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How car insurance in Vancouver works

Matt Hands

Vancouver ranks as Canada’s most congested city for driving, according to surveys. While the scenic mountains and calming oceans may provide some respite from the daily commute, they won’t help you get to your destination any faster. The average annual car insurance premium in Vancouver, 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 Vancouver, BC, basic auto insurance is provided through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), a public insurance company.

Mandatory Vancouver 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 Vancouver car insurance coverage:

  • Collision
  • Comprehensive
  • 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. 

Mandatory coverage for auto insurance in Vancouver

Mandatory insurance is mostly about protecting you from damage you may cause to others and their property. Protecting you personal car is available with optional coverages.

Third-party liability


Accident benefits


Uninsured motorist


Optional coverage for auto insurance in Vancouver

The below coverages are optional, unless you lease your car and your lessor requires them. Typically, new cars will get the optional coverages.

Collision insurance


Comprehensive


Emergency roadside assistance


Specified perils


All perils


Did you know?

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.

Factors that impact your Vancouver car insurance rates

To find cheap car insurance in Vancouver, you have to know how it works. Even though an insurance application is reasonably standard, you will find several factors beyond your control that impact a risk tolerance calculation, like if you live in an area with higher than average levels of insurance fraud. Here are seven factors ICBC considers before offering personal car insurance in Vancouver:

Driver demographics


Where you live


Vehicle type


Driving history


Driving activity


Type of insurance coverage


Applicable discounts


How to get cheap car insurance in Vancouver

  1. Shop and compare

    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.

  2. Stay with your current insurer

    Some Vancouver 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  1. Ask about discounts

    If you’re a member of a large corporation, union, or a school alumnus, it could help you get cheaper Vancouver car insurance.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Drive less

    our auto insurance in Vancouver 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 more

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