Best Car Insurance Companies for Teenagers (2024)

Auto-Owners and GEICO are the best national insurers for teen drivers, while COUNTRY Financial and NJM are top regional insurers.

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Drivers using Insurify have found quotes as cheap as $36/mo for liability only and $40/mo for full coverage.

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Car insurance for teen drivers costs more than coverage for any other age group. Nationally, teen car insurance averages $376 per month for full coverage and $105 monthly for liability-only insurance, Insurify data shows. By comparison, the national monthly averages for drivers of all ages are $214 and $105, respectively.

Insurers charge more to cover teenagers because young drivers have a greater risk of getting into an accident.[1] But teen drivers can lower their rates by taking approved driver safety courses, choosing a lower-value car with safety features, and staying on their parents’ insurance policy. It’s also important for teen drivers and their parents to compare rates from multiple auto insurance companies.

Quick Facts
  • On average, teen drivers pay $376 per month for full coverage and $184 for liability-only car insurance.

  • It’s generally cheaper for teen drivers to stay on their parents’ auto insurance rather than buy their own policies.

  • Discounts for taking driver’s education courses and for students away at college can help families reduce the cost of insuring a teen driver.

Cheapest car insurance for teenagers

Overall, COUNTRY Financial offers the cheapest rates for teen drivers, with full-coverage rates as low as $48 per month and $22 per month for minimum-coverage policies. But the insurer offers auto coverage in just 19 states, so it won’t work for everyone. National insurers Auto-Owners and GEICO offer the best combination of wide availability and the cheapest rates for teens.

The following table illustrates average monthly rates from top insurers for teen drivers buying their own insurance policies.

The below rates are estimated rates current as of: Tuesday, June 18 at 12:00 PM PDT
Insurance CompanyFull CoverageLiability Only
COUNTRY Financial$48$22
NJM$63$38
Hugo$105$88
Auto-Owners$129$61
Erie$145$85
USAA$153$70
Root$161$110
GEICO$164$75
Metromile$183$114
State Farm$190$88
CSAA$193$128
Mile Auto$234$125
Allstate$236$108
Progressive$243$142
Elephant$282$154
Mercury$292$151
American Family$293$131
Clearcover$300$183
Nationwide$303$138
Safeco$316$175
National General$325$156
Shelter$328$176
State Auto$335$165
The General$348$164
Amica$352$209
Travelers$352$163
Dairyland$354$130
Direct Auto$357$181
The Hartford$361$227
21st Century$400$184
AssuranceAmerica$422$242
Liberty Mutual$426$205
Farmers$430$193
Bristol West$449$204
Infinity$463$343
Chubb$464$217
GAINSCO$495$220
Foremost$498$242
Commonwealth Casualty$545$209
Disclaimer: Table data sourced from real-time quotes from Insurify's 50-plus partner insurance providers and quote estimates from Quadrant Information Services. Actual quotes may vary based on the policy buyer's unique driver profile.

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Best car insurance companies for teenagers

To determine which car insurance companies are the best for teens, Insurify’s data team considered three main factors: cost, safety, and availability. To start, we looked at which insurance companies charge the least for teen drivers. All these insurers offer discounts for teens or young adult drivers, and many discounts encourage good grades and driving behavior.

We also included auto insurance companies that provide resources to help teens develop better driving habits and offer discounts to teens who pursue driving education. Finally, we considered the number of states an insurer operates in. Regional insurers typically offer the same coverages and discounts as national companies and may have lower rates. But their limited availability means they won’t be a good fit for every family.

Here’s a closer look at some of the best car insurance companies for teenagers and what parents need to know about each option.

