Cheap North Dakota Car Insurance

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

Across the Peace Garden State, there are 175,960 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.


 

Cheap Car Insurance

What's the cheapest car insurance in North Dakota?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1USAA$718
2Allied$903
3Nodak Mutual$937
4Grinnell$1,049
5State Farm$1,131
6Safeco$1,145
7Progressive$1,307
8State Auto$1,326
9Auto-Owners$1,436
10Auto Club Group$1,473
11Allstate$1,504
12American Family$1,507
13MetLife$1,557
14EMC$1,686
15National Farmers Union$1,771
16North Star$2,024
17GEICO$2,039
18Farmers$2,159
19Liberty Mutual$2,423
20Dairyland$5,145

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Cheap Insurance for Good Drivers in North Dakota

Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. North Dakota drivers without a recent moving violation can save 18% on their car insurance premiums, on average — compared to the national average of 17%. 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$28618.80%
No Accidents$53530.25%
Good Credit$1,05846.18%

Cheap Insurance for Young Drivers in North 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, teens pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. North Dakota's teen drivers receive a relative bargain, paying just $4,384 per year on average, roughly $600 less than the national average — but still about three times as much as the average driver in North Dakota.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone
16$4,715$6,197
17$4,404$4,899
18$4,076$4,542
19$3,401$2,840

Cheap Car Insurance for Bad Drivers in North 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 38% after a DUI, 30% after an at-fault accident, and 18% after a speeding ticket in North Dakota. The post-citation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in North Dakota 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 FactorAnnual Rate% Increase
At-Fault Accident$1,76830.25%
DUI$2,00338.44%
Speeding Violation$1,51918.80%
Bad Credit$2,29246.18%

What are the Best Car Insurance Companies in North Dakota?

Every auto insurance company advertises its low prices. But as with any product, the most affordable car insurance option is not always the finest option. Considering what's at stake, it's worth doing your research to zero in on an insurance policy that covers your vehicle completely in the event of an incident. Find a great value, instead of settling for the cheapest car insurance in your state.

Compare popular insurers' fiscal strength and claims satisfaction levels to better understand the level of service you can expect. 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 ranging from "Superior" to "Poor" — assesses an insurer's financial strength and ability to fulfill its policy and contractual obligations.

Insurance CompanyClaims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)Financial Strength (A.M. Best)
Allied3Superior
Allstate3Superior
American Family4Excellent
Auto Club Group2Excellent
EMCNot RatedExcellent
Farmers3Excellent
GEICO3Superior
Liberty Mutual3Excellent
MetLife3Superior
Nodak MutualNot RatedExcellent
North StarNot RatedSuperior
Progressive3Superior
State AutoNot RatedExcellent
State Farm3Superior
USAA5Superior

 

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What is the Best Auto Insurance Coverage in North Dakota?

The minimum insurance requirement in North Dakota is $25,000 Bodily Injury per person, $50,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $25,000 Property Damage per accident.

If you select the minimum required coverage in North Dakota, you'll pay an average of $358 each year. This cost is cheaper than the nationwide average by 46%. If you elect more comprehensive coverage, you can purchase a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, insuring against the costs of vehicle crashes, theft, or weather incidents. However, better auto insurance coverage comes at a cost: in North Dakota, a comprehensive policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,054, 194% more than basic coverage. For comprehensive insurance coverage with a $500 deductible, you can expect to pay 243% more than you might for a basic liability-only policy.

Compare average costs for basic, good, and great coverage levels below.

LocationLiability-OnlyComprehensive — $1,000 DeductibleComprehensive — $500 Deductible
North Dakota$358.09$1,054.27$1,227.64
National Average$657.66$1,241.26$1,397.94

Car Insurance Laws

State minimum insurance requirements in North Dakota

In North Dakota, the state minimum coverage requirements are as follows:
Liability
  • 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
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • $30,000 per person
Optional coverage in North Dakota (varies by carrier):
  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance

Liability coverage is legally required in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, the minimum is listed as 25/50/25 and explained below:

  • $25,000 bodily injury coverage per person. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for a single person that you injure in an auto accident.
  • $50,000 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.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage is legally required in North Dakota and pays for injury and lost wages that you or your passengers may suffer in the event that you are hit by an uninsured/underinsured driver who is at fault. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into two categories. In North Dakota, the minimum is listed as 25/50 and explained below:

  • $25,000 bodily injury coverage per person. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for a single person injured in your vehicle by an uninsured/underinsured driver.
  • $50,000 bodily injury coverage per accident. This is the maximum dollar amount that pays for all injuries in your vehicle by an uninsured/underinsured driver if more than one person is hurt.

