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Can I cancel Gap Insurance from the dealership?

Can I cancel gap insurance from the dealership?

You bought a car from the dealership – congratulations! The whole process can be draining and take a long time, especially when you have to sit through sales pitches for add-on products. Ended up purchasing an insurance product with a deal you realized is really expensive? No worries, in some cases you can cancel gap insurance from the dealership.

3rd Party Policies

If you have purchased a 3rd party policy, you should be able to cancel your Gap Insurance policy at any time at a pro-rata rate. What exactly does this mean? It means you get a refund for the unused portion of the policy – but when it comes to cancelling “the sooner the better” is true .

Why Gap Insurance with Obvi is different

For more information about Gap Insurance, read our explainer blog here.

Gap Insurance is an important insurance policy, but you don’t deserve to be paying thousands for it. Obvi is the only fully online solution in Western Canada, meaning that we cut out the middleman saving you money. By being online, it also means that you don’t have sales or time pressure and can purchase when you are ready and have conducted as much research of your own as you like.

Why would I want Gap Insurance?

CBC News reported that in 2018, 55 % of all new car loans were for at least 84 months (7 years). Unfortunately, people forget that having a loan over a long number of years does come with risks. Here are some points to think about;

  • “I’m a sensible driver, I’m not going to crash my car…” Hopefully you won’t ever be in an accident, but what if it is stolen? Or there is a fire? Not everything is always in our control, so if you have a long term loan, you want to have reassurance that you will be financially covered in case something happens.
  • The worst case; you don’t want to be left with a loan and no car- this can happen, and that’s why you need protection.

GAP Insurance is there to help protect your finances and give you peace of mind. We sometimes forget the financial risks and ties that are associated with our vehicles, and we also often forget that some events are outside our control such as theft or accidents. With Obvi you can purchase GAP Insurance online. Find out more about GAP coverage and get a free quote now.

Quotes for GAP Insurance

Where do you go to get quotes for GAP Insurance?

Traditionally, GAP Insurance was only sold through the dealer when purchasing a vehicle, so this is also where you would get quotes for GAP Insurance. However, this is expensive, the dealer is often not knowledgeable about the product and they are not the ones who would handle your claim. There also tends to be a sales pressure when buying insurance products from the dealer as they make a hefty commission from selling a 3rd party warranty (hence why buying from the dealer is expensive).

Obvi has completely changed GAP Insurance; by bringing the sales process online and cutting out the middleman, consumers can save up to 70%, there is no sales pressure and confusing technical jargon and consumers get a better product. Obvi has made the process of getting quotes for GAP Insurance quick & easy – you can get a quote in under 30 seconds!

Can you get quotes for GAP Insurance on used vehicles? Absolutely! It doesn’t matter whether your vehicle is new or used, as long as you meet the requirements;

  • You have to have a long-term loan (4 years / 48 months up to 7 years / 84 months) and a relatively new vehicle (up to 4 years old).
  • Both new and used vehicle purchases are eligible
  • Must be in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba and recently signed a new auto loan or lease between $20,000 – $100,000

Getting quotes for GAP Insurance is so easy with Obvi. Whether you are at work, home or on-the-go, you can quickly get a quote on your phone without hassle. You can take your time to research and understand what the policy covers, and whether this is something for you. There is also no time pressure meaning you don’t have to make a pressured decision. Come back whenever you are ready, and we are here to help you if necessary.

How is GAP Insurance with Obvi different from buying at the dealership? Here is a handy comparison:

DealerObvi
Quick 30 seconds quoteX
No confusing jargonX
No commission feeX
Take your time to researchX
No sales pressureX
Simple list of exclusionsX

The way that GAP Insurance and Extended Auto Warranty is being sold in Canada is changing. Consumers no longer have to go through the dealer to get a quote for GAP Insurance, or even make a purchase. Obvi offers GAP Insurance at a fair price by simplifying the process and cutting out the middleman. Canadians should be able to go online for GAP Insurance at their leisure and purchase an important insurance product at an affordable price.

GAP Insurance On Cars

What is GAP Insurance on cars? Obvi has put together a handy guide to fully explain everything.

GAP Insurance definition: Guaranteed Auto (or Asset) Protection is a type of car insurance which protects your finances when a loan is taken out to pay for your car.

But what does GAP Insurance on cars really mean?
Take this scenario; you were involved in an accident and you totaled your car. Your insurance company determines that the car is worth $14,000. This is less than you imagined but you bought the car new so it depreciated in value over time. You still owe $18,000 because you took out a long term loan over 7 years, meaning
$18,000          – $14,000 = $4,000

What you owe – car worth = Amount you still owe
GAP Insurance protects you and will cover this $4,000 – this is the “GAP”. Obvi protects you when you take out a loan to finance your car with GAP Insurance.

