Cheap Iowa Car Insurance

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Here's what you need to know when driving in Iowa

Across the Hawkeye State, there are 235,460 miles of road just waiting to be driven. Read on to learn how much auto insurance costs in Iowa based on the most common rating factors. Or, take the wheel and let us help you save on insurance by using our quote comparison tool.


Affordable Insurance Premiums in Iowa

What's the cheapest car insurance in Iowa?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1Partners Mutual$1,003
2State Farm$1,048
3Pekin Insurance$1,050
5Hastings Mutual$1,159
7Western National$1,528
8Grinnell Mutual$1,627

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Cheap Insurance for Good Drivers in Iowa

Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Iowa drivers without a recent at-fault accident typically save 35% on their car insurance premiums, which eclipses the national average of 32%. In addition to earning a cheaper premium for driving incident-free, you may qualify for a safe-driving bonus through your car insurance company. The amount of these discounts may vary, but they typically run between 5 and 10%.

Rating Factor$ Savings% Savings
No Traffic Tickets$18315.25%
No Accidents$56635.80%
Good Credit$70440.96%

Cheap Insurance for Young Drivers in Iowa

Young drivers (those between the ages of 16 and 25) pay extraordinarily high auto insurance rates, with those aged 16-19 paying the most expensive premiums of all. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teens pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. Iowa is a relatively affordable state for teen drivers: the typical teen driver pays $3,709 per year — about $1,200 less than the national average for teens but still more than three times more expensive than the average rates for all Iowans.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone

Cheap Car Insurance for Bad Drivers in Iowa

If you have a clean driving record — no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you'll probably pay less for car insurance. Conversely, a bad driving record will cause your rates to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 41% after a DUI, 35% after an at-fault accident, and 15% after a speeding ticket in Iowa. The post-citation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in the Hawkeye State roughly align with national averages. If you have a clean driving history, be sure to inquire about your insurance company's safe driver discount.

Rating FactorAnnual Rate% Increase
At-Fault Accident$1,58135.80%
Speeding Violation$1,19715.25%
Bad Credit$1,71940.96%

Best Car Insurance Companies in Iowa

Each auto insurance company emphasizes its cheap rates. But as with any service, the most affordable car insurance is not always the best choice. Considering the stakes, it's worthwhile to do the homework to find an insurance policy that covers your car adequately after an incident. Consider being patient to find a great value, instead of settling for the most affordable auto insurance available.

Compare top auto insurance companies' financial strength and claims satisfaction ratings to better predict the quality of service they will provide. Claims satisfaction — measured by J.D. Power — is rated on a scale of 2 to 5, with 5 being "among the best" and 2 being "the rest." Financial strength — calculated by A.M. Best and ranging from "Superior" to "Poor" — evaluates an insurance company's financial strength and ability to fulfill its contractual and policy obligations.

Insurance CompanyClaims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)Financial Strength (A.M. Best)
American Family4Excellent
EMCNot RatedExcellent
GrinnellNot RatedExcellent
Liberty Mutual3Excellent
State Farm3Superior
Western NationalNot RatedSuperior


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What is the Best Car Insurance Coverage in Iowa?

The minimum insurance requirement in Iowa is $20,000 Bodily Injury per person, $40,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $15,000 Property Damage per accident.

If you carry the minimum required coverage in Iowa, expect to pay a mean of $332 yearly. This outlay is cheaper than the national average by 50%. If you choose better coverage, you can choose a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, which will protect against damages caused by car-versus-car accidents, theft, or weather incidents. Better insurance comes at a cost: in Iowa, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $857, 158% more than liability-only coverage. For comprehensive insurance coverage with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 207% more than you might for a basic policy.

Analyze mean rates for basic, good, and great coverage tiers in the table below.

LocationLiability-OnlyComprehensive — $1,000 DeductibleComprehensive — $500 Deductible
National Average$657.66$1,241.26$1,397.94

Iowa Auto Insurance Laws

State minimum insurance requirements in Iowa

In Iowa, drivers are required to maintain liability coverage at minimum levels of:

  • Bodily Injury $20,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $40,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $15,000 per accident
Optional coverage in Iowa (varies by carrier):
  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury

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Driving Laws in Iowa

Iowa Texting and Driving Laws

  • Ban on all cell phones for drivers with Restricted or Intermediate Licenses.
  • Ban on text messaging for all drivers

Iowa DUI Laws

In Indiana, a driver’s first OWI offense is considered a serious misdemeanor. A second offense is declared an aggravated misdemeanor. Third and subsequent OWI offenses are class D felonies.

