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What is the average cost of car insurance in Birmingham?

Car insurance coverage costs an average of $824 every six months in Birmingham. That's more than the statewide average in Alabama ($725) and more expensive than the national average of $880. Our guide to Birmingham car insurance includes average rates based on age, credit score, driving history, and other common factors in Birmingham. 

Car insurance in Birmingham vs. Alabama Average 6 Mo. Premium
Birmingham average $824
Alabama average $725

The Zebra's key takeaways about car insurance in Birmingham:

  • The average cost of a car insurance policy in Birmingham is $824 per six-month policy — $137 per month.
  • The cheapest company in Birmingham is USAA ($504).
  • 34% of Zebra customers in Birmingham stated they used our product because they're currently paying too much for car insurance.

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Birmingham car insurance rates by company

Company-by-company differences in car insurance rates can be substantial, so it's important to compare quotes thoroughly and choose your insurer carefully. For a typical insurance customer, USAA provides Birmingham's cheapest rates. See below the best companies for cheap auto insurance in Birmingham — but don't forget to get car insurance quotes based on your unique driving profile.

Cheapest Car Insurance Companies in Birmingham, AL.
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
USAA $504
GEICO $543
Allstate $820
Alfa $898
Safeway $913

The Zebra’s auto insurance data methodology

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool for home and auto insurance rates utilizes the latest ZIP code-level rate filings from across the U.S., sourced from Quadrant Information Services and S&P Global. These filings, typically updated annually or biennially by insurers, are verified through Quadrant’s QA process and then integrated into The Zebra’s estimator.

The displayed rates are based on a dynamic home and auto profile designed to reflect the content of the page. This profile is tailored to match specific factors such as age, location, and coverage level, which are adjusted based on the page content to show how these variables can impact premiums.

For a comprehensive understanding, see our detailed methodology.

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The only way to know which company has the cheapest coverage for you is to compare. Our comparison will do the leg work for you. Enter your ZIP code to see rates from Progressive, State Farm, GEICO and USAA (+ other top companies) to find the best and cheapest car insurance in Birmingham.

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Birmingham auto insurance rates by age

Our data shows that drivers between the ages of 20-29 make up of Birmingham drivers. The age group that enjoys the lowest auto insurance rates in Birmingham are drivers in their 50s, who pay an average of $736 per six-month. Drivers in their 60s don't pay significantly more ($751).

Teenage drivers pay Birmingham's most expensive insurance rates. When Birmingham drivers hit their 20s, their insurance rates drop substantially. In Birmingham, teenage drivers pay $6,893 — a full $5,391 more than the second-most expensive rate paid by an age group.

Birmingham Auto Insurance Costs by Age
Age Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Teenagers $3,446
20s $1,184
30s $811
40s $785
50s $736
60s $751
70s $900

Birmingham car insurance costs by credit tier

A driver's credit level can be closely correlated with their auto insurance rates. Birmingham drivers who build their credit score from the "Very Poor" tier (300-579) to the "Exceptional" tier (800-850) earn a 64% decrease in car insurance rates. Moving from "Very Poor" to "Fair" credit is an important step toward saving money on auto insurance. In Birmingham, improving your credit to "Fair" could help you earn a $1,586 decrease in annual car insurance rates. Our data tells us 40% of drivers in Birmingham have a credit score of average (580-679). 

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Birmingham Auto Insurance Costs by Credit Level
Credit Score Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Very Poor $1,815
Fair $1,022
Good $824
Very Good $738
Exceptional $654

Birmingham car insurance rates by violation

No matter where you live, steering clear of accidents and citations is the best way to keep your auto insurance rates affordable. At-fault accidents, DUIs, reckless driving citations, and speeding tickets all contribute to expensive auto insurance rates, as insurance companies reward low-risk drivers with the gift of affordable rates.

Birmingham drivers found guilty of reckless driving pay the price when it comes to auto insurance, facing a rate increase of $1,013 per year versus the city average. A ticket for speeding results in a $267 rate hike, on average, while a DUI violation costs $1,051 per year in insurance premiums.

Incident/Violation Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
DWI/DUI $1,349
Reckless Driving $1,330
At-fault Accident (damages less than $1,000) $1,117
At-fault Accident (damages > $2,000) $1,196
Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit) $957

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About The Zebra

The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance editorial content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
  • The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.
  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.