Cheap Missouri Car Insurance

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Affordable Insurance Premiums in Missouri

What's the cheapest car insurance in Missouri?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1The Hartford$801
6State Farm$1,567
8American Family$2,092

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Cheap Insurance for Good Drivers in Missouri

Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Missouri drivers don't enjoy much of a rate discount for staying safe on the roads, as avoiding at-fault accidents is rewarded by just a 29% price cut, compared to 32% nationally. 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$31319.21%
No Accidents$54829.42%
Good Credit$1,58854.70%

Cheap Insurance for Young Drivers in Missouri

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. In Missouri, the typical teen driver pays $4,847 per year, which aligns closely with the national average for all teen drivers, but is about three times the rate typical for all Missouri drivers.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone

Cheap Car Insurance for Bad Drivers in Missouri

If you have a clean driving record — no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you're probably enjoying relatively low auto insurance premiums. On the other hand, a bad driving record will cause your costs to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 27% after a DUI, 29% after an at-fault accident, and 19% after a speeding ticket in Missouri. The penalties assessed by car insurance companies after a DUI citation in Missouri are lower than in many other states. 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$1,86329.42%
Speeding Violation$1,62719.21%
Bad Credit$2,90254.70%

Best Car Insurance Companies in Missouri

Every auto insurance company emphasizes its low rates. But just like with any service, the cheapest car insurance option is not always the preferable choice. Considering the stakes, it's worthwhile to do your research to find a policy that protects your car adequately after an accident. It's worth comparing insurance options to discover a great value, instead of settling for the cheapest car insurance you can find.

Compare popular insurers' financial strength and claims satisfaction ratings to better understand the quality of service you will receive. Claims satisfaction — measured by J.D. Power — is ranked 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 varying from "Poor" to "Superior" — determines an insurer's financial stability and ability to fulfill its contractual and policy obligations.

Insurance CompanyClaims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)Financial Strength (A.M. Best)
21st Century3Excellent
Cameron MutualNot RatedGood
ElectricNot RatedExcellent
ShelterNot RatedExcellent
State Farm3Superior
The Hartford4Excellent


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What is the Best Car Insurance Coverage in Missouri?

The required minimum insurance level in Missouri is $25,000 Bodily Injury per person, $50,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $10,000 Property Damage per accident.

For the legal minimum coverage in Missouri, you'll owe an average of $519 each year. This is cheaper than the U.S. average by 21%. If you opt for better car insurance coverage, you can select a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, insuring against damages caused by car-vs.-car wrecks, theft, or weather incidents. It's worth noting that better auto insurance comes at a cost: in Missouri, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible runs $1,169, 125% more than basic insurance coverage. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, you can expect to pay 156% more than you would for a basic liability-only policy.

Contrast average rates for basic, better, and best car insurance options below.

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

Missouri Auto Insurance Laws

What are the state minimum insurance requirements in Missouri?

In Missouri, the minimum coverage requirements are as follows:


  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $25,000 per accident

Uninsured Motorist

  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident

Optional coverage in Missouri (which varies by carrier) includes:

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury

Additional resources on coverage requirements in this state.

Driving Laws in Missouri

Missouri Texting and Driving Laws

  • Ban on text messaging for drivers <21

Missouri DUI Laws

Some DWI offenses result in harsher penalties if they occur within five years of a previous DWI offense in Missouri. For others, prior lifetime convictions are taken into account. Repeated offenses subject offenders to harsher penalties and fines.

First-time DWI offenses in Missouri lead to:

  • Up to six months in prison Up to $500 in fines
  • A 90-day license suspension
  • Possible requirement to use an interlock ignition device for at least one month
  • Possible requirement to complete an alcohol evaluation or treatment program

Ticket Impact on Auto Insurance Rates in Missouri

If you receive a ticket or citation, your auto insurance premiums will probably rise. By how much depends on the violation's severity, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differing local insurance regulations and risks. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.

