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Across the First State, there are 13,613 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel. Read on to learn how much auto insurance costs in Delaware based on top rating factors. Then, submit your ZIP code above to ensure you get the most bang for your buck by comparing personalized quotes from top insurers.
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Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Delaware drivers without a recent at-fault accident save 35% on their car insurance, on average — above the national average of 32%. In addition to earning a cheaper premium for driving incident-free, you may qualify for a safe-driving bonus through your car insurance company. The amount of these discounts may vary, but they typically run between 5 and 10%.
|Rating Factor||$ Savings||% Savings|
|No Traffic Tickets||$378||18.44%|
Young drivers (those between the ages of 16 and 25) pay extraordinarily high auto insurance rates, with those aged 16-19 paying the most expensive premiums of all. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teens pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. In Delaware, one of the most expensive states for teen drivers, the typical teenager pays $6,683 per year — about $1,700 more than the national annual average.
|Age||Annual Rate with Parents||Annual Rate Alone|
If you have no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, or DUIs, you can save money on car insurance. As insurance companies use your driving record as a way to predict the level of risk you present, keeping your driving record clean will lead to lower premiums. It's especially important to avoid at-fault accidents, speeding tickets and DUI citations in Delaware, where insurance penalties are larger than in other states. In fact, a single speeding ticket could raise your car insurance rates by 18% in the Diamond State.
|Rating Factor||Annual Rate||% Increase|
Every car insurance company advertises its affordable premiums. But just like with any service, the cheapest auto insurance isn't always the best choice. Considering the stakes, it's worth doing your research to discover an auto policy that can cover your car completely after an accident. Consider weighing your options to unearth 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||Above average||Average||Superior||4.3 / 5|
|Nationwide||Above 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|
|Travelers||Below average||Below average||Superior||4.3 / 5|
|USAA||Excellent||Excellent||Superior||4.6 / 5|
Delaware drivers must maintain liability insurance and personal injury protection coverage at the below minimum levels.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Optional coverage in Delaware (varies by carrier):
If you choose the legal minimum coverage in Delaware, you'll owe an average of $1,048 yearly. This cost is more costly than the national average by 59%. If you opt for better auto insurance coverage, you can select a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, protecting against costs incurred by auto crashes, theft, or weather incidents. It's worth noting that better car insurance comes at a cost: in Delaware, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,534, 46% more than basic insurance coverage. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 61% more than you might for a liability-only policy.
Learn more about car insurance laws in Delaware.
When you receive a ticket your car insurance rates will probably go up. By how much depends on the violation's severity, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differing local insurance risks and regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.
See below car insurance costs in Delaware after a few common citations.
|Violation||Avg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate||% Insurance Rate Increase||$ Insurance Rate Increase|
|Hit and Run||$3,463||89%||$1,635|
|Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test||$3,411||87%||$1,583|
|Driving with a Suspended License||$3,091||69%||$1,263|
|Driving with an Open Container||$2,370||30%||$541|
|Operating a Vehicle Without Permission||$3,005||64%||$1,177|
|Passing a School Bus||$2,794||53%||$966|
|Following Too Closely||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Failure to Stop at a Red Light||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Failure to Yield||$2,213||21%||$385|
|Speeding in a School Zone||$2,207||21%||$379|
|Driving Too Slowly||$2,207||21%||$379|
|Driving with Expired Registration||$2,698||48%||$870|
|Failure to Show Documents||$2,159||18%||$330|
|Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint||$1,866||2%||$37|
|Failure to Wear a Seat Belt||$1,866||2%||$37|
|Driving Without Lights||$1,866||2%||$37|
Car insurance in Delaware is expensive — 20% greater than the rest of the US. A standard six-month policy will set you back $140 a month.
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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 Harrington, Delaware, and the most expensive in Bear, Delaware.
|Rank||City||Avg. Annual Premium|
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