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The average cost of car insurance in California is $1,868 per year — 20% more than the national average.
Car insurance rates are impacted by more than just your location. Auto insurance rates comprise myriad factors, including a driver's age and driving history. The Zebra's experts analyzed average California car insurance rates for each of the most common rating factors.
Read on to learn how much auto insurance costs in California based on these variables, or submit your ZIP code above to receive personalized quotes from top insurers.
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Good drivers can save money on car insurance by avoiding at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, and DUIs. Insurance companies use your driving record as a way to predict what kind of risk you will pose to them. So, by not having any of these violations you are less risky and therefore a cheaper customer for them. In addition to having a cheaper premium, some companies offer a safe driving discount. While the amount varies based on your company, it can range between 5 and 10%. If we’re looking beyond just average rates and at individual companies, Nationwide offers some of the cheapest rates for good drivers in California.
|Rating Factor||$ Savings||% Savings|
|No Traffic Tickets||$759||40.65%|
Young drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 pay the highest car insurance premiums of anyone in the US. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teen drivers pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. Historically the most expensive drivers to insure, The Zebra found Allstate, GEICO, and Progressive are the cheapest companies in California for teenagers.
|Age||Average Yearly Premium|
If you have a clean driving record in California — no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you'll probably pay less for car insurance. Conversely, a bad driving record will cause your rates to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 167% after a DUI, 78% after an at-fault accident, and 42% after a speeding ticket in California. Luckily for drivers with poor credit, California outlaws the use of credit score as an insurance rating factor. This means you'll pay the same car insurance rate no matter your credit history as reflected in the table below. If you have a clean driving history, be sure to inquire about your insurer's safe driver discount.
|Rating Factor||Annual Rate||% Increase|
Every car insurance company emphasizes its low premiums. But as with any service, the most affordable car insurance isn't always the best. Considering the stakes, it's worthwhile to do your research to purchase an auto policy that covers your car adequately after a collision. Consider shopping around to find the best value, rather than settling for the cheapest auto insurance available.
Use the table below to better understand the quality of service you'll receive. You'll see reviews for popular auto insurers' financial strength, claims satisfaction, and customer satisfaction including an internal satisfaction score from The Zebra's customers.
|Allstate||Average||Average||Superior||4.3 / 5|
|GEICO||Average||Average||Superior||4.4 / 5|
|Nationwide||Average||Poor||Superior||4.3 / 5|
|Progressive||Below average||Below average||Excellent||4.3 / 5|
|State Farm||Above average||Above average||Superior||4.5 / 5|
|USAA||Excellent||Excellent||Superior||4.6 / 5|
In California, the state minimum coverage requirement is liability insurance, with limits of:
Optional coverage in California (varies by carrier):
For the legal minimum coverage level in California, expect to pay about $648 per year. This is more than the national average by 4%. If you choose a higher level of car insurance coverage, you can purchase a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, which will protect against damages caused by car-vs.-car crashes, theft, or weather incidents. It's worth noting that better auto insurance coverage comes at a cost: in California, a comprehensive policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,626, 151% more than basic liability-only coverage. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, you can expect to pay 161% more than for a basic liability-only policy.
If you get a ticket, your auto insurance rates may rise. How much your rates rise depends on the violation, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differing local insurance risks and regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.
Below is a look at average auto insurance rates in California after a few common citations.
|Violation||Avg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate||% Insurance Rate Increase||$ Insurance Rate Increase|
|Hit and Run||$5,038||170%||$3,170|
|Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test||$4,937||164%||$3,069|
|Driving with a Suspended License||$4,807||157%||$2,939|
|Driving with an Open Container||$2,752||47%||$884|
|Operating a Vehicle Without Permission||$3,463||85%||$1,595|
|Passing a School Bus||$2,654||42%||$786|
|Following Too Closely||$2,654||42%||$786|
|Failure to Stop at a Red Light||$2,654||42%||$786|
|Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane||$3,027||62%||$1,159|
|Failure to Yield||$2,654||42%||$786|
|Speeding in a School Zone||$2,660||42%||$792|
|Driving Too Slowly||$2,660||42%||$792|
|Driving with Expired Registration||$1,931||3%||$63|
|Failure to Show Documents||$1,931||3%||$63|
|Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint||$2,115||13%||$247|
|Failure to Wear a Seat Belt||$2,006||7%||$138|
|Driving Without Lights||$2,006||7%||$138|
In 2019, our data showed the average for car insurance in CA was $847 per policy period, or $141 per month.
Car insurance in California is about 20% more expensive than average. This is due to population size, number of uninsured drivers, and insurance companies' revenue loss via claims.
Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, location of the vehicle being an important one. The cheapest car insurance is found in Chula Vista, California, and the most expensive in Glendale, California.
|Rank||City||Avg. Annual Premium|
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