Cheap Louisiana Car Insurance

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Cheap Car Insurance

What's the cheapest car insurance in Louisiana?
Rank Company Name Avg. Annual Premium
1 USAA $1,610
2 MetLife $1,873
3 GEICO $1,926
4 Progressive $1,966
5 Safeway $2,176
6 Southern Farm Bureau $2,226
7 Cal Casualty $2,292
8 State Farm $2,407
9 Safe Auto $2,601
10 Allstate $3,005
11 Encompass $3,202
12 Liberty Mutual $3,682

Cheap Insurance for Good Drivers in Louisiana

Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. Louisiana drivers without a recent at-fault accident typically save 31% on their car insurance premiums, which approaches the national 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%.

Rating Factor $ Savings % Savings
No Traffic Tickets $441 17.10%
No Accidents $973 31.24%
Good Credit $1,739 44.83%

Cheap Insurance for Young Drivers in Louisiana

Young drivers — aged between 16 and 25 — pay very high car insurance rates, with those aged 16-19 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. Louisiana is an extraordinarly expensive state in which to insure a teen driver: the average teen will pay $10,107 per year in Louisiana, compared to just $4,900 annually across the US. Teens are approximately four times more expensive to insure than the average Louisiana driver.

Age Annual Rate with Parents Annual Rate Alone
16 $12,433 $11,617
17 $11,979 $9,723
18 $11,364 $8,350
19 $10,217 $5,181

Cheap Car Insurance for Bad Drivers in Louisiana

If you have a clean driving record — no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you'll probably pay less for car insurance. Conversely, a bad driving record will cause your rates to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 33% after a DUI, 31% after an at-fault accident, and 17% after a speeding ticket in Louisiana. The post-citation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in Louisiana roughly align with national averages. If you have a clean driving history, be sure to inquire about your insurance company's safe driver discount.

Rating Factor Annual Rate % Increase
At-Fault Accident $3,113 31.24%
DUI $3,242 33.99%
Speeding Violation $2,582 17.10%
Bad Credit $3,880 44.83%

Car Insurance Laws

State minimum insurance requirements in Louisiana

In Louisiana, the state minimum coverage requirement is liability with limits of:
  • Bodily Injury $15,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $30,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $25,000 per accident
Optional coverage in Louisiana (varies by carrier):
  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Additional Personal Injury Protection (APIP)
  • Passenger Personal Injury Protection
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury
  • Uninsured Motorist Property Damage

Liability coverage is legally required in Louisiana and pays for injury and lost wages that you cause to another driver or their passengers as well as damage to the other driver’s vehicle in the event that you are considered “at fault” in an accident. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into three categories. In Louisiana, the minimum is listed as 15/30/25 and explained below:

  • $15,000 bodily injury coverage per person. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for a single person that you injure in an auto accident.
  • $30,000 bodily injury coverage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for all injuries that you cause in an accident if more than one person is hurt.
  • $25,000 property damage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for damage that you cause in an accident.

These numbers reflect the minimum limits required in Louisiana but higher coverage amounts are available with most companies.

Car Insurance FAQs

Are digital insurance cards accepted in Louisiana?

Yes — if you happen to find yourself pulled over by a police officer in Louisiana you won't have to rifle through your glovebox wondering if you remembered to replace that expired insurance card last month. Instead, you can provide proof of coverage with your smartphone.

Do I need uninsured motorist coverage in Louisiana?

13% of drivers don't carry insurance in Louisiana — matching the nationwide mean of 13%. It's a good idea to carry uninsured motorist coverage in Louisiana to avoid extra costs in the event of an accident.

How much does car insurance cost in Louisiana 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 Ruston, Louisiana, and the most expensive in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rank City Avg. Annual Premium
1 New Orleans $2,885
2 Harvey $2,538
3 Marrero $2,519
4 Terrytown $2,505
5 Metairie $2,210
6 Kenner $2,203
7 Baton Rouge $2,187
8 Central $2,179
9 Shenandoah $2,161
10 Prairieville $2,148
11 Hammond $2,086
12 Alexandria $2,075
13 Laplace $2,011
14 Lafayette $1,956
15 Lake Charles $1,954
16 Monroe $1,950
17 Slidell $1,938
18 Sulphur $1,935
19 New Iberia $1,890
20 Shreveport $1,857
21 Houma $1,828
22 Bayou Cane $1,800
23 Natchitoches $1,799
24 Bossier City $1,762
25 Ruston $1,686

Recent Louisiana Car Insurance Questions and Answers

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Driving Laws

Louisiana Texting and Driving Laws

  • Ban on hand-held cell phones for Learner or Intermediate License (regardless of age)
  • Ban on all cell phones for school bus drivers, 1st year of License, and drivers <18 years old
  • Ban on text messaging for all drivers

Louisiana DUI Laws

The lookback period in Louisiana is 10 years. Repeated DWI offenses within this time period will result in harsher penalties and fines. First and second offenses are deemed misdemeanors. Subsequent offenses will be considered felonies.

Drivers whose BAC is 0.20% or higher are subject to enhanced fines and penalties as well.

A DWI leading to the death of another can result in the offender spending up to 30 years in prison, in addition to enhanced fines and penalties.

First-time DWI offenses in Louisiana lead to:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines, plus court costs
  • License suspension for one year
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Louisiana 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 Louisiana area, while also getting an insider view of the Pelican State.


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 destrination is inconsequential. So if you have an awesome spot in mind that's just two miles from home, we want to see it.


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

4. Please include...

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


Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31st, 2018


Winner(s) will be selected and notified by email by January 31st, 2019

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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