Kanetix.ca study shows how drivers are saving money on their auto insurance

    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Today, Kanetix(R) (www.kanetix.ca), Canada's
online marketplace for insurance quotes and mortgage rates, released the
results of its quarterly car insurance premium study. The study, designed to
spot and highlight the pricing trends of car insurance quotes in Ontario,
identified a 1.9 per cent decrease in the average of the lowest rates quoted
for auto insurance in Q1 2009 compared to Q1 2008.
    If the trend for the past year is any indication, insurance companies in
Ontario are increasing their rates. However, for the second quarter in a row a
decrease in the average of the lowest rates quoted was noted through the
Kanetix quote comparison service. While the study findings appear to
contradict industry trends, further analysis highlights interesting detail
about the drivers comparing quotes through Kanetix.
    The Kanetix study noted that the percentage of vehicles that were 6 years
or older grew by almost 3 per cent in Q1 2009. Perhaps not significant on its
own, but this growth was mostly at the expense of new models which dropped
over 3 per cent. As cars age, drivers start to drop optional coverages like
comprehensive and collision resulting in lower premiums. The sales of new cars
have been in decline for a number of months as consumers hold onto their
current car longer. This behaviour is now reflected in the car insurance
quotes obtained through Kanetix.
    The introduction of the winter tire discount also had an impact. In the
first quarter of 2009, over 61 per cent of Ontario drivers indicated they
changed their tires seasonally making them eligible for this discount. This
discount was not available in Q1 2008, and its introduction has helped many
Ontario drivers obtain a lower car insurance rate.
    "Now, more than ever, people are looking for ways to save money,"
suggests George Small, Co-founder of Kanetix Ltd. "Across Canada, drivers are
using Kanetix.ca as a tool to help them achieve this goal. With one quick
visit, drivers can easily compare competing insurers' quotes to see if there
is a cheaper option for the coverage they need."
    "Rates constantly change over the year," continues Mr. Small. "Comparing
quotes is the only way to know you're not overpaying for your coverage, and
making sure you're not missing out on new initiatives or discounts."
    As an online auto insurance shopping service that provides real-time
quotes from Canada's top insurers, Kanetix is in a position to bring attention
to the options available to Canadian drivers when it comes to insurance.
Insurance rates change often and vary between insurers, so comparing car
insurance quotes is an easy way to see if there are opportunities for savings.

    About the study

    Intended as a tool to spot and highlight the pricing trends of car
insurance, the Kanetix study is released quarterly. Kanetix believes this
study to be an accurate reflection of what auto insurance consumers are seeing
when they get their renewal notice from their current insurer, as well as the
prices they see when they shop around for coverage. The study includes all
drivers, regardless of their driving or insurance history, and is based on the
lowest rate quoted, no matter which company provided it (e.g. direct writing
companies or broker-based insurers).
    The results of the study are determined by comparing the average lowest
auto insurance premium quoted online for Ontario shoppers through Kanetix in
Q1 2009 (i.e. January, February and March) with the average from the same
period in 2008. The results, and resulting interpretations, are based on the
profile information as entered by the shopper and may not represent their
accurate driving profile or vehicle data. As such, Kanetix can make no
representation or warranty, either expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of
this information.

    About Kanetix

    Launched in October 1999, Kanetix is Canada's leading national, online
insurance and mortgage marketplace. The Kanetix insurance and mortgage
shopping service brings together insurance companies and mortgage suppliers in
a one-stop shopping environment for consumers looking to save money. Each day,
thousands of consumers visit the Kanetix website at www.kanetix.ca to compare
insurance and mortgage quotes from a variety of Canadian insurance and
mortgage suppliers. Users select the product of their choice, obtain a
quotation and complete an online application or, with the help of Kanetix
connect with the insurance or mortgage supplier and purchase the product over
the phone.

For further information:

For further information: George Small, Co-founder, Kanetix, (416)
599-9779 ext. 202, george_small@kanetix.ca

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