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Whether you’re exploring the famous rock formations of nearby Red Rock Coulee or just commuting to work, many people who live in Medicine Hat rely on a car to get around.

You’ll want auto insurance that keeps you moving forward and doesn’t break the bank.

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How to lower your auto insurance costs in Medicine Hat.

When it comes to car insurance costs, there are some factors you can control and some you can’t.

Chances are you’re not going to relocate to another province to get cheaper car insurance rates, and you can’t change your age, either. Fortunately, there are factors beyond age and location that insurance providers consider when setting your premium costs — and some of these you can easily influence.

Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to keep your car insurance premiums as low as possible.

Consider insurance costs when shopping for a vehicle.

When it comes time to buy a car, it’s smart to consider the car’s value, repair costs, safety record and specific safety features, along with the likelihood of theft. All these factors are ones insurance companies care about when deciding your rate.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada maintains detailed records on what types of vehicles are involved in the most claims each year. This can be a handy reference when considering insurance cost as part of your overall decision-making process when shopping for a vehicle.

Keep in mind also that used cars and less luxurious vehicles are typically cheaper to insure than new or higher-end ones, particularly those with powerful motors and the ability to drive fast.

If you already own a car, get to know its safety features.

Some insurance companies offer discounts for special safety features like blind spot monitoring or electronic stability control in a vehicle. Find out if your vehicle has any of these features and ask your insurance provider if they offer any discounts.

Bundle insurance coverage.

Many insurance companies offer discounts if you work with them for multiple insurance needs. If you need tenant insurance coverage along with an auto policy, find out if there are discounts available for using the same insurance company for both.

Comparison shop before choosing a policy.

Insurance companies consider many of the same factors when calculating their rates, but they all view risk slightly differently.

Some may focus on catering to different markets, such as high-risk drivers, or luxury vehicles. Every insurance company is slightly different and they all offer a variety of coverage options to their customers.

This is why comparing rates for auto insurance is so important. Your location in Medicine Hat, your driving record and habits, the type of vehicle you own and your personal preferences about coverage all add up to a unique set of needs when it comes to auto insurance.

Consider installing an anti-theft device.

Some insurance companies offer a discount for this equipment. This could save you on your insurance premiums, plus the headache of having your vehicle stolen (win-win!)

Drive less.

The more you drive, the more opportunities there are for your vehicle to be involved in an accident. This is why insurance companies charge more the more you drive. To lower your rate, consider alternate transportation options for commuting to work and let your insurance provider know. Many companies offer discounts if you use your vehicle mainly for pleasure trips on the weekends, rather than daily commuting.

Drop collision coverage on older vehicles.

Another reason to review your insurance policy periodically is to make sure you have only the level of coverage you need. If you bought your car new, you probably opted for comprehensive and collision coverage, for instance. If your vehicle has aged, this higher level of coverage may no longer be necessary.

If you’re unsure what type of coverage you have, contact your insurer. For a fresh look at your auto insurance options, connect with one of DirectRate.ca’s insurance experts today: 1-855-754-0350.

If you already own a car, get to know its safety features.

Some insurance companies offer discounts for special safety features like blind spot monitoring or electronic stability control in a vehicle. Find out if your vehicle has any of these features and ask your insurance provider if they offer any discounts.

Maintain safe driving habits.

Your clean driving record is valuable. It can lead to real savings when it comes to insurance. Protect this asset, along with yourself and everyone you share the road with, by practicing safe driving habits. Don’t speed, always keep your attention on the road and never drive while intoxicated or sleepy.

Review your policy when it’s time to renew.

If you’re like most people, shopping for auto insurance isn’t your idea of fun. Because of this, many consumers avoid reviewing their policies and just allow them to auto-renew at the end of the term. But, neglecting to review your policy at regular intervals can leave you paying more than you have to for insurance.

A great money-saving habit is to look over the details of your policy—and get a few quotes from competitors—on a regular basis. This could be every time you receive a renewal notification, or once a year. How often is up to you. The point is to make your insurance company compete for your business not just once but regularly. This way, you’re always getting the best deal available.

(If you think you should be getting a cheaper rate on your Medicine Hat auto insurance policy, you’re probably right. Connect with one of our brokers today to take a fresh look at the market and lock in the lowest rate).

Take a defensive driving class.

Insurance companies often offer discounts for completing one of these driver education courses. Absorbing what you learn is even better, since sticking with safe driving habits and maintaining a clean driving record is one of the top things you can do to control your car insurance premiums. Contact your insurer to ask what courses if any will qualify you for savings.

Use snow tires.

