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Third-Party Liability & Accident Benefits
Mandatory in Alberta, third-party liability offers protection in the event a third party is injured because of your actions behind the wheel. It also helps cover legal expenses if you’re sued after an accident.
Keep in mind that this coverage only applies to third parties – people other than you that are involved in an incident. You’ll need to purchase additional insurance to repair or replace your own vehicle if you’re involved in an at-fault accident.
Third-party liability also has a limit. Rogers Insurance strongly recommends opting for a $2 million policy limit to better ensure you’re not paying out of pocket for an expensive accident lawsuit.
The accident benefits portion of your auto insurance in Calgary can also help cover healthcare and other expenses during a post-accident recovery period.
Direct Compensation for Property Damage
All Alberta drivers had direct compensation property damage (DCPD) automatically added to their auto insurance as of Jan. 1, 2022. This mandatory coverage means your insurer pays for damages to your vehicle and vehicle contents when you’re involved in a collision, so long as you’re either not at fault or are only partially at fault for the accident.
Direct compensation property damage does not provide coverage if you are deemed fully responsible for an accident; in such an event, you will need collision coverage to cover your vehicle repair or replacement costs.
Read our FAQs to learn more about direct compensation property damage.
This type of Calgary car insurance can help repair or replace your vehicle if you’re at-fault for a collision. Or, if you’re deemed partially at fault, collision can be used to cover the portion of the repair or replacement costs that are not covered the partial benefit you’ll receive from direct compensation property damage coverage.
This Calgary auto insurance covers types of damage other than accidents; it can help you cover repairs or replacement of your vehicle due to damage such as fire, storms, and theft.
Emergency Service Expense
This coverage helps you cover towing and emergency service expenses if your vehicle is undrivable after an accident.
If another driver does not have enough car insurance in Calgary to have sufficient coverage, this coverage can help cover the gaps if you’re involved in an accident. It provides coverage for you, your spouse, or dependent family member.
This type of coverage extends your Calgary auto insurance to include rental vehicles (in specific countries). If you have this coverage, you may not need to purchase the rental agency’s insurance.
Loss of Use
If your vehicle is involved in an accident that is insurable by your auto insurance in Calgary, you can receive a certain amount of funds for public transit, taxis, or a rental vehicle to help you get around.
If you participate as a ride-sharing driver, your personal Calgary auto insurance will not cover you. You likely need a special add-on coverage or a commercial vehicle policy to ensure you’re better protected.
Other Calgary Car Insurance Options
There are three other main decisions you need to make for your Calgary auto insurance:
- Policy Limits – The maximum amount that will be paid out in the event of a covered claim. There can be separate limits for different areas of coverage – third-party liability and loss of use limits are different, for example.
- Deductible – This is the amount you pay before your Calgary auto insurance kicks in. The lower your deductible, the higher your premiums will be.
- Settlement Options – This is how the amount you will get in the event your car is deemed irreparable is determined (if you have collision/comprehensive coverage). There are three main types:
- Actual Cash Value – This is the market value of your vehicle (what you’d sell it for on Kijiji or the purchase value minus depreciation).
- Replacement Cost – This option will replace your vehicle for up to the value you’ve insured it for on the policy. This is not available for all vehicles.
- Guaranteed Replacement Cost – This option can replace your vehicle with a new one if it is under a certain number of years old. This is not available for all vehicles.
Keep in mind that the age of your vehicle influences which settlement options are available to you.
There are many more coverage choices for car owners. Discuss your needs with a Rogers Calgary car insurance broker to ensure you’re getting the right coverage. Our brokers will also do the research and price shopping for you, finding you competitive prices for your Calgary auto insurance.
Unfortunately, rates for Calgary car insurance have been on the rise in Alberta thanks to rising accident expenses, insurance fraud, and increasing frequency of natural disasters. There are many uncontrollable influences on your Calgary car insurance rates. However, here are some tips to reduce your premiums:
- Practice safe driving.
- Install security devices.
- Try usage-based insurance.
- Opt for public transit or walking or biking for your commute, if that’s possible.
- Stay insured as gaps can raise your rates.
- Consider bundling your Calgary auto insurance with your home and other insurance products.
- Invest in winter tires.
- Take a driver’s training course.
- Be aware of insurance fraud and scams.
- Don’t submit a claim if you can afford to fix the damage yourself.
- Review your insurance at least once per year with a good Calgary car insurance broker.
What is the average cost of car insurance in Calgary?
Car insurance in Calgary costs each driver differently depending on the factors that are listed above. You may expect to pay a certain amount based on your personal risk factor. Rogers Insurance has gathered the data and supplied you the following figures to base an estimated average cost of car insurance in Calgary –
- Monthly – car insurance in Calgary may cost an average of $125.
- The monthly range for car insurance in Calgary is between $82 and $265, so you may expect to pay within this amount.
- Yearly – car insurance in Calgary may cost around $1,495.
- The yearly range for car insurance in Calgary is between $980 and $3,183, so you may expect to pay within this amount.
If you are worried that your car insurance in Calgary may be a little too hard on your budget, discuss with Rogers Insurance for advice.