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The cost of car insurance is a major component of any household budget, so it’s wise to know what you can expect to pay. Getting an estimate of your car insurance rate helps you map out your finances and provides you with a baseline cost. This is helpful when shopping for a policy, so you don’t overpay. It’s also critical when shopping for a car, as you’ll need to include insurance costs in your car-buying budget.

Get quick insurance estimates for your car in five easy steps by using this calculator that provides rates for three coverage levels based on your personal profile.

Here’s how it works:

  • Enter your ZIP code
  • Indicate if you are currently insured by selecting "yes" or "no"
  • Answer whether you own, lease or finance your car
  • Select your age
  • Indicate if you own a home by selecting "yes" or "no"

Your estimate will show the average monthly rate for three coverage levels, and which one is recommended, based on your selections.


Car Insurance Estimator

Get an estimate for your car insurance costs based on your state and driver profile.
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* Your location affects what you pay for coverage. Car insurance minimum liability limits vary by state, plus some states require additional coverages, such as uninsured motorist & personal injury protection. The frequency of accident and theft claims in your location is also taken into account. So, rates can vary from 47% less than the national average to 758% more, for different ZIP codes.
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* Being a homeowner may reduce your auto insurance rates, and if you bundle your auto and home policies with the same insurance company, you can save up to 12%.
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* In the table above for State Minimum Protection, we are showing only BI and PD for minimum requirements but that the rate shown in State Minimum Protection includes all coverage your state requires. You can find more details about your state here at Minimum Requirements by States. “State minimum” and “Standard Liability” policies are typically minimum or low-limit policies, providing bare-bones coverage. While these policies have lower rates, we recommend higher limits to ensure sufficient coverage should an accident or vehicle damage occur. “Full Coverage” policies will provide better coverage for you and your vehicle, as they have higher liability limits, plus include coverage for your vehicle through collision and comprehensive insurance. These policies offer the most financial protection should you have to file a claim.

Our team of expert data and consumer analysts will explain what you need to know to get an idea of what your rates will be. We’ll also provide the tools and information you need to get customized estimates. Additionally, you’ll learn about the key factors that affect how much you pay for car insurance.

Average cost based on driving records

Driver demographicMonthly car insurance estimate
Safe driver, good credit$120
Driver with bad credit$201
Driver with recent accident$150
Driver with DUI$214
Driver with recent moving violation$144
Driver adding teen to policy$290

Average cost based on vehicle type

  • Car is $172 per month
  • Truck is $138 per month
  • Utility Vehicle is $137 per month
  • Van is $127 per month

Average cost by age

If you keep a clean record after age 25, rates typically stay relatively stable until you become a senior driver, when crash rates go up and premiums begin to rise again. Below you’ll find estimates for average increases  by age.

AgeState minimum50/100/50100/300/100

How to estimate car insurance costs?

We advise that you do an auto insurance quotes comparison  before making life changes, so you'll be aware of how your premium may change and can budget for it appropriately, or switch to a provider that offers a better price given your new situation. Here’s how:

1. Decide how much car insurance you need

The three main types of car insurance you should understand are:

Liability car insurance – Covers others’ property damage and medical expenses. If you have few assets, you don’t need high limits. If you own a home or have savings, you do --  100/300/300 is recommended. That means $100,000 per person, up to $300,000 an accident for medical bills for those injured in an accident you cause, and $100,000 for property damage that you cause.

If you want  the cheapest car insurance possible when comparison shopping, look for liability coverage only, and in the amount your state requires for you to legally drive. Be warned, however, that many state minimum liability requirements are typically so  low that an accident might leave any assets you have, such as a home or savings, vulnerable to lawsuits. Also, liability insurance doesn’t cover damage to your car.

Collision coverage – Covers damage to your car, regardless of fault. This pays out up to the actual cash value of your car if it is found to be a total loss after an auto accident.

Comprehensive insurance – Covers theft and damage to your car from hail, floods, fire, vandalism and animal strikes. Like collision coverage, this will pay you up to the amount your car is valued at the moment before the incident that caused it to be totaled.

You may not need comprehensive and collision if your car is more than ten-years-old and not worth much. But, comprehensive and collision coverage are typically very affordable, so it may be wise to carry these optional coverages.

A comprehensive car insurance analysis by shows the national average cost per year for comprehensive coverage is $192. For collision, it’s $526.

Also, decide now what deductible makes sense for your situation. One of the best ways to save on car insurance is to raise your deductible for collision and comprehensive insurance, but remember that if you have a claim, that deductible will be your out-of-pocket expense to repair or replace your car. If you have more than one claim, you'll have to pay the deductible each time. We recommend you choose an amount that you can pay from savings. Your car won’t be repaired until you pay your share.

