Cheap South Dakota Car Insurance

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Cheap Car Insurance

It's cheap to get car insurance in South Dakota!

Whoa! South Dakota is one of the cheapest states for car insurance. Let's see how much you'll save!
At The Zebra we're all about helping you save money on car insurance. Our engine looks for the cheapest insurance provider to find the best fit for you and your vehicle. Since South Dakota might have cheaper premiums that makes our job a breeze! It's easy to get started—we just need some basic information to begin finding the best auto discounts for you.
What's the cheapest car insurance in South Dakota?
Rank Company Premium
1 USAA $644
2 Auto-Owners $906
3 State Farm $987
4 Farmers Mutual of Nebraska $1,016
5 Unitrin $1,054
6 Western National $1,057
7 Farmers $1,088
8 Allied $1,132
9 Buckeye $1,167
10 Farm Bureau Mutual $1,247
11 Progressive $1,255
12 American Family $1,451
13 Allstate $1,615
14 North Star $1,646
15 GEICO $1,650
16 National Farmers Union $1,881
17 Safeco $2,479

Cheap Insurance for Good Drivers in South 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. South Dakota drivers without a recent at-fault accident typically save 33% on their car insurance premiums — nearly matching the 32% US average. 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 $233 15.46%
No Accidents $638 33.33%
Good Credit $1,098 46.25%

Cheap Insurance for Young Drivers in South 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. In South Dakota, the typical teen driver pays $4,158 annually — approximately $800 less than the national average for teens, but about three times as much as the average driver in South Dakota.

Age Annual Rate with Parents Annual Rate Alone
16 $3,842 $5,793
17 $3,661 $5,345
18 $3,801 $4,844
19 $3,173 $2,805

Cheap Car Insurance for Bad Drivers in South 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 33% after a DUI, 33% after an at-fault accident, and 15% after a speeding ticket in South Dakota. The post-citation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in South Dakota roughly align to nationwide 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 $1,913 33.33%
DUI $1,928 33.85%
Speeding Violation $1,509 15.46%
Bad Credit $2,373 46.25%
Car Insurance Laws

State minimum insurance requirements in South Dakota

In South Dakota, the state minimum coverage requirements are as follows:
Liability
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist
Optional coverage in South Dakota (varies by carrier):

Liability coverage is legally required in South 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 South 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 South 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 South 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.

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

Top South Dakota Car Insurance Companies

The Zebra compares over 200 companies & 1,800 products, so you can save way more than 15% and find the cheapest car insurance in South Dakota.

Car Insurance FAQs

Are digital insurance cards accepted in South Dakota?

Yes

What does this mean for you?

If you happen to find yourself pulled over by a police officer in South 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.

Do I need uninsured motorist coverage in South Dakota?

Uninsured Drivers in South Dakota
South Dakota

8%

Nationwide

12%

Did you know?

Uninsured motorist coverage protects you from damage caused by other drivers without insurance and hit-and-runs.

How much does car insurance cost in South 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 Watertown, South Dakota, and the most expensive in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Rank City Avg. Annual Premium
1 Pine Ridge $1,387
2 Lead $1,260
3 Hot Springs $1,253
4 Spearfish $1,250
5 Belle Fourche $1,238
6 Sturgis $1,225
7 Mobridge $1,203
8 Rapid Valley $1,187
9 Box Elder $1,181
10 Rapid City $1,169
11 Pierre $1,134
12 Yankton $1,098
13 Milbank $1,075
14 Huron $1,051
15 Mitchell $1,047
16 Dell Rapids $1,043
17 Aberdeen $1,032
18 Vermillion $1,030
19 Madison $1,023
20 Brandon $1,014
21 Harrisburg $1,013
22 Brookings $1,011
23 Sioux Falls $1,005
24 Tea $1,003
25 Watertown $995

Recent South Dakota Car Insurance Questions and Answers

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Driving Laws

South Dakota Texting and Driving Laws

  1. Ban on all cell phones for drivers with Learner or Intermediate Licenses
  2. Ban on text messaging for all drivers
Alcohol Related Fatalities

44

Per Year in South Dakota
Annual DUI Arrests
South Dakota
6,190
US Average
23,438
DUI Legal Limit

0.08%

Blood Alcohol Content
Average DUI Cost

10k

Nationally, For First Offenders
What does this mean for you?

Driving with a blood alcohol content higher than the number above will put you at risk of being arrested for driving under the influence. If arrested you’ll face harsh consequences and may face varying degrees of jail time, fines, driver’s license suspensions, and reinstatement requirements.

If convicted of a DUI, you can expect the financial obligations to extend beyond the DUI ticket to court costs, attorney fees, higher insurance rates, and potentially the installation of a Ignition Interlock Device to serve as a breathalyzer test each time you start your vehicle.

South 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 South Dakota area, while also getting an insider view of the Mount Rushmore State.

Prompt

So, South Dakota 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.

Please Note:

  • 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:
  • Entrants should create an original video not exceeding 2 minutes. Each video submission must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo, and should be submitted by email to scholarships@thezebra.com.
  • With your submission, please include your name, address, and phone number.
Details
  • Selected winner(s) will be awarded a check for $1,000.
  • Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31st, 2017.
  • Winner(s) will be selected and notified by e-mail by January 31st, 2018.
  • Submissions will be judged by The Zebra and 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.