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What's the average cost of car insurance in New York?

Auto insurance costs an average of $3,004 per year in New York. That's more than the average across New York ($1,704) and pricier than the national average of $1,548. Our guide to New York car insurance includes average rates based on age, credit score, driving history, and marital status. Keep reading to learn more!

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New York auto insurance rates by insurer

The difference in auto insurance rates from company to company can be substantial. In New York, GEICO offers the cheapest premiums for the typical insurance buyer. We've listed the best cheap car insurance companies in New York below. Use this information as a starting point and be sure to check out quotes specific to your unique driving profile.

Insurer Average Annual Rate
GEICO $2,300
Progressive $2,603
State Farm $2,995
Allstate $3,518
NYCM Insurance $5,414

Consult our expert guide to finding the best cheap car insurance.

New York auto insurance premiums by age

New York drivers in their 50s enjoy relatively affordable auto insurance rates, paying just $2,831 per year, on average. Those in their 60s don't pay significantly more ($2,874).

Teenage drivers pay New York's most expensive auto insurance rates. When drivers hit their 20s in New York and move out of the teenage age bracket, they reduce their premiums substantially. The difference in rates paid by teenage drivers and drivers in their 20s in New York is $5,020, the largest such difference between any two age groups.

Age group Average Annual Rate
Teenagers $8,913
20s $3,893
30s $2,990
40s $2,959
50s $2,831
60s $2,874
70s $3,246

Learn more about how age influences auto insurance rates.

New York car insurance rates by marital status and gender

Marital status and gender can be contributors to car insurance rates, in some cases. Married drivers usually pay less for car insurance than their single counterparts. In New York, married motorists pay $53 less than single drivers for auto insurance. Rates for those who are widowed are also much cheaper than rates for those who are single. Interestingly enough, in New York, single drivers pay more than those who are widowed.

Gender is another factor that can affect auto insurance rates. In New York, female drivers pay $163 per year more than do male drivers for car insurance.

Gender/Marital Status Average Yearly Rate
Female $3,167
Male $3,004
Single $2,951
Married $2,951
Divorced $2,998
Widowed $2,998

Learn more about how gender and marital status have on auto insurance rates.

New York auto insurance costs by driving history

No matter where you live, steering clear of accidents and citations is the best way to keep your auto insurance rates low. Speeding citations, reckless driving charges, DUIs and DWIs, and at-fault accidents all tend to bring about rate increases.

Two of the most costly citations to receive are DUI and reckless driving. New York drivers found guilty of reckless driving face insurance rate increases of $1,409 per year, compared to the citywide average. A DUI violation may lead to a $1,651 increase, while a citation for speeding leads to a $624 rate hike.

Violation/Incident Average Yearly Rate
DWI/DUI $4,655
Reckless Driving $4,413
At-fault Accident (damages less than $1,000) $3,085
At-fault Accident (damages greater than $2,000) $4,006
Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit) $3,628

Get more info on how a bad driving history can impact your car insurance costs.

New York car insurance premiums by credit score

Credit score is often closely correlated with car insurance costs. In New York, an improvement in credit score from the "Very Poor" tier (300-579) to the "Exceptional" tier (800-850) corresponds to a 68% drop in car insurance costs. Moving from "Very Poor" to "Fair" credit is an important step toward saving money on auto insurance. In New York, improving your credit to "Fair" could help you earn a $4,165 decrease in annual car insurance rates.

Credit Tier Average Rate (annual)
Very Poor $7,860
Fair $3,695
Good $3,004
Very Good $2,755
Exceptional $2,509

Curious about how your credit score might impact your auto insurance rates? Click here to learn more.

What raises car insurance rates in New York City?

Where you live in New York City affects your car insurance rates. Besides your driving history and credit score, where you live is one of the biggest contributing factors to the car insurance rates you'll pay. The reason? Crime, theft and uninsured motorists vary by ZIP code. So if you find yourself in a neighborhood that doesn’t play well with others, car insurance companies may consider you a high risk to insure, meaning: your rates could be higher than those of a pal who lives just around the block. And, unfortunately New York City is no exception to the rule. From ZIP code 10004 to 11212, premiums rise by 94 percent—that’s $2041.

Expensive New York City ZIP codes: 11208, 11203, 11236, 11233, 11212

Cheap New York City ZIP codes: 10004, 10280, 10001, 10003, 10007

New York Driving Conditions

Inclement weather goes hand in hand with wet brakes, slick roads, and decreased visibility.

And that's not the worst of it. More than 700,000 weather-related car accidents occur each year. In New York, you can expect 122 rainy days with an annual rainfall of 49.9 inches. New York is also known to experience severe winter storms.


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Driving in NYC

Major Highways
I-87 I-78 I-95
Public Transit
MTA Subway MTA Bus MTA Rail
Toll Roads
Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Thruway Marine Parkway - Gill Hodges Memorial Bridge
Popular Day Trips
Montauk Fire Island Cold Spring

Find Local New York City Agents

Argyle Insurance Agency, LLC

71 West 47th Street, Suite#1002, New York, NY 10036

Kenneth Bieber Inc

370 Lexington Ave Suite 1405, New York, NY 10017

Campbell Solberg Associates, Inc.

110 William St Rm. 2200, New York, NY 10038

Marchetti & Sabatelli Associates, Inc.

9201 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209

The Magrino Agency

9729 4th Ave Ste A, Brooklyn, NY 11209



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How can I enroll just my child to another insurance policy while I stay with Geico?

This can be tricky. My best recommendation is simply to contact GEICO.
Jun 2, 2019 New York, NY

If my girlfriend and I get auto insurance together (we live together) does it matter who the main owner of the policy is?

You will both need to be listed on the insurance policy to be eligible drivers. I would put the main policyholder as whoever will be the titleholder and registering the vehicle.
Dec 22, 2019 New York City, NY

If someone borrows a car and there is an accident, should the claim be filed with the driver's insurance or with the car owner's?

Ultimately, the decision to file a claim or not will be up to you and your dad. You can use our State of Insurance report to give yourself an idea how much an At Fault accident will affect your rates, but there is no way to tell with 100% accuracy until you are charged for the accident by your company.
Sep 6, 2016 New York, NY

What is acceptable proof of MVAIC?

You really need to contact MVAIC to ask what is considered acceptable proof. The police should be able to provide you with a police report.
Jan 18, 2019 New York, NY

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Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent who joined The Zebra in 2019 as an in-house content researcher and writer.

She is an authority on all things insurance and covers the ins and outs of auto, home, life and renters insurance. Her specialty is in providing data-backed insights and information to help insurance shoppers make informed decisions.

Kristine's insurance expertise and research have been cited by publications such as CNBC, Car and Driver, Business Insider, Yahoo!, The Balance, Nationwide and Elephant.

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