It’s no secret that prices for cars have increased dramatically due to inflation and the national chip shortage. While drivers may be paying top dollar for a new vehicle, we've crunched the numbers and found, through your car insurance, savings can still be found.
Dig into The Zebra's 2021 car buying guide for insights.
Are you debating new vs. used?
Nationally, auto insurance drops about 3% on average with each additional year your vehicle ages. New cars are more expensive to insure than older vehicles because they cost more to repair or replace — especially if they feature new technology like blind spot sensors and rearview cameras. A 5-year-old vehicle is about 14% less expensive to insure than its brand-new counterpart.
Here's a breakdown of the United States' ten best-selling cars sold new vs. a four-year-old used model.
Ten best-selling cars sold new vs. a four-year-old used model
Cost to Insure 2020
Cost to Insure 2016
$ Difference from New
Want to go green?
Well, it’ll cost you about $109 more to insure an environmentally-friendly car compared to a luxury one.
Here's a breakdown of several top EV models and the average cost to insure them based on our 2021 State of Auto Insurance:
Top EV models and the average cost to insure them
Cost to Insure
Kia Niro EV
Chevy Bolt EV
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model S
Do you need all the bells and whistles?
Well, not exactly. You’ll see the most savings with electronic stability control (ESC) in your vehicle, but it will lower auto insurance premiums by only $9/year on average. It’s also worth noting that new car technology also increases the cost of vehicle repairs or replacement, so it won’t save you much on car insurance.
Unfortunately, all the new car tech isn't paying off for insurers quite yet.
Avg Annual Premium
Blind Spot Warning Device
Collision Preparation System
Driver Alertness Monitoring Device
Lane Departure Warning Device
Night Vision Device
Park Assist Device
Rear View Camera
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
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