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How much does car insurance cost in Tulsa?

Car insurance in Tulsa costs an average of $1,047 for a six-month policy or $175 per month on average. In 2022, our data shows USAA is the cheapest car insurance company in Tulsa with rates at $680 for a six-month policy.

Tulsa drivers pay more than the average for car insurance in Oklahoma ($946 every six months) and more than the national average of $742. In fact, 33% of our customers in Tulsa admit they're paying too much for their car insurance. If you agree or just need help with your car insurance, read on to learn more about what a fair rate looks like in Tulsa based on common factors like credit score, coverage level and more.

Car Insurance in Tulsa vs. Oklahoma Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Tulsa Average $1,047
Oklahoma Average $946
Updated: 09/28/23.

The cheapest car insurance companies in Tulsa

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1st place: USAA

USAA is the cheapest at $113 per month or $680 for a six-month policy.

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2nd place: Oklahoma Farmers Union and State Farm

Oklahoma Farmers Union and State Farm are tied for second place, costing $818 for a six-month policy.

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3rd place: GEICO

The third cheapest company in Tulsa is GEICO, with average rates at $875 for six months or $146 per month.

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

  • The average cost of a car insurance policy in Tulsa is $1,047 per six-month policy — $175 per month.
  • The cheapest company in Tulsa is USAA ($680).
  • Tulsa ranks as the sixth most expensive city for car insurance in Oklahoma.
  • 33% of Zebra customers in Tulsa stated they used our product because they were paying too much for car insurance with their current provider.

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Tulsa car insurance rates by company

Our 2022 data states that the cheapest car insurance company for full coverage in Tulsa is USAA at $113 per month or $680 per six-month policy. The second cheapest are State Farm and Oklahoma Farmers Union, both with average rates at $818.

Learn more about top-rated car insurance companies based on The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey.

 

Cheapest car insurance companies in Tulsa, OK
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
USAA $680
Oklahoma Farmers Union $818
State Farm $818
GEICO $875
Progressive $999
Mercury $1,004
Farmers $1,024
Updated: 09/28/23.

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.


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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, Allstate, State Farm and Farmers (+ other top companies) to find the best and cheapest car insurance in Tulsa.

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Average car insurance in Tulsa by rating factor

Car insurance rates are based on a series of rating factors , or details about you that tell the insurance company the level of risk you pose. These may include credit score, location, age, driving history, and others. The importance of each rating factor differs with each insurance company, though most take the same suite of information into account when assigning premiums.

We recommend getting a quote from time to time to guarantee you are always getting the best rates. After all, as your personal profile changes with time, so can the best insurance company for you. 

Q: I didn't have an accident — Why is my insurance going up?

A: End-of-year earnings (revenue of premiums versus the cost of paying insureds’ claims) is also a major rating factor for how much you will pay for car insurance in Tulsa. Even if you’ve had no claims with your insurance company, you could still be paying more with a particular insurance company because the price of doing business has increased in Tulsa.

Auto insurance premiums by age in Tulsa

While there are many possible factors insurance companies will examine, age tends to be one of the most prominent for premium rating. This is because age is typically associated with driving experience, and less experienced drivers have a higher chance of getting into accidents. In fact, teen drivers have a higher accident rate than any other age group and as a result incur the highest premiums. In Tulsa, teen drivers pay 151% in premiums than drivers in their 20s; this the largest such difference between any two age groups. 

While this sounds excessive, it's important to realize that insurance companies are risk management businesses. By charging higher rates for teen drivers, they are able to offset the increased cost of paying claims.

Cheapest car insurance companies for teen drivers in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Oklahoma Farmers Union $1,415
USAA $2,055
GEICO $2,400
State Farm $2,796
Progressive $4,169
Farmers $4,393
Mercury $4,708
Updated: 09/28/23.
Age Bracket Cheapest Companies Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
20s USAA $843
30s USAA $650
40s USAA $595
50s USAA $570
60s USAA $587
70s USAA $686

Zebra Tip: The cheapest companies for Tulsa drivers between 20-30 are USAA, State Farm, and Oklahoma Farmers Union


Our data tells us that drivers between the ages of 20-29 make up the bulk of Tulsa drivers. On average, this group pays $1,347 every six months. By going with these companies, these groups can potentially save 14%.

Auto insurance premiums for minimum coverage in Tulsa

The level of coverage you select for your vehicle will have a big impact on your insurance rates. Minimum coverage is the least expensive option, but could leave you with gaps in coverage. According to our data, 35% of Tulsa drivers only carry minimum coverage on their cars. While this is all that is legally required, you may be at risk of being underinsured. 

Full coverage, the broader policy package, includes collision and comprehensive coverage. These coverages offer protection for a wide range of perils, but will add significantly to your premiums. These also require a deductible, which you may set yourself— the higher the deductible, the lower your premium will be. Leased and financed vehicles offer require that the driver carries full coverage insurance.

