Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes in Philadelphia, PA (2021)

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As we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, state insurance commissions and insurance providers are constantly changing regulations and practices surrounding monthly payments, claim payouts, and more. To stay up to date with the latest on auto insurance reimbursements in your area, be sure to check with your state’s insurance commission and your current auto insurance provider.

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Safety is always a concern on America’s roads, and so it is with a city like Philadelphia where car accidents are fairly common. Being Pennsylvania’s largest and sixth most populous city, it’s hard to get around this fact but easy enough to find insurance to keep you safe while on the city’s streets.

Car Insurance in Philadelphia, PA

The average cost of Pennsylvania car insurance will vary from city to city and between insurance companies. Insurify analyzed the latest insurance rates in Philadelphia, PA to find you the cheapest quotes in the area.

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Cheapest Car Insurance in Philadelphia, PA

Here are the cheapest carriers in Philadelphia for the following user profile: a single, 30 year old male with a clean driving record who drives a 2012 Honda Accord and pays a $1,000 deductible for the state’s minimum liability insurance.

Best Car Insurance in Philadelphia, PA

The Insurify Composite Score is calculated by analyzing multiple factors that indicate the quality, reliability, and health of an insurance company. Inputs to the score include financial strength ratings from A.M. Best, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch; J.D. Power ratings, Consumer Reports customer satisfaction surveys, mobile app reviews, and user-generated carrier reviews. The following are the top rated carriers that offer car insurance in Philadelphia. For the complete list, see Insurify's best car insurance companies.

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Philadelphia, PA Driving Facts

Minimum Car Insurance Requirements in PA

All motor vehicles operated or parked on Pennsylvania roadways are required to be insured. Proof of insurance must be carried in your car at all times and must available when:

  • Requested by law enforcement
  • Renewing vehicle registration
  • The vehicle is involved in a car accident

The minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in Pennsylvania are as follows:

  • $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident for Bodily Injury (BI)

Bodily injury liability coverage protects drivers if their car is involved in an accident that harms another individual. The minimum limits required by Pennsylvania state law are $15,000 for the death or injury of a single victim as a result of a car accident and $30,000 for the deaths or injuries of multiple victims. Insurance companies list this type of coverage as 15/30, referring to the dollar limitations of each minimum. In the case of an accident, liability coverage can aid perpetrators with costs involved in a legal proceeding as a result of a crash. Bodily injury coverage is part of the minimum coverage required by Pennsylvania law.

  • $5,000/accident for Property Damage (PD)

The state minimum amount of property damage liability coverage required in the state of Pennsylvania is $5,000. If an insured driver is determined to be at fault and held liable in a motor vehicle accident, this coverage pays for damage repair to another individual’s property. Property damage coverage will also pay for legal costs if an insured driver is involved in a lawsuit following an accident.

  • $5,000/accident for Medical Benefits (PIP)

The minimum requirements in Pennsylvania include $5,000 first-party benefits towards medical expenses per accident. Insurance companies offer higher limits of up to $100,000 per accident.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that requires “first-party benefits coverage.” These benefits act as coverage in an accident regardless of fault.

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Philadelphia, PA DMV Information

Though the state of Pennsylvania was able to claim the lowest number of car accidents in 2019 since reporting began in 1935, Philly can only do so much to improve safety on its congested roadways. Part of the problem has to do with weather that creates an ongoing pothole problem, making road conditions just one hazard of the daily commute. Luckily, something drivers can control in the City of Brotherly Love is how much they pay for their car insurance policy. Like so many places these days, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation suggests that vehicle registration and other licensing services be completed online for the most efficient service. If you must go in person, you will need to find a driver’s license center or online messenger service that can help you with your vehicle needs. Online Messengers (OLMs) are private businesses contracted to provide driver licensing and vehicle registration services for customers via an online connection with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). While there are 30+ driver’s license centers within 35 miles of Philadelphia in locations like Harrisburg, Enola, Duncannon, Carlisle, Elizabethville, York, Lebanon, Lancaster, and Gettysburg, there are over 80 OLMs within the same distance.

Public Transportation in Philadelphia, PA

Though you can take a tour of historic Philadelphia on foot and cruise some of the city by bike, you are more likely to utilize your own vehicle or one of the city’s public transportation options. SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) is one of the most comprehensive bus/subway/commuter-rail systems in the United States and one of the nation’s best. Rather dial for a ride right now? Rideshare options like Uber or Lyft can take you to the city’s top attractions. Another option (although seasonal) is the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop, a handsome blue bus service to key Philadelphia historic and cultural attractions.

Conclusion: How to get the best and cheapest car insurance in Philadelphia, PA

U.S. history was literally made in Philly, and the people who live there are proud of that fact. They are also proud of their ability to get around town—tourist season or not—on their own and in their own vehicles whenever they can.

Though the city’s record for annual traffic accidents is happily improving, smart drivers know that no one can predict what the next day—or moment—will bring, especially on the road. What they can control, however, is how they shop for car insurance. For that reason, smart drivers use Insurify to get great rates quickly and easily online.

Insurify Rankings

Using a proprietary dataset of over 1.6 million car insurance shopper applications, the data scientists at Insurify have run various studies on driver behavior across geographical locations, age ranges, motor vehicle registration, and other variables all related to auto insurance coverage.

We’ve been able to determine the speediest cities in the nation, the most popular cars among age groups, and the occupations with the worst drivers, among other insightful reports. We’ve also launched annual awards campaigns to congratulate the communities across the country who have excelled in environmentally friendly initiatives, educational attainment, and other areas.

Here's how Philadelphia stacks up for the state of Pennsylvania:

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FAQs - Philadelphia, PA Car Insurance

If I’m found guilty of drunk driving in Philadelphia, can my insurance company cancel my auto insurance policy?

Although some states will not permit an insurer to cancel your coverage for a DUI, in Philadelphia if you are found guilty of drunk driving, this is entirely possible. Why? Because here if you are convicted of driving under the influence and your blood alcohol content is high enough, your license is automatically suspended. License suspension is a valid reason for your insurer to cancel your policy in the state. If this happens, you will have to look for another insurance provider that specifically insures high-risk drivers.

What happens if I forget to pay my insurance in Philadelphia?

You have to pay your insurance premium on a timely basis or your coverage can be canceled by your insurance company. If that happens and you are without insurance, this is called a lapse in coverage. In Philadelphia, insurance companies are required by law to notify PennDot (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) if they cancel your insurance. After 31 days, if you haven’t taken care of getting new car insurance and communicating that to PennDot, your vehicle registration privileges are suspended for three months, and you will be faced with fees to reinstate them.

What should I be aware of if I decide to change insurance companies in Philadelphia?

Your new insurance company isn’t required to tell PennDOT that you bought insurance (although many still do). If PennDOT doesn’t think you have insurance, they will send you a Proof of Insurance Request letter. If you do get this letter, you want to quickly provide your updated insurance info to PennDOT to avoid a possible suspension of your registration.