What's the best car insurance for 60-year-olds?
From a financial perspective, your 60s can be a time of great flux. Lots of people retire, sell their homes, buy a boat or RV to travel, and start to get those coveted retiree car insurance discounts. All of which have major insurance implications. On average, drivers in their 60s pay $1,325 for car insurance annually or about $662 for a standard 6-month policy. While this is still less than the average driver, let's outline some cost-cutting solutions (including collecting quotes from multiple companies) for driving in your 60s.
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Best car insurance for 60-year-olds
- AAA and American Family
Drivers in their 60s rated AAA and American Family as top overall auto carrier with a star rating of 4.7 out of 5.
The Zebra conducted a survey with the intention of understanding carriers from a customers perspective. We asked how each major carrier held up in online experience, claims satisfaction, ease of use, customer service, trustworthiness, and willingness to recommend. Respondents aged 60-69 chose AAA and American Family as their top overall auto carriers. GEICO also did well in this age group, coming in second for willingness to recommend and first for online satisfaction. Despite ranking highly in all other categories, AAA came in last place for online satisfaction.
|Rank||Company||Average Customer Satisfaction Rating (out of 5)|
|1st||Auto Club (AAA)||4.7|
Car insurance premiums at 60-years-old
Because 60-year-olds are seen as responsible drivers, they pass less than the average driver in the US for car insurance. They are typically married, homeowners and have good driving experience. All of these rating factors are viewed positively by an insurance company. On average, this age group pays $683 less per year than the average American.
AVERAGE 6-MONTH PREMIUM BY COMPANY
|Carrier||Avg. 6 Mo. Premium||Avg. Monthly Premium|
We found that USAA costs much less than the group average for car insurance. Still, not everyone will qualify for this company. State Farm came in as second-cheapest for drivers in their 60s and does not have as many membership requirements. If you're interested in a personalized quote, enter your ZIP code below to get started!
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How your policy changes after major life events
With all other elements constant, retiring doesn’t affect your car insurance, as “employment status” isn’t a factor in your rate. If you are able to retire one day, your car insurance will not immediately spike or decrease the next day. That being said, the age of retirement marks a shift in your lifestyle. You're no longer working a 40-hour week and your time can be spent with other activities. Let's explore how your change in lifestyle can impact your auto insurance. Starting first with exploring other lines of insurance.
Adding additional lines of insurance
The bottom line from this section is: keep all your insurable assets within the same company. This way, you can earn a multi-policy discount. Let's explore and offer some quick policy advice regarding these lines of insurance.
Lots of retirees trade the office and home life for the open road, which is best paired with a recreational vehicle, or RV. Owning an RV is a whole new beast of insurance which you can usually still get from most insurance companies. They will refer to it as a "specialty line policy." Your RV insurance will have certain elements of your car insurance as well as your homeowners insurance would have. Plus, if you keep your car and insure your RV through the same company, you’re likely qualified for a multi-policy discount. Learn more about RV insurance.
Quick tip: The average cost to insure a motorized RV is between $500 and $600, or $200 to $300 for a nonmotorized trailer.
If an RV isn’t in your wheelhouse but you still want to downsize, you might consider the convenience of a condo. A condo, quite simply, is a combination of a renters and homeowners policy. It protects everything within your unit and provides you liability coverage, but leaves the outside area to the condo association to insure. Just like when you had a house, your condo and car insurance offer you the same (although, the amount varies) multi-policy discount. See more information on condo insurance.
Quick tip: You can save $113 a year on your car insurance by bundling with a condo policy.
Unless you have a small canoe, most boats will require and an additional line of insurance. Like your RV, your boat falls into the bucket of a "specialty line policy". Your boat policy is broken down much like your car and homeowners policy. If you own a boat and a car, insuring them with the same company is a great way to save some bucks.
Quick tip: While the value of your boat will heavily influence, boat insurance can range from $300-500 per year.
Ways to save on car insurance in your 60s — senior discounts
Mature driver discount
In addition to adding other lines of insurance, your 60s bring new forms of discounts for your auto insurance. Starting with what’s called a "mature driver training course" discount, this discount is pretty straightforward. Those who are older than 55-year-olds are eligible for state-approved, senior driving courses which cover topics ranging from safe driving strategies to the new use of technology while driving. While you can access these courses through AARP, AAA and the National Safety Council, you should consult with your current insurance company prior to signing up to see if they offer the discount. Learn more about senior discounts.
A membership discount refers to the discount you receive just by belonging to organizations like AARP. The amount and prevalence of the discount vary by company, so you’ll have to consult with your personal insurance company for details.
If you’re retired and not driving to and from work as often, you should look into a low-mileage discount. Basically, insurance companies see low-mileage drivers as less likely to be in an accident and thus provide them with a discount. Like a membership discount, you need to consult with your insurance company for exact specifications. Another option to consider if you're a low mileage driver is usage-based insurance. While it varies by company, this creates a car insurance premium based on how you drive. So, if you're a safe driver who also doesn't drive that often, this can be a great option for you. Most of the companies we mentioned above offer some type of usage-based insurance option.