Married vs. Single Drivers: Who Pays More for Car Insurance?
Car insurance for married vs. single drivers
On average, a married driver pays $160 less per year for car insurance than does a single, unmarried driver. While being married doesn’t necessarily make you a better driver, historical data show married couples are more likely to share driving responsibilities than single people. Thus, each driver files fewer claims and presents less risk to an insurance provider. There are some other rating factors that make married drivers cheaper to insure than single drivers. Let’s explore.
Cheapest insurance providers for married and single drivers
We pulled car insurance quotes for married and single drivers. With all other metrics constant, we discovered that an unmarried driver will pay $80 more for a standard six-month policy than will a married driver.
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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.
State Farm is the only company that does not charge single and married drivers different premiums. Liberty Mutual's rates are considerably different for married and single drivers. On average, single drivers pay $692 more per year because of their marital status with Liberty Mutual. Below are average differences by company based on marital status.
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Married vs. single: your insurance policy
Aside from premiums, a car insurance policy can differ in a few ways. Let’s break them down. Bear in mind, there will always be outliers to the data we present. Fair or not, car insurance companies always look at historical data in order to assess clients and price policies.
Your credit score is a major contributor to determining what you pay for car insurance. Statistical data show married drivers have better credit scores than single drivers. Thus, they typically pay less for car insurance.
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Homeowners are considered more financially stable than renters and thus are seen as less-risky clients. Furthermore, because home policies are considerably more expensive than a renter’s insurance policy, bundling will earn an insurance company more revenue. Thus, their multi-policy discount is larger. As you can see with the data below, homeowners — bundling or not) — pay less for car insurance than do renters.
|Avg. Monthly Premium
|Renter With Multi-Policy
|Condo Owner With Multi-Policy
|Home Owner With Multi-Policy
Married couples tend to qualify for more discounts than single individuals. Multi-driver and multi-vehicle discounts can significantly reduce your premiums. Follow the links below for more information.
Regardless of your marital status, the best way to save on car insurance is to shop around. Only by comparing car insurance quotes with different companies can you see which company is the cheapest for you. Enter your ZIP code below to see how much you could be saving.
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About The Zebra
The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.
- The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
- The Zebra’s insurance editorial content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
- The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.
- The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.