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What does pleasure mean on car insurance applications?

Pleasure use car insurance applies to drivers who use their car solely for personal or leisure activities. Here, you do not use your vehicle to drive to/from work and is more of a weekend vehicle. Let’s explore how pleasure use car insurance affects auto insurance rates, and which insurance providers are the most affordable for pleasure use insurance policies.


Understanding pleasure use car insurance

The exact requirements of a pleasure-use vehicle vary by insurance company. Some insurers define pleasure use insurance by annual mileage, while others define pleasure use as simply "not being used to commute to or from work."

If you’re unsure of your vehicle usage classification, should speak to an agent at your insurance company. Insurance premiums can vary substantially depending on the category under which your vehicle is classified. See below some typical rates across the US, based on common vehicle uses.

Primary Vehicle UseAnnual Premium
Work - One-Way Commute Less Than 10 Miles$1,432
Work - One-Way Commute 10-15 Miles$1,436
Work - One-Way Commute 15+ Miles$1,445

A pleasure use classification is slightly cheaper than commuter use — by about $11 per year. The other uses, outlined below, are much less common.


Other uses explained

Farm: Vehicles used on a farm for towing and other farm-related activities.

Business: Vehicles used for limited commercial or business functions.

Cheapest pleasure use car insurance companies

Using a standard profile (methodology), we generated average car insurance rates for a pleasure use vehicle. State Farm has the cheapest car insurance policy for this usage type.

CarrierAvg. 6 Mo. Premium
State Farm$652

State Farm currently provides the best average rates, followed closely by USAA. If you do not qualify for USAA, rest assured you can find affordable policies from GEICO and Progressive as well. Looking for rates from popular insurance companies? Enter your zip code below to get started!

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Ross Martin
Ross MartinManager, Content Quality

As a licensed insurance agent, Ross researches and writes insurance content intended to help users make informed decisions.

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