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If you live in Whitecourt, your car insurance rates may be less expensive than other larger cities in Alberta. The central Alberta city, known as the snowmobile capital of Alberta, has grown over the years. Now at just over 10,000 people, Whitecourt residents are keen to find the best rates and value for the optimal car insurance coverage in the city 

Why should I choose Sharp Insurance for my Whitecourt car insurance?

Sharp Insurance is an insurance brokerage that prides itself on having highly-skilled brokers. Here are a few reasons to work with us to meet your Whitecourt car insurance needs:

We’re independent.

That means we work for you, when you need our services the most. 

We’re competitive.

Our partnerships with five major insurance companies in Canada gives you access to competitive rates and options.

We’re experts.

Our expert brokers are continually learning new ways to help you. We answer all your questions and help you make a claim.  

We’re digital.

Our digit tools help make insurance less complicated. Our MySharp app and online portal can manage your insurance requirements when and where it’s convenient for you. 

See for yourself what we can do for you.

Is car insurance mandatory in Whitecourt?

Yes, third party liability and accident benefits car insurance are mandatory in Whitecourt and covers damage and injuries to others if you’re at fault in an accident. We highly recommend you carry between $2 million to $3 million dollars of third-party liability coverage, which is well above the minimum requirements in Alberta, but necessary to protect you financially after an accident. 

Mandatory Coverages: 

  • Third Party Liability Coverage: helps pay for injuries and damage you cause to others. If you get sued, this coverage will help pay for legal expenses.
       
  • Accident Benefits Coverage: If someone is hurt in an accident, the driver will receive income replacement, rehabilitation, and medical benefits. It doesn’t matter who is at-fault. 
     
  • Property Damage Coverage: If you’re not at-fault in an accident, you’re covered for loss of use and damage to your vehicle, and its contents. 
     
  • Uninsured Automobile Coverage: If an uninsured driver injures or kills someone, or there is a hit and run, you and your family members will be covered. 
     

Did you know?

In Whitecourt, the average car insurance claim rate is 0.53 per person, compared to Alberta’s rate of 0.70 per person. Keep your claims low to get a lower rate.  

Get the Right Auto Insurance Coverage in Whitecourt

Getting the right car insurance coverage in Whitecourt is the perfect mix of protection and price.

What are the optional coverages for auto insurance in Whitecourt?

You drive your car every day and carry the standard car insurance policy. But did you know you may not be covered for collision insurance. You don’t want to discover you have to use your savings to pay for major repairs to your car. Below is a snapshot of optional car insurance coverages you may need.  

Collision

Covers the cost of repairing or replacing your car if you’re at fault in an accident.

Comprehensive

Covers the expense of repairing or replacing your car if it gets stolen or damaged by something like hail, vandalism, or a fire.

Emergency Service Expense

Pays all or part of the cost of towing services after an accident or claim.

Emergency Roadside Assistance

If you run out of gas, get locked out, need a tow, or blow a tire, this coverage will help pay for expenses. 

Family Protection

Covers bills if you or a family member are injured in an accident and the person at fault is under-insured or uninsured. 

Glass

Helps to pay for repairing or replacing your windshield or other glass on your car. 

Loss of Use

If you experience an insured claim, you’ll get reimbursed for alternate transportation (I.e. transit, taxis, etc.) 

Rental Vehicles

Extends your car insurance coverage to rental cars in the U.S. and Canada.

Ride-Sharing

Check with your insurer to see if they offer this type of endorsement if you’re involved in ride-sharing driving. 

Every insurance company offers different optional protection to Whitecourt drivers. Talk to a Whitecourt auto insurance broker to figure out what coverage you need and how you can make it work with your budget.

Did you know?

You can be charged with distracted driving even if you’re not moving (e.g. at a red light). If you’re driving and get caught with distracted driving, you could be charged for two offences: a moving violation and the distracted driving offence. 

How much does car insurance cost in Whitecourt?

The price of car insurance in Whitecourt is mid-range in the province, at $1,278 annually, or $107 per month – slightly higher than the provincial annual average of $1,235. Located in the Woodlands County, motorists are always on the look-out for not only a lower car premium but great insurance options.  We can help you find both.

Car Insurance Prices:

$1392.50 – Dodge Truck/Van

$1216 – Ford Truck/Van

$1151.50 – GMC Truck/Van

$1219 – Chevrolet Truck/Van

$1241 – RAM 1500 ST Quad Cab 4WD

What affects the cost of auto insurance in Whitecourt?

