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Cheap Car Insurance

Our Home Media study found that companies with the cheapest car insurance rates in 2022 include USAA, Erie Insurance, State Farm, Geico and Progressive.

Just because you’re required to have auto insurance doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot to get it. There are many ways to find the cheapest car insurance available to you so you can protect your vehicle and your wallet at the same time.

We at the Home Media reviews team have researched dozens of the best car insurance providers to find companies that provide both reliable and affordable car insurance. We’ll cover our top picks in this guide.

Cheapest Car Insurance Rates

According to our cost estimate data, the average 35-year-old driver with good credit and a clean driving history pays about $1,730 per year or $144 per month on average for full coverage car insurance in 2022. For minimum liability coverage, the average rate is $635 per year or $53 per month.

Cheapest Car Insurance by State

However, some states have cheaper car insurance than others. Below you can get a general idea of how states rank on average costs.

Map of car insurance cost by state

In some states, the smaller, local companies offer the cheapest car insurance. In others, national providers offer the best rates. One company that may be expensive in Nevada may offer some of the lowest rates available in Pennsylvania. While USAA is often the cheapest provider in most states, it’s not available to everyone due to eligibility requirements.

Cheapest Minimum Liability Insurance by State

Below is the cheapest minimum liability company in each state.

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StateCar Insurance Company*Annual Cost Estimate
AlabamaGeico$360
AlaskaAllstate$291
ArizonaAuto-Owners$359
ArkansasSouthern Farm Bureau$307
CaliforniaGeico$398
ColoradoSouthern Farm Bureau$245
ConnecticutGeico$489
DelawareState Farm$599
District of ColumbiaChubb Limited$359
FloridaGeico$586
GeorgiaAuto-Owners$381
HawaiiGeico$340
IdahoAuto-Owners$181
IllinoisCountry Financial$328
IndianaAuto-Owners$318
IowaState Farm$198
KansasNationwide$324
KentuckyState Farm$381
LouisianaSouthern Farm Bureau$502
MaineAuto-Owners$215
MarylandGeico$468
MassachusettsThe Hanover$434
MichiganAuto-Owners$649
MinnesotaAuto-Owners$353
MississippiNational General$244
MissouriMissouri Farm Bureau$385
MontanaProgressive$215
NebraskaAuto-Owners$216
NevadaState Farm$614
New HampshireAuto-Owners$211
New JerseyGeico$565
New MexicoCentral Mutual Insurance$275
New YorkProgressive$766
North CarolinaNationwide$321
North DakotaNorth Star$267
OhioAuto-Owners$266
OklahomaAmerican Farmers & Ranchers$329
OregonState Farm$503
PennsylvaniaTravelers$338
Rhode IslandTravelers$561
South CarolinaAmerican National$241
South DakotaFarmers Mutual of Nebraska$171
TennesseeTennessee Farm Bureau$318
TexasTexas Farm Bureau$348
UtahGeico$471
VermontUnion Mutual$200
VirginiaAllstate$414
WashingtonPemco Mutual$271
West VirginiaErie Insurance$293
WisconsinErie Insurance$292
WyomingGeico$188

*USAA offered the cheapest rates across many states, but given that coverage is only available to military members and their families, its cost data is not provided in this table.

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Cheapest Full Coverage Insurance by State

Below is the cheapest full coverage insurance company in each state.

