Best Car Insurance for Roommates
Can roommates share car insurance?
Living with a roommate is common. Car insurance for roommates is fairly straightforward, although rules and considerations may vary by car insurance provider. Some auto insurance companies require all driving-age individuals sharing an address to be added to the policy as a rated driver or an excluded driver. If your roommate is not listed as a rated driver, e.g., covered by the policy, the insurance company hasn’t had a chance to evaluate them as a risk — or rate them for that risk.
Do I need to add my roommate to my car insurance?
If your roommate won’t be using your vehicle, you don't need to add them to your car insurance policy. Some insurance companies might take issue with a household member, i.e., someone living at your listed address, not being listed on your policy. Car insurance companies want any driving-aged individual living in a given household to be either clearly covered or not. If your roommate won't drive your vehicle, your insurance company may require you to explicitly list them as an excluded driver.
While adding an excluded driver to your policy should not impact your premium, it does mean your roommate won't be covered if they are involved in an accident while driving your vehicle. If your roommate is listed as an excluded driver on your car insurance policy, do not let them use your car.
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How can I add my roommate to my car insurance?
Most policies will allow you to add any driver who lives in the same location as you to your policy. Call your agent to discuss your options, or enter your zip code above if you'd like to compare quotes from multiple companies. Below are key reasons to add your roommate to your car insurance policy.
If you add your roommate to your policy, you can share your vehicles. If your car breaks down and you need to borrow your roommate's vehicle for a week, you will be covered in the event of an accident. If you are listed as an excluded driver, you wouldn’t have coverage and couldn't drive their car.
When you add your roommate — and their vehicle — to your policy, you may become eligible for multi-car and multi-driver discounts. While the policy premium may increase, it will be proportionally cheaper than everyone covering their vehicle on separate policies. The table below outlines examples of savings you might see when having multiple policies.
|Homeowner Status||Avg. Annual Premium|
|Renter With Multi-Policy||$1,677|
|Condo Owner With Multi-Policy||$1,592|
|Home Owner With Multi-Policy||$1,562|
Dynamic auto insurance data methodology
Methodology: The auto insurance rates displayed above and throughout this page are dynamic, meaning the data will refresh when the most recent information is made available. Rates are based on a sample driver profile — a 30-year-old single male driver with a Honda Accord and full coverage. This profile was adjusted based on common pricing factors used by major car insurance companies, like age, coverage level, driving record and others.
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When to keep roommates' car insurance policies separate
Alternatively, it could make sense to keep your car insurance policy separate from your roommate's.
If you drive a Toyota Corolla but your roommate drives a Lamborghini, you should expect a significant difference in your premiums. Your insurance company has to account for the financial risk of insuring such a high-value car by charging an expensive premium. If you’re worried about footing the bill for their fancy car, consider sticking to your own policy.
If your roommate isn't going to use your vehicle, there's no reason to add them to your auto insurance policy. Adding another driver — even your roommate — will increase your premium.
If your roommate has a bad driving record, i.e., lots of at-fault accidents or citations, your bill will be higher if they're on your policy. Keeping your policy separate would avoid your being penalized for their driving mistakes.
Most insurance companies — in most states — use credit scores as a factor to set premiums. A low credit score can negatively impact car insurance premiums. If all other metrics are constant, a driver with "excellent" credit (800-850) could potentially pay $1,641 less than a driver in the "poor" credit tier (300-579). Below you can see monthly and annual rates for different credit tiers.
|Credit Tier||Avg. Annual Premium||Avg. Monthly Premium|
|Fair to Below Fair||$2,250||$188|
|Below Fair to Poor||$2,730||$228|
Renters insurance and roommates
There are a few reasons not to share renters, homeowners, or condo insurance with a roommate, but it’s generally a good idea. Not only can you earn a discount on your car insurance policy (if you bundle policies within the same company), you can lower your overall bill by splitting it with your roommate. See below typical discounts from bundling your policies.
Why not to share renters insurance with your roommate
If you’re worried about your own liability, sharing a renters insurance policy might not be a good idea. Any claim your roommate makes on your shared policy will impact your premium.
Furthermore, you'll share limits on your coverage. If your and your roommate’s belongings are destroyed, you might exhaust the personal property policy limits on your coverage prior to having all your belongings replaced.
If you're like more information on condo, home or renters insurance, see our guides below:
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