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How much does car insurance cost in Lexington?

Lexington car insurance costs an average of $1,016 for a six-month policy or $169 per month. Our 2022 data shows that the cheapest car insurance company in Lexington is Auto-Owners with average rates at $602 for a six-month policy. 

Lexington drivers enjoy less expensive premiums than the average for the state of Kentucky ($1,289 every six months) but more than the national average of $742. 36% of our Lexington customers reported they used our service because they were paying too much for their car insurance. If you feel similarly or just need help with your car insurance, read on to learn more about fair rates in Lexington based on common factors like credit score, coverage level and more.

Car Insurance in Lexington vs. Kentucky Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Lexington Average $1,016
Kentucky Average $1,289

The cheapest car insurance companies in Lexington

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1st place: Auto-Owners

Auto-Owners is the cheapest company in Lexington with rates at $602 for a six-month policy ($100 per month).

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2nd place: State Farm

In second place is State Farm, which costs $112 per month.

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3rd place: Nationwide

Rounding out the list is Nationwide as the third-cheapest insurance company. On average, a Nationwide policy in Lexington costs $692 per six-month policy.

The Zebra's key takeaways about car insurance in Lexington:

  • The average cost of a car insurance policy in Lexington is $1,016 per six-month policy — $169 per month.
  • The cheapest company in Lexington is Auto-Owners ($602).
  • 36% of Zebra customers in Lexington stated they used our product because they were paying too much for car insurance with their current provider.

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Lexington car insurance rates by company

According to our latest data, the cheapest car insurance company in Lexington is Auto-Owners at $100 per month or $602 for a six-month policy. The second cheapest is State Farm with six-month policies at $670 per month. 

Learn more about top-rated car insurance companies based on The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey.

 

Cheapest car insurance companies in Lexington, KY
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Auto-Owners $602
State Farm $670
Nationwide $692
USAA $718
Progressive $1,021
GEICO $1,214
Allstate $1,605

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.


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The only way to know which company is the cheapest coverage for you is to compare. Our comparison will do the leg work for you. Enter your ZIP code to see rates from Progressive, Allstate, State Farm and Nationwide (+ other top companies) to find the best and cheapest car insurance in Lexington.

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Average car insurance in Lexington by rating factor

Rating factors are details about you that determine what a fair car insurance rate looks like. Common rating factors include age, driving history, credit score, and location. Most companies use the same rating factors to price out premiums, some factors may weigh more heavily with certain companies than others. 

It's important to realize that since some rating factors can change with time, so can the best insurance company for you. This is why it's a good idea to get a new quote from time to time to make sure you're always getting the best rate possible for your circumstances. 

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 also a major rating factor for how much you will pay for car insurance in Lexington. Even if you’ve had no claims with your insurance company, you could still be paying more with a particular insurance company because the price of doing business has increased in Lexington.

Auto insurance premiums by age in Lexington

Age as a rating factor probably carries the most importance in car insurance. This is because insurance companies use data to determine how likely drivers are to get into accidents, and unfortunately, teen drivers have a higher accident rate than any other age group — as a result, they are strapped with the highest premiums. In Lexington, the difference in rates paid by teens and drivers in their 20s is 135%, the highest such difference between any two age groups.

While this sounds like a lot, the bottom line is that insurance companies are in the business of risk management. By charging higher rates for teens, they are able to offset the cost of paying claims.

Cheapest car insurance companies for teen drivers in Lexington, KY
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
USAA $1,941
Auto-Owners $1,975
Nationwide $2,222
State Farm $2,333
GEICO $2,878
Allstate $4,268
Progressive $4,629
Age Bracket Cheapest Companies Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
20s Auto-Owners $871
30s Auto-Owners $618
40s Auto-Owners $605
50s Auto-Owners $576
60s Nationwide $582
70s Nationwide $656

Zebra Tip: The cheapest companies for Lexington drivers between 20-29 are Auto-Owners, Nationwide and State Farm


Our data tells us that drivers between the ages of 20-29 make up the bulk of Lexington drivers. On average, this group pays $1,169 every six months. By going with these companies, these groups can potentially save 34%.

Auto insurance premiums for minimum coverage in Lexington

The level of coverage you need for your vehicle also determines how much you will pay in premiums. According to our data, 41% of drivers in Lexington have the state minimum coverage. While this is all that is legally required to have, the state minimum coverage limits can leave you underinsured.

