Here you’ll learn everything you need to know to buy sufficient car insurance in Virginia at an affordable price.

Virginia cities surrounding Washington, D.C., pay much higher car insurance rates than the rest of the state. You can see how all Virginia ZIP codes compare by clicking around the map below. No matter what neighborhood you live in, though, you'll find that different car insurance companies will charge the same driver very different state car insurance rates. That's why it's wise to compare rates to be sure you're not overpaying. For example, in Alexandria ZIP code 22312, the highest rate is among major carriers surveyed was $1,443. That’s $614 more than the lowest ($829). You can save, on average, $450 in Virginia by comparing rates, according to’s average car insurance savings rate by state analysis.

The average car insurance rate for Virginia is $972, according to a rate analysis.

To get a customized rate for your neighborhood, enter your ZIP, age and coverage level in the tool below. You'll also see how much you can save by noting the difference between the highest and lowest rate fielded from major insurers.


Virginia Car Insurance Rates by ZIP Code

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State Minimum: Required liability coverage to drive legally in your state; some states mandate additional coverage, such as personal injury protection, uninsured motorist, underinsured motorist. Liability Only 50/100/50: $50,000 per person/$100,000 maximum per accident for bodily injury; $50,000 for property damage. Liability pays for injuries/damage you cause others. Full Coverage 100/300/100: $100,000 per person/$300,000 maximum per accident for bodily injury; $100,000 for property damage; comprehensive and collision coverage with $500 deductible. Liability pays for injuries/damage you cause others. Comprehensive and collision pay for damage to your car.
22101, McLean,  For 30 Year Old  Male  (Type:  Liability - Minimum )
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Cheap car insurance in Virginia

Minimum CoverageMinimum Limit
Minimum bodily injury liability$25,000/$50,000
Minimum property damage liability$20,000
Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury$25,000/$50,000
Uninsured/underinsured motorist property damage$20,000 ($200 deductible)

To drive legally, Virginia mandates every motorist have at least $25,000 in bodily injury liability coverage ($50,000 per accident) and $20,000 to pay for property damage. Virginia also requires drivers to buy uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, both for bodily injury and property damage.

Additional coverage is typically affordable, and, naturally offers more protection. Increasing coverage from the state minimum to higher liability limits costs $37 a year or $3 a month. Hiking your policy to full coverage with a $500 deductible costs, on average, $600 more, or $50 a month.

Coverage limitsAverage annual rate
Liability Only - state minimum$372
Liability Only - 50/100/50 BI/PD$409
Full Coverage - 100/300/100 BI/PD $500 Comp/Collision deductible$972

*The table shows the average annual rate of nearly every ZIP code in Virginia from up to six major insurance companies. Rates are for a male driver, age 40, with a clean record and good credit for a 2016 Honda Accord. Data was provided for by Quadrant Information Services.

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. 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.

Based on rate data, drivers in Virginia pay an average of $381 yearly for collision coverage, and $100 for comprehensive. 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. In Virginia, these are required by state laws. These should match the liability limits you choose.

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 it's an optional addition to your car insurance policy. 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 don't already have the coverage in your lease agreement.
  • If you own your car outright, you don’t need gap insurance.

Cheapest car insurance in Virginia by company

Below you'll see average annual rates for Virginia, ranked cheapest to most expensive, for three coverage levels:

  • State minimum liability requirements
  • Liability limits of $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident and $50,000 property damage
  • Liability of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident and $100,000 property damage, with comprehensive and collision at $500 deductible
CompanyState minimum average annual rate50/100/50 average annual rate100/300/100 average annual rate
Allstate Prop & Cas Ins Co$326$371$1,102
Geico Gen Ins Co$326$368$894
Nationwide Prop & Cas Ins Co$398$407$744
Progressive Gulf Ins Co$487$516$1,150
State Farm Mut Auto Ins Co$320$380$969

Low cost auto insurance for Virginia drivers with recent accidents

Filing an accident claim means you are likely to pay more for your car insurance coverage. However, how much more you pay depends on several factors, and your car insurance company plays is one of those significant factors. Each company assesses risk differently, so that's why the increase after an accident will vary among insurers. Here is how major carriers compare after at-fault accidents for the average Virginia driver with a full coverage policy:

Company1 At-fault property damage accident over $2K2 At-fault property damage accident over $2kAt-fault bodily injury accident
Allstate P&C$1,993$3,678$1,993
GEICO General$1,038$2,114$1,038
Nationwide P&C$1,344$1,806$1,344
Progressive Gulf Ins$1,019$2,615$1,019
State Farm Mutual Auto$854$1,435$854

Who has the cheapest car insurance for drivers in Virginia with speeding tickets?

If you get a speeding ticket, chances are you'll see an increase in what you pay for car insurance, upon your policy renewal. Typically, you'll pay more for three years. But even with a traffic ticket, comparison shopping can save you money. For instance, you'll see that the difference between the highest rate and the lowest in the table below is $947, on average, according to's rate analysis. That's how much you can save by comparing car insurance companies.

CompanyAverage Rate
State Farm Mutual Auto$854
GEICO General$937
Nationwide P&C$1,128
Progressive Gulf Ins$1,236
Allstate P&C$1,801

How much does it cost to add a teen to your policy in Virginia?

