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How much does car insurance cost in Rochester?

The typical Rochester driver pays $648 every six months for car insurance. That's less expensive than the average across New York ($852) and less expensive than the national average of $774. Our guide to car insurance in Rochester — researched and written by The Zebra's team of licensed insurance experts — includes average premiums based on age, credit score, and other factors in Rochester. Read on for more information.

Car insurance in Rochester vs. New York Average 6 Mo. Premium
Rochester average $648
New York average $852

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

  • The average cost of a car insurance policy in Rochester is $648 per six-month policy — $108 per month.
  • The cheapest company in Rochester is GEICO ($524).
  • 33% of Zebra customers in Rochester stated they used our product because they were paying too much for car insurance with their current provider.

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Rochester car insurance rates by company

The best way to save on auto insurance is to compare rates from as many companies as possible, selecting the provider from which you receive the most affordable quote. In Rochester, GEICO provides the most affordable rates for the typical insurance customer. We've gathered the best cheap car insurance companies in Rochester below. You should only use this list as a starting point: it's important to compare car insurance quotes based on your unique driving profile.

Cheapest car insurance companies in Rochester
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
GEICO $524
NYCM Insurance $587
Progressive $652
State Farm $842
Allstate $878

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.

Shop around for the best rates

The only way to know which company is 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 Rochester.

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Rochester car insurance premiums by age

Our data tells us that drivers between the ages of 20-29 make up 38% of Rochester drivers. Rochester drivers in their 50s pay relatively affordable car insurance rates just $606 each six months, on average. Rates for Rochester drivers in their 60s are also relatively affordable, at just $625.

Teenage drivers pay Rochester's most expensive car insurance rates. One of the most effective ways to lower your car insurance rates as a driver in Rochester is to age out of your teens. The difference in rates paid by teenage drivers and drivers in their 20s in Rochester is $2,388, the largest such difference between any two age groups.

Rochester auto insurance sosts by age
Age bracket Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Teenagers $2,054
20s $860
30s $643
40s $631
50s $606
60s $625
70s $721

Rochester car insurance costs by credit score

Another major insurance rating factor is credit score. Drivers with bad credit histories typically face more expensive car insurance than do drivers with stellar credit. In fact, Rochester drivers who build their credit score from the "Very Poor" tier (300-579) to the "Exceptional" tier (800-850) earn a 65% decrease in car insurance rates. Moving from "Very Poor" to "Fair" credit is an important step toward saving money on auto insurance. In Rochester, improving your credit to "Fair" could help you earn a $769 decrease in six-month car insurance rates. Our data tells us 38% of drivers in Rochester have a credit score of average (580-679). 

credit score
Rochester auto insurance costs by credit level
Credit Tier Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Very Poor $1,560
Fair $791
Good $648
Very Good $598
Exceptional $551

Rochester car insurance costs by violation

No matter where you live, steering clear of accidents and citations is the best way to keep your auto insurance rates low. At-fault collisions, DWIs, citations for reckless driving, and speeding tickets each contribute to increases in car insurance rates. Insurance companies reward low-risk drivers with the gift of low rates.

Two of the most expensive driving violations from an insurance perspective are reckless driving and DUI. In Rochester, a reckless driving citation results in an average insurance rate increase of $633 per year, compared to the citywide average. For comparison's sake, a DUI offense results in a $714 increase, and a speeding ticket triggers a $283 rate hike.

Rochester auto insurance rates after a violation
Incident Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
DWI/DUI $1,005
Reckless Driving $964
At-fault Accident (damages < $1,000) $666
At-fault Accident (damages > $2,000) $874
Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit) $789

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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.