Car Insurance Comparison: Texas vs. Washington

If you're moving from Texas to Washington, you should consider the consequences for your car insurance.

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Comparing auto insurance in Texas and Washington

If you are planning a move from Texas to Washington, you are probably fixated on the major concerns and expenses: locating a reliable moving company, locking down an abode in your new city, and arranging your move across state lines.

Amid all the stress, it’s easy to overlook the details. Car insurance coverage is one of these details, but it's important. In order to stay legal and find a good deal, plan to update your policy — or find a new insurance company — when you move between states.

Check out our guide to auto insurance in Texas versus Washington and ensure your move is pain-free. We'll cover:


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


Texas vs. Washington auto insurance — average rates

You should expect to pay less for car insurance once you move. The typical annual car insurance rate in Washington is $865 less than the typical cost of car insurance in Texas. The precise cost will depend on your coverage choice, insurance history, and your choice of car insurance company.


CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS IN TEXAS AND WASHINGTON
State Average Annual Price
Texas $2,125
Washington $1,259


Auto insurance rates by coverage level

The amount you pay for auto insurance depends on how you use your vehicle and how much protection you want.

If you select state minimum liability auto insurance coverage, you'll have bodily injury, property damage liability, and medical payment coverages, along with underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection in some states.


CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR MINIMUM COVERAGE IN TEXAS vs. WASHINGTON
State Time Period Rate
Texas Annual $782
Washington Annual $607
Texas 6-Month $391
Washington 6-Month $303
Texas Monthly $65
Washington Monthly $51


Upgrading to full-coverage car insurance will raise your premiums, but you will receive collision and comprehensive coverages, plus extras such as rental car reimbursement and roadside assistance. The primary benefit of full coverage is that it covers your vehicle and you more comprehensively than does basic car insurance coverage. If you want to go the extra mile to protect your investment in your vehicle, consider full coverage.


CAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS — FULL COVERAGE IN TEXAS vs. WASHINGTON
Location Time Period Rate
Texas Annual $2,120
Washington Annual $1,183
Texas 6-Month $1,060
Washington 6-Month $591
Texas Monthly $177
Washington Monthly $99


Cheap auto insurance companies in Texas and Washington

One of the top contributing factors to auto insurance costs is your choice of auto insurance company. Insurers set premiums in a variety of ways, leading to substantial variations in pricing. Geography plays a role, too: some regional insurance companies sell policies only in certain places, while bigger insurance companies' rates differ by state.

When moving, you should try to find the best cheap insurance company in your new location. Get started below with our list of the five cheapest auto insurance companies in Texas and Washington.


CHEAP CAR INSURANCE COMPANIES IN TEXAS
Insurer Average Annual Rate
Travelers $1,031
USAA $1,106
Texas Farm Bureau $1,223
Germania Mutual $1,269
Esurance $1,393


See additional affordable auto insurance companies in Texas.


AFFORDABLE CAR INSURANCE COMPANIES IN WASHINGTON
Car Insurance Company Average Annual Rate
Capital $769
Grange $830
Nationwide $971
PEMCO $984
Travelers $1,018


View more inexpensive auto insurance companies in Washington.


Car insurance rates by city in Texas and Washington

While car insurance is legislated at the state level, underwriters assign rates by ZIP code to account for local factors such as population density and number of insurance claims. The location to which you relocate will play a major role in deciding your rates.

The below tables show car insurance rates in major cities in Washington and Texas.


CAR INSURANCE PRICES BY CITY IN TEXAS
City Average Annual Rate
Houston $1,872
San Antonio $1,705
Dallas $1,874
Austin $1,643
Fort Worth $1,637


See a longer list of insurance rates in Texas cities.


AUTO INSURANCE PREMIUMS BY CITY IN WASHINGTON
City Average Annual Rate
Seattle $1,377
Spokane $1,082
Tacoma $1,413
Vancouver $1,169
Bellevue $1,231


Looking for rates in another city? View more insurance rates for Washington cities.


Additional resources: moving from Texas to Washington

When you move from Texas to Washington, you will encounter new driving laws, different FR-44 or SR-22 requirements, and more. Ensure your interstate move goes off without a hitch with The Zebra's collection of information on your new home:

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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. Before joining The Zebra, she was a freelance copywriter for over five years. 

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, BadCredit.orgCar and Driver, Business Insider, Yahoo!, The Balance, Nationwide and Elephant.

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