Tacking on collision and comprehensive coverage (the combination known as "full coverage") can increase rates dramatically, but is often required by banks for financed or leased vehicles. These coverages come with a deductible, which can also impact rates depending on your choice. The higher deductible you choose, the lower rates you will see.

Also worth considering are add-ons like roadside assistance or uninsured motorist coverage that can protect you against drivers who do not carry auto insurance coverage. While they can add to your overall car insurance premiums, experts at The Zebra still recommend carrying such coverage options, as they can go a long way in protecting both you and your vehicle.

Q: Can I lower my car insurance coverage?

A: Possibly — if your vehicle is paid off.

In an analysis of our data, 59% of drivers in Lexington have owned vehicles. If you are not leasing or financing your vehicle, you should consider if dropping comprehensive or collision coverage is right for you. We recommend getting the actual cash value of your vehicle via Kelley Blue Book or another reputable source. The general rule of thumb is if your vehicle is worth less than $4,000, you probably don't need collision coverage. Bear in mind, however, that dropping these coverages means that you will have to pay for any repairs out of your own pocket.

Cheapest car insurance companies for minimum coverage in Lexington, KY
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Auto-Owners $246
USAA $246
State Farm $273
Nationwide $332
GEICO $358
Progressive $428
Allstate $598
  • 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. 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.

Most of our customers in Lexington opt for the basic level of coverage, but this may not be the best option for everyone. While we understand state minimum coverage is a budget-friendly solution, it does leave you at risk for damages that exceed your liability limits. Kentucky'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. While this may be sufficient for most standard car accidents, it might not be for bodily injury claims or multi-vehicle accidents.

Learn more about insurance laws in Kentucky.

Lexington car insurance rates by credit score

Credit score is still a rating factor in car insurance in most states, including Kentucky. While this practice has been banned in some states, credit score is still a rating factor in insurance for a few reasons. Traditionally, data has suggested that drivers with lower credit scores are more likely to file claims, have lapses, and engage in otherwise risky behavior. Because of this historical association, the poorer your credit, the more you'll pay in car insurance premiums. 

In fact, Lexington drivers with poor credit (300-579) pay 118% more than drivers with excellent credit (800-850). Our data tells us most drivers in Lexington have an "average (580-679)" credit score. In 2024, Auto-Owners is the cheapest option for Lexington drivers for this credit range.

car insurance in Lexington by credit score
Cheapest car insurance companies for bad credit in Lexington, KY
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Nationwide $1,054
State Farm $1,376
USAA $1,585
Progressive $1,602
Auto-Owners $1,712
GEICO $1,848
Allstate $2,223

Zebra Tip: If you recently improved your credit score, shop around for car insurance!


In Lexington, our data shows drivers with "Fair" credit pay $658 less for car insurance in a year than drivers with "Poor" credit. If you have recently paid off a loan or other credit-improving actions, check your preferred credit monitoring software to see if your recent efforts could save you on your car insurance!

Auto insurance rates with an at-fault accident

At-fault accidents and other collisions are the most common, and often the most expensive, types of insurance claims. In fact, 2022 data shows that an at-fault accident raised the average car insurance rates in Lexington from $169 to $244 per month. State Farm is the cheapest company in Lexington after an accident.  

Though it may be difficult, the best way to keep your car insurance rates low is by avoiding accidents and keeping your driving record clean. Any tickets, citations, or charges like DUIs will increase your premiums dramatically. These infractions will stay on your record for three to five years. 

Cheapest car insurance companies after an at-fault accident in Lexington, KY
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
State Farm $813
Auto-Owners $818
Nationwide $1,091
USAA $1,093
Progressive $1,573
GEICO $1,610
Allstate $2,003

Lexington car insurance rates by violation

Below you can see how much different violations and claims will increase your rate in Lexington.

