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Here's what you need to know when driving in Oregon

Across the Beaver State, there are 122,395 miles of road waiting to be driven. The average car insurance rate in Oregon is $1,325 per year — 15% less 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 Oregon 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 Oregon based on these variables, or submit your ZIP code above to receive custom quotes from top insurers.

The best car insurance companies in Oregon

Based on data from J.D. Power's 2021 Auto Satisfaction Study and The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey, we have compiled a list of the best car insurance companies in Oregon.

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USAA

Along with topping The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey, USAA received a score of 884 (out of 1,000) in J.D. Powers' 2021 U.S. Auto Insurance Study for the state of Oregon.

2nd place medal
State Farm

State Farm placed second in this region on J.D. Power's 2021 auto study with a scored an 844 and third in The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey.

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PEMCO Insurance

PEMCO Insurance placed third in this region with a score of 835 in J.D. Power's 2021 Auto Insurance Study. 

Key takeaways
  • Oregon drivers pay about 15% less for car insurance on average, with the cheapest major car insurance company being State Farm.

The cheapest car insurance companies in Oregon

These companies offer the cheapest rates in the following scenarios.

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Cheapest insurance for bad credit: GEICO

The cheapest rates are from GEICO at $1,599 annually, or $133 per month.

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Cheapest for young drivers: USAA

For the minimum required coverage in Oregon, USAA is the cheapest on average. 

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Cheapest for DUI: State Farm

If you have a DUI on your record, check out State Farm for the cheapest average rates.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
State Farm $1,019
USAA $1,099
Travelers $1,184
Nationwide $1,279
GEICO $1,294
Farmers $1,608
Progressive $1,692
Allstate $2,077
Updated: 11/29/22.

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.


Oregon auto insurance laws

Car insurance is mandatory in almost every state, including Oregon. If you choose the legal minimum coverage level in Oregon, expect to pay an average of $637 annually. This expenditure is less expensive than the nationwide average by 18%. 

For the legal minimum coverage level in Oregon, expect to pay about $637 per year.

State minimum coverage

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

Liability Insurance

  • Bodily injury: $25,000 per person
  • Bodily injury: $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage: $20,000 per accident

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

  • Bodily injury: $25,000 per person
  • Bodily injury: $50,000 per accident

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

  • $15,000 per person

Optional coverage in Oregon (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Uninsured Motorist Property Damage
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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 Oregon, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,213, 90% more than liability-only car insurance. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 119% more than you would for basic coverage.

In Oregon, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,213, 90% more than liability-only car insurance

The Zebra's guide to Oregon car insurance laws


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


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Oregon 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 Oregon.

Cheap auto insurance in Oregon for minimum coverage

Forgoing full coverage for liability-only at the state minimum level will make your car insurance significantly cheaper. In Oregon, the average cost for minimum coverage is $53 per month, or $637 yearly — a savings of $757 compared to full coverage.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
State Farm $495
USAA $536
Travelers $576
GEICO $577
Nationwide $689
Progressive $713
Allstate $843
Farmers $957
Updated: 11/29/22.

Cheap auto insurance in Oregon 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, Oregon drivers with poor credit pay 53% more per year than those with exceptional credit. Have a look at some common rates by credit tier below.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
GEICO $1,599
Nationwide $1,798
Travelers $1,999
USAA $2,068
State Farm $2,507
Farmers $2,520
Progressive $2,826
Allstate $3,107
Updated: 11/29/22.

Cheap auto insurance in Oregon 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 $763 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
State Farm $1,329
Travelers $1,570
USAA $1,635
Nationwide $1,689
GEICO $2,031
Farmers $2,235
Progressive $2,822
Allstate $3,069
Updated: 11/29/22.

Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in Oregon

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 Oregon, teen drivers pay especially high rates: $4,841 per year — that's $45 more than the nationwide average and over twice as much as a typical Oregon driver.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
USAA $2,873
Travelers $3,417
State Farm $3,636
GEICO $3,745
Nationwide $4,615
Allstate $6,199
Farmers $7,426
Progressive $8,961
Updated: 11/29/22.

Oregon auto insurance rate by violation

In Oregon, a bad driving record will cause your rates to skyrocket. If you receive a ticket or citation, your auto insurance premiums will probably rise. By how much depends on the violation, 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

Accident/Violation Avg. Annual Premium % Rate Increase $ Rate Increase
None $1,509 0% $0
One Med/PIP claim $1,511 0% $3
Not-at-fault accident $1,564 4% $55
One comp claim $1,599 6% $90
Two Med/PIP claims $1,619 7% $111
Failure to wear a seat belt $1,720 14% $211
Child safety restraint $1,771 17% $263
Two comp claims $1,780 18% $271
Driving without lights $1,781 18% $273
Failure to show documents $1,803 20% $295
Driving with expired registration $1,847 22% $338
Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit $1,905 26% $396
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $1,905 26% $397
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit $1,905 26% $397
Driving too slowly $1,910 27% $401
Wrong way/wrong lane $1,921 27% $412
Failure to stop at a red light $1,922 27% $414
Failure to yield $1,923 27% $414
Following too closely $1,923 27% $414
Improper passing $1,924 28% $415
Illegal turn $1,924 28% $415
Texting while driving $1,924 28% $415
Cell phone violation $1,925 28% $416
Passing school bus $1,997 32% $488
Speeding in school zone $2,086 38% $577
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit $2,127 41% $618
In 65 MPH zone $2,151 43% $642
At-fault accident - less than $1000 $2,171 44% $662
Open container $2,196 46% $688
Operating a vehicle without permission $2,217 47% $708
At-fault accident - $1000-$2000 $2,309 53% $801
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $2,319 54% $810
Refusal to submit to a chemical test $2,612 73% $1,103
Racing $2,638 75% $1,129
DUI $2,659 76% $1,151
Reckless driving $2,671 77% $1,162
Driving with a suspended license $2,687 78% $1,179
Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run $2,770 84% $1,262
Updated: 11/29/22.