No car insurance policy is the same from person to person. Your rate and your coverage options are more varied than you think. While it may seem like a maze to navigate your policy document to see if you have the required coverage for your situation, we can help you out in this arena. Here is a summary of what may impact your car premium.  

10 Factors that impact your Insurance Rates:

  • How much you bought your car for
  • Your driving record
  • Model, make and year of your car
  • Your insurance and claims history
  • The neighbourhood you live in
  • How you use your car
  • How often and how far you drive
  • Who else drives your car
  • Your demographics
  • Your insurance coverage and options

Did you know?

In Whitecourt, the average claim rate is 0.53 per person, compared to Alberta’s rate of 0.70 per person. Keep your claims low to get a lower rate.  

How do tickets impact Whitecourt auto insurance?

In Alberta, one in four collisions (25.5%) occurred at intersections, according to Alberta.ca. In smaller towns such as Whitecourt, you’re just as likely to get a ticket compared to a larger city, like Calgary. In any city, as the population grows, the more people are on the roads causing accidents. 

A minor traffic infraction will raise your Whitecourt car insurance rates by up to 25 percent per ticket. Some insurers forgive your first traffic ticket but if you do get a ticket, it will stay on your record for 3 years and impact your rates.

Minor Traffic Tickets

  • Speeding 1 – 49km/h over the speed limit
  • Following too close
  • Improper turn
  • Improper passing
  • Failure to share the roadway

A serious traffic violation can seriously raise your car insurance rates in Whitecourt. They can also result in you being denied optional coverage and having fewer choices when it comes to payment. These include:

Major Traffic Tickets

  • Speeding 50km/h or more over the speed limit
  • Careless driving
  • Stunting
  • Racing
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

How to Get the Cheapest Car Insurance in Whitecourt

Saving money is just important as getting great value from your broker or insurance company. With auto insurance rates rising in Alberta, it’s always a good idea to use our tips below to get the cheapest rates possible. Here is an overview: 

  • Drive safe. Use defensive driving techniques.
  • Use winter tires when the temperatures get consistently below 7C.
  • Use alternate transportation for your commute.
  • Stay insured – gaps mean higher rates – and pay on time.
  • Work on improving your credit score if it’s an issue.
  • Don’t make a claim unless it’s necessary.
  • Learn about common insurance fraud and scams.
  • Try usage-based car insurance.
  • Choose a higher deductible.
  • Reduce coverage on older vehicles.

Did you know?

The cheapest car type to insure in Whitecourt is an SUV, at an average of $1,155 per year. The 4-door Sedan is the priciest type of car to insure, at $1,496 per year. Choose your car wisely if price is a concern.

How to Get a Whitecourt Car Insurance Quote

There are a few ways to get a car insurance quote in Whitecourt:

Usually, the easiest way to get a quote is online. But we understand you may prefer using your phone or email. Remember, the more information you give, the more accurate your quote will be.

What do you need to get an auto insurance quote in Whitecourt?

It’s handy to have your personal information at your fingertips before you contact your insurer to get an auto insurance quote in Whitecourt:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Address
  • Make, model and year of your vehicle (or VIN)
  • Purchase price of the car
  • Registration
  • Driver’s license number
  • Birthdate
  • Current insurance company, policy number and coverages

If your car is financed, you’ll also need to provide information about the loan and lender. You’ll need the above information for each car and
insured driver.

You’ll also likely be asked the following questions when getting a Whitecourt auto insurance quote:

  • Do you commute with your car? If so, how far?
  • Do you use your car for work (other than commuting)?
  • Are you a ride-sharing driver?
  • Was your vehicle bought new or used?
  • Is your car financed?
  • Does your vehicle have any existing damage?
  • Have you been in any accidents in the last 6 years?
  • Have you have had any claims?
  • Have you gotten any tickets in the last 3 years?

Finally, you’ll need to make some decisions about your insurance coverage. This includes:

  • What protection you want/need.
  • Your policy limits (the maximum amount that you’ll get if you have a claim).
  • Your deductible (the amount you pay out of pocket if you have a claim).

Did you know?

Generally, the longer you’ve been a licensed driver the lower your car insurance rates. New drivers have the highest rates but we do have some tips and tricks to lower a new driver’s rate.

Why do I need to provide so much information for a car insurance quote in Whitecourt?

