Why is high risk insurance so expensive?
High risk insurance is so expensive because it’s a greater risk for insurers to give certain types of drivers a policy.
If a driver has multiple tickets, convictions, claims, or even payment issues, the chances are they are more likely to exhibit this same type of behaviour again. This increases the likelihood that an insurer would have to pay out a claim. The more severe and costly the driving offence, the higher you can expect your premiums.
This logic is the same for someone with a clean record. If a person has been driving for 15 years and has never had a ticket, accident, or claim, they would be at a much lower risk of filing a claim and pay less.
How much is high risk insurance in Ontario?
The cost of high risk car insurance is considerably more expensive than a regular policy. You can expect to see a 20% increase at a minimum. In some cases, you will see your rates increase by as much as 300% or more. This means many can expect premiums to be double or triple compared to regular car insurance in Ontario and other provinces. We’re talking about an increase of thousands of dollars.
The average car insurance premium in the province is $1,655. So, if your rates were to double you would have to pay $3,310 per year. If they tripled, you would have to pay $4,965.
The average cost of high risk auto insurance ranges from $2,500 to $5,000 or more per year depending on the provider and the reasons why you are considered high risk. Costs could climb up to $20,000 per year.
For example, a person with an impaired or reckless driving charge will pay much more than someone who has multiple minor convictions in a short period of time.
High risk insurance cost breakdown by reason
There are a lot of reasons why you could fall into the high risk category. The most common are tickets, accidents, licence suspensions and cancellations. As you can see in the chart below, high risk auto insurance is significantly more expensive than regular coverage in province.
Accidents have the biggest effect on costs, followed by suspensions and then cancellations. They can increase by as little as 20% to as much as 300% or more depending on the severity of your driving issues.
Based on our data, here's a sample of how much you can expect to pay depending on the reason:
High risk car insurance rates by city
We compiled data from some of the biggest cities in the province to see which ones have the most and least expensive rates.
Cities in the GTA occupy the 5 most expensive cities for high risk insurance. Brampton has the most expensive prices at $7,676 per year. Our data also suggests Ottawa is the lowest at $3,460 annually.
Based on our data the average cost for high risk car insurance in the province is $5,340. Premiums range from as low as $1,757 up to $28,361.
See below for costs in your city: