Car Insurance Discounts

Auto insurance can be expensive, but there are plenty of ways to save. Let's explore a few popular insurance discounts.

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How to find the best car insurance discounts

After the initial purchase price and fuel investments, auto insurance is one of the costliest components of car ownership. Using The Zebra's methodology, we found that in 2024 the average car insurance rate in the U.S. is $880 per six-month policy. That’s some serious pocket change. If you don't seek out insurance discounts, you could be leaving money on the table.

Our licensed insurance experts have compiled a list of the most common car insurance discounts offered by America's top auto insurance companies to help you get the savings you deserve. 39% of The Zebra's customers have admitted they're paying too much for auto insurance. If you can relate, then take a look below to see if there are options you may qualify for.


Payment Discounts

These discounts will be based on how you pay for your car insurance. Some companies offer discounts for things like electronic payments or paying for a whole policy period up-front instead of in monthly installments. They may not offer huge savings, but the discount percentage varies by type and company, so it's worth asking about the next time you renew a policy.

Advance Purchase Discount
Advance Purchase Discount

When considering a move to a new car insurance carrier, timing is key. A coverage lapse of just one day can result in a hefty price increase. On the flip side, some insurance companies reward careful planning with discounts if you purchase your new policy seven days before your next premium is due to your current insurer — potentially saving from 2% to 4%. Make sure you give yourself at least two weeks before your current policy is up to compare car insurance quotes and find an applicable advance purchase discount to ensure you get the best price

Top car insurance companies with advance purchase discounts include:

E-Pay Discount
E-Pay Discount

Reducing the unnecessary use of paper is good for the earth, good for business, and potentially good for your wallet. A handful of companies offer discounted car insurance policies to customers who utilize e-sign services (where you sign your policy documents online) or e-pay options  (where you receive paperless billing through email statements).

Carriers offering paperless car insurance discounts:

  • Progressive
  • Allstate
  • Nationwide
  • Travelers
Pay-in-Full Discount
Pay-in-Full Discount

Paying your annual premium in full means you can clear any thoughts about payment from your mind for 12 months, and perhaps more importantly, earn a discount. Almost half of the insurers we assessed offer a discount for paying your premium in full rather than in monthly or semi-annual installments.

Auto insurance companies with paid-in-full discounts:

  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Esurance
  • Travelers
  • The General
  • 21st Century (available in some states)

Below are the average car insurance rates for policies with certain payment discounts. 

Average rates with payment discounts
Payment Methods Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Days Advanced Purchase - 10 Days $871
Electronic Funds Transfer $874
Days Advanced Purchase - 7 Days $880
Payment Type - Paid In Full $885
Electronic Signature $900
Payment Type - Installments $920

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool data methodology

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool for home and auto insurance rates utilizes the latest ZIP code-level rate filings from across the U.S., sourced from Quadrant Information Services and S&P Global. These filings, typically updated annually or biennially by insurers, are verified through Quadrant’s QA process and then integrated into The Zebra’s estimator.

The displayed rates are based on a dynamic home and auto profile designed to reflect the content of the page. This profile is tailored to match specific factors such as age, location, and coverage level, which are adjusted based on the page content to show how these variables can impact premiums.

For a comprehensive understanding, see our detailed methodology.


Driver-based discounts

These discounts are based on you, the driver. For example, for drivers with multiple vehicles, there is typically a discount for insuring all of them through the same company. If you're a good driver, a good student, or even if you belong to a certain organization you might qualify for some of these discounts.

Affinity Discount
Affinity Discount

Where you work, attend school, or pay membership fees may help you to save on your car insurance. Some insurance companies offer affinity discounts to those in occupations requiring less driving than average and to pre-selected occupations, such as police officers, firefighters, doctors, dentists, registered nurses, engineers, scientists, and teachers.

Top insurance companies offering affinity discounts:

See The Zebra's in-depth coverage of affinity discounts for car insurance.

Annual Mileage Discount
Annual Mileage Discount

Car insurance companies are in the business of predicting and anticipating risk. By driving less, you're less likely to get into an accident and file a claim. This makes you a less risky, more appealing client to an insurance company. If you're a low-mileage driver, consider asking your insurance company about low-mileage discounts. Some insurance companies may require electronic monitoring of your mileage to confirm a rate reduction.