StateCar Insurance Company*Annual Cost Estimate
AlabamaNationwide$1,108
AlaskaGeico$1,084
ArizonaGeico$1,071
ArkansasState Farm$1,223
CaliforniaProgressive$1,460
ColoradoGeico$1,119
ConnecticutGeico$891
DelawareState Farm$1,265
District of ColumbiaGeico$939
FloridaGeico$1,937
GeorgiaGeico$1,238
HawaiiAllstate$1,404
IdahoState Farm$679
IllinoisCountry Financial$994
IndianaGeico$806
IowaState Farm$843
KansasNationwide$961
KentuckyGeico$1,127
LouisianaSouthern Farm Bureau$1,960
MaineAuto-Owners$557
MarylandGeico$1,100
MassachusettsProgressive$1,922
MichiganProgressive$1,530
MinnesotaState Farm$1,228
MississippiNational General$910
MissouriState Farm$1,339
MontanaProgressive$998
NebraskaFarmers Mutual Ins Co of NE$1,261
NevadaGeico$1,243
New HampshireState Farm$851
New JerseyGeico$1,359
New MexicoGeico$973
New YorkProgressive$1,300
North CarolinaNationwide$968
North DakotaState Farm$1,109
OhioGrange Mutual$738
OklahomaState Farm$1,251
OregonState Farm$1,000
PennsylvaniaNationwide$1,107
Rhode IslandGeico$1,429
South CarolinaAmerican National$678
South DakotaAmerican Family$1,288
TennesseeState Farm$1,042
TexasTexas Farm Bureau$1,013
UtahGeico$978
VermontState Farm$757
VirginiaErie Insurance$941
WashingtonPemco Mutual$1,193
West VirginiaNationwide$1,031
WisconsinGeico$738
WyomingAmerican National$877

*USAA offered the cheapest rates across many states, but given that coverage is only available to military members and their families, its cost data is not provided in this table.

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States With the Cheapest Car Insurance

Below are the five least expensive states for full coverage car insurance:

StateAnnual Cost EstimateDifference from National Average
ME$964-44%
OH$1,027-41%
VT$1,056-39%
ID$1,069-38%
VA$1,142-34%

Most Expensive Car Insurance by State

And here are the top five most expensive states for full coverage car insurance:

StateAnnual Cost EstimateDifference from National Average
MI$3,785119%
CT$2,99973%
FL$2,94770%
NY$2,78361%
LA$2,78361%

State average costs can only tell you so much. One reason for this is because, even within a state, auto insurance rates can vary considerably. The provider that’s typically the cheapest car insurance company in a state might not be the cheapest in every zip code.

Cheapest Car Insurance for Drivers With a Recent Accident

Not everyone has the ideal driving history and situation to get the cheapest rates. Below, you can see some popular providers’ average full coverage car insurance rates for drivers with a recent accident:

Car Insurance CompanyMonthly Rate EstimateAnnual Rate Estimate
USAA$119$1,428
State Farm$139$1,671
Geico$202$2,427
Progressive$206$2,471
Nationwide$212$2,545
Allstate$317$3,798

Cheapest Car Insurance After a DUI

Getting convicted of a DUI will lead to a significant increase in car insurance rates. In fact, the average rate increase after one DUI is over 60% nationally. This number varies in different regions of the country and among providers.

Below are the cheapest monthly car insurance rates for drivers who have had one DUI compared to rates for those without a DUI:

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Insurance CompanyMonthly Estimate for 1 DUIMonthly Estimate for No DUI
State Farm$146$95
Progressive$147$116
USAA$153$84
Geico$281$113
Nationwide$287$128
Allstate$356$202
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Cheapest Car Insurance for Drivers With Bad Credit

Factors outside of your driving record can influence your car insurance premiums. To help calculate auto insurance rates, many providers use credit-based insurance scores. While a credit-based score includes the same factors as a regular credit score, including payment history and debt, the two scores weigh these factors differently.

Insurers aren’t allowed to use credit scores to help determine auto insurance rates in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Michigan (these states were excluded from this part of our analysis). That said, having a poor credit score can make it harder to get cheap car insurance in most other states. Having poor credit can increase rates almost as much (and sometimes more than) being convicted of a DUI.

Regardless of your credit score, you should get quotes from providers to find the cheapest car insurance. Here’s how rate estimates for some top providers change based on whether drivers have good or bad credit:

Car Insurance CompanyMonthly Cost Estimate with Good CreditMonthly Cost Estimate with Poor CreditRate Increase for Poor Credit
Nationwide$151$18623%
Geico$132$17331%
Allstate$235$31434%
Progressive$144$21046%
USAA$98$15154%
State Farm$153$30197%

Car Insurance Rates by Age

On average, teenagers and young adults pay the most for car insurance. Rates generally start to decrease as you get older, drive better and gain more road experience. Rates begin to decrease at around age 25, level off around age 35 and then increase again after age 65.

