Cheap Florida Car Insurance

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

Across the Sunshine State, there are 267,793 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped with the best and cheapest insurance, then you take the wheel.

 


 

Cheap Car Insurance

What's the cheapest car insurance in Florida?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1USAA$967
2Amica$1,729
3Electric$1,729
4Progressive$1,811
5Travelers$1,907
6Mercury$1,953
7Allied$1,965
8Esurance$2,061
9State Farm$2,089
10Auto-Owners$2,128
11GEICO$2,129
12Allstate$2,364
1321st Century$2,421
14Windhaven Insurance$2,601
15MetLife$2,929
16Safeco$2,957
17Hanover$2,994
18Liberty Mutual$3,070
19United Automobile$3,492
20Direct General$3,982
21Infinity$4,128
22Dairyland$6,010

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Cheap Insurance for Good Drivers in Florida

Good drivers can save money on car insurance if you have no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, or DUIs. Insurance companies use your driving record as a way to predict what kind of risk you will pose to them. So, by not having any of these violations you are less risky and therefore cheaper customer for them. In addition to having a cheaper premium, some companies offer a Good Driver discount. While the amount varies based on your company, it can range between 5-10%. If we’re looking beyond just average rates and at individual companies, Nationwide seems to have the cheapest rates for good drivers.

Rating Factor$ Savings% Savings
No Traffic Tickets$52322.49%
No Accidents$67227.16%
Good Credit$1,66648.02%

Cheap Insurance for Young Drivers in Florida

Young drivers, those between the ages of 16-25, pay the most for car insurance across the US. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teen drivers pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. For teen drivers, historically the most expensive drivers to insure, we’ve found that Geico Progressive, and Liberty Mutual are the cheapest companies.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone
16$5,500$5,984
17$5,148$5,604
18$5,117$4,855
19$4,547$3,806

Cheap Car Insurance for Bad Drivers in Florida

Having a bad driving record can be a huge burden for getting cheap car insurance - no matter your location. In Florida in 2017, a DUI raised rates an average of $934 a year. Other violations, such as an at-fault accident or a speeding ticket will also hurt your driving record. Based on our research, if you’ve had a DUI or at-fault accident, your best bet for cheap car insurance is to shop with Liberty Mutual, State Farm, or Nationwide.

Rating FactorAnnual Rate% Increase
At-Fault Accident$2,47627.16%
DUI$2,74034.17%
Speeding Violation$2,32722.49%
Bad Credit$3,47048.02%

What are the Best Car Insurance Companies in Florida?

Each car insurance company advertises its low costs. But as with any product or service, the most affordable car insurance policy isn't always the best option. Considering the financial stakes, it's worthwhile to do the due diligence to find a policy that will cover your car adequately in the event of an accident. Work to find the best value, rather than settling for the most affordable auto insurance you can find.

Compare top auto insurance companies' fiscal strength and claims satisfaction ratings to better understand the level of service they'll provide. Claims satisfaction — measured 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 varying from "Poor" to "Superior" — assesses an insurance company's financial strength and ability to meet its contractual and policy obligations.

Insurance CompanyClaims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)Financial Strength (A.M. Best)
21st Century3Excellent
Allied3Superior
Allstate3Superior
Amica4Superior
Direct GeneralNot RatedExcellent
ElectricNot RatedExcellent
EsuranceNot RatedSuperior
GEICO3Superior
InfinityNot RatedExcellent
Liberty Mutual3Excellent
MetLife3Superior
Progressive3Superior
State Farm3Superior
Travelers3Superior
USAA5Superior

 

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What is the Best Auto Insurance Coverage in Florida?

The required minimum insurance level in Florida is $10,000 Bodily Injury per person, $20,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $10,000 Property Damage per accident.

If you select the minimum required coverage in Florida, be prepared to pay an average of $1,192 each year. This expenditure is more expensive than the national average by 81%. If you choose better coverage, you can select a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, insuring against the costs of car-versus-car collisions, auto theft, or weather incidents. Better coverage comes at a price: in Florida, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,698, 42% more than basic insurance coverage. For comprehensive insurance coverage with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 53% more than you would for a liability-only policy.

Analyze average expenditures for basic, better, and best coverage levels in the below table.