For more information on this discount, see our article on car insurance for low-mileage drivers.

Popular insurance carriers with annual mileage discounts:

  • USAA
  • AAA
  • Travelers
Driving Class Discount
Driving Class Discount

Discounts are often available after the successful completion of an accident-prevention or defensive driving course. These courses typically cover traffic laws, defensive driving techniques, and drug and alcohol education. These classes are typically available via states' Department of Public Safety or Department of Motor Vehicles. Contact your carrier to see which courses are approved for discounts and whether you qualify — some carriers may only offer defensive driving discounts for seniors.

New drivers under the age of 21 could benefit from the successful completion of a training course, which typically includes both a minimum number of classroom hours and supervised driving hours.

iDriveSafely is a great option for online defensive driving courses. Courses are available in nearly every state, and the skills you learn can help you maintain a clean driving record, saving you money on auto insurance in the long run.

Top carriers offering driving class discounts:

  • USAA
  • GEICO
  • Progressive
  • State Farm
  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Esurance
  • Nationwide
  • MetLife
  • American Family
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century
Distant Student Discount
Distant Student Discount

If you are a college student attending an out-of-state — or just out-of-town — university, or if you have a child on your policy who is attending school far from home, the Distant Student Discount could save you up to 30%. Terms and mileage vary based on carrier, but the conditions are straightforward: an eligible student must attend a school several hundred miles from home, without access to a vehicle.

Carriers providing distant student discounts:

  • State Farm
  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Farmers
  • American Family
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century
Good driver discount
Good driver discount

A good driver discount — sometimes called a safe driver discount — is an excellent perk for insurance shoppers with clean driving records. Eligibility for a good driver discount entails going a certain number of years — typically between three and five —  with no at-fault accidents and no moving violations. Discounts tend to increase the longer your record remains claim-free, running between 10% and 26% savings.

Top companies offering good driving insurance discounts:

  • USAA
  • GEICO
  • State Farm
  • Allstate
  • Esurance
  • Nationwide
  • MetLife
  • American Family
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century
Good student discount
Good student discount

Car insurance companies consider good students less likely to drive in a risky manner. Many insurers reward young drivers with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.0 or better with good student discounts. This discount is often restricted to drivers under 25 and requires proof of GPA — typically via a transcript or report card — at the start of every policy period. Below are average savings from a good student discount combined with a good driver discount.

Popular insurance companies offering good student auto policy discounts:

  • USAA
  • GEICO
  • Progressive (available in some states)
  • State Farm
  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Farmers
  • Esurance
  • Nationwide
  • MetLife
  • American Family
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century
Homeowner Discount
Homeowner Discount

Premiums are calculated based on the amount of risk a car insurance company shoulders when covering a policy. Homeowners (this includes traditional houses, condos or apartments) are considered to be low-risk (read: less likely to file claims) and receive a discount as a result.

Learn more about homeownersrenters or condo insurance.

Carriers offering homeowners discounts on car insurance policies:

  • Progressive
  • Farmers
  • Esurance
  • The General
  • 21st Century (available in some states)
Multi-Policy Discount
Multi-Policy Discount

One way to get a car insurance discount is to buy homeowners, renters, or condo insurance with the same insurer. This practice, commonly referred to as bundling, may translate into additional discounts with each policy. An added benefit of bundling is that you can keep track of and make changes to your current policies all in one place.

Carriers offering multi-policy car insurance discounts:

  • USAA
  • GEICO
  • Progressive
  • State Farm
  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Farmers
  • Esurance
  • Nationwide
  • MetLife
  • American Family
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century (available in some states)
Multi-Vehicle Discount
Multi-Vehicle Discount

Similar to the multi-policy discount, many insurance providers offer discounts for covering more than one vehicle on the same insurance policy. To qualify, the vehicles must be placed under a single policyholder’s name, be driven only by the policyholder or family members in the same household, and be currently in use, i.e., not in storage. This discount can be especially beneficial if you need to cover a teenage driver. Restrictions vary, with some providers placing a four-vehicle cap on each policy.

Top companies offering multi-vehicle discounts:

  • USAA
  • GEICO
  • Progressive
  • State Farm
  • AAA
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Farmers
  • Esurance
  • American Family
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century

Below are the average rates renters, condo owners, and homeowners pay for their car insurance. As you can see, when multiple policies are bundled the average rate is significantly less.

