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Identity theft and car insurance

An often-overlooked byproduct of identity theft is its impact on auto insurance rates. Identity theft can have major ramifications on one's credit score, in turn leading to inflated auto insurance premiums. Let’s explore what can happen to your car insurance after identity theft and what you can do to save money in this difficult circumstance.


Car insurance coverage against identity theft

Most car insurance policies offer no coverage against identity theft. However, you can find protection via a renters' or homeowners' insurance policy. By adding an identity theft “rider” — or “endorsement” — to your agreement, you can earn reimbursement for losses up to a certain amount.

This coverage, which typically costs between $25 and $50 per year, might be unnecessary. Most banks and credit card companies protect against identity theft by covering any corresponding losses. If you’re interested in adding an identity theft rider to your property insurance policy, make sure you’re not already covered by your bank or credit card company.


How does identity theft affect credit score?

The only way in which identity theft impacts car insurance is through its impact on your credit score. Unless you live in CaliforniaHawaii, or Massachusetts, your credit score plays a major role in determining your car insurance rates. Historical data and research by the Federal Trade Commissions show drivers with poor credit file more expensive claims, and file claims more frequently.

While your credit score might only be low because of identity theft, a car insurance company might not make an exception based on these circumstances.

credit tier

Cheapest car insurance companies for bad credit

Using our base user profile, we pulled rates from popular insurance companies to see which offered the cheapest auto insurance for drivers with low credit levels.

Credit tier: Poor
Company Avg. Annual Premium
Allstate $3,434
Farmers $2,724
GEICO $2,174
Nationwide $1,984
Progressive $3,716
State Farm $4,126
USAA $2,393
Updated: 09/29/22.

Nationwide is the cheapest company for a driver with poor credit. With bad credit, a policy from Nationwide costs $992 for a standard six-month policy ($165 per month).

Credit tier: Fair
Company Avg. Annual Premium
Allstate $2,743
Progressive $2,354
State Farm $2,127
Farmers $2,080
GEICO $1,707
Nationwide $1,683
USAA $1,580
Updated: 09/29/22.

USAA and Nationwide are the cheapest companies for the "fair" credit tier (the classification just above "poor"). For those who don't qualify for USAA coverage, a Nationwide policy costs an average of $140 per month — or $841 for a six-month policy. At the end of the day, your best bet for finding car insurance is to assess as many companies as possible. Enter your zip code below to get started.

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Ava LynchSenior Analyst

Ava joined The Zebra as a writer and licensed insurance agent in 2016. She now works as a senior analyst, providing insights and data analysis as one of The Zebra's property and casualty insurance experts.

Ava’s insurance career began as an agent with Farmers Insurance. Over the years, she has become an authority in all things property and casualty insurance, helping her to write informative guides for shoppers.

Ava’s work has been cited in publications such as InvestopediaThe BalanceMoney.comLiberty Mutual, U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, Car and Driver and Yahoo! Finance.

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