Before you can legally drive a car in Canada, you will be required to get the car registered and purchase car insurance. By law, they are mandatory and failure to have both can result in severe penalties. All drivers should be aware that there are important distinctions between car insurance and car registration. Below outlines the differences between Car Registration and Car Insurance.

Car Registration

Registering a car in Canada is mandatory because it provides important information such as: you are the legal owner of the car, important details about the car such as the make and model and year, the odometer reading at the time of purchase, the vehicle plate number, and safety inspection number. In Canada, vehicle registration is managed by the provincial governments. The purpose of car registration is to keep a record of cars on the road, make sure the car meets safety regulations to be permitted on the road, and if the owner sells the car there will be a record of the sale. If new owners get their car registered, ownership will stay with the seller.

Each province sets a specific time period set where the driver is the driver is required to get the car registered. When you get a car registered, you will register it at the Department of Motor Vehicles of the province where you reside. You will have to provide such documents as: driver’s license, bill of sale, Certificate of Title, license plate number, and proof of insurance. When you purchase a car from an auto dealership, the dealer may submit the registration and title to the DMV. In the case of private sales and title transfers, the owner is responsible for registering the vehicle at the DMV.

Car Insurance

Insurance covers damages to the car, personal property and injuries to other people involved in the accident. Driving without car insurance is illegal and can result in fines and even having a driver’s license suspended. If you do not have car insurance and you are in an accident, you can be responsible for all damages and injuries sustained which can result in serious financial disaster. For instance, when you purchase insurance, you are entering into a contract with the insurance provider. There are different types of car insurance. For instance, Liability insurance covers the policy holder if there is an accident and the driver is to be found at fault. It provides coverage if the other driver, passenger, or a bystander receives physical injury and property damage. Provinces mandate minimum liability insurance. Collision coverage is insurance that will cover you if your own vehicle is damaged. It will cover repair or replacement of the vehicle if it is totaled. Comprehensive insurance provides coverage for such damage as theft, vandalism, and theft.

When purchasing insurance, it is important to get the right amount of coverage so you are completely protected. Insurance providers recommend a million dollars liability and comprehensive if the car is expensive. One should also make sure they are covered for medical expenses. One way to get the right amount of coverage at the cheapest price is to comparison shop for insurance quotes before making a decision. The Internet is a great tool to locating affordable auto insurance.

After you buy a car, it is important that you get the necessary paperwork for registering the car and car insurance. The sooner you register the car and obtain insurance, the sooner you can start enjoying the car.