Things to Know About Insuring Porsche Vehicles


  • The Porsche company dates to 1931, but didn’t start building cars under its own name. Instead, the company designed the Volkswagen on assignment from the German government.
  • The first vehicle sold by the company was the 356, designed by the founder’s son.
  • Given the relative rarity of Porsche vehicles there is limited data on insurance claims.
  • Porsche models listed show good occupant protection characteristics.
  • With the exception of older models, Porsche vehicles are expensive to repair after both collision and comprehensive claims incidents.

For many, driving a Porsche is the ultimate sports car experience, whether fantasy or reality. Across the years and model lines, Porsche sets standards for both high performance and luxury. While this makes the vehicles a joy to drive, the combination makes insurance expensive. That may be a low priority for those who place an emphasis on the other characteristics a Porsche provides. Still, there are ways to approach car insurance shopping that will save every owner of any vehicle. The car insurance calculator here at Ratelab identifies the insurers who best fit any auto insurance situation. The service is fast and free and starts when you enter your home postal code in the space provided.

How Much Does Car Insurance Cost For Porsche

The table below shows Porsche car insurance cost for a sample driver.

CityAverage Porsche Car Insurance Cost*
Quebec City$1,133
Richmond Hill$1,219

Methodology: We surveyed Porsche car insurance prices in select Canadian cities for the purpose of illustrating the average quotes for a male driver aged 35 years in city downtown with owned Porsche CAYENNE 4DR AWD DIESEL 2015 model car.

Please note that car insurance prices depend on many factors including your age, location, driving history and more. So, to get a customized quote, enter your postal code above.

Porsche Model Factors that Lower Auto Insurance Costs

Given that the Porsche reputation builds on high performance, there aren’t many vehicle factors that drive car insurance premiums down in price. A further issue is that there simply aren’t that many Porsches on the road in Canada. The Insurance Bureau of Canada collects claims information from insurers across the country to serve as a statistical basis for underwriting insurance policies. If a model has fewer than 1,500 vehicles registered for insurance nationwide, then the IBC doesn’t include that model in its information summaries. Without data, insurance companies usually suspect a vehicle is higher risk, therefore higher priced, until information becomes available.

While Porsche has an ongoing high profile, it’s near certain that insurance companies have well-established opinions on the brand and its vehicles. The information about Porsches that IBC does provide shows a positive trend in one insurance category, and that’s in the accident benefits portion.

Mandatory Coverage

Ontario requires certain car insurance coverage in place on all vehicles using its roads. Accident benefits are one of four areas mandatory insurance addresses, and it’s the area where Porsches excel. IBC reports accident benefits on an average occurrences basis. That is, if a car model has fewer accident benefits claims than the national average, it performs well. More claims than average and performance is poor, with corresponding higher insurance premiums. The implied performance indicator is protection of vehicle occupants. Cars offering good protection should, by deduction, have fewer accident claims. There’s also a case that the drivers of vehicles that score well could be better defensive drivers, thus avoiding more accident-causing injuries. Still, that would result too in better occupant safety.

Porsche models are nearly perfect in IBC data for better than average performance in accident benefits. Only one model, the 2007 Porsche 911, places in the average performance category. All other listed models show green, indicating above average performance, resulting from fewer accident benefits claims.

Porsche Model Factors that Increase Auto Insurance Costs

Luxury vehicles cost more due to the precision manufacture and premium components usually used in the cars’ construction. This results in higher costs to repair in many cases. The general trend for Porsche agrees with this assumption. Only two Porsche models list in IBC collision claims data; the 2002 Boxster Convertible and multiple model years of the Cayenne four door.

The Boxster shows good performance. It shows collision claims costing 68 percent of national average. Though it’s a single model year, that data may influence insurers to lower prices for collision coverage on Boxsters in general. The Cayenne, however, is another matter. Every model year listed cost more than average to repair after a collision. Costs ranged from 127 percent of average for the 2006 model year to 320 percent for the 2008. With all data showing above average trends, the Porsche Cayenne SUV will see increased collision coverage pricing.

