Planning a move from Michigan to California? Remember to update your car insurance.
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If you’re moving from Michigan to California, chances are you're assessing the major concerns and big expenses: contracting a reliable long-distance moving service, finding a house or apartment in your new state, and arranging your interstate move.
With so many moving parts, it can be easy to overlook the details. Car insurance is often just an afterthought, but it's important. To find a cheap rate and stay street legal, plan to reevaluate your policy — or purchase a new policy — when you move between states.
Read our guide to car insurance in Michigan and California to learn more about how to make your move as easy as possible. We'll cover the following topics:
You should expect to pay less for auto coverage in your new state. The usual annual car insurance rate in California is $988 less expensive than the typical cost of car insurance in Michigan. The exact cost will depend on your coverage level, driving and insurance history, and your auto insurance company.
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The amount you pay for car insurance coverage depends on how you use your vehicle and what level of coverage you desire.
If you elect your state's minimum liability auto insurance coverage, you’ll most likely carry bodily injury, medical payment, and property damage liability coverages, in addition to underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection in certain states.
Choosing full-coverage auto insurance will cost more each month, but you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with comprehensive and collision coverages, plus perks like rental reimbursement and roadside assistance. The primary benefit of full coverage is that it covers your vehicle and you more comprehensively than does basic coverage. If you want to go the extra mile to protect your investment, consider full coverage.
A major determinant of your auto insurance costs is your choice of insurer. Auto insurance companies set rates in a variety of ways, resulting in major price variations. Geography matters, too: some insurance companies sell policies only in certain places, while major insurance companies shift rates by state.
When moving, you should look to find the best cheap auto insurance company in your new state. Get started below by viewing the five most affordable car insurance companies in Michigan and California.
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Though car insurance is legislated by states, insurance companies assign rates by ZIP code to account for location-specific factors such as density and the likelihood of a crash. The exact location to which you relocate will play a major role in deciding your premiums.
Reference the below tables to see car insurance rates in major cities in California and Michigan.
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Check out a longer list of insurance rates in Michigan cities here.
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Looking for another city's data? View rates in other California cities here.
When you pack up and move from Michigan to California, you will face new driving laws, different FR-44 or SR-22 requirements, and more. Make sure your move runs smoothly with The Zebra's data on your new home:
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