Best Car Insurance for 30-Year-Olds

Discover car insurance discounts and estimate your rates once you've moved beyond young driver status.

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How much does it cost to get car insurance in your 30s?

The average 30-year-old pays $770 for a six-month car insurance policy. This is slightly less than average auto insurance rate for all American drivers ($777, or about $126 per month). Let's highlight some cheap car insurance companies for drivers in their 30s and evaluate the important policy decisions you should make as you age.

Table of contents:
  1. Cheapest car insurance companies for 30-year-olds
  2. Car insurance for new drivers 30 or older
  3. How does your policy change at 30?
  4. Additional resources

The best car insurance companies for 30-year-old drivers

If you qualify, USAA has the cheapest rates for drivers in their 30s. USAA caters to military members and their families, and is not available to everyone. GEICO's premiums for 30-year-old drivers are approximately $10 more per month than USAA's, and don't come with stringent membership requirements.

InsurerAverage Rates (Six Months)
Liberty Mutual$751
State Farm$884

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How much does car insurance cost for a new 30-year-old driver?

One question you'll need to answer when purchasing a car insurance policy is how many years of driving experience you have. Because your driving experience is a major insurance rating factor, most companies charge inexperienced drivers more to offset the additional risk of insuring them. In the estimation of an insurance company, the less experience a driver has, the more likely they are to get into an accident and require a claim payout. As you gain more experience behind the wheel and keep a clean driving record, your rates will become more affordable. Below are some tips for first-time drivers seeking affordable car insurance.

Compare car insurance quotes every six months

Auto insurance premiums may vary significantly by insurance company. Although no company will see your lack of driving experience positively, not all will charge you equally. The only way to ensure you're getting the best rate with your driving record is to shop around every time your policy renews (typically every six months).

Pay for claims out of pocket

The general rule of thumb in the insurance world is if you can pay for damages yourself, do it. Your insurance company will add a surcharge to your premium for three to five years after an at-fault accident. While it varies by state and by the company, the average three-year surcharge for an at-fault is $1,700. You can determine if you should file a claim using our guide here.

Understand how much coverage you need

If your vehicle is worth less than $4,000, you may not need to add collision and comprehensive coverages to your insurance policy. These coverages are designed to protect the value of your vehicle but are expensive coverage options. If your vehicle isn't worth much, you are paying for coverage you do not need. Use online resources such as Kelley Blue Book and NADA online to determine the value of your vehicle.

How does car insurance change when you turn 30?

As you mature and complete new life events, your car insurance rates change. Adding new vehicles, drivers, or new lines of insurance comes with policy implications. Let's explore.

Marriage and car insurance

While no one takes the same path in life, many people in their 30s get married, and this can impact your premium for the better. When a single person marries, his or her annual premium drops statistically by about 5.6% or around $74 per year. That’s because insurance companies have found that married people file less claims than single people. Moreover, they see that married people are sharing the responsibility of driving which, in essence, cuts driving time of individual cars in half.

Marital StatusAverage Annual Premium

Find additional information on car insurance for married couples here.

Homeownership and car insurance

Upgrading from renting a place to buying your own home can save you around $138/year, for a couple of reasons. We’re assuming that you bundled your home and auto insurance into the same company. This not only makes things a little easier: your business goes through one agent or company, but bundling can also earn you a profitable multi-policy discount. Insurance companies look at those who own a home to be more financially stable and thus statistically less likely to file a claim.

Homeowner StatusAverage Annual Savings on Car Insurance
Renter w/ Multi-Policy$77
Condo Owner w/ Multi-Polcy$120
Homeowner w/ Multi-Policy$138

Parenthood and car insurance

Unless your child is of driving age, simply having a kid won’t impact your premium. However, if you upgrade your two-door sedan to a minivan with additional coverage, your insurance premium might change. If you were to trade-in your Honda Civic (car) for a Honda Odyssey (minivan) in order to accommodate kids, your average annual premium would drop by $210. If minivans aren’t your thing, you can still expect your premium to decrease by an average of $139 when you swap out your car for a family-friendly SUV.


Additional resources

Car Insurance for Married Couples
Average Car Insurance Costs
Shared Car Insurance: Tips and Advice

Recent Questions:

Cheap Car Insurance for 30-Year-Olds

How much car insurance coverage do I need and should I get umbrella insurance?

We generally recommend basing your liability needs on your assets. From the information you've given, I would say that maxing out your liability limits and getting an umbrella policy is probably a wise decision since you own your home and vehicles and have a high net worth.

What can I expect to pay for first time car insurance?

Waiting until you're 30 will not really impact your rate. The bigger rating factor will be your lack of insurance history.

The person I hit wants me to pay out of pocket for damage

There's a couple of things to think about here. Let's break it down below:   First, most insurance companies require you to report all accidents, even when a claim is not filed.

Am I legally required to list my son on my car insurance policy?

Most car insurance companies like to know everyone who is of driving age and has a license to be either listed on the policy or excluded. To them, it's simply peace of mind so they're aware of all the risks presented to them.

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Ava worked in the insurance industry as an agent for four-plus years. Currently providing insights and analysis as one of The Zebra’s resident property insurance experts, Ava has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, and Yahoo! Finance.