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Chicago Car Insurance Rates

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With over 2.7 million people in Chicago, and nearly 10 million in the metro area, residents of Chi-Town are accustomed to things costing a little more than the rest of the state. Unfortunately, one of the more expensive costs associated with living in the Windy City is higher car insurance rates.

Being the third largest city in the U.S. and having nearly 12,000 residents per square mile means lots of traffic congestion. And with more congestion comes more accidents, more incidents of vehicle theft, and increased vandalism. Throw in some icy weather off of Lake Michigan, and you have the perfect recipe for expensive auto insurance.

There are a lot of other factors than cause inflated car insurance rates, but before we discuss those and how you can reduce your monthly insurance bill, let’s take a look at some average car insurance prices in Chicago.

Annual premium for full coverage: $1,782

Rate estimates by individual coverage type:

Comprehensive $392
Collision $716
Liability $472

These rates are figured by averaging the comprehensive, collision, and liability ratings for all vehicles, and assume a 40-year-old driver with no violations or at-fault accidents. Prices can change substantially if you’re younger, have lower or higher deductibles, qualify for policy discounts, or have a few minor or a major traffic violation as shown in the chart below.

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Comparison of Car Insurance Rates in Chicago, IL
Chart shows estimated Chicago car insurance rates ranging from the cheapest discount rate at $1,024 a year to a high of $6,566 for a teenage driver

The cheapest discount rate shown in the chart is an estimated rate a driver might pay if they qualify for most discounts offered by their company. This includes things like owning a home, being claim-free and accident-free, having excellent credit, earning a multi-policy and multi-vehicle discount, and quoting their policy early and online.

The high deductible and low deductible rates shown on either side of the average rate demonstrate how your choice of physical damage deductible (comprehensive and collision coverage) can impact your rates. The average rates uses $500 deductibles, the high deductible rate uses $1,000 deductibles, and the low deductible rate uses $100 deductibles.

The most expensive car insurance rates go to high-risk and teenage drivers. High-risk or ‘non-standard’ coverage includes drivers who may have received a DUI, have a foreign driver’s license, or were ticketed for driving without insurance or on a suspended license. The teen driver rate is for a 16-year-old driver with full coverage, which will trigger the highest rates since they are at the highest risk for having an accident.

Price Range for Car Insurance in Chicago

Not everyone needs full coverage, and a liability-only policy will be the cheapest coverage you can buy because you’re not insuring your vehicle for damage from accidents or weather-related claims like hail or flooding.

The illustration below shows the average price range for a driver in Chicago, ranging from the cheapest liability-only policy up to a much higher priced high-risk policy.

Liability Only $558
Full Coverage $1,782
High Risk $3,848

Again, these prices make assumptions as far as the type of vehicle, location in Chicago, driver age and driving record, and policy coverages. To get a better idea of what car insurance will cost where you live, enter your zip code below.

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What Determines Chicago Car Insurance Prices

Based on the data above, it should be pretty clear that Chicago isn’t going to earn the distinction of having the cheapest rates in America. There are many, many factors that determine your final policy premium, but the ones listed below pack the biggest punch.

Where you live in Chicago

Neighborhoods like Near North Side, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Near South Side, and West Town are some of the best areas for affordable car insurance in Chicago primarily due to the low crime levels.

Other areas like Riverdale, Englewood, South Deering, Burnside, and Chicago Lawn have much higher crime rates, which translate into higher premiums.

The map below visualizes auto theft statistics, with the areas shown in red having the highest rates of motor vehicle theft.

Chicago motor vehicle theft map

Map from Chicago Police Department ClearMap Crime Summary for Motor Vehicle Theft

If you live in a red or orange area, there is a good change you are paying up to 20% more just due to the increased likelihood of having your car stolen or vandalized. Conversely, if you live in a white or cream-colored neighborhood on the map, you could be paying nearly $500 a year less than drivers in high-crime areas.

The Vehicle You Drive

As mentioned earlier, every vehicle has a different rating value for comprehensive, collision, and liability insurance. Higher priced vehicles generally cost more to repair, and definitely cost more to replace, so those models have higher comprehensive and collision insurance rates.

Insurance companies also factor in a vehicle’s track record for liability claims. Those that have a higher frequency or severity of liability claims will have a higher cost for liability insurance.

The table below shows estimated rates for some of the more popular vehicles you’ll see on the streets of Chicago.

Chicago Auto Insurance Rates for Popular Vehicles
Make and ModelAnnual PremiumMonthly Premium
Chevrolet Silverado$1,883$157
Dodge Ram$1,937$161
Ford Escape$1,487$124
Ford Focus$1,728$144
Ford Fusion$1,894$158
Ford F-150$1,678$140
GMC Acadia$1,645$137
GMC Sierra$1,854$155
Honda Accord$1,667$139
Honda Civic$1,951$163
Honda CR-V$1,447$121
Honda Pilot$1,696$141
Hyundai Sonata$1,811$151
Kia Optima$1,843$154
Nissan Altima$1,836$153
Nissan Rogue$1,793$149
Toyota Camry$1,822$152
Toyota Corolla$1,782$149
Toyota Prius$1,656$138
Toyota RAV4$1,685$140
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Your Driving Record

Your driving habits are the single most controllable factor that has the biggest impact on rates. If you like to drive fast and carelessly, chances are good that you’re going to have a few points on your driving record. These points directly translate into higher rates, and if you have any major violations like a DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, or driving on a suspended license, you could have trouble even finding coverage in the standard market.

