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By Staebler Insurance on Sep 20, 2022

Car thieves are becoming more sophisticated and, despite the latest technologies, these criminals are discovering new ways to thwart anti-theft devices. They are most often targeting vehicles with keyless entries to help them quickly steal a car. As stolen vehicle statistics continue to rise – don’t be the next one! Here are the top ways to stop your car from being stolen. Signal Relay Attacks The technology in your key fob can be wonderfully convenient for you....

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By Staebler Insurance on Sep 8, 2022

September is here and back to school time means back to sharing the road with school vehicles and being extra careful with students walking. To help keep everyone safe, Kitchener, Waterloo, and other areas of Waterloo Region have lowered speed limits and added speed cameras. By slowing down, obeying the new rules, and being careful in school zones, can save you from big fines and potentially even bigger increases in your insurance premiums.   Kitchener council...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jun 16, 2022

As the school year winds down once again and the summer season officially begins next week, thoughts turn to vacation planning and what to do with the kids for two months ahead. Our Staebler team jumped at the opportunity to present some tips and tricks for the road tripping families to make sure you know what to bring and what to do before you pack up and hit the road! The following tips and tricks comes from years of practice from Kim & Steve Philpott, two former...

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By Staebler Insurance on May 24, 2022

The province of Ontario has shifted to a no fee licence plate sticker program and issued refunds for those that had paid in the past. To avoid any confusion, yes, you still need to renew your licence plate  once a year, or once every two years (the choice is yours!). Your best option is to renew online every two years. In most cases you don't need to visit a Service Ontario location, as  Ontario.ca has an online form that walks you through the entire process....

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 24, 2022

Most drivers in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Ontario will no longer need to pay a licence plate sticker fee every year. Get all the details here.   In February, the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario announced the end of licence plate stickers and their associated renewal fees for most personal vehicles . It is seen as a financial break for Ontario car owners who are facing record-high gas prices every time they’re at the pumps. How do I get my Licence Plate...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jan 6, 2022

Police in Waterloo Region and throughout southern Ontario are warning car owners of new techniques that thieves are using to steal vehicles from driveways. These techniques are taking advantage of technologies that are installed in cars to make it more convenient for drivers but at the same time easier for thieves to get away with theft. The first uses the keyless entry feature to "relay” the signal from the car’s fob to open the door and start the car....

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 18, 2021

Michelle Mortensen has been an insurance broker for more than four years and has helped many of her clients through claims. She knows the processes each company has and how to advocate for clients should something go wrong.   So when it came time to put in a claim after her daughter’s car was rear-ended on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Toronto, Michelle didn’t have much worry. That changed along the way as days became weeks and there began to be some uncertainty.  ...

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By Staebler Insurance on Oct 22, 2021

With gas prices souring around Ontario this month, drivers are frustrated and there’s no question they’re looking for ways to save. Industry experts are suggesting there isn’t an end in sight so we have a few ways you can make your next fill up last longer. Slow your Acceleration When the light turns green, the speed demon may suggest: "hit the gas and get up to speed as quickly as possible”. That’s not a good idea if you’re looking for fuel efficiency. A gentle and...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 28, 2021

Earlier this month the provincial government introduced steeper penalties for speeding and stunt driving offences . The new laws are targeting the most dangerous of drivers on the road, including those drivers who are caught driving too much over the speed limit.   One of the common questions our brokers get is: how long does a speeding ticket show on my driving record? In Ontario, your driving record (or driver’s abstract) is maintained by the Ministry of...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 13, 2021

The provincial government introduced new laws on July 1 to help slow down speeders and make Ontario roads safer. The Moving Ontario More Safely Act begins by targeting aggressive driving, stunt driving, and street racing. They are lowering the threshold for tickets and increasing the penalties if caught. Many municipalities, including Waterloo Region, are reporting more stunt driving and street racing incidents over the past year . The trend has forced the Ontario...

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