With its proximity to Detroit, it’s natural that Windsor became part of the automotive revolution of the 20th Century. A group of Canadian investors bought the rights to build and distribute Ford cars in Canada. Ford Canada wasn’t, at the time, a subsidiary of Henry Ford’s company, but a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary. The company had rights to sell Ford automobiles anywhere in the British Empire except Great Britain and Ireland. It wasn’t until after World War II that the Canadian Ford operation combined with its American parent, and moved its head office from Windsor to Oakville.
Ford retains a plant in Windsor, though the declining manufacturing sector in Ontario reduces output over peak years. Windsor’s current metropolitan area has about 310,000 residents and in keeping with its role in the automotive industry, a majority of residents are car owners. Typical auto insurance for a 35-year-old male driver living downtown costs about $1,270 per year. This rate is based on an eight-year-old 4-door sedan.
How Much Does Car Insurance Cost in Windsor
The average cost of car insurance in Windsor is $1,611.
||Average Auto Insurance Cost in Windsor*
*Methodology: We used a sample profile for a male driver aged 30 years with his own vehicle having mandatory coverage. He drives a Honda Civic 2012 car with an average mileage of 5000 – 8000 km per year to commute to work. He has a clean driving record history of 5 years with no accidents or collisions.
We surveyed the car insurance prices in Windsor for the purpose of illustrating the range in quotes based on driving record, location, and other criteria. To get a customized quote, enter your postal code above.
Affordable Car Insurance in Windsor
Ontario’s car insurance system uses private insurance companies operating under heavily regulated provincial rules. Despite the regulations, the market remains competitive and motorists prepared to shop around potentially save hundreds of dollars annually by finding the right company and policy.
Mandatory coverage in Ontario provides only minimal protection against lawsuits occurring as a result of at fault accidents. Minimum coverage for third party liability is $200,000, though settlements for serious accidents can easily exceed this. Windsor drivers often increase this coverage to $500,000, $1 million or greater.
Collision and comprehensive car insurance aren’t required by the government. However, drivers who finance car purchases usually find that the lenders insist that new vehicles have this extended coverage. Unless a motorist accepts the financial responsibility of repairing or replacing a car after an incident, both collision and comprehensive coverage make sense. Motorists who want to match policy cost to budget can increase deductible limits and investigate discounts as ways to save money.
Many insurance companies offer bundles. These are collections of popular auto insurance products combined in a package priced lower than the products would be when purchased separately. Drivers can also ask their agent or broker about discounts which may apply to their insurance situation. While most companies offer discounts, these usually won’t be applied unless the driver asks.
Driving in Windsor
- Windsor is the western end of Highway 401, Canada’s busiest controlled access highway. The 401 currently ends at the E.C. Row Expressway and Ojibway Parkway.
- Huron Church Road feeds the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River into the United States. This is one of two current general border crossings in Windsor. Additionally, there is a train tunnel and a truck ferry.
- The Ambassador Bridge connects with Interstates 96 and 75 on the U.S. side.
- The Detroit Windsor Tunnel, on Goyeau Street at Wyandotte Street East is the other international border crossing. The tunnel emerges in downtown Detroit, next to the Renaissance Center.
- The E.C. Row Expressway is the major east-west corridor, though it is only marginally effective. Covering less than 16 km of Windsor’s 30 km east-west distance, the E.C. Row frequently bogs down under commuter traffic. Wyandotte Street and Tecumseh Road also provide east-west thoroughfares. Sandwich Street and Riverside Drive traverse the city along the Detroit River, but don’t combine to make a practical east-west route, being too far from the inland residential areas.
- City traffic in Windsor can be very slow moving for a city of its size. Truck traffic to the Ambassador Bridge often jams Huron Church Road. Major north-south streets with access to the E.C. Row Expressway frequently tie up with heavy traffic at the Expressway.
- Windsor has many train crossings at road grade, further complicating traffic in town. Grade separation projects are completed as part of a provincial initiative to improve the city’s infrastructure.
List Of Driving Schools in Windsor
Road Information for Windsor
- The Windsorite.com website compiles images from the Compass system and other traffic cameras in the Windsor area.
- The Ministry of Transportation maintains an interactive traffic map of the Windsor area. This map shows construction, closures and other events affecting vehicle travel in the Windsor area.
- The City of Windsor’s Construction web page lists both current and planned construction and maintenance.
- Local radio station AM 800 keeps a traffic information page in addition to on air traffic reports. The Morning Drive program, from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., keeps listeners updated on rush hour traffic.
- Windsor’s seven day forecast from Environment Canada is found here.
- Windsor and area has a DriveTest Centre at Southgate Plaza, 2470 Dougall Avenue, at the corner of Eugenie Street West. There is a ServiceOntario outlet at this location as well.
Driving Facts for Windsor
- Highway 401 has an extension in the works to connect with the proposed Gordie Howe Bridge, a third general border crossing in Windsor. While the Canadian government aggressively pursues this project, backed by the state of Ohio and supported by the U.S. federal government, support in the Michigan senate has not been positive. The influence of the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, a for-profit private enterprise, blocks state senate approval, despite support from Michigan’s governor.
- The Ambassador Bridge carries about 25 percent of the trade between Canada and the U.S. The bridge is the busiest border crossing in North America. On average, 10,000 commercial vehicles cross the bridge daily. The Canadian end of the bridge connects to Huron Church Road, a regular city street, causing both congestion and dangerous conditions. The proposed Gordie Howe Bridge connects to the E.C. Row Expressway and the 401 directly, avoiding the problem of high traffic volumes funneled onto Windsor city streets.
- The owner of the Ambassador Bridge sued the Canadian and U.S. governments to stop development of the new bridge, proposing instead that the Ambassador Bridge be twinned, but his lawsuit was dismissed as having no practical merit. Twinning would only increase the problems Windsor experiences with cross-border traffic on its streets.
- Windsor is the only city located due south of an American city. It’s also the southernmost major city in Canada. Windsor is roughly even in latitude with the northern border of California. When Windsor sought city status in 1892, “South Detroit” was unsuccessfully proposed as a name for the new city.
List of Car Insurance Companies & Brokers in Windsor Ontario
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