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Cheap Auto Insurance in Texas 2022

Drivers in Texas pay rates starting at $70/mo. for car insurance.

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Updated November 23, 2022

Drivers in Texas pay an average rate of $263 per month for car insurance, according to our internal data. Texans live in the 14th most-expensive state for purchasing auto coverage. On average, Americans pay $233 per month for insurance, so drivers in the Lone Star State pay roughly $30 more per month. To find cheap car insurance, you should compare quotes from multiple insurers that match your insurance needs. Every year, wildflower seeds — more than 60,000 pounds of them — are planted alongside highways in the state for drivers to enjoy.[1]

Quick Facts

  • The average cost of car insurance in Texas is $263/mo.

  • Progressive is the cheapest top provider in Texas, with average rates of $170/mo.

  • The easiest way to cut car insurance costs is to compare quotes online.

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Some of the cheapest car insurance providers in Texas include Progressive, Travelers, Mile Auto, and Clearcover. On the other end of the spectrum, some of the most expensive insurers are Freedom National and Hallmark. Among mainstream insurance providers, Progressive offers the best rates, at $170 per month on average.

Car Insurance CompanyInsurify Composite ScoreAverage Monthly Quote
ProgressiveN/A$170
Travelers80$182
Nationwide89$213
State Auto76$261
Liberty Mutual82$301
Mile AutoN/A$145
Clearcover97$181
Kemper PreferredN/A$185
ElephantN/A$186
ApparentN/A$188
Safeco86$195
Foremost SignatureN/A$222
Direct AutoN/A$222
Midvale Home & AutoN/A$241
Mercury81$241
AssuranceAmericaN/A$270
KemperN/A$286
DairylandN/A$287
Bristol WestN/A$290
ProntoN/A$291
Kemper SpecialtyN/A$315
Commonwealth CasualtyN/A$336
AspenN/A$344
The GeneralN/A$347
QuantumN/A$365
StillwaterN/A$367
AlinscoN/A$376
InfinityN/A$382
Freedom NationalN/A$479
HallmarkN/A$562
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

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Insurify Composite Score (ICS)

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Inputs to the score include J.D. Power ratings, Consumer Reports customer satisfaction surveys and customer complaints, mobile app reviews, user-generated company reviews, and financial strength ratings from A.M. Best, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch.

Minimum car insurance requirements in Texas

All motor vehicles operated or parked on Texas roadways are required to be insured. You must carry proof of insurance in your car at all times and it must be 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 Texas[2] are:

  • $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury: As a major part of your liability insurance, bodily injury coverage covers medical bills for people other than the policyholder who are injured during an accident. Texas is an at-fault state, meaning the driver who is responsible for the collision is also responsible for paying for any resulting expenses, either through their car insurance provider or out of pocket.

  • $10,000 per accident for property damage: If it’s determined that an insured driver is at fault for an accident, this coverage pays for repairs to the property of the other involved parties. Additionally, property damage coverage can cover legal costs if the insured driver is involved in a lawsuit following the accident.

Texas DMV information

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles[3] offers residents many services, including driver’s license renewal, vehicle registration, purchase or sale of vehicles, and more. You can also look to the Texas DMV for help accessing a copy of your vehicle’s title, changing your address, or filing a complaint.

Public transportation in Texas

Cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin offer public transportation in the form of trains or buses.[4] Outside of major cities, public transportation is hard to find. Three Amtrak trains serve Texas: the Texas Eagle, the Sunset Limited, and the Heartland Flyer. While some areas of Texas are walkable, most require a car, particularly when taking into account inclement weather and heat.

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Tips for getting cheap car insurance in Texas

To find the cheapest car insurance policy, you should compare car insurance rates online from multiple providers. Since insurers consider personal factors like age and driving history differently, this will help ensure you find the best policy for your individual situation.

Some insurers also offer discounts for bundling policies and for having a safe driving record. Some other discounts you may qualify for include:

  • Good student discount

  • Loyalty discount

  • Paying your insurance premium in full, rather than monthly

Liability-only vs. full-coverage insurance in Texas

If you live in Texas, you can opt to carry liability-only auto insurance, which pays for expenses related to injuries and damage to the other party’s car if you cause an accident. Each state sets its own minimums for how much liability insurance it requires drivers to carry. Liability-only insurance can make sense if:

  • You have a low-value vehicle.

  • You can afford to repair or replace your car out of your own pocket.

  • Getting the cheapest insurance possible is your top priority.

