Who Has Affordable Auto Insurance for Young Drivers in Phoenix?

The car, truck, or SUV requiring insurance is one of the largest considerations that determines whether or not you can buy cheap coverage for young drivers. Vehicles with economical engines, excellent safety ratings, or low incidents of liability claims will cost significantly less to insure than higher performance models.

The information below presents car insurance premiums for a handful of the cheaper vehicles to insure in Arizona.

Cheapest Vehicles to Insure in Phoenix, AZ
Make and Model Estimated Cost for Full Coverage
Ford Escape XLS 4WD $6,193
Honda CR-V EX-L 2WD $6,250
Jeep Wrangler Sport 4WD 2-Dr $6,536
Toyota Prius $6,683
Dodge Grand Caravan SE $6,970
Toyota Tacoma 4WD $6,977
Chevrolet Impala LS $7,290
Ford Focus SE 4-Dr Sedan $7,298
Toyota RAV4 Sport 4WD $7,346
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid $7,354
Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD $7,403
Ford Edge Sport AWD $7,723
Toyota Corolla S $7,728
Toyota Camry XLE $7,723
Hyundai Elantra SE 4-Dr Sedan $7,729
GMC Sierra SLE Crew Cab 4WD $7,780
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ 2WD $7,786
Nissan Altima Hybrid 4-Dr Sedan $7,780
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 4WD $7,786
Ford Fusion Sport 4-Dr Sedan $7,780
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Table data represents single female driver age 16, no speeding tickets, no at-fault accidents, $1,000 deductibles, and Arizona minimum liability limits. Discounts applied include safe-driver, and claim-free. Price estimates do not factor in zip code location which can raise or lower coverage rates considerably.

Looking at the rates, we can conclude that vehicles like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Jeep Wrangler are most likely going to be the most budget-friendly vehicles to insure for youthful drivers. The cost of auto insurance will be more costly just because there is more claim risk for young drivers, but generally speaking those specific models will have the least expensive rates compared to all other vehicles.

Comparing rates for reasonably-priced auto insurance is easier said than done, and determining which company quotes the best car insurance rates for young drivers will take even more work. Each auto insurance company has a different formula to determine premium rates, so let’s rank the car insurance companies with the overall cheapest rates in Phoenix.

We do need to point out that Arizona car insurance rates are impacted by many things that can increase the policy price. Simply turning a year older, adding a teenager to your policy, or getting into an accident can trigger changes in premium that may make certain companies more affordable than before.

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Who has the cheapest car insurance in Arizona?
Rank Company Cost Per Year
1 The Hartford $811
2 Auto-Owners $897
3 Safeco $932
4 Travelers $1,108
5 USAA $1,124
6 Progressive $1,130
7 GEICO $1,142
8 Allied $1,209
9 Ameriprise Group $1,220
10 CSAA $1,225
11 Farm Bureau Mutual $1,247
12 Safe Auto $1,336
13 Unitrin $1,357
14 State Farm $1,364
15 Farmers $1,391
16 Titan $1,418
17 American Family $1,435
18 Amica $1,473
19 MetLife $1,505
20 Safeway $1,554
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The Hartford generally has some of the best car insurance rates in Phoenix at around $811 a year. This is $617 less than the average policy premium paid by Arizona drivers of $1,428. Auto-Owners, Safeco, Travelers, and USAA are also some of the lowest-priced Phoenix, AZ insurance companies.

In the above example, if you currently buy coverage from Travelers and switched to Auto-Owners, you might achieve a yearly price reduction of upwards of $211. Arizona drivers with USAA might save as much as $227 a year, and Progressive insureds might cut rates by $233 a year.

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It’s important to note that these premiums are averages for all types of insureds and vehicles and and are not figured with a specific zip code for young drivers. So the insurer that fits your age and vehicle best may not even be in the top 28 companies shown above. That’s why you need to compare rates from multiple companies using your own personalized driver profile and vehicle information.

For youthful drivers, one of the largest components that aid in calculating auto insurance rates is where you keep your car. More densely populated places are more likely to have higher rates, whereas areas with lower crime rates and fewer weather claims have the luxury of cheap car insurance rates.

