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How much does car insurance cost in Baltimore?

The rates for auto insurance in Baltimore are around $248 per month or $1,486 for a six-month policy. This is about $400 more than the Maryland state average ($994) and about $600 more than the US national average of $742. In our research, Travelers was the company with the most affordable rates in Baltimore — $851 for a six-month policy. 

The car insurance rate in Baltimore is the second highest in the state, and 42% of our customers in Baltimore think they're paying too much for their coverage. If you're curious about rates from other companies in Baltimore, or simply want to understand why prices are the way they are, then keep reading to learn more about the factors that go into the cost of car insurance.

Car Insurance in Baltimore vs. Maryland Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Baltimore Average $1,486
Maryland Average $994
Updated: 02/03/23.

The cheapest car insurance companies in Baltimore

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1st place: Travelers

Travelers is the cheapest at $142 per month or $851 for a six-month policy. This is significantly cheaper than the average rate in Baltimore of $248 per month. 

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2nd place: USAA

In second place is USAA, which costs $161 per month, or $964 for a six-month policy. USAA tends to be more affordable than many companies, but it is also meant for military members and their immediate family members, so be sure to check your eligibility. 

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3rd place: GEICO

Coming in third on our list of most affordable car insurance companies in Baltimore is GEICO. On average, a GEICO policy in Baltimore costs $1,124 per six-month policy. This breaks down to about $187 per month.

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

  • The average cost of a car insurance policy in Baltimore is $1,486 per six-month policy — $248 per month.
  • The cheapest company in Baltimore is Travelers ($851) with USAA close behind in affordability.
  • Baltimore ranks as the second most expensive city for car insurance in Maryland.
  • 42% of Zebra customers in Baltimore think they're paying too much for car insurance.

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Baltimore car insurance rates by company

Our research shows that in 2022, Travelers is the cheapest car insurance company for full coverage in Baltimore. The average rate is $142 per month, which comes out to about $851 for a six-month policy. The second cheapest is USAA at $161 per month or $964 for a six-month policy, but remember, not everyone qualifies for coverage through USAA.

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

 

Cheapest car insurance companies in Baltimore, MD
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Travelers $851
USAA $964
GEICO $1,124
Erie $1,357
Nationwide $1,397
State Farm $1,649
Allstate $1,670
Progressive $1,678
Updated: 02/03/23.

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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Average car insurance in Baltimore by rating factor

There are quite a few factors that go into calculating what you pay for car insurance. These rating factors are used by most insurance companies, but the weight placed on each factor can vary by carrier. For example, one company may focus on credit score whereas another might look deeper into your driving history. 

The best insurance company for you might also change over time, just like your coverage needs will change throughout life. Take time to get quotes every once in a while to make sure you're still getting the best rate you can, and that you've got the right level of coverage.

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) can be a major factor when it comes to car insurance costs in Baltimore. Doing business in a bustling city isn't cheap, and insurers want to stay competitive while also covering their own costs. You might never have filed a claim, but you may still pay higher rates with certain companies due to their costs and earnings.

Auto insurance premiums by age in Baltimore

Age is a key ingredient in calculating your insurance premium. In the data that is used to analyze risk, teen drivers tend to have a higher accident rate than other age brackets. Therefore, they also face the highest costs when it comes to car insurance. In Baltimore, the difference in rates paid by teenage drivers and drivers in their 20s is $2,979 — that's 148% more. This is the largest jump in cost among any other age group.

Just remember, it isn't personal. Insurance companies have to offset the cost of paying claims, so rates are naturally higher for this riskier group of drivers. The good news is that it gets better with age — although you or your teen might be experiencing sticker shock, with more driving experience and a safe record the prices will even out in a few years. 

Cheapest car insurance companies for teen drivers in Baltimore, MD
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Travelers $2,516
USAA $3,012
GEICO $3,306
Erie $3,738
Progressive $6,010
Nationwide $6,138
Allstate $6,247
State Farm $6,305
Updated: 02/03/23.
Age Bracket Cheapest Companies Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
20s Travelers $1,019
30s Travelers $868
40s Travelers $789
50s Travelers $747
60s Travelers $842
70s USAA $890

Zebra Tip: The cheapest companies for Baltimore drivers between 20 and 40 are Travelers, GEICO and USAA


Our research shows that people between the ages of 20 and 40 make up the majority of Baltimore drivers. This group pays about $1,736 every six months. By going with one of these companies, drivers in this age bracket could save up to 38%.