Comprehensive claims show a similar pattern. Four model years of the Boxster Convertible appear. Models from 2002 and 2006 come in better than average, and models from 2003 and 2005 fall in the average range, slightly below the 100 percent median point. Just as with collision, all model years of Cayenne reporting cost more than average to settle comprehensive claims. Based on IBC data, comprehensive coverage for this SUV sets owners back at insurance time.

Known Issues with Porsche Vehicles

Porsche is among the manufacturers using Takata airbags included in the auto industry’s most extensive recall. For general information about the recall, see Car and Driver’s complete analysis here.

  • Vehicles from 2014 and 2015, including the Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayman models require a hood lock bracket replacement.
  • Eighty-one cars from 2014 have a problem with the passenger front airbags that’s not related to the general Takata recall. Models include Boxster, Boxster X, Cayman, Cayman S as well as the 911 Carrera.
  • Standard exhausts on 2012 and 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 models require an exhaust system upgrade.
  • 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 models have a rear wheel hub issue.
  • Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid as well as, the Panamera S Hybrid models from 2011 and 2012 may develop a fuel leak, increasing fire risk.
  • Porsche Macan models from 2015 and 2016 may also have a possible fuel leak.

Tips for Finding the Lowest Porsche Car Insurance Rates

High end, high-performance vehicles such as those in the Porsche lineup may prove quite expensive to insure, particularly when a driver has a less than spotless driving record. Speeding tickets and high-performance vehicles draw huge red flags for many insurers. Under the regulations covering auto insurance in Ontario, an insurance company can deny a driver coverage, if the company’s approval regulations permit.

Conventional insurance companies may avoid such policies, but there are companies that cater to motorists in these circumstances. The industry phrase is “high risk” insurance. That designation may come up for different reasons. These stretch from vehicle modifications as well as high-performance characteristics to drivers convicted of impaired or dangerous driving. Even failing to pay insurance premiums could add a driver to this category. High risk providers specialize in insurance coverage for those who fall under the designation. Being familiar with this niche of the market, these insurers have plans and options suited to drivers not served by the mainstream.

The Facility Association

Insurance companies can refuse high risk drivers, even the specialty providers, but the insurance industry cannot deny coverage if a driver is legally entitled to drive in Canada. The Facility Association is an organization to which all auto insurance providers belong. Its mandate calls for a role as mediator between high risk drivers and the insurance industry, arranging coverage for those who cannot receive a policy through the regular market. Policies arranged this way are invariably expensive. Using a high risk specialty insurer likely produces lower rates for a Porsche owner not served by the regular auto insurance market.

Porsche In Depth

Dr. Ing. H.c.F. Porsche AG is a German automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. They specialize in high-performance sports cars, sedans and SUVs. The automobile company is owned by Volkswagen AG, which is also owned by Porsche Automobile Holding SE. The automobile company designed the Volkswagen Beetle and in 1939 developed the Porsche 64 using several components from the Beetle. 

Popular Porsche Models

Cayman, Cayenne, Macan, Boxster, 911, 918 Spyder, Panamera

The Porsche Macan and Cayenne ranked seventh and tenth, respectively, out of the fifteen best-selling Luxury vehicles in Canada. The Porsche models are fairly popular with Canadians.

All Models

Porsche 911
Porsche 911-GT3
Porsche 911-Turbo
Porsche Boxster
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Porsche Cayman
Porsche Macan
Porsche Panamera


The model comes with the integrated Porsche Active Safe (PAS) that is designed to detect the speed at which you are approaching the vehicle in front of you in order to take necessary precautions. The model also comes with pretensioners that tighten the seat belt during a collision to ensure that the occupants remain in an optimal position. 

Cost of Replacing Parts

replacing parts

The cost of repairing Porsche models is high compared to other car models. The parts are expensive and may not be readily available.

Damage Susceptibility

The Porsche Macan is relatively reliable. The NHTSA indicated has a reliability rating of four stars.

Likelihood of Theft

The Porsche Macan model is equipped with an engine immobilizer that works in response to an electronic data exchange between the key and the vehicle electronics. Once the identification is correct the engine electronics will prompt the engine to start. The car is also protected by an alarm system and ultrasonic interior surveillance. The security system monitors the hood, the ignition, the four doors, the interior and the entire rear hatch. As a result of the car’s anti-theft protection, thieves stay away from the car


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