Oregon DUI laws

In Oregon, a DUI offense can increase your annual car insurance premium by an average of $563. 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 Oregon

If you're convicted of a DUI or DWI violation in Oregon, 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 Oregon, State Farm, advertises annual rates 21% less than the statewide average insurance rate with a DUI. The second-cheapest insurer for auto insurance after a DUI in Oregon is Travelers, while the priciest firm is Nationwide, with prices 46% above average.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
State Farm $1,503
Travelers $1,723
USAA $1,778
Progressive $2,058
Farmers $2,154
Allstate $2,526
GEICO $2,753
Nationwide $2,772
Updated: 11/29/22.

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

Oregon 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 with the state of Oregon to ensure that you remain insured.

Finding cheap auto insurance with an SR-22 in Oregon might require some research, but it could pay off in the end.

 

How to acquire an SR-22 in Oregon

For currently insured drivers

If you already have auto insurance, getting an SR-22 certificate is straightforward. Contact your car insurance company ask the company to file an SR-22 request for you. If your insurer isn’t willing to file a request, you'll need to look for a new insurer.

 

For uninsured drivers

When filing for a new policy, you might be saddled with an up-front fee to have your prospective insurer file an SR-22 request for you and to cover your high-risk driving profile. Needing an SR-22 might disqualify you from purchasing insurance from some companies, while others would be happy to sell you a policy.

 

For drivers without a vehicle

Not owning a vehicle makes it more difficult to obtain an SR-22, as you will need to furnish proof of insurance to receive the certificate. In this scenario, purchase a non-owners car insurance policy before filing an SR-22 request. Non-owners auto insurance is typically less expensive than traditional coverage since it doesn't protect against material damage to your vehicle.

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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 Central Point, Oregon, and the most expensive in Maywood Park, Oregon.

Have a look at the table below to see average car insurance costs in some of Oregon's biggest cities.

City Avg. Annual Premium
Eugene $1,389
Bend $1,393
Salem $1,620
Hillsboro $1,637
Portland $1,858
Updated: 11/29/22.

Car insurance price trends in Oregon

In Oregon, average annual auto insurance costs decreased by just $7 in the past year. A typical Oregon driver pays an average of $1,325 per year.

The recent pricing trend in Oregon leans toward slightly cheaper car insurance costs and remains lower than the national average. The steepest decrease occurred from 2017 to 2018, while the highest surge took place from 2016 to 2017. At the same time, car insurance rates across the United States have stayed relatively steady in the past few years, moving from $1,521 in 2018 to $1,529 in 2021.

OREGON CAR INSURANCE RATE TRENDS
Year Avg. Annual Premium — Oregon Yearly Change — Oregon Avg. Annual Premium — US Yearly Change — US
2021 $1,325 -$7 $1,529 $46
2020 $1,332 -$109 $1,483 -$61
2019 $1,441 $6 $1,544 $23
2018 $1,435 -$361 $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.


Oregon car insurance FAQs

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

How much does it cost to insure a car in Oregon? Chevron down icon

Using a Honda Accord as an example, a six-month policy costs $687 — $114 per month — to insure a vehicle in Oregon.

Who has the cheapest car insurance in Oregon? Chevron down icon

Our data suggest Travelers ($466) and USAA ($562) are the cheapest providers in Oregon.

Why is car insurance so expensive in Oregon? Chevron down icon

Oregon's car insurance premiums are about average compared to the rest of the U.S. If you feel you are paying too much for car insurance, use The Zebra's comparison tool to see if you could be getting a better rate.

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RECENT QUESTIONS

Can I insure the engine of a vehicle for added protection?

Auto insurance policies are meant to protect your vehicle if it is damaged as the result of a covered loss. Unfortunately, breakdowns, wear and tear, and warranty issues are not covered on a traditional auto policy.
Sep 15, 2016 Portland, OR

Grace period for adding new vehicle with Progressive

For most major car insurance companies, you are correct. The state does not give any grace period to have the vehicle covered, but insurance companies will transfer coverage for a time frame - usually between 2-4 weeks.
Jun 13, 2018 Portland, OR

Planning on selling old car do I still need insurance on it

There's a couple of things to look at here. Any grace period would depend on the exact policy details of your current policy.
May 19, 2018 Minneapolis, MN

I need a 5-day car insurance

If you've already found a company that will insure your vehicle considering it is not operable (which can be tricky), I would just recommend contacting that insurance company and see if you can start the policy early. There are no companies that will insure your vehicle for 5 days, unfortunately.
Jan 21, 2019 Boca Raton, FL

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