What do I need to know?

  • GAP Insurance on cars is not just available if you purchased your vehicle, it also includes leased vehicles.
  • Traditionally, GAP Insurance was only sold through the dealer when purchasing a vehicle. However, this was expensive, the dealer was often not knowledgeable about the product and they were not the ones who would handle your claim.
  • Obvi has completely changed GAP Insurance on cars; by bringing the sales process online and cutting out the middleman, consumers can save up to 70%, there is no sales pressure and confusing technical jargon and consumers get a better product.

Why do I need it?

Both leasing a car and taking out a long-term loan are popular options in Canada. According to Automotive News Canada, around 25% of new cars are leased and CBC News reported that in 2018, 55 % of all new car loans were for at least 84 months (7 years). Unfortunately, people forget that leasing and having a loan over a long number of years does come with risks. Here are some points to think about;

  • “I’m a sensible driver, I’m not going to crash my car…” Hopefully you won’t ever be in an accident, but what if it is stolen? Or there is a fire? Not everything is always in our control, so if you have a long term loan, you want to have reassurance that you will be financially covered in case something happens.
  • The worst case; you don’t want to be left with a loan and no car- this can happen, and that’s why you need protection.

GAP Insurance on cars is there to help protect your finances and give you peace of mind. We sometimes forget the financial risks and ties that are associated with our vehicles, and we also often forget that some events are outside our control such as theft or accidents. With Obvi you can purchase GAP Insurance online. Find out more about GAP coverage and get a free quote now.

GAP Insurance On Lease

Can you get GAP insurance on lease car?

Guaranteed Auto (or Asset) Protection, GAP insurance, is a type of car insurance which protects your finances when a loan is taken out to pay for your car. Many people think that they cannot get gap insurance on lease cars but this is not true. With Obvi, getting gap insurance on lease cars is definitely an option.

Do you pay more for Gap insurance when the vehicle is on lease?
No! The amount you pay for Gap insurance does not depend on whether the car is on lease or not.

Leasing a car explained

Leasing a car is not the same as financing a car. When you lease a car and your term comes to an end, you either return the car or you can choose to buy the car. Both leasing a car and taking out a long-term loan are popular options in Canada. According to Automotive News Canada, around 25% of new cars are leased.

Why would I need GAP insurance on a lease car?

When leasing a car, you do not actually own the car and therefore you are responsible for returning the car back to the owner once the term is up. If you are in an accident, or the vehicle is stolen, the car insurance company will pay out the same amount as it would cost to buy that used car from a dealer. This is therefore much less than the new price due to depreciation, meaning that it wouldn’t cover the whole amount you would need to pay to end your leasing contract. This is why GAP insurance on lease cars exist, as it covers this shortfall.

Risks of a leased car

Unfortunately, people forget that both leasing a car and taking out a long-term loan over a number of years does come with risks. Here are some useful points that we often go over when we explain what’s GAP Insurance.

  • Accidents happen – Hopefully you won’t ever be in an accident, but what if it is stolen? Or there is a fire? Not everything is always in our control, so if you have a lease, you want to have reassurance that you will be financially covered in case something happens.
  • The worst case; you don’t want to be left with paying a lease and no car- this can happen, and that’s why you need protection. If you are in an accident, and the car needs to have repairs, your payments will still continue. If your car is totaled in an accident, you will also continue to make payments until the claim amount is settled.

Yes, you can get GAP insurance on a lease car, and yes the best deal is online with Obvi without paying a huge commission fee. Find out more about GAP insurance or get a quick and easy quote now.

Can I buy GAP Insurance after I buy a car? 

Can I buy GAP Insurance after I buy a car? 

Customers frequently have the idea that GAP insurance can only be purchased at the time of buying your vehicle. The reason they think this is probably due to the traditional method of selling GAP Insurance in Canada, which occurs when purchasing a vehicle from the dealership. Once you are filling out paperwork in the finance office, it is common for the salesmen to try and sell you insurance products such as GAP Insurance. Unfortunately, some salesmen are quite persistent with pushing these insurance products, as they take up to 75% commission.

It could be that from the sales pitch, customers think that it is only possible to buy GAP Insurance whilst they are purchasing their car, but this is not true. It is also not the case that GAP Insurance is only sold at the dealership, as Obvi has brought GAP Insurance fully online in Western Canada.

Can I buy GAP Insurance after I buy a car? Yes, if you meet these important criteria.
GAP protection insurance is ideal for those who have a long-term loan (4 years / 48 months up to 7 years / 84 months) and a relatively new vehicle (up to 4 years old). With Obvi’s GAP Insurance, both new and used vehicle purchases are eligible, and almost anyone in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba who has recently signed a new auto loan or lease between $20,000 – $100,000 qualifies.

