Atlanta, GA Car Insurance
Compare Progressive, Allstate, GEICO and Nationwide (+ other top companies) to find the best and cheapest car insurance in Atlanta.
How much does car insurance cost in Atlanta?
Car insurance in Atlanta can be costly for residents, with drivers paying an average of $1,161 every six months or an average sum of $194 per month. These rates are higher than both Georgia's state average and the national average ($984 and $880 respectively). 40% of our customers said they're paying too much for car insurance coverage in Atlanta.
However, our 2023 data shows that Georgia Farm Bureau currently offers rates almost 40% lower than this standard — just $733 for a six-month policy. Whether you're satisfied with your current company, want to shop around, or simply hoping to learn more about auto insurance in Atlanta, The Zebra is here to help. Let's look at how factors such as age, credit score, and even your neighborhood can affect your rates, and how to ensure that you're getting the best one possible.
|Car Insurance in Atlanta vs. Georgia||Avg. 6 Mo. Premium|
The cheapest car insurance companies in Atlanta
Georgia Farm Bureau is the cheapest at $122 per month or $733 for a six-month policy.
In second place is USAA, which costs $880 for a six-month policy. That breaks down to about $147 per month. USAA typically offers affordable coverage, but not everyone qualifies for USAA coverage.
Last, but not least, on our list is Nationwide as the third-cheapest insurance company. On average, a Nationwide policy in Atlanta costs $909 per six-month policy.
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Atlanta car insurance rates by company
According to our data for 2023, the cheapest car insurance company for full coverage in Atlanta is Georgia Farm Bureau at $122 per month or $733 per six-month policy. The second cheapest insurance company is USAA at $147 per month or $880 for a six-month policy.
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Cheapest car insurance companies in Atlanta, Georgia
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.
Shop around to get the best rates
The best way to find cheap auto insurance, that also meets all your needs, is to shop around. Our comparison tool will take care of the hard work, so you can dig into the details and make an educated decision. Enter your ZIP code to see rates from Georgia Farm Bureau, Nationwide and other top insurers to find the best, and cheapest, car insurance in Atlanta.
Average car insurance in Atlanta by rating factor
As your life progresses, the rates for car insurance that are best for you may shift as well. This is why it's important to review various auto policies from time to time in order to determine if a different provider could save you money or offer better coverage. Though most companies use similar rating factors, such as credit scores and past claims, when deciding on premiums, they can be weighed differently depending on the insurer — so keep this in mind and don't be afraid to get multiple quotes.
Q: I didn't have an accident — Why is my insurance going up?
A: End-of-year earnings (revenue of premiums versus the cost of paying insureds’ claims) is another rating factor for how much you will pay for car insurance in Atlanta. You may be a stellar driver with zero claims on your record but could still end up paying more with a particular company. This can be simply because the price of doing business has increased in your area.
Auto insurance premiums by age in Atlanta
Age is a key rating factor when it comes to car insurance. Teen drivers (and their parents) are often surprised to find out that their auto insurance premiums can cost significantly more than those of other age groups. Data gathered by insurers suggest that teens have a higher accident rate, and as such, they must bear the burden of the highest car insurance costs in many areas. The insurance company is able to offset the cost of paying claims through these higher costs.
In Atlanta, the average annual difference between teen driver rates and those of drivers in their 20s is $4,452 for new policies. Although it might not feel quite fair on paper, remember that it isn't personal. An insurer's goal is to help safeguard against the risk posed by inexperienced motorists, so as you get older and become more experienced, your rates will start to become more reasonable.
Cheapest car insurance companies for teen drivers in Atlanta, GA
|Age Bracket||Cheapest Companies||Avg. 6 Mo. Premium|
|20s||Georgia Farm Bureau||$928|
|30s||Georgia Farm Bureau||$743|
|40s||Georgia Farm Bureau||$716|
|50s||Georgia Farm Bureau||$681|
|60s||Georgia Farm Bureau||$679|
|70s||Georgia Farm Bureau||$823|
Auto insurance premiums for minimum coverage in Atlanta
Car insurance comes in many different shapes and sizes. Some coverage can be much more expensive than others, so understanding what coverage you currently have and how it affects your rates can be a game changer when it comes to saving money. Our data indicates that 30% of Atlanta drivers have the state minimum coverage, and while carrying the bare minimum is meeting legal requirements and can be much cheaper than comprehensive, it can also leave you at risk of being underinsured.
Although it provides more peace of mind, adding collision coverage or comprehensive coverage (commonly known as "full coverage") will likely increase your rates and require a deductible. Your deductible and rates are inversely related — the lower the deductible, the higher your rates will be. If you want to keep costs down but want more than minimum coverage, consider full coverage with a higher deductible option.
