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Company History

The Company was established as a farmers' mutual insurance carrier in 1896 in Wawanesa, Manitoba under the laws of Canada and was subsequently incorporated by an Act of Parliament on May 1, 1929. The United States Branch was established under the laws of California on May 23, 1974. Initial funds were realized from a contribution of the Canadian parent corporation, The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The first policy was written in the United States in April 1975.

Wawanesa U.S. Operation

Our U.S. Company is headquartered in San Diego, California. Marketing, underwriting, claims processing, and policyholder services are all conducted from the San Diego office. The company is currently licensed to write business in California and Oregon. The U.S. operation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company of Canada, one of the leading insurance carriers in Canada.

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Operating Philosophy

Wawanesa markets preferred Personal Lines Automobile and Homeowners insurance directly to the consumer through direct mail solicitations with strategic implementation of radio and newspaper advertising. It is estimated that 90-93 percent of new business is developed from referrals of existing policyholders. Wawanesa maintains expense levels well below industry averages. These costs savings are passed on to consumers in the form of lower insurance rates.

Lines of Business

Wawanesa underwrites full coverage Automobile, Homeowners, Condominium and Renters Insurance. Private Passenger Automobile and Physical Damage coverages are written at preferred-risk rates ranging from 25% to 35% below standard manual rates. All policies are issued with a 6-month term and offered direct to consumers. Wawanesa offers Homeowners insurance coverage for preferred risk single family dwellings at below standard rates. In 1991, the Homeowners line was expanded to include Condominium coverage. In September 2012, the Homeowners line was again expanded to include Renters coverage. Based on direct premiums written, our U.S. company ranks among the top twenty auto writers in California.

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Eligibility Guidelines

Automobile

Wawanesa's Automobile insurance program is designed to insure careful responsible drivers whose historical driving records meet the statutorily defined "Good Driver" definition.

To qualify for a premium quotation, a driver cannot have more than one traffic violation point or more than one at fault accident point during the last 36 months. Most traffic convictions involving the operation of a motor vehicle are counted as one point. A driver is considered principally at-fault for a motor vehicle accident where the driver's acts or omissions are at least 51% of the proximate cause of the accident or the accident is a solo vehicle accident. Any principally at-fault accident involving bodily injury with total damages exceeding $1000, or death, will count as two points. Any principally at-fault accident involving only property damage with total damages exceeding $1000 will count as one point.

Homeowners

The dwelling to be insured must be owner occupied and must be the insured's primary residence. Dwelling condition, loss history, and proximity to brushfire hazard are underwriting considerations that may affect eligibility.

Condominiums

The dwelling to be insured must be owner occupied and must be the insured's primary residence. Dwelling complex condition, loss history, and proximity to brushfire hazard are underwriting considerations that may affect eligibility.

Renters

The rented dwelling must be exclusively for private residential purposes and must be the insured's primary residence. Rented dwelling condition and loss history are underwriting considerations that may affect eligibility.

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