Insurance CompanyBest forAverage Quote: Full CoverageIQ Score
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GEICOLow rates, national coverage$1649.0
COUNTRY FinancialLowest rates overall$488.8
HugoOn-demand coverage$1057.0
USAAMilitary families$1539.4
MetromileLow-mileage teens$1837.0
State FarmBuilding better driving skills$1909.3
Disclaimer: Table data sourced from real-time quotes from Insurify's 50-plus partner insurance providers. Actual quotes may vary based on the policy buyer's unique driver profile.
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GEICO: Best for low rates and national availability

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IQ Score
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9.0
JD Power
J.D. Power data measures overall customer satisfaction and claims satisfaction based on a 1,000-point scale.
835
Liability Only
Liability-only insurance, sometimes called minimum-coverage insurance, pays for bodily injury and property damage to others in an accident the policyholder causes. It does not pay for the insured’s own damages.
$55/mo
Full Coverage
Full-coverage car insurance generally includes liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage, and may include other optional coverages such as uninsured motorist coverage. Collision covers a policyholder’s repair or replacement costs in case of an accident. Comprehensive covers damages caused by non-accident events. The average quote displayed here reflects policies with the following coverage limits: $50,000 bodily injury liability per person; $100,000 bodily injury liability per accident; $50,00 property damage liability per accident; $1,000 collision deductible; and a $1,000 comprehensive deductible.
$121/mo

Among the nationally available companies Insurify reviewed, GEICO offers the lowest rates for teen drivers.

If you’re not able to find lower rates from a regional insurer in your area, GEICO is a solid choice for its low rates, strong AM Best financial strength rating, and lower-than-average number of complaints on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) complaint index. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway, GEICO is the third-largest U.S. auto insurer by market share.[2]

Pros
  • National availability and competitive rates for teens

  • Good student and good driver discounts

  • Robust mobile app

Cons
  • Gap insurance not available

  • Few local agents

  • Rates can be high for drivers with traffic violations

Read our GEICO review
Solomon - June 20, 2024
Verified

Educated Consumer

It's a good company; however, search other companies for a cheaper cost.

Gloria - June 20, 2024
Verified

Expensive

It's a good insurance, just expensive for me at this time.

George - June 20, 2024
Verified

Been with them for 22 years and no one has yet beaten their price for me

Check with other companies first. One of the best things they offer is a monthly policy term.

COUNTRY Financial: Best for lowest rates overall

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IQ Score
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8.8
JD Power
J.D. Power data measures overall customer satisfaction and claims satisfaction based on a 1,000-point scale.
868
Liability Only
Liability-only insurance, sometimes called minimum-coverage insurance, pays for bodily injury and property damage to others in an accident the policyholder causes. It does not pay for the insured’s own damages.
$19/mo
Full Coverage
Full-coverage car insurance generally includes liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage, and may include other optional coverages such as uninsured motorist coverage. Collision covers a policyholder’s repair or replacement costs in case of an accident. Comprehensive covers damages caused by non-accident events. The average quote displayed here reflects policies with the following coverage limits: $50,000 bodily injury liability per person; $100,000 bodily injury liability per accident; $50,00 property damage liability per accident; $1,000 collision deductible; and a $1,000 comprehensive deductible.
$42/mo

COUNTRY Financial consistently offers some of the lowest rates for all types of drivers, including teenagers. It’s a good option if you live in one of the 19 states where it sells auto coverage: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin. COUNTRY Financial has an A+ financial strength rating from AM Best, indicating it’s well-positioned to pay claims. And it scored 894 (out of 1,000) for overall customer satisfaction in J.D. Power’s 2023 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study.

Pros
  • Lowest overall rates for teen drivers

  • High customer satisfaction

Cons
  • Available in only 19 states

  • No gap insurance available

Read our Country Financial review
Richard - June 18, 2024
Verified

Poor

It's expensive.

Abdifatah - June 10, 2024
Verified

Excellent

I liked Country Financial.

Margaret - April 2, 2024
Verified

Poor

They constantly raise your rates.

