Mar 30, 2022 Is UBI for you?

In recent years, some insurance companies have started to come out with car insurance products that allow you to be charged specifically based on how you drive. Pay-as-you-drive, User-based-Insurance (UBI), and customized car insurance is just a few of the terms used to describe this type of car insurance product. Although each insurance company’s version of UBI differs slightly, all of the ones we offer are a slightly different version of the same general concept.  An app on your phone (some used to use an actual device plugged in to your car… but come on check what year it is! measures things such as acceleration, hard breaking and turning, time of day driving, and kilometers driven, for example.  Each may measure something slightly…

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Aug 10, 2021 Auto Insurance Quote Online: Tips to Submit for Accuracy

Wait? Insurance quotes online aren’t accurate? One of the most common opening lines I hear from clients after doing a car insurance quote on our website is  “ Hi Brian, thanks for the quote, what information do you need from me to obtain an accurate insurance quote?” My first reaction is, “why isn’t the quote accurate?” If the information submitted was correct, the online tool is extremely accurate. However, clients are now accustomed to the price changing after they speak to an insurance broker. They assume it’s wrong without ever really knowing why and this can be very frustrating. I am here to help with a few tips to produce the most accurate auto insurance…

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Sep 25, 2020 Get Under an Umbrella – Policy that is

This blog was originally posted in 2009, however the concepts are still applicable today: I have been meaning to write an article / blog about umbrella insurance for quite some time now. Howard Yegendorf beat me to it and did a great job of it. He was kind enough to allow me to use his material and act as a guest blogger for Rhodes & Williams Insurance Brokers. Nightmare Scenario #1 You are driving your car, not paying attention momentarily, and you go through a red light colliding with another vehicle going through the green. The accident is clearly your fault. The other driver suffers catastrophic injuries. He makes a good living and his injuries will prevent him from ever being gainfully employed again. He…

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Feb 5, 2020 What to do if you are in a car accident – 6 pieces of critical information

I recently saw this tweet from Kim Gardner and despite her being an Anaheim Ducks fan, I decided to help ;-> Young or old, it is a good idea to prepare ahead for a car accident and hope you never need to use the knowledge you have gained. Quite often, such information is available to print out and keep in your glove box for when you need it, or in the case for our clients, it is also available in our Client Centre app which is available to download and always have with you in your phone. First and foremost, make sure everyone is safe. If it is a serious accident, or if anyone is…

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Oct 3, 2019 Cyber Breach Coach

Today’s world moves so quickly and we need all the help we can get! Trying to lose weight, maybe you need a diet or health coach? Working on accelerating business results… maybe you need a business coach? But, what about a Cyber Breach Coach?

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Sep 5, 2019 Digital Pink Slips Legal in Ontario

On September 5, 2019, The Ontario government announced that it is enabling drivers to carry electronic proof of auto insurance on their mobile device, including their smartphones, as part of the Putting Drivers First blueprint announced in 2019. “There is a lot of work to be done in Ontario related to car insurance,” says Rhodes & Williams Insurance Brokers C.O.O., Cory Young, “However I truly feel that digital pink slips is a simple fix to make life more efficient and convenient for today’s driver’s.” Rhodes & Williams Insurance Brokers clients can start using their digital pink slip immediately by downloading their app in the client center. Official announcement from the Ontario Government available here:…

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Jun 4, 2019 Tornado / Windstorm Coverage and FAQ’s

Orleans tornado, taken from Trim and Watters in Orleans.Photo Credit: Michael Dalrymple With the Ottawa area having just experienced its second tornado event in the past 10 months, the obvious question on everyone’s mind is, “Will my homeowner insurance cover damage to my home, caused by a tornado event?” Am I Covered? Damage to homes caused by hail or wind is generally covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. This includes damage caused by flying debris or falling branches. This would also generally include damage to your home and its contents when water enters through openings as a result of the wind or hail damage. In certain circumstances, homeowners who are unable to live in their homes because of the insurable damage are entitled to…

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Apr 18, 2019 A Car Crashed in to My House – Who Pays?

The Headline at CBC news Ottawa reads, “SUV narrowly misses man — in his living room”. Picture it in your mind….. You are sitting on your couch watching the news. Maybe your mind is on the story you are watching on the television, or maybe you are thinking about the family dinner you are starting to plan for the Easter Weekend. Should you do turkey, ham or….SMASH, CRASH, BOOM!!! It is a scary thought. As I was reviewing related tweets in the following days, I started to see the question asked…. “I wonder who pays for the damage to the house –…

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Jan 10, 2019 Does the Auto Insurance System in Ontario Need to Change?

This is the question currently being contemplated by the Ontario government.  They are inviting drivers and consumers to share their views on how to lower the province’s auto insurance rates, part of a broader initiative on auto insurance reform. I do not intend to give a complete background on the issue or opinions on everything that needs to be fixed, or I would lose all readers by the 100th page! For a very brief background on the issue, visit “Ontario wants to hear from Consumers about How to Lower Auto Rates”   and when done reading this document, visit Here to fill out the very brief survey and have your say. I would like to give you my opinion on a…

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Nov 16, 2018 Car Insurance Impact of 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook

Yesterday, The Government of Ontario released their Fall Statement – 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. This 174 page document obviously covers a lot more than just insurance, but of particular interest to us and our clients is the statements regarding car insurance. One section reads as follows: “Making Auto Insurance More Affordable – The government is committed to lowering auto insurance rates to make life more affordable for the nearly 10 million drivers across the province. The government is working with stakeholders across the auto insurance system to explore options to lower rates in a responsible way, while ensuring that the needs of the people are served.” This is of extreme importance to us, our clients and all drivers…

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