Because providers view drivers without a recent driving history as more risky to cover, it’s usually more difficult for new drivers to get cheap car insurance. Drivers in this category include those with new licenses and lapses in car insurance, and as well as visitors and immigrants to the U.S.

Until you have a more established driving record, it may be cheaper for you to stay on a family member’s car insurance policy at first. After that, compare rates from companies when your policy is up for renewal.

Here’s how average full coverage rates change based on age:

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AgeAnnual Cost EstimateMonthly Cost Estimate
16$6,912$576
17$5,612$468
18$4,958$413
19$3,708$309
21$2,786$232
25$2,019$168
30$1,831$153
35$1,785$149
40$1,755$146
45$1,730$144
50$1,658$138
55$1,609$134
65$1,648$137
75$1,912$159

Cheapest Car Insurance for 16-Year-Olds

Sixteen-year-olds pay around $6,912 for individual full coverage policies on average, but they can find much cheaper rates from providers like Erie, Auto-Owners and State Farm.

Car Insurance CompanyAnnual Rate EstimateMonthly Rate Estimate
Erie Insurance$3,410$284
Auto-Owners$3,533$294
State Farm$4,146$345
Geico$4,466$372
Nationwide$4,567$381

Cheapest Car Insurance for 18-Year-Olds

Our estimates show 18-year-olds pay about $4,958 per year for insurance. However, cheaper rates can be had with Erie, USAA, Auto-Owners and Geico.

Car Insurance CompanyAnnual Rate EstimateMonthly Rate Estimate
Erie insurance$2,888$241
USAA$2,897$241
Auto-Owners$2,923$244
Geico$3,161$263
State Farm$3,340$278

Cheapest Car Insurance for 21-Year-Olds

Car insurance rates for 21-year-olds decline to $2,786 per year on average. The cheapest providers offer full-coverage rates under $2,000 per year.

Car Insurance CompanyAnnual Rate EstimateMonthly Rate Estimate
USAA$1,609$134
Geico$1,844$154
Auto-Owners$2,074$173
Erie Insurance$2,103$175
Nationwide$2,147$179

Cheapest Car Insurance for 25-Year-Olds

Twenty-five-year-olds only pay slightly more than middle-aged drivers for car insurance. Our estimates show full coverage car insurance costs about $2,019 per year on average for this age group.

Car Insurance CompanyAnnual Rate EstimateMonthly Rate Estimate
USAA$1,292$108
Geico$1,420$118
Erie Insurance$1,523$127
Nationwide$1,556$130
Auto-Owners$1,590$132

Cheapest Car Insurance for Seniors

Rates rise slightly as drivers enter their senior years since the risk of accident also rises. Average rates for 65-year-olds are around $1,648 per year.

Car Insurance CompanyAnnual Rate EstimateMonthly Rate Estimate
USAA$1,057$88
Erie Insurance$1,219$102
Geico$1,227$102
Auto-Owners$1,247$104
Nationwide$1,263$105
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What How Much Car Insurance Do You Need?

Your car insurance rates largely depend on the level of coverage you want. Your state requires a certain level of bodily injury and property damage liability car insurance (unless you live in New Hampshire or Virgina). States can also require underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage and medical coverage. No state requires you to carry collision insurance or comprehensive insurance, so you’ll have to decide if you want the extra protection these options offer.

In our 2022 car insurance survey, 67% of the 1,000 respondents polled said they usually buy full coverage insurance, which includes liability, collision and comprehensive coverage. Nearly 37% said they would buy full coverage with low limits, while just over 30% reported they would purchase full coverage insurance with high limits.

