Learn how to save on auto insurance in Costa Mesa.
Car insurance costs an average of $1,816 per year in Costa Mesa. That's less expensive than the average across California ($1,868) and more expensive than the national average of $1,548. Our guide to Costa Mesa auto insurance includes average rates based on age, credit score, driving history, and marital status. Read on to learn more!
|Costa Mesa Average (annual)||California Average||National Average|
One of the most important determinants of your car insurance rates is the insurance company you work with. For a typical insurance customer, GEICO provides Costa Mesa's cheapest rates. We've listed the best cheap car insurance companies in Costa Mesa below. Use this information as a starting point and be sure to compare quotes specific to your unique driving profile.
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Costa Mesa drivers in their 60s pay relatively affordable car insurance rates just $1,626 each year, on average. Rates for Costa Mesa drivers in their 50s are also relatively affordable, at just $1,633 per year.
The Costa Mesa drivers who face the priciest insurance rates are teenagers. When Costa Mesa drivers hit their 20s, their insurance rates drop substantially. The cost differential between the auto insurance rates paid by teenage drivers and drivers in their 20s in Costa Mesa is $4,007, the largest such difference between any two age groups.
|Age bracket||Average Annual Rate|
In some cases, a driver's marital status and gender may affect the auto insurance rates they pay. In Costa Mesa, married drivers pay $78 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 Costa Mesa, single drivers pay more than those who are widowed.
Gender is another factor that can affect car insurance rates. In Costa Mesa, female drivers pay $3 per year more than do male drivers for car insurance.
|Marital Status/Gender||Average Annual Rate|
No matter where you live, steering clear of accidents and citations is the best way to keep your auto insurance rates affordable. Speeding tickets, reckless driving citations, DUIs and DWIs, and at-fault accidents all can trigger insurance rate hikes.
Two of the most expensive driving violations from an insurance perspective are reckless driving and DUI. In Costa Mesa, a reckless driving citation results in an average insurance rate increase of $3,125 per year, compared to the citywide average. For comparison's sake, a DUI offense results in a $3,037 increase, and a speeding ticket triggers a $740 rate hike.
|Violation/Incident||Average Annual Rate|
|At-fault Accident (damages less than $1,000)||$1,823|
|At-fault Accident (damages greater than $2,000)||$3,163|
|Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit)||$2,556|
An important insurance rating factor is credit. Drivers with checkered credit histories typically face higher car insurance rates than do drivers with good credit. 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.
California, however, is one of a handful of states that has banned the practice of using drivers' credit scores as a car insurance rating factor. Drivers in Costa Mesa — whether they have poor or excellent credit — will pay the same rate, provided all other factors remain constant.