Learn everything you need to know to buy the best car insurance policy in Boulder for you and your family. See which carriers are rated as the best car insurance companies for customer satisfaction and your neighborhood’s average car insurance rates.

Discover how much you can save by knowing how to make intelligent choices about coverage. And find out how rates for Boulder drivers are affected by tickets, accidents and adding teen drivers.

Key Highlights
  • The average car insurance cost in Boulder, CO, for a full coverage policy is $1,773 a year, according to CarInsurance.com research.
  • GEICO has the cheapest full coverage car insurance quotes in Boulder among all the carriers analyzed.
  • By comparing price quotes from different carriers, you can save an average of $2,312 per year on a full coverage policy in Boulder.
  • In Colorado, comprehensive insurance costs an average of $298 and collision coverage is $541 per year, based on CarInsurance.com rate analysis.

Who has the best car insurance in Boulder, CO?

Deciding who has the best car insurance to suit your needs depends on what is most important to you. For some, it may be price, while others value customer service the most. Still, others may be looking for the convenience of mobile apps or a company that offers the most car insurance discounts.

Below we list car insurance companies in Boulder, and who they are the best at serving, based on CarInsurance.com’s customer satisfaction survey of current policyholders and rate data analysis.

Best forCompany
Value/PriceCSAA Insurance Group
Customer ServiceSafeco
RecommendCSAA Insurance Group
Low Annual MileageState Farm Mutual Auto
Good StudentAMCO Insurance
BundleFarmers Ins Exchange 2.0
Paid in FullAllstate F&C

Cheap car insurance in Boulder, Colorado

Find the cheapest car insurance rates in Boulder, based on our rate analysis for three different coverage levels. The driver profile is for age 30, with good credit and a clean driving record. You can see how major insurers rank for price in the chart below.

CompanyLiability Only – State Minimum BI/PDLiability Only – 50/100/50 BI/PDFull Coverage – 100/300/100 BI/PD – 500 Comp/Coll
GEICO Casualty Co$239$342$913
USAA Casualty Ins Co$243$408$1,068
Unitrin Safeguard Ins Co$346$576$1,549
State Farm Mutl Automobile Ins$377$527$1,413
Owners Ins Co$400$699$1,935
Nationwide P&C Ins Co$509$709$1,289
American Family Ins Co$543$1,745$2,627
Progressive Direct Ins Co$547$877$1,584
Allstate F&C Ins Co$641$818$1,791
Metropolitan P&C Ins Co$768$929$2,783
Farmers Ins Exchange$773$1,813$3,225

Car insurance coverage – how much car insurance do I need in Boulder?

Below, we’ll explain what coverage you need to drive legally — your state-required minimum liability limits — and what types of car insurance you may need to be truly protected.

Minimum car insurance requirements in Boulder

Colorado car insurance laws require only that you insure yourself against bodily injury and property damage liability, so it’s your choice whether to add coverage for yourself, your passengers, and your vehicle.

If you have a newer model car, getting comprehensive insurance and collision coverage makes sense. In Colorado, comprehensive costs $298 and collision costs $541, on an average per year, according to a rate data analysis done by CarInsurance.com.

These optional coverages come with a deductible. That’s the amount you pay before your insurance company pays. Typical deductibles are $1,000, $500 and $250 – you choose which one you want. The higher the deductible is, the lower your rate will be.

The best car insurance coverage usually isn’t the cheapest. You may be used if you’re in an accident and your insurance doesn’t cover all the damages. That means your home or savings could be in jeopardy.

To protect your assets, you should buy liability insurance in the following amounts:

  • $1,00,000 to pay for others’ medical bills
  • $3,00,000 to pay for injuries to others in an accident you cause
  • $1,00,000 to pay for damage to others’ property

You should also consider buying these optional coverages:

  • Comprehensive, which replaces stolen cars and covers damage to your car from floods, fire, hail and vandalism.
  • Collision, which pays for damage to your car from accidents.

Average car insurance rates in Boulder

According to our rate analysis, the average rate for Boulder drivers for a year of minimum coverage is $490. If you increase your coverage to 50/100/50, you would pay just about $26.17 more monthly, or $314 more a year.

You can get full coverage (100/300/100) by paying $106.92 more a month or an additional $1,283 a year more than minimum-level coverage.

Boulder average for:

  • Minimum coverage: $490
  • 50/100/50: $804
  • 100/300/100: $1,773

Compare car insurance quotes in Boulder – how to save on an insurance policy

You can save an average of $2,312 annually on a full coverage policy in Boulder by comparing car insurance quotes, according to CarInsurance.com’s rate analysis. While savings will depend on your particular circumstances, there is a significant benefit to shopping your policy.

Boulder car insurance FAQs

How much does insurance go up after a speeding ticket in Boulder?

A speeding ticket in Boulder will hike your car insurance rates by an average of 31%, or about $706 yearly. CarInsurance.com’s rate analysis shows how much more drivers in Boulder can expect to pay, on average, for speeding and other common violations.

Minor traffic violations, such as speeding, typically stay on your record for about three years, and you can expect to see the rate increase upon your policy renewal date. More severe infractions like DUI can stay on your record much longer.

How much does insurance go up for tickets in Boulder?

Boulder drivers can expect to see a hike in their rates in the range of 30% for minor moving violations such as tailgating or blowing through a stop sign, 63% for more severe infractions such as DUI.

Below you’ll see how much rates increase, on average, for ordinary traffic violations.

Remember, insurance companies assess risk differently, so you can still save by comparison shopping because one carrier may ding you a lot for a citation. At the same time, another may increase your rate by much less.

ViolationAverage rateRate after violation$ Increase% Increase
2 speeding tickets 11 mph or over$2,288$3,151$86338%
Careless driving$2,288$3,178$89039%
Distracted driving ticket$2,288$2,754$46620%
Driving without a license or permit$2,288$2,472$1848%
Driving without insurance$2,288$2,472$1848%
DUI/DWI first offense$2,288$3,760$1,47264%
DUI/DWI second offense$2,288$5,432$3,144137%
Failure to stop$2,288$2,704$41618%
Failure to yield$2,288$2,704$41618%
Following too closely$2,288$2,703$41518%
Improper turn$2,288$2,704$41618%
Improper/illegal pass$2,288$2,721$43319%
Operating a vehicle in a race (highway racing)$2,288$3,773$1,48565%
Reckless driving$2,288$3,801$1,51366%
Seatbelt infraction$2,288$2,448$1607%
Talking on cellphone ticket$2,288$2,708$42018%
Texting ticket$2,288$2,708$42018%

How much does it cost to add a teen driver to your insurance?

In Boulder, adding a 16-year-old daughter to your policy will hike your rates by $1,788 annually or 101%, it’s more for boys. Insuring your 16-year-old son will increase your yearly rate by $2,063, or 116%, according to CarInsurance.com rate data.

According to CDC research, teen drivers are inexperienced and involved in more accidents than older drivers. Insurance companies categorize them as high-risk drivers, so they cost more to insure.

If you’re insuring a teen driver of any age, you can get expert tips, rate data by age and details in this parents’ guide to insuring a teen driver.

How much is SR-22 insurance in Boulder?

CarInsurance.com data show that for drivers in Boulder, your rate will go up by an average of $1,229 or 54%. If you’re convicted of a serious offense, such as DUI or reckless driving, you may be required to have your insurance company file an SR-22 form on your behalf.

An SR-22 is a car insurance company’s guarantee to the state that you are carrying the legally mandated coverage. If you are required to have an SR-22 filed, your car insurance rates will increase.

 — Ashlee Tilford contributed to this story

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