For a higher level of protection, you can choose full-coverage insurance, which includes basic liability plus collision and comprehensive coverage. Collision coverage pays for damages to your car, even if you’re at fault for an accident. Comprehensive pays for damages caused by events out of your control, like vandalism, weather, and animals. Auto lenders and leasing companies typically require drivers to carry full coverage on a car they’ve financed.

You may also opt for full coverage if:

  • You have a high-value vehicle.

  • You wouldn’t be able to afford to repair or replace your car out of pocket.

  • Your car’s actual cash value (the payout you’d likely get if your car is totaled) exceeds your annual premium to carry full coverage.

Here’s a look at the cheapest auto insurance in Texas by policy type.

Car Insurance CompanyAverage Monthly Quote: LiabilityAverage Monthly Quote: Full Coverage
Allstate$65$106
American Family$92$150
GEICO$50$81
State Farm$43$70
USAA$85$139
Alinsco$211$376
Amica$287$468
Apparent$122$188
Aspen$139$344
AssuranceAmerica$194$270
Bristol West$197$290
Clearcover$150$181
Commonwealth Casualty$123$336
Dairyland$144$287
Direct Auto$170$222
Elephant$138$186
Erie$69$113
Farmers$144$236
Foremost Signature$110$222
Freedom National$150$479
Hallmark$342$562
Infinity$263$382
Kemper$145$286
Kemper Preferred$93$185
Kemper SpecialtyN/A$315
Liberty Mutual$195$301
Mercury$175$241
Midvale Home & Auto$150$241
Mile Auto$121$145
Nationwide$186$213
Progressive$104$170
Pronto$168$291
Quantum$181$365
Safeco$101$195
State Auto$118$261
StillwaterN/A$367
The General$253$347
Travelers$137$182
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

How your driving history affects Texas car insurance rates

Your driving history is the factor that most influences your car insurance costs. Good drivers — whose records are free of serious traffic violations like speeding tickets or reckless driving — tend to get the best car insurance rates in Texas. But infractions like driving under the influence or at-fault accidents can significantly increase insurance costs.

Here’s a look at average monthly quotes for the cheapest car insurance in Texas based on driving and accident history.

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Car Insurance CompanyClean RecordAt-Fault AccidentWith a DUISpeeding Ticket
Allstate$103$104$129$116
American Family$146$147$183$164
Farmers$110$111$138$124
State Farm$79$80$99$89
USAA$68$69$86$77
Alinsco$352$510$521$440
Amica$457$460$573$512
Apparent$176$218$221$232
Aspen$297$515$530$433
AssuranceAmerica$262$308$287$301
Bristol West$272$348$318$359
Clearcover$181$221N/A$168
Commonwealth Casualty$315$417$405$391
Dairyland$273$350$292$342
Direct Auto$198$314$291$306
Elephant$178$216N/A$221
Erie$365$367$457$408
Foremost Signature$209$258$441$266
Freedom National$459$616$543$553
GEICO$230$232$289$258
Hallmark$540$644$555$673
Infinity$358$457$381$479
Kemper$261$409$217$366
Kemper Preferred$176$201N/A$240
Kemper Specialty$285$418$289$390
Liberty Mutual$298$324$321$338
Mercury$219$320$308$333
Midvale Home & Auto$227$280$297$275
Mile Auto$145$168$73$131
Nationwide$200$246$363$242
Progressive$166$167$208$186
Pronto$276$521$288$284
Quantum$343$439$249$422
Safeco$190$210$190$241
State Auto$234$441N/A$454
Stillwater$371$265N/A$773
The General$319$477$427$452
Travelers$177$183$236$220
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

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SR-22 insurance in Texas

An SR-22 is a form that you may need to submit proving that you have auto insurance. Drivers who have DUIs or too many at-fault violations may be required to use this form. An SR-22 isn’t actually a type of insurance, but having to file an SR-22 form may mean that you pay more for your car insurance policy as a result.

How credit scores affect Texas car insurance quotes

State law in Texas allows insurance providers to consider credit scores when determining auto insurance rates. Generally, people with excellent or good credit scores can qualify for lower car insurance premiums than people with average or poor credit scores.

Credit TierAverage Monthly Quote
Excellent$206
Good$244
Average$268
Bad$415
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

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How your city affects Texas insurance quotes

Where you live is another factor that can affect your car insurance rates. Living in or near big cities in Texas, like Austin or Dallas, may increase your car insurance rates. Rates tend to go up if you live in areas with a high population density, a large number of uninsured or underinsured motorists, or high rates of accidents.

