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Most of Pennsylvania enjoys relatively cheap state car insurance rates, but Philadelphia is another story, with rates many times higher. You can see below how every city, town and hamlet in Pennsylvania compares, along with the potential savings for choosing the cheapest carrier in that ZIP code. Learn how to buy the best Pennsylvania car insurance policy for your particular situation, what the average car insurance rates are for your neighborhood and how Pennsylvania car insurance laws work.

Pennsylvania car insurance rates

The average car insurance rate in Pennsylvania is $1,201. Your location is one of the major factors car insurance companies consider when setting your rate. Additionally, your age, your driving record, your credit history, the model of car you have, the severity and frequency of claims in your neighborhood are all accounted for when insurance companies decide price your policy. But every company uses its own method for assessing risk. That’s why the cost for the same policy can vary significantly among insurance companies – and why you should compare rates. For example, drivers in Philadelphia ZIP code 19132 can save $1,854 by shopping around. That’s the difference between the highest rate among six carriers surveyed ($3,931) and the lowest ($2,077).

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Pennsylvania car insurance requirements

State law requires the following coverages:  
Minimum bodily injury liability $15,000/$30,000
Minimum property damage liability $5,000
First party benefits (medical) $5,000

Pennsylvania mandates purchase of first party benefits medical coverage. This pays medical expenses for you and anyone on your policy up to its limits, even if the accident was your fault.

Pennsylvania's minimum liability insurance requirements are extremely low compared with those in other states. For example, its mandatory $5,000 liability for property damage would not repair or replace many of the cars you are most likely to hit. And even a minor injury can rack up $15,000 in medical expenses.

Once bills hit those low limits, you are legally responsible for the balance. We suggest anyone with a home or savings to protect consider raising liability coverage limits.

You’ll pay more for more coverage, but as you’ll see in the chart below, additional protection typically won’t break the bank. Powering up your policy to full coverage with a $1,000 deductible costs, on average, $867 more, or $72 a month.

Coverage limits Average annual rate
Liability Only – state minimum $560
Liability Only - 50/100/50 BI/PD $626
Full Coverage - 100/300/100 BI/PD
$1,000 Comp/Collision deductible
Full Coverage - 100/300/100 BI/PD
$500 Comp/Collision deductible
Full Coverage - 100/300/100 BI/PD
$250 Comp/Collision deductible

*The table shows the average annual rate of 10 ZIP codes in the state from the following carriers, in no particular order: Progressive, Allstate, State Farm, Nationwide, GEICO and Farmers. Data was provided for CarInsurance.com by Quadrant Information Services.

Recommended car insurance coverage

When deciding how much car insurance to buy, you need to assess your particular situation. To drive legally, you must buy at least the minimum liability insurance required by your state. If you didn’t borrow money from a lender to buy your car and you don’t have a lot of money or assets to protect, that might be a wise choice. If, however, you don’t own your car outright, you will be required to get comprehensive and collision coverage. Additionally, if you have a home and savings to protect, it’s wise to buy more coverage.

Use our How Much Car Insurance Do You Need? tool to get a recommendation.



The more money and assets you have, the more likely it is that you may be sued following a car accident. Unless you are determined to pay the lowest car insurance rate possible, we recommend you buy higher than minimum liability coverage. If your net worth is:

  • less than $50,000, choose at least 50/100/50
  • between $50,000 and $100,000, choose at least 100/300/100
  • more than $100,000, choose at least 250/500/100

If you're leasing or financing your car, you automatically need coverage of 100/300/100 or higher.

Collision and comprehensive

Collision coverage pays for damage to your car after an accident that you cause. Comprehensive insurance pays to replace stolen cars and for damages from vandalism, flooding, hail, fire and animal strikes. These coverages are optional. Collision for Pennsylvania drivers costs, on average, $301 a year; comprehensive costs $132, according to the Insurance Information Institute. If your car is:

  • less than 10 years old, you should strongly consider buying collision and comprehensive.
  • more than 10 years old, only buy collision and comprehensive if your car is worth $3,000 or more, if you couldn’t afford to replace your car if it’s wrecked, or if you just want more protection on your policy.

If you buy comp and collision, check our guide to choosing a deductible amount.

Uninsured/underinsured motorist

Uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage pays for damages if you’re hit by a driver with no insurance or a driver with coverage that’s insufficient to pay for your repairs and medical expenses. These should match the liability limits you choose.

Pennsylvania requires that insurance companies offer you uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, but you may decline it. In the Philadelphia area, where the rate of uninsured motorists is high, you should consider keeping it.