Auto insurance premiums for minimum coverage in Baltimore

One of the biggest factors that go into your car insurance premium is the level of coverage you choose. Our data shows that 25% of Baltimore drivers carry only the state minimum coverage, which is one way to save money in the short term but can also leave you in a lurch in the event of a serious accident.  

Adding collision coverage or comprehensive coverage (also referred to as "full coverage") will increase your rates significantly, but this also provides much more coverage than the bare minimum if you were to make a claim. Full coverage typically means you'll have a deductible — this can be a way to save, and still have peace of mind! The higher the deductible, the cheaper your rates will be. Look into adjusting your deductible if you want to have full coverage but need to bring your monthly payment down.

Other extras, like roadside assistance, can offer peace of mind on the road. Although this can also impact your premium, The Zebra still suggests carrying it if you want an extra layer of security when you're behind the wheel.

Q: Can I lower my car insurance coverage?

A: Possibly — if your vehicle is paid off.

Typically, if you're leasing or financing your car, you'll be required to carry certain coverages. But 46% of drivers in Baltimore fully own their vehicles, according to our data. If you're looking to drop comprehensive or collision coverage and you're one of these folks, we suggest getting the actual cash value of your vehicle first from a source such as Kelley Blue Book. 

A general rule of thumb is that if your vehicle of worth less than $4,000 you can potentially drop collision coverage. It can save you money on insurance payments, but it also means you'd have to pay out-of-pock for repairs if you were involved in a collision-type accident. It's up to you to weigh the pros and cons when deciding if you want to keep full coverage on a lower-value vehicle.

Cheapest car insurance companies for minimum coverage in Baltimore, MD
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Travelers $456
USAA $467
GEICO $485
Allstate $681
Erie $760
Progressive $892
State Farm $901
Nationwide $914
Updated: 02/03/23.
Coverage Bucket % of The Zebra Customers
Minimum 25%
Basic 42%
Better 19%
Best 14%
  • 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.

42% of our Baltimore customers opt for basic coverage, but this doesn't mean it's the best option for all drivers. Yes, it can be significantly cheaper, but you can be put in a financially precarious position if you're responsible for a traffic accident. Your coverage may be fine for minor and straightforward accidents, but if you're involved in a multi-vehicle situation or there are injuries involved you could be stuck paying much more than you expect if you lack adequate coverage limits. 

Maryland's state minimum is 30/60/15. This means that the liability limits provide coverage for damage you cause up to $30,000 per person in bodily injury, $60,000 per accident in bodily injury and $15,000 for property damage. Also, Maryland differs from other states in that it requires drivers to carry uninsured motorist coverage (UMPD) and personal injury protection (PIP).

Learn more about insurance laws in Maryland.

Vehicle Ownership % of The Zebra Customers
Owned 46%
Leased 50%
Financed 4%

Baltimore car insurance rates by credit score

Like age, credit score is one of those factors that come into play with your insurance rates. It might not be something that you're thrilled about, but there are reasons why it is a consideration.

Data has shown that drivers with lower credit scores tend to file more claims, engage in riskier driving behavior and have more lapses in insurance coverage. Because lower credit scores are associated with higher risk, the insurance company has to prepare for this when it calculates rates.

Baltimore drivers with poor credit (300-579) actually pay 100% more than drivers with excellent credit (800-850). Our data tells us most drivers in Baltimore have an "Average" credit score, and Travelers offers the best value for drivers whose credit falls in this range. 

car insurance in Baltimore by credit score
Cheapest car insurance companies for bad credit in Baltimore, MD
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Travelers $1,627
GEICO $1,762
USAA $1,867
Nationwide $2,157
Allstate $2,360
Progressive $2,501
Erie $3,268
State Farm $3,571
Updated: 02/03/23.

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


In Baltimore, the statistics tell us that drivers with "Fair" credit pay $1,028 less for car insurance in a year than drivers with "Poor" credit. If you've worked to improve your credit lately, it might be a great time to check in with an agent and see about lowering your car insurance rates!

Auto insurance rates with an at-fault accident

At-fault and collision-type accidents are the most common types of insurance claims. Aside from the stress and anxiety that an accident can cause, it can also make your premiums become much more expensive. In 2022, an at-fault accident raised Baltimore's average car insurance rates by anywhere from $68 to $125 per month. The cheapest company in Baltimore for car insurance after an at-fault accident is Travelers.