The more information you offer us for a car insurance quote, the more accurate your quote will be. Insurance companies calculate rates based on risk –
or how likely you’ll have a claim or accident.

Did you know?

Traffic infractions (minor and major) have a major impact on your car insurance rate in Whitecourt. Your first counted ticket can raise your rates
25% or more. Drive safe and follow our tips to keep your rates at a minimum.

How do car insurance claims work in Whitecourt?

Whether you’re involved in an accident or your auto is damaged or stolen, you’ll need follow steps to make an insurance claim in Whitecourt:

  1. Make sure everyone is okay. Call 911 if there are any injuries, damage, or you’re blocking a roadway.
  2. Make sure you’re somewhere safe (the shoulder of the road or a parking lot).
  3. Get the following information about all other drivers and vehicles involved:
    1. License plate
    2. Make, model, and year of the vehicle (the VIN works, too)
    3. Insurance information like insurance company and policy number.
    4. Driver’s license number
    5. Name
    6. Phone number
  4. If there are witnesses, get their contact information.
  5. Document the damage, if possible.
    Take pictures and video.
    You should also write down:

    1. What happened/how the damage occurred
    2. Time of day
    3. Date
    4. Weather conditions
    5. Anything else related to the damage.
  6. Get a copy of the police report.
  7. Contact your insurance company or broker (phone number is on your pink card).

Your insurance company or broker will collect information and help you through the next steps. for example, if you have loss of use coverage, they’ll explain how arranging a rental car or getting repayment for public transit works if your car is undrivable or needs to go in for repairs.

You’ll be assigned a claims adjuster who investigates and manages the claim. The adjuster will contact you to discuss what happened and keep you updated. The adjuster also negotiates for a settlement, whether your car is being repaired or if it’s a write-off.

A claim is closed when the repairs are complete or payment has been settled.

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Insurance in Whitecourt

If you’re in an accident with an uninsured driver in Whitecourt, you’ll be covered if you have Family Protection on your car insurance policy. You may also have coverage if you have collision and comprehensive protection on your vehicle.

Otherwise, you would go through Alberta’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program.

Yes, fault matters in car accidents in Whitecourt as fault determines which driver’s insurance company pays for injuries or damage. Fault isn’t always assigned 100% to one driver.

Yes, you need a ride-sharing endorsement or commercial vehicle insurance if you’re a ride-sharing driver in Whitecourt. Your coverage will depend on your insurance company and which ride-sharing company you drive for.

Everyone who owns a vehicle needs car insurance in Whitecourt. As a driver, you’re legally required to carry third party liability and accidents
benefits coverage.

In Whitecourt, the insurance industry follows the all-comers rule, meaning you can’t be denied the legal minimum level of car insurance. But an insurance company can select your car insurance rate and choose to deny you optional coverage, if you have a serious traffic conviction(s) or a history of non-payment.

The all-comers rule requires insurance companies operating in Alberta to insure any driver for the legally required minimum level of coverage.

Grid rating is how insurance companies determine car insurance rates for Whitecourt drivers based on their driving record.

No, photo radar tickets don’t affect your car insurance rate in Whitecourt.

Yes, speeding tickets affect your car insurance rates in Whitecourt. Your insurance rates will go up if you get a speeding ticket (unless it’s a photo radar ticket). If it’s your first ticket, an insurance company may excuse the ticket for good behavior.

Your car insurance coverage depends on the insurance options you chose when you set up your policy. Mandatory third-party liability and accidents benefits coverage will help cover damage and medical expenses of other drivers and passengers involved in an accident where you’re at-fault. Mandatory coverage can also cover legal expenses if you’re sued after an accident.

Certain insurance companies offer monthly payment plans for car insurance in Whitecourt. But, your payment schedule will depend on your credit rating, insurance history, and insurer – if this option is available to you.

Replacement cost is a loss settlement option where you’ll receive the replacement cost of your vehicle if it’s a write-off after a loss. The replacement cost becomes the price to get the same or very similar car.

Actual cash value is a loss settlement option where you’ll receive the market value or purchase price of your car, minus the depreciation, if it’s a write-off after an accident. It’s the price you’d get if you had sold your auto as-is right before the claim.

Yes, your Whitecourt car insurance should cover you in the US. Make sure to inform your insurance company that you’re driving south of the border. Some insurers require you to tell them you’re in the US or may have a limit on the number of days you can travel in the US and be covered.

Yes, your vehicle must be registered in Alberta to get car insurance in Whitecourt.

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