The OWI lookback period in Iowa is 12 years. Repeated OWI offenses will result in harsher sentences and penalties.

In all cases, drivers convicted of an OWI in Iowa must:

  • Complete a course for driving under the influence
  • Complete a substance abuse evaluation and treatment or undergo rehabilitation

First-time OWI offenses in Iowa lead to:

  • 48 hours to one year in jail
  • $1,250 in fines (possibility of a waiver of up to $625 if the DUI did not cause injury or damage)
  • 180-day license revocation
  • Possibility of being assigned to complete community service
  • Vehicle may be impounded for 180 days
  • Interlock ignition device required if BAC reads 0.10% or higher

Ticket Impact on Auto Insurance Rates in Iowa

If you receive a ticket or citation, your auto insurance rates may rise. By how much depends on the type of violation, your car insurance company's pricing standards, and differing local insurance regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.

Below is a snapshot of typical auto insurance rates in Iowa after a few common citations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$1,70372%$715
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$1,61263%$624
Reckless Driving$1,70372%$715
Driving with a Suspended License$1,66869%$681
At-Fault Accident$1,48350%$496
Driving with an Open Container$1,50853%$520
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,39842%$410
Passing a School Bus$1,37639%$388
Improper Passing$1,22124%$234
Following Too Closely$1,17719%$190
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,21023%$223
Illegal Turn$1,21023%$223
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,22124%$234
Failure to Yield$1,21023%$223
Speeding in a School Zone$1,19821%$210
Driving Too Slowly$1,18720%$199
Distracted Driving$1,17018%$182
Driving with Expired Registration$1,0516%$64
Failure to Show Documents$1,0516%$64
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,09211%$105
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,0213%$33
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$9951%$7
Driving Without Lights$1,0133%$26

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Iowa Car Insurance FAQs

Who actually has the cheapest car insurance in Iowa?

Our partners Liberty Mutual ($501) and State Farm ($524) offer the cheapest rates for a 30-year-old male driver with an owned Honda Accord. If you're searching for car in Iowa, we recommend starting but not finishing your search for car insurance with these companies. Use our free online comparison tool to see which rates and coverage fit you.

What is the average cost of auto insurance in Iowa?

The average cost of car insurance in Iowa is 37% cheaper than the national average. Our data shows that Iowa drivers pay $508 for car insurance every six months.

Is car insurance required in Iowa?

If you're driving on a public road in Iowa, your vehicle needs to be registered and insured at or above the state's liability limits.

How much does car insurance cost in Iowa cities?

Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, location of the vehicle being an important one. The cheapest car insurance is found in Ankeny, Iowa, and the most expensive in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1Council Bluffs$1,402
3Sioux City$1,128
6Des Moines$1,088
7Fort Dodge$1,081
9Cedar Falls$1,071
10Cedar Rapids$1,051
17Mason City$969
18Iowa City$967
19West Des Moines$959

Recent Iowa Car Insurance Questions and Answers

Can I remove a ticket for no insurance if I get insurance now?

No - even if you had a policy begin that day, it would not help getting your ticket dismissed. Because insurance is required in your state, you will still need to have insurance.

How do I decide if the insurance policy covering my 2007 Acura MDX should be liability only?

There are a few things to consider when deciding between a "full coverage" or liability only policy:   Determine an estimated fair market value of your vehicle. While Kelley Blue Book may offer useful estimates, I recommend using NADA guide since most insurance companies use them to determine a vehicle's value at the time of a claim.

$355 dollar of damage and $250 deductible should I file a claim

I would pay out of pocket. The rate increase from an at fault accident against her would increase her rates for 3 years.

What happens if I get a ticket a few hours before getting insurance?

No, if you get insurance the same day as the ticket, it will not cover the ticket. Since both the ticket and the insurance policy are time-stamped, the DMV would see that at the time of the ticket your policy was not active.

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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.