How Does a GED Affect Car Insurance Rates?
How does education level affect car insurance rates?
Unless you live in one of a handful of states, education level contributes to your car insurance rates — but it's not a major factor. The difference in average auto insurance premium between a GED-earner and a PhD is just $27 per year. This gap has grown by $4 since 2016, but education level remains a minor rating factor. Let's explore the reason behind this price discrepancy and dive into some easy ways to save on car insurance with a GED.
Why does education level matter to car insurance companies?
In order to predict how much risk you pose, auto insurance companies rely on demographic and historical rating factors. Major factors — driving history and age — play a major role in dictating rates. Others — such as education level and gender — matter less. The below data shows average premiums by education level.
|Avg. Annual Premium
|High school diploma/GED
The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool data methodology — auto insurance
The auto insurance rates displayed throughout this page come from The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool, a proprietary insurance premium estimator that uses the most recent rate filings across the United States at the ZIP code level to provide up-to-date rate data. Most insurance companies file car insurance rates one to two times a year. This data comes from Quadrant Information Services, which sources the latest approved rate filings across carriers in each state from S&P Global. Quadrant then uses an internal QA process to validate the information and build reports before the data is programmed into The Zebra’s dynamic rating tool.
Rates are based on a sample driver profile — a 30-year-old single male driver with a Honda Accord and full coverage at these levels:
- $50,000 per person/$100,000 per incident for bodily injury liability
- $50,000 per incident for property damage liability
- $500 deductibles for collision and comprehensive coverage
To provide insight to consumers on how specific personal factors (like age, location and coverage level) can affect your premium, this base profile is then adjusted for different factors commonly used by insurance companies. For more information, see our full data methodology.
Drivers with greater educational attainment — Masters and PhD level — pay the least for car insurance. Insurance companies see drivers with less education as more likely to take risks than a better-educated driver. The difference in insurance costs between a driver without a GED or high school diploma and a driver with a PhD is $44 per year.
Cheapest insurance companies with a GED
It's important to remember that car insurance is very specific, and your quote will depend on myriad factors. Use the above data as a starting point in your search for car insurance. The most popular insurance companies might not be the best option for you, so keep regional insurers in mind. Enter your zip code below to see rates from major insurance companies and local options alike.
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Other ways to save and additional resources
While your education isn’t a major rating factor for your car insurance, saving money is always useful. Let’s break down some top ways to save on car insurance.
Double check for discounts
While these discounts won’t cut your premium in half, they’re simple and offered by most popular companies.
- Good driver
- Multi-policy discount (auto and renters/home)
- Payment by bank account
- Paid in full discount
- eSignature discounts
- Paperless billing discount
- Multi-vehicle discount
Be smart with your coverage
If you have an older vehicle, make sure you’re not paying for coverage you do not need. In general, if your vehicle is worth less than $4,000 and you own it, you do not need comprehensive or collision coverage. These coverages are designed to protect your vehicle but if your vehicle isn’t worth much to begin with, you might be paying for coverage you do not need.
|Avg. Annual Premium
You can determine the value of your vehicle through Kelley Blue Book and NADA online.
Use your coverage wisely
Most insurance experts advise you to only use your car insurance coverage sparingly and with caution. This is because of the way your premium will be impacted after you file an at-fault collision-type claim. Aka, your premium will increase. The majority of car insurance companies will keep an at-fault rate increase on your premium for 3 years. Meaning, you’ll be rated and charged for these claims for up to 3 years after the accident.
|Increase at 6 months
|Increase at 12 months
|Increase at 3 Years
As you can see, you’d be paying an additional +$1,700 for an at-fault accident. If you’re unsure if you should file a claim, considering our recommendations below:
- Get an estimate for repairs yourself.
- Use our State of Insurance analysis to see how much an at-fault accident would raise your rates. Again, consider that value over 3 years.
- Compare the out-of-pocket expense to the rate increase, if it is more expensive to file a claim in the long run, pay for it yourself.
Bear in mind, although you’re not obligated to file a claim, you still might have to report that you’ve been in an accident to your insurer. Check your insurance policy specifics to be sure.
Regardless of your education level, it’s always a good idea to shop around frequently for car insurance. While we were able to determine that Nationwide and USAA were the cheapest for our user profile, that doesn’t mean they will be for you. Shop around with as many companies as possible with your user profile to see how much you could be saving.
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