Below is a look at car insurance costs in Missouri after a few common violations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$2,00642%$596
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$1,90135%$491
Reckless Driving$1,92036%$511
Driving with a Suspended License$2,02444%$614
At-Fault Accident$1,89534%$485
Driving with an Open Container$1,73123%$321
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,76825%$358
Passing a School Bus$1,70421%$294
Improper Passing$1,70421%$294
Following Too Closely$1,69320%$283
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,69320%$283
Illegal Turn$1,71221%$303
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,71722%$307
Failure to Yield$1,69320%$283
Speeding in a School Zone$1,69020%$280
Driving Too Slowly$1,69020%$281
Distracted Driving$1,65618%$247
Driving with Expired Registration$1,5329%$123
Failure to Show Documents$1,5329%$123
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,4533%$43
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,5127%$103
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$1,5097%$99
Driving Without Lights$1,5047%$95

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Missouri Car Insurance FAQs

Who actually has the cheapest car insurance in Missouri?

Our data indicate The Hartford has the cheapest premiums in Missouri. On average, you can buy a policy for $45 per month from Travelers.

How much does car insurance cost in Missouri?

For a six-month policy, drivers in Missouri pay $665. This is approximately $30 cheaper than the national average.

Is driving without insurance illegal in Missouri?

Yes — like most states in the U.S., it is illegal to drive without insurance in Missouri. Use The Zebra to find insurance online today.

How much does car insurance cost in Missouri 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 Jefferson City, Missouri, and the most expensive in Saint Louis, Missouri.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1Saint Louis$2,540
3University City$2,015
5Kansas City$1,991
11Lee's Summit$1,751
12Blue Springs$1,715
14Cape Girardeau$1,658
16Jefferson City$1,508

Recent Missouri Car Insurance Questions and Answers

Will a comprehensive claim on my motorcycle affect my car insurance rates?

Your comprehensive claim will show up on your reports for auto insurance even if it was done for a motorcycle. The good news is if this is your first comp claim, it's considered not-at-fault, and most companies will not adjust your rates.

If the at-fault driver hasn't added a new car to their policy, will their insurance still pay for my damages?

Sorry to hear about the accident. Regardless of whether their insurance pays, the at-fault party is responsible for any damages caused.

Can I transfer my insurance coverage from my car to my mom's car?

You cannot "transfer" insurance coverage. While you can try adding your mom's car to your insurance policy (your insurance likely won't question you adding a vehicle, and assume it's yours) in the event of an accident, there could be complications as to how the payout would be handled.

Are insurance proceeds taxable?

Thanks for your question. In general, insurance proceeds are not taxed.

Missouri Tour Guide Scholarship

At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to continue The Zebra’s annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Missouri area, while also getting an insider view of the Show Me State.


So, students, we want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. If it makes sense to hit the open road and be our virtual tour guide, that's great! But there are no limits to what we're looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible.

How do I choose a location?

The length of the road trip to your feature destination is inconsequential. So if you have an awesome spot in mind that's just two miles from home, we want to see it.


Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. Upon notification, winner(s) must supply a current proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance.

How to Apply
1. Create a video

Your original video should not exceed 2 minutes

2. Post online

The video must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo

3. Submit by email

Email your submission to

4. Please include...

your name, address, and phone number when you submit


Selected winner(s) will be awarded a check for $1,000


Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31st, 2020


Winner(s) will be selected and notified by email by January 31st, 2021

Judges: The Zebra

The winner will be selected based on creativity in the content and presentation

*Upon notification, winner(s) must also supply a current proof of enrollment at a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States.

Fine Print

By participating, entrants represent that the video submitted is their sole and original work and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other party. In other words, no copyrighted music or images may be used.

Employees of The Zebra and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the contest.

Written credits for any technical or talent positions (e.g., editor, director, actors) should be included with your submission, along with any sources used to create the video.

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As a licensed insurance agent, Ross is responsible for researching and writing about all matters related to auto and home insurance. He has a background in writing and education, as well as a master's degree from Royal Holloway, University of London. He has been quoted by CNET,, and Kin Insurance.