What are the advantages of buying GAP Insurance online?
1) Time – buying at the dealership means that you can’t take your time, do your research and understand what you are being offered, and also what other options you have. With going online, you can take your time to look at as much information as you want
2) Money – going online means that you cut out the middleman and don’t pay up to 75% commission (which is why buying at the dealership is so expensive). You get the fair price you deserve
3) Pressure – there’s no pressure to buy! We won’t push you, but our experienced Insurance Experts are at the end of a phone or available for Live Chat if you need them
4) And many more! In fact, check out our blog post here to fully understand why buying insurance online in Canada is the way forward

To find out more, check out our GAP Insurance page and get a quick and easy online quote.

What we learned in 2018

What we learned in 2018

As 2018 has ended, Obvi enters 2019 with an exciting milestone – we now help Canadians save over $1,000,000 each month by going online for Extended Auto Warranty and GAP Insurance.  As we prepared last year to launch a game changing platform to deliver comprehensive coverage at a fair price, we knew it wouldn’t be easy given some of the stigma facing the industry from decades of poor contracts and sales practices. Whilst looking forward in 2019, we also wanted to share the most talked about changes we implemented in 2018:

Value of KMs.  So many Extended Warranties have short term options, but this fails to recognize that you are investing in the future of your vehicle. With coverage up to 175,000 KM and a transfer clause, Obvi recognizes the investment made in your vehicle. Even if you expect to sell or trade your vehicle after 5 years, a 7 year/175,000KM policy drastically increases the value of your vehicle.  Without the KMs, the value of a warranty diminishes greatly.

The actual role of an auto dealer.  The role of the dealer is to sell another insurance providers’ Extended Warranty and GAP Insurance products, which are probably the only insurance products today that allow for a point of sale commission of 2 or 3 times the actual premium – it only makes sense to cut out the middleman to deliver customers fair pricing.

Realtime advice that counts. It is important for the team at Obvi that we can communicate instantly through our instant chat system to answer questions and service our customers. What separates Obvi’s advice is that you are speaking with licensed insurance advisors from the same office that will see you through a claim.  This service model creates a culture that not only celebrates new customers but those same customers who are satisfied with a claim.

Reviews. The reality is that insurance, or any financial product for that matter, isn’t something customers like to review or blog about.  Launching a new brand with a product that might not be called on for many years makes it even more interesting.  Our mission is simple – create a trusted and transparent brand that’s focused on bringing value and a better experience to customers. We see it as important to stay engaged and present on social media, Google, and places like the Better Business Bureau to grow trust and allow customers to see how we are doing.

Warranty as an Insurance Policy? Most Canadians don’t associate vehicle warranty as an insurance policy, but it is a requirement in most provinces today. The insurance industry is highly regulated to ensure that customers are treated fairly – especially when it comes to claims.

We live in an online world. Everything we do has an online option so why doesn’t this come to mind with insurance?  The Insurance industry is caught between legacy players fighting to hang on and innovators like Obvi creating real time solutions for Canadians. Major banks in Canada simply embraced and promoted the benefits of technology, where as the Insurance industry hasn’t been so ready to change.

It was recently reported that residents of British Columbia could save $434,000,000 if ICBC could create an online solution – will they innovate and find a way to pass along the savings? We hope so, just as we are doing with our specialty products.

What happens if you total a financed car without insurance

What happens if you total a financed car without insurance

It’s becoming increasingly popular in Canada to take out a long-term loan in order to finance a new car. According to CBC News, at one point earlier this year, 55 % of all new car loans were for at least 84 months (7 years). Unfortunately, people forget that having a loan over a long number of years does come with risks. One of the major risks is what happens if you total your car.

Let’s imagine this scenario. You took out a loan of $25,000 to pay for your new car. You’re in an accident and your car is totaled. Your insurance company determines that the car is worth $17,000. This is less than you imagined but you bought the car new so it depreciated quickly in value over time.

The insurance company pays the bank $17,000, and you still owe $8,000. This is what happens if you total a financed car without insurance.

However, Obvi offers a solution: GAP Insurance. Guaranteed Auto (or Asset) Protection is a type of car insurance which protects your finances when a loan is taken out to pay for your car. Going back to example of owing $8,000, this is what GAP Insurance covers.

Why do I need it?

Here are some useful points that we often go over when we explain what’s GAP Insurance.

  • “I’m a sensible driver, I’m not going to crash my car…” Hopefully you won’t ever be in an accident, but what if it is stolen? Or there is a fire? Not everything is always in our control, so if you have a long term loan, you want to have reassurance that you will be financially covered in case something happens.
  • The worst case; you don’t want to be left with a loan and no car- this can happen, and that’s why you need protection.

