Cheap Ohio Car Insurance

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Across the Buckeye State, there are 261,653 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.


Affordable Insurance Premiums in Ohio

What's the cheapest car insurance in Ohio?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1Merchants Insurance Group$849
3State Farm$958
4Hastings Mutual$980
9Grange Mutual$1,382
10State Auto$1,664

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Cheap Insurance for Good Drivers in Ohio

Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Ohio drivers without a recent at-fault accident typically save 34% on their car insurance premiums — a bit better than the 32% US average. 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$20216.56%
No Accidents$54234.77%
Good Credit$88246.47%

Cheap Insurance for Young Drivers in Ohio

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. Ohio's teen drivers are lucky, paying just $3,565 per year on average, roughly $1,400 less than the national average — but still three times as much as the average driver in Ohio.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone

Cheap Car Insurance for Bad Drivers in Ohio

If you have a clean driving record — no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you'll probably enjoy relatively cheap car insurance rates. Conversely, a bad driving record will cause your costs to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 40% after a DUI, 34% after an at-fault accident, and 16% after a speeding ticket in Ohio. The post-citation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in Ohio are similar to nationwide averages. 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$1,55734.77%
Speeding Violation$1,21816.56%
Bad Credit$1,89846.47%

Best Car Insurance Companies in Ohio

Almost every auto insurance company brags about its cheap prices. But just like with any product, the cheapest car insurance isn't always the best option. Considering the stakes, it's worth doing your homework to acquire the insurance policy that can cover your car completely after a collision. Be patient and look for the best value, instead of settling for the most affordable auto insurance in Ohio.

Compare popular auto insurers' financial strength and claims satisfaction ratings to better understand the level of service they will provide. Claims satisfaction — measured by J.D. Power — is rated 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 ranging from "Superior" to "Poor" — measures an insurer's financial strength and ability to fulfill its contractual and policy obligations.

Insurance CompanyClaims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)Financial Strength (A.M. Best)
AIGNot RatedExcellent
Atlantic StatesNot RatedExcellent
General CasualtyNot RatedExcellent
Liberty Mutual3Excellent
State Farm3Superior
Western ReserveNot RatedExcellent


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What is the Best Auto Insurance Coverage in Ohio?

The minimum allowed insurance in the state of Ohio is $25,000 Bodily Injury per person, $50,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $25,000 Property Damage per accident.

If you opt for the minimum allowed coverage in Ohio, be prepared to pay an average of $472 annually. This is cheaper than the national average by 28%. If you opt for a higher level of car insurance coverage, you can purchase a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, insuring against damages caused by vehicle wrecks, theft, vandalism, or weather incidents. Better insurance comes at a price: in Ohio, a comprehensive policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $889, 88% more than liability-only car insurance. For comprehensive coverage with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 122% more than you would for basic liability-only coverage.

Examine average prices for liability-only and comprehensive auto insurance options in the following table.

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

Ohio Auto Insurance Laws

State minimum insurance requirements in Ohio

In Ohio, state minimum coverage requirements include liability coverage amounts of:

  • Bodily injury: $25,000 per person
  • Bodily injury: $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage $25,000 per accident
Optional coverage in Ohio (varies by carrier):
  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical and Funeral Services
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury
  • Uninsured Motorist Property Damage

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Driving Laws in Ohio

Ohio Texting and Driving Laws

  1. Ban on all cell phones for drivers <18 years old
  2. Ban on text messaging for all drivers

Ohio DUI Laws

The OVI lookback period in Ohio is 10 years. Repeated offenses within a decade subject offenders to harsher penalties. In addition, penalties are enhanced for any OVI in which the driver’s BAC is 0.17% or higher. Each OVI offense results in six points added to the offender’s driving record. The first three OVI offenses are misdemeanors. Four or more OVI offenses in Ohio are classed as felonies.

First-time OVI offenses in Ohio lead to:

  • Three days to six months in jail
  • $375 to $1,075 in fines
  • License suspension for 90 days (administrative) and one to three years (criminal)
  • May be able to apply for an ignition interlock device
  • May be able to attend a treatment program

Ticket Impact on Auto Insurance Rates in Ohio

If you receive a ticket, your car insurance rates will probably rise. By how much depends on the violation, your car insurance company's pricing standards, and differences in local insurance risks and regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.

Below is a look at typical auto insurance rates in Ohio after a few common citations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$1,77372%$741
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$1,59254%$560
Reckless Driving$1,72667%$694
Driving with a Suspended License$1,72267%$690
At-Fault Accident$1,89984%$867
Driving with an Open Container$1,35431%$322
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,62357%$591
Passing a School Bus$1,45541%$423
Improper Passing$1,26022%$228
Following Too Closely$1,26022%$228
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,26022%$228
Illegal Turn$1,26022%$228
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,22419%$192
Failure to Yield$1,26022%$228
Speeding in a School Zone$1,23119%$199
Driving Too Slowly$1,23119%$199
Distracted Driving$1,23820%$205
Driving with Expired Registration$1,16413%$132
Failure to Show Documents$1,16413%$132
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,14411%$112
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,0704%$38
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$1,0360%$4
Driving Without Lights$1,0704%$38

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Ohio Car Insurance FAQs

Who has the cheapest car insurance in Ohio?

Merchants Insurance Group and USAA are the cheapest insurance options for Ohio drivers. A USAA policy costs $433 per six months, while Merchants Insurance Group charges $425.

What is the average cost of car insurance in Ohio?

The average rate for a six-month liability-only policy in Ohio is $236 compared to a full coverage policy which costs $525.

Is car insurance required in Ohio?

Yes, car insurance is required in Ohio. In order to register your vehicle and drive it on public streets, you must carry at least liability insurance.

What is the state minimum for car insurance coverage in Ohio?

In order to register your vehicle in Ohio, you need to have liability limits of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury coverage and $25,000 per accident in property damage coverage.

Do I need collision and comprehensive car insurance in Ohio?

If you have a loan or lease on the vehicle, you most likely are required to have this coverage. If your vehicle is worth more than $4,000, carrying collision and comprehensive coverages is encouraged.

How much does car insurance cost in Ohio 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 Mansfield, Ohio, and the most expensive in Youngstown, Ohio.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
6Cleveland Heights$1,158
18Cuyahoga Falls$995

Recent Ohio Car Insurance Questions and Answers

Am I still covered on my ex-husband's car if he took my name off the insurance?

Unfortunately, if you are not listed on the policy and drive the car on a regular basis, it's not likely that you would be covered. Permissive use usually extends to those who drive someone else's car, but that is usually capped at no more than one use per month.

If I hit a tire in the road, is that considered a comprehensive claim?

This accident would actually be paid out under your&nbsp;collision coverage because you collided with the tire. Because you only damaged your own vehicle in this single-vehicle collision, it would also be considered an at-fault collision claim.

My car was a total loss. Will the other insurance send the money to my lienholder?

Sorry to hear about your situation. I would check with your gap coverage provider.

Can I insure my daughter's car on my policy without listing her as a driver?

It sounds like she would be regularly driving the vehicle, since she will be using it to get to work, so she will need to be listed as a driver. Premium avoidance, not listing someone who regularly drives a vehicle, can cause your insurance company to cancel your policy.

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Ava worked in the insurance industry as an agent for four-plus years. Currently providing insights and analysis as one of The Zebra’s resident property insurance experts, Ava has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, and Yahoo! Finance.