Blog Insurance Surcharges for High Theft Vehicles

May 21, 2024

Some insurers slapping on $1,500 surcharge on vehicles targeted for theft

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Insurers and government officials are still looking at new ways to combat vehicle theft. One of these proposals includes vehicle surcharges and driver’s licence suspensions if you are convicted of motor vehicle theft.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada reports that auto theft-related claims in Ontario have surged by 329% from 2018 to 2022. This topic has been gaining traction on our website, along with the most stolen vehicles in Canada and the top anti-theft devices.

Find out how much the vehicle surcharge can be and what to do if your vehicle is on the list.

Three main takeaways about insurance surcharges for theft prone vehicles

  • Insurance surcharges are nothing new. They began rolling out in 2023, drivers are seeing an increase in their car insurance in Ontario due to theft
  • Vehicles with a higher chance of being stolen will see higher rates and a surcharge up to $1,500.
  • Be sure to always check the requirements and vehicles for the surcharges outlined by your coverage provider.

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What is the car insurance surcharge in Ontario?
Insurance companies are adding a $500 surcharge to policies of commonly stolen cars in Ontario
Vehicles with theft surcharge applied
How to remove a car theft surcharge
Insurance surcharge for vehicles FAQs

What is the car insurance surcharge in Ontario?

Most policies will cover you if your vehicle is stolen. But due to the increased risk of theft of certain vehicles, insurers have added a surcharge on the most targeted vehicles to combat the increasing claims costs related to car theft.

Some insurers have decided to increase the High Theft Risk Premium Surcharge from $500 to $1,500 for new business and renewals starting June 30, 2024, as the auto theft crisis continues to evolve.

Insurance companies are adding a $500 surcharge to policies of commonly stolen cars in Ontario

When customers buy a vehicle that is at a high risk of theft or currently own one, their Ontario auto insurance premiums could significantly increase. You could see increases from $500 to $2,500 per year. You could also see a surcharge of up to $1,500 added to your premium. However, this surcharge can be waived by installing an insurance-recognized theft prevention system, such as Tag.

Additional costs and approved devices will vary based on your insurer. Speak to our brokers if you have a surcharge applied to your premiums.

Vehicles with theft surcharge applied

Here is a look at some of the most common vehicles where the surcharge is applied. This list includes vehicles that are manufactured after 2020:

Vehicles With The Insurance Surcharge Applied
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon
Land Rover, Defender
Lexus GX460
Lexus RX450
Toyota 4Runner
Any other vehicle with an MSRP of $125,000 or greater (regardless of make or model, excluding Electric Vehicles)
Acura, RDX
Dodge, RAM 1500
Jeep, Wrangler
Land Rover, Range Rover (including Sport, Evoque & Velar)
Lexus, RX350
Toyota, Highlander (including Grand Highlander)
Honda, CR-V
Jeep, Grand Cherokee

How to remove a car theft surcharge

Some companies have different approved ways to remove the surcharge. Here is an example of what it could look like:

  • Option 1: The surcharge of $1,500 for eligible after-market engine immobilizers will be fully removed.
  • Option 2: If other eligible preventative anti-theft devices are installed, the surcharge will be reduced by 50% ($750).
  • Option 3: The surcharge can be reduced by $500 by using eligible preventative accessories.
  • No action taken: This will result in the full surcharge of $1,500 being applied.

Be sure to contact your car insurance provider to learn more about their requirements.

Limit policy increases by following proper anti-theft protocols

Choosing the correct theft prevention devices and comparing your coverage options are two ways to lower your rate and protect your vehicle. Contact us today to learn more.

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Insurance surcharge for vehicles FAQs

Depending on your insurer, you’ll expect to pay between $500 and $1,500 for the surcharge.

Adding an approved anti-theft device can lower the surcharge. Each provider will have different approved methods, so always check beforehand.

Prevention is the first step to limiting theft and surcharges

If you add or substitute a vehicle to your policy that is on your insurance company's high-theft list, a high theft surcharge will be added. This surcharge will continue until you decide to add an approved prevention device.

If you are worried that the vehicle you choose is on your insurance company's high theft list, please contact our brokers. They can discuss the premium and your options with you.