Cheap Washington Car Insurance

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

Across the Evergreen State, there are 174,731 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel. Read on to learn how much auto insurance costs in Washington based on these variables. Then, submit your ZIP code above to see your top insurance quotes so you can hit the road knowing you have the best value insurance for your vehicle.


 

Affordable insurance companies in Washington

What's the cheapest car insurance in Washington?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1USAA$1,001
2Travelers$1,018
3PEMCO$1,035
4State Farm$1,158
5Grange$1,205
6American Family$1,397
7Progressive$1,405
8Bristol West$1,916
9Safeco$2,283

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Cheap auto insurance for good drivers in Washington

Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Unfortunately, Washington state drivers without a recent at-fault accident save only 23% on their car insurance premiums, on average — far below the US average of 32%. 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%.

Note: Washington restricted the use of credit score as a car insurance rating factor beginning in 2021. 

Rating Factor$ Savings% Savings
No Traffic Tickets$19814.85%
No Accidents$35323.76%
Good Credit$1,02647.52%

 

Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in Washington

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. In Washington state, the average teen driver pays $4,056 — less than the national average for teen drivers, and approximately three times more than an older driver in Washington.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone
16$3,934$6,301
17$3,638$4,893
18$3,606$4,158
19$3,201$2,716

 

Cheap auto insurance for bad drivers in Washington

With a good driving record — devoid of at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you'll probably enjoy relatively cheap car insurance rates. On the other hand, a bad driving record will cause your costs to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 32% after a DUI, 23% after an at-fault accident, and 14% after a speeding ticket in Washington state. The post-violation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in Washington are actually lower than 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$1,48623.76%
DUI$1,68132.57%
Speeding Violation$1,33114.85%
Bad Credit$2,15947.52%

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Top rated car insurance companies in Washington

Each car insurance company advertises its low premiums. But just like with any product, the cheapest auto insurance isn't always the preferable idea. Considering the financial stakes, it's worth doing the research to obtain an insurance policy that covers your car completely in the unfortunate event of an incident. It's worth doing some work and finding the best value, instead of settling for the cheapest car insurance you can find.

Use the table below to better understand the quality of service you'll receive. You'll see reviews for popular auto insurers' financial strength, claims satisfaction, and customer satisfaction including an internal satisfaction score from The Zebra's customers. 

 

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
American FamilyBelow averageExcellentExcellent4.3 / 5
FarmersAverageBelow averageExcellent4.3 / 5
GEICOAverageAverageSuperior4.4 / 5
PEMCON/AN/AGoodN/A
ProgressiveBelow averageBelow averageExcellent4.3 / 5
SafecoAverageAverageExcellentN/A
State FarmAbove averageAbove averageSuperior4.5 / 5
TravelersBelow averageBelow averageSuperior4.3 / 5
USAAExcellentExcellentSuperior4.6 / 5

 

Washington auto insurance laws

In Washington, the state minimum coverage requirement is liability coverage, with limits of:

  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $10,000 per accident

Optional coverage in Washington (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury
  • Uninsured Motorist Property Damage

For the legal minimum coverage in Washington, you'll owe an average of $662 yearly. This is more than the national mean by 1%. If you opt for higher-level coverage, you can select a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, which will protect against costs incurred by car-on-car collisions, auto theft, or weather incidents. But better auto insurance coverage comes at a cost: in Washington, a comprehensive policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,067, 61% more than basic coverage. For comprehensive coverage with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 76% more than you would for basic liability-only coverage.

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How tickets change insurance rates in Washington

If you receive a ticket, your auto insurance rates will probably get more expensive. By how much depends on the violation's severity, your car insurance company's pricing standards, and differing local insurance 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 Washington after some common violations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$1,98164%$776
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$1,90358%$698
DUI$1,90358%$698
Racing$1,78848%$582
Reckless Driving$1,74645%$540
Driving with a Suspended License$1,75646%$550
At-Fault Accident$1,67839%$473
Driving with an Open Container$1,56130%$356
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,48323%$277
Passing a School Bus$1,57731%$372
Improper Passing$1,50225%$297
Following Too Closely$1,52126%$315
Speeding$1,43319%$228
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,50225%$297
Illegal Turn$1,50225%$297
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,52126%$315
Failure to Yield$1,50225%$297
Speeding in a School Zone$1,42118%$216
Driving Too Slowly$1,42118%$216
Distracted Driving$1,45721%$252
Driving with Expired Registration$1,37914%$173
Failure to Show Documents$1,37914%$173
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,2282%$22
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,2726%$66
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$1,2726%$66
Driving Without Lights$1,2605%$55

 

Washington car insurance FAQs

What is the cheapest car insurance in Washington state?

For our average user profile, USAA offers the cheapest rate ($500) for a six-month policy or $83 per month. If you do not qualify for USAA, Travelers is the next cheapest ($509) for a six-month policy, or $84 per month.

How much is car insurance in Washington state?

Drivers in Washington pay $582 for a six-month full coverage policy. For drivers who only want the minimum amount of coverage to remain road-legal, rates are lowered to $331 for a six-month policy.

Why is car insurance so expensive in Washington?

Premiums in Washington are 20% cheaper than the national average. If you're looking to lower your premium, use our comparison tool to view different options side-by-side.

How much does car insurance cost in Washington 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 Spokane Valley, Washington, and the most expensive in Federal Way, Washington.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1Federal Way$1,695
2Tacoma$1,692
3Renton$1,681
4Kent$1,675
5Seattle$1,665
6Everett$1,580
7Bellevue$1,493
8Kirkland$1,435
9Vancouver$1,420
10Spokane$1,320
11Yakima$1,281
12Spokane Valley$1,256

 

Recent Questions:

How will my rate be impacted by opening a comprehensive claim? How is fault decided?

If it is considered comprehensive, there would be no fault on the claim so you can take that out of the equation. Comp claims are best summed up as your responsibility but not your fault.
Jan 16, 2020 Seattle, WA

Damage to fog light insurance claim

So there are a few things to consider before you file the claim. How much does it cost to repair the damage to your car?
Aug 16, 2018 Kennewick, WA

What happens if I lie to my insurance company?

It really depends on your car insurance company. You might be able to get them to pay out the claim and they will non-renew your contract at the end of your policy or they could deny you altogether.
Apr 12, 2018 Seattle, Washington

How do I cancel my mom's car insurance policy after she passed away?

Since you are the executor of her estate you have some legal authority to handle her active insurance policies. Before you contact the insurance company, make sure to have her policy number and a copy of her death certificate on hand.
Mar 13, 2017 Redmond, WA

Kristine Lee
Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent and one of The Zebra’s in-house content researchers and writers.

With a background in copywriting, she covers the ins and outs of auto, home, life and renters insurance, providing data-backed insights and information to help insurance shoppers make informed decisions. Kristine has contributed her insurance expertise to publications such as Automoblog, USInsuranceAgents.com and BestCompany.com. Her research has been cited by Car and Driver.