Moving from California to Idaho? You may need to update your car insurance.
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If you're relocating from California to Idaho, you are probably fixated on the major concerns and big expenses: finding a reliable long-haul moving service, finding an abode in your new state, and physically moving across state lines.
Amidst the stress of a big move, it can be easy to forget the details. Car insurance is often treated as a detail, but it's a big one. To remain on the right side of the law, you should plan to update your policy — or find a new insurer altogether — when you move between states.
Check out our guide to car insurance in California versus Idaho to take some of the complexity out of the moving process. We'll cover:
You should expect to pay less for auto insurance once you relocate. The average annual auto insurance rate in Idaho is $644 less expensive than the average cost in California. Keep in mind this cost depends on your coverage level, driving and insurance history, and your auto insurance company.
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How much you shell out for auto insurance depends on how you use your vehicle and what level of coverage you desire.
If you select state minimum liability coverage, you'll have bodily injury, property damage liability, and medical payment coverages, along with uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection in some states.
Upgrading to full-coverage auto insurance will cost more, but you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with collision and comprehensive coverages, as well as rental reimbursement and roadside assistance. The most notable benefit of full coverage is that it insures your vehicle and you more comprehensively than does minimum liability coverage. If you are willing to spend more up front to protect your investment, consider bumping up your policy to full coverage.
A primary determinant of your auto insurance costs is the auto insurance company you choose. Insurance companies set rates in a number of ways, leading to substantial variations in pricing. Geography also matters: some insurers only sell policies in certain states, while bigger insurance companies' rates differ by state.
When moving across state lines, it's critical to find the best cheap car insurance company offering policies in your new location. Get your research started below by viewing the five cheapest auto insurance companies in California and Idaho.
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Although car insurance is legislated on a state-by-state level, insurance companies price rates by ZIP code to account for unique factors such as density and the likelihood of a crash. The location to which you move will play a big part in deciding your rates.
View the below tables to see auto insurance rates in major cities in Idaho and California.
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Check out a longer list of insurance rates in California cities.
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Is your new home not listed above? View rates in smaller Idaho cities.
When moving from California to Idaho, you’ll encounter new rules of the road, different SR-22 or FR-44 requirements, and more. Make sure your move is as easy as possible with The Zebra's data on your new state:
The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.