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Hamilton, or “The Hammer” as it's affectionately known is a hub of a recent cultural explosion thanks in part to the artisan exodus from Toronto due to the high cost of living. Hamiltonians still commute back to Toronto or Niagara for work and spend a lot of time on the QEW and 403 Highways.
Hamilton is also still known as “Steeltown” due to its two steel manufacturing plants on the waterfront where you’ll find even more commuters. It’s the third-largest metropolitan area in Ontario and while there is some public transit, most commuters are still in their own personal vehicles. Hamilton is one of the most expensive cities in Ontario for car insurance.
Car insurance in Hamilton, and across Ontario is a requirement for all drivers. To operate a vehicle in Hamilton, you must have insurance. To get the best car insurance in Hamilton, it's vital to understand how it works.
Hamilton 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.
Ontario auto insurance is provided by private insurance carriers and is regulated by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRAO). FSRAO 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 Hamilton car insurance coverage is broken down into two categories - mandatory and optional.
Mandatory Hamilton auto insurance coverage includes:
- Third-party liability
- Accident benefits
- Uninsured automobile insurance
- Direct Compensation Property Damage (DCPD)
Optional Hamilton car insurance coverage includes:
- Collision insurance
- Comprehensive car insurance
- Specified perils
- All perils
Also available in any city in Ontario are Optional Policy Change Forms (OPCF) which are coverage enhancements. Here are 4 common Ontario endorsements.
- OPCF 20 - covers the cost of a rental vehicle while yours is being repaired or replaced
- OPCF 27 - Ports your existing insurance to a rental car or car you borrow
- OPCF 39 - Your insurer forgives your first accident claim so it doesn't impact your insurance rate
- OPCF 43 - Removes depreciation in calculating the value of your car when settling a claim
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How much is car insurance in Hamilton?
The average cost of car insurance in Hamilton is roughly $1,900 per year, or nearly $160 per month. Considering the provincial average is $1,505. Could you be paying less? Let's find out.compare my quotes
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Research which company provides cheap car insurance in Hamilton, and also the best value for you and your vehicle. Rates may change up to four times a year, but lucky for you comparing Hamilton car insurance with us is free.
Stay with your current insurer
Some Hamilton auto 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 Hamilton 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 5% simply by adding winter tires to your car in Ontario
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