Summary:
What happens if you total a financed car without insurance is that you could be left with a large sum you have to pay. GAP Insurance covers the GAP between the value of the car and the amount you owe in case something happens such as accident or theft. With Obvi you can purchase GAP Insurance online. Find out more and get a free quote now.

Tips for protecting your car from being stolen or broken into

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Tips for protecting your car from being stolen or broken into

When I was a child growing up, I remember very clearly my parents taking every precaution they could to protect their car from being stolen. They would use a huge clunky steering wheel lock, take the radio out of the car and into the house, and open the glove box to show there was nothing in there. It was just part of their routine, but eventually over the years the safety routine has slowly diminished. Radios aren’t the valuable commodity they used to be in a car, and it is rare these days to see a visible lock across the steering wheel.

Having said that, they are still very aware that the car could be stolen and don’t leave anything inside it. Although they live in a tiny village in the countryside, they’ve had their windshield wipers taken a couple of times but luckily not the car itself. Family members in the center of a city went through such a bad patch that they even kept their car keys locked in their bedside table as car theft in the area was rife. My neighbors in Calgary in comparison aren’t very careful and said that back home in Manitoba, they permanently leave the keys in the ignition as they are so sure that their car is perfectly safe.

Whatever your safety routine is, it’s important to hear the news that car theft is up in Canada by 6% with some provinces a lot more affected than others. And interestingly, the most stolen car is the Ford F-350 with 8 different versions in the Top 10 stolen cars.

Did you take out a loan to purchase your car? Then GAP Insurance could be for you. Check out more info here.

Here are our Top Tips for protecting your car:

  • Don’t leave anything out in your car

Not sunglasses, not a coat or jacket, not your Sat Nav cable – nothing! I’ve heard people say they can’t believe their car was broken into because all they left out was a pair of sunglasses…. Just don’t leave anything out.

  • Put your shopping out of sight

Ok, so sometimes you need to leave things like shopping in the car whilst you are out and about. Put it in the trunk and make sure it’s covered so you can’t see it. If thieves are looking for stuff to steal but can’t see anything, they will move on.

  • Make sure you lock your doors

It’s surprising how easy it is to get distracted and forget, so make an effort to check the doors are locked.

  • Leave your windows up

Whatever you do, don’t leave your windows open, even if it’s just a crack. It makes it an easy target to be stolen.

  • Choose wisely where you park your car

Park your car in a well-lit place, or ideally safely away in your garage. If you regularly park in the same spot for work, it might be worth changing it up as thieves look for a routine to minimize the risk of them getting caught.

  • Don’t leave your car running and go and do something

Even in Winter when you are warming the car up and de-icing, don’t leave the engine running and quickly go back into the house. Cars do get stolen this way! Between November and December 2017, Calgary Police said that 200 automobiles were stolen whilst idling.

Find out more about Obvi’s GAP Insurance and get a free quote.

What’s GAP Insurance?

What’s GAP Insurance?

Although some people will have heard of GAP Insurance, others won’t have, and will have found some of the explanations on the Internet a bit confusing and not very helpful. I’ve created an article with everything you need to know about what GAP Insurance is.

GAP Insurance definition: Guaranteed Auto (or Asset) Protection is a type of car insurance which protects your finances when a loan is taken out to pay for your car.

What’s GAP Insurance: Let’s break it down

That’s the definition, but what does it actually mean? Imagine that you were involved in an accident and you totaled your car. Your insurance company determines that the car is worth $13,000. This is less than you imagined but you bought the car new so it depreciated in value over time. You still owe $17,000 because you took out a long term loan over 7 years, meaning
$17,000          – $13,000 = $4,000

What you owe – car worth = Amount you still owe
GAP Insurance protects you and will cover this $4,000 – this is the “GAP”. Obvi protects you when you take out a loan to finance your car with GAP Insurance.

Why do I need it?

Long term loans are becoming more popular in Canada. According to CBC News, at one point earlier this year, 55 % of all new car loans were for at least 84 months (7 years).
Unfortunately, people forget that having a loan over a long number of years does come with risks. Here are some useful points that we often go over when we explain what’s GAP Insurance.

  • “I’m a sensible driver, I’m not going to crash my car…” Hopefully you won’t ever be in an accident, but what if it is stolen? Or there is a fire? Not everything is always in our control, so if you have a long term loan, you want to have reassurance that you will be financially covered in case something happens.
  • The worst case; you don’t want to be left with a loan and no car- this can happen, and that’s why you need protection.

Summary:
GAP Insurance is for when you buy a car and you have a loan to finance your purchase. It covers the GAP between the value of the car and the amount you owe in case something happens such as accident or theft. With Obvi you can purchase GAP Insurance online. Find out more and get a free quote now.

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.