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New York City Car Insurance Rates

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Living in New York City has its advantages like access to world-class museums and art galleries, cultural experiences from all over the world, a plethora of career opportunities, and great public transportation. But downsides include heavy traffic, bitter cold winters, housing costs, and if you own a vehicle, high car insurance prices.

The average cost of car insurance in New York City is just under $2,600 a year, which ranks among the highest for large cities in the U.S. If you live in the Bronx, Brooklyn, or the southern part of Queens, your rates could be as much as 69% higher, with prices approaching $4,400 a year.

Annual premium for full coverage: $2,598

Rate estimates by individual coverage type:

Comprehensive $570
Collision $1,044
Liability $690

These rates assume a 40-year-old driver with a good driving record and full coverage with $500 deductibles. The chart below shows rates for other scenarios like if you qualify for policy discounts, low and high physical damage coverage deductibles, and high-risk and teen driver insurance rates.

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New York City Car Insurance Comparison
Chart showing New York City car insurance rates including the cheapest discount rate, rates with both low and high deductibles, and rate for high-risk and teenage drivers

Not everyone needs full coverage, and the illustration below shows the price range from a cheaper liability-only policy up to a much more expensive high-risk policy. Drivers who may need high-risk or ‘non-standard’ coverage include those who have received a DUI violation, been caught driving without insurance, or have been convicted of driving on a suspended license.

Liability Only $813
Full Coverage $2,598
High Risk $5,613

What Determines Car Insurance Rates in New York City?

As you can probably tell by the data above, rates can vary considerably based on the driver and risk being insured. The next section discusses how your location, the type of vehicle you drive, and other factors can impact the price of your policy.

Where You Live

Areas with lots of traffic congestion have higher insurance prices just due to the increased likelihood of collision and liability claims. New York City ranks first in population density in the U.S. with over 28,000 people per square mile.

Boroughs with high incidents of vehicle theft or vandalism tend to have the highest rates in the Big Apple. The image below shows grand larcenies of motor vehicles by police precinct, with darker areas having the highest rates of vehicle theft.

New York City vehicle theft map

Map source NYC Crime Map showing Grand Larceny of Motor Vehicles by Precinct

If you live in a dark-shaded area in the map above, you probably pay a premium on your car insurance bill thanks to the higher likelihood that your car will be stolen.

The Vehicle You Drive

Another big factor that determines the price of car insurance is the make and model of vehicle you drive. High performance, exotic, or high-priced vehicles cost more to insure due to the higher repair costs and generally higher liability insurance rates.

The table below shows insurance rates for some of the more popular vehicles sold in the state of New York.

New York City Auto Insurance Rates by Make and Model
Make and ModelAnnual PremiumMonthly Premium
Chevrolet Silverado$2,754$230
Dodge Ram$2,829$236
Ford Escape$2,169$181
Ford Focus$2,523$210
Ford Fusion$2,763$230
Ford F-150$2,451$204
GMC Acadia$2,400$200
GMC Sierra$2,706$226
Honda Accord$2,430$203
Honda Civic$2,850$238
Honda CR-V$2,112$176
Honda Pilot$2,475$206
Hyundai Sonata$2,646$221
Kia Optima$2,697$225
Nissan Altima$2,682$224
Nissan Rogue$2,619$218
Toyota Camry$2,655$221
Toyota Corolla$2,598$217
Toyota Prius$2,421$202
Toyota RAV4$2,457$205
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The rate data shows that vehicles with good safety ratings and less performance like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape have cheaper insurance rates. Large trucks tend to have higher rates due to more frequent liability claims.

If you’re into performance vehicles, you’ll pay much higher rates than those shown in the table above. Cars like the Audi R8, Acura NSX, or Porsche 911 have rates that are nearly double those of the average vehicle, as shown in the chart below.

If you want sky high insurance rates, try insuring one of the top-performing vehicles above in the Bronx.

Your Driving Record

The most preventable cause of high car insurance prices is how you drive. Drivers with multiple violations pay much higher rates, as there is a direct correlation between poor driving habits and increased frequency of insurance claims.

Every company handles violations a little differently, with some allowing a minor violation without a rate increase. Other companies have no tolerance for even a minor infraction, and you’ll see a price hike as soon as they discover the ticket on your motor vehicle report.

The chart below shows example rate hikes after one and two minor violations, and also the large price increase after a major violation like a DUI, driving on a suspended license, hit and run, or reckless driving.

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Driving Violations and Car Insurance Rates
Chart showing how minor driving violations like a speeding ticket and major violations like a DUI impact New York City car insurance rates

If your company offers discounts for being a safe driver, not only do you get stuck paying a surcharge for having a violation, you can also potentially lose a discount, which results in a double whammy on your car insurance bill.

Your Car Insurance Company

Speaking of companies, that happens to be another choice that directly impacts how much you pay. There are hundreds of insurance companies that can write auto insurance in the state of New York, and which one is the cheapest all depends on the factors we are discussing in this article.