Hugo: Best for on-demand coverage

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IQ Score
The Insurify Quality (IQ) Score uses more than 15 criteria to objectively rate insurance companies on a one-to-five scale. The Insurify editorial team researches insurer data to determine the final scores.
7.0
A.M. Best
A.M. Best analyzes an insurer’s financials, operating performance, business profile, and other factors to generate an opinion-based rating of a company’s financial and credit strength. Ratings range from A++ (exceptional) to D (poor).
NR
Liability Only
Liability-only insurance, sometimes called minimum-coverage insurance, pays for bodily injury and property damage to others in an accident the policyholder causes. It does not pay for the insured’s own damages.
$52/mo
Full Coverage
Full-coverage car insurance generally includes liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage, and may include other optional coverages such as uninsured motorist coverage. Collision covers a policyholder’s repair or replacement costs in case of an accident. Comprehensive covers damages caused by non-accident events. The average quote displayed here reflects policies with the following coverage limits: $50,000 bodily injury liability per person; $100,000 bodily injury liability per accident; $50,00 property damage liability per accident; $1,000 collision deductible; and a $1,000 comprehensive deductible.
$62/mo

If your teen doesn’t drive often, and your insurance situation is flexible, Hugo may be an option. Hugo’s Flex policies allow drivers to pause and restart coverage at any time, free of charge. You can also buy coverage for as few as three days.

Keep in mind, though, that you won’t be able to use Hugo’s Flex plan if you require full coverage — for example, if you lease or finance your vehicle.

Pros
  • Short-term policies available for some drivers

  • No down payment required

  • Low monthly payment plans

Cons
  • Available in only 13 states

  • Flex plan only offers liability coverage

  • No available discounts

Read our Hugo review
Thaddeus - June 3, 2024
Verified

On the Go Insurance

It's flexible, but I would like to speak to a human about issues.

David - May 20, 2024
Verified

Yes

It's the best deal for people like me who rarely go out.

William - May 13, 2024
Verified

Average

The service is average.

USAA: Best for military families

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IQ Score
The Insurify Quality (IQ) Score uses more than 15 criteria to objectively rate insurance companies on a one-to-five scale. The Insurify editorial team researches insurer data to determine the final scores.
9.4
JD Power
J.D. Power data measures overall customer satisfaction and claims satisfaction based on a 1,000-point scale.
880
Liability Only
Liability-only insurance, sometimes called minimum-coverage insurance, pays for bodily injury and property damage to others in an accident the policyholder causes. It does not pay for the insured’s own damages.
$46/mo
Full Coverage
Full-coverage car insurance generally includes liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage, and may include other optional coverages such as uninsured motorist coverage. Collision covers a policyholder’s repair or replacement costs in case of an accident. Comprehensive covers damages caused by non-accident events. The average quote displayed here reflects policies with the following coverage limits: $50,000 bodily injury liability per person; $100,000 bodily injury liability per accident; $50,00 property damage liability per accident; $1,000 collision deductible; and a $1,000 comprehensive deductible.
$100/mo

Teen drivers with one or both parents in the military may find low rates, good customer service, and teen-friendly discounts with USAA. In addition to savings for being a good student discount and covering multiple cars, USAA offers the MyUSAA legacy discount for first-time policy buyers whose parents also have a policy with USAA.[3]

Pros
  • Highly rated for customer service

  • Competitive rates

  • Teen-friendly discounts

Cons
  • Only available to active-duty military members, veterans, and their immediate family

  • No 24/7 customer phone support

  • Gap coverage not available

Read our USAA review
Claude - June 20, 2024
Verified

Excellent

Outstanding all the time.

Christie - June 18, 2024
Verified

Ok

I have had USAA banking and auto insurance for 20 years. I just changed my bank account and am now looking for new insurance. They used to be awesome and nobody could even make me think of switching, but it seems people these days don't care about good customers.

John - June 18, 2024
Verified

USAA is tough to beat

I have yet to receive a quote that beats USAA!

