rates in Mississauga. Some you can control and some you can't.
Before giving you an estimate, Mississauga car insurance providers will look at several factors.
Your driving history - Having good driving habits will greatly reduce the amount you pay for insurance. Joining a telematics program, where you allow your insurance company to track your driving (your speed, how hard you break, how you handle turns), can net you savings of up to 25%. This factor also makes it harder for new drivers in Mississauga who need car insurance to find affordable rates.
In addition, if you’ve been deemed a high risk driver and you need car insurance in Mississauga, your driving history may become an obstacle to obtaining a cheaper rate. Click here to learn more about high risk car insurance quotes for Mississauga drivers.
The car you drive - Insurance companies have figured out which cars are the least and the most likely to be involved in a collision, regardless of driver behaviour. The downside is that they don’t make that information public. Avoid cars that routinely wind up on the most-stolen list (looking at you, pick-up trucks) and buy ones that have robust safety features.
How much you drive - Insurance companies take into account how long you spend on the road each day. The more time you spend in your car, the more likely you are to be involved in an accident. That’s why when you apply for car insurance you’re asked about how many kilometres you travel per day. A long commute (30 km to 40 km) will increase your premium. Just because you have a car, doesn’t mean you should write off public transit. You can lower your car insurance bill by driving to a GO Train station and take transit the rest of the way. You might also want to consider using MiWay, Mississauga’s transit operator.
How much insurance you buy - The mandatory amount of insurance you have to hold to operate a car in Ontario is third party liability insurance (worth $200,000) and accident benefits (worth $50,000). You can buy extended insurance that covers the cost of replacing your car. If you opt for extra coverage — if you have a new car, this is a wise choice — it will raise your auto insurance premium.
Your insurance history - If you fail to pay a premium or cancel your insurance, you will pay higher insurance premiums. An absence of insurance history can also impact your rates. For example, rates for car insurance for new immigrants in Mississauga may be higher due to their lack of insurance history in Canada. Providers have little way of knowing whether what your claims and payment history looks like.
Factors that are out of your control include:
Your postal code - Insurance companies price their auto insurance based on postal code regions. Some regions experience more collisions and claims than others. The cost of insurance will vary by postal code region. There are 400 postal codes in Mississauga.
Your age - Your age has a lot to do with how much you pay. Young drivers pay the most for car insurance. Even if you’ve held car insurance since your teens, your premiums will be quite high until at least age 25. High premiums can persist until age 30. It really depends on the driver and the strength of their driving record.
This is why cheap car insurance for new drivers in Mississauga, along with other Canadian cities, can be hard to find. (Learn more about shopping for car insurance for students in Mississauga.)
This isn’t the only way your age can impact your car insurance. Adults between the ages of 50 and 70 get some of the lowest car insurance rates in Toronto. If you belong to this demographic, you probably have a long history of being insured and you might even have bundled your home insurance policy with the same provider of your auto insurance. After age 70, though, you might see your rate begin to creep up because people in your age group are more statistically more likely to need to file a claim and require more time to recover from an injury. That’s why car insurance rates for seniors in Mississauga, and other Canadian cities, can be expensive. '
Industry loss ratios - Auto insurance companies occasionally face 'hard markets,' which means they’re spending more on claims than they're making from premiums. Things that contribute to this is the fact that cars are now more expensive to repair (due to features like back-up cameras), insurance fraud, and lawsuits.
Government regulation - In Ontario, the provincial government approves auto insurance price increases. Insurance companies say the government has suppressed insurance prices.