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How much does car insurance cost in Columbia?

The typical Columbia driver pays $825 for six months of auto insurance. That's less than the average across Missouri ($868) and pricier than the national average of $880. Read on to learn more about how much you can expect to pay based on age, credit score, and other factors in Columbia. Read on to learn more!


Car insurance in Columbia vs. Missouri Average 6 Mo. Premium
Columbia average $825
Missouri average $868

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

  • The average cost of a car insurance policy in Columbia is $825 per six-month policy — $137 per month.
  • The cheapest company in Columbia is State Farm ($514).
  • 30% of Zebra customers in Columbia stated they used our product because they were paying too much for car insurance with their current provider.

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Columbia car insurance rates by company

One of the best ways to save on auto insurance is to compare rates from multiple companies and choose the insurer that best fits your coverage needs. In Columbia, State Farm offers the cheapest premiums for the typical insurance buyer. See below the best options for affordable auto insurance in Columbia. Use this information as a starting point and be sure to compare quotes specific to your unique driving profile.

Cheapest car insurance companies in Columbia, MO
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
State Farm $514
American Family $762
Progressive $824
GEICO $852
Farmers $876

The Zebra’s auto insurance data methodology

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool for home and auto insurance rates utilizes the latest ZIP code-level rate filings from across the U.S., sourced from Quadrant Information Services and S&P Global. These filings, typically updated annually or biennially by insurers, are verified through Quadrant’s QA process and then integrated into The Zebra’s estimator.

The displayed rates are based on a dynamic home and auto profile designed to reflect the content of the page. This profile is tailored to match specific factors such as age, location, and coverage level, which are adjusted based on the page content to show how these variables can impact premiums.

For a comprehensive understanding, see our detailed methodology.

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The only way to know which company has 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, State Farm, GEICO and USAA (+ other top companies) to find the best and cheapest car insurance in Columbia.

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Columbia auto insurance rates by age

Our data tells us that drivers between the ages of 20-29 make up 43% of Columbia drivers. The age group that pays the least for car insurance in Columbia are drivers in their 50s ($680 per six-month policy). Those in their 60s don't pay much more ($685).

Teen drivers pay Columbia's most expensive auto insurance rates. One of the most effective ways to get cheaper car insurance rates as a driver in Columbia is to celebrate your 20th birthday. The cost differential between the car insurance premiums paid by teenage drivers and drivers in their 20s in Columbia is $3,884, the largest such difference between any two age brackets.


Columbia auto insurance costs by age
Age bracket Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Teenagers $3,048
20s $1,106
30s $799
40s $739
50s $680
60s $685
70s $822

Columbia car insurance rates by credit score

An important insurance rating factor is credit. Drivers with checkered credit histories typically face higher car insurance rates than do drivers with good credit. In fact, Columbia drivers who build their credit score from the "Very Poor" tier (300-579) to the "Exceptional" tier (800-850) earn a 66% decrease in car insurance rates. Moving from "Very Poor" to "Fair" credit is a great way to save money on car insurance. In Columbia, improving your credit to "Fair" could help you earn $826 in savings on insurance premiums every six months. Our data tells us 40% of drivers in Columbia have a credit score of average (580-679). 

credit score
Columbia auto insurance costs by credit level
Credit Tier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Very Poor $1,835
Fair $1,009
Good $825
Very Good $723
Exceptional $624

Columbia car insurance rates by violation

Maintaining a clean driving record is an effective way to minimize your insurance rates. Speeding tickets, reckless driving citations, DUIs and DWIs, and at-fault accidents all can trigger insurance rate hikes.

Columbia drivers found guilty of reckless driving pay a steep price when it comes to auto insurance, facing a rate increase of $598 per year versus the city average. A ticket for speeding results in a $358 rate hike while a DWI or DUI violation costs $593 per year in extra insurance expenditures.

Columbia auto insurance rates after a violation
Incident Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
DUI/DWI $1,121
Reckless Driving $1,123
At-fault Accident (damages less than $1,000) $1,118
At-fault Accident (damages > $2,000) $1,224
Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit) $1,003

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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.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance editorial content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
  • The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.
  • 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.