If you finance your vehicle, your lender will likely require you to carry full coverage until your auto loan is paid off.

Types of Car Insurance

Below are some of the main types of car insurance coverage and their requirements:

Type of Car Insurance CoverageRequirementsRecommended Coverage Level
Property damage liabilityRequired in every state except New Hampshire and VirginiaRecommended per-accident limits close to your net worth
Bodily injury liabilityRequired in every state except Florida, New Hampshire and VirginiaRecommended per-accident limits close to your net worth
Collision and comprehensiveLikely required if you have auto financing or lease a vehicleRecommended if your vehicle is valued at $3,000 or more
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverageRequired in 22 statesRecommended per-accident limit close to your net worth if you don’t have collision and personal injury protection
Personal injury protection (PIP) or medical paymentsRequired in 14 statesRecommended if you have high health deductibles or co-pays or don’t have health insurance at all
Gap insuranceOptional unless required by the terms of your loan or lease agreement (often required if your vehicle is less than three years old)Enough to cover the difference between the loan and the car’s depreciating value by the third year

Car Insurance Rates

Icons showing the factors that influence the cost of car insurance

It’s important to keep in mind that car insurance rates are heavily personalized, as insurance companies take numerous factors into account when determining what you should pay for a policy. Your rates will depend on factors such as your age, location, credit score and vehicle and driving history, as well as the level of coverage you choose.

For example, while there is more risk in choosing less coverage, buying a minimum coverage policy could save you a substantial amount on car insurance. Also, if you have a clean driving record, you’ll usually pay much less than drivers with an accident history.

Because insurers heavily rely on your driving record to determine pricing, infractions like a DUI, a speeding ticket or an at-fault accident can make it more difficult to find cheap car insurance (or even purchase a policy in some cases).

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Having a DUI will make your rates jump, and you’ll be deemed “high risk” by insurance companies. Having multiple at-fault accidents lands you in the high-risk category, too. Minor traffic violations like speeding tickets increase rates but to a lesser degree.

Factors That Affect Car Insurance Rates

The table below contains a comprehensive list of factors that affect your insurance rates:

FactorHow It Affects Your Car Insurance Premium
AgePeople generally have fewer accidents as they age and gain driving experience (up to a point). Teen drivers pay the most, followed by drivers under 25.
Marital statusMarried drivers tend to have fewer accidents, so they pay less for car insurance.
Car make and modelCars that cost more to repair also cost more to insure. This applies to collision and comprehensive insurance, which cover your car. Safety equipment such as seatbelts and air bags can affect the price as well.
Annual mileagePeople who commute long distances and put many miles on their cars pay higher insurance prices.
Driving recordA clean driving record can help you secure cheaper rates and reward you with good driver discounts. Accidents, speeding tickets and other vehicle-related violations can lead to rate increases no matter what provider you choose.
Credit historyMost states allow car insurance companies to consider your credit history when determining prices. Poor credit will make your rates go up, and good credit will make them decrease.
Zip codeUrban areas have higher rates of theft, accidents and vandalism, so drivers in cities pay the highest rates. Parking in a garage can sometimes reduce your rate.
State requirementsStates vary widely in how much coverage is required, meaning you’ll generally pay more in states that require drivers to carry more types of insurance or higher coverage limits.
Desired coverageCar insurance rates rise as you add more types of coverage or choose higher coverage limits. Drivers only looking for their state’s minimum coverage, like basic liability coverage, will generally have the cheapest car insurance rates.
DeductibleA high deductible will reduce your premium and vice versa.

Even though these factors ultimately determine your rate, keep in mind that the best way to find the cheapest insurance available to you is to shop around and compare quotes from providers.

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How To Find the Cheapest Car Insurance

While the information we’ve provided about insurance providers is likely to help you find the best rates available, you won’t know for sure what your rate could be until you start getting quotes.

Auto insurance quotes are based on your driver profile, your desired coverage level and the discounts a company provides. Some things are set in stone—you can’t erase an at-fault accident from your recent history, for example. That said, there are ways you can improve your chances of finding cheap car insurance.