Metromile: Best for low-mileage teen drivers

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IQ Score
The Insurify Quality (IQ) Score uses more than 15 criteria to objectively rate insurance companies on a one-to-five scale. The Insurify editorial team researches insurer data to determine the final scores.
7.0
A.M. Best
A.M. Best analyzes an insurer’s financials, operating performance, business profile, and other factors to generate an opinion-based rating of a company’s financial and credit strength. Ratings range from A++ (exceptional) to D (poor).
NR
Liability Only
Liability-only insurance, sometimes called minimum-coverage insurance, pays for bodily injury and property damage to others in an accident the policyholder causes. It does not pay for the insured’s own damages.
$73/mo
Full Coverage
Full-coverage car insurance generally includes liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage, and may include other optional coverages such as uninsured motorist coverage. Collision covers a policyholder’s repair or replacement costs in case of an accident. Comprehensive covers damages caused by non-accident events. The average quote displayed here reflects policies with the following coverage limits: $50,000 bodily injury liability per person; $100,000 bodily injury liability per accident; $50,00 property damage liability per accident; $1,000 collision deductible; and a $1,000 comprehensive deductible.
$117/mo

Metromile’s pay-per-mile car insurance uses a telematics device to track actual miles driven and base premiums on monthly mileage. Low-mileage drivers can realize significant savings by only paying for the miles they actually drive each month.

Just like standard insurance companies, Metromile offers liability-only coverage, full coverage, and optional coverages like roadside assistance and glass repair.

Pros
  • Pay-per-mile cost could help low-mileage drivers save

  • Robust mobile app for tracking insurance costs

  • Pet injury protection included in most full-coverage policies

Cons
  • Available in only eight states

  • Much higher-than-average number of complaints with the NAIC

  • Trustpilot rating of just 1.7 stars (out of 5)

Read our Metromile review
Nicholas - June 18, 2024
Verified

They only offer 6-month policies and with each renewal, the rate increases by an average of 10%. That's 20% or more per year. There have been no claims or tickets in the last 4 plus years. I hate to think what the rate would be if they had to pay a claim.

They only offer 6-month policies and with each renewal, the rate increases by an average of 10%. That's 20% or more per year. There have been no claims or tickets in the last 4 plus years. I hate to think what the rate would be if they had to pay a claim.

Scott - May 13, 2024
Verified

Note

Metromile is canceling policies in Virginia.

Dodie - May 13, 2024
Verified

Great Experience

I've had a great experience with this insurance company. I only switched because Metromile is withdrawing its services from Illinois.

State Farm: Best for building better driving skills

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IQ Score
The Insurify Quality (IQ) Score uses more than 15 criteria to objectively rate insurance companies on a one-to-five scale. The Insurify editorial team researches insurer data to determine the final scores.
9.3
JD Power
J.D. Power data measures overall customer satisfaction and claims satisfaction based on a 1,000-point scale.
842
Liability Only
Liability-only insurance, sometimes called minimum-coverage insurance, pays for bodily injury and property damage to others in an accident the policyholder causes. It does not pay for the insured’s own damages.
$55/mo
Full Coverage
Full-coverage car insurance generally includes liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage, and may include other optional coverages such as uninsured motorist coverage. Collision covers a policyholder’s repair or replacement costs in case of an accident. Comprehensive covers damages caused by non-accident events. The average quote displayed here reflects policies with the following coverage limits: $50,000 bodily injury liability per person; $100,000 bodily injury liability per accident; $50,00 property damage liability per accident; $1,000 collision deductible; and a $1,000 comprehensive deductible.
$119/mo

Teen drivers using State Farm’s Drive Safe & Save mobile app can potentially save up to 30% while learning how to drive more safely. If those good driving habits stick, drivers younger than 25 who haven’t been involved in any at-fault accidents or incurred any moving violations within the past three years can save as much as 15% with State Farm’s Steer Clear program.[2]

Another convenient and cost-saving feature State Farm offers drivers is a student-away-at-school discount. If your child is away at college and only drives their car during school vacations and holidays, you can save on your policy.

Pros
  • High customer satisfaction rates

  • Potential rewards for good driving

  • Competitive rates with national availability

Cons
  • Gap insurance not available

  • Can’t buy a policy online — must go through a local agent

  • Mixed online customer reviews

Read our State Farm review
Ronald - June 20, 2024
Verified

Excellent Outcome

They were professional, helpful, supportive, and knowledgeable.

