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Why opening up B.C. auto to competition could help even if it doesn’t lower prices

October 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia motorists would probably benefit from more choice in auto insurance if it means they can start doing more things by phone and online, suggests the co-founder of an online price comparison site. With the provincial election scheduled Oct.

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Why B.C. brokers are not rallying behind Liberal auto insurance election promise

October 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s Liberal party, which ruled the province from 2001 through 2017, is promising to open auto insurance up to competition if voters return the Liberals to power in the Oct. 24 election. “The ICBC monopoly is a failure and

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What Gore Mutual advises about winter tires

October 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto clients should start thinking soon about their seasonal tire change, an executive with Gore Mutual suggests. “As we get further into fall and temperatures begin to drop below seven degrees Celsius, motorists should definitely begin thinking about changing

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Auto sales in best showing since outbreak

October 6, 2020 by Anita Balakrishnan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Auto sales in September were 2.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, marking the best month for dealers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. said on Thursday that 169,876 light vehicles were

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Insurers, collision repairers tout benefits of proposed mandatory certification

October 5, 2020 by Adam Malik

A push to require Ontario collision repair shops to meet minimum standards when repairing vehicles is expected to even out the playing field, make the claims process run more smoothly, help client satisfaction, make roads safer, and potentially bring down

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Why insurers incurred penalties for over-charging Alberta auto clients

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Programming errors are cited as the culprit for why some Alberta auto clients have been charged higher rates than those approved by the Automobile Insurance Rate board. Six auto insurers (ultimately owned by Economical, TD Bank and Intact) had to

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Mud and snow tires in winter prompts another small claim in B.C.

October 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia car rental companies that provide mud and snow tires in December or January are keeping the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal busy. In Fraser v. ICBC, released Wednesday, the CRT ruled against a claimant who sought $5,000 in damages

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One certifiable way to improve the driver’s claims journey

October 1, 2020 by Adam Malik

Drivers in Ontario can anticipate a smoother claims journey if collision repair shops in the province are certified in the future as expected, according to a pair of experts. Currently, the national trade association that represents collision repairers is in

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Broker lands in hot water after a man receives a surprise gift from his father-in-law

September 29, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker received a $1,000 fine and was ordered to complete a course in auto insurance for her role in trying to help a man purchase a car for his son-in-law. The provincial broker regulator found that the broker,

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Mud + snow tires count as winter tires: Tribunal

September 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s civil resolution tribunal has ruled against a motorist who claims the car he rented did not have proper winter tires because they were marked “mud + snow,” but the motorist is not liable for alleged damage to the

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Why this client wants to take insurer to Supreme Court over family protection endorsement

September 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A motor vehicle personal injury lawsuit, involving Ontario’s family protection endorsement and multiple defendants when alcohol is involved, could be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. A key question before the top court — if it decides to hear

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The good news and bad news about Ontario auto

September 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance rates were 3.7% lower in the second quarter of 2020, than in the same period in 2019, but were still higher than in the three months ending March 30, 2020, data released Tuesday by LowestRates.ca suggests. “COVID