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Insurance Basics

How do insurance companies determine premiums?

Insurance companies determine premiums in different ways. When it comes to car insurance, there are a lot of factors:

  • Your insurance history. How long you’ve been insured in the province you’re looking to get insurance in is one thing the insurance company considers.
  • If you’ve been in any accidents or if you’ve received speeding tickets, the insurance companies will take that into account.
  • How you use the vehicle is important. Is it for personal use, or is it part of your business?
  • Companies take into account how much you drive. If you have a long commute it could increase your rate.
  • Where you live is a huge factor in determining your rate.

When determining home insurance premiums, the factors are different:

  • Your claims and insurance history
  • Where you live
  • What coverages you’ve selected. When it comes to home insurance, there is a lot of optional coverages to consider which will affect the premium.