CityAverage Monthly Quote
Amarillo$275
Arlington$309
Austin$250
Corpus Christi$298
Dallas$330
El Paso$266
Fort Worth$268
Frisco$304
Garland$311
Grand Prairie$310
Houston$349
Irving$288
Katy$299
Killeen$259
Laredo$276
Lubbock$274
McKinney$263
Plano$252
San Antonio$273
Spring$302
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

How your age affects your Texas car insurance rates

Because insurers generally equate age with experience level, your age will significantly affect how much you pay for car insurance. New drivers, who tend to be teens or people in their early 20s, typically pay more for insurance than drivers 25 and older.

The following table gives a high-level view of how age can affect insurance rates.

Age GroupAverage Monthly Rate
Teenagers$518
Under 25$359
20s$256
30s$231
40s$203
50s$187
60s$178
70s$199
80+$212
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

Quotes for younger drivers

Multiple other factors influence how much drivers in each age group will pay for car insurance. Some increase rates for one age group more than another, while others impact all age groups evenly.

The following table compares how different insurance factors affect average monthly rates for drivers younger than 30. The cheapest liability insurance options for younger drivers come from Kemper Preferred, Apparent, and Progressive.

Car Insurance CompanyLiability OnlyFull CoverageWith an AccidentWith a DUI
Progressive$136$210$193$422
Travelers$164$208$207$404
Nationwide$283$253$255$492
Alinsco$282$523$578N/A
Apparent$145$223$236$428
Aspen$183$469$676N/A
AssuranceAmerica$269$372$365$746
Bristol West$273$380$410$730
Clearcover$194$235$215$488
Commonwealth Casualty$164$439$502N/A
Dairyland$190$360$381$702
Direct Auto$233$297$354$537
Elephant$160$224$231$438
Foremost Signature$207$326$318$657
Freedom National$187$641$705N/A
Hallmark$461$741$767N/A
Infinity$358$514$549N/A
Kemper$190$391$472$712
Kemper Preferred$120$227$216$440
Kemper Specialty$207$407$502$742
Liberty Mutual$289$406$383N/A
Mercury$229$312$338$587
Midvale Home & Auto$229$315$327$609
Mile Auto$181$208$180$422
Pronto$232$376N/A$714
Quantum$252$501$546N/A
Safeco$155$252$247$499
State Auto$163$319$491$567
StillwaterN/A$421N/AN/A
The General$334$453$536N/A
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

Quotes for middle-aged drivers

The following table compares how different insurance factors affect average monthly rates for drivers between 30 and 59. Middle-aged drivers with an accident on their record find the best rates with Progressive, Clearcover, and Travelers.

Car Insurance CompanyLiability OnlyFull CoverageWith an AccidentWith a DUI
Liberty Mutual$147$250$259$494
Progressive$80$145$164$279
Travelers$136$177$175$350
Alinsco$158$293$347$557
Apparent$108$168$206$310
Aspen$100$234$324$418
AssuranceAmerica$134$207$252$394
Bristol West$141$236$289$442
Clearcover$120$152$173$295
Commonwealth Casualty$85$247$304$462
Dairyland$108$242$276$464
Direct Auto$120$173$231$312
ElephantN/A$167$204$314
Foremost Signature$88$195$235$370
Freedom National$124$376$412$732
Hallmark$248$451N/AN/A
Infinity$188$299$364$561
Kemper$112$213$268$406
Kemper Preferred$81$165$177$314
Kemper Specialty$103$255$336$470
Mercury$138$202$250$366
Midvale Home & Auto$117$200$215$388
Mile Auto$83$118$135$235
Nationwide$164$199$230$378
Pronto$113$240N/A$442
Quantum$118$246$278$478
Safeco$87$177$177$350
State Auto$105$240$407$432
StillwaterN/A$364N/A$726
The General$196$293$361$547
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

Quotes for senior drivers

The following table compares how different insurance factors affect average monthly rates for drivers 59 and older. Affordable full-coverage insurance options for senior drivers include Mile Auto, Progressive, and Elephant.