2. How to get accurate estimates: Compare car insurance quotes on the same coverage from at least three companies

Request rates from at least three different insurers. Be sure to compare the same coverage by using the same liability limits, identical deductibles and optional coverages.

Now that you know what coverages and limits you need, start now by finding car insurance companies in your area.

How much auto insurance do I need?

Each state requires that you have liability car insurance to drive legally. However, the amount state-mandated liability insurance pays out for accidents may not be enough to cover the expenses, leaving you to pay the difference. It also doesn’t cover your own car. For those reasons, Senior Consumer Analyst Penny Gusner recommends increasing your protection to higher liability limits:  $100,000 per person, up to $300,000 an accident for medical bills for those injured in an accident you cause, and $100,000 for property damage that you cause. She also advises you carry the optional coverages of collision and comprehensive to pay for damage to your own car.

How do I lower car insurance rates?

Gusner offers the following expert tips to lower the cost car insurance without sacrificing coverage.

  1. Be sure to get all discounts for which you qualify applied to your coverage
  2. Hike your deductible
  3. Comparison shop at least upon renewal, but ideally every six months
  4. Maintain a clean driving record and check your driving record for accuracy, fix any errors
  5. Check safety ratings and buy a vehicle that’s considered safe by insurance companies
  6. Buy just liability car insurance if you have an old car and few assets
  7. Maintain good credit record, work diligently to fix bad credit
  8. Buy your car insurance and home insurance from the same company
  9. Ask about insurance through a group plan from alumni, professional and business organizations
  10. Install safety and anti-theft features on your car

Getting a car insurance estimate without personal information

Here we’ve provided lots of car insurance cost estimates, as well as a tool that gives more customized estimates, based on a thorough analysis of different driver profiles, vehicle models and rates for nearly all ZIP codes. That means you have an idea of what you’ll pay without having to provide any personal information. However, when getting actual quotes from insurance companies, you’ll typically have to provide at least the following:

  • Your license number
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Your address, or where the car is kept when not on the road

What are the factors that affect car insurance rates?

A variety of rating factors determine how much you will pay for car insurance. Which factors are used depends on state laws and internal guidelines of the car insurance companies you receive quotes from.  In general the main rating factors are:

  • Type of car
  • Age & years of driving experience
  • Geographic location
  • Marital status
  • Driving record
  • Annual mileage
  • Credit history
  • Chosen coverage, limits and deductibles

Why some cars are cheaper to insure than others?

Auto insurers track which cars have the most wrecks and the worst injury records. Those factors impact the cost you pay for liability insurance -- which covers the damage you cause to others.

Insurers also know which cars are expensive to buy, expensive to repair or more easily stolen. Those factors drive up the cost of collision and comprehensive coverage, which repairs or replaces your own car.

The calculations about the risk of a certain car are made independently. For example, if you are an inexperienced driver in a car with a poor claims record, you are penalized twice. A more mature driver in the same car would pay a surcharge for the car, but not one for inexperience.

Insurers can also choose not to cover certain types or brands of cars. For example, some won’t insure a lifted pickup truck, a kit car or certain exotic cars.

How much does my age affect my car insurance rates?

Auto insurers penalize inexperience rather than age.The less experienced the driver, the higher the rates. That's because statistically, inexperienced drivers crash – a lot – and so they are the riskiest category of drivers to insure. Car insurance rates reflect this high risk.

Of course, the vast majority of inexperienced drivers are teenagers and those under age 25. So, young drivers pay significantly more, in general, than older drivers. Rates are cheapest for drivers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, and then increase again a bit at age 70.

Rates for 16-year-olds can double or even triple their parents’ car insurance annual premiums. rate data show  the following:

  • Adding a 16-year-old girl to  parents’ policy hikes rates by 125%, or $1,872, on average, a year
  • Adding a 16-year-old boy to parents’ policy increases rates by 160%, or $2,292 on average, a year

Does my address affect what I pay for insurance?

If you live in a highly populated urban area, congestion, accidents and insurance claims are more prevalent.  Living and driving in a metro area will make your rates higher than if you live in a rural area, where having an auto accident is less likely.

Car insurance companies look at factors such as the rate of stolen cars in your area, and the number of cases of vandalism, claims and fraudulent claims. All of this helps insurers discern the risk associated with insuring you and your car in that ZIP code, whether you ever have made a claim or not.

All other factors equal, your ZIP code can change your rate by hundreds of dollars. 

