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How much does car insurance cost in Tempe?


The typical Tempe driver pays $1,591 per year for auto insurance. That's more expensive than the statewide average in Arizona ($1,470) and more costly than the national average of $1,548. Our guide to Tempe auto insurance includes average rates based on age, credit score, driving history, and marital status. Read on to learn more!

Tempe Average (annual) Arizona Average U.S. Average
$1,591 $1,470 $1,548
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Tempe car insurance rates by company


The best way to save on auto insurance is to compare rates from as many auto insurers as possible, selecting the provider from which you receive the most affordable quote. In Tempe, GEICO offers the cheapest premiums for the typical insurance buyer. Reference below the top options for affordable insurance in Tempe. Don't forget to get car insurance quotes based on your unique driving profile.

Insurance Company Average Rate (annual)
GEICO $807
USAA $1,287
State Farm $1,473
Progressive $1,637
American Family $1,690

Check out our guide to learn how to find the best cheap car insurance.



Tempe car insurance costs by age

The best age for car insurance rates as a driver in Tempe is your 50s: drivers in this age group pay an average of $1,413 per year. Those in their 60s don't pay much more ($1,476).

Teenage drivers pay Tempe's most expensive auto insurance rates. One of the most effective ways to get cheaper car insurance rates as a driver in Tempe is to celebrate your 20th birthday. In Tempe, teenage drivers pay $6,688 — a full $5,212 more than the second-most expensive rate paid by an age group.

Age bracket Average Yearly Rate
Teenagers $6,688
20s $2,133
30s $1,559
40s $1,514
50s $1,413
60s $1,476
70s $1,897

Learn more about how age influences auto insurance rates.



Tempe car insurance rates by gender and marital status


In some cases, a driver's gender and marital status may influence the car insurance rates they pay. In Tempe, married drivers pay $130 less than single drivers for car insurance. Married drivers enjoy less expensive rates than their single counterparts in most locations, based on data showing they file fewer insurance claims. Rates for those who are widowed are also much cheaper than rates for those who are single. Interestingly enough, in Tempe, single drivers pay more than those who are widowed.

Gender is yet another factor that can affect auto insurance premiums. In Tempe, female drivers pay $26 per year more than do male drivers.

Gender/Marital Status Average Yearly Rate
Female $1,617
Male $1,591
Single $1,461
Married $1,461
Divorced $1,591
Widowed $1,518

Learn more about how gender and marital status have on insurance rates.



Tempe car insurance premiums by accident and citation history


If you want to keep your car insurance costs reasonable, keep your driving record clean. Speeding citations, reckless driving charges, DUIs and DWIs, and at-fault accidents all tend to bring about rate increases.

Two of the most costly citations to receive are DUI and reckless driving. Tempe drivers found guilty of reckless driving face insurance rate increases of $708 per year, compared to the citywide average. A DUI violation may lead to an $839 increase, while a citation for speeding leads to a $431 rate hike.

Incident Average Annual Rate
DWI/DUI $2,431
Reckless Driving $2,300
At-fault Accident (damages < $1,000) $2,025
At-fault Accident (damages greater than $2,000) $2,331
Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit) $2,023

Learn more about the impact of driving violations on car insurance rates.



Tempe auto insurance rates by credit level


An important insurance rating factor is credit. Drivers with checkered credit histories typically face higher car insurance rates than do drivers with good credit. In fact, Tempe drivers who improve their credit score from the "Very Poor" tier (300-579) to the "Exceptional" tier (800-850) earn, on average, a 64% decrease in their auto insurance costs. If you move from the "Very Poor" credit tier to the "Fair" credit tier, you could be in line for an auto insurance price adjustment. In Tempe, moving into the "Fair" credit tier corresponds to an average of $1,604 in savings on insurance each year.

Credit Tier Average Annual Rate
Very Poor $3,544
Fair $1,941
Good $1,591
Very Good $1,438
Exceptional $1,277

Learn more about the relationship between poor credit and car insurance.



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