Car Insurance CompanyLiability OnlyFull CoverageWith an AccidentWith a DUI
Liberty Mutual$122$196$224$374
Progressive$75$118N/A$233
Travelers$125$150$157$291
AggressiveN/AN/A$247N/A
Alinsco$142$237$292$448
Apparent$91$130$180$229
Aspen$100$191$241$338
AssuranceAmerica$135$206$240$392
Bristol West$125$207$258$388
Clearcover$116$135$170$257
Commonwealth Casualty$98$258$317$480
Dairyland$104$218$268$406
Direct Auto$118$153$214$273
Elephant$110$132$174$241
Foremost Signature$80$144$197$261
Freedom National$120$371$417$718
Hallmark$246$415$459N/A
Infinity$184$265$314$503
Kemper$117$190N/A$372
Kemper Preferred$87$159$181$306
Kemper Specialty$100$220$288$400
Mercury$112$156$230$273
Midvale Home & Auto$121$178$221$330
Mile Auto$67$92$99$183
Nationwide$157$186$236$342
Pronto$124N/AN/AN/A
Quantum$132$218$280$394
Safeco$90$148$159$285
State Auto$102$197$354$362
StillwaterN/A$325N/AN/A
The General$193$265$351$489
Disclaimer: actual quotes may vary based on the policyholder's unique driver profile.

Texas car insurance FAQs

  • Progressive, Mile Auto, and Travelers offer some of the cheapest car insurance rates on average in Texas. However, just because these auto insurers provide cheap average costs doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll provide you with the lowest rates. On average, Progressive tends to have the cheapest full-coverage policies for drivers of all age groups. For veterans, service members, and their families, USAA is another great option for affordable car insurance. Because car insurance companies calculate auto insurance rates differently based on personal factors like age, driving record, and credit history, finding personalized car insurance quotes from multiple providers offers the best way to secure an affordable car insurance policy.

  • A variety of factors increase car insurance rates for Texas drivers. About 15% of Texas drivers have a recent incident in their driving history, making it the 16th-safest state for drivers in the nation. However, Texas is one of the most populous states, with about 8,088,000 vehicles on the road.[5] The more cars in operation on the road, the higher the chances of an accident, especially if you live in a densely populated urban area like Dallas or Houston. Local and state regulations concerning minimum coverage requirements also often increase your car insurance rates.

  • On average, car insurance costs $263 per month in Texas, which exceeds the national average and averages in some neighboring states. Car insurance premiums often vary from person to person, so it’s a good idea to find personalized quotes when comparing car insurance rates. Some of the factors that may affect your car insurance costs include your vehicle type, driving history, age, gender, and credit score.

    Beyond individual factors, insurance rates fluctuate based on auto insurers adjusting to broader influences like industry changes, market conditions, and supply chain issues. Between July 2021 and July 2022, the average cost of car insurance in Texas increased by roughly 13%, based on our internal data.

  • Though the best car insurance company for you depends on your specific situation, a few insurance companies stand out for providing affordable auto insurance in Texas. These include Progressive, with an average monthly cost of $170, Travelers, with an average monthly cost of $182, and Nationwide, with an average monthly cost of $213. You may also be able to get a good car insurance rate by working with a pay-per-mile car insurance provider like Mile Auto.

    Progressive, Travelers, and Nationwide all earned solid financial strength ratings from A.M. Best. Nationwide[6] and Progressive[7] earned a superior rating of A+, while Travelers earned a superior rating of A++.[8] Mile Auto does not have a rating from A.M. Best.

  • Texas requires personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for drivers in the state. Personal injury protection covers your own medical bills and those of your passengers in the event that you get into an accident, regardless of whether you were at fault. Texas requires a minimum of $2,500 per person for personal injury protection. You may want to purchase more coverage, especially if your own health insurance plan comes with limited coverage or a high deductible.

  • Yes, Texas requires drivers to have car insurance to legally operate a vehicle. Specifically, Texas requires $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident for personal liability insurance, as well as $25,000 per accident for property damage liability insurance. Texas also requires $2,500 per person in personal injury protection. These are just the minimum car insurance requirements, but drivers can purchase more coverage. In many cases, drivers may want to purchase additional coverage, such as higher liability coverage limits, comprehensive insurance, underinsured or uninsured motorist insurance, and collision insurance.

  • You may think that since you’re paying for a car insurance policy, your policy covers you no matter what vehicle you drive. But in reality, an auto insurance policy covers your vehicle, not you. To be personally covered when driving a car that’s not your own, you need to be listed on the policy for that car. On the other hand, if you lend someone your car and they get into an accident, your vehicle will most likely be covered under your policy. Never allow an unlicensed person to drive your vehicle, and make sure you trust anyone borrowing your vehicle.

  • Full-coverage car insurance refers to car insurance that includes liability as well as comprehensive and collision insurance. Full-coverage car insurance provides more robust protection for your finances and your vehicle than liability insurance coverage alone. However, full coverage costs much more than liability insurance because it comes with increased coverage in the case of damage from an accident or natural disaster.

    Collision insurance covers damages related to auto collisions, while comprehensive insurance covers vehicle damage related to natural disasters, vandalism, and theft.

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