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The cheapest companies for full coverage car insurance

The average cost of full coverage car insurance is $133 per month. According to The Zebra's analysis, Travelers offers the cheapest full coverage insurance at an average of $112 per month. Find other cheap full coverage carriers below.

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Travelers — $112 per month

Travelers' full coverage averages $112 per month for comprehensive and collision coverages.

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USAA — $114 per month

USAA full coverage averages $114 per month for comprehensive and collision coverages.

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Nationwide — $123 per month

Nationwide full coverage comes in slightly higher at $123 per month, on average.

Key takeaways

  • Travelers offers the cheapest full coverage on average at $112 per month
  • Full coverage is a generic term for a policy with comprehensivecollision, and higher liability coverage, part of why it can cost up to double the amount of a liability-only policy
  • Full coverage is required for drivers of leased or financed vehicles but encouraged for vehicles worth more than $4,000 or with high-risk drivers
  • 70% of The Zebra’s customers insure a vehicle with full coverage

How to find the best cheap full coverage car insurance

The best way to find affordable full coverage car insurance is to compare rates from multiple carriers. While Travelers and USAA were the cheapest according to our rate analysis, many other companies offered affordable full coverage. To get a sense of where to start your search, review the cheapest full coverage auto insurance companies.

Company Avg. Monthly Premium
Travelers $112
USAA $114
Nationwide $123
GEICO $129
American Family $131
State Farm $131
Farmers $149
Progressive $157
Allstate $201
Updated: 11/30/23.

Auto insurance data methodology

The auto insurance rates published in this guide are based on the results of The Zebra's State of Insurance car insurance pricing analysis. This analysis of more than 83 million insurance rates spans every U.S. ZIP code, using a sample user profile: a 30-year-old single male driver with a Honda Accord, good credit and full coverage at these levels:

  • $50,000 per person/$100,000 per incident for bodily injury liability
  • $50,000 per incident for property damage liability
  • $500 deductibles for collision and comprehensive coverage

To generate pricing for particular rating factors, we adjusted the driving profile based on common pricing factors used by major car insurance companies. These factors include credit score, coverage level, driving record and others.

In some instances, average rates from Liberty Mutual were derived from internally sourced sales data.

Zebra Tip: Look for insurers with good customer satisfaction ratings

Remember that the cheapest full coverage may not always be the best option. Take a look at the 2022 results of The Zebra Customer Satisfaction Survey to see which companies deliver the highest levels of service and satisfaction to their customers. We've provided a brief overview of the top contenders below.

The Best Full Coverage Car Insurers

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Best overall for full coverage — USAA

While USAA is only available to military members and their families, this company is renowned for its customer service and came in first place for auto insurance in The Zebra's customer satisfaction survey. We also found it has the second-cheapest average rate for full coverage.

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Best for young drivers — Erie

Erie is a regional insurance company that serves the Northeast and Midwest, but it could be a great option if it's available for you. While finding affordable car insurance for teen drivers is always a challenge, our data indicates Erie is cheaper than many of its competitors. The company also has a great reputation for good customer service, coming in seventh place in The Zebra's customer satisfaction survey for auto insurance.

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Best for claim satisfaction — State Farm

With coverage available in every state, State Farm came in first place for claim satisfaction in our customer satisfaction survey. For those who prefer personalized service, State Farm also has local agents available to help you with your car insurance policy.

How much does full coverage car insurance cost?

The average cost of full coverage auto insurance is $133 per month (with liability coverage limits of 50/100/50). In general, upgrading from a liability-only policy to a full coverage policy — with $500 collision and comprehensive deductibles — will increase the typical driver's monthly auto insurance premium by about $88.

While liability may be the only coverage required in your state, experts strongly suggest adding further coverage to protect you and your property. A full 70% of The Zebra's customers opt for full coverage when purchasing a policy. 

Insurance Coverage Level Avg Monthly Premium
Liability-only $45
Full coverage $133

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What is full coverage car insurance?

The term "full coverage" is somewhat misleading, as it actually comprises other coverage types such as comprehensive, collision and even higher liability limits. For most people, full coverage insurance is commonly understood as physical protection for a vehicle and coverage for injuries and property damage. 

