The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has released guidelines on the costs of goods. The Guideline was developed as a result of a recommendation by the Auto Insurance Anti-fraud Task Force in its interim report regarding measures that should be undertaken as soon as possible.
Pertinent sections are quoted below:
“For the purposes of this Guideline, the retail price is the lowest price, including delivery charges (if delivery is required), duties and taxes, that would be payable by or on behalf of an insured person to acquire an item of goods from a source that is available to a member of the general public in Ontario.
Where a retail price exists for an item of goods, a “reasonable” expense for that item for the purposes of sections 15 and 16 of the new SABS and sections 14 and 15 of the old SABS is that retail price, or the price actually paid or payable by or on behalf of the insured person to acquire the item, whichever is lower.
In the event of a dispute over whether an expense for an item is “reasonable”, the onus is on the insurer to provide reasonable evidence of the retail price of the item.
Reasonable evidence includes, but is not limited to: an advertisement; written confirmation from a vendor; or any other reliable form of proof of the retail price.”
The Guidelines can be read in their entirety by clicking here.