Henry Crognale - June 20, 2024
Verified

Good

Excellent customer service.

Carole - June 20, 2024
Verified

Fair

It's too expensive for seniors.

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How much coverage do teen drivers need?

All states except New Hampshire require drivers to have a minimum amount of liability car insurance — so you’ll definitely need to buy at least that much. Liability car insurance pays for injuries and property damage to other parties in an accident you cause.

You can check with an insurance agent or your state’s motor vehicles department to find out your state’s minimum requirements.

If you lease or finance your vehicle, you’ll also need to buy full-coverage car insurance, which includes liability, comprehensive coverage, and collision coverage. Lenders and leasing companies require full coverage because it protects their investment in your vehicle. For example, if you cause an accident that totals your car, your insurance company will pay your lender the actual cash value of your vehicle.

And, because the actual cash value of your vehicle might be less than what you still owe on your auto loan, gap insurance can be a good idea. Gap insurance can pay any difference between what your auto insurer pays and your loan or lease balance.

Adding a teen to a parent’s policy vs. their own policy

Most teens start out driving on their parents’ car insurance policies. It’s illegal for anyone younger than 18 to buy an insurance policy without the written consent of a parent or guardian, so it’s typically easier to add a teen to an existing policy. And it’s generally cheaper for a teenager to stay on a parent’s policy than to buy their own.

Adding a teen to an adult’s policy will increase the premium, but not as much as the teen would pay for a policy of their own. Teen drivers on their parents’ policies can benefit from the adults’ good driving history, good credit, and lower risk profile.

The following table illustrates the cost differences for teen drivers on their own policy vs. being added to a parent’s policy. Adults with no teen on their policy pay the least in the table, and their rates increase when they add a teen. But the difference between their policy costs with a teen driver and without one is just $139 — $45 less per month than the teen would pay for their own, independent policy.

DriversLiability OnlyFull Coverage
Two parents + a teen driver$296$599
Two parents$157$316
Teen driver on their own policy$184$372
Disclaimer: Table data sourced from real-time quotes from Insurify's 50-plus partner insurance providers. Actual quotes may vary based on the policy buyer's unique driver profile.

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Adding my 17-year-old son to my car insurance more than doubled my annual premium. After he had an at-fault accident that totaled the car, our premium quadrupled. 

I shopped around for a better rate and found it with an insurance company that specializes in covering high-risk drivers. My husband’s and my excellent credit, clean driving records, and great payment history offset the negative effect of having a teenage driver on our policy.

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How to get cheaper car insurance for teenagers

Teen drivers and their parents can take steps to reduce their car insurance costs, including:

  • Compare rates from multiple insurers. Insurance rates can vary between companies. Comparing multiple quotes is the best way to find the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

  • Learn to drive safely. Many insurers offer discounts for teen (and adult) drivers who complete approved driver-safety courses.

  • Lean into discounts. Most insurance companies offer multiple discounts that can help families with teen drivers save, such as good student discounts, multi-vehicle discounts, bundling (home and auto) discounts, and more.

  • Choose the right vehicle. The year, make, model, and safety features of your vehicle affect car insurance rates. Pick a lower-value, reliable, and safe vehicle for your teen driver. Be sure your insurer assigns your teen to the least expensive car on your policy.

  • Consider adjusting your deductibles. If you have full-coverage car insurance, raising your collision and comprehensive deductibles will reduce your monthly premium. Just be sure you can afford to cover the deductible amount out of pocket in case of an at-fault accident.

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Car insurance discounts for teenagers

Many different auto insurance discounts are available for teenagers and their families. The following table shows some examples of discounts popular auto insurers offer.

