Your auto insurance is there to protect you against financial loss if you are in an accident. Your auto insurance is, essentially, a contract between you and your insurance company. You pay a premium, and in return, the insurer agrees to pay for any losses as they are defined in your car insurance policy.
Your car insurance is valid anywhere in Canada and the United States. It’s a good idea to take your proof of car insurance with you whenever you drive because you must produce it if a police officer requests it. If you are found driving without valid auto insurance, you can have your driver’s licence suspended and your vehicle impounded.
In Canada, each province and territory establishes their own required minimum insurance coverage. However, you can often get options that go beyond the basics. One of the nice things about insurance is that you can modify your policy to make certain that you’ve got the exact protection you require, without paying for extra insurance you may not need. The law does not require that you get car insurance to cover physical damages to your automobile. However, if you have a newer automobile you’ll want to protect your investment and consider purchasing Collision and Comprehensive coverage.
Your auto insurance generally provides property, liability and medical coverage:
- Property coverage pays for damage or theft of your car.
- Liability coverage pays for your legal responsibility to others for bodily injury or property damage.
- Medical coverage pays for the cost of treating injuries, rehabilitation and sometimes lost wages and funeral expenses.