Cheap South Dakota Car Insurance

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Here's what you need to know when driving in South Dakota

Across the Mount Rushmore State, there are 166,814 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.  Below, learn more about which insurance companies offer, on average, the best prices in South Dakota, or enter your ZIP code above to discover quotes customized for your driving profile.


Affordable insurance companies in South Dakota

What's the cheapest car insurance in South Dakota?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
3Farmers Mutual of Nebraska$1,252
4State Farm$1,297
5Farm Bureau Mutual$1,640
9American Family$2,062
10Western National$2,063

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Cheap auto insurance for good drivers in South Dakota

Drivers with clean driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. South Dakota drivers without a recent at-fault accident typically save 33% on their car insurance premiums — nearly matching 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$23315.46%
No Accidents$63833.33%
Good Credit$1,09846.25%


Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in South Dakota

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, teenagers pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. In South Dakota, the typical teen driver pays $4,158 annually — approximately $800 less than the national average for teens, but about three times as much as the average driver in South Dakota.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone


Cheap auto insurance for bad drivers in South Dakota

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 33% after a DUI, 33% after an at-fault accident, and 15% after a speeding ticket in South Dakota. The post-citation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in South Dakota roughly align 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$1,91333.33%
Speeding Violation$1,50915.46%
Bad Credit$2,37346.25%

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Top rated car insurance companies in South Dakota

Each car insurance company brags about its low costs. But just like with any product, the most affordable auto insurance isn't always the best idea. Considering the financial stakes, it's worthwhile to do your due diligence to obtain an insurance policy that covers your vehicle completely after an accident. Be on the lookout for the best value, rather than settling for the cheapest auto insurance you can find.

Compare top insurers' financial strength and claims satisfaction ratings to better understand the level of service you can expect. Claims satisfaction — assigned by J.D. Power — is ranked 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" — assesses an insurer's financial strength and ability to meet its policy and contractual obligations.


Insurance Company

Claims Satisfaction

(J.D. Power)

Customer Satisfaction

(J.D. Power)

Financial Strength

(A.M. Best)

Customer Satisfaction

(The Zebra)

AllstateAbove averageAverageSuperior4.3 / 5
Auto-OwnersExcellentAbove averageSuperiorN/A
FarmersAverageBelow averageExcellent4.3 / 5
Farmers Mutual of NebraskaN/AN/AExcellentN/A
GEICOAverageAverageSuperior4.4 / 5
NationwideAbove averagePoorSuperior4.3 / 5
ProgressiveBelow averageBelow averageExcellent4.3 / 5
State FarmAbove averageAbove averageSuperior4.5 / 5


South Dakota auto insurance laws

In South Dakota, the state minimum coverage requirements are as follows:


  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $25,000 per accident

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist

  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident

Optional coverage in South Dakota (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Accidental Death
  • Total Disability

For the legal minimum coverage in South Dakota, be prepared to pay a mean of $307 each year. This is more affordable than the national average by 53%. If you opt for better car insurance coverage, you can select a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, which will protect against damages caused by car collisions, theft, or weather conditions. However, better car insurance has a price: in South Dakota, a comprehensive policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,027, 234% more than liability-only coverage. For comprehensive coverage with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 312% more than you would for a basic liability-only policy.

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How tickets change insurance rates in South Dakota

If you receive a ticket or citation, your auto insurance costs will probably rise. How much your rates rise depends on the severity of the violation, your insurance company's pricing strategy, 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.

Below is a snapshot of typical auto insurance rates in South Dakota after some common violations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$2,13459%$792
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$2,04953%$708
Reckless Driving$2,05653%$714
Driving with a Suspended License$1,99449%$652
At-Fault Accident$1,85738%$515
Driving with an Open Container$1,76431%$422
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,63522%$293
Passing a School Bus$1,65824%$316
Improper Passing$1,65824%$316
Following Too Closely$1,64022%$298
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,60520%$263
Illegal Turn$1,63922%$297
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,62321%$281
Failure to Yield$1,64022%$298
Speeding in a School Zone$1,62621%$284
Driving Too Slowly$1,57417%$233
Distracted Driving$1,67024%$328
Driving with Expired Registration$1,52314%$181
Failure to Show Documents$1,52314%$181
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,4196%$77
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,3501%$8
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$1,4075%$65
Driving Without Lights$1,3420%$0


South Dakota car insurance FAQs

How much is car insurance in South Dakota?

Auto-Owners and Allied are the cheapest car insurance options in South Dakota. Auto-Owners charges $453 for a six-month policy, while Allied is slightly more expensive ($618).

Do you need car insurance in South Dakota?

In order to register your vehicle with the state of South Dakota, you need to carry liability insurance, at the least. If you're leasing or financing a vehicle, you are required to carry full coverage.

Is South Dakota a no-fault insurance state?

No, South Dakota is not a no-fault state. All at-fault drivers must pay for the bodily injury they cause after an accident.

How much does car insurance cost in South Dakota 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 Watertown, South Dakota, and the most expensive in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1Pine Ridge$2,179
2Hot Springs$2,030
8Sioux Falls$1,482


Recent Questions:

Can my son's name be on my homeowners policy if he's not on the deed of the house?

Your son would not need to be listed in any way on the policy unless he is a part-owner. Any payouts from insurance would go to the lender and homeowner(s), so having him on there would not do anything for him.
Jun 30, 2020 Rapid City, SD

Do car insurance companies price match?

Insurance companies use a complicated math equation, called an algorithm, to determine how they price their coverage. This means that each company prices their coverage differently since they don't share this information so rates will differ depending on your personal information.
Mar 29, 2017 Rapid City, SD

I just bought a used car and it is still insured under the previous owner. Am I covered?

When the ownership of a vehicle transfers from one person to another then the insurance coverage is no longer valid for the new owner. Even though the policy may still be active from the previous owner, you now own the vehicle and are not listed as a driver on the insurance coverage.
Apr 6, 2016 Sioux Falls, SD

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Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

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