Average car insurance rates by homeowner status with multiple policies
Homeowner Status Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Home Owner With Multi-Policy $781
Condo Owner With Multi-Policy $796
Renter With Multi-Policy $839
Home Owner $864
Condo Owner $865
Renter $880

Vehicle-based discounts

These are just what you think: they're based on the vehicle, instead of the person. Many new cars come standard with some features, such as anti-lock brakes. There are also perks if you have a hybrid vehicle, a newer model car, or allow a telematics device to be installed.

Anti-theft Discount
Anti-theft Discount

A car equipped with anti-theft devices can save you the hardship of dealing with a stolen vehicle and the corresponding insurance headaches. Depending on your insurance company, you receive the added benefit of a discount. While the discounts listed below are quite small, more advanced anti-theft devices such as fuel/ignition cut-off switches and tracking devices can save you an average of 10% to 25% on car insurance premiums.

Popular insurance carriers offering anti-theft discounts:

  • USAA
  • GEICO
  • Progressive
  • State Farm
  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Farmers
  • Esurance
  • Nationwide
  • 21st Century
Average rates and possible savings based on device
Anti-theft Device Avg. 6 Mo. Premium Percent Savings
Audible Alarm $896 -6%
Active Disabling Device $919 -4%
Tracking Device $945 -1%
None $958 0%
Passive Disabling Device $1,033 8%
Green Vehicle Discount
Green Vehicle Discount

An eco-friendly car is also wallet-friendly, at least when it comes to car insurance coverage (and fuel conservation). Instant discounts — typically up to 10% — may be available for drivers that own or lease hybrids or alternative-fuel vehicles. Since hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) are often built with the latest features (research from the Highway Loss Data Institute shows people traveling in hybrids are 25% less likely to be injured in an accident than people in traditional vehicles), you may qualify for additional discounts for newer safety developments like curtain airbags or Electronic Stability Control.

Companies offering green vehicle car insurance discounts:

  • Allstate
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Farmers
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century (available in some states)
New Vehicle Discount
New Vehicle Discount

Savings between 10% to 30% are up for grabs if you’re covering a new car — or sometimes a vehicle less than three years old.

Insurers providing new vehicle discounts:

  • USAA
  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Travelers
  • 21st Century (available in some states)
Passive Restraint Discount
Passive Restraint Discount

Factory-installed safety features like motorized seat belts and airbags not only keep you safe but also keep money in your pocket. Additional discounts may be available for other safety features like anti-lock brakes and daytime running lights. Consult your insurance carrier on discounts offered when shopping for a new car.

Carriers offering passive restraint discounts:

  • USAA
  • GEICO
  • State Farm
  • AAA
  • Allstate
  • Farmers
  • Esurance
  • American Family
  • 21st Century
Telematics
Telematics

Telematics and usage-based insurance present new ways for auto insurance companies to price policies — and for good drivers to save. Telematics-based insurance involves an insurance company monitoring its client's driving via a plug-in device and calculating monthly premiums based on the client's driving habits. Telematics-informed premiums can be calculated as soon as six months into the policy. This is a great way to save on auto insurance premiums if you're a cautious driver, as your average speed and driving habits come into play in determining your premiums.

Insurance companies with telematics discounts include:

  • Progressive
  • Allstate
  • State Farm
  • Nationwide
  • Esurance
  • Nationwide
  • Liberty Mutual (available in some states)
Telematics Savings
Company Avg. Savings Company
Progressive Average of $130 Progressive
Allstate Average of 10-25% Allstate
State Farm Up to 15% State Farm
Esurance Varies Esurance
Nationwide Up to 40% Nationwide
Liberty Mutual Average of 5-30% Liberty Mutual

Other Types of Discounts

Some discounts are less common and not explicitly mentioned by insurance companies but can still save you money. Those include:

Seasonal Car Insurance Promotions

Like any product, auto insurance prices fluctuate from time to time. While seasonal auto insurance promotions are uncommon, car insurance companies frequently modify their pricing strategies based on industry-wide data and adjustments to rating factors.

The best way to get the lowest rates — regardless of whether you can find a car insurance promotion — is to shop around at every opportunity. By seeking quotes every six months, you can keep your finger on the pulse of insurance prices and ensure you don't pass up an opportunity to save.

Compare auto insurance quotes today.

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