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Driving in Mississauga

Most popular cars in Mississauga.

Mississauga residents love their Hondas, which makes sense, given the Honda Civic is the most popular vehicle in the country.

Popular Brands

  1. Honda
  2. Toyota
  3. Hyundai
  4. Chevrolet
  5. Mazda

Who shops for auto insurance in Mississauga?

Based on our data, here's who's shopping for car insurance in Mississauga.

Gender of our users

Male
68%
Female
32%

Average Age

34

years old

Tickets & Accidents

Have Tickets
10.82%
Have Had Accidents
9.78%

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How much is the average cost of car insurance in Mississauga?

The average cost of car insurance in Mississauga is $3,511, according to our 2019 user data. That's 43% higher than the provincial average of $1,505.

That’s a pretty convincing reason to compare quotes, if you ask us.

How do Mississauga car insurance rates compare to other cities in Ontario?

Car insurance prices are high in Mississauga, but it could be worse. Mississauga isn’t the most expensive place for car insurance in the Greater Toronto Area, according to our 2019 user data.

We’ve also benchmarked the average rates of the other regions in the GTA to Mississauga’s average auto insurance rate.

  • Brampton (36% higher)
  • Scarborough (20% higher)
  • North York (14% higher)
  • Etobicoke (9% higher)
  • Mississauga: $3,511.26
  • Toronto (10% lower)

Which Mississauga postal code has the highest auto insurance rates?

The portion of Meadowvale with the postal code L5W has the highest auto insurance rates: $3,938 per year. It’s located in the northwestern part of Mississauga and is bound by Hwy. 407 to the north, Hwy. 401 to the south, the Credit River to the west, and Hurontario Street to the east.

Which Mississauga postal code has the lowest average premiums?

The upscale districts of Lorne Park and Port Credit (L5H) have the lowest average car insurance premiums in Mississauga at $2,644 per year.

Why is auto insurance so expensive in Mississauga?

Mississauga is home to nearly a million people and the majority of them drive. A larger population means a higher chance of collisions and theft. This results in more claims, which pushes car insurance rates up.

Where do I get the cheapest car insurance quotes in Mississauga?

There isn’t one insurance company that hands out coverage to drivers at a discount. Insurance companies don’t compete on price.

That's why insurance companies advertise their platform’s ease of use, their customer service, or their community legacy.

Each one calculates premiums differently. And they don’t share their algorithms with other insurance companies, either.

If you find a cheaper quote on our site and take it to your current insurance company with the hope that they'll match the price, they won't.

But it’s still possible to find a cheaper car insurance. The fact that each one calculates risk slightly differently can work in your favour. As does the fact that there are a lot of companies in the Ontario car insurance market.

The best you can do is to de-risk yourself (with good driving habits, and picking a safe and cost-effective car) and compare the market.

At the end of the day, there is a large variance in quoted prices. Take advantage of it.

You wouldn't want the cheapest insurance, either. You want the right amount of coverage for the best price.

It might cost you more than you thought it would. That's okay. Being underinsured could end up costing you. You want to be assured that you will have enough coverage should anything happen to you. Anything less is a waste of money.

What factors determine my car insurance rates in Mississauga?

Many factors determine your car insurance rates in Mississauga. Some you can control and some you can't.

The factors you can control include:

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%.

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.

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.

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.

What kind of car insurance is available in Mississauga?

Third-party liability and accident benefits - This type of insurance is mandatory. It protects your liability and helps cover the cost of your medical treatment.

Collision insurance - This type of insurance covers the cost of replacing or repairing your car if it’s damaged or declared a total loss due to a collision.

Comprehensive insurance - This coverage handles the cost of damage incurred by theft and vandalism, weather events, earthquakes, explosions, and debris. This type of insurance also entitles you to a cash settlement if your car is declared a total loss.

Specified perils insurance - Covers you only against coverage risks that you specifically ask for. If it’s not written in the policy, it’s not covered.

All-perils insurance - This is a type of coverage that’s a hybrid of collision and comprehensive insurance. It provides compensation for damage caused to your vehicle due to a collision and from other types of risks, like weather, vandalism, or theft.

Facts and myths about driving in Mississauga

Facts

  • In 2019, Mississauga adopted Vision Zero as policy: a global effort that focuses on eliminating pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities. The city is funding a range of initiatives to combat road accidents. Toronto, London, and Hamilton have also adopted the framework. Vision Zero was developed in Sweden in the late ‘90s.
  • Mississauga is making some roads narrower to get drivers to slow down. The city’s doing this by repainting the yellow centreline and white edge lines.
  • Ten residential neighbourhoods have had speed limits reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.
  • Mississauga reinstated a road safety committee to combat rising pedestrian and cycling deaths.
  • The city has more than 200 crossing guards at designated crossings around Mississauga.
  • Many Mississauga roads are named after the ancestral homelands of its inhabitants. From Croatia Drive to Latvia Court, Antigua Road to Indian Line, this city's street names are as diverse as its population.

Myths

  • It’s impossible to bike in Mississauga. False. Mississauga has 500 kilometres of trails, park paths, bike lanes, and signed bike routes. The city plans on adding an extra 397 kilometres by 2045. That said, cars still dominate as the most common transportation method.
  • Mississauga speed limits are higher than Toronto’s. False. Speed limits range between 40 km/hr to 90 km/hr — the same as in Toronto. Unless otherwise marked, the speed limit in Mississauga is 50 km/hr.
  • It’s easy to get away with speeding in Mississauga. False. Mississauga is taking measures to combat drivers who speed, including adding speed humps and installing pedestrian crossovers (crosswalks with extra signage and flashing overhead lights).

Mississauga driving tips

  1. At pedestrian crossovers and school crossings, drivers must stop and let pedestrians completely cross before advancing. Drivers that break this law face a penalty of anywhere from $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points. The penalties double if you're in community safety zones and schools.
  2. Drop your speed. As of late 2019, ten Mississauga neighbourhoods have lowered the speed limit to 40 km/hr.
  3. Watch out for cyclists in Mississauga. Sure, biking isn't as popular as it is in Toronto. But the number of people who commute by bike is on the rise. Peak traffic on Mississauga's network of bike lanes is in July and August.

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