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Find the Best Cheap Car Insurance

Whether you’re looking for a full coverage car insurance policy or liability coverage only, nobody wants to overpay. And the best way to get the cheapest car insurance possible is by comparing car insurance quotes — and the companies offering them.

To get you started, NerdWallet looked at car insurance prices across the country for different driver profiles and coverage levels. We’ve sliced the data in several ways to give you an idea of average costs and what factors might nudge your car insurance rate up — or even better, down.

Cheapest overall: Liability-only car insurance

The cheapest car insurance will often be the minimum coverage required in your state, which in most states is liability insurance. Liability insurance covers property damage and medical bills for others due to accidents you cause. Some states require additional or alternative coverage, such as personal injury protection.

Full coverage car insurance is more expensive and often comes with a deductible, a set amount you are responsible for if you file a claim. But it also provides more expansive coverage for your car, like if it’s stolen or damaged, whether by you, a hit-and-run driver or a fallen tree.

To get an idea of the cheapest car insurance rates, period, we looked at quotes from available carriers for the minimum required insurance in each state. Then, we compared it to the average cost of full coverage car insurance to show the difference in cost.

Average rates can give you an idea of pricing in your state for minimum or full coverage car insurance policies, but that says little about the companies available to you.

Cheapest of the big car insurance companies

Just five car insurance companies make up more than 55% of the U.S. market. They include Allstate, Geico, Progressive and State Farm, which are available to anyone, as well as USAA, the insurer for active military members, veterans and their families.

Since most people choose one of these large insurers, NerdWallet compared quotes from the five largest auto companies in ZIP codes across the country. Rates are for policies that include minimum coverage required in each state, plus collision and comprehensive coverage. Our “good driver” profile is a 30-year-old with no moving violations and credit in the “good” tier. Use the tabs to see rates for drivers with credit in the “poor” tier and those with one at-fault accident as reported to the insurer.

Keep in mind these are averages from across the country, so rates in your area will differ.

NerdWallet’s rating: 4.0 / 5

National average rates:

  • Good driver: $1,177/year
  • Good driver, poor credit: $1,901/year
  • One at-fault accident: $2,225/year

Among the biggest four car insurers, our data indicates Geico is often the cheapest. Not only was Geico the cheapest for drivers with good credit and no moving violations, it was also cheapest for drivers with poor credit. However, drivers with a recent at-fault accident might see significantly higher quotes from Geico compared to other insurers.

2. State Farm

NerdWallet’s rating: 4.0 / 5

National average rates:

  • Good driver: $1,366/year
  • Good driver, poor credit: $2,867/year
  • One at-fault accident: $1,637/year

State Farm was the second-cheapest for good drivers, but it also came in cheapest for drivers with one at-fault accident — nearly $600 per year cheaper than Geico in that category. State Farm also beats Geico, Progressive and Allstate in NerdWallet’s ranking of best car insurance companies.

3. Progressive

NerdWallet’s rating: 3.5 / 5

National average rates:

  • Good driver: $1,726/year
  • Good driver, poor credit: $3,056/year
  • One at-fault accident: $3,024/year

Progressive isn’t the cheapest in this large national analysis, but that only illustrates the importance of shopping around. In many states, Progressive had some of the lowest rates for all of our 2018 driver profiles.

4. Allstate

NerdWallet’s rating: 4.0 / 5

National average rates:

  • Good driver: $1,812/year
  • Good driver, poor credit: $3,054/year
  • One at-fault accident: $2,719/year

Allstate averaged more than others in this list for good drivers, but it was cheaper than Progressive for drivers with an at-fault accident or poor credit.

Cheapest for military-affiliated families: USAA

NerdWallet’s rating: 4.5 / 5

National average rates:

  • Good driver: $870/year
  • Good driver, poor credit: $1,654/year
  • One at-fault accident: $1,162/year

USAA is only available to veterans, active military members and their families, so we didn’t rank it against the others. Even so, we found it to be the cheapest, by far, among large companies for all categories.

Check out smaller insurers, too

Finding cheap car insurance doesn’t mean you have to stick with large insurance companies. Regional and small insurers may beat the lowest offers from the big guys. For example:

      • Grange Insurance, which is available in 13 states through independent agents, came in cheaper than USAA in all three of the above categories. The average rate for good drivers was only $566 per year.
      • Erie Insurance, available in 12 states and the District of Columbia, had an average rate of $759 per year for good drivers. Bonus points: Erie locks in your initial rate for four years and ranks fourth among our best companies. Read our Erie Insurance review for more information.
      • Country Financial is available in 19 states and returned an average rate of $940 per year for good drivers. It was also cheaper than the big four (but not USAA) for drivers with at-fault accidents and poor credit.

