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Tips for lowering your auto insurance premium

Here are some tips that may help lower the cost of your auto insurance. Why pay more when it’s so easy to save?

Drive safely

Driving safely always pays off. Not only can this reduce the risk of an accident, but it can also lower the cost of your auto insurance premium.

Good driving habits are not just about reducing your speed. When driving, stay alert and avoid distractions—such as texting, which is one of the leading causes of accidents across the country. Tickets and demerit points are often the result of speeding or distracted driving which will increase your auto insurance premium.

Increase your deductibles

By increasing the deductible amount - for example, by increasing the Collision or Upset deductible from $500 to $1,000, you can lower your premium.

Tip: if you increase your deductible, make sure that you can afford to pay the higher amount in the event of a claim. Also, consider whether the increase is worth the savings. Smaller claims may be below the deductible which means you pay out of pocket. Your Desjardins agent can provide more details to help you make the right decision.

Reassess your coverage if your car is more than 10 years old

If your vehicle is more than 10 years old and not worth that much, you may want to consider removing collision and comprehensive coverage.

However, liability insurance is a mandatory coverage, regardless of the age of your vehicle. It covers bodily injury and property damage you may cause to other people. If you opt for liability insurance only, note that in the event of an accident or other damage, you will be responsible to pay for out of pocket repairs to your vehicle.

If you have any questions about your coverage, ask your Desjardins agent for advice.

Insure all your vehicles with the same Insurer

By insuring all your vehicles with the same insurer, you may benefit from a multi-vehicle discount.

Insure your car and home with the same insurer

Bundle and save! It can be a ‘win win’ situation when you insure your home (house, condo, apartment, cottage) and car with the same insurer. Not only may you be able to save on your premium, in the event of a claim that affects both your home and car, you may only need to pay one deductible (the higher one). By consolidating all your policies with one insurer, it also makes it easier to manage your insurance.

Choose a less expensive car  

When you’re in the process of buying or leasing a new car, a number of criteria guide your choice—fuel consumption, driving distance for electric vehicles, etc. The cost of insurance should also be a deciding factor, as it can vary greatly from one model vehicle to another.

Certain vehicles, for example, attract thieves which has a direct impact on insurance premiums. To find out if the model you are interested in is on the thieves’ ‘radar’, check out the Top 10 Stolen Vehicle list published by the Insurance Bureau of Canada each year. It goes without saying that an economy-class car that costs less to repair, also costs less to insure than a higher-end car. Therefore, if your goal is to save money, opt for something less expensive.

These days, because you can easily get online quotes, it’s easy to compare insurance costs for different models that you may be interested in.  If you’re already insured with us, you can get your quotes by logging into My Account.

Have a security device installed

Regardless of the age of your vehicle, having an anti-theft, tracking or immobilizing device installed may help reduce your auto insurance premium.

Save when you install winter tires

You may be able to save on your auto insurance premium when your car is equipped with four winter tires.

Keep your insurance file up to date

Changes in your driving habits can impact your premium. For example, if you’ve moved closer to work, telecommuted, or have sold your cottage, your annual mileage probably went down. It’s to your advantage to update the estimated annual mileage on your policy. You can quickly make changes using the online tools or by contacting your local Desjardins Agent.

Other topics of interest:

8 tips to prevent vehicle theft

7 important facts to know about winter tires

6 safe driving resolutions

The terms and conditions of the coverages described are set out in the insurance policy, which always prevails. Some conditions, exclusions and limitations may apply. These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.

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