Buying Car Insurance
When it comes to auto insurance in Canada, many factors determine your annual premium. One of the most influential factors is the car you drive. The top two things insurers take into consideration when it comes to your vehicle are its safety rating and the likelihood of it getting stolen.
Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) analyses the relevant data, drawn from driver fatalities, crash test results, headlight ratings and other metrics to draw up a list of the safest cars. Vehicles are divided into the following categories: small cars, midsize cars, midsize luxury cars, large cars, large luxury cars, small SUVs, midsize SUVs, midsize luxury SUVs, large SUVs and large pickups. The list is updated each year. Here is a selection of the most recent winners in each category:
|Small cars||2019-20 Honda Insight 4-door sedan|
|Midsize cars||2019-20 Toyota Camry 4-door sedan|
|Midsize luxury cars||2019-20 BMW 3 series 4-door sedan|
|Large cars||2019-20 Kia Stinger 4-door hatchback|
|Large luxury cars||2019-20 Audi A6 4-door sedan|
|Small SUVs||2019-20 Toyota RAV4 4-door SUV|
|Midsize SUVs||2019-20 Volkswagen Tiguan 4-door SUV|
|Midsize luxury SUVs||2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 4-door SUV|
|Large SUVs||2019 Audi e-tron 4-door SUV|
|Large pickups||2019-20 Ram 1500 Crew cab pickup|
Heavier vehicles offer more protection than smaller ones, so insurance companies will save the cheapest rates for midsize and large cars. These cars possess very durable frames and are unlikely to collapse in on themselves following a collision, ultimately keeping the occupants safer than the lighter frames found on smaller cars.
There is an intervening connotation here too; insurance companies consider SUVs and minivans to be family cars, and thus more likely to have a sensible, cautious driver than a “souped up” sports car, for example.
Aside from the make and model of your car, insurers also consider the age of the car when assessing its safety. Newer cars have the most safety features, but they also cost the most money to repair and replace. Each insurance company will assess the likelihood of you needing to make a claim, and how much that claim is likely to cost, before giving you a quote for car insurance.
It is not a secret that your postal code affects your insurance premium. If you live in an area with a high rate of auto theft, car insurance coverage will cost more.
Each year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada releases its list of the 10 most stolen vehicles. If your car is on this list, even if you live in an area with a low crime rate, you could face a higher insurance premium. In 2019, the most stolen vehicles in Canada were:
Look at the most stolen vehicles in your province, and consider other makes and models when buying a new vehicle to get the cheapest insurance.
Vehicles equipped with the most safety features, best crash ratings, and best theft deterrents are the cheapest to insure in Canada. If your car checks these boxes, you can be confident insurance companies will deem it safe and be more willing to offer a cheap insurance premium.
However, there is no substitute for safe, defensive driving. A bad driver in a safe car is still an insurance risk! For the very best deals on car insurance, stick to the rules of the road, maintain a clean driving record, and compare quotes on Rates.ca.