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How much does car insurance cost in Berkeley?


The typical Berkeley driver pays $1,968 per year for auto insurance. That's more expensive than the average in California ($1,868) and more expensive than the national average of $1,548. Our guide to car insurance in Berkeley includes average premiums based on age, credit score, driving history, and marital status. Read on for more information.

Berkeley Average (annual) California Average United States Average
$1,968 $1,868 $1,548
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Berkeley car insurance rates by company


One of the best ways to save on auto insurance is to compare rates from multiple companies and to choose the car insurer that best fits your coverage needs. In Berkeley, GEICO offers the cheapest premiums for the typical insurance buyer. We've gathered the best cheap car insurance companies in Berkeley below. You should only use this list as a starting point: it's important to use a comparison tool to see quotes specific to your unique driving profile.

Insurance Company Average Yearly Rate
GEICO $1,156
Mercury $1,520
AAA $1,659
Alliance $1,978
State Farm $2,009

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


Auto insurance premiums by age in Berkeley

The age group that pays the least for car insurance in Berkeley are drivers in their 60s ($1,764 per year). Rates for Berkeley drivers in their 50s are also relatively affordable, at just $1,769 per year.

Young drivers aged 16 to 19 pay the most for car insurance in Berkeley. One of the most effective ways to get cheaper car insurance rates as a driver in Berkeley is to celebrate your 20th birthday. The gap in cost between the car insurance premiums paid by teenage drivers and drivers in their 20s in Berkeley is $4,496. That's the biggest gap in premiums between any pair of age brackets.

Age Average Yearly Rate
Teens $7,441
20s $2,945
30s $1,915
40s $1,854
50s $1,769
60s $1,764
70s $2,058

Learn more about the impact of age on auto insurance rates.


Berkeley auto insurance rates by marital status and gender


In some cases, a driver's marital status and gender may affect their car insurance rates. Married drivers in Berkeley pay $78 less than single drivers for car insurance. Married drivers pay less for car insurance than do single drivers in many locations. 

Gender is another factor that can impact auto insurance costs. In Berkeley, female drivers pay more for auto insurance than do male drivers: $4 per year, to be precise.

Marital Status/Gender Average Yearly Rate
Female $1,972
Male $1,968
Single $1,890
Married $1,890
Divorced $1,968
Widowed $1,917

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


Berkeley auto insurance costs by citation and accident history


Maintaining a clean driving record is an effective way to minimize your auto insurance costs. Speeding citations, reckless driving charges, DUIs and DWIs, and at-fault accidents all tend to bring about rate increases.

Two of the most expensive driving violations from an insurance perspective are reckless driving and DUI. In Berkeley, a reckless driving citation results in an average insurance rate increase of $3,274 per year, compared to the citywide average. For comparison's sake, a DUI offense results in a $3,146 increase and a speeding ticket triggers an $803 rate hike.

Violation/Incident Average Annual Rate
DUI/DWI $5,114
Reckless Driving $5,242
At-fault Accident (damages less than $1,000) $1,978
At-fault Accident (damages greater than $2,000) $3,467
Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit) $2,771

Learn more about how citations could raise your auto insurance rates.


Berkeley car insurance rates by credit tier

California restricts car insurance companies' ability to set rates based on a driver's credit score. For that reason, your credit history won't impact your premiums in the Golden State. 


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Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent who joined The Zebra in 2019 as an in-house content researcher and writer. Before joining The Zebra, she was a freelance copywriter for over five years. 

She is an authority on all things insurance and covers the ins and outs of auto, home, life and renters insurance. Her specialty is in providing data-backed insights and information to help insurance shoppers make informed decisions.

Kristine's insurance expertise and research have been cited by publications such as CNBC, BadCredit.orgCar and Driver, Business Insider, Yahoo!, The Balance, Nationwide and Elephant.

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