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When GAP insurance is an ‘easy profit maker’ for auto dealer

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Guaranteed Asset Protection is one way for automotive dealers to make money from consumers who make large down payments on their new vehicles, an automotive columnist suggests. GAP insurance is intended to protect consumers who borrow money to buy their

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How family protection endorsement works when multiple tortfeasors liable

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling that reduced an Ontario auto insurer’s liability by more than $500,000 is now final. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Dec. 10 it will not hear an appeal from Gregory Tuffnail, who was

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What Ontario’s auto dealer overseer says about GAP insurance

November 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Guarantee asset protection, or GAP insurance, can address the risk of a consumer having negative equity as a result of borrowing money to buy a car, suggests the head of the organization that regulates Ontario’s motor vehicle dealers. GAP is

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Which insurer has to pay if garage loaner vehicle causes an accident

November 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the driver of a loaner vehicle provided by an auto service centre is sued by an accident victim in Alberta, the insurer of the loaner vehicle may be the first payor. This is what happened when Northwest Acura in

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Intact has ‘lost hope’ in this market

November 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance could potentially re-enter the British Columbia auto market, but not if it is restricted to offering only optional coverages while competing against a government monopoly, CEO Charles Brindamour said this past Tuesday. During an earnings call, Intact Financial

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New CEO for Manitoba government auto insurer

November 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Manitoba Public Insurance has hired Eric Herbelin, a former senior strategist for Zurich Insurance, as its new CEO, effective Jan. 4. Herbelin worked in Switzerland for Zurich from 2001 through 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile. MPI announced Herbelin’s appointment

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5th Top Story in 2020: Intact to exit this line of business

October 28, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s largest insurer announced late Tuesday that its brands Intact Insurance and belairdirect will no longer offer optional auto coverage in British Columbia.  “This decision was taken after careful consideration, given the upcoming regulatory changes in the province that will

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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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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 + 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