Car Insurance Comparison: Connecticut vs. California

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Comparing auto insurance in Connecticut and California

If you are relocating from Connecticut to California, you are probably focusing on the major concerns and expenses: finding a reliable moving service, securing a new apartment or house in your new city, and setting your move-in schedule.

With so many moving parts, it’s easy to overlook the details. Car insurance is often treated as a detail, but it's an important one. To stay street legal and find cheap rates, plan to reevaluate your policy — or find a new insurance company — when you move between states.

Consult our guide to auto insurance in Connecticut and California and make your move painless. We'll cover:


  1. Insurance cost comparison
  2. Insurance rates by coverage level
  3. Cheap companies by state
  4. Rates by city
  5. Additional resources


Connecticut vs. California car insurance — average rates

You should expect to pay less for auto insurance in your new home. The usual annual car insurance rate in California is $103 less expensive than the cost in Connecticut. The exact cost will vary, depending on your coverage, driving and insurance history, and your auto insurance company.


CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS IN CONNECTICUT VS. CALIFORNIA
State Average Annual Premium
Connecticut $1,809
California $1,707


Average car insurance premiums by coverage level

How much you spend on car insurance depends on your vehicle, your personal driving profile, and what level of coverage you want.

If you elect your state's minimum liability car insurance coverage, you'll get bodily injury, property damage liability, and medical payment coverages, plus underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection (PIP) in some states.


AUTO INSURANCE PREMIUMS — STATE MINIMUM COVERAGE IN CONNECTICUT vs. CALIFORNIA
Location Period Premium
Connecticut Annual $643
California Annual $573
Connecticut 6-Month $321
California 6-Month $286
Connecticut Monthly $54
California Monthly $48


Choosing to carry full-coverage auto insurance will cost more each month, but you'll get the added protection of comprehensive and collision coverage levels, along with extras like rental car reimbursement and roadside assistance. The primary benefit of full coverage car insurance is that it protects your vehicle and you more comprehensively than does minimum liability coverage. If you're motivated to protect your investment, consider bumping up your policy to full coverage.


CAR INSURANCE RATES — FULL COVERAGE IN CONNECTICUT vs. CALIFORNIA
Location Time Period Cost
Connecticut Annual $1,453
California Annual $1,626
Connecticut 6-Month $726
California 6-Month $813
Connecticut Monthly $121
California Monthly $135


Cheap auto insurance companies in Connecticut and California

A major contributor to your auto insurance costs is your choice of insurer. Underwriters set premiums in a number of ways, resulting in major price variations. Location also plays a role: some regional companies sell policies only in certain places, while major insurers' rates change by state.

When moving across state lines, you should look to find the best cheap auto insurance company in your new state. Get started below by viewing the five cheapest auto insurance companies in Connecticut and California.


AFFORDABLE CAR INSURANCE COMPANIES IN CONNECTICUT
Car Insurance Company Average Annual Rate
Utica National $784
Travelers $1,148
Amica $1,232
USAA $1,246
Nationwide $1,411


See other affordable auto insurance companies in Connecticut.


AFFORDABLE AUTO INSURANCE COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA
Car Insurance Company Average Annual Rate
USAA $1,132
Wawanesa $1,169
Century National $1,202
CSAA $1,210
Nationwide $1,238


View other cheap auto insurance companies in California.


Car insurance rates by city in Connecticut and California

While car insurance is regulated at the state level, insurers assign rates by ZIP code to account for unique factors like density and frequency of car crashes. The location to which you move plays a major role in deciding your auto insurance rates.

View the below tables to see car insurance rates in major cities in California and Connecticut.


CAR INSURANCE RATES BY CITY IN CONNECTICUT
City Average Annual Rate
Bridgeport $2,007
New Haven $2,018
Hartford $2,044
Stamford $1,649
Waterbury $1,927


See a more comprehensive list of car insurance rates in Connecticut cities here.


CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS BY CITY IN CALIFORNIA
City Average Annual Rate
Los Angeles $2,125
San Diego $1,354
San Jose $1,409
San Francisco $1,728
Fresno $1,487


Is your new home not listed above? View rates in smaller California cities here.


More resources:moving from Connecticut to California

When you move from Connecticut to California, you'll face new driving laws, different FR-44 or SR-22 requirements, and more. Make sure your move is as easy as possible with our data on your new home:

Kristine Lee
Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent who joined The Zebra in 2019 as an in-house content researcher and writer.

She is an authority on all things insurance and covers the ins and outs of auto, home, life and renters insurance. Her specialty is in providing data-backed insights and information to help insurance shoppers make informed decisions.

Kristine's insurance expertise and research have been cited by publications such as CNBC, Car and Driver, Business Insider, Yahoo!, The Balance, Nationwide and Elephant.

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