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 Pennsylvania car insurance policy for your particular situation, what the average car insurance rates are for your neighborhood and how Pennsylvania car insurance laws work.
Pennsylvania car insurance rates
See rates by ZIP code
The average car insurance rate in Pennsylvania is $1,201. 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 $1,854 by shopping around. That s the difference between the highest rate among six carriers surveyed ($3,931) and the lowest ($2,077).
Cheap car insurance in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania car insurance requirements
*The table shows the average annual rate of 10 ZIP codes in the state from the following carriers, in no particular order: Progressive, Allstate, State Farm, Nationwide, GEICO and Farmers. 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.
Car insurance companies in Pennsylvania
Scores are based on Insure.com s Best Insurance Companies customer review survey of 3,700 customers. Companies not in the top 10 of market share do not qualify. All scores are out of 100.
Best car insurance companies in Pennsylvania
Best customer service:
- USAA 97.2
- State Farm 92
- Allstate 91.8
- Travelers 90.6
- Nationwide 90.4
Best claims service:
- USAA 100
- Travelers 97.5
- Liberty Mutual 96
- Geico 93.9
- Progressive 92.5
Best value for the price:
- USAA 91.3
- Travelers 88.8 Erie 88.8
- Progressive 86.3
- State Farm 84.6
- Nationwide 83.2
Largest car insurance companies in Pennsylvania
Source: A.M. Best market share rankings are based on direct premiums written in 2015.
Customer review rankings based on Insure.com’s 2016 “Best Insurance Companies” survey of 3,700 customers. Scores are out of 100.
Car insurance in Pennsylvania cities
Find out what the most expensive and the cheapest car insurance rates are by ZIP code, as well as how they compare statewide.
Pennsylvania car insurance laws
Driver’s license points
Pennsylvania removes three points from your motor vehicle record when 12 months pass without a violation. If you hit six points on your record, you are required to take a written examination of your knowledge about safety and regulations. Two points are deducted from your total if you pass. Your driver’s license is suspended at 11 points.
You’ll have to produce proof of current insurance in Pennsylvania:
- if you are stopped for a traffic violation
- if you are involved in a reportable traffic accident
- when you register your car
- when your car undergoes its safety inspection
In addition, your insurance company will report a cancellation or nonrenewal to the state.
Lapse in coverage
If your Pennsylvania auto insurance policy lapses, your vehicle registration will be suspended for three months. If the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) determines that you drove your vehicle without insurance, your driver’s license will also be suspended for three months. To serve the suspension your registration plate, sticker, card and driver’s license need to be surrendered to PennDOT. The one exception to this is if the lapse was for less than 31 days and you can prove that the vehicle wasn’t operated during this time.