Can someone drive my car if they aren't on my insurance policy?

Can a friend or relative drive my car under my insurance policy is a common question I often get as an insurance agent. The short answer is yes since auto insurance policies in Ontario cover the vehicle and not the driver. However, there are a few details we should clarify to ensure there is understanding concerning this question.  

 

Under the Ontario highway traffic act, every automobile that is operated on publically owned roads must have minimum standard auto insurance limits. With that being said, a standard auto insurance policy follows the car and not the driver. In the event someone drivers the car other than the car’s owner or someone named on the policy, the auto insurance policy would respond in most cases. Here are some examples for us to look at:

  • A neighbour asks to borrow your pickup. Provided you gave them permission to do so, there would be coverage but keep in mind that when you share your vehicle you also share your insurance. If they crash and are at fault, your auto insurance premiums and personal record will likely be negatively affected.

  • Your 19 year old son is a g2 driver but you purposely don’t tell your insurance company because you are afraid of what it will do to  your insurance rates. If your son had an accident, you may not have  coverage because this material change in risk wasn’t disclosed.

  • Your unlocked car is stolen off of the driveway by someone you don’t know and used for street racing by the thief and results in an accident. Provided that this is reported to the police, your insurance company would likely cover you for the damages and not affect your future premiums. 

If you have any other questions concerning who can drive your vehicle and still be insured under your insurance policy, please feel free to call Kyle Wijnands at 519-393-3246 so that he can answer your specific question. To get an auto insurance quote now, please click the link below. Kyle can them follow up with you shortly to see if there is anything else that can be done to get you cheaper and better auto insurance.

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Ways to get cheaper auto insurance in Ontario: 

New Driver Discounts

If you have auto and home/tenant insurance, you can save on both policies

Bundle Policies

If you have auto and home/tenant insurance, you can save on both policies

Multiple Vehicles

If you have more than one vehicle in the household insured, car insurance rates are cheaper

Pay Annually 

Paying annually instead of monthly will make your auto insurance premiums cheaper. 

Take Driver Training

For new drivers, having driver's training helps to lower auto rates and get cheaper insurance. 

Pay on Time

If you pay on time, your insurance record won't have any cancellations for non-payment and will get you cheaper rates. 

Relationship Status

Typically, the statistics for those who are married are better and can get you cheaper auto rates. 

Have a Clean Record

At fault collisions, convictions, dangerous driving charges etc make premiums higher. A clean record means cheaper auto rates.  

Low KM Use

The lower the usage of the vehicle, the cheaper the insurance. 

Shop & Compare

Rates range from company to company. Look around to see what is the best and cheapest. 

Raise Deductibles

The deductible is what you pay before the insurance company does. Higher deductibles make car insruance rates cheaper. 

Winter Tires

Discounts are available for having winter tires on your vehicle during the snowy season. 

Mandatory Car Insurance Coverages Required in Ontario

Liability Coverage 

For bodily injury or property damage of someone else, costs are covered for you.

Direct Compensation

If you are are not at fault, damages to your car are covered.

Uninsured Auto

If an uninsured driver is negligent, medical costs and physical damages are covered.

Accident Benefits

Regardless of  fault, medical and other expenses you are eligible to receive are paid out.  have entitled to receive are covered.

Optional and Enhanced Auto Insurance Coverages

Comprehensive

Protects your vehicle from damage caused by perils like fire, hail or theft (besides collision or upset.)

Collision or Upset

Protects your vehicle from losses such as collision with another vehicle or object. 

All Perils

Combines collision or upset and comprehensive coverage and also includes increased theft coverage. 

Accident Forgiveness

With this protection, provided that you are not charged with a careless, your rates won't increase if you have a partial or 100% at fault accident. 

Rental Car Coverage

Liability for damage to non-owned Automobile(s)  when insured persons rent other automobiles. Contact for further details.

Vehicle Replacement

Coverage for reasonable expenses incurred in
renting a similar substitute automobile or obtaining alternate transportation while
the insured vehicle is out of use as a result of an insured loss.

Depreciation Protection

If eligible, vehicle can qualify for 24 months of replacement cost coverage instead of the depreciated value at the time of loss. 

Family Protection

 

 

If the other motorist has
insufficient insurance, additional protection is available for you subject to liability limits and policy agreements.