Cheap Massachusetts Car Insurance

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

Across the Bay State, there are 76,200 miles of road just waiting to be driven. Keep reading to learn how much auto insurance costs in Iowa based on the most common rating factors. Or, let The Zebra help you find the best-priced insurance via our free online quote comparison tool.


 

Affordable insurance companies in Massachusetts

What's the cheapest car insurance in Massachusetts?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1Norfolk and Dedham$1,195
2Plymouth Rock$1,235
3MAPFRE$1,275
4Travelers$1,323
5MetLife$1,425
6Arbella$1,467
7Quincy Mutual$1,525
8Progressive$1,651
9National Grange Mutual$1,709
10Vermont Mutual$1,776
11Hanover$1,945

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Cheap auto insurance for good drivers in Massachusetts

Drivers with great driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Massachusetts drivers without a recent at-fault accident typically save 41% on their car insurance premiums, which beats the US average by 9%. 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$29020.12%
No Accidents$81041.31%
Good Credit$00.00%

 

Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in Massachusetts

Young drivers — those between the ages of 16 and 25 — pay relatively high auto insurance rates, with those aged 16 to 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. Massachusetts is a relatively affordable state for teen drivers: the typical teen driver pays $4,210 per year — about $700 less than the national average for teens, but still four times more than the average driver in Massachusetts.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone
16$4,612$5,046
17$4,321$4,507
18$4,104$4,334
19$4,104$2,656

 

Cheap auto insurance for bad drivers in Massachusetts

If you avoid at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, and DUIs, you can save money on car insurance. Insurance companies use your driving record as a way to predict the level of risk you present, so maintaining a spotless driving record will lead to lower premiums. It's especially important to avoid at-fault accidents, speeding tickets and DUI citations in Massachusetts, one of the states in which insurance companies penalize poor driving most severely. In fact, a single speeding ticket could raise your car insurance rates by 20% in Massachusetts — and a DUI could raise your premiums by as much as 49%.

Rating FactorAnnual Rate% Increase
At-Fault Accident$1,96141.31%
DUI$2,29349.80%
Speeding Violation$1,44120.12%
Bad Credit$1,1510.00%

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Top rated car insurance companies in Massachusetts

Every car insurer advertises its low premiums. But just like with any product or service, the cheapest choice is not always the best selection. Considering the stakes, it's worth doing the due diligence to find an insurance policy that protects your vehicle completely in the event of a collision. Exercise some patience and look for a great value, rather than settling for the most affordable car insurance in your state.

Use the table below to better understand the quality of service you'll receive. You'll see reviews for popular auto insurers' financial strength, claims satisfaction, and customer satisfaction including an internal satisfaction score from The Zebra's customers. 

Insurance Company

Claims Satisfaction

(J.D. Power)

Customer Satisfaction

(J.D. Power)

Financial Strength

(A.M. Best)

Customer Satisfaction

(The Zebra)

AllstateAbove averageAverageSuperior4.3 / 5
GEICOAverageAverageSuperior4.4 / 5
Liberty MutualBelow averageAbove averageGood4.2 / 5
MetLifeExcellentBelow averageExcellentN/A
Norfolk and DedhamN/AN/AExcellentN/A
Plymoth RockN/AN/AExcellentN/A
ProgressiveBelow averageBelow averageExcellent4.3 / 5
State FarmAbove averageAbove averageSuperior4.5 / 5
TravelersBelow averageBelow averageSuperior4.3 / 5
USAAExcellentExcellentSuperior4.6 / 5

 

Massachusetts auto insurance laws

In Massachusetts, drivers are required to carry liabilityuninsured motorist, and personal injury protection coverages at the below minimum levels:

Liability

  • Bodily Injury $20,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $40,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $5,000 per accident

Uninsured Motorist

  • Bodily Injury $20,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $40,000 per accident

Personal Injury Protection

  • $8,000 per person

Optional coverage in Massachusetts (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Limited Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury
  • Optional Bodily Injury (OBI)

If you carry the legal minimum coverage level in Massachusetts, you'll pay an average of $609 yearly. These premiums are cheaper than the nationwide average by 7%. If you choose more comprehensive coverage, you can select a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, insuring against damages caused by car-vs.-car collisions, theft, or weather incidents. It's worth noting that better car insurance comes with a price: in Massachusetts, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $983, 61% more than basic liability-only coverage. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, you can expect to pay 93% more than you would for a liability-only policy.

