It has everything to do with basic insurance coverage. You're just looking at it from the wrong angle. I'm not talking about first party coverage but third party coverage. Maybe you will understand by reading this example ICBC gives for "basic insurance coverage" on its website: Protection if you’re responsible for a crash Third Party Liability coverage protects you when you're at fault in a crash and another motorist makes a claim against you. Your Basic Autoplan covers up to $200,000 of their injury costs and vehicle damage. Here's an example Jay drove into another car as he was turning. That car was badly damaged, and both people in it were hurt. Jay felt awful about the crash, but he knew that his third party liability coverage would look after the costs to repair the other car, and for the medical costs and wage losses for the people who were in it. That "and vehicle damage" that I bolded and underlined above is not for your own vehicle under basic coverage but for the other vehicle involved in the accident. So, for instance, if someone in any vehicle, say a Honda, writes off a performance ("luxury") vehicle, ICBC still pays, and if ICBC has given that performance vehicle replacement coverage, then ICBC pays replacement coverage. So it still comes from ICBC. That is, unless the Honda driver in my example is from out-of-province, but those accidents in BC are very few and far between. So, instead of raising everyone's basic insurance coverage to cover the high costs of performance vehicles, ICBC raises the costs of basic insurance coverage of performance, what it calls "luxury", vehicles only (actually doubles it) to protect themselves for the costs to replace these vehicles, whether on an actual cash value or replacement cost basis. This is ICBC's logic when it comes to this rate increase. You can't avoid paying higher "basic insurance" rates on a luxury vehicle in BC. You can only buy optional insurance coverage. That's why this increase has everything to do with basic coverage in BC.