The best way to avoid steep hikes on your premium is to drive safely — this is the case in Baltimore and everywhere else! Accidents do happen, and sometimes it's outside of your control, but do your best to avoid traffic citations and violations to keep your rates affordable. Speeding tickets, reckless driving and DUI charges may each result in drastic rate increases.

At-fault accidents and certain citations will follow you for three to five years, which means you'll likely be paying increased premiums for the time frame. Sometimes DUI and other more serious charges may remain on your record for even longer periods of time. 

Cheapest car insurance companies after an at-fault accident in Baltimore, MD
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Travelers $1,165
USAA $1,534
GEICO $1,551
Erie $1,806
State Farm $2,458
Progressive $2,516
Nationwide $2,641
Allstate $2,816
Updated: 02/03/23.

Baltimore car insurance rates by violation

Below you can see how much various violations will raise your rate in Baltimore.

Car insurance rate increases after violations and citations in Baltimore, MD
Accident/Violation Avg. 6 Mo. Premium % Rate Increase $ Rate Increase
None $1,486 0% $0
One Med/PIP claim $1,536 3% $50
One comp claim $1,625 9% $140
Failure to wear a seat belt $1,642 11% $157
Two Med/PIP claims $1,653 11% $167
Not-at-fault accident $1,654 11% $168
Child safety restraint $1,668 12% $183
Failure to show documents $1,708 15% $223
Driving with expired registration $1,732 17% $246
Driving without lights $1,769 19% $283
Two comp claims $1,776 20% $290
Texting while driving $1,788 20% $303
Cell phone violation $1,788 20% $303
Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit $1,809 22% $323
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $1,809 22% $324
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit $1,809 22% $324
Driving too slowly $1,810 22% $324
Failure to stop at a red light $1,819 22% $334
Failure to yield $1,819 22% $334
Wrong way/wrong lane $1,819 22% $334
Following too closely $1,819 22% $334
Illegal turn $1,820 23% $334
Improper passing $1,820 23% $334
Speeding in school zone $1,833 23% $348
Passing school bus $1,876 26% $390
At-fault accident - less than $1000 $1,893 27% $408
Operating a vehicle without permission $1,933 30% $447
Open container $1,950 31% $465
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit $1,956 32% $470
In 65 MPH zone $2,183 47% $698
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $2,236 51% $751
At-fault accident - $1000-$2000 $2,236 51% $751
Reckless driving $2,573 73% $1,088
Racing $2,702 82% $1,216
Driving with a suspended license $2,782 87% $1,297
Refusal to submit to a chemical test $2,810 89% $1,324
DUI $2,816 90% $1,330
Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run $2,864 93% $1,378
Updated: 02/03/23.

Why is car insurance in Baltimore so expensive?

Auto insurance in Baltimore is expensive for a variety of reasons. One reason is that the cost of living in large cities is typically high, and Baltimore's prime location in the Northeast means it is no exception. The higher a place costs to live, the higher it will cost insurance companies to do business there, as well. Add to that the other factors we've mentioned (like age, credit score and driving record) there are quite a few reasons why your insurance in Baltimore can get pricey. 

Location

Where you live in Baltimore, specifically, will affect your insurance rates. How does your neighborhood come into play with insurance rates?  Well, once again, it's all about risk.

Crime, theft and uninsured motorists vary by ZIP code. Insurance companies realize that some areas in Baltimore are more prone to crime, and if you happen to live in one of those neighborhoods, you'll likely pay more than someone who lives in a safer part of town. ZIP codes in Baltimore can vary greatly in their auto insurance rates. As you look at this list of zip codes, keep in mind that the difference between the cheapest and most expensive is about $745. 

Rates by ZIP code

Expensive Baltimore ZIP codes: 21216, 21215, 21223, 21213, 21217

Cheap Baltimore ZIP codes: 21240, 21250, 21226, 21236, 21234

Weather risk

In 2021, Baltimore made the list of the top 15 US cities for storm surge risk and hurricane winds.[1] The damage caused by hurricanes and other weather-related issues has been known to bankrupt insurance companies. With Baltimore's location, it can be risky (and therefore more expensive) for insurers to do business here. As they raise rates to anticipate losses due to weather or natural disasters in the area, these costs are passed on to consumers through higher premiums.