Another option is to add roadside assistance or uninsured motorist coverage that can protect you against uninsured drivers. Like full coverage, these will increase your rates, but experts at The Zebra still recommend carrying these options to add another layer of protection in the event of an incident.
Q: Can I lower my car insurance coverage?
A: Possibly — if your vehicle is paid off.
According to our data, 51% of drivers in Atlanta own their vehicles. If you're leasing or financing your vehicle, there will be certain insurance requirements you'll have to carry. However, if you're one of the 51% and looking to save some money, you could consider dropping your comprehensive or collision coverage. It's a good idea to learn the value of your car before doing this, though. Typically, if your vehicle is worth $4,000 or less you probably don't need collision coverage, which can save you money on your premium. But keep in mind that you could be stuck paying out of pocket for repairs without the coverage. It comes down to peace of mind and what's most important to you as a vehicle owner.
Cheapest car insurance companies for minimum coverage in Atlanta, GA
- Minimum: State liability coverage only
- Basic: State liability + collision and comprehensive (full) coverage
- Better: Better liability limits at 50/100/50. Full coverage included with towing and rental car benefits. This may include additional personal medical benefits and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
- Best: Best liability limits at 100/300/50. Full coverage included with better towing and rental car benefits and better personal medical benefits and increased uninsured/underinsured coverage.
43% of our customers in Atlanta opt for the basic level of coverage, but this may not be the best option for everyone. Minimum coverage can be appealing when it comes to saving money, but it can also put you in a situation where you won't have enough coverage to cover damages. Georgia's 25/50/25 liability limits provide coverage for damage you cause up to $25,000 per person in bodily injury, $50,000 per accident in bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage. This will generally be enough for a minor car accident, but if there are multiple vehicles involved or injuries sustained then you might not have enough coverage.
Learn more about insurance laws in Georgia.
Atlanta car insurance rates by credit score
Like age, credit score is one of the major factors that help determine your premium and can sometimes make insurance coverage more pricey — regardless of your home state. There are a few reasons why credit score is a rating factor for auto insurance in Georgia. Research shows that drivers with poor credit history tend to make more claims, take more risks on the road and have lapses in auto insurance coverage. This information shows that drivers with poor credit are riskier to insure, which results in higher insurance rates.
When trying to save money on auto insurance, improving your credit score can be a great way to start working toward lower rates. Atlanta drivers with poor credit (300-579) pay 96% more than drivers with excellent credit (800-850). Most individuals behind the wheel in Atlanta (38%) have an "Average" credit score. In 2023, Georgia Farm Bureau is the cheapest option for Atlanta drivers who fall into this category.
Cheapest car insurance companies for bad credit in Atlanta, GA
Auto insurance rates with an at-fault accident
The most frequent auto insurance claims are at-fault and collision-type accidents. In 2023, having an at-fault accident increased the average car insurance rates in Atlanta from $194 to $275 per month. Georgia Farm Bureau offered the best rates for drivers after an at-fault accident, compared to other insurers in Atlanta.
Driving safely and avoiding tickets and accidents are the best way to keep your auto insurance rates reasonable, regardless of your city. Violations don't all affect your rates in the same way, either, but most will follow you for three to five years after the incident. Things like DUI or reckless driving can increase your rates drastically and stay on your record even longer, whereas infractions such as driving without lights or failure to wear a seatbelt may not make as large of an impact. Either way, it's best to avoid violations altogether.
Cheapest car insurance companies after an at-fault accident in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta car insurance rates by violation
Below you can see how specific violations and claims will increase your rate in Atlanta.
Car insurance rate increases after violations and citations in Atlanta, GA
|Accident/Violation||Avg. 6 Mo. Premium||% Rate Increase||$ Rate Increase|
|One Med/PIP claim||$1,161||0%||$0|
|Two Med/PIP claims||$1,165||0%||$5|
|One comp claim||$1,168||1%||$8|
|Two comp claims||$1,190||3%||$29|
|Driving without lights||$1,313||13%||$152|
|Failure to wear a seat belt||$1,322||14%||$161|
|Child safety restraint||$1,326||14%||$165|
|Failure to show documents||$1,360||17%||$199|
|Driving with expired registration||$1,416||22%||$256|
|Speeding in school zone||$1,457||25%||$296|
|Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit||$1,457||25%||$296|
|Driving too slowly||$1,457||25%||$296|
|Texting while driving||$1,460||26%||$299|
|Cell phone violation||$1,460||26%||$299|
|Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit||$1,461||26%||$300|
|Failure to yield||$1,465||26%||$304|
|Following too closely||$1,465||26%||$304|
|Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit||$1,469||27%||$308|
|Failure to stop at a red light||$1,470||27%||$309|
|Wrong way/wrong lane||$1,473||27%||$312|
|Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit||$1,533||32%||$372|
|Passing school bus||$1,537||32%||$376|
|Operating a vehicle without permission||$1,560||34%||$399|
|At-fault accident - less than $1000||$1,568||35%||$407|
|At-fault accident - $1000-$2000||$1,696||46%||$535|
|In 65 MPH zone||$1,698||46%||$537|
|At-fault accident - greater than $2000||$1,709||47%||$549|
|Refusal to submit to a chemical test||$2,203||90%||$1,042|
|Driving with a suspended license||$2,204||90%||$1,043|
|Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run||$2,292||97%||$1,131|
Why is car insurance in Atlanta so expensive?