The chart below illustrates how having a couple of minor violations or a major violation can increase rates. Each insurance company handles violations differently, with some being more lenient than others for the first offense.

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Driving Violations Impact on Car Insurance Rates
Chart shows how one minor violation, two minor violations, and one major violation increase the cost of car insurance in Chicago

Your Car Insurance Company

Whether you choose Illinois-based Allstate or any other insurer, your choice of company is another factor that determines if your rates are high, low, or just right.

Since every company has their own formula for pricing car insurance, rates will be different with every company you quote. Profitability is a pretty big deal to insurance companies, and if they have a year where claim payments out exceed premiums paid in, their shareholders will not be happy. The result to you, the policyholder, is a rate increase on your next bill.

The great thing about car insurance is Chicago drivers have lots of options. If your rates are getting high, it doesn’t cost anything to shop around and find a lower-cost policy. If you do find a cheaper company, it’s easy to move your coverage. Most companies have online rate quotes and there are even services that allow you to compare many companies without having to visit any of their websites.

Just keep in mind when switching companies that you do not want a lapse in coverage so make the effective date of your new policy the same as the expiration date of your old policy.

The chart below shows the largest insurance companies in Illinois by market share and estimated average rate. Rates in Chicago will be higher than the Illinois average rates, and don’t rule out a company just because they have a high average rate. Your personal rating criteria may be significantly different than the average driver, which will produce a very different set of rates.

Auto Insurance Companies in Illinois by Market Share
RankCompanyMarket ShareAverage Rate
1State Farm31.81%$992
2Allstate11.92%$1,728
3Country Financial6.83%$1,601
4Geico5.86%$1,096
5Progressive4.80%$1,231
6Farmers Insurance4.72%$1,158
7American Family4.19%$1,364
8Liberty Mutual3.02%$1,679
9USAA2.16%$969
10Metropolitan1.59%$1,232
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Source: National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2015 Market Share Report and The Zebra

Chicago car insurance infographic

Monthly Car Insurance Cost by State

Tips for Making Car Insurance Fit Your Budget

There are a lot of things Chicago drivers can do to find car insurance that doesn’t break their budget. Finding affordable coverage is everyone’s goal, and making small changes to your policy or driving habits are the best place to start. Here are some tips that can help make cheaper car insurance a reality.

  • Being a safe driver is the one thing we can all control, so don’t speed, obey traffic laws, and take advantage of good driver discounts
  • If you do receive a minor traffic violation, take a defensive driver training course to prevent the ticket from impacting your car insurance rates
  • Consider raising your physical damage deductibles (comprehensive and collision coverage) if you have enough savings set aside to pay a higher deductible if you have a claim
  • Talk to your company or agent and see if there are any discounts you may be eligible for but are not currently receiving
  • If you own your home or rent, bundle your homeowners or renters policy with your auto insurance policy to obtain a discount
  • If your vehicle is nearing 10 years old, consider removing physical damage coverage entirely
  • Make sure you’re not paying for coverage that may not be needed like extra glass coverage, rental reimbursement, or roadside assitance
  • Most importantly, shop your policy around. Simply switching companies can often times save several hundreds of dollars a year, and it doesn’t cost anything to get quotes

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Rates by Driver Age

Chicago Insurance Rates by Driver Age
Driver AgePremium
16$6,566
20$4,111
30$1,865
40$1,782
50$1,620
60$1,591

Full coverage, $500 deductibles

Rates by Deductible

Insurance Rates with Different Deductibles
DeductiblePremium
$100$2,268
$250$2,041
$500$1,782
$1,000$1,530

Full coverage, driver age 40

Rates by Liability Limit

Insurance Rates with Different Liability Limits
Liability LimitPremium
30/60$1,782
50/100$1,876
100/300$1,994
250/500$2,301
100 CSL$1,923
300 CSL$2,183
500 CSL$2,372

Full coverage, driver age 40

Rates for High Risk Drivers

Insurance Rates for High Risk Drivers
AgePremium
16$9,389
20$6,527
30$3,935
40$3,848
50$3,668
60$3,632

Full coverage, $500 deductibles, two speeding tickets, and one at-fault accident

If a financial responsibility filing is required, the additional charge below may also apply.

SR-22 Surcharge $247

Potential Rate Discounts

If you qualify for discounts, you may save the amounts shown below.

DiscountSavings
Multi-policy$95
Multi-vehicle$92
Homeowner$25
5-yr Accident Free$133
5-yr Claim Free$115
Paid in Full/EFT$83
Advance Quote$89
Online Quote$126
Total Discounts$758
Rate after discounts $1,024

Discounts are estimated and may not be available from every company or in every state.

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