Optional add-ons like roadside assistance and uninsured motorist coverage can offer even more protection for your vehicle, assisting in case of emergency and if you are hit by an uninsured driver. The Zebra experts recommend carrying such coverages to further protect yourself, though they too will add to your rates.

Q: Can I lower my car insurance coverage?

A: Possibly — if your vehicle is paid off.

In an analysis of our data, 51% of drivers in Tulsa have owned vehicles. If you are not leasing or financing your vehicle, you should consider if dropping comprehensive or collision coverage is right for you. We recommend getting the actual cash value of your vehicle via Kelley Blue Book or another reputable source. The general rule of thumb is if your vehicle is worth less than $4,000, you probably don't need collision coverage. Bear in mind, however, that dropping these coverages means that you will have to pay for any repairs out of your own pocket.

Cheapest car insurance companies for minimum coverage in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
USAA $189
GEICO $203
Oklahoma Farmers Union $240
State Farm $245
Mercury $260
Farmers $347
Progressive $392
Updated: 09/28/23.
  • Minimum: State liability coverage only
  • Basic: State liability + collision and comprehensive (full) coverage
  • Better: Better liability limits at 50/100/50. Full coverage included with towing and rental car benefits. May include additional personal medical benefits and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
  • Best: Best liability limits at 100/300/50. Full coverage included with better towing and rental car benefits and better personal medical benefits and increased uninsured/underinsured coverage.

Most of our customers in Tulsa opt for the basic level of coverage, but this may not be the best option for everyone. While we understand state minimum coverage is a budget-friendly solution, it does leave you at risk for damages that exceed your liability limits. Oklahoma's 25/50/25 liability limits provide coverage for damage you cause up to $25,000 per person in bodily injury, $50,000 per accident in bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage. While this may be sufficient for most standard car accidents, it might not be for bodily injury claims or multi-vehicle accidents.

Learn more about insurance laws in Oklahoma.

Tulsa car insurance rates by credit score

Across the U.S., car insurance companies use credit score as a rating factor. While some states are banning this practice, Oklahoma still takes credit into account. A poor credit score has long been associated with frequency in claim filing, coverage lapses, and risky driving behavior. Data suggests that drivers with lower credit scores are more likely to engage in these activities and cost companies more to insure. 

In fact, Tulsa drivers with poor credit (300-579) pay 92% more than drivers with excellent credit (800-850). Our data tells us most drivers in Tulsa have an "average (580-679)" credit score. In 2022, USAA is the cheapest option for Tulsa drivers for this credit range.

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Cheapest car insurance companies for bad credit in Tulsa, OK
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
GEICO $1,143
USAA $1,254
Oklahoma Farmers Union $1,275
Mercury $1,412
Farmers $1,595
Progressive $1,862
State Farm $4,056
Updated: 09/28/23.

Zebra Tip: If you recently improved your credit score, shop around for car insurance!


In Tulsa, our data shows drivers with "Fair" credit pay $1,114 less for car insurance in a year than drivers with "Poor" credit. If you have recently paid off a loan or other credit-improving actions, check your preferred credit monitoring software to see if your recent efforts could save you on your car insurance!

Auto insurance rates with an at-fault accident

One of the easiest ways to drive up insurance rates is by being the driver at fault in an accident. Unfortunately, collision-type accidents are the most common type of insurance claims. In 2022, an at-fault accident raised average Tulsa car insurance rates from $175 to $242 per month. Oklahoma Farmers Union is the most forgiving company to have with an at-fault accident as it offers the cheapest rates in this case in Tulsa. 

Regardless of where you live, the best way to keep rates low is by avoiding accidents as best as you can. Citations, tickets, and collisions all result in rate increases, while keeping a clean driving record ensures that rates stay affordable. Speeding tickets, DUIs and reckless driving charges can stay on your record (and impact premiums) for three to five years, depending on the severity. 

Cheapest car insurance companies after an at-fault accident in Tulsa, OK
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Oklahoma Farmers Union $818
USAA $975
State Farm $1,023
GEICO $1,324
Farmers $1,511
Progressive $1,650
Mercury $1,901
Updated: 09/28/23.

Tulsa car insurance rates by violation

Below you can see how much different violations and claims will increase your rate in Tulsa.

