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Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick and the third most populated city in the province. While there is a good public transit system covering most of the city and over 45km of on-street bicycle lanes, there is no rail service connecting the Atlantic province to the rest of Canada.
That means more people are in cars to get in, out, and around the city.
The two main bridges - the Westmoreland Street Bridge and the Princess Margaret Bridge, that cross over the Saint John River are often congested with traffic. There are also several initiatives to curb speeding in and around the city including speed bumps and roundabouts. No matter where you are on the road, at Ratehub.ca, we help the people of Fredericton shop for the best car insurance rates in just minutes to suit their budget and preferences.
To get the best car insurance in Fredericton, it's vital to understand how it works.
Fredericton operates in a no-fault insurance system. No-fault means drivers use their own insurance company regardless of who is at-fault in an accident. In other words, you only ever deal with your own insurance company for a claim or following an accident.
New Brunswick auto insurance is provided by private insurance carriers and is regulated by the Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick (FCNB). FCNB ensures rate increases are substantiated. Simply put, an insurer can't raise rates without prior approval from the regulatory body and is based on their financial records.
Available Fredericton car insurance coverage is broken down into two categories - mandatory and optional.
Mandatory Fredericton auto insurance coverage includes:
- Third-party liability (TPL)
- Accident benefits
- Uninsured automobile insurance
- Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD)
Optional Fredericton car insurance coverage includes:
- Collision insurance
- Comprehensive car insurance
- Specified perils
- All perils
Also available in any city in New Brunswick are Standard Endorsement Forms (SEF) which are coverage enhancements. Here are 5 common New Brunswick auto endorsements.
- SEF 20 - covers the cost of a rental vehicle while yours is being repaired or replaced
- SEF 27 - Ports your existing insurance to a rental car or car you borrow
- SEF 39 - Your insurer forgives your first accident claim so it doesn't impact your insurance rate
- SEF 43 - Removes depreciation in calculating the value of your car when settling a claim
- SEF 44 - Extends TPL coverage to your family following an accident with an uninsured motorist
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The average cost of car insurance in New Brunswick is around $900 per year, or about $75 per month. Could you be paying less? Let's find out.
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Research which company provides cheap car insurance in Fredericton, and also the best value for you and your vehicle. Rates may change up to four times a year, but lucky for you comparing Fredericton car insurance quotes with us is free.
Stay with your current insurer
Some Fredericton car insurance companies will give loyalty discounts to drivers who remain active with them for years. Especially if they add family members or multiple vehicles to their policy.
Bundle your policies
If you use the same insurance company for both your home and auto insurance needs, your insurer will often thank you with a dip in premiums.
Get a multi car discount
If you have multiple drivers and vehicles in the same household, by putting them all on one policy can save you money.
Increase your deductible
Your deductible is the portion you pay when settling a claim before your insurer will pay the rest. If you’re willing to double your deductible, it could save you money.
Ask about discounts
If you’re a member of a large corporation, union, or a school alumnus, it could help you get cheaper Fredericton car insurance
Pay premiums annually, instead of monthly
Paying monthly adds administrative costs to your insurer, so if you’re able to pay in full annually you can lower your premiums.
Maintain a good driving record
If you’re a safe driver, obey the rules of the road and drive according to road conditions you can reduce your chances of an accident. Car crashes stay on your insurance record for up to ten years and can result in higher premiums.
Install winter tires
You can save up to 3-5% simply by adding winter tires to your car.
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Matt started his professional career at CARPROOF where he honed his marketing and analytical skills for over 3 years. Matt then took his wealth of experience to Ratehub.ca’s Toronto offices, working with insurance providers, agents, and brokers to grow and expand the Insurance business unit. He is a thought leader in the community and a valuable insurance resource to respected publications like the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and 680 news radio in Toronto.read linkedin bio
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