When looking for full coverage auto insurance quotes, remember that the term full coverage refers to the combination of two types of physical damage coverage: comprehensive and collision coverage. These coverage options, when paired with state-mandated liability coverage, comprise a full coverage car insurance policy.

Comprehensive Insurance Collision Insurance Liability Insurance
Coverage  Covers damages to your vehicle caused by incidents other than collisions (e.g. theft, vandalism, natural disasters, fire, falling objects, animal damage or collision, civil disturbances). Covers damages to your vehicle resulting from a collision with another vehicle, an (e.g. a tree, guardrail, or pole), or if your car rolls over*. Covers the costs of damages and injuries you cause to other drivers, passengers, and property owners when you’re in an at-fault accident (e.g. medical bills, lost wages, property replacement)
Typical Deductible $500-$1,000 $500-$1,000 $0 (typically covered up to your chosen policy limit)
Risk of Rate Increase After Filing a Claim Low. Many auto insurance companies don't view comprehensive claims as a result of driver error. High. Most collision claims are seen as at-fault accidents. Rate penalties can last three to five years High. Most liability claims occur when you’re at fault in an accident. Rate penalties can last up to three years.

*If you have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy, you can use the property damage portion of this coverage rather than collision. We recommend you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to cover collisions involving uninsured drivers.

Check out The Zebra's video on full coverage car insurance to learn more.

Zebra Tip: Get more than just the bare minimum of liability coverage

While full coverage mostly entails having a policy with comprehensive and collision coverages, don't neglect to increase your liability limits above the state minimum. A true "full coverage" policy will also have bodily injury and property damage liability limits that are high enough to provide adequate protection should you cause serious injury or property damage in an accident.

What full coverage doesn't cover

While "full coverage" may sound like complete protection, it typically only includes collision and comprehensive coverage. To truly be fully covered, experts suggest that you maintain high liability limits for bodily injury and property damage coverage. Also, drivers should consider adding optional coverages that can go further in protecting both you and your vehicle. Coverage such as Personal Injury Protection may be required — especially in no-fault states — but are even worth considering if not.

Below you'll find a selection of other types of car insurance that are typically available from most insurers that may go further in providing "full coverage."

Zebra tip: Consider gap insurance for leased or financed vehicles

Gap insurance covers the difference between what your totaled vehicle is worth and what you still owe on a loan. It is particularly helpful if your vehicle is new or especially valuable. In order to carry gap coverage, you need collision and comprehensive. Gap coverage can be a part of your lease agreement if you’re leasing a vehicle. If so, make sure your insurance covers this.

Is full coverage auto insurance required?

Unlike liability coverage, full coverage is not legally required by states. Full coverage insurance is likely required if you are leasing or financing a vehicle. It is recommended if your vehicle is worth more than $4,000, if your vehicle will eventually be resold, or if the drivers of your vehicle are younger, less experienced, or have a history of accidents. See the list below for more details.

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Required: For Leased or Financed Vehicles

With a lease, the driver does not own the vehicle outright and doesn't have the option of forgoing full protection. Our data show that 41% of drivers are leasing or financing their vehicle. If a driver has a loan on a vehicle, they must ensure it’s protected to the lender's specifications or risk having their lender add “force place” or “collateral protection" insurance to loan payments to protect their investment.”

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Recommended: For Vehicles Worth More than $4,000

If a vehicle is worth more than $4,000, insurance experts advise purchasing full coverage insurance. Determine the value of your vehicle by using the Kelley Blue Book or NADA online. Full-coverage protection is intended to protect a car. If the vehicle isn’t worth much, full coverage might be a waste of money, especially if you have a substantial emergency fund that can cover the cost of damages or replacing your vehicle.

Recommended: For Vehicles You Plan to Sell

If the vehicle will be resold in the future, full coverage insurance is a wise investment. If the vehicle were totaled — either in a collision or in adverse weather — the insured party would have no recourse.

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Recommended: For Vehicles Whose Drivers Are High-Risk

Although age does not always equate to driving skills, young drivers and teens can sometimes necessitate the addition of collision coverage. Similarly, if you have a history of accidents, full coverage insurance can help protect you financially from potential future accidents. However, if the car being driven isn’t worth much, full coverage might be a waste of money.