Location
Liability-Only
Comprehensive — $1,000 Deductible
Comprehensive — $500 Deductible
Florida
$1,192.04
$1,697.96
$1,821.73
National Average
$657.66
$1,241.26
$1,397.94

Car Insurance Laws

State minimum insurance requirements in Florida

In Florida, the state minimum coverage requirements are as follows:
 
Liability
  • Property Damage $10,000 per accident
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • $10,000 per person
Optional coverage in Florida (varies by carrier):
  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical and Funeral Services
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury

Liability coverage is legally required in Florida and pays for damage to the other driver’s vehicle in the event that you are considered “at fault” in an accident under the property damage portion of your policy. Florida's minimum property damage requirement is $10,000 per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for damage that you cause in an accident. Because Florida is a no-fault state, you are not required to carry bodily injury liability coverage. Instead, you are required to purchase Personal Injury Protection, or PIP coverage.

Personal Injury Protection of $10,000 per person is required in Florida and will cover up to 80% of medical costs and up to 60% of work loss if you are injured in an accident and are not able to work. Even things like laundry and maid services can be covered under your PIP coverage if you are unable to perform day-to-day tasks and this also extends to members of your household.

Although Florida is a “no-fault” state, drivers can be sued for severe injury, permanent disfigurement, or death that they cause in the event of an accident. Drivers can protect themselves from these lawsuits by choosing bodily injury liability coverage to meet their needs.

These numbers reflect the minimum limits required in Florida but higher coverage amounts are available with most companies. These minimums will provide you with the cheapest insurance rate.

 

Florida is a no-fault state!

What does this mean for you?

A no-fault insurance laws system requires that drivers carry their own protection. When an accident happens, no matter who is at fault, your own insurance foots the bill. Each driver takes care of his or herself, and theoretically, the chances of someone suing over culpability decrease. As a bonus, it guarantees every driver immediate medical treatment in the event of an accident.

Florida Auto Insurance FAQs

Do you have to have car insurance in Florida?

Yes — as in most US states — you're required to maintain Florida's minimum insurance requirements in order to drive.

Do you need insurance to register a car in Florida?

Yes. To legally register your vehicle in Florida, you will need to show proof of insurance.

Is Florida a no-fault state for car insurance?

Yes, Florida is a no-fault state. This means if you're injured in a crash, you're required to cover your own bodily injury payments — regardless of fault.

How much does car insurance cost in Florida 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 Gainesville, Florida, and the most expensive in Hialeah, Florida.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1Hialeah$2,997
2Miami Gardens$2,946
3Miami$2,913
4Tampa$2,786
5West Palm Beach$2,783
6Miami Beach$2,734
7Hollywood$2,644
8Coral Springs$2,632
9Pompano Beach$2,560
10Brandon$2,555
11Fort Lauderdale$2,483
12Miramar$2,479
13Davie$2,416
14Pembroke Pines$2,413
15Clearwater$2,366
16St. Petersburg$2,355
17Spring Hill$2,145
18Port St. Lucie$2,089
19Orlando$2,044
20Jacksonville$1,987
21Lakeland$1,956
22Palm Bay$1,844
23Tallahassee$1,808
24Cape Coral$1,776
25Gainesville$1,587

Recent Florida Car Insurance Questions and Answers

I agreed to pay out of pocket for an accident, but do I have to pay for their rental car if it's prohibitively expensive?

Sorry to hear about your accident. If you accepted fault for the accident you are responsible for the person's transportation expenses.

I was driving my friend's car and his car wasn’t insured but I am insured under my own policy. Will my insurance cover it?

Your insurance policy won't cover the damage to your friend's car — it's only your liability coverage that follows you as a driver. Since you're not at fault, I recommend that your friend contact the at-fault party's insurance to get the car repaired. Note that if the vehicle is uninsured but registered under your friend's name, the state of Florida can suspend his license once they check for insurance. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

A friend is purchasing a car for me tomorrow, I'm wondering if there is a temporary policy I can get through the dealership until I can shop for my own policy?

Temporary car insurance doesn't really exist. You will likely have to get a Texas auto insurance plan before they let you leave with the vehicle. I recommend shopping around for a policy before the car is purchased — the typical policy period is six months. Keep in mind your rates will likely be a bit higher since you haven't owned a car for a few years, which would be seen as a lapse.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

What is your best advice to buy auto insurance for my 18-year-old who is buying a used car which will be paid off?

The bad news is that car insurance for an 18-year-old on their own separate policy is incredibly expensive — over $3,400 more than the national average. The good news? Typically, we see that combining insurance by adding your kid to your policy is the best route.


Driving Laws

Florida Texting and Driving Laws

  • Florida bans text messaging for all drivers.
  • As of 2019, handheld device usage while driving in school zones and construction areas is a primary offense.
  • Beginning in 2020, handheld device usage in school zones and work areas may result in fines and points penalties.