Cheapest car insurance in your state

How to get the cheapest possible insurance

No matter who your auto insurance company is, here are tips for saving on your policy:

        1. Look for discounts — even ask for them. There could be discounts you’re not taking advantage of. For instance, maybe you retired and are driving less than when you bought your policy. Mention it and you might get a low-mileage discount.
        2. Rethink insurance limits and deductibles. A higher collision and comprehensive deductible might make sense if you rarely drive or are financially comfortable with the risk. Raising deductibles means you’d owe more out of pocket if you had to file a comprehensive or collision claim, but it’s a surefire way to get cheaper car insurance.
        3. Know when to cut coverage. Don’t strip away coverage just for the sake of a lower price. You’ll need full coverage car insurance to satisfy the terms of an auto loan, and you’ll want it as long as your car would be a financial burden to replace. But for older cars, you can drop comprehensive and collision coverage, which only pay out up to your car’s current value, minus the deductible.
        4. 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 suburb with lower accident and crime rates. If your risk for accidents goes down, your rates just might, too.

NerdWallet’s car insurance comparison tool makes it easy to see side-by-side rates from top companies.

NerdWallet averaged rates for 30-year-old men and women with no incidents on record for 10 ZIP codes in each state and Washington, D.C. from the largest insurers, up to 12 in each state. Rates in the first column are for minimum insurance coverage required by law in each state.

For the full coverage category, we averaged rates from the largest insurers for 30-year-old men and women in 10 ZIP codes and with the following coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person
  • $300,000 bodily injury liability coverage per crash
  • $50,000 property damage liability coverage per crash
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person
  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per crash
  • Collision coverage with $1,000 deductible
  • Comprehensive coverage with $1,000 deductible

In states where required, minimum additional coverages were added. We used a 2014 Toyota Camry in all cases. These are sample rates generated through Quadrant Information Services. Your own rates will be different.

To compare the 5 largest insurers:

NerdWallet averaged rates for 30-year-old men and women for 10 ZIP codes in each state and Washington, D.C., from the largest insurers in each state. “Good drivers” had no moving violations on record and credit in the “good” tier as reported to each insurer. For the other two driver profiles, we changed the credit tier to “poor” or added one at-fault accident, keeping everything else the same. Sample drivers had the following coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person
  • $300,000 bodily injury liability coverage per crash
  • $50,000 property damage liability coverage per crash
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person
  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per crash
  • Collision coverage with $1,000 deductible
  • Comprehensive coverage with $1,000 deductible

In states where required, minimum additional coverages were added. We used a 2014 Toyota Camry in all cases. These are sample rates generated through Quadrant Information Services. Your own rates will be different.

Auto Insurance

Looking for a car insurance comparison in South Haven?

We’ve got you covered.

Whether you live in South Haven, or any other part of Michigan, when most people think about auto insurance, they think about damage to their car. The truth is, auto insurance covers much more than just your car.

Given the shear amount of cars on the road and the distractions drivers deal with every day, the chances of being involved in a car accident are plentiful.

You’re at risk literally every single day you get in your car.

It’s important to understand what your coverage options are, not just for your car, but for you, and people who may be injured as a result of your negligence.

Having adequate car insurance limits is serious business.

If you were ever involved in an accident, and found to be at-fault for someone else’s bodily injuries, you could literally lose everything if you’re not properly insured.

What a lot of people don’t realize is, having great coverage doesn’t necessarily mean having higher insurance premiums.

Because Apple Insurance of South Haven is 100% independent, we can take your current coverages and compare them with a wide range of insurance providers to see who offers you the best deal possible.

The best part? It doesn’t cost you a penny more to use us. We get no override or fee. We are compensated by the insurance carriers directly, and work on your behalf to properly cover your needs and exposures, and make sure that there are no hidden gaps in your policy.

No two insurance contracts are the same, and while two policies side-by-side might look the same, the fine print behind the cover page can vary from company to company, meaning that you need someone who understands policy contracts like us to sort through the exclusions and conditions for you, so you can rest easy knowing that you have the best possible coverage at the best price.

Important Auto Insurance Coverages

When you browse through your policy, you may see certain coverages and wonder exactly what they are, and why they’re on your policy.

Let us clarify a few of the more important ones for you:

Collision Coverage — this is the part of your policy that covers your car in the event you damage the car itself somehow, as a result of an accident with a fixed or moving object like another car, a curb, a house, a guard rail, etc..

Comprehensive Coverage — this coverage also protects your car, but in the event that something else damages your car, that is not a fixed, or moving object. For example, theft, a rock that cracks your windshield while you’re driving on the highway, an animal you might hit, and so on.

Property Damage — suppose you damage someones car in an accident, or a guard rail, house, or some other property that belongs to someone else. This is the part of your policy that compensates the other person for that damage

Bodily Injury Liability — this coverage protects your financial interest in the event you injure another party in an accident. This is the part of your policy that pays that other party for their medical bills and related expenses. Due to the high cost of medical care, it’s dangerous to carry liability limits that are too low. This is something we can help you decide on.

