In recent years, female drivers have paid more for car insurance than have male drivers. Let's explore some of the reasons behind this discrepancy.
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Women pay more for car insurance than do men - about 0.68% more — or $4.50 — per six-month policy. Although gender is not a major rating factor, car insurance companies see it as a way to predict and price for risk. Let’s explore the ins and outs of finding car insurance for women, starting with the most affordable companies.
Using our methodology, we discovered that USAA is the cheapest car insurance company for women. At $485, USAA is $271 cheaper than the group average. If you do not qualify for USAA, as you have to be a military or family member, GEICO is the next cheapest option, setting female drivers back an average of $606 per six months, or $101 per month.
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Like many attributes, gender can tell an insurance company what kind of driver and client you might be. For young clients, male drivers under 25 face car insurance rates significantly higher than those assigned to young female drivers. An insurance company sees young male drivers as more likely to get into an accident or moving violation. Thus, they’re more expensive to insure.
As drivers get older, women pay slightly more for car insurance.
Average 6-month premium
States are starting to phase this methodology out. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, and Montana are the states that do not consider gender as a rating factor. Furthermore, California, Washington DC, and Oregon recognize non-binary gender options. Currently, women pay more than men in 25 states and pay less in 21 states.
Although women pay only slightly more for car insurance than do male drivers, let’s explore some additional ways to save.
Multi-policy:This discount refers to having two types of insurance policies under one insurance company. Common policies are home/auto or renters/auto. The discounts affect both your policies, typically. Here are the typical amounts of discount you can receive.
Savings with Renters
Savings with Home
Defensive Driver Discount: This discount entails taking an actual defensive driving course and then presenting your insurance company with proof (sometimes a receipt or transcript) of it. The logic behind this discount is clear - a safer driver makes you a cheaper client because you’re less likely to have a claim. Prior to taking the course, however, make sure your company accepts this discount.
Equipment Discount: If your car comes with anti-theft devices or if you have services like LoJack, your insurance company usually provides you with a discount. The discount tends to be smaller than a multi-policy or defensive driver discount, but can still help with making premium payments.
Avg Annual Premium
Passive Disabling Device
Electronic Stability Control
You should consider that these discounts, while not a huge amount, are averaged amount across all insurance companies and across all states. Some states and some insurance companies might give more.
Good Driver Discount: This discount is available if you have a clean driving record, free of accidents or citations. This is typically a higher-value discount, oftentimes automatically added to your policy when your Motor Vehicle Report is pulled at the inception of your policy. Still, if you are sure you have a clean driving record and are not receiving a discount, speak with your insurance company and ask if they offer a discount for good drivers. In addition to the added bonus of this discount, you stand to benefit by not having your premium raised due to a claim or citation. This is the average of how accidents can impact your premium.
6 Month Premium Increase
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH Over Limit
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH Over Limit
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH Over Limit
Military Discount: Many companies offer discounts for active or former military members and their families. The amount and qualifications differ per company so speak with your company to see if this discount is offered!
Multi-car discount: Like a multi-policy discount, a multi-car discount refers to have more than one car with a single insurance company. Typically, the discount is automatically added either at the policy inception (if two cars were originally added) or when you add the second vehicle to the policy.
Preferred Payment Discount: This discount refers to the manner in which you make your insurance payments and has tiers, typically. For example, if you pay your entire premium up front, you are often given a discount which is usually the highest preferred payment discount. Moreover, if you set up for automatic payments from a bank account, you can often receive an “EFT discount.” If you are able to pay upfront or through automatic payments, this is a discount worth considering. The amounts of these discounts are featured below.
Savings with Paid in Full
Savings with EFT
Profession Discount: This discount goes by many names but the idea is the same. Some insurance companies will give you a discount based on your occupation. Statistically, some occupations like teachers, physicians, or police officers are less likely to file a claim. Because of this, some insurance companies return the savings back to you. Usually, they will require you to submit some type of proof of your profession - a photocopy of your degree is common.
Learn more about these in our guide: Affinity Membership Discount for Car Insurance.
Good Student Discount: If you or your children have the grades, typically above a 3.0 GPA, speak with your insurance company about a good student discount. Normally, they’ll ask for a transcript every policy period (6-12 months) as proof.
For more information, check out our article regarding student discounts here.
If your vehicle is worth less than $4,000, you do not need comprehensive and collision coverage. Typically, the amount of premium you pay for this coverage isn’t worth the payout you would receive if your vehicle was totaled. You can determine the value of your vehicle by using online tools like NADA and Kelley Blue Book.
If your vehicle is worth more than $4,000, consider raising your deductible. By raising your deductible, you lower your premium.
Most companies will apply a surcharge to your policy if you use your coverage. While it can vary, the surcharge can remain on your premium for 3-5 years. Below are some average premium increases after an accident.
Average 6-month Premium
One Comprehensive Claim
If you’re unsure of whether or not to file a claim, see our State of Insurance analysis and determine how much an at-fault accident would raise rates in your state. Consider the premium increase over three years and your deductible (as you would have to pay it in the event of a claim). For example, if your premium increased $309 the first six months, a three-year surcharge would equate to a total of $1,851. If you have a deductible of $500, the total claim would cost you $2,351. Meaning, if you wanted to file a claim, the value of damage should be greater than $2,351. You can determine the value of damage by getting an estimate at a local mechanic.
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