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How tickets change insurance rates in Massachusetts

If you get a ticket, your auto insurance costs will probably rise. How much your rates rise depends on the violation, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differing local insurance risks and 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 average car insurance rates in Massachusetts after a few common violations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$2,52097%$1,243
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$2,42490%$1,147
DUI$2,45492%$1,177
Racing$2,46493%$1,187
Reckless Driving$2,52097%$1,243
Driving with a Suspended License$2,552100%$1,275
At-Fault Accident$1,98455%$707
Driving with an Open Container$2,40388%$1,126
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,62727%$350
Passing a School Bus$1,64028%$363
Improper Passing$1,64028%$363
Following Too Closely$1,64028%$363
Speeding$1,62227%$345
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,64028%$363
Illegal Turn$1,64028%$363
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,64028%$363
Failure to Yield$1,64028%$363
Speeding in a School Zone$1,62427%$348
Driving Too Slowly$1,62427%$348
Distracted Driving$1,60025%$323
Driving with Expired Registration$2,15969%$882
Failure to Show Documents$2,15969%$882
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,3002%$23
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,3072%$30
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$1,3768%$99
Driving Without Lights$1,3072%$30

 

Massachusetts car insurance FAQs

Who really has the cheapest car insurance in Massachusetts?

Regional companies offer the cheapest car insurance in Massachusetts. Norfolk and Dedham offer the cheapest rates, at $597 for a six-month policy, and Plymouth Rock offers the second-cheapest: $617.

What is the best car insurance in Massachusetts?

The best insurance in MA is the policy that matches your needs. The only way to find that is to shop around with national and regional companies. Use our comparison calculator to see rates in Massachusetts.

Why is car insurance so expensive in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts car insurance rates are 18% cheaper than the average rate in the U.S. This changes if you're in a bigger city, such as Boston, where the average rate is 26% more expensive than the U.S. and 50% more expensive than the statewide average. Find rates for your city with us today.

How much does car insurance cost in Massachusetts 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 Waltham, Massachusetts, and the most expensive in Brockton, Massachusetts.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1Brockton$2,437
2Lynn$2,160
3Springfield$2,019
4Worcester$1,864
5New Bedford$1,833
6Boston$1,766
7Quincy$1,764
8Lowell$1,654
9Cambridge$1,579
10Waltham$1,492

 

Recent Questions:

Will non-moving violations impact my insurance premium?

Most companies do not consider non-moving violations as a factor when calculating your rate. But every company is different so you may run across one that will rate on non-moving violations, but it is really uncommon.
Jun 27, 2019 Boston, MA

Should I pay out of pocket for my vehicle or file a claim with my insurance company?

The decision to file a claim would be completely up to you, but in Massachusetts, an accident has an average impact of more than $700 per year in additional premium. If the repairs are less than that then I would recommend paying for the damage out of your own pocket.
Dec 24, 2016 Springfield, MA

How does it work with insurance if I was hit by a moped

The short answer is yes, your premium will go up if you file a claim. Anytime your company has to pay out on a claim your insurance will increase.
Jul 17, 2018 Everett, MA

Is it worth filing a claim for a scratch on my car that happened when it was parked?

If the scratch was the result of vandalism and not caused by another vehicle then filing a comprehensive claim should have little to no impact on your future rates. This also means that you will have to pay your comprehensive coverage deductible for the repair.
Oct 8, 2017 Boston, MA

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