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Ontario Car / Auto Insurance – Free Quotes Online

Auto insurance is mandatory to carry in Ontario. Regardless of if you are the owner of your vehicle, are financing your vehicle or are leasing your vehicle you need to carry auto insurance. To get started you need to have an active Ontario driver’s license. If you have a driver’s license that is not registered in Ontario you will need to transfer your license at the Ministry of Transportation. There are many factors that go into determining the premium for your car insurance and the best way to find the right coverage for you and your vehicle is through the expertise of a broker.

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Mandatory Car Insurance Coverage for Ontario

In Ontario, the government regulates that individuals must carry the following coverage:

  • Liability for Bodily Injury
  • Liability for Property Damage
  • Direct Compensation
  • Uninsured Motorists
  • Accident Benefits

Liability Coverage protects you from damage you do to others or to property in a car accident. In Ontario, $1,000,000 liability is common, but at McDougall Insurance, we recommend that everyone should have a $2,000,000 liability limit. The cost of lawsuits continue to increase and doubling your liability coverage typically has a very minimal cost.

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No Fault Insurance For Ontario Drivers

In Ontario, we have something called no-fault insurance, which means regardless of who is at fault, each insurance company pays for the damage to each car. Part of your premium is for this protection. The idea behind the no-fault insurance process is to simplify the claims process so that your own insurance company handles your claim regardless of if you are at fault or not.

Accident Benefits In Ontario

The government includes basic medical benefits for all drivers to protect them in the event of injury. However, there are options to purchase additional coverage. We recommend you consider additional coverage, based on your health plan at work and your family’s needs. Often time the standard limits are not enough especially in the medical, rehabilitation and attendant care portion of your accident benefits policy.

Experts estimate that 10-15% of drivers in Ontario do not carry auto insurance. Although, thanks to the technology in police vehicles that number is decreasing. Regardless, you need protection from these people who operate outside the law. Part of your premium is for this protection.

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Collision Car Insurance Coverage Option

If you are in a car accident where you are deemed to be at fault, you need collision coverage to protect the physical damage to your own vehicle. This also protects you in a hit & run and parking lot accidents. This coverage is subject to a deductible, which means if you submit a claim under the optional collision portion you will be required to pay your deductible and then your insurance coverage will pay the rest. The standard deductible is $500 but you do have the option with most insurance companies to increase or decrease that amount.

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Comprehensive Auto Insurance Coverage Option

Similar to collision coverage, comprehensive coverage is optional on your car insurance policy and can be added for an additional premium. Comprehensive coverage is also subject to a deductible and protects you from fire, theft, vandalism, falling objects, and collision with an animal. It also covers glass repairs and if you repair a glass chip before it cracks your insurance company will often waive your deductible.

Loss of Use Endorsement

Often referred to as OEF 20 the loss of use endorsement provides coverage that allows you to rent a car while your vehicle is being repaired. This coverage is typically very inexpensive and is helpful if you do get into a claim situation where you require a rental vehicle. Without this coverage, you will be responsible for finding your own transportation while your car is being repaired.

Liability For Damage To Non-Owned Vehicles Endorsement

This is the coverage you should have if you ever rent a vehicle while travelling. It saves you paying the rental car company insurance rates, which are usually per day. The coverage is good anywhere in Canada and the United States. For more details, make sure you ask your broker before your trip as certain limits may apply!

Claims Forgiveness Protection

You have earned a good driving record. We want to see you keep it. Claims forgiveness allows you to protect your driving record and maintain your driver rating after an at-fault accident.

Limited Waiver Of Depreciation Endorsement

This endorsement also referred to as the OPCF 43 will waive depreciation on new vehicles. This coverage can be applied for 24 – 48 months. This means that if your new car is in an accident a year or two after you buy it, you can replace it with a brand new vehicle or receive the value of your vehicle when you purchased it, not the depreciated value. This is an excellent coverage to help maximize the value you will receive in a claim situation for new vehicles. You will need to provide a bill of sale or purchase agreement to your insurance company to receive the endorsement.

To speak with a licensed professional about Auto Insurance Coverages, please call us at 1-800-361-0941.

Did You Know?

Some of our companies have discounts for short commutes.
Let us know how far you drive to work and you can save. Or, maybe you work in your home. No commute? More savings.

Car Insurance FAQ’s

Yes, auto insurance is mandatory to carry in Ontario. In order to register a vehicle or renew your registration in Ontario you need to provide proof of insurance. If you are caught driving without insurance you will be fined and your license will be suspended.

Great question! You can remove or reduce coverage off a vehicle if you are not driving it, but be aware that you need to add back liability coverage to make the vehicle road legal again. Even if you are not driving your vehicle it can still be a good idea to carry comprehensive coverage on the vehicle. This covers you from things like vandalism, theft, fire, wind and more. Many drivers who have summer vehicles choose to do this when they put the vehicle away for the winter.

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  • Brockville
  • Carleton Place
  • Cobourg
  • Cornwall
  • Courtice
  • Crysler
  • Eganville
  • Embrun
  • Gananoque
  • Kemptville
  • Kingston
  • Madoc
  • Midland
  • Morrisburg
  • Napanee
  • North Bay
  • Orillia
  • Oshawa
  • Ottawa
  • Parry Sound
  • Pembroke
  • Penetanguishene
  • Perth
  • Petawawa
  • Peterborough
  • Picton
  • Prescott
  • Prince Edward County
  • Sudbury
  • Trenton
  • Wellington
  • Winchester

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don & Leanne

Mike Cunha was wonderful to deal with on quoting my auto and home insurance. I would highly recommend this company and Mike for all your insurance needs.

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Great broker at McDougall. Changed everything over. Dan will take care of you !

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After being with our previous broker for over 30 years we decided to switch in hopes of a better level of customer service and are extremely pleased with our experience with McDougall’s. We recommend McDougall’s to family and friends.

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McDougall Insurance has been the insurance brokerage I’ve dealt with since I started buying insurance policies in 2007. I have been extremely happy with the service provided by McDougall and their staff.

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Gwelda MacDonald

After being with our previous broker for over 30 years we decided to switch in hopes of a better level of customer service and are extremely pleased with our experience with McDougall’s. Their representative, LesLee MacDonald, is proactive with regards to our evolving needs, personable and highly professional. We recommend McDougall’s to family and friends.

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