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October 2018

Buying Insurance Online

6 Reasons Why Canadians Should be Buying Insurance Online

Almost everything these days has moved online, some things faster than others. There is no doubt there are many advantages to moving to the online world be it in banking, retail sales, social networking, news and just about any other thing in our lives. But some things have been much slower to move online than others, which brings us to insurance. Most of us are still buying our insurance like it’s 1999. Lately there has been a big push for home and auto online but what about all the other products out there? Most of the European insurance industry is light years ahead of Canada as less than 5% of insurance is currently transacted online in Canada.

Going online is the best

Traditional insurance sales will try to scare you away from online by pushing that you don’t really know what you are getting, your policy isn’t custom tailored to you, and you don’t get the benefits of an expert that knows the product. But are you really getting that now and will you really be losing any of that? Here’s why you should be buying insurance online.

Reason #1- Control

With online insurance you can shop where you like, when you like and can better pick and choose your coverage. You don’t have to rely on the traditional channels that sell one or two companies’ products. It’s also easy to check a company’s reputation and level of service. You can also easily compare what different companies are providing.

Reason # 2- Your Time

In our fast-paced world, you don’t have time to shop around for your insurance using the old methods of calling and asking for quotes, waiting for a response, and having to decipher what coverage you are getting. You can also shop on your own time when its convenient for you rather than a company’s office hours.

Reason # 3- Your Money

Buying insurance is often a necessity for a variety of reasons but why pay so much more for something because of outdated processes? Technology has drastically cut the amount of hands that are needed to get you the best possible coverage. By going direct, the extra commissions can be removed saving you money.

Reason # 4- Less paperwork

Processes can be streamlined, and information kept digitally. Ever want to know what’s covered on your policy and tried to find that renewal document you received last year? Online forms are interactive and can help eliminate unnecessary lines of questioning. You can upload supporting documents without the need to photocopy, courier or mail.

Reason #5- Transparency

An online policy will allow you to see and understand all features of what you are getting. In addition you can review the reputation of the company issuing the policy. Always remember to carefully review policies and if something isn’t clear engage the chat bot who is a live insurance agent.

Reason # 6 Easy access to complete policy details

A good online broker will make it easy to connect and answer questions and provide a level of advisory to complete a policy purchase. When going through the quote process, you should be able to carefully review what coverage you are getting and do it when its convenient for you. Again, always remember to carefully review policies and if something isn’t clear contact the company and ask.

So there you have it; Canadians should be buying insurance online. It’s simple, convenient for you and can save you a lot of money. Get started today with a quote from Obvi.

Which Cars Have The Best Warranty?

When researching your next new or used vehicle purchase it’s a good idea to consider which one comes with the best vehicle warranty. All new cars, trucks, and SUVs come with a manufacturers comprehensive and powertrain warranty.  Most comprehensive manufacturer warranties are 3 years/60,000 km or 4 years/80,000 km with powertrain coverage generally being longer. Whats the difference between comprehensive and powertrain?

Comprehensive Warranty Powertrain Warranty
·        Covers defects in workmanship on most all working parts of the vehicle such as electrical, fuel systems, air conditioning ·        The powertrain warranty covers the parts of a car that provide power and make it move. This is the engine, transmission and drivetrain.

 

Other types of vehicle warranties included from the manufacturer:

  • Hybrid/Electrical powertrain coverage is also provided for a separate term and varies amongst automakers, but most are around 8 years/160,000km.
  • Roadside assistance is also included with new vehicles and ranges anywhere from 3 to 6 years or 60,000km to unlimited km’s.
  • Some manufacturers provide varying terms of coverage for certain components such as emissions, radio systems, batteries and other wear parts.
  • Manufacturers include varying terms of rust perforation warranty on new vehicles.

Its important to read the fine print of any warranty and understand the various levels of coverage.

Which car comes with the best car warranty in Canada? That goes to Mitsubishi offering the overall best vehicle warranty at terms of 5 years/100,000 km for the comprehensive coverage and the best powertrain warranty at 10 years/160,000 km.  You can decide for yourself which car company has the best vehicle warranty depending on what your needs are. A list of the current coverage each manufacturer offers for its comprehensive and powertrain warranties is provided at the end of this blog to help you determine which car has the best warranty for you.

Regardless of the type of vehicle considered, you may notice that all the manufacturers warranty’s have something in common: coverage generally expires long before it is truly needed.  Each manufacturer has determined when they can offer protection without having to charge for it and this equates to what is known as manufacturers warranty. Once the time or distance allowed has been exceeded, an extended warranty is needed for further coverage.

What’s the best extended car warranty? We have discussed this topic in previous blog posts to some extent but here are some additional things to consider. Automotive retailers are in a position to offer:

  • A third-party warranty, most likely in form of an insurance policy
  • Extended coverage from the manufacturer, most likely in a “service contract”

What is often misunderstood at this point is that the automotive dealer is selling a policy or contract for which they have no overview or administration role in the event of a claim. The sales agent has a laundry list of tactics and years of sales training to earn a commission. Car buyers should look online for alternatives and ask a lot of questions. Don’t feel pressured to immediately buy the extended warranty at the time your purchasing your new vehicle.

Here are some things you should be concerned about:

  • Transfer/Cancellation options– your needs are always changing does your warranty support that?
  • Time and Distance –Don’t let years of coverage trump KM’s. Make sure the extended warranty doesn’t expire before 160,000 Km’s
  • Offer of a “no claim credit”– If it sounds to good to be true it usually is. Typically you pay a premium for this and getting the money back is rarely a straightforward process and might require the purchase of a new vehicle from the same dealer.
  • Fine Print– You mostly need to be concerned about what isn’t covered – fancy brochures won’t be brought out when a claim happens.
  • Price– Shop around, rarely do you get a reasonable price for extending a warranty at a dealership.

Find out more about Obvi and our Extended Warranty and get a free quote now.