We’ve built our reputation on genuine personal service, and nowhere does that count more than when you need to make a claim. Whether you’re at the roadside following an accident, recovering from a fire at home or simply reporting a lost or stolen valuable, you can count on us when it matters most.
Your insurance broker is often the best place to start. They can provide valuable advice and ensure things get moving quickly. Check your documents to find your broker’s contact details or search for your broker below.
If you can’t find your broker’s details or you’d prefer to speak to us directly, we’re here to help. Call us 24/7.
If you’ve been in an accident, we’ll help you get back on the road as soon as possible. We’re available 24/7 to provide you with the information and support you need to get your life back on track.
Fire, theft, vandalism or damage to your home or business can be devastating. Our claims team go above and beyond to provide the personalized support that will get you back to normal.
The choice is yours as to where you would like your vehicle repaired. If you are unsure as to where you would like it repaired, we can recommend a repair facility that provides quality repairs. By choosing a body shop on Gore Mutual's "Direct Repair Program" (DRP), you will have the repairs guaranteed for as long as you own your vehicle. Gore Mutual also has a partnership agreement with the leading collision networks: CARSTAR, CSN (Collision Solutions Network) and Fix Auto. Although only select shops are on our DRP list, the entire network has agreed to abide by our guidelines and will provide a nationwide guarantee on the repairs performed.
You are eligible to receive a car rental if you have the required endorsement which covers you for a replacement vehicle. These endorsements are referred to as the OPCF 20 and 320. You are also entitled to a rental if you are not at fault for an accident and the claim takes place in Ontario (some restrictions apply). If you carry rental coverage on your policy (your broker can advise you), and your vehicle cannot be driven safely, please call DISCOUNT CAR RENTAL at: 1-800-404-4142 and they will assist you with obtaining a rental vehicle. We will also reimburse you for the cost of a taxi in lieu of a rental vehicle.
In many locations in Ontario, the police will no longer attend accident scenes unless someone is injured or criminal activity is involved. Drivers are now required to attend the local Collision Reporting Centre (or CRC) to report their loss. Drivers should attend at the CRC immediately after the accident, but can attend within 24 hours of the loss. Some CRCs are run by the local police force, but most are operated by a private company (supported by the police).
In some municipalities, bylaws require non-drivable vehicle to be towed to the CRC from the scene of the accident. In some cases, you may feel pressured by the tow operator to take your car to a body shop affiliated with the tow company. Again, it is your choice as to where to have your vehicle repaired. If you are unsure, call your broker, a Gore Mutual representative or leave your vehicle at the CRC.
Attached are links to the municipal CRC locations in Ontario:
If your vehicle is insured in a "business or company name", it is your responsibility to pay H.S.T on your vehicle repairs and any other claim related expense (i.e. rental car). You will be able to reclaim this expense when collecting your H.S.T. return for your business.
A deductible is the portion of the claim that you are responsible for based on the percentage of fault that is attributed to you for the accident. A deductible is also charged for comprehensive claims (vandalism, thefts, animal hits). For example, if your deductible is $300 and the total claim is worth $1500, we would pay $1200 to you.
"No fault" is an often misunderstood term and it does not mean that no one is at fault in a motor vehicle accident.
"No fault" insurance is a term that describes Accident Benefits coverage that is paid for injuries or death sustained in a motor vehicle accident regardless as to who was at fault for the accident. It also refers to Direct Compensation-Property Damage where you claim your damages through your own insurance company if the accident takes place in Ontario (certain regulations apply).
In Ontario, all insurers licensed to write in the province, abide by the "Fault Determination Rules". The chart sets out common accident scenarios and apportions fault wholly or partially based on the facts of the loss. The link below describes the "Fault Determination Rules" in detail: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_900668_e.htm
There are generally three types of parts: OEM, Aftermarket and Salvage (or parts of like, kind and quality).
A vehicle is determined to be a total loss when the repairs required to fix the vehicle exceed the actual cash value (or depreciated value) of the vehicle. Some vehicles may simply be damaged beyond safe repair or have been completely immersed in water or have extensive fire damage. The Ontario Auto Policy (OAP 1) states that the insurer is responsible to settle all claims on an actual cash value basis. Actual cash basis takes into account the amount that the vehicle has depreciated since new. Depreciation can be affected by many factors such as kilometers, quality of paint, options, mechanical condition, tires, etc. When determining the value of a vehicle, things such as new paint, a new or rebuilt engine or new tires can add value. Items that are deemed "regular maintenance" (brakes, oil changes, etc) generally add no value when determining the actual cash value at settlement.
A vehicle is not settled on an actual cash value if you purchase an endorsement (OPCF 43) that removes depreciation for a specific time frame from the purchase date (from new). Your broker can advise you about purchasing this endorsement when you buy a new vehicle.
If your vehicle has been stolen, the first thing to do is to call the police and report the loss. Next, contact your broker or Gore Mutual to provide details of the loss.
If your vehicle is not recovered after 30 days, you will be compensated for the actual cash value of the vehicle at the time of the loss (your vehicle will not be depreciated if you have purchased the OPCF 43 endorsement).
Some things to remember about your theft claim:
Due to past experiences with our policyholders, it is not recommended that you settle your claim directly with the other party involved. It is our recommendation to report your claim to your broker and have them forward it to our office for handling to completion.
A deductible is the portion of the claim that you are responsible for that is indicated on your policy declaration statement. We are responsible only for the amount by which the loss or damaged caused by any of the Insured Perils exceeds that amount of the deductible.
Replacement cost means the value of property on the date of loss or damage, or the lower of repairing the property with materials of similar kind and quality or new articles of similar kind, quality and usefulness without any deduction for depreciation.
Actual Cash Value means that insured property will be replaced with something of like kind and quality less an allowance for depreciation based on its condition at the time of the loss, age and normal expected life expectancy.
Only a qualified restoration contractor trained and certified in fire and smoke damage restoration should perform emergency services.
The contractor will contact you and come to your home. When the contractor calls you, he will ask you a few questions in order to determine the crew size and amount of equipment needed.
Moulds will grow when there is moisture and nutrients. Moisture accumulates within the home when there is not enough ventilation to expel that moisture. Prompt action in controlling the amount of moisture in your home following a water damage loss through the emergency drying process will prevent mould growth. If mould does grow as a direct result of an insured loss, then your policy will respond to the removal of the mould.
We help make it quick and easy to get back on your feet when something unexpected happens, through our network of reliable, trustworthy expert partners. From car accidents to fire damage, you can count on us to source the best.