Personal Injury Protection provides coverage for medical costs that you and your passengers incur in an accident regardless of fault. PIP will cover medical expenses such as hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, and even work loss resulting from an accident. In North Dakota, minimum PIP coverage of $30,000 per person is required on your policy.

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

North Dakota is a no fault state!

What does this mean for you?

Put simply, 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 or raising a hissy fit over culpability are lessened. And bonus? It guarantees every driver immediate medical treatment in the event of an accident.

North Dakota Auto Insurance FAQs

Are digital insurance cards accepted in North Dakota?

Yes. If you happen to find yourself pulled over by a police officer in North Dakota 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.

Should I carry uninsured motorist coverage in North Dakota?

7% of drivers don't have insurance in North Dakota — below the US average of 13%. It's worth considering uninsured motorist coverage in North Dakota to avoid extra costs in the event of an accident.

Is car insurance required in North Dakota?

Yes. Car insurance is mandatory in North Dakota. 

How much does car insurance cost in North 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 West Fargo, North Dakota, and the most expensive in Hazen, North Dakota.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1Hazen$1,424
2Beulah$1,419
3Williston$1,391
4Mandan$1,359
5Rugby$1,357
6Belcourt$1,335
7Bismarck$1,335
8Bottineau$1,328
9Dickinson$1,325
10Carrington$1,321
11Grafton$1,309
12Minot$1,304
13Devils Lake$1,294
14Valley City$1,234
15Lisbon$1,233
16Wahpeton$1,215
17Jamestown$1,207
18Lincoln$1,204
19Grand Forks$1,167
20Fargo$1,159
21Grand Forks AFB$1,158
22Horace$1,141
23Casselton$1,135
24West Fargo$1,105

Recent North Dakota Car Insurance Questions and Answers

What do I do if my vehicle was totaled while parked?

I would definitely involve your insurance company and let them know about the situation. The other driver's insurance company should be paying for your damage up to the limit of that policy, but if it doesn't cover everything then your current company should be able to help cover the rest.

What happens if your car gets broken into at home?

You would file a claim with your auto insurance company for the damaged window and anything stolen from inside the vehicle that was permanently attached like a cd player/head unit or navigation system. For anything stolen from your vehicle that were personal items, not permanently attached to your car, you would have to file a claim with your renters/homeowners insurance company.


Driving Laws

North Dakota Texting and Driving Laws

  1. Ban on all cell phones for drivers <18 years old
  2. Ban on text messaging for all drivers

North Dakota DUI Laws

The DUI lookback for most DUI offenses in North Dakota is seven years. The lookback period is extended to 15 years for four or more offenses. Imposed penalties are harsher for repeated DUI convictions within this timeframe.

First-time DUI offenses in North Dakota are class B misdemeanors and lead to:

  • Two days in jail if BAC is 0.16% or higher
  • $500 in fines (or $750 if BAC is 0.16% or higher)
  • 91-day license suspension (or 180-day suspension if BAC is 0.18% or higher)
  • Mandatory addiction evaluation

How Do Citations Impact Auto Insurance Rates in North Dakota?

If you receive a ticket, your car insurance costs will probably rise. By how much depends on the type of violation, your car insurance company's pricing standards, 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 North Dakota after some common violations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$2,18265%$857
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$2,07356%$748
DUI$2,07356%$748
Racing$2,18265%$857
Reckless Driving$2,11359%$788
Driving with a Suspended License$2,18265%$857
At-Fault Accident$1,80736%$482
Driving with an Open Container$1,58720%$262
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,68527%$360
Passing a School Bus$1,68027%$355
Improper Passing$1,61822%$293
Following Too Closely$1,60021%$275
Speeding$1,61722%$293
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,71429%$390
Illegal Turn$1,60021%$275
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,61822%$293
Failure to Yield$1,61822%$293
Speeding in a School Zone$1,61322%$288
Driving Too Slowly$1,57719%$252
Distracted Driving$1,59020%$265
Driving with Expired Registration$1,4449%$119
Failure to Show Documents$1,4449%$119
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,4016%$76
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,3512%$26
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$1,3512%$26
Driving Without Lights$1,3512%$26

North Dakota 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 North Dakota area, while also getting an insider view of the Peace Garden 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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