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Here you’ll learn everything you need to know to buy the best car insurance policy in San Antonio for your particular situation. You’ll see which carriers are rated as the best car insurance companies for customer satisfaction and what the average car insurance rates are for your neighborhood. You’ll also discover how much you can save from knowing how to make smart choices about coverage. And, find out how rates for San Antonio drivers are affected by tickets, accidents and adding teen drivers.

Who Has The Best Car Insurance in San Antonio, TX?

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 may 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 San Antonio, and who they are the best at serving, based on CarInsurance.com’s customer satisfaction survey of current policy holders and rate data analysis.

Best forCompany
ClaimsGeico
Value/PriceGeico
Customer ServiceGeico
Websites/AppsUSAA
RecommendMetlife
Low Annual MileageAllstate F&C
Good StudentNationwide CCMIC
BundleAllstate F&C
Paid in FullAllstate F&C

Cheap Car Insurance in San Antonio, Texas

State Farm Mutual Auto and GEICO County Mutual Ins Co. have the cheapest car insurance rates in San Antonio, 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
Texas Farm Bureau Mut Ins Co$501$555$1,607
State Farm Mut Auto Ins Co$547$606$1,577
AAA TX Cnty Mut Ins Co$562$613$1,819
Geico County Mutual Ins Co.$614$659$1,690
Allstate Fire & Cas Ins Co$691$711$3,099
Colonial Cnty Mut Ins Co$766$739$1,692

Car Insurance Coverage – How Much Car Insurance do I Need in San Antonio?

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

Minimum Car Insurance Requirements in San Antonio

Texas 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, it makes sense to get comprehensive insurance and collision coverage. In Texas, comprehensive costs $302 and collision costs $683 , 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 amounts 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 of 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:

  • $100,000 to pay for others’ medical bills
  • $300,000 to pay for injuries to others in an accident you cause
  • $100,000 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, vandalism.
  • Collision, which pays for damage to your car from accidents.

The average rate for San Antonio drivers for a year of minimum coverage is $614 according to our rate analysis. If you increased your coverage to 50/100/50, you would pay just about $3 more a month, or $33 more a year. You can get full coverage (100/300/100) by paying $108.33 more a month, or an additional $1,300 a year more than minimum-level coverage.

San Antonio average for:

  • Minimum coverage: $614
  • 50/100/50: $647
  • 100/300/100: $1,914

Average Car Insurance Rates in San Antonio

CarInsurance.com analyzed car insurance rates from six car insurance companies for nearly every ZIP code in Texas. Here's how San Antonio's highest average rate 2,042 for ZIP 78237 compares to others, for a full coverage policy of 100/300/100 for a driver age 30:

  • $233 more than the least expensive average rate 1,809 in ZIP code 78263
  • $219 more than the state average 1823
  • $283 more than the national average rate $1,759

Compare Car Insurance Quotes in San Antonio – How to Save on Insurance Policy?

You can save an average of $1,599 annually on a full coverage policy in San Antonio by comparing car insurance quotes, according to CarInsurance.com's rate analysis. While savings will depend on your particular circumstances, this shows that there is a significant benefit to shopping your policy.

Why Does Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Save Money?

No two insurance companies will charge the same amount of money for the same policy. So if you compare car insurance quotes and opt for the lowest, you won’t over pay. For example, the highest rate from any carrier surveyed for ZIP code 78237 , the priciest ZIP code San Antonio car insurance, was $3,371 . The lowest was 1,642. The difference is 1,729, which is how much you could overpay. That’s why car insurance comparisons are paramount to finding the best cheap car insurance for your situation.

San Antonio Car Insurance FAQ’s

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

A speeding ticket in San Antonio will hike your car insurance rates by an average of 13% , or about $214 yearly. CarInsurance.com’s rate analysis shows how much more drivers in San Antonio 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, such as DUI, typically stay on your record much longer.

San Antonio drivers can expect to see a hike in their rates in the range of 15% for minor moving violations such as tailgating or blowing through a stop sign, 80% for more severe infractions such as DUI. Below you’ll see how much rates increase, on average, for common traffic violations. Remember, though, that because insurance companies assess risk differently, you can still save by comparison shopping, because one carrier may ding you a lot for a citation, while another may spike your rate by much less.

ViolationAverage rateRate after violation$ Increase% Increase
DUI/DWI third offense$1,636$4,045$2,410147%
DUI/DWI second offense$1,636$3,336$1,700104%
Reckless driving$1,636$2,938$1,30380%
Operating a vehicle in a race (highway racing)$1,636$2,696$1,06165%
DUI/DWI first offense$1,636$2,575$93957%
Distracted driving ticket$1,636$2,149$51431%
Careless driving$1,636$2,149$51431%
2 speeding tickets 11 mph or over$1,636$2,085$44927%
Driving without a license or permit$1,636$2,065$42926%
Driving without insurance$1,636$1,898$26216%
Texting ticket$1,636$1,878$24315%
Talking on cellphone ticket$1,636$1,878$24315%
Improper/illegal pass$1,636$1,878$24315%
Improper turn$1,636$1,878$24315%
Following too closely$1,636$1,878$24315%
Failure to yield$1,636$1,878$24315%
Failure to stop$1,636$1,878$24315%
Seatbelt infraction$1,636$1,636$00%

An accident will increase car insurance rates by 28% to 40%, on average, for drivers in San Antonio. When you file a claim for an accident that's your fault, typically your car insurance rates will increase. However, claims under your comprehensive coverage, if you have it as it’s optional, typically won’t trigger an increase. That’s because comprehensive claims are for damage insurers consider to be beyond your control, for instance due to hail, fire, flooding, falling objects or collisions with an animal. The table below shows how much for drivers in San Antonio can expect to pay for common car insurance claims.

AccidentAverage RateRate after claim$ Increase% Increase
2 At-fault property damage accident over $2k$1,636$3,330$1,694104%
At-fault bodily injury accident$1,636$2,292$65640%
1 At-fault property damage accident over $2K$1,636$2,292$65640%
1 At-fault property damage accident under $2K$1,636$2,100$46528%

In San Antonio, adding a 16-year-old daughter to your policy will hike your rates by $2,232 annually, or 136% It's more for boys. Insuring your 16-year-old son will increase your yearly rate by $2,772 , or 169% according to CarInsurance.com rate data. Teen drivers are inexperienced, and are involved in more accidents than older drivers, according to federal research, and 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, more rate data by age and details from our “Parents guide to insuring a teen driver."

CarInsurance.com data show that for drivers in San Antonio, your rate will go up by an average of $1,024 or 63%. 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.