Ontario Auto Reform

Ontario Auto Insurance Reforms Effective June 1, 2016

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Effective June 1, 2016, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) will institute changes to the province’s automobile insurance system. These changes will apply only to auto insurance policies issued or renewed on or after the effective date. Existing policies will remain subject to the current limits until they are terminated or renewed. The reforms aim to make premiums more …

used car

What to Look For When Buying A Used Vehicle

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In the market for a new set of wheels, or, new to you, that is? If so, tread lightly because buyers can be taken for a ride if they are not careful. Buyer Beware! To avoid purchasing a car with hidden problems, consider the following buying precautions: Excessive wear and tear in the interior, regardless of what the odometer says, …

Road Rage

Do You Suffer From Road Rage?

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Here’s a humorous little quiz to rate your potential for Road Rage. Yes, it’s just for fun but you might notice something about your own potential for Road Rage based on your answers! Take the Quiz… I find driving to be: a) fun and relaxing b) relaxing when I’m alone on the road, but nerve wracking in city traffic c) …

Insurance Scams

Big Insurance Savings? Beware Deals That Seem Too Good to Be True!

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Be careful of offers of big discounts on Auto insurance, even if in print; it may be a SCAM! Auto Insurance Scams in Ontario Last year in Ontario, several newspaper ads ran throughout the province offering a 50% discounts on auto insurance. Consumers called and were asked to provide their personal information, along with a credit card number to purchase …

Car Insurance Scam

Avoid Car Insurance Scams

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Insurance fraud is estimated to cost insurers over $2 billion annually. You can help eliminate automobile insurance scams – and help lower car insurance premiums – by being an informed consumer. How You Can Protect Yourself The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has released a brochure entitled: “Tips for Identifying Car Insurance Scams”. It describes how some scams work, …

Winter Driving Safety

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Stay alert, slow down and stay in control — the three key elements to safe winter driving. Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface. Be Prepared — Driver’s Checklist Get your vehicle winter-ready …

Crossing the border

Tips For Driving Across the Border: Canada to the US

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If you plan on driving in the United States, whether in a rental car or your own, there are certain steps you can take to make sure you’re trip is safe and enjoyable. Have the Right Identification First, make sure you have a valid Passport or WHTI-compliant identification like an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) or NEXUS card. Since June 2009, …

Motorcycle

Storing Your Motorized Toys For Winter

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It’s that time of year again. Many motorized “toys” are best enjoyed through the summer months and then need to be stored during the winter. It is very important when storing anything with a motor that you make sure that you take the following steps to avoid any unnecessary damage. Steps For Storing Motorized Vehicles for Winter Here’s a quick …

Uninsured vehicle

Uninsured Vehicles Cost Us All

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Uninsured vehicles cost us all through higher insurance premiums. It is estimated every insured passenger vehicle owner pays an extra $11.50 per year per vehicle to cover the potential damage caused when an uninsured vehicle is involved in an accident. Of this, one dollar goes to the province’s Motor Vehicle Accidents Claims Fund to pay claims for those injured by …

Talking and Driving

Why Talking On Your Cell Phone While Driving Is Dangerous

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Everyone likes to talk. Most people enjoy driving. But when these two activities are combined, trouble can arise. It’s clear that talking on a cell phone while driving rarely makes anyone a better driver. It’s true that having a cell phone can be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency. However, talking and driving at the same time can …