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Here's what you need to know when driving in New York

Across the Empire State, there are 242,769 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped with the best and cheapest insurance, then you take the wheel. The average car insurance rate in New York is $1,600 per year — 5% more than the U.S. average. Car insurance rates are impacted by more than just your location. Auto insurance rates comprise many factors, including a driver's age and driving history. The Zebra's experts analyzed average New York car insurance rates for these rating factors in an effort to help you find an affordable policy.

Read on to learn how much auto insurance costs in New York based on these variables, or submit your ZIP code above to receive personalized quotes from top insurers.

The best car insurance companies in New York

1st place medal

Along with topping The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey, USAA received a score of 868 (out of 1,000) in J.D. Powers' 2021 U.S. Auto Insurance Study for the state of New York.

2nd place medal
State Farm

State Farm topped J.D. Power's list of highest-ranking auto insurance carriers in New York for the second year in a row. 

3rd place medal

Travelers insurance placed second in New York in J.D. Power's 2021 Auto Insurance Study and recieved 4.3 stars out of 5 in The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Key takeaways
Key takeaways
  • Residents of New York City pay about 5% more for car insurance on average
  • The cheapest major car insurance company in New York is Progressive.

The cheapest car insurance companies in New York

These companies offer the cheapest rates in the following scenarios.

Cheapest for full coverage: Progressive

The cheapest rates are from Progressive at $1,460 annually, or $121 per month.

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Cheapest for bad credit — GEICO

Rates for GEICO come in at $2,126 annually, or about $177 per month.

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Cheapest for young drivers — Progressive

Young drivers should look into Progressive for coverage, with the average being $3,694.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Progressive $1,460
Erie $1,633
GEICO $1,746
USAA $1,999
Travelers $2,084
Allstate $2,416
State Farm $2,482
Updated: 10/04/22.

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.

New York auto insurance laws

Car insurance is mandatory in almost every state, including New York. If you choose the legal minimum coverage level in New York, expect to pay an average of $743 annually. This expenditure is more expensive than the nationwide average by 38%. 

For the legal minimum coverage level in New York, expect to pay about $743 per year.

State minimum coverage

In order to drive legally in the state of New York, you must carry at least the minimum liability limits listed below:

  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $10,000 per accident
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist
  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) (required since NY is considered a no-fault state)
  • $50,000 per person

Optional coverage in New York (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury (SUM)
  • Additional Personal Injury Protection (APIP)
  • Optional Basic Economic Loss (OBEL)
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If you opt for better coverage, you can choose a policy with comprehensive and collision, which will protect against the costs of car accidents, theft, vandalism, or weather incidents. But better coverage comes with a cost: in New York, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,456, 96% more than liability-only car insurance. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 115% more than you would for basic coverage.

In New York, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,456, 96% more than liability-only car insurance

The Zebra's guide to New York car insurance laws

Learn more about car insurance requirements in the state of New York with our helpful guide.

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New York car insurance premiums by rating factor

Your rates are determined by a number of individual factors, including your coverage level, driving history, location, and more. Explore average premium costs by rating factor below to get a better sense of how much you should be paying for auto insurance in New York.

Cheap auto insurance in New York for minimum coverage

Forgoing full coverage for liability-only at the state minimum level will make your car insurance significantly cheaper. In New York, the average cost for minimum coverage is $62 per month, or $743 yearly — a savings of $857 compared to full coverage.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
GEICO $708
Erie $743
Progressive $775
USAA $865
Allstate $1,259
Travelers $1,276
State Farm $1,309
Updated: 10/04/22.

Cheap auto insurance in New York with bad credit

Your credit history is an important factor in determining your car insurance rates. Many carriers see those with a poor credit score as being higher risk, meaning you could pay more for your policy. On average, New York drivers with poor credit pay 67% more per year than those with exceptional credit. Have a look at some common rates by credit tier below.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
GEICO $2,126
Erie $3,389
Travelers $3,671
USAA $3,807
Allstate $4,408
State Farm $5,421
Progressive $10,586
Updated: 10/04/22.

Cheap auto insurance in New York with an at-fault accident

Your driving history plays a big part in how much you pay. Insurance companies look for previous accidents for which you have been at fault to gauge the level of risk you pose as a customer. An at-fault accident in recent years could see your car insurance rates increase by as much as $580 per year.