Florida DUI Laws

The lookback period in Florida is five years for a second DUI offense and 10 years for subsequent offenses.

In all cases, fines are increased for BAC readings of 0.15% or higher or in instances where minors were being transported as passengers. Jail sentences will also be increased in such cases.

For the first DUI conviction in Florida, offenders will be subject to:

  • Fines of $500 to $1,000 Imprisonment for up to six months
  • License revocation for 180 days to one year
  • Installation and use of an interlock ignition device for up to six months
  • Mandatory 50 hours of community service, or an additional $10 fine for each hour of assigned community service
  • Vehicle impoundment for 10 days (not concurrent with imprisonment)

Speeding Laws in Florida

You are speeding in Florida when driving at a speed that is “greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.”

Speeding in Florida occurs when speeds exceed:

  • 30 miles per hour in business or residential districts
  • 55 miles per hour in all other locations
  • 70 miles per hour on limited-access highways
  • 65 miles per hour on highways outside of an urban area of 5,000 or more people and which has at least four lanes and is divided by a median
  • 60 miles per hour on other roadways under the authority of the Department of Transportation

Reckless Driving Laws in Florida

Reckless driving in Florida is considered driving in “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property.” You are also guilty of reckless driving in Florida if you flee a law enforcement officer while in a vehicle.

Distracted Driving in Florida

Distracted driving in Florida constitutes driving while your attention is on something other than the road. Though distracted driving is often considered texting or using a phone while driving, it also includes activities such as eating, grooming, reading, or talking to passengers in a way that impairs your visual, manual, or cognitive functions.

Racing Rules in Florida

Racing in Florida constitutes the use of one or more vehicles in a competition that arises from a challenge to demonstrate the superiority of a vehicle or driver and the acceptance of that challenge, either pre-planned or in an immediate response.

At-fault Accident Regulations in Florida

Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to vehicle accidents — at least to an extent.

Drivers in Florida are required to maintain:

There is no requirement for drivers in Florida to maintain bodily damage liability insurance.

How Do Tickets Impact Florida Auto Insurance Rates?

When you receive a ticket your car insurance rates will probably go up. How much your rates rise depends on the violation, 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 average auto insurance rates in Florida after a few common citations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$3,20456%$1,146
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$3,10051%$1,041
DUI$3,10051%$1,041
Racing$3,16854%$1,109
Reckless Driving$3,14253%$1,083
Driving with a Suspended License$3,11651%$1,057
At-Fault Accident$2,84038%$781
Driving with an Open Container$2,56124%$502
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$2,62227%$563
Passing a School Bus$2,58426%$526
Improper Passing$2,59626%$537
Following Too Closely$2,57925%$520
Speeding$2,67930%$621
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$2,59626%$537
Illegal Turn$2,59626%$537
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$2,59626%$537
Failure to Yield$2,59626%$537
Speeding in a School Zone$2,58426%$525
Driving Too Slowly$2,58426%$525
Distracted Driving$2,56825%$509
Driving with Expired Registration$2,27410%$215
Failure to Show Documents$2,26310%$204
Not-at-Fault Accident$2,1987%$139
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$2,0761%$17
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$2,0761%$17
Driving Without Lights$2,0590%$0

Florida Tour Guide Scholarship

At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to continue The Zebra’s annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Florida area, while also getting an insider view of the Sunshine State.

Prompt

So, students, we want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. If it makes sense to hit the open road and be our virtual tour guide, that's great! But there are no limits to what we're looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible.

How do I choose a location?

The length of the road trip to your feature destination is inconsequential. So if you have an awesome spot in mind that's just two miles from home, we want to see it.

Qualifications

Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. Upon notification, winner(s) must supply a current proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance.

How to Apply
1. Create a video

Your original video should not exceed 2 minutes

2. Post online

The video must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo

3. Submit by email

Email your submission to scholarships@thezebra.com

4. Please include...

your name, address, and phone number when you submit

Details
Award

Selected winner(s) will be awarded a check for $1,000

Deadline

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31st, 2019

Notification

Winner(s) will be selected and notified by email by January 31st, 2020

Judges: The Zebra

The winner will be selected based on creativity in the content and presentation

*Upon notification, winner(s) must also supply a current proof of enrollment at a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States.


Fine Print

By participating, entrants represent that the video submitted is their sole and original work and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other party. In other words, no copyrighted music or images may be used.

Employees of The Zebra and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the contest.

Written credits for any technical or talent positions (e.g., editor, director, actors) should be included with your submission, along with any sources used to create the video.

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