- Not only do insurance rates vary by hundreds of dollars from company to company for similar coverage, but the individual company’s rates vary significantly from one zip code to another because of the insurance company’s risk profile and profitability in that area. Based on recent DMV stats, above listed companies provide the cheapest rates in your area.
* Methodology – We averaged rates for 30-year-old men and women with no incidents on record across all 50 states in the country and from the largest insurers in each state. Sample drivers had 100/300/50 liability insurance limits, 100/300 uninsured motorist coverage limits and collision and comprehensive with a $1,000 deductible. Where needed, minimum required amounts of personal injury protection were added. We used a 2012 Toyota Camry in all cases.
Tips for anyone to get cheap car insurance
No matter who your auto insurance company is, here are some tips for saving on your policy:
- Look for discounts — even ask for them. There could be discounts you’re not taking advantage of. For instance, maybe you now work from home and are driving less than when you bought your policy. Mention it and you might get a low-mileage discount.
- Rethink your insurance limits and deductibles. Don’t strip away your coverage just for the sake of a lower price. But consider accepting a higher deductible on collision and comprehensive if it makes sense. Raising deductibles means you would owe more out of pocket if you had to file a comprehensive or collision claim. If you rarely drive or are financially comfortable with that risk, though, it’s a surefire way to get cheaper car insurance.
- Cash in on major life changes. Certain life events could translate to cheaper car insurance. For instance, many companies offer a lower rate for married couples or domestic partners. Or perhaps you moved to a new city with stellar public transportation. If you’re commuting by train instead of car, your risk for accidents will go down — and your rates just might, too.