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Kelowna has the highest car dependency rate in Canada based on its tendency for low-density urban sprawl where a car is required to get around. The average annual car insurance premium in Kelowna, depending on fluctuations, is in the top 3 most expensive places in Canada.
Car insurance in Canada is required and each province has their own coverage mandates.
For drivers in Kelowna, BC, basic auto insurance is provided through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), a public insurance company.
Mandatory Kelowna auto insurance coverage includes:
- Third-party liability
- Accident Benefits
- Uninsured motorist protection
However, there also is optional, and highly recommended, coverage available through both ICBC and private insurance brokerages and directly from private insurance companies.
Optional Kelowna car insurance coverage:
- Extended Third-Party Liability
- Loss of Use
- Rental Vehicle Coverage
- New Vehicle Protection
Did you know you can extend the mandatory third-party liability coverage up to $5 million either through ICBC or a private insurer? Be sure to view the table below for more explicit details.
In May of 2021, British Columbia will introduce no-fault insurance meaning you'll only ever deal with your own insurance provider for claims, not that you can't be found at fault. It generally limits your ability to sue for pain and suffering beyond what is available in your coverage.
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Customers with multiple comprehensive claims have to pay higher deductibles in BC. Find out how to make the best use of your deductible to get the best car insurance rate.
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If you're buying a new car, research which cars have the best safety ratings and a low rate of collisions. Typically, minivans and trucks cost less than a sedan. Use IBC's CLEAR table to see how your car measures up.
Stay with your current insurer
Some Kelowna 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 Kelowna 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.
our auto insurance in Kelowna can be 10% cheaper if you drive less than 5,000 km in a year.
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Matt Hands, Business Director of Insurance
With 6+ years of experience at Ratehub.ca, Matt’s focus has been on growing its newest business unit, Insurance. He is a thought leader and a valuable resource to respected publications across Canada. read full bio
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