State College has the least expensive auto insurance premiums in Pennsylvania, with an average of $335 per year. By comparison, the average cost of car insurance in Pennsylvania overall is $501 per year.
Cheapest Cities for Car Insurance in Pennsylvania
State College: $335 per year
Carlisle: $360 per year
Chambersburg: $363per year
Williamsport: $366 per year
Some cities in Pennsylvania have cheaper car insurance premiums than others because insurance companies take a driver’s ZIP code into account when calculating their premium, alongside other factors. For example, drivers who live in dense urban areas typically pay more for coverage than drivers in rural areas because they’re more likely to get into an accident. And if an area has a particularly high theft rate, car insurance may be more expensive due to the risk of vehicles being stolen.
Common reasons for high car insurance costs include your driving record, age, coverage options, where you live, the car you drive, your credit history or not taking advantage of discounts. The average car insurance premium has also become more expensive as it increased by more than 50% in the past 10 years.… read full answer
8 Reasons Why Your Car Insurance Is So Expensive
1. You Have a Poor Driving Record
Your driving record is probably the most important factor in determining your car insurance rates. If your record is poor, with accidents and driving violations, and you have a history of claims, your rates will be high. You will also pay more than average if you’re bad with credit, young (especially young and male), or unmarried.
2. Your Vehicle Is Expensive to Insure
Insurance companies like safe, boring cars that nobody wants to steal for joy-riding or parts. If you choose to drive something large, fast, luxurious, statistically unsafe on the road, or popular with thieves, you will pay more.
3. You Live in a High-Risk Location
Where you live has a large impact on your premiums. Some areas of the country have much higher insurance costs than others. A number of factors go into this, such as the history of accidents in the area, population density, the number of uninsured drivers, crime statistics, bad weather patterns, etc. Also, if you live far from work and have a long daily commute, the high annual mileage could raise your rate.
4. You Have High Coverage Amounts
If your coverage limits are high and your deductibles are low, you will be happy if you need to make a claim, but not as happy when you’re paying your premiums. If the insurance company risks having to pay out more in the future, you will have to pay more now.
5. You Are Not Taking Advantage of Discounts
Insurers offer a very wide variety of discounts. Valued customer discounts offer savings for things like loyalty, multiple cars and policies, and paying online. Driver discounts may apply if you are a good driver, good student, belong to a certain profession or organization, are married, or more. Your car may also qualify for a discount if it has equipment that makes it safer to drive or harder to steal. Discounts are available to nearly everyone, and you may qualify for some that you aren’t getting credit for yet.
6. You Are Too Young or Too Old
Teens are statistically more likely to cause car accidents than the average driver, so insurance companies charge them the highest premiums. Drivers who get their license at 16 years old usually see their premiums decrease with every year of experience, however, and age 25 is generally considered a turning point when premiums become considerably lower.
Experienced drivers in their 40s and 50s are often the cheapest to insure. But rates begin to rise again after age 65.
7. You Have a Low Insurance Score
Every major insurance company uses a credit-based insurance score to calculate premiums where allowed by law. Like credit scores, insurance scores are based on credit report information, only they are used to predict a driver’s likelihood of filing a claim. The rationale is that individuals who are careful with their money tend to be careful drivers, too.
However, insurance scores are controversial, so they are banned in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and California. Most other states also have restrictions on their use, which can be found on the state insurance regulator’s website.
8. Costs Increasing Overall
Record-setting natural disasters, more phone-related car accidents, high rates of insurance fraud, and expensive-to-repair car technology have all increased costs for insurance companies. As a result, insurers have been raising their prices to cover their expenses.
From 2010 to 2019, the average cost of car insurance increased by more than 50%. Prices have gone up every year. This steady rise in insurance costs has outstripped other consumer costs. Even skyrocketing hospital costs lag slightly behind car insurance.
Overall Cost Increases from 2010 to 2019
Car Insurance: 52.2%
Hospital Services: 49.1%
Cost of Living: 17.2%
Physician’s Fees: 15.7%
You can’t reverse this industry-wide inflation. But if you want to lower your own insurance costs, address as many of your personal factors as you can. Then get quotes from multiple insurance companies and compare.
Yes, ZIP codes affect car insurance premiums. Drivers in the most expensive ZIP codes in New York and California, for example, pay an average of about $3,500 more per year for full-coverage car insurance than drivers in the least expensive areas of those states. And drivers in the most expensive states for car insurance, like New York, can expect to pay at least $700 more per year for minimum coverage than drivers in the least expensive states, like Iowa, on average.… read full answer
With that being said, certain states have banned the use of ZIP codes for insurance pricing or have passed laws reducing their influence on premiums due to concerns about the impact on low-income and minority drivers. For instance, insurers in California are legally required to consider factors like a driver’s record and years of experience before taking their ZIP code into account. Similarly, Michigan used to have the country’s most expensive ZIP codes for car insurance. In response, it recently passed a law forbidding the use of ZIP codes and other demographic information in calculating premiums.
In most states, however, car insurance companies still do consider ZIP codes when calculating premiums.
Car insurance companies evaluate ZIP codes based on:
Traffic, which is affected by population density and the number of cars on the road
Accident rates, which are also influenced by demographics and road quality
The number of uninsured motorists
The ZIP code’s claims history
Weather and environmental factors such as natural disasters
State and local government regulations
The difference in your premium probably isn’t significant enough to justify moving houses just for the insurance savings. However, if you anticipate moving, estimating premiums in advance will help with your financial planning.
It’s also worth noting that lying about your ZIP code or using a friend’s or family member’s address deceptively can lead to denied claims or even charges of insurance fraud. So being dishonest is certainly not worth the short-term cost savings. Instead, if your ZIP code is hurting your car insurance premiums, compare rates with different companies and look for discounts based on other factors.
Drivers in Pennsylvania need $15,000 of bodily injury liability insurance per person (up to $30,000 per accident) and $5,000 of property damage liability insurance. Collision, comprehensive and gap insurance may also be required by a lender or lessor if your vehicle is financed.
In addition, an optional but recommended type of coverage in Pennsylvania is … read full answeruninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. It replaces the liability coverage an at-fault driver should’ve had and pays for your costs up to your policy limits.
Here’s How Much Car Insurance Drivers Need in Pennsylvania:
Minimum Coverage Limit
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per person)
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per accident)
Property Damage Liability
If you lease or finance your car, you may be required to carry coverage types that are not mandatory under Pennsylvania law. Lenders or lessors usually require comprehensive and collision insurance. Collision insurance covers repairs to your car when you hit another car or object. If the damage to your vehicle was caused by something other than a collision—like a natural disaster, vandalism, falling objects, or animals—it is most likely covered by comprehensive insurance. Lenders may also require gap insurance, which covers the difference between what you owe on your loan or lease and what the vehicle is worth if it has been stolen or totaled.
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