Medical coverage (MedPay)

Medical payments coverage can help pay for the medical or funeral expenses of covered drivers and passengers after an accident, regardless of fault, up to $25,000. In most states, including Pennsylvania, it's an optional addition to your car insurance policy. Pennsylvania requires $5,000 of firt-party medical benefits coverage, so you don’t need MedPay, though it can supplement your minimum coverage. MedPay does the following:

  • Covers you and your passengers’ medical expenses
  • Pays for expenses after health insurance limits are exceeded
  • Offers additional protection to insured drivers who are hit by a car while walking or biking

If you and your passengers:

  • Don’t have health insurance, or have a plan that doesn’t cover car accidents or has low limits, we recommend that you add medical coverage of at least $5,000 to your car insurance policy.
  • Do have health insurance, it’s still a good idea to have medical coverage if you want the best protection in your policy, as it can pay out after your health benefits are maxed out.

Gap insurance

If you got a loan to pay for your car and have an accident, gap insurance pays the difference between the cash value of your car and the current outstanding balance on your loan or lease.

  • If you’re financing your car, your car is less than one year old and you’ve put less than 20 percent down on it, you should buy gap insurance. If not, you don’t need gap insurance.
  • If you’re leasing your car, it’s a good idea to buy gap insurance if you aren’t already required to in your lease agreement.
  • If you own your car outright, you don’t need gap insurance.

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Car insurance companies in Pennsylvania

Rank Company Name Direct premiums written Market share % Customer Review Ranking (out of 100)
1 State Farm Insurance Group 1,577,153 20.11% 87.2
2 Erie Insurance Group 1,044,586 13.32% 87.1
3 Allstate Insurance Group 941,294 12.01% 82.6
4 Nationwide Group 774,044 9.87% 84.5
5 Progressive 697,760 8.9% 86.2
6 Geico 548,793 7% 85.7
7 Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies 433,450 5.53% 82.1
8 Travelers Group 280,281 3.57% 78.7
9 USAA Group 246,536 3.14% 87.5/td>
10 Farmers Insurance Group 166,060 2.12% 81.4

Source: A.M. Best market share rankings are based on direct premiums written in 2015.

Customer review rankings based on Insure.com's "Best Insurance Companies" survey.

Pennsylvania car insurance laws

Driver's license points

Pennsylvania removes three points from your motor vehicle record when 12 months pass without a violation. If you hit six points on your record, you are required to take a written examination of your knowledge about safety and regulations. Two points are deducted from your total if you pass. Your driver's license is suspended at 11 points.

Insurance check

You'll have to produce proof of current insurance in Pennsylvania:

  • if you are stopped for a traffic violation
  • if you are involved in a reportable traffic accident
  • when you register your car
  • when your car undergoes its safety inspection

In addition, your insurance company will report a cancellation or nonrenewal to the state.

Lapse in coverage

If your Pennsylvania auto insurance policy lapses, your vehicle registration will be suspended for three months. If the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) determines that you drove your vehicle without insurance, your driver's license will also be suspended for three months. To serve the suspension your registration plate, sticker, card and driver's license need to be surrendered to PennDOT. The one exception to this is if the lapse was for less than 31 days and you can prove that the vehicle wasn't operated during this time.

Expired inspection sticker

Penalties for driving with expired inspection stickers


To drive legally in Pennsylvania, you must have liability insurance with at least limits of:

15 / 30 / 5

Bodily injury liability limits of $15,000 for yourself and $30,000 for all others involved in an accident, and property damage liability of $5,000.

Pennsylvania also mandates purchase of first-party benefits medical coverage of $5,000. This pays medical expenses for you and anyone on your policy up to its limits, even if the accident was your fault.

Click here for an explanation of liability requirements numbers

HOW MUCH IS CAR INSURANCE IN PENNSYLVANIA? The average car insurance rate in Pennsylvania is:
$1,210 per year
26th most expensive state in the U.S.
"No-Fault" Insurance Law
Under a no-fault system, when you have an accident, your auto insurance provider automatically pays you for certain damages, regardless of fault, up to a specified limit.
In our independent study of the best and worst states for driving,Pennsylvania was the
57% percent of roads are in poor/mediocre condition
6.5% of the drivers on the roads are uninsured
9.3% traffic-related deaths per 100,000 population
2.93% of the average annual median household income is spent on car insurance
48 hours of commuter delay per year in Philadelphia, the state's most congested city

Full report: Best and worst states for driving