DiscountHow to Be EligibleSavingsCompanies That Offer It
Good studentEarn a certain GPA or meet other academic standards20%–25%SafeAuto, USAA, Auto-Owners
Multi-vehicleInsure multiple vehicles on one policy7%–25%USAA, State Farm, COUNTRY Financial
New-carDrive a vehicle no more than 3 years old10%–15%GEICO, USAA, Allstate
Defensive driving courseComplete an approved driver education course5%GEICO, State Farm, COUNTRY Financial

How age affects car insurance rates

Age is a significant factor in determining auto insurance premiums. Companies consider younger drivers riskier to insure due to their lack of experience on the road, tendency to be easily distracted, and higher accident frequency — all factors that increase their likelihood of filing a claim.

As young drivers mature and gain experience, their car insurance rates tend to fall. Rates start to climb again around age 70, when age-related issues like vision and mobility challenges can put drivers at higher risk of accidents.

Rates by Age

Disclaimer: Table data sourced from real-time quotes from Insurify's 50-plus partner insurance providers. Actual quotes may vary based on the policy buyer's unique driver profile.

Car insurance for teens FAQs

Insuring a teenage driver can be expensive, so it’s a smart idea to learn as much as you can about the best and cheapest car insurance for teen drivers. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about teenagers and car insurance.

  • Why is car insurance for teens so expensive?

    Car insurance companies charge more for teenage drivers due to the higher risk that teens will get into an accident that results in a claim. Young drivers are more likely to drive without a seat belt, text while driving, speed, and be involved in a fatal crash.

  • What car insurance company is the cheapest for teenagers?

    COUNTRY Financial offers the lowest car insurance rates for teen drivers, with full coverage as low as $48 per month. GEICO is the national insurer with the cheapest rates for teen drivers.

  • Does adding a teenage boy cost more than adding a teenage girl?

    While adding a teen driver to a parent’s policy is the cheapest way to insure them, it does cost more to insure a teenage boy. Teen boys are much more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than girls, more likely to speed, and more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to CDC data.

  • How much does it cost to add a teen to your car insurance?

    To better understand how much it can cost to add a teen to your car insurance policy, let’s look at the monthly cost of auto insurance for different family structures.

    The following data is sourced from Insurify’s proprietary database:

    • Monthly cost of two parents plus a teen driver: $599 per month for full coverage, $296 for liability only

    • Monthly cost of two parents: $316 for full coverage, $157 for liability only

    • Monthly cost of teen driver on their own policy: $372 for full coverage, $184 for liability only

  • What are the cheapest cars to insure for first-time drivers?

    The best cars for teen drivers have safety features that protect the vehicle’s occupants in case of a crash, and that can help lower car insurance costs. Putting teen drivers in lower-value vehicles, rather than high-value luxury models, can also help hold down premiums. Examples of good cars for teens include Honda Civic, Subaru Outback, and Nissan Pathfinder.

Methodology

Insurify data scientists analyzed more than 90 million quotes served to car insurance applicants in Insurify’s proprietary database to calculate the premium averages displayed on this page. These premiums are real quotes that come directly from Insurify’s 50+ partner insurance companies in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quote averages represent the median price for a quote across the given coverage level, driver subset, and geographic area.

Unless otherwise specified, quoted rates reflect the average cost for drivers between 20 and 70 years old with a clean driving record and average or better credit (a credit score of 600 or higher).

Liability-only premium averages correspond to policies with the following coverage limits:

  • Bodily injury limits between state-minimum rates and $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident
  • Property damage limits between $10,000 and $50,000
  • No additional coverage
Full-coverage premium averages correspond to the same bodily injury and property damage limits in addition to:
  • Comprehensive coverage with a $1,000 deductible
  • Collision coverage with a $1,000 deductible

Quotes for Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, State Farm, and USAA are estimates based on Quadrant Information Services’ database of auto insurance rates.

Sources

  1. Insurance Information Institute. "Auto insurance for teen drivers."
  2. National Association of Insurance Commissioners. "PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE INDUSTRY 2022 TOP 25 GROUPS AND COMPANIES BY COUNTRYWIDE PREMIUM."
  3. USAA. "You may qualify for discounts and savings.."
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