Car insurance rate increases after violations and citations in Lexington, KY
Accident/Violation Avg. 6 Mo. Premium % Rate Increase $ Rate Increase
None $1,016 0% $0
One Med/PIP claim $1,023 1% $7
Two Med/PIP claims $1,063 5% $47
Not-at-fault accident $1,086 7% $71
One comp claim $1,096 8% $81
Failure to wear a seat belt $1,116 10% $100
Driving without lights $1,116 10% $100
Child safety restraint $1,119 10% $103
Failure to show documents $1,132 12% $117
Two comp claims $1,140 12% $124
Driving with expired registration $1,204 19% $189
Cell phone violation $1,216 20% $200
Driving too slowly $1,220 20% $204
Speeding in school zone $1,220 20% $204
Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit $1,220 20% $204
Texting while driving $1,221 20% $205
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit $1,223 20% $207
Failure to yield $1,225 21% $209
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $1,227 21% $211
Failure to stop at a red light $1,227 21% $212
Following too closely $1,241 22% $225
Wrong way/wrong lane $1,241 22% $225
Illegal turn $1,241 22% $226
Improper passing $1,244 22% $228
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit $1,247 23% $231
Passing school bus $1,287 27% $271
At-fault accident - less than $1000 $1,290 27% $274
In 65 MPH zone $1,367 35% $351
Open container $1,386 36% $370
Operating a vehicle without permission $1,408 39% $393
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $1,465 44% $449
At-fault accident - $1000-$2000 $1,465 44% $449
Reckless driving $1,988 96% $973
Refusal to submit to a chemical test $2,039 101% $1,024
DUI $2,046 101% $1,030
Racing $2,058 103% $1,042
Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run $2,074 104% $1,059
Driving with a suspended license $2,083 105% $1,067

Why is car insurance in Lexington so expensive?

Average car insurance rates in Lexington are less than those of the state of Kentucky, but about $400 more than the national average for a six-month policy. The increased rates in Lexington have more to do with state-wide policies and statistics than the city itself. Kentucky is a no-fault state, and no-fault states tend to have higher insurance premiums.

Read on to learn more about why car insurance is so expensive in Lexington — regardless of your driving profile.

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PIP requirements

In a no-fault state like Kentucky, drivers must use their own insurance to cover injuries sustained to the driver or any passengers in the vehicle, regardless of who is at fault. The coverage used here is personal injury protection (PIP). All drivers in the state are required to have PIP coverage, which makes rates more costly. 

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Vehicle theft data

Kentucky has an unusually frequent rate of vehicle theft. In Lexington specifically, the rate of vehicle theft is higher than the average U.S. city[1]. Crime and theft vary by ZIP code in any city— in Lexington, ZIP codes 40526, 40526 and 40536 are the most expensive. An increased number of cars stolen will make insurance premiums higher in that area. 

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Uninsured motorists

Kentucky ranks 17th in the nation for the percentage of uninsured motorists that reside there[2]. In Lexington, our data indicates that 42% of drivers are uninsured— one of the highest percentages in the state. Auto insurance companies take on more risk if there is a higher chance of a policyholder being hit by an uninsured driver. And with 42% uninsured, the risk in Lexington is higher than average. 

Zebra Tip: Consider uninsured property damage coverage


In cities or ZIP codes with high rates of uninsured drivers, we recommend carrying uninsured motorist coverage (also called UMPD). This coverage will provide assistance to you if you or your vehicle are damaged by an underinsured or uninsured driver. This coverage typically has a lower deductible and is cheaper than collision. Plus, the rate increase after a UMPD claim can be hundreds of dollars cheaper than a collision claim.


Bundling insurance policies in Lexington

While car insurance rates in Lexington can get a bit steep, there are still ways to save on your policy. One of the most common and effective discounts offered by insurance companies is the multi-policy discount. By bundling your auto policy with another insurance product like home or renters, you may be able to save up to 10% on combined premiums.  Learn more about bundling home and car insurance.

If you're shopping for a new car insurance policy with a new company, it's worth looking into what bundling another product will cost you. In many cases, you'll find it's well worth the effort. 

bundling home and auto insurance in Lexington
Cheapest car insurance companies for bundling home and auto insurance in Lexington, KY
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Nationwide $514
Auto-Owners $524
State Farm $554
USAA $668
Progressive $912
GEICO $1,153
Allstate $1,468

While some things may be out of your control, drivers can work to make their profiles more appealing to insurers. The best advice we offer is to shop around and compare auto insurance quotes with as many companies as possible to ensure you're getting the most affordable rate that doesn't compromise coverage and service — especially if any personal factors have changed (like moving, celebrating a birthday and improving your credit). Try as you might, some companies are just more expensive than others; don't be afraid to switch.

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Frequently asked questions

On average, car insurance in Lexington costs $1,016 for a six-month policy. The cheapest car insurance company in Lexington is Auto-Owners.

State minimum liability limits for the state of Kentucky are as follows: $25,000 per person in bodily injury, $50,000 per accident in bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage.

Kentucky state average car insurance rates are significantly higher than the national average at $1,289. However, in Lexington, average premiums are about $250 less per policy period than the state average.



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