The illustration below rates the most expensive areas in Arizona for young drivers to buy an auto insurance policy in. Phoenix shows up at #1 with the yearly price of $1,255 for the average policyholder, which is about $105 each month.

How much is car insurance in Phoenix?
Rank City Average Per Year
1 Phoenix $1,255
2 Glendale $1,190
3 Avondale $1,186
4 San Tan Valley $1,161
5 Mesa $1,159
6 Gilbert $1,142
7 Tempe $1,140
8 Peoria $1,137
9 Goodyear $1,131
10 Buckeye $1,122
11 Scottsdale $1,117
12 Maricopa $1,107
13 Tucson $1,094
14 Chandler $1,093
15 Casa Grande $1,079
16 Catalina Foothills $1,050
17 Surprise $1,048
18 Casas Adobes $1,040
19 Oro Valley $1,020
20 Yuma $992
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Rates are comparative as the garaging address in Phoenix can lower or raise prices considerably.

Full coverage versus liability only rates

Lowering the price of car insurance is important to most vehicle owners, and a good way to buy cheaper insurance for young drivers is to not buy full coverage. The illustration below shows the difference between insurance prices when comparing full coverage to liability only. The premiums are based on no tickets, no at-fault accidents, $1,000 deductibles, drivers are single, and no discounts are applied.

If the expense is averaged for all age categories, full coverage on your policy costs $1,263 per year more than just buying liability insurance. At some point, every insured wonders if you should buy full coverage. There is no definitive formula for eliminating full coverage on your policy, but there is a guideline you can use. If the annual cost of your full coverage insurance is more than 10% of any settlement you would receive from your insurance company, then it might be time to buy liability only.

For example, let’s say your vehicle’s replacement cost is $9,500 and you have $1,000 policy deductibles. If your vehicle is damaged in an accident, the most your company will settle for is $8,500 after paying your policy deductible. If you are paying in excess of $850 a year for physical damage coverage, then it might be time to buy liability only.

The example below demonstrates how deductibles can increase or decrease premium costs when researching cheap insurance for young drivers. The rates are based on a married female driver, comprehensive and collision coverage, and no discounts are applied.

In the chart above, a 50-year-old driver could cut expenses by $206 a year by increasing from a $100 deductible up to a $500 deductible, or save $310 by changing to a $1,000 deductible. Younger drivers, like the Age 20 chart data, could shave up to $508 each year by choosing a larger deductible amount.

When choosing a higher deductible, it is a good idea to have additional funds squirreled away to satisfy the extra out-of-pocket expense, which is the main disadvantage of using high deductibles.

Why it’s important to shop around

Arizona car insurance rates are influenced by many factors that can increase the price of coverage. Improving your credit rating, having a teen driver, or getting a ticket for running a stop sign can trigger price changes resulting in some companies being cheaper than competitors. Additionally, insurance companies file new Arizona auto insurance rates at least once a year in order to maintain liquidity for claims. A period of increased losses may cause increased policy costs, while less frequent claims may cause cheaper Phoenix car insurance rates.

To illustrate this example, the chart below shows the cheapest car insurance in Phoenix, AZ for a 30-year-old female driver with no prior claims, no tickets, and solid credit. If we estimate prices based on her current rating profile, The Hartford might quote the most affordable car insurance rates in Phoenix at $1,196 annually. This is $232 less than the average premium paid by Arizona drivers of $1,428. Auto-Owners, Safeco, USAA, and Travelers are the rest of the best Phoenix, AZ auto insurance companies.

In this example, we will give the driver in the first chart an accident surcharge, a little lower credit rating, and a few blemishes on her driving record. Since each auto insurer has their own unique process for determining rates, comparing prices may now result in a new list of companies as shown below.

GEICO now has the best price on car insurance in Phoenix with Ameriprise Group, Auto-Owners, CSAA, and Allied also being competitive. This example illustrates why it is important to compare many different companies when trying to get cheap insurance quotes for young drivers. Insurance prices can be altered by many different factors and can decrease or increase without notice, so the cheapest option three years ago may now cost much more than other companies.

If you have questions and prefer to get some guidance when shopping around for cheaper insurance for young drivers, the agents shown below are willing to provide answers to your questions and help you determine which is the best policy. To find a Phoenix insurance agency by location nearest to you, click the button below the list or click here to compare price quotes now.

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