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Becoming 24 is the first step into the semi-daunting milestone of your mid-twenties. While you’re only one year away from the big year of insurance savings, you are still paying an average of $1,913 per year on auto insurance — 24% more than the national average. Understandably, this makes the need for insurance savings quite urgent. Because it may seem like a daunting task, we decided to create the best practices for car insurance at 24 — starting first with how to choose a quality, affordable insurer and what the most important factors are when it comes to calculating your rate.

What is the cheapest company for you?

Cutting right to the key question: which company is the cheapest? We decided to sample eight of the most recognized companies using a driver profile outlined here. You should consider this data as a starting point — our profile is simply a generic base.

Insurance Company Average 6-Month Premium Monthly Premium
Allstate $1,209 $201
Farmers $1,030 $171
GEICO $724 $120
Liberty Mutual $997 $166
Nationwide $947 $157
Progressive $1,000 $166
State Farm $841 $140
USAA $644 $107

How does gender impact your rate?

The difference in what men versus women pay for auto insurance is far more evident when drivers are young — and therefore, less experienced on the road. On average, male drivers between the ages of 16 and 23 paid 14% more in premium than their female counterparts. This gap starts to shift as these young drivers age.

Age Female Male $ Difference
24 $920 $992 $72

Annually, male drivers at this age pay 8% more than do female drivers or an extra $144 per year. See below to see a more detailed breakdown of the cheapest insurers by gender.


What's the cheapest car insurance company for 24-year-old male drivers?

Using the same driver profile we used above, we surveyed some of the most popular insurance providers to find the most affordable rate for a male 24-year-old driver.

Insurance Company 6-Month Premium Monthly Premium
Allstate $1,267 $211
Farmers $1,096 $183
GEICO $737 $123
Liberty Mutual $1,030 $172
Nationwide $1,008 $168
Progressive $1,018 $170
State Farm $899 $150
USAA $672 $112

GEICO and USAA offered the cheapest rates for this demographic, with a monthly savings of over $50 compared to the group average.


What's the cheapest car insurance company for 24-year-old female drivers?

We conducted the same survey as above but with female drivers at age 24. Again, GEICO and USAA came out on top, offering an average monthly payment of about $111 — which comes out to a savings of over $30 a month compared to other insurance providers.

Insurance Company 6-Month Premium Monthly Premium
Allstate $1,152 $192
Farmers $965 $161
GEICO $712 $119
Liberty Mutual $965 $161
Nationwide $886 $148
Progressive $982 $164
State Farm $783 $130
USAA $618 $103

The most effective way to land the most affordable premium — at any age — is to compare your options before the end of every policy period. Don't be afraid to shop around. We can help you find the best rate, no matter your age, driving history, or location, and help you compare quotes from insurers across the US. Enter your ZIP code below to get started.

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Why does your location matter?

Insurance is regulated by the laws of your state and calculated by your zip code, which means it's location-dependent. If you live in a state with high insurance regulations, such as Michigan, you can expect your insurance premium to be high regardless of the company you chose. Furthermore, if you live in a ZIP code that is in a coastal region, you can expect the threat of flooding to cause your premium to be higher.

State 6-Month Premium
Michigan $1,548
Louisiana $1,189
Florida $1,154
Kentucky $1,104
Rhode Island $1,051

Sometimes, it’s not your company that determines your rate but rather where you live.

Why should you think about your credit score?

There are many things that affect your car insurance premiums but your credit score is a significant rating factor. Insurance companies see drivers with poor credit (524 or below) as more likely to file a claim than drivers with above an 823 credit score. What’s more, the claims they file are more likely to be costlier than claims filed by drivers with higher scores.

Learn more about how good credit and bad credit affect car insurance rates.

Very Poor Fair Good Very Good Exceptional
$1,447 $1,159 $966 $812 $674


However, some states — CaliforniaHawaii, and Massachusetts — ruled this practice as discriminatory and feel that your driving history with annual mileage is a better indicator of your driving behavior. Just another reason why your location matters!

How does your education impact your insurance?

Similar to your credit score, insurance companies see higher amounts of education as a risk-reducing factor and thus will lower your premiums. Unlike your credit, however, the difference is rather minimal. Drivers with no high school diploma pay only an average of $25 more per year than those with degrees.

None High School Bachelors Masters PhD
$798 $786 $774 $770 $770

Why should you choose a moderate vehicle?

If your end goal for shopping for car insurance is to save money, you should think about the impact a car like a brand new BMW will have on your premium. Vehicles with a high MSRP will result in a higher premium as your insurance company needs to reduce their financial exposure.

Sedan Hybrid Luxury Car SUV Truck Van
$1,137 $1,055 $1,045 $967 $865 $844

Learn more about how your vehicle affects your rate.

Why bother looking at other companies?

Because your rate is dependent on many components to your driving profile that change, you should be continually looking for car insurance every six months. When you celebrate a birthday, change vehicles, or experience another major life event, you should remember to shop for car insurance.

Look for discounts

In addition to following our steps above, there are some additional discounts you should think about. Let’s get to it.


Good driver discount

This discount is automatically added to your policy when you are quoted using your driver's license number. In addition to receiving a discount for a good driving record, you should try to avoid the premium increases that come from a driving citation or incident listed below.

Accident/Violation Premium Increase
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH Over Limit $337
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH Over Limit $385
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH Over Limit $460
At-Fault Accident $767
Reckless Driving $1,038
Racing $1,131
DUI $1,099

Learn more about popular car insurance discounts.


Bundle your policies

Getting a renters insurance policy with the same company can save you money! Renters insurance policies cost around $150 a year and cover your liability and your belongings in the event you are found liable for damages or your belongings are destroyed. Find more information on renters insurance here and learn more about discounts for bundling auto and renters insurance here.

Renter Renter with Multi-Policy Annual $ Savings
$1,548 $1,469 $79


Good student and defensive driver discounts

Drivers who are under 25 are eligible for these discounts as long they have proof. In order to qualify for the good student discount, you must have a GPA above a 3.0 (or B average). For the latter, you need to have taken a pre-approved course and provide proof to your insurer that you have taken the course. While the amount of these discounts decrease as you age, you can see an average savings of $107 per year!

Age Male Female
23 $151 $88
24 $135 $78
25 $17 $17

Summed up:

While turning 24 means you’re making headway into your mid-twenties, you still pay quite a bit more than others in the same age bracket. Starting your search with USAA and GEICO are great ways to get the ball rolling — but be sure to pay attention to your financial health, location, and driving history. Shopping around every six months is one of the best ways to ensure you're getting the best rate.

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Ava LynchSenior Analyst

Ava worked in the insurance industry as an agent for four-plus years.

Ava currently provides insights and data analysis as one of The Zebra's property and casualty insurance experts. Her work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, Car and Driver, and Yahoo! Finance.

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