Safe driver discounts

In addition to having a cheaper premium, some companies offer a safe driving discount. While the amount varies based on your company, it can range between 5 and 10%.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Progressive $1,924
Travelers $2,462
GEICO $2,471
Erie $2,474
USAA $2,530
Allstate $3,259
State Farm $3,378
Updated: 10/04/22.

Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in New York

Young drivers — aged between 16 and 25 — pay very high car insurance rates, with those aged 16 to 19 paying the most expensive premiums of all. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teen drivers pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. In New York, teen drivers pay especially high rates: $5,003 per year — that's 4% more than the nationwide average and over twice as much as a typical New York driver.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Progressive $3,694
Erie $4,014
Travelers $4,937
GEICO $5,828
USAA $7,935
State Farm $8,967
Allstate $12,122
Updated: 10/04/22.

New York auto insurance rate by violation

When you receive a ticket your auto insurance premiums will probably rise. How much your rates rise depends on the violation's severity, your insurer's pricing standards, 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 snapshot of typical auto insurance rates in New York after a few common citations.

Accident/Violation Avg. Annual Premium % Rate Increase $ Rate Increase
One Med/PIP claim $2,171 0% $0
None $2,171 0% $0
One comp claim $2,194 1% $23
Two Med/PIP claims $2,208 2% $37
Not-at-fault accident $2,221 2% $50
Two comp claims $2,222 2% $50
Failure to show documents $2,240 3% $69
Failure to wear a seat belt $2,248 4% $77
Child safety restraint $2,270 5% $99
Driving without lights $2,270 5% $99
Driving with expired registration $2,276 5% $105
At-fault accident - less than $1000 $2,308 6% $137
Wrong way/wrong lane $2,309 6% $137
Texting while driving $2,309 6% $137
Cell phone violation $2,309 6% $137
Failure to stop at a red light $2,309 6% $137
Following too closely $2,309 6% $137
Failure to yield $2,309 6% $137
Illegal turn $2,309 6% $138
Improper passing $2,309 6% $138
Passing school bus $2,316 7% $145
Driving too slowly $2,340 8% $169
At-fault accident - $1000-$2000 $2,343 8% $172
Speeding in school zone $2,355 8% $184
Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit $2,392 10% $221
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit $2,392 10% $221
Operating a vehicle without permission $2,486 14% $314
Open container $2,513 16% $342
In 65 MPH zone $2,535 17% $363
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $2,618 21% $446
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit $2,696 24% $525
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $2,949 36% $778
Reckless driving $3,158 45% $986
Racing $3,178 46% $1,006
Driving with a suspended license $3,344 54% $1,173
Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run $3,511 62% $1,339
Refusal to submit to a chemical test $3,514 62% $1,342
DUI $3,535 63% $1,364
Updated: 10/04/22.

New York DUI laws

In Texas, a DUI offense can increase your annual car insurance premium by an average of $1,093. That’s 8% more than the national average rate hike after a DUI. Finding affordable auto insurance in the wake of a DUI violation isn’t simple. In fact, a DUI often brings about a bigger premium increase than any single road violation — more than an at-fault accident, racing, or reckless driving.

Low-cost car insurance after a DUI in New York

If you're convicted of a DUI or DWI violation in New York, it’s key to mull over each of your insurance choices carefully. Auto insurance premiums following a DUI can vary substantially by insurer. For example, the least expensive car insurance company with a DUI in New York, Progressive, advertises annual rates 44% less than the statewide average insurance rate with a DUI. The second-cheapest insurer for auto insurance after a DUI in New York is Travelers, while the priciest firm is State Farm, with prices 59% above average.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Progressive $1,501
Travelers $2,469
Erie $2,707
USAA $2,861
Allstate $3,110
GEICO $3,935
State Farm $4,248
Updated: 10/04/22.

There is no car insurer in particular that offers inexpensive DUI car insurance. The recommended way to save in the wake of a DUI citation is to shop around.

Compare and buy car insurance online or reach out to an insurance agent to assess your choices and find a cost-effective policy.

Learn more about car insurance and DUI infractions.