Un-insured & Under-insured Liability — this coverage pays you, in the event that you are injured by another party, and that other party was either unidentified, or they weren’t carrying a high enough limit of Bodily Injury Liability to cover your expenses. This is also a very important part of your auto policy because you have zero control over how much insurance other people are driving around with.

Common Auto Insurance Rating Variables

Age — insurance companies use your age in their overall rating algorithms. Drivers who are under 25, and over 65 typically don’t get preferred rates because statistics show that those two age demographics have the most loss frequency and are therefore more at risk for financial loss due to an auto accident

Credit — credit is a metric that has been used in insurance scoring for many years. The better your credit, the more favorable your rates will usually be

Car — the type of car, engine size, safety features, etc.. are all par of the rate of course

Driving History — your driving record and loss history plays a substantial role in the price. If you have a spotty driving history, or multiple moving violations or accidents, chances are, you won’t get a preferred rate until those things are at least 3 years old

Household — insurance companies underwrite at the household level, meaning they try to judge based on the entire household, what the probability of loss will be. If there are multiple drivers in the house who are under the age of 25, that will impact everyone’s pricing in the household

How to get started with your quotes

If you live in South Haven and are looking for a car insurance comparison, Apple Insurance of South Haven makes the process of finding the best company and price easy.

We do all the heavy lifting for you!

To get started, call our office directly, or click over to our Quotes page to send us some basic information about your needs so we can get started on your policy review and comparison!

10 factors that affect your car insurance rates

While the variables insurance companies consider when pricing policies are fairly standard across the industry, each insurer uses its own formula for assessing risk and setting rates based on these variables. That’s why the price of a policy can differ by hundreds or thousands of dollars among carriers — and why it’s wise to compare insurance companies.

Consumer research firm J.D. Power, however, suggests most drivers don’t shop their policies as often as they should. The J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study finds that fewer drivers are shopping for a new insurer, with 33 shops per 100 policies in 2016, compared with 39 in 2015. Among those who are shopping, only 30 percent actually switch. Those who make the move, however, are saving an average of $356 on their annual premiums.

The study indicates that most drivers could be paying too much for their car insurance. When you do decide to shop for a new policy, know what main factors insurers use to set your rates. Here are 10 to be aware of:

Where you live (and park your car) will have a direct impact on your insurance premium. Of the all the factors that affect car insurance rates, location is chief among them. Insurers probably know more about your neighborhood than you do. They study crime rates, neighborhood densities, the number and severity of claims made annually and even the weather patterns to assess the risk you present. Find out how much you can expect to pay by entering your ZIP code into the average car insurance rates tool below. You’ll see the highest and lowest rate for your neighborhood fielded from six insurers, which shows how much you can save by comparison shopping, as well as the average annual rate.

2. The types of car insurance and how much coverage you need.

While shopping for car insurance can be boring, almost all experts list shopping your coverage online as the No. 1 way to lower your premium.

Insurers rate risk differently, so there can be huge differences in premium quotes, which is why experts recommend getting quotes from as many insurers as possible, making your computer the go-to tool for lowering your premium. Your computer can shop a large number of insurers quickly, easily and at a time that is convenient for you.

Penny Gusner, consumer analyst with CarInsurance.com, recommends shopping your premium at least once a year. “But before each renewal period (every six months) is preferred to make certain that you always have the cheapest insurance premium.”

Shopping is especially important if a ticket or accident falls off your record. “This will make you more appealing to more insurers,” says Gusner. Life changes are another reason to shop around. Getting married, adding a driver or moving to a new neighborhood could result in a lower premium.

Before you fire up your computer and start gathering quotes, you should determine your ideal policy limits. Minimum liability insurance limits vary by state, but usually are not nearly enough to fully protect you.

Gusner recommends carrying at least 100/300/50 in liability coverage, which translates into $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident for bodily liability and $50,000 for property damage liability. That’s for the injuries and damage other people suffer if you cause an accident.

You will also need collision and comprehensive insurance if you want your car repaired after it is hit by another vehicle or damaged from fire, vandalism, striking an animal or natural events, like hail storms. Comprehensive insurance also reimburses you for the vehicle’s value, minus your deductible, if the car is stolen.

Let’s not forget the deductible. “While $500 is a common choice, you can save money if you go with a higher deductible, such as $1,000,” advises Gusner.

The deductible applies to collision and comprehensive claims.

To give you an idea of what you can expect to pay, here’s a comparison of the average yearly cost of the following coverage levels, by state:

  • Minimum liability
  • 50/100/50 liability
  • 100/300/100 with $1,000, $500 and $250 deductible on comprehensive and collision

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