How does my marital status affect my car insurance rate?

Married couples have been found to have fewer accidents and claims than single drivers do.

Rates can be from 5% to 15% lower for married couples just because of their marital status. But there are also other discounts married couples can look forward to when they combine their policies, such as a mult-icar discount, or a multi-policy discount if they have a renters or homeowners policy with the same insurer.

An insurer considers you single if you have never been married, or are widowed or divorced.

How much does my driving record impact my car insurance rate?

Your driving record is paramount to your car insurance company. Safe drivers get a discount from standard rates for keeping a clean driving record. On the flip side, individuals who have a moving violation (speeding or a DUI, for example) or an accident on their motor vehicle record are more of a risk and can face a surcharge on top of standard rates.

If you have enough violations or accidents, you can become uninsurable according to some car insurance companies’ underwriting rules. For example, some insurers reject anyone with four or more chargeable accidents in three years, or more than three DUIs in seven years, or more than 15 points on the driver’s motor vehicle record.

In general, a minor violation such as a speeding ticket can boost your rates, on average, by 20% to 43%. If you have a major violation like a DUI, your rates can go up 80% or more. The more risk you appear to be to your auto insurer, the more you will pay. That’s why it’s important to how to check your driving record and fix any errors.

How much does my commute matter?

You car’s annual mileage is a rating factor for many car insurance companies. The less you drive, the less risk you have of being in an accident. Also, how far you drive for your commute lets the insurer know what kind of risk you are during the congested, high-risk hours.

Your insurer can also use the length of your commute to determine if you head into a metro area from your rural or suburban home. If you live outside of Los Angeles, but your commute is 30 miles, your insurer can predict that although your local area is low-risk, your commute into the heart of a very populated metropolitan area pushes your risk factor much higher.

Why should my credit history count?

Insurance companies routinely check your credit rating as part of your application process, except in California, Massachusetts and Hawaii, where state law prohibits credit from being a pricing factor.

Credit scores help the insurance companies assess the risk level of a potential customer. Research has shown that those with lower credit scores (typically under 600) are more likely to file claims..

Those with low scores may face a surcharge. 

Drivers with poor credit pay a rate that is 71%higher on average than a driver with good credit. That’s about $1,000 more a year, a new rate analysis shows. It’s more than twice as much as the average premium hike (32%, or $455 annually) for an accident, according to’s data.

Your credit score can also affect how an insurance company allows you to pay for your policy, since statistics show that people with lower credit scores are more likely to miss a payment. Customers with very poor credit scores may be required to pay the entire premium for a six-month policy up front. Customers with low credit scores sometimes won’t qualify for monthly billing, or they may need to pay a large percentage of the policy up front and the remainder monthly.

Are some types of coverage more expensive?

There are several types of car insurance. The more coverage you get, the more you will pay. If you get a bare-bones liability policy that covers only what the state requires, your car insurance costs are going to be less than if you bought coverage that would repair your own car, too.

Liability coverage tends to cost more because the amount the insurance company risks is higher. Coverage for collision and comprehensive insurance is limited by the replacement cost of the car itself. But medical bills and multiple-car accidents could push a liability claim into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If you don’t have enough liability coverage, you could be sued for the difference by anyone you injure.

Comprehensive and collision damage is affected by the deductible you choose. The higher the deductible, the less the insurance company will have to pay -- and the lower your rates.

Medical coverage, such as uninsured motorist bodily injury, medical payments or personal injury protection (PIP), will cause your rates to go up. Without some kind of medical coverage, if you don’t have health insurance elsewhere, you might not be able to pay for treatment if you are injured in an accident you caused.

Here’s how much the average driver, with good credit and a clean driving record, would pay for the following coverage amounts,  based on Car’s analysis of rates from up to six major insurers for nearly all ZIP codes:

  • The nationwide average cost for state minimum liability coverage is $526
  • Increasing that coverage to 50/100/50 averages only $561. So, you only pay another $35 a year by increasing your coverage.
  • If you increase that to 100/300/100 with comprehensive and collision and a $500 deductible, that average goes up to $1,350, which is $824 more per year or $69 per month.

Are free car insurance estimates reliable?

Yes, if they are based on a rate analysis. But remember that an estimate is just that: it is a ballpark figure of what you can expect to pay. This makes you an educated consumer who can make better decisions while buying coverage. However, your actual rate will be based on the factors we’ve described here as well as each insurance company’s unique formula for assessing risk and pricing policies.

For ballpark estimates on your car insurance costs, read our explanations here. For more details, we have several helpful articles listed below.

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