Car insurance rate increases after violations and citations in Tulsa, OK
Accident/Violation Avg. 6 Mo. Premium % Rate Increase $ Rate Increase
None $1,047 0% $0
One Med/PIP claim $1,065 2% $17
One comp claim $1,069 2% $22
Two Med/PIP claims $1,074 3% $27
Not-at-fault accident $1,100 5% $53
Two comp claims $1,105 5% $57
Failure to show documents $1,158 11% $111
Driving without lights $1,184 13% $136
Failure to wear a seat belt $1,194 14% $147
Child safety restraint $1,196 14% $149
Driving with expired registration $1,198 14% $151
Cell phone violation $1,227 17% $180
Texting while driving $1,227 17% $180
Driving too slowly $1,238 18% $191
Speeding in school zone $1,239 18% $191
Failure to yield $1,249 19% $202
Failure to stop at a red light $1,255 20% $207
Following too closely $1,267 21% $220
Illegal turn $1,268 21% $220
Wrong way/wrong lane $1,277 22% $229
Improper passing $1,283 22% $235
Open container $1,300 24% $253
In 65 MPH zone $1,307 25% $259
Passing school bus $1,308 25% $261
Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit $1,312 25% $264
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit $1,313 25% $265
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $1,316 26% $268
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit $1,344 28% $297
At-fault accident - less than $1000 $1,364 30% $316
Operating a vehicle without permission $1,428 36% $380
At-fault accident - $1000-$2000 $1,450 38% $402
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $1,450 38% $402
Reckless driving $1,565 49% $517
Racing $1,679 60% $632
Refusal to submit to a chemical test $1,691 61% $643
Driving with a suspended license $1,703 63% $656
DUI $1,712 63% $664
Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run $1,776 70% $728
Updated: 09/28/23.

Why is car insurance in Tulsa so expensive?

There are a few reasons why car insurance is so expensive in Tulsa. After all, the average insurance rate is $100 more expensive than the average for Oklahoma as a whole. Tulsa is one of the major cities in Oklahoma, and metropolitan areas tend to have higher insurance rates than more rural locations. Even premiums in certain ZIP codes within Tulsa will vary: 74110, 74106, and 74115 have the highest premiums, while 74014, 74108 and 74131 enjoy more affordable rates. 

Factors outside of your control— like location-specific characteristics— have an impact on car insurance on top of your driving history, credit score and age. Below you'll find a rundown of why car insurance is so expensive in Tulsa — regardless of your driving profile.

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Pedestrian safety

According to a study by Smart Growth America[1], Tulsa ranks as the 41st most dangerous state for pedestrians in the nation. In the latest reported data[2], Tulsa county experienced 18 pedestrian fatalities in a year, the second highest number in the state. 

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High population density

With Tulsa being one of the major cities in Oklahoma, population density is much higher here than more rural areas. More people concentrated in one area often means more drivers and a higher likelihood of accidents. Insurance companies must account for this, so Tulsa drivers spend more on their car insurance policies. 

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Higher-than-average state minimum limits

In Oklahoma, the state minimum liability limits are 25/50/25. This means $25,000 bodily injury liability per person, $50,000 bodily injury liability per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability per accident. These limits are some of the highest in the country, accounting for increased car insurance rates in Oklahoma.

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Uninsured drivers

Oklahoma lies somewhere in the middle of the pack in the nation when it comes to uninsured drivers. The Insurance Research Council reports that 13.4% of drivers in Oklahoma are uninsured, making it the 17th highest rate in the country[3]

According to our data, about 36% of drivers in Tulsa are not currently insured. If you’re hit by an uninsured driver in Tulsa, you could be left paying for the damage yourself.

Zebra Tip: Consider uninsured property damage coverage


In cities or ZIP codes with high rates of uninsured drivers, we recommend carrying uninsured motorist coverage (also called UMPD). This coverage will provide assistance to you if you or your vehicle are damaged by an underinsured or uninsured driver. This coverage typically has a lower deductible and is cheaper than collision. Plus, the rate increase after a UMPD claim can be hundreds of dollars cheaper than a collision claim.


Bundling insurance policies in Tulsa

Car insurance seems to be ever-increasing, but there are still ways to save on your premiums. One of the most popular insurance discounts available is the bundling discount, so when shopping for a new auto policy, consider grouping in home or renters insurance to qualify for the multi-policy discount. Policyholders can save up to 10% on combined premiums by bundling more than one policy with the same provider. Learn more about bundling home and car insurance.

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Cheapest car insurance companies for bundling home and auto insurance in Tulsa, OK
Company Avg. 6 Mo. Premium
Oklahoma Farmers Union $614
USAA $650
State Farm $681
Farmers $795
GEICO $832
Progressive $837
Mercury $842
Updated: 09/28/23.

While some things may be out of your control, drivers can work to make their profiles more appealing to insurers. The best advice we offer is to shop around and compare auto insurance quotes with as many companies as possible to ensure you're getting the most affordable rate that doesn't compromise coverage and service — especially if any personal factors have changed (like moving, celebrating a birthday and improving your credit). Try as you might, some companies are just more expensive than others; don't be afraid to switch.

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Frequently asked questions

The average cost of car insurance in Tulsa is $175 per month.

The state minimum liability limits in the state of Oklahoma are 25/50/25, or $25,000 per person in bodily injury, $50,000 per accident in bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage per accident.

Auto insurance in Tulsa is more expensive than the state average. The average rate for Tulsa car insurance is $1,047 for a six-month policy, while Oklahoma's average rate is $946.


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