Insure.com Ranks the Most and Least Costly States for Car Insurance Rates

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An Insure.com survey identifies how much drivers across the country are paying on average for car insurance, which states have the highest car insurance premiums and which boast the lowest. Behind the rankings are the surprising factors that influence the cost of coverage from state to state. Contrary to popular belief, driving records are not the only primary factor in determining car insurance premiums. Insure.com ranks states by the average annual premium and explains the factors affecting the cost of auto insurance.

Insure.com’s rankings demonstrate how factors like state laws and the judicial system can be the driving force behind high rates.

Insure.com released a national survey today of car insurance rates by state. The rankings reveal above-average rates in Michigan, Louisiana and Oklahoma and lower-than-average car insurance premiums in Vermont and South Carolina. Surprisingly, a consumer’s driving record is not always the biggest factor in determining prices. Instead, Insure.com found that a number of non-driver-related factors have a significant effect on the average cost of car insurance for consumers in different states.

The percentage of uninsured drivers in a given state, along with other factors like weather and state insurance laws, are in large part what determine the average cost of auto insurance premiums.

“We often think of car insurance prices strictly in terms of our own personal details, like our driving record and our coverage amount,” said Amy Danise, senior managing editor of Insure.com. “But Insure.com’s rankings demonstrate how factors like state laws and the judicial system can be the driving force behind high rates.”

Michigan holds the spot as the most expensive place for auto insurance because it’s the only state that guarantees unlimited personal injury protection payments by law, which is very costly for insurance companies. Louisiana is the second most expensive state because of its judicial system, which generally favors individuals--meaning that insurance companies tend to lose in court, again driving up costs for insurers. By comparison, a representative driver in Vermont pays 87 percent less for insurance coverage than the same driver in Michigan because of the lower level of traffic congestion in Vermont and the large number of insurers competing for business.

Here are all 50 states and the District of Columbia ranked by the average annual premium that a representative driver would pay, according to Insure.com. The national average is $1,561.

1.    Michigan, $2,541
2.    Louisiana, $2,453
3.    Oklahoma, $2,197
4.    Montana, $2,190
5.    Washington, D.C., $2,146
6.    California, $1,991
7.    Mississippi, $1,896
8.    New Mexico, $1,896
9.    Arkansas, $1,836
10.    Maryland, $1,807
11.    North Dakota, $1,794
12.    Connecticut, $1,786
13.    Rhode Island, $1,747
14.    Wyoming, $1,714
15.    Hawaii, $1,707
16.    South Dakota, $1,707
17.    Georgia, $1,670
18.    New Jersey, $1,663
19.    West Virginia, $1,633
20.    Kentucky, $1,629
21.    New York, $1,627
22.    Minnesota, $1,614
23.    Washington, $1,584
24.    Missouri, $1,563
25.    Indiana, $1,518
26.    Colorado, $1,508
27.    Texas, $1,492
28.    Delaware, $1,489
29.    Florida, $1,476
30.    Nebraska, $1,470
31.    Pennsylvania, $1,468
32.    Kansas, $1,461
33.    Alaska, $1,454
34.    New Hampshire, $1,334
35.    Massachusetts, $1,328
36.    Idaho, $1,325
37.    Alabama, $1,306
38.    Oregon, $1,306
39.    Nevada, $1,300
40.    Illinois, $1,290
41.    Arizona, $1,280
42.    Utah, $1,272
43.    Virginia, $1,237
44.    Iowa, $1,179
45.    North Carolina, $1,154
46.    Ohio, $1,152
47.    Tennessee, $1,146
48.    Wisconsin, $1,128
49.    Maine, $1,126
50.    South Carolina, $1,095
51.    Vermont, $995

Insure.com also ranks the most and least expensive vehicles to insure in its annual car insurance comparison survey.

Methodology    
Insure.com commissioned a survey from Quadrant Information Services. Rates are based on a 40-year-old single male driver who commutes 12 miles to work. The sample policy had limits of 100/300/50 ($100,000 for injury liability for one person, $300,000 for all injuries and $50,000 for property damage in an accident) and a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage. The policy included uninsured motorist coverage.

Read the full article at Car insurance rates by state: The most and least expensive places to buy auto insurance in 2011.

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Jessica Cultra
479-739-2690
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