Question

My daughter cannot find insurance with bad driving record

My 19-year-old daughter has a 2011 Ford Focus. She has 1 speeding ticket (75 in a 55) and two minor at-fault accidents. USAA dropped will drop her in January, calling her a high-risk driver. She is single, living at home with us. Progressive wanted something like $850.00 per month for her. Car is financed so it needs full coverage. What can I do? I can't afford $850 a month!

Jan 8, 2018 Mandeville, Lousiana

Answer
Ava Lynch

Jan 8, 2018

I recommend the following:
  • See our guide here: Car Insurance for 19-Year-Olds : In our case study, Geico was the cheapest insurance for teens. Within this guide, you can find some other saving alternatives.
  • If your daughter is in school, see if she qualifies for a good student discount. Usually, she needs a GPA above a 3.0.
  • Switch vehicles. Consider a vehicle that is not financed and thus does not need comprehensive and collision, which could lower her premium.
  • Go car free: This probably doesn't seem like the most helpful option, but unfortunately, it might be your best option. Her age and driving record will continue to penalize her and you financially for 3 years (that's typically how long insurance companies will charge you for tickets and at-fault accidents). So, if you the above solutions don't help, you might consider alternative forms of transportation until they are no longer chargeable accidents.

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