Every policy is different, but there are some common situations to be aware of. Your vehicle insurance policy likely has some flexibility built in to ensure you are covered in different situations. You should check your policy or ask us to be sure.
Renting a car
If you drive a rented car or any vehicle that is not owned by you, your existing vehicle insurance covers physical damage to the vehicle, accident benefits third-party liability to the same limits that apply in your policy. Note: this is only true if your insurance is issued to you as an individual. If your vehicle insurance is issued to your business, you are not protected when driving non-owned cars.
Also, if you rent a luxury car but have a subcompact insured, you might not be covered for the cost of repairs to the luxury vehicle. In these cases, you should purchase the insurance offered by the renter. If you are a frequent renter, add an endorsement to your car insurance policy. These can be simple to arrange, and far more economical than the costly damage waivers that rental car companies charge.
Travelling outside the province or country
Your insurance will apply if you take your car on short trips to other provinces or into the continental U.S., as long as you engage in normal use of the vehicle.
Moving to another province
If you are relocating long-term or permanently, you must inform your insurer and arrange for new coverage that reflects the risks in your new location.
When the car is “in the shop”
Under most insurance policies, you are not entitled to a replacement vehicle while your car is in the shop for normal maintenance or repair. If you lose the use of your car because of an accident, then you might be entitled to a loaned vehicle depending on the situation.
When driving someone else’s car
If you borrow someone else’s car, you are covered by the insurance on that car. However, if you are involved in an accident, the owner’s record, not yours, will be affected. If you are a regular borrower, ask your broker to arrange a special clause in your policy to cover your use.
When someone else drives your car
Remember that when someone else is driving your car, you are still responsible for it. Any at-fault accidents or claims will go onto your driving record and affect your future premiums.