Zebra tip: Consider your vehicle's value to determine necessary coverage

If your vehicle is worth more than $4,000, collision and comprehensive coverage are recommended. Without physical damage coverage, you would not receive compensation if your vehicle were severely damaged or totaled. A cost estimator like Kelley Blue Book is a good resource to help you understand the value of your car and the level of coverage that's best for you. 

Which is more expensive:  Full Coverage Insurance Rates vs State Minimum Liability Insurance

If you opt to boost your coverage from the minimum amount to add collision and comprehensive insurance, expect to pay over double what you were paying for just the state-required minimum amount of liability insurance.

This disparity in pricing is less apparent if you already carry comp and collision coverage. Whether you have a $500 or $1,000 deductible, the difference in premium between coverage levels maxes out at about 15%.

Premiums by Coverage Level 2022

Insurance rate comparison

If you're looking to save the most on full coverage, consider lowering your liability limits to your state's minimum required amount to offset the cost of comp and collision. USAA was the cheapest car insurance company for this level of coverage, with GEICO second. These values are estimates. Keep in mind: your location, vehicle, age and driving record will impact your car insurance rate. Use The Zebra to instantly find the cheapest car insurance for you, online.

Company Full Coverage Liability-only
Allstate $201 $61
American Family $131 $55
Farmers $149 $60
GEICO $129 $38
Liberty Mutual $143 $52
Nationwide $123 $50
Progressive $157 $58
State Farm $131 $49
Travelers $112 $41
USAA $114 $36

State-by-state cost analysis

Below are average monthly premiums for basic liability coverage versus full coverage.

In this instance, full coverage refers to 50/100/50 liability limits and comprehensive and collision deductibles at $500 each — a fairly typical coverage level in the U.S.

State State Minimum Liability Full Coverage
Alaska $34 $110
Alabama $40 $124
Arkansas $48 $155
Arizona $46 $136
California $47 $160
Colorado $42 $155
Connecticut $61 $131
Washington, D.C. $47 $124
Delaware $67 $142
Florida $63 $209
Georgia $48 $133
Hawaii $31 $94
Iowa $23 $104
Idaho $31 $120
Illinois $43 $125
Indiana $35 $113
Kansas $42 $146
Kentucky $55 $168
Louisiana $66 $275
Massachusetts $40 $114
Maryland $55 $115
Maine $32 $89
Michigan $99 $229
Minnesota $41 $112
Missouri $47 $148
Mississippi $46 $137
Montana $33 $134
North Carolina $35 $92
North Dakota $30 $120
Nebraska $35 $146
New Hampshire $31 $84
New Jersey $76 $132
New Mexico $38 $120
Nevada $60 $159
New York $62 $133
Ohio $31 $90
Oklahoma $40 $137
Oregon $53 $116
Pennsylvania $33 $110
Rhode Island $70 $183
South Carolina $49 $132
South Dakota $21 $145
Tennessee $31 $111
Texas $46 $138
Utah $49 $122
Virginia $34 $90
Vermont $28 $97
Washington $43 $110
Wisconsin $32 $101
West Virginia $44 $132
Wyoming $27 $129

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Full coverage insurance FAQs

Full coverage usually refers to the combination of collision and comprehensive coverage, both of which protect your vehicle from physical damage. Collision covers your car in the event you collide with another object or vehicle, while comprehensive basically takes care of damage other than collisions, such as a hailstorm.

Among major insurance companies, the average cost of a six-month full coverage auto insurance policy is $800, which equals about $133 per month. However, the cost of the auto insurance quotes you receive depends on a number of factors, including your driving history, age, credit score, home address and insurance provider.

The cheapest average rates for full insurance coverage come from Travelers ($112/month), USAA ($114/month) and Nationwide ($123/month).

Full coverage might be required if you are financing your vehicle. It is also a good idea if the insured vehicle is worth a significant amount of money (usually any amount over $4,000). If the vehicle will be resold, full coverage is a good way to keep the vehicle protected in the meantime.

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