Getting a new car can be a new lease on life.
If you’re considering leasing a car in Ontario, understanding the ins and outs of the process is key. Leasing offers a flexible alternative to ownership, allowing you to drive a new vehicle without committing to long-term ownership. But, navigating the world of auto insurance is equally important, and it ensures that you’re adequately protected while driving your new car.
Understanding car leasing in Ontario
What does it mean to lease a car?
Car leasing is like renting a car for an extended period, typically two to four years. Instead of paying for the entire vehicle, you pay for its depreciation during your lease term. This usually means lower monthly payments compared to financing a purchase. Leasing provides is an option for those who enjoy driving a new car every few years without the long-term commitment.
Key factors to consider
When leasing, it’s essential to pay attention to key factors to avoid surprises down the road. Mileage limits are one such factor, dictating how many kilometres you can drive each year. Going beyond those limits could result in additional charges. Also, take into account the anticipated wear and tear on a leased vehicle. Familiarize yourself with the acceptable levels and potential charges for excessive damage.
What Onlia provides
When getting a quote with us, indicate that your vehicle is leased, and we'll automatically include the necessary coverages on your policy.
The role of car insurance in leasing
Legal requirements for car insurance
Car insurance is mandatory in Ontario. Basic coverage includes Third-Party Liability, Accident Benefits, Uninsured Automobile Coverage. Direct Compensation - Property Damage is no longer mandatory. However, we recommend you make sure that your insurance meets the minimum coverage limits required by law. This safeguards you in the event you face any further complications.
Insurance considerations specific to leasing
When leasing a car, there are specific insurance considerations to keep mind. Comprehensive and Collision Coverage are also essential. They provide additional protection for your leased vehicle, and may be required depending on your agreement.
Comprehensive coverage protects against non-collision events like theft or natural disasters, while collision coverage kicks in if you’re involved in an accident. It will help pay to repair or replace your car in the event you collide with another car or object.