Finding Affordable Car Insurance

Below is our comprehensive list of 17 ways to reduce your insurance costs:

Tips to Get Cheaper InsuranceOur Recommendation
Find the appropriate coverage levelWhile you don’t want to overpay, you should have enough coverage to meet legal requirements and cover your risks appropriately based on your financial situation. A good rule of thumb is to get liability limits similar to your net worth.
Understand the rulesState law determines the minimum amount of coverage a driver is required to carry. By taking these rules into account with your needs in mind, you can better decide the appropriate amount of coverage for you.
Shop aroundOne basic technique to find the cheapest car insurance is to compare coverage and rates from companies. You can also compare quotes every time your policy is up for renewal to ensure you’re getting a good rate.
Consider local providersLocal agents and smaller providers can sometimes offer lower rates, as large insurers may not always be your cheapest options.
Look for discountsMost insurers offer discounts. Search for the company that gives the best discounts for you, and ask your existing provider about discounts that may be available. Common discounts include multi-vehicle, multi-policy, military, senior, new driver, homeowners, customer loyalty, good student and good driver discounts.
Bundle your coverageYou can get a discount from most providers by bundling two or more insurance policies. An example of bundling your insurance would be adding a homeowners or renters policy to your auto coverage. You can also insure multiple vehicles on the same policy. One way of doing this is combining auto policies with your roommates or family members.
Try usage-based programsYou could save money on insurance if you drive less than average since you’re less likely to get into an accident. Usage-based programs track your mileage and/or your safe driving habits through an app, plug-in device or Bluetooth beacon.
Pay your premium annuallyMost providers offer annual, biannual or monthly payment options. Providers often give slight discounts for paying in full annually or biannually.
Increase your deductibleBecause your rates are tied to your deductible amount, choosing a higher deductible is usually a good way to lower your premium. But raising your deductible means you’ll have more out-of-pocket costs if you have to file a claim, so make sure you can assume the financial risk.
Decrease your limitsLowering your coverage limits will increase your risk but decrease your premium. Review your financial situation to see if it makes sense to risk higher out-of-pocket costs to reduce your rates.
Improve your driver profileYou can improve your driver profile by taking a driver safety course. Because good drivers are less likely to file claims, insurance companies reward safe drivers with clean records by offering them lower rates.
Improve your credit scoreSince most states allow credit-based insurance scoring, you can lower your rates over time if you improve your credit score.
Drive a vehicle that costs less to insureSome models are more expensive to insure than others, so when shopping for a car, take into account how much it will cost to insure vehicles you’re interested in. Also, if your vehicle has safety features like automatic braking or anti-theft technology, you may qualify for a safe car discount.
Review your coverage regularlyWhen it’s time to renew, review your policy to find areas where you can adjust your coverage to better fit your needs.
Get a quote after improving your driving recordShop around for new quotes between three and five years after a ticket or accident, as previous infractions may no longer be on your driving record.
Capitalize on major life changesYou may find cheaper car insurance rates if you get married, send a student off to college, buy a home or have another major life change.
Know when to reduce coverageBecause comprehensive and collision coverage only pay up to your vehicle’s current value minus the deductible, you may not need these forms of coverage if you drive an older car that’s worth a few thousand dollars or less. That said, do your research before making this decision so you aren’t reducing coverage without good reason.

Cheapest Car Insurance Rates: Conclusion

To recap, since prices depend on so many factors, cheap auto insurance looks different for each driver. Our top choices for the cheapest car insurance are:

  1. USAA
  2. Erie Insurance
  3. State Farm
  4. Geico
  5. Progressive

You’ll always have a range of prices available to you. Even if you’re offered the same coverage levels from two insurers, one option could be much cheaper depending on how each company’s rates are calculated. It’s easy to compare insurance quotes using online insurance calculators. By getting quotes and calculating the projected costs, you should have a pretty good idea of the cheapest insurance available to you.

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