New York SR-22 insurance

An SR-22 is a routine legal requirement triggered by a violation such as a DUI conviction, a ticket for driving without insurance, an at-fault collision, driving with a suspended license, or accumulating too many points on your license. It is not a type of insurance policy, but a form issued by your insurance company to ensure that you remain insured. Most states require an SR-22, but New York is one exception. The state of New York does not require you to file an SR-22 in order to apply for insurance. 

If you move from a state that requires an SR-22 to a state that does not, you will typically still need to follow the requirements of the state that first required you to file an SR-22.

Learn more about SR-22 certificate requirements and how they impact insurance premiums.

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Rates by city

Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, the location of the vehicle being an important one. The cheapest car insurance is found in Horseheads North, New York, and the most expensive in Brooklyn, New York.

Have a look at the table below to see average car insurance costs in some of New York biggest cities.

City Avg. Annual Premium
Rochester $1,567
Syracuse $1,685
Buffalo $2,222
Yonkers $2,999
New York City $4,545
Updated: 10/04/22.

Car insurance price trends in New York

In New York, average annual auto insurance costs decreased by $93 in the past year. A typical New York driver pays an average of $1,600 per year.

Year over year price trends in New York have been fairly consistent in the last four years, with a steady decrease in premiums after 2018. The steepest decrease occurred from 2015 to 2016, while the highest surge took place from 2016 to 2017. In recent years, premiums in New York have somewhat stabilized.

New York Car Insurance Rate Trends
Year Avg, Annual Premium — New York Yearly change — New York Avg. Annual Premium — U.S. Yearly change — U.S,
2021 $1,600 -$93 $1,529 $46
2020 $1,693 -$55 $1,483 -$61
2019 $1,748 -$1 $1,544 $23
2018 $1,749 $31 $1,521 $84
2017 $1,796 $234 $1,437 $69
2016 $1,562 -$323 $1,368 $88
2015 $1,885 $216 $1,280 $51
2014 $1,669 $155 $1,229 $34
2013 $1,514 -$63 $1,195 -$80
2012 $1,577 $323 $1,276 $82

If your rates are rising faster than the average in your state, compare quotes and find a better deal. The Zebra's car insurance comparison engine furnishes quotes based on your specific profile — enter your ZIP below to get started.

New York car insurance FAQs

Below you'll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding New York auto insurance.

Who has the cheapest car insurance in New York? Chevron down icon

Progressive has the cheapest rates in New York at $1,460 for a full coverage policy. Erie and GEICO also have cheap rates. Get started to see options for all the top companies in NY.

What is the average cost for car insurance in New York? Chevron down icon

Our data showed the average for car insurance in NY was $1,600 per policy period, or about $133 per month.

Why is car insurance so expensive in New York? Chevron down icon

Car insurance in New York is about 4% more expensive than average. This is due to population size, number of uninsured drivers, and insurance companies' revenue loss via claims.

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How does HO-2 coverage compare with an HO-5 policy?

An HO-2 policy provides very basic coverage for your home and personal property. It covers the home when the damage is caused by specifically named events (perils).
May 6, 2019 New York, NY

It is illegal to pay for someone else's car insurance

While it is not illegal to pay for someone else's policy, you might run into issues if she's on your policy as well. Car insurance is regulated at the state level and priced at the zip code level.
Jun 24, 2018 Pinellas, FL

What are my options if I am paying over $700 a month in car insurance?

Unfortunately, it would appear that your girlfriend's insurance company sees her as a high-risk driver. This would explain her coverage being dropped and the new policy having expensive rates.
Jun 5, 2019 New York, NY

Finding car insurance with a long violation and ticket history

Even with a bad driving record, there are still plenty of options out there for cheap rates and excellent coverage with your car insurance. In fact, you can find most of them with us, at The Zebra.
Jul 14, 2018 Brooklyn, NY

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Renata BalascoContent Strategist

Renata joined The Zebra in 2020 as a Customer Experience Agent. Since 2021, she has worked as licensed insurance professional and content strategist. Her expertise in property and casualty insurance informs her work in creating expert home and auto insurance guides to educate shoppers. 

Renata previously worked as a content specialist for Lifespan, the largest hospital system in the state of Rhode Island. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French Language and Communications from The University of Rhode Island.

Renata's work has been cited by Car and Driver, The Balance and Fox Business

About The Zebra

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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.