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Here you’ll learn everything you need to know to buy the best car insurance policy in Tampa 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 Tampa drivers are affected by tickets, accidents and adding teen drivers.

Who Has The Best Car Insurance in Tampa, FL?

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 Tampa, 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
ClaimsProgressive
Value/PriceMercury
Customer ServiceSafeco
Websites/AppsMercury
RecommendMercury
Low Annual MileageState Farm Mutual Auto
7+ Days Advanced PurchaseAllstate F&C
BundleAllstate F&C
Paid in FullAllstate F&C

Cheap Car Insurance in Tampa, Florida

USAA Gen Ind Co and Geico Gen Ins Co have the cheapest car insurance rates in Tampa, 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
USAA Gen Ind Co$447$600$1,322
Geico Gen Ins Co$727$1,001$2,112
State Farm Mut Auto Ins Co$1,168$1,449$2,570
Progressive Select Ins Co$1,374$1,710$2,928
Allstate Fire & Cas Ins Co$1,443$2,164$4,338
Allied Prop & Cas Ins Co$1,535$2,145$3,743

Car Insurance Coverage – How Much Car Insurance do I Need in Tampa?

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 Tampa

Florida 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 Florida, comprehensive costs $188 and collision costs $523 , 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 Tampa drivers for a year of minimum coverage is $1,116 according to our rate analysis. If you increased your coverage to 50/100/50, you would pay just about $33.00 more a month, or $396 more a year. You can get full coverage (100/300/100) by paying $143.25 more a month, or an additional $1,719 a year more than minimum-level coverage.

Tampa average for:

  • Minimum coverage: $1,116
  • 50/100/50: $1,512
  • 100/300/100: $2,835

Average Car Insurance Rates in Tampa

CarInsurance.com analyzed car insurance rates from six car insurance companies for nearly every ZIP code in Florida. Here's how Tampa's highest average rate $3,067 for ZIP 33607 compares to others, for a full coverage policy of 100/300/100 for a driver age 30:

  • $473 more than the least expensive average rate $2,594 in ZIP code 33621
  • $905 more than the state average $2,162
  • $1,308 more than the national average rate $1,759

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

You can save an average of $2,855 annually on a full coverage policy in Tampa 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 33607 , the priciest ZIP code Tampa car insurance, was $4,684 . The lowest was $1,327 . The difference is $3,357 , 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.

Tampa Car Insurance FAQ’s

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

A speeding ticket in Tampa will hike your car insurance rates by an average of 25% , or about $757 yearly. CarInsurance.com’s rate analysis shows how much more drivers in Tampa 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.

Tampa drivers can expect to see a hike in their rates in the range of 7% for minor moving violations such as tailgating or blowing through a stop sign, 64% 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$3,062$8,742$5,681186%
DUI/DWI second offense$3,062$6,738$3,677120%
Reckless driving$3,062$5,023$1,96164%
DUI/DWI first offense$3,062$4,899$1,83860%
Operating a vehicle in a race (highway racing)$3,062$4,847$1,78658%
2 speeding tickets 11 mph or over$3,062$4,440$1,37945%
Careless driving$3,062$4,127$1,06635%
Improper/illegal pass$3,062$3,831$77025%
Improper turn$3,062$3,831$77025%
Failure to yield$3,062$3,831$77025%
Failure to stop$3,062$3,831$77025%
Distracted driving ticket$3,062$3,831$77025%
Following too closely$3,062$3,804$74324%
Texting ticket$3,062$3,732$67122%
Talking on cellphone ticket$3,062$3,732$67122%
Driving without insurance$3,062$3,278$2167%
Driving without a license or permit$3,062$3,278$2167%
Seatbelt infraction$3,062$3,089$271%

An accident will increase car insurance rates by 31% to 35%, on average, for drivers in Tampa. 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 Tampa can expect to pay for common car insurance claims.

AccidentAverage RateRate after claim$ Increase% Increase
2 At-fault property damage accident over $2k$3,062$5,943$2,88294%
At-fault bodily injury accident$3,062$4,146$1,08435%
1 At-fault property damage accident under $2K$3,062$4,025$96331%
1 At-fault property damage accident over $2K$3,062$4,025$96331%

In Tampa, adding a 16-year-old daughter to your policy will hike your rates by $2,845 annually, or 93% It's more for boys. Insuring your 16-year-old son will increase your yearly rate by $3,854 , or 126% 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 Tampa, your rate will go up by an average of $2,068 or 68%. 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.

Driving in Tampa

Traffic in Tampa: As with most major cities, traffic can be congested, especially during rush hour, but Tampa did not make a list of the worst U.S. cities for traffic recently reported by USA Today.

Car Crashes: Major accidents have resulted in an average of 40 deaths a year in recent years (2012-2014).

Commuting: The average commute in Tampa lasts 21.3 minutes.

Public transportation: The U.S. Census Bureau says that the majority of riders in Tampa who commute to work by public transportation are white (about 16 percent), Hispanic (about 67 percent) and black (about 10 percent). The bureau notes that commuting is the main reason people turn to mass transit.

High Occupancy Vehicle rules:The HOV lane, also known as the carpool or diamond lane, is designed to reduce traffic congestion and promote ride-sharing on freeways. In Florida, only vehicles with at least two people, mass transit vehicles like buses, and motorcycles are allowed to use the lanes. The lanes may be restricted during specified hours.

Bad drives: Fowler, Fletcher, Waters and Hillsborough avenues are considered some of the most dangerous roads in the Tampa area, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.

The information was gathered from various sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, state transportation departments and city police departments.