No matter where you live, adding a new driver to your family policy will hike your rate significantly. In Virginia, you can expect your rate to go up by an average of 199 percent when adding a driver age 16 to your coverage, according to rate data. You'll see in the table below how much it costs, on average, to add a teen driver in Virginia, and how major insurers compare on price. Nationwide had the lowest auto insurance cost for adding a driver age 16 to a full coverage family policy, among insurers surveyed.

CompanyAverage RateAverage Rate after adding female teen$ Increase (female)Average Rate after adding male teen$ Increase (male)
Allstate P&C$1,349$3,932$2,583$4,438$3,088
GEICO General$937$1,992$1,055$2,468$1,531
Nationwide P&C$928$1,936$1,007$2,301$1,373
Progressive Gulf Ins$963$2,269$1,306$2,565$1,602
State Farm Mutual Auto$787$2,447$1,660$3,099$2,312

Cheapest Virginia auto insurance for young drivers: Ages 18 to 25

You’ll see in the chart below which car insurance companies have the lowest rates for young drivers buying a full coverage policy. Average car insurance rates by age data shows that drivers typically pay higher rates until age 26, when rates begin to drop as drivers gain more experience on the road. But even young drivers can save money by comparing car insurance rates to see which company has the lowest rates, by qualifying for student discounts and by staying on their parents’ policy as long as possible.

Senior drivers: Cheap auto insurance for Virginia drivers age 65 to 85

Below you can see average rates by company, and how they compare, for drivers age 65 and over, buying a full coverage policy.

Virginia drivers with bad credit: You can still save on car insurance

Car insurance for drivers with bad credit costs significantly more than it does for those with good credit. Virginia is not among the worst states for drivers with bad credit, as's data analysis shows it has the eleventh lowest percentage increase for bad credit drivers. But you'll still pay more. Compared to good credit drivers, those in Virginia with bad credit pay 61 percent more, on average. The good news is that you can still shave some money off your coverage costs if you compare car insurance companies. You'll see below that the difference among major insurers is nearly $1,326 for a full coverage policy for a driver with bad credit. That's how much you can potentially save by comparing car insurance quotes.

CompanyPoor credit
GEICO General$1,102
Nationwide P&C$1,250
State Farm Mutual Auto$1,560
Progressive Gulf Ins$1,635
Allstate P&C$2,428

Best car insurance companies in Virginia

Scores are based on’s “Best Insurance Companies” customer review survey of 3,700 customers. Policyholders ranked insurers on claims handling, customer service, value, mobile apps/website usefulness and were asked if they would renew their coverage and if they would recommend the company. All scores are out of 100.

1American Family93.80
2CSAA Insurance Group91.63
7The General87.22
9The Auto Club Group (ACG) - AAA86.09
11State Farm85.56
15Liberty Mutual84.52
16Auto Club of Southern California (Auto Club Enterprise Insurance Group)84.50

Largest car insurance companies in in Virginia

RankCompanyPremiums WrittenMarket Share
1Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group979,95017.99%
2State Farm Group923,98916.96%
3USAA Group717,32513.17%
4Allstate Insurance Group523,3259.61%
5Progressive Insurance Group492,0529.03%
6Nationwide Group426,0527.82%
7Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies154,4052.83%
8Travelers Group120,5652.21%
9Farmers Insurance Group53,9210.99%
10American Family Insurance Group28,2620.52%

Source: A.M. Best; State/Line (P/C Lines)  - P/C, US; Data as of:November 28, 2018

Virginia Car Insurance Laws

Virginia roads with the most fatal accidents

Here are the highways and roads where the most fatal accidents happened in 2017, according to the most recent data available from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System research compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

RoadsNumber of Fatal Accidents

Stringent speeding laws: Virginia is tough on speeding. For example, a conviction for speeding above 80 mph can be considered reckless driving -- a six-point offense -- and stay on the driver's motor vehicle record for 11 years, long after the points have disappeared.

A "super speeder" law added fines of as much as $1,050 to tickets before that provision of the law was repealed in 2008.

Bank some safety points: For every year without incident, a Virginia driver can accumulate a "safety point" that offsets a demerit point. Drivers can also get an additional safety point for taking a defensive driving class. In total, you can't accumulate more than five, though.

Pay $500 a year and drive anyway: Virginia has an unusual "Uninsured Motor Vehicle" fee that allows a car owner to register an uninsured vehicle and drive at his or her own risk. The owner is still legally liable for any damages he or she causes.

Uninsured motorist penalties for Virginia: If you don't register and pay the fee to drive uninsured, you may be fined $500, have your license and registration suspended and be required to file an SR-22 form.

Electric vehicle tax: To make up for lost gasoline tax revenue, owners of electric vehicles face an additional $50 cost at registration time.

DUIs in Virginia: Driving under the influence and other drug- and alcohol-related violations in Virginia add six points to your license and will stay on your driving record for 11 years.

No age restriction for insurance, title or registration: Virginia allows minors to own, register and insure vehicles, but it is up to an insurance company to decide if they will write a policy for a minor.

Average annual car insurance rates for major cities in Virginia

Below you'll see how average annual rates for several of the largest cities in the state compare to state and national averages. Rates are for coverage of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident in liability and $50,000 of property damage coverage, with comprehensive and collision carrying a $500 deductible.

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CityAverage Premium
Newport News$1,090
Virginia Beach$1,132

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