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Pennsylvania Car Insurance
Most of Pennsylvania enjoys relatively cheap state car insurance rates, but Philadelphia is another story, with rates many times higher. You can see below how every city, town and hamlet in Pennsylvania compares, along with the potential savings for choosing the cheapest carrier in that ZIP code. Learn how to buy the best car insurance policy for your particular situation, what the average car insurance rates are for your neighborhood and how car insurance laws in Pennsylvania work.
Pennsylvania car insurance rates
The average car insurance rate in Pennsylvania is $1,522. Your location is one of the major factors car insurance companies consider when setting your rate. Additionally, your age, your driving record, your credit history, the model of car you have, the severity and frequency of claims in your neighborhood are all accounted for when insurance companies decide price your policy. But every company uses its own method for assessing risk. That s why the cost for the same policy can vary significantly among insurance companies and why you should compare rates. For example, drivers in Philadelphia ZIP code 19132 can save $5,078 by shopping around. That s the difference between the highest rate among six carriers surveyed ($6,451) and the lowest ($1,373).
Cheap car insurance in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania car insurance requirements
Pennsylvania mandates purchase of first party benefits medical coverage. This pays medical expenses for you and anyone on your policy up to its limits, even if the accident was your fault.
Pennsylvania’s minimum liability insurance requirements are extremely low compared with those in other states. For example, its mandatory $5,000 liability for property damage would not repair or replace many of the cars you are most likely to hit. And even a minor injury can rack up $15,000 in medical expenses.
Once bills hit those low limits, you are legally responsible for the balance. We suggest anyone with a home or savings to protect consider raising liability coverage limits.
You ll pay more for more coverage, but as you ll see in the chart below, additional protection typically won t break the bank. Powering up your policy to full coverage with a $500 deductible costs, on average, $1,042 more, or $87 a month.
$500 Comp/Collision deductible
*The table shows the average annual rate of nearly every ZIP code in Pennsylvania from up to six major insurance companies. Rates are for a male driver, age 40, with a clean record and good credit for a 2016 Honda Accord. Data was provided for CarInsurance.com by Quadrant Information Services.
Recommended car insurance coverage
When deciding how much car insurance to buy, you need to assess your particular situation. To drive legally, you must buy at least the minimum liability insurance required by your state. If you didn t borrow money from a lender to buy your car and you don t have a lot of money or assets to protect, that might be a wise choice. If, however, you don t own your car outright, you will be required to get comprehensive and collision coverage. Additionally, if you have a home and savings to protect, it s wise to buy more coverage.
The more money and assets you have, the more likely it is that you may be sued following a car accident. Unless you are determined to pay the lowest car insurance rate possible, we recommend you buy higher than minimum liability coverage. If your net worth is:
- less than $50,000, choose at least 50/100/50
- between $50,000 and $100,000, choose at least 100/300/100
- more than $100,000, choose at least 250/500/100
If you’re leasing or financing your car, you automatically need coverage of 100/300/100 or higher.
Collision and comprehensive
Collision coverage pays for damage to your car after an accident that you cause. Comprehensive insurance pays to replace stolen cars and for damages from vandalism, flooding, hail, fire and animal strikes. These coverages are optional. Collision for Pennsylvania drivers costs, on average, $301 a year; comprehensive costs $132, according to the Insurance Information Institute. If your car is:
- less than 10 years old, you should strongly consider buying collision and comprehensive.
- more than 10 years old, only buy collision and comprehensive if your car is worth $3,000 or more, if you couldn t afford to replace your car if it s wrecked, or if you just want more protection on your policy.
Uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage pays for damages if you re hit by a driver with no insurance or a driver with coverage that s insufficient to pay for your repairs and medical expenses. These should match the liability limits you choose.
Pennsylvania requires that insurance companies offer you uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, but you may decline it. In the Philadelphia area, where the rate of uninsured motorists is high, you should consider keeping it.
Medical coverage (MedPay)
Medical payments coverage can help pay for the medical or funeral expenses of covered drivers and passengers after an accident, regardless of fault, up to $25,000. In most states, including Pennsylvania, it’s an optional addition to your car insurance policy. Pennsylvania requires $5,000 of firt-party medical benefits coverage, so you don t need MedPay, though it can supplement your minimum coverage. MedPay does the following:
- Covers you and your passengers medical expenses
- Pays for expenses after health insurance limits are exceeded
- Offers additional protection to insured drivers who are hit by a car while walking or biking
If you and your passengers:
- Don t have health insurance, or have a plan that doesn t cover car accidents or has low limits, we recommend that you add medical coverage of at least $5,000 to your car insurance policy.
- Do have health insurance, it s still a good idea to have medical coverage if you want the best protection in your policy, as it can pay out after your health benefits are maxed out.
If you got a loan to pay for your car and have an accident, gap insurance pays the difference between the cash value of your car and the current outstanding balance on your loan or lease.
- If you re financing your car, your car is less than one year old and you ve put less than 20 percent down on it, you should buy gap insurance. If not, you don t need gap insurance.
- If you re leasing your car, it s a good idea to buy gap insurance if you aren t already required to in your lease agreement.
- If you own your car outright, you don t need gap insurance.
Pennsylvania car insurance rates by company
Below you’ll see average annual rates for Pennsylvania, ranked cheapest to most expensive, for three coverage levels:
- tate minimum liability requirements
- Liability limits of $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident and $50,000 property damage
- Liability of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident and $100,000 property damage, with comprehensive and collision at $500 deductible