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How much does it cost to add a teenager to car insurance?


What a teenager does to your car insurance rates

Adding a 16-year-old teen to your policy will increase your rates, on average, by about 130 to 140 percent, or an extra $2,000 annually, according to CarInsurance.com rate data.

Car insurance for young drivers is expensive, as you'll see in the table below, but you can still save by putting the teen on your policy rather than getting him or her their own coverage, and by garnering all the discounts you can for young drivers.

You’ll see below how much it costs to add a 16-year-old driver to your policy in your state, on average, for full coverage:

StateAverage rateAverage rate with teenPercent Increase
Alaska$1,246$3,600189
Alabama$1,304$3,504169
Arkansas$1,556$4,021158%
Arizona$1,399$4,463219%
California$1,783$5,660217%
Colorado$1,675$4,082144%
Connecticut$1,980$5,167161%
DC$1,887$5,261179%
Delaware$1,838$4,503145%
Florida$2,250$5,496144%
Georgia$1,815$5,343194%
Hawaii$1,255$1,2923%
Iowa$1,073$2,570140%
Idaho$1,019$2,812176%
Illinois$1,176$3,635209%
Indiana$1,057$2,538140%
Kansas$1,412$3,300134%
Kentucky$1,611$3,903142%
Louisiana$2,228$7,007214%
Massachusetts$1,616$3,964145%
Maryland$1,541$4,280178%
Maine$884$1,977124%
Michigan$2,368$6,217163%
Minnesota$1,339$3,392153%
Missouri$1,288$2,978131%
Mississippi$1,504$3,671144%
Montana$1,589$3,230103%
North Carolina$1,170$2,608123%
North Dakota$1,123$2,688139%
Nebraska$1,287$3,449168%
New Hampshire$1,156$3,406195%
New Jersey$1,419$4,590223%
New Mexico$1,498$3,991166%
Nevada$1,578$4,785203%
New York$1,214$3,347176%
Ohio$959$1,931101%
Oklahoma$1,469$3,446135%
Oregon$1,325$3,456161%
Pennsylvania$1,438$3,142118%
Rhode Island$2,011$5,829190%
South Carolina$1,353$4,230213%
South Dakota$1,250$2,776122%
Tennessee$1,339$3,487160%
Texas$1,644$4,387167%
Utah$1,212$3,243168%
Virginia$993$2,974199%
Vermont$1,166$2,978155%
Washington$1,307$3,323154%
Wisconsin$1,147$3,011163%
West Virginia$1,467$3,766157%
Wyoming$1,577$3,830143%

See our detailed rate analysis by age for teen drivers, which shows pricing for adding a teen to a policy compared to the teen having his or her own, and broken down by state:

How can a parent lower car insurance rates?

Our parent guide to insuring a teen provides more detail, but here we'll offer the must-know steps to take for keeping teen driver rates as low as possible. First, shop around. The more you pay for insurance, the more likely it is that you can save money. Every insurer prices its coverage differently, and what might be cheaper for your neighbor might not be cheaper for you. You can compare auto insurance quotes online or by calling several agents. To learn more about how to get an idea of what you can expect to pay for coverage, read the details at our guide on how to estimate car insurance costs.

Comparing quotes is simply your best shot at saving money, and the payoff for a few minutes of work could be hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Why concentrate on comparison shopping? Because the next best way to save money is hoping that your child gets grades good enough to grab a good student discount. (A few minutes on the Internet seems almost painless now, right?) In general you can expect to save 10 percent to 15 percent if your insurer offers a good student discount at all.

Third, buy the right car.  The best cars for teens are those with safety features that have low horsepower. The cheapest vehicles to insure are typically minivans. Good luck! But with that as your opening gambit, a rental-grade sedan will seem like a Ferrari to your teen. If it's old enough to get by with only liability insurance, so much the better.

Lastly, there are no real tricks. State laws vary, but in general:

  • All licensed drivers in a household need to be added to a policy. If you don't, your insurer may not cover an accident or other claim, or it may cover the claim only if you pay the additional premium it would have charged you.
  • Some states allow a licensed teen to be excluded from your policy. Others don't.
  • Most states will not allow a teen to title a car in his own name.
  • Even if your state has no age restrictions on titling a car, he is unlikely to find insurance by himself. It's a contract, and he's not old enough to sign one yet.

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4 Responses to "How much does it cost to add a teenager to car insurance?"
  1. Marlene

    What is worse is that boy teens cost a whole lot more than girl teens to insure. My son is a better driver than my daughter was when she was a teen and yet it costs us an arm and a leg to insure him.

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  2. Julie Myers

    I never had any idea that they could be so expensive to pay for! My daughter is about to start driving, so this is good to know before we purchase the insurance. I really want to be sure that we get a good policy so that we don't have to pay for much. I will start looking around right now so that we have plenty of time to find a good policy for us. And since my daughter gets good grades, I am sure we can use these to get a lower price. Thanks for these great suggestions!

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  3. toro

    This was really helpful.

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  4. Seattle car insurance

    Superb post! I have read your post, I have been trying to research this topic for a long period of time.

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