Damage to your car from flooding is covered under your comprehensive coverage, and this is something that can happen just about anywhere, especially near the coast. If you have a nice or newer vehicle it's great peace of mind to carry comprehensive coverage in Baltimore.

clouds and rain

Zebra Tip: Use your comprehensive coverage to protect your vehicle against wind damage


Damage caused by weather-related events is covered under comprehensive coverage. If you're worried about flooding or other weather-related events damaging your vehicle, this coverage might be a great insurance option for you. 

Number of drivers

Baltimore's location makes it convenient to many other important cities in the Northeast United States, and it's also the largest city in Maryland. But its significant number of drivers on the road naturally leads to significant risk on the road. The more accidents insurance companies make payouts for, the more likely rates are to increase. Increased costs are spread to other drivers through their rates, even if you are a great driver.

According to our information, about 35% of drivers in Baltimore are uninsured. Since Maryland does require uninsured motorist coverage this will add extra protection if you're hit by an uninsured driver.

The Zebra's customers in Baltimore by insured status
Insured Status % of The Zebra Customers
Currently Insured 68%
Not Currently Insured 32%

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) as part of your insurance coverage. In Maryland, however, this is actually a requirement with limits of 30/60/15. UMPD will be there to help if you, or your vehicle, are injured or damaged in an accident. Generally, uninsured motorist coverage has a lower deductible than collision coverage and is often cheaper overall. The rate increase you'd see after a claim is likely to be less, too. 


Bundling insurance policies in Baltimore

It seems like car insurance costs just keep increasing everywhere. The good news is there are still ways for Baltimore drivers to save money on auto insurance. One of the simplest ways to get a discount is by bundling multiple policies with one provider. If you have renters or home insurance, it's worth checking in with your insurance company to ask about bundling your car insurance along with it. Shop around with other companies and check for bundle discounts, too. You could potentially save 10% on your combined premiums. 

Learn more about bundling home and car insurance.

bundling home and auto insurance in Baltimore
Cheapest car insurance companies for bundling home and auto insurance in Baltimore, MD
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Travelers $766
USAA $920
GEICO $1,068
Nationwide $1,155
Erie $1,210
State Farm $1,341
Allstate $1,369
Progressive $1,483
Updated: 02/03/23.

There are quite a few factors that go into calculating your insurance rate. As we've noted, several are outside your immediate control, but we've also addressed the ways you can get some extra savings through those factors you can control. 

Start by comparing car insurance quotes from multiple companies. This is the best and simplest way to make sure you're getting the most affordable rate with coverage that gives you the protection you need. Remember, if personal factors have changed (like improving your credit score or celebrating a milestone birthday) then there's no better time than to shop around and see if you can save some money. Some companies are just more expensive than others, so don't be afraid to find the best one that meets both your budget and your insurance needs.

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Frequently asked questions

The average cost of a six-month car insurance policy in Baltimore is $1,486 for a six-month policy or $248 per month. This is more expensive than both the national average ($742) and the Maryland state average ($994).

Travelers is the insurance company with the cheapest rates in Baltimore, coming in at an average of $851 per six-month policy.

Teenagers in Baltimore pay almost $5,000 for a six-month policy (about $833 per month). Because car insurance is so expensive for teen drivers who have their own policies, we suggest that parents or guardians add young drivers to their own policies to help cut costs.


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Recently answered questions about car insurance in Baltimore from real Zebra customers

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How does my insurance company handle a claim if I hit a car that was already damaged?

After any sort of collision, it's always recommended that you take pictures at the scene. Pictures should be taken of both vehicles, the location of the crash, and the other driver's info and license plate.
Jul 6, 2017 Upper Marlboro, MD

Can you get in legal trouble if you hit a parking pole?

Whether or not you could get into hot water legally-speaking depends on a few factors: 1. Was there another party involved in the collision?
Dec 18, 2019 Cambridge, MD

If I scratched a rental car, can I pay for the paint repair out of pocket?

It's possible that going through the rental company for the repair will help you avoid a rate increase, but there is no guarantee that they won't notify your insurance provider. I would recommend looking into paying for the repairs yourself, but if the damage is extensive enough where you can't afford the cost then you'll have to file a claim.
May 20, 2017 Bethesda, MD

Why did my premium increase if there was no claims payout?

There are many different reasons that your insurance rates can increase. Sometimes there is even more than one reason the rates go up.
Oct 20, 2018 Resiterstown, MD

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.

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  • 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.