The cheapest states for car insurance are Iowa, Vermont and Nebraska, according to WalletHub's Cheap Car Insurance Study. They are the cheapest states for auto insurance in large part because they have low population density and relatively few uninsured motorists. In contrast, New York, Florida and New Jersey are the most expensive states for car insurance.
Population and uninsured motorists are the two main reasons for variations in policy costs from state to state. After all, fewer people means fewer drivers on the road, which means fewer accidents. And a low percentage of uninsured motorists means that more of the people on the road are responsible drivers. It also means insurance companies face fewer claims from their own customers who've been hit by uninsured motorists. Both a low population and low numbers of uninsured motorists keep claims and premiums down.
In addition to the population and number of uninsured drivers, other factors that affect car insurance costs include state laws, crime rates, and special weather hazards. State laws govern how much insurance coverage drivers are required to carry, and no-fault laws impact insurers' risks. Crime rates mainly impact comprehensive coverage, which covers losses due to theft or violence. Weather hazards - like hurricanes, hail or snowstorms - cause more breakdowns and accidents.
Yes, Farmers will pay for windshield replacement or repair services for customers who have comprehensive coverage, though a deductible will apply unless state laws or policy details say otherwise. Comprehensive insurance from Farmers covers windshields damaged by weather, vandalism and theft, among other things.
In some states, specific laws govern whether customers will need to pay their deductible for windshield repairs or replacement. For instance, in Florida, Kentucky, and South Carolina, insurers cannot charge a deductible for windshield repairs or replacement. Additionally, insurance companies in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York must offer a "full glass coverage" policy that allows customers to choose a $0 deductible for glass repairs.… read full answer
On the other hand, if the windshield was damaged in an accident and the policyholder was at-fault, Farmers customers can file a collision claim, though their exact policy details will determine if they need to pay a collision deductible. And if the policyholder was not at-fault, the at-fault driver’s liability insurance should cover the damage without a deductible.
If you’re not sure whether you will need to pay a deductible for windshield replacement, you can check your policy details or call Farmers’s customer service line at 1 (888) 327-6335. To file a claim for windshield repair or replacement, you can use Farmers’s online portal.
GEICO insurance rates are very competitive, ranking 2nd overall (behind only Progressive) in WalletHub’s 2019 Cheap Car Insurance Study. The study compared 46 major car insurance companies for a variety of driver profiles. This means GEICO’s rates tend to be lower than those charged by State Farm, Allstate, Nationwide, Travelers, and other popular auto insurers.… read full answer
Individual results may vary, however. The rates GEICO quotes you are based on your driving record and experience, along with your location, credit score (in some states), vehicle age, and vehicle equipment. Your coverage and deductible choices matter, too.
GEICO tends to have relatively low rates for new drivers and those with less-than-perfect driving records. The following chart shows how GEICO ranks among 46 U.S. auto insurers in terms of monthly costs for different types of drivers. Learn more about how we obtained these sample quotes in the Methodology section of our 2019 GEICO Car Insurance Review.
Sample GEICO Car Insurance Rates:
Clean Driving Record Cost
Poor Driving Record
$312 / month
$388 / month
$254 / month
$314 / month
$259 / month
$327 / month
Those quotes don’t take into account GEICO’s various discounts. GEICO offers impressive discounts for having multiple policies and certain vehicle safety equipment, for example. But it doesn’t have “green car” or loyalty discounts, unlike some of its competitors.
At the end of the day, knowing that GEICO ranks among the cheapest major auto insurers provides a helpful starting point as you shop for auto insurance. But the best option will be the one that gives you the coverage you need, plus excellent service, at a price that fits within your budget.
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