There are just too many variables to tell you which car insurance company is cheapest in New York City, but we can show you the largest insurers in the state of New York.

New York Auto Insurers by Market Share and Price
RankCompanyMarket ShareAverage Rate
1Geico30.81%$1,888
2Allstate14.80%$1,572
3State Farm13.03%$1,943
4Progressive8.01%$1,527
5Liberty Mutual6.26%$2,046
6Travelers4.13%$1,544
7USAA2.79%$1,175
8Nationwide2.67%$3,116
9NYCM Insurance2.37%$1,855
10Metropolitan1.63%$1,604
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Source: National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2015 Market Share Report and The Zebra

Do the largest insurance companies offer the cheapest rates? Not necessarily. Is the cheapest company one of the largest companies? Probably not. Keep in mind that the rates above are averaged for the entire state of New York, and NYC has much higher rates than other areas of the state.

Since car insurance rates are so variable, and so many companies sell it, the only way to know which company is the cheapest is to compare prices based on your own situation.

Additional Factors

Where you live, the car you drive, your driving record, and your choice of insurance company are four of the main factors that affect the price you pay for insurance. Some of the other things that determine your policy premium are:

  • Deductible levels – High deductibles mean you pay more out-of-pocket for claims which reduces your premium. Conversely, lower deductibles save you money at claim time, but cost more in policy premium.
  • Liability limits – New Yorkers are required to have minimum liability limits of 25/50/10, but increasing these limits (which is a good idea in most cases) will also increase your premium.
  • Personal risk factors – These include things like your marital status, whether you own your home, your credit history, the ages of other drivers on the policy, etc.
  • Policy discounts – Companies offer discounts for being claim and/or accident-free, bundling your home and auto policies, having multiple cars on one policy, paying your policy in full, getting quotes online, and more. The more discounts you qualify for, the lower your rate will be.

New York Auto Insurance Resources

The following resources may be helpful in researching auto insurance in New York.

  • New York is a no-fault state which can be beneficial if you’re injured in an accident, but it can also contribute to higher insurance rates. Learn about New York’s no-fault insurance
  • To learn more about New York’s minimum liability requirements or the NYAIP (assigned-risk plan), what to do if your policy was cancelled, or get general car insurance answers, visit the consumer FAQ.
  • If you have a consumer complaint about an insurance agent or company, you can file a consumer complaint or call (800) 342-3736.

New York City car insurance infographic

Tips for Reducing Car Insurance Rates in New York City

Chances are you’re not going to move to a different neighborhood just to save on car insurance, but there are other steps you can take to help lower the cost of auto insurance in New York City.

  1. Take a look at your policy and see if you’re paying for coverages that are not needed. Do you really need towing reimbursement or that auto club membership?
  2. If you have adequate savings, consider raising your comprehensive and collision deductibles. Higher deductibles save money in the long run, but you must have enough emergency funds on hand to pay them in the event of a claim.
  3. If you’re switching vehicles, consider buying a lower-performance, lower-cost vehicle that has excellent safety ratings. These types of vehicles tend to have the cheapest insurance rates.
  4. Ask your company or agent if there are any discounts that you might be missing. Discounts for certain occupations or professional memberships are often not well publicized so it doesn’t hurt to inquire.
  5. Consider taking a defensive driving class as part of New York’s Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP). It can save you 10% on your liability and collision rates for three years and also help prevent a license suspension if you have 11 or more points on your record.
  6. Lastly, and most importantly, shop your coverage around. Price quotes are always free and you may find a company that is much cheaper than your current one. We recommend comparing rates once a year, since companies change rates frequently.

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Rates by Driver Age

New York City Insurance Rates by Driver Age
Driver AgePremium
16$9,591
20$5,997
30$2,715
40$2,598
50$2,370
60$2,328

Full coverage, $500 deductibles

Rates by Deductible

Insurance Rates with Different Deductibles
DeductiblePremium
$100$3,312
$250$2,979
$500$2,598
$1,000$2,232

Full coverage, driver age 40

Rates by Liability Limit

Insurance Rates with Different Liability Limits
Liability LimitPremium
30/60$2,598
50/100$2,736
100/300$2,909
250/500$3,357
100 CSL$2,805
300 CSL$3,185
500 CSL$3,461

Full coverage, driver age 40

Rates for High Risk Drivers

Insurance Rates for High Risk Drivers
AgePremium
16$13,701
20$9,531
30$5,748
40$5,613
50$5,355
60$5,307

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 $361

Potential Rate Discounts

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

DiscountSavings
Multi-policy$138
Multi-vehicle$134
Homeowner$37
5-yr Accident Free$194
5-yr Claim Free$167
Paid in Full/EFT$121
Advance Quote$129
Online Quote$184
Total Discounts$1,104
Rate after discounts $1,494

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

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