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Cheap Car Insurance (May 2024)

Younis Shuaib

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Let's Keep Those Car Insurance Payments Low

When you're on the lookout for affordable car insurance, your best bet is to compare quotes and ask about discounts regularly. The cheapest option for you might not be the same as for someone else, so it's important to shop around online or by connecting with an insurance agent. And as an added tip, maintaining a clean driving record and good credit can also help keep your premiums low.

Top 10 Cheapest Insurance Rates by Company

We analyzed car insurance rates sourced from publicly available insurer filings and put together this list to show you how prices can vary between different companies. Not all insurance providers operate in every State, so we only included those that offer coverage in a majority of the country. These rates are for people with good credit scores and clean driving records who are looking for 50/100 liability for collision and comprehensive coverage. You can read more about our methodology below.

Rank Insurance company Average monthly premium
1 USAA $133
2 GEICO $146
3 Farm Bureau $149
4 Auto-Owners Insurance $150
5 Nationwide $156
6 Progressive $158
7 Travelers $163
8 State Farm $173
9 Allstate $246
10 Farmers Insurance $271
Avg. monthly premiums are weighted by zip code population sizes

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Keys to cheap car insurance

Keep a clean driving record

Avoiding accidents, violations and claims will help you get the best auto insurance rates possible. That's because all of them can lead to rate increases. EverQuote looked at the difference premiums reported by users with clean driving records vs. those with an accident and found an average increase of 34%.

Avg. premium for clean driving record $1,773
Avg. premium for driving record with one at-fault accident $2,379
Percent increase due to accident 34%

Maintain good credit

Did you know that having poor credit can affect your car insurance rates even more than an accident or ticket? Auto insurers say that poor credit correlates to a higher chance someone will make a claim. So they often use "credit-based insurance scores" as a major factor in pricing. The practice is banned in California, Hawaii and Massachusetts.

While improving credit can take months or years, it pays off in multiple ways:

  • Cheaper car insurance.
  • Better rates on a mortgage.
  • Lower rates for car loans.
  • Better credit card rates and access to cards with more perks.

Get car insurance discounts

bundling home and auto insurance with the same insurer is generally one of the bigger discounts you can get ” 

Ask your insurance agent to review the possible discounts a company has, both when you buy a policy and regularly after that.

The discount for bundling home and auto insurance with the same insurer is generally one of the bigger discounts you can get. You can often also bundle auto insurance with renters, condo, mobile home or manufactured home insurance to get cheap car insurance.

Other common discounts include:

  • Insuring more than one vehicle with the same company.
  • Being a good student or having a student away at school without a car.
  • Going paperless by receiving policies and bills electronically.
  • Having car-safety features such as airbags and anti-lock brakes.
  • Having an anti-theft device such as a car-tracking device.
  • Loyalty as a customer over the years.
  • Taking a defensive driving class, sometimes offered specifically to drivers age 55 and older.

Choose a vehicle that's cheap to insure

Insurance companies look at the "claims history" of vehicles to help determine rates. If other drivers of your model of car tend to crash a lot or make insurance claims, rates for the vehicle can rise for everyone. Here's a list of the cheapest cars to insure.

Drop collision and comprehensive coverage on older cars

There's no need to pay for insurance that has little potential benefit. That could be the case if you're paying for comprehensive and collision insurance on an older vehicle.

Collision and comprehensive coverage pay for damage to a vehicle for problems like hail, theft, animal collisions and crashes into objects like trees. The most it will pay is the value of the vehicle, minus your deductible. On an older vehicle, that insurance check may not amount to much.

A search for cheap car insurance is good to do on a regular basis. Auto insurance companies change their rates frequently so spending some time getting quotes can be worth it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the quickest way to reduce my insurance premium?
The quickest and easiest way to reduce your insurance premium is to take advantage of discounts related to your account setup. Depending on the insurance provider, setting up Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), signing up for Paperless billing, and paying your policy in-full can reduce your cost by 4% to 9% instantly.
What is the most common insurance discount?
The most common insurance discount is signing up for Paperless billing. We have seen discounts range from 3% up to 11% depending on the policy. It is important to note that not all carriers offer this discount and those that do might have rules of when it can be applied (usually around the start of your policy term).
How much will I save switching insurance providers?
How much you can save by switching carriers can vary widely by location, time of year, and your driving record. While some carriers offer a median discount of 6 - 7% for policy renewals, recent research suggests that you can save anywhere between 10 - 20% by switching to a new carrier. The best way to secure the highest savings on your policy is by shopping often and connecting with a licensed agent.

🔍 Auto Insurance Methodology - Premiums are sourced from over 30,000 zip codes across 200 insurance companies. We estimate premiums based on policies seeking 50/100 in liability with $500 deductibles for collision and comprehensive coverage. Rates are based a 35-year-old single female with a good credit score and no history of accidents or violations driving a 2023 Toyota RAV4 LE. We assume no unique benefits or discounts are applied for these rates. Your own rates may be different.