Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Insurance of Cheapest states for young drivers



Even a no-frills vehicle represents a huge expense for the 4 million or so Americans working a minimum-wage job.
But it represents a bigger challenge in some places than in others. Young drivers in Rhode Island will work nearly four times as long as their counterparts in Illinois to buy the legally required state-minimum liability coverage, according to a CarInsurance.com analysis.
We ranked states by the number of hours needed to buy coverage, comparing their cheapest car insurance for 18-year-olds with their minimum wage.
This is as cheap as insurance gets, and there are few trade-offs available to save further. For example, you can’t reduce your limits below the minimum amounts. And you can’t raise your deductible. There are no deductibles on liability insurance.

Where you live matters – a lot

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average hourly wage in the U.S. was $24.17 in December 2013. The average annual outlay on liability car insurance, says the Insurance Information Institute, was $492 as of 2011.
The means an average worker could buy a year of liability coverage with about 20 hours of work.
But consider an 18-year-old working an entry-level job. The average state minimum wage in 2014 is just $7.60 an hour. And teenagers pay much more for insurance: The average price of a year of bare-bones coverage was $841, using rates gathered from the national carriers in CarInsurance.com’s online quotes tool.
At those averages, a year of state minimum liability insurance would require 111 hours of work.
Because both wages and car insurance rates swing dramatically, we looked at affordability by comparing the cost of legal-minimum auto insurance with each state’s minimum wage. Young drivers in Rhode Island had it worst, with 196 hours required to buy the cheapest liability policy we found. A young driver finds not only much cheaper insurance in Illinois but higher wages as well; a year of liability insurance takes just 56 hours of work.

The cheapest states for young drivers

These are best-case scenario numbers.
We compared rates using the state’s cheapest ZIP code for a young driver with clean record, good credit and previous insurance on a parent’s policy. We chose the least expensive rate we found. Unless you’re 18, male, a resident of the particular addresses we used and proud owner of a 1997 Ford Taurus, your quotes probably won’t exactly match ours, which are only a snapshot of available rates.
They are, however, a good indicator of the financial hurdle confronting any teenager who depends on his own car to commute to school or work.

What an 18-year-old pays for state-minimum liability


Rank
  State
ZIP code
Annual liability cost
Minimum wage
Hours to buy
1
Illinois
61761
$459
$8.25
56
2
North Carolina
28778
$419
$7.25
58
3
Iowa
50010
$419
$7.25
58
4
Nevada
89427
$492
$8.25
60
5
Missouri
65101
$458
$7.50
61
6
Indiana
47905
$462
$7.25
64
7
New Mexico
88310
$557
$7.50
74
8
California
93441
$602
$8.00
75
9
Montana
59602
$625
$7.90
79
10
New York
14580
$669
$8.00
84
11
Connecticut
06498
$728
$8.70
84
12
Pennsylvania
16823
$611
$7.25
84
13
Washington
99163
$795
$9.32
85
14
Kansas
67401
$625
$7.25
86
15
Nebraska
68504
$662
$7.25
91
16
Vermont
05446
$826
$8.73
95
17
Mississippi
39759
$688
$7.25
95
18
Florida
32669
$755
$7.93
95
19
Tennessee
37686
$721
$7.25
99
20
Wisconsin
53081
$727
$7.25
100
21
Wyoming
82007
$732
$7.25
101
22
Arizona
86426
$805
$7.90
102
23
Arkansas
72768
$751
$7.25
104
24
Alabama
36543
$759
$7.25
105
25
Georgia
31601
$763
$7.25
105
26
Virginia
22652
$787
$7.25
109
27
Idaho
83712
$791
$7.25
109
28
Texas
76306
$802
$7.25
111
29
Louisiana
71021
$811
$7.25
112
30
Colorado
80525
$916
$8.00
114
31
Oregon
97330
$1,060
$9.10
116
32
Utah
84772
$848
$7.25
117
33
Minnesota
56003
$939
$7.25
130
34
South Carolina
29692
$943
$7.25
130
35
Maine
04105
$1,039
$7.50
139
36
Oklahoma
74003
$1,019
$7.25
141
37
Maryland
21780
$1,049
$7.25
145
38
Michigan
49866
$1,204
$7.40
163
39
Ohio
44833
$1,330
$7.95
167
40
Kentucky
41075
$1,227
$7.25
169
41
New Hampshire
03303
$1,261
$7.25
174
42
New Jersey
07933
$1,446
$8.25
175
43
Delaware
19939
$1,327
$7.25
183
44
West Virginia
25427
$1,370
$7.25
189
45
Rhode Island
02842
$1,569
$8.00
196
*
Alaska
99829

$7.75

*
Hawaii
96722

$7.25

*
Massachusetts
01258

$8.00

*
North Dakota
58205

$7.25

*
South Dakota
57069

$7.25

*
Washington, D.C.
20006

$8.25


National average

$841
$7.60
111
* Data missing or unavailable at time of publication
** States that have no minimum wage or a minimum wage lower than the federal wage are displayed at the federal minimum.

What you can do

The cost of liability insurance has more to do with the driver than the car. (The insurance company isn’t going to fix your car, just the person’s you hit.) In your search for affordable auto insurance, these are the factors you have some control over:
  • Your driving record: More than one violation or accident is going to hurt.
  • Your credit: If it’s dismal, you’re seen as a bigger risk of a claim and thus charged more in many states.
  • Your mileage: The less you drive, the less risk of your hitting someone.
  • Your insurance history: If you’ve let your policy lapse, even for a few days, you’ll pay about 5 percent more than you would have otherwise, according to Insurance.com.
  • Your insurance company: No two insurers offer identical rates, and even on state-minimum policies, premiums can differ by hundreds of dollars a year.
Insurers do look at your car, and if it has a significantly higher rate of claims than most (because, say, it’s driven mostly by young drivers), your liability rates will reflect that risk.

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