Most Expensive, Cheapest States for Car Insurance

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:02 pm
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Most Expensive, Cheapest States for Car Insurance

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It's no secret that drivers in different states pay different rates, even when their driving records are very similar. Recently the website Insure.com did a comparison of state automobile insurance costs, identifying the priciest and cheapest states for car insurance.

The survey averaged coverages from six providers per state for a 40-year-old driver with a 12-mile commute to work. The quotes were for a yearly policy with $100,000 coverage for a single person, $300,000 for all injured and $50,000 for property damage.


1. Michigan, $2,541
2. Louisiana, $2,453
3. Oklahoma, $2,197
4. Montana, $2,190
5. Washington, D.C., $2,146
6. California, $1,991
7. Mississippi, $1,896
8. New Mexico, $1,896
9. Arkansas, $1,836
10. Maryland, $1,807
11. North Dakota, $1,794
12. Connecticut, $1,786
13. Rhode Island, $1,747
14. Wyoming, $1,714
15. Hawaii, $1,707
16. South Dakota, $1,707
17. Georgia, $1,670
18. New Jersey, $1,663
19. West Virginia, $1,633
20. Kentucky, $1,629
21. New York, $1,627
22. Minnesota, $1,614
23. Washington, $1,584
24. Missouri, $1,563
25. Indiana, $1,518
26. Colorado, $1,508
27. Texas, $1,492
28. Delaware, $1,489
29. Florida, $1,476
30. Nebraska, $1,470
31. Pennsylvania, $1,468
32. Kansas, $1,461
33. Alaska, $1,454
34. New Hampshire, $1,334
35. Massachusetts, $1,328
36. Idaho, $1,325
37. Alabama, $1,306
38. Oregon, $1,306
39. Nevada, $1,300
40. Illinois, $1,290
41. Arizona, $1,280
42. Utah, $1,272
43. Virginia, $1,237
44. Iowa, $1,179
45. North Carolina, $1,154
46. Ohio, $1,152
47. Tennessee, $1,146
48. Wisconsin, $1,128
49. Maine, $1,126
50. South Carolina, $1,095
51. Vermont, $995

Why is there such a difference (255%) between the most and least expensive? According to Insure.com, the reasons are several.

The primary one, however, is uninsured motorists. In states with a lot of uninsured motorists, the insured must kick more money into the pool to cover accidents in which they are involved.

According to 2007 data compiled by the Insurance Research Council, the top states with uninsured motorists were:

1. New Mexico, 29%
2. Mississippi, 28%
3. Alabama, 26%
4. Oklahoma, 24%
5. Florida, 23%

The states with the fewest uninsured drivers were:

1. Massachusetts, 1%
2. Maine, 4%
3. North Dakota, 5%
4. New York, 5%
5. Vermont, 6%

The leading state in insurance premiums, Michigan, finished 10th with 17%. So why was it No. 1? For one reason, of all the states, only Michigan has no cap on personal injury protection payments to those hurt in a vehicle accident. A separate, not-for-profit, state-originated association picks up payments only after the insurance company has paid out almost half a million dollars in claims, in addition to three years of lost wages and damage replacement costs. Of course, all of these expenses are paid for with insurance premium dollars.

Insure's report also suggests that the friendly climate for litigation in Louisiana helps drive up its premiums, while violent weather does the same for Oklahoma drivers.

At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont's low premium is, according to one expert, a function of low traffic volume and "rural sensibilities."

Concerned about the cost of car insurance? Then you might also consider which car you drive. It can make an even larger difference than where you drive it.
"If you ain't on the road, you ain't makin' money!" - gregster

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