Car Insurance with No Insurance History

A history of being uninsured can cost you when you decide to purchase a policy. Learn how to save.

Location pin icon
glyph-shield-checkmarkNo junk mail. No spam calls. Free quotes.

How to get car insurance with no insurance history

Obtaining a car insurance quote if you haven't previously had an auto insurance policy is possible — but your rates might be more expensive than average. The typical difference in premium between an auto insurance policy for a previously uninsured driver and a currently insured driver is 6%, or $51, per six-month policy period.

We tracked down the cheapest providers for a previously uninsured driver: USAA and State Farm (methodology). We'll review detailed rate information and ways to save below. 

  1. Cheap car insurance companies without an insurance record
  2. Why is insurance history a rating factor?
  3. Ways to save with no insurance history


The best car insurance companies for a previously uninsured driver

USAA and State Farm offer the most affordable rates for a previously uninsured 30-year-old male. For those who qualify, USAA’s average premium is an affordable $532 for a six-month policy. If you’re not a military member or related to one, State Farm's policies cost $132 more than USAA's — $664 per policy period.

Car Insurance Provider6-Month Premium
Liberty Mutual$1,050
State Farm$664

Although you'll pay more upfront due to your lack of insurance history, your rates should decrease every six months as long as you avoid a lapse in coverage. The difference in premiums between a driver with no insurance history and three years of prior insurance coverage is $86 per six-month period.

chart with insurance history

This data is based on an average composite profile. The best way to see how much a specific company will charge you is to fetch a quote. Enter your ZIP code below to compare quotes from popular auto insurance companies.


Compare rates today!

Location pin icon
glyph-shield-checkmarkNo junk mail. No spam calls. Free quotes.


Why is insurance history used as a rating factor?

A few rating factors are used to calculate car insurance rates, some of which aren't tied directly to a driver's history of tickets or accidents. Credit score, age, homeownership, and insurance history are not tied directly to driving history. Car insurance companies see these characteristics as reliable predictors of risk.

In the eyes of an insurer, a driver who has been licensed without insurance may have been driving uninsured — a potential signifier of risk. Similar to a bad credit score or poor driving history, a lacking insurance history may lead to more expensive insurance premiums.



How to save on insurance if you're currently uninsured

There’s not much you can do to change your insurance history. However, there are ways to lower the cost of your insurance policy. Let’s break down some cost-cutting solutions.


Compare insurance rates

There are a few reasons this will be the best way to save on auto insurance. As soon as you have been insured for six months, you should expect your premium to decrease. But your current provider might not lower your rate by as much as another provider would. Considerable variance exists between insurance companies' premiums. Compare car insurance options carefully to find the one best-suited to your price and coverage needs.

Enter your ZIP code below to compare rates based on your driving profile.


Find a policy today!

Location pin icon
glyph-shield-checkmarkNo junk mail. No spam calls. Free quotes.


Bundle your insurance policies

In order to earn a multi-policy discount, bundle any insurance policy you have with your auto policy (or vice-versa). A multi-policy discount will allow you to save on your home or renters policy, in addition to your auto insurance. Below are average savings drivers earned by bundling policies in 2018.

chart with bundled rates


If you don't have a renters or home insurance policy, consider acquiring one. They're relatively inexpensive and offer protection for your assets in the event of a major loss, or if you are found legally responsible for damages that occur on your property.

Carry the correct coverage

Vehicles depreciate rapidly. If you own a vehicle worth less than $4,000, you might not need collision and comprehensive coverage. These coverage options are designed to protect your vehicle from property damage. However, if your vehicle isn’t worth much, you might be paying for coverage you do not need.

Use Kelley Blue Book and NADA online as resources to determine the value of your vehicle. If you determine you still need comprehensive and collision, consider raising your deductible. By raising your deductible, you can lower your premium.

Be smart with your claims

Unless you have accident forgiveness, every car insurance company will raise your rates after you file a claim. In 2018, the average rate increase for an at-fault accident was $303 every 6-months. Most insurance companies will keep this $303 surcharge on your premium for 3 years. This will cause the overall rate increase for one at-fault accident to equal over $2100 in additional premium.

If you’re involved in a collision-type accident, follow our steps to see if it is cheaper to pay out-of-pocket.

  1. Get an estimate of the damage prior to speaking with your insurance company. This is what you would pay out of pocket.
  2. Consult our State of Insurance to see how much at-fault accidents increased rates in your state.
  3. Multiple the rate of increase by three (for the years during which you will be charged). Add this to your deductible.
  4. Compare the costs and choose the least expensive option.


Consider telematics

Telematics are in-car devices which monitor the way you drive to price your insurance policy. In theory, the safer of a driver you are, the lower your car insurance rates will be. Safe driving habits include:

  • Slow braking
  • Slow acceleration
  • Daylight driving
  • Slow overall speeds

Telematics embodies an insurance premium based on your actual driving habits. While some non-driving attributes are still utilized, such as your age and credit history, it’s much more reflective of how you drive. Below are some average savings you could expect from popular providers in the US. For more information, see here.


Estimated Savings

Progressive SnapShot

Average of $130

Allstate Drivewise

Average of 10-25%

State Farm Drive Safe and Save

Up to 15%

Esurance DriveSense


Nationwide SmartRide

Up to 40%

Liberty Mutual RightTrack

Average of 5 to 30%

Root Car Insurance




GEICO DriveEasy



Check for available discounts

Although discounts can be helpful for lowering your premium, they will not drastically lower your rate.

  • Multi-policy discount
  • Good driver discount
  • Paperless discount
  • Payment by bank account
  • Paid in full discount (paying your premium in one payment)
  • Multi-car discount
  • Good student discount (under 25)

You should not stay with your company simply because they offer you a discount. Make sure you consider the overall rate. However, these discounts can be helpful.


Avoid lapses in coverage with a non-owners policy

non-owners car insurance policy only provides liability coverage for drivers who do not own a car but want to maintain their insurance coverage. If you’re going to sell your vehicle, you should consider buying a non-owners policy. Because they offer no collision or comprehensive coverage, they tend to be fairly affordable. This will not only keep you continuously insured but offer you additional liability insurance when you’re driving.


Additional resources

Bottom line: the best way to find cheap car insurance while uninsured is to shop around. Enter your ZIP code below to get started. If you’re not ready to shop and would like to learn more about auto insurance, see below.


Compare auto insurance today!

Location pin icon
glyph-shield-checkmarkNo junk mail. No spam calls. Free quotes.
Ava Lynch
Ava Lynch LinkedIn

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.