Many auto insurers offer discounts if you use snow tires in the winter. Snow tires can prevent accidents and that can save your insurer a bundle. Make sure you let your insurance company know that you do this and ask what savings they can offer you. In Ontario, by law, insurance providers offer a 3-5% discount for drivers who install winter tires each year.

Ready to start saving? Let us help. To get the right car insurance at the best rates in Medicine Hat, use our free, online quote tool and then connect by phone with a licensed broker: 1-855-754-0350.

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Frequently Asked Questions about car insurance in Medicine Hat.

How much can I expect to pay for automobile insurance in Medicine Hat?
  • Car insurance in Medicine Hat and Alberta overall can be expensive. Alberta ranked third behind Ontario and British Columbia among the costliest provinces for auto insurance in the country according to the most recent figures available from the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
  • That said, geography is only one factor that vehicle insurers take into account when setting their rates. This means your location in Medicine Hat, Alberta doesn’t give you a complete or personalized picture of what your own auto insurance policy is likely to cost you.
  • The type of vehicle you drive, your age and gender, your driving record and other factors also influence how insurance companies set their rates. This is why the only accurate way to get a sense of your car insurance cost is to gather custom quotes from several different companies.
  • Fortunately, DirectRate.ca makes the process easy for you. Using our free, online quote tool, input your information once and can instantly compare quotes from the 10+ leading insurance providers in Canada.
How do auto insurance companies calculate their rates?
  • There are a variety of factors that insurance companies take into account when offering you a quote for auto coverage. These can be divided into factors related to geography, factors related to the vehicle and factors related to you, the driver.
  • Geographical factors.

  • Urban areas with heavier traffic usually have higher rates of insurance claims. This drives up premiums in denser cities.
  • High rates of vehicle theft or vandalism in your neighborhood can impact your insurance premium.
  • Having a private, protected parking spot can lead to cheaper car insurance quotes from Medicine Hat insurers. Parking on the street on a regular basis may leave your vehicle more vulnerable to damage from other autos, vandals, thieves or harsh weather. Parking in a private garage tends to better protect your car from damage, and your insurance company from claims.
  • Vehicle factors.

  • Newer and higher-end vehicles with upgraded or customized trim are more valuable and therefore more expensive to insure. They may also be more appealing to thieves, adding another risk for insurance companies.
  • Your vehicle’s safety record and certain safety features will factor into your insurance company’s evaluation of risk when covering your vehicle. Fewer injuries mean fewer claims.
  • If your car has widely available replacement parts and doesn’t require a specialized mechanic for repairs, its repair costs are likely to be cheaper. This can save your insurer money in the event of a claim, so they’re likely to pass the savings onto you as lower premiums.
  • Engine size is another item insurance companies factor into your rates. Insurance providers tend to consider more powerful cars a greater risk and price policies accordingly.
  • Driver factors.

  • Your driving and insurance records are crucial parts of an insurance company’s calculation when setting your rates. Experienced drivers with clean records and an established insurance history free of claims are seen as the safest bets. Inexperienced drivers, those without an insurance history and drivers with accidents and traffic violations are seen as higher risk drivers and usually pay more for insurance.
  • Your age and gender. Older female drivers typically pay lower insurance rates than young, male drivers because statistically they have fewer claims.
  • How much you drive. The higher mileage you put on your vehicle, the more you’re likely to pay in auto insurance premiums. This is especially true if you have a lengthy regular commute or use your vehicle for work. If you usually commute by transit, on foot or by bicycle and use your car only for weekend activities, you may earn a lower premium for your insurance company.
  • The level and type of coverage you want. More comprehensive coverage for a broader variety of potential causes will give you greater protection, at a higher cost.
What’s the best car insurance in Medicine Hat?
  • No single company or policy can offer the perfect coverage for every driver and vehicle. The type and level of coverage you need will depend on your car, your driving habits and your personal preferences.
  • Great car insurance really means customizing a policy to suit your needs and desires, and comparison shopping for the best rates available. There’s no way around it. Fortunately, our licensed brokers can help.
  • Use our free online tool for quotes from the 10+ insurance companies in Canada. Next, give us a call to work one-on-one with a licensed broker who will customize your policy: 1-855-754-0350.
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What types of Medicine Hat vehicle insurance are available?
  • All drivers in Alberta are required by law to carry basic auto insurance, which includes a minimum of $200,000 third-party liability and accident benefits coverage.
  • Aside from these legally mandatory minimums, you can also opt for comprehensive and collision coverage. These offer additional protection so that you can repair or replace your vehicle if it’s damaged in an accident or by other causes, such as a falling tree or vandalism.