Car insurance does not go up at age 35 because the closer drivers get to middle-age, the more experience they tend to have behind the wheel and the less risk they pose to insurance companies. Car insurance at age 35 is still more expensive than the national average of $60 per month, though. Rates typically don’t drop below the national average until drivers turn 45 years old.
Cost of Car Insurance by Age
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Note: Premiums reflect state-minimum coverage.
It’s important to remember that age is not the only factor used to calculate insurance risk. Insurers also account for things like your driving record, your ZIP code, and the make and model of your vehicle.
Because companies use different factors to determine your premiums, it’s important to compare multiple quotes from different insurers to make sure you’re getting the best deal. To learn more, check out WalletHub’s guide to comparing car insurance rates.
Car insurance for a 35-year-old costs $739 per year, on average, or $62 per month. The exact cost of car insurance for a 35-year-old depends on a few factors, including their driving record, gender, location, vehicle, and car insurance company. Some of the cheapest insurance companies for 35-year-old drivers are … read full answerGeico, USAA and Progressive.
Cost of Car Insurance for a 35-Year-Old by Company
The cost of car insurance typically goes down the most between the ages of 18 and 19, when rates drop by about 25% on average. Car insurance premiums generally continue to go down each year until age 25, when rates begin to level off for the next few decades. When drivers turn 25 years old, they can expect a discount of about 14%.… read full answer
Note: The table above shows average annual rates for minimum coverage across all 50 states.
Around middle age, rates may begin to creep back up. This is because middle-aged drivers tend to insure newer, nicer cars and begin to add their children to the policy, increasing the average rate for this age range overall. Individual rates also start to go up again between the ages of 65 and 75 because senior drivers have a higher risk of accidents than middle-aged drivers.
Why Age Affects Car Insurance
Age affects car insurance rates because it’s an indicator of a driver’s risk to an insurance company. Young drivers are statistically more likely to get into a car accident than older, more experienced drivers. As a result, they’re considered high-risk and are more expensive to insure.
The risk for the insurer and the cost for the insured then generally decline as drivers age and gain experience. Once drivers pass the age of 65, however, their risk starts to go up again. Not only are senior drivers more likely to get into an accident than middle-aged drivers, but they’re also more likely to be injured as a result.
States Where Age Does Not Affect Rates
Although most people in the U.S. will find their prices change according to this timeline, there are a few states in which insurers can’t use age to determine your rate. In California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts, age won’t have a direct effect on how much you pay for car insurance. Other factors will still have an impact, though. Your driving record, credit score, and marital status can all affect your final premium.
Car insurance is cheapest around age 55, on average, according to WalletHub data. Middle-aged drivers with experience on the road are the least expensive to insure because they have the lowest accident and claims rates, especially compared to senior and teenage drivers, who are the most likely to be involved in car crashes. Overall, car insurance is cheapest for drivers aged 35-65. … read full answer
Cheapest Ages for Car Insurance
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Premiums represent an average of quotes from Quadrant Information Services for ZIP codes nationwide.
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