Although Atlanta's insurance rates aren't the highest in the state, it can still feel pricey at times. Insurance can be expensive in Atlanta, and any other city, for multiple reasons. One is the cost of living in a popular city — just like the residents of Atlanta pay more to live in this thriving metropolis, insurance companies also have to cover their operating costs. This means increasing rates. Auto insurance can also be expensive due to other factors, aside from the usual credit score and driving history.
Let's explore some of the reasons why insurance can be expensive, even for good drivers.
Where you live will impact your insurance rates, and it's more than just the city and state. There are many ZIP codes within Atlanta, and some are more prone to crime and theft than others. Some areas have a higher concentration of uninsured motorists, as well. Drivers who live in higher-crime neighborhoods will usually pay more than drivers who live in one that is significantly safer. The following Atlanta ZIP codes are those that rank as the most expensive, and cheapest, for car insurance rates.
Expensive Atlanta ZIP codes: 30315, 30310, 30311, 30314, 30354
Cheap Atlanta ZIP codes: 30327, 30339, 30338, 30305, 30319
The damage caused by hurricanes and other weather-related damage can be devastating to insurance companies. Atlanta, being further from the coast than other large cities in the state like Savannah, doesn't have the same direct risk of hurricanes. However, hurricanes can still impact the area with wind and heavy rains that extends well beyond the eye of the storm. Tornadoes also present a risk to automobiles from flying debris, hail and wind damage. While you may think that tornadoes are concentrated in the midwest, Georgia actually experienced 57 of them in 2021.  Wildfires also scorched over 11,000 acres in Georgia in the same year.
Because of the risk that weather presents, it can get expensive for insurers to do business in Atlanta. This means that rates are increased to offset some of the risks, and your insurance may become higher priced.
With a population nearing half a million in 2021, Atlanta's roads are as busy as ever. Naturally, the more vehicles are on the streets, the more car accidents are likely to happen. When insurance companies take on the risk of drivers then the cost of claims is passed on to other drivers. This is a reason that premiums increase. Cost increases sometimes have nothing to do with your individual habits behind the wheel.
Our data also shows that 36% of drivers in Atlanta are not currently insured, which could result in you having to foot the bill for damage if you're hit by an uninsured driver.
Bundling insurance policies in Atlanta
Although we've covered several reasons why car insurance rates can increase in Atlanta, there are still ways to save money. One of the simplest ways to save is by bundling your home and auto insurance. You might qualify for 10% or more when you combine homeowners or renters covered with your auto insurance. Learn more about bundling home and car insurance. When you're shopping around for rates, be sure to ask about bundling discounts to start saving on your insurance rates.
Cheapest car insurance companies for bundling home and auto insurance in Atlanta, GA
Factors like the weather or other drivers' habits are out of your control, yet they do affect rates in the area you live. However, there are plenty of things you can do to help cut back your insurance costs. The best option is to shop around and compare auto insurance quotes from many companies. This way you can look at your options and ensure you're getting the most affordable rate possible.
You can also focus on the factors you do have more control over. For instance, improving your credit score, driving safely and updating your insurance company with changes such as a milestone birthday or new address. You might find a new insurer that can offer you a great rate and coverage you feel good about. It can be a little uncomfortable to switch insurance companies, but at the end of the day it's really about your budget and insurance needs, so remember that you have options.
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Frequently asked questions
How much is car insurance in Atlanta?
The average for a six-month auto insurance policy in Atlanta is $1,161 or $194 per month. This is more expensive than both the national and Georgia state averages.
What is the cheapest car insurance in Atlanta?
Georgia Farm Bureau is the carrier with the cheapest rates in Atlanta, coming in at an average of $733 per six-month policy.
How much is car insurance in Atlanta for teenagers?
Teenagers in Atlanta pay $3,765 for a six-month policy or $628 per month. Because car insurance is so expensive for teen drivers who have their own policy, we recommend that young drivers be added to their parents' policies to significantly bring down the cost.
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