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Arkansas Car Insurance

Car insurance rates in Arkansas are markedly more expensive in eastern areas of the state, along the Mississippi River. You can see comparable state car insurance rates for every ZIP code mapped below -- but even in the most costly cities, you’ll find a big difference in price between insurance companies.

Arkansas car insurance requirements

Arkansas state law requires the following minimum car insurance coverage:
Minimum bodily injury liability $25,000/$50,000
Minimum property damage liability $25,000
Arkansas Car Insurance Rates by ZIP Code & City To learn more about the most and least expensive cities for car insurance, click the link below. Car insurance rate comparison >
Top Cities
Priciest Neighborhoods
In Arkansas
  • 72342: $1,507
  • 72332: $1,491
  • 72328: $1,480
  • 72390: $1,480
Cheapest Neighborhoods
In Arkansas
  • 72768: $1,130
  • 72732: $1,141
  • 72756: $1,141
  • 72719: $1,142

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What you need to know about car insurance in Arkansas

Penny Gusner
Consumer Analyst

Arkansas car insurance requirements are right in line with many other states: $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage. A family with a home or substantial savings might want to buy more coverage.

While this is not a no-fault state, Arkansas auto insurance companies do offer personal injury protection (PIP). PIP here comes in three parts, which are:

  1. Medical payments
  2. Lost wages
  3. Death benefits

You can decide to purchase any one part or all three together; however, if you determine that you don’t want any PIP coverage you must reject it in writing. If you don’t have health insurance, you might want to consider this option.

Discounts: Arkansas law helps senior drivers save by requiring car insurance companies to give a discount to drivers over 55 who have completed an accident prevention course approved by the state’s Office of Motor Vehicles.

Reasons for cancellation: After a policy has been in effect for over 60 days in Arkansas, an insurer can cancel only due to:

  • Nonpayment of premium
  • Fraud/misrepresentation in applying for the policy
  • Homicide arising out of the use of a motor vehicle
  • Three separate convictions of speeding and/or reckless driving within the policy period or three months prior to the beginning of the policy period
  • Conviction of driving while intoxicated

Notice periods: An Arkansas car insurance carrier must give you a 20-day written notice if it intends to cancel, except for cases of nonpayment, which require only a 10-day written notice. If your policy is not renewed, your auto insurer must give you a 30-day written notice.

Uninsured motorist penalties for Arkansas: You may be fined $500 and your registration may be suspended.

Largest car insurance companies for Arkansas by market share

Rank Company / Group Direct Premiums Written ($) Market Share (%)
1 State Farm Group 375,632 24.25
2 Southern Farm Bureau Cas Group 206,211 13.31
3 Shelter Insurance Companies 125,867 8.13
4 Allstate Insurance Group 117,277 7.57
5 Progressive Insurance Group 93,506 6.04
6 Farmers Insurance Group 92,138 5.95
7 Berkshire Hathaway Insurance 81,793 5.28
8 USAA Group 67,526 4.36
9 Nationwide Group 61,861 3.99
10 Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies 44,950 2.90
Source: A.M. Best market share rankings are based on direct premiums written in 2013.