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About The Canadian Auto Insurance Policy

By Adriana Noton

If you drive a vehicle in Canada, you need a Canadian auto insurance policy, to legally drive in this country. Depending on the province you are driving in, you will have to have certain types of insurance which will be listed on your insurance card that you should carry with you at all times when driving. This is a pink card that shows that you have bought auto insurance somewhere in Canada.

You will need to show this when driving in the province you bought insurance in, and all other Canadian provinces you plan to drive. In some parts of the country you will not be able to register your vehicle with the motor vehicles department until you show proof of insurance and in some provinces, the government covers the basic insurance requirements for your vehicle. But in these provinces you can still buy extra insurance through the governmental insurance agency or a private insurance company.

In some provinces in Canada, the government handles injury claims while allowing private insurance companies to handle property damage claims. In either case, the government requires that all private insurance companies clearly outline and detail the amount and type of coverage the insurance company offers. Each province also determines the minimum amount of liability insurance each individual needs to carry.

In most provinces, people do not receive a separate written policy, but instead have the type and amount of insurance coverage printed on their vehicle registration form. In provinces where the government is responsible for insuring the vehicles of their citizens, the registration is all that is needed for proof of insurance, but if the vehicle has add on insurance, then the registration will list the additional coverage.

There are some provinces in Canada where if you are injured in an auto accident, you cannot sue for more than the limit on the uninsured driver policy. In some provinces, if your vehicle has been damaged due to the fault of another driver, your insurance company compensates you for the loss. You do not deal with the insurance company of the person at fault.

The basics regarding your auto insurance policy stays the same throughout all the provinces. But there are some differences you need to know about if you plan to live and drive in Canada. Make sure to contact your local government insurance bureau to make sure you have the proper coverage for your vehicle.

When given a choice between using a government sponsored insurance and a private car insurance policy company, most people in Canada go with the private insurer. This is because the government option is a bureaucracy and the private sector gives better service because it is a profit driven entity. This is not to say that the government insurance option is not a good choice.

Many in Canada like the idea that the government offers them an affordable insurance option. And when people insure through the government provider, they know that they are within the legal insurance requirements. Contact your Canadian vehicle insurance provider for more information.

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