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In most states, your age is one of the biggest factors to impact your car insurance premium. Age is generally used as an indication of how experienced you might be behind the wheel of a car and what driving habits you may be likely to exhibit. For example, younger drivers tend to be more at risk of causing accidents due to having less behind-the-wheel experience than older drivers.

When you reach the age of 25, most insurers no longer consider you a “youthful driver,” so you may see a decrease in your auto insurance premiums. Although 25-year-olds still typically pay higher premiums than older drivers, you can usually expect lower average premiums each year that you get older, as long as you do not have any accidents or tickets on your record.

How much is car insurance for a 25-year-old?

The average full coverage car insurance premium for 25-year-olds is $2,108 per year, which is significantly more than the overall U.S. average annual full coverage premium of $1,674 per year. Minimum coverage costs an average of $615 per year for 25-year-olds, whereas the national average is $565 per year.

At 25 years old, you may have more experience than teen drivers and as a result, pay lower average rates than when you were younger. However, you likely still have significantly less experience than a 40-year-old driver. While your rates should continue to decrease as you get older, you may still pay higher-than-average premiums for several years.

Average cost of males vs. females

Most states take gender into consideration when rating policies. Males tend to engage in riskier driving behavior than females, which can lead to more frequent or serious accidents. Because of this, the average male driver tends to have higher premiums than the average female driver.

Average annual premium for full coverage Average annual premium for minimum coverage
25-year-old Male $2,181 $622
25-year-old Female $2,036 $608

Cheapest car insurance companies for 25-year-olds

Although you will likely pay less for insurance than you did when you were a teen or in your early 20s, budget may still be a primary concern for you in your mid-20s. Many drivers in this age group are starting new jobs, moving out of their parents’ homes and building their lives. If finding cheap car insurance is your primary concern, Bankrate’s research may be able to help you find coverage that fits your budget.

Our insurance editorial team obtained premium information on the largest car insurance companies by market share from Quadrant Information Services. The rates below represent the average full and minimum coverage rates of a 25-year-old driver who rents their home. If you are looking for the cheapest car insurance for 25-year-old drivers, you may want to get a quote from these companies:

Insurance company Average annual premium for full coverage Average annual premium for minimum coverage
Amica $1,700 $418
Erie $1,463 $437
State Farm $1,695 $558
Travelers $1,804 $612
USAA $1,510 $422

Amica

Amica’s full and minimum coverage premiums are the second-highest on our list, but still lower than the national average for 25-year-olds. Amica offers auto insurance coverage options and discounts that may help you customize your coverage. In addition to the standard coverage types you may be able to add features like full glass coverage, roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement and accident forgiveness. You may also have access to numerous discounts. Amica scored well above the industry average in J.D. Power’s 2021 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study, indicating that customers tend to be highly satisfied with its claims service.

Learn more: Amica Insurance review

Erie

If you are looking for cheap full coverage, Erie’s average full coverage rate is the lowest on our list. On top of the low average rate, Erie offers numerous discounts that could help you save even more. The company offers discounts for paying in full, vehicle safety features and insuring more than one policy with Erie, among other deals. Erie’s Rate Lock option may be the most unique feature of the company. With this feature, your rate will stay the same, unless you make changes to your policy like adding a car or driver. However, before choosing Erie, keep in mind that the company serves only 12 states.

Learn more: Erie Insurance review

State Farm

With over 16% of the market share, State Farm is the largest auto insurance company in the country. If you prefer to handle your insurance in person, rather than by phone or online, State Farm could be a good choice. The company has a nationwide network of agents who can help you with your insurance needs. Although State Farm does not offer as many optional coverage types or discounts as some other carriers on our list, there are still ways to personalize your coverage and save. You might choose to participate in State Farm’s Drive Safe & Save program, for example, which tracks your driving habits and rewards drivers with savings for safe practices behind the wheel.

Learn more: State Farm Insurance review

Travelers

While Travelers has the highest average full coverage premium on our list, the company offers plenty of deals such as multi-policy and student discounts that may help you bring down your insurance costs. The company offers numerous coverage options, including new car replacement, ridesharing coverage, loan/lease gap insurance and rental reimbursement coverage. You may save money by insuring multiple cars or policies with Travelers, having continuous insurance, insuring a hybrid or electric car, paying in full or owning a home, even if you do not insure it with Travelers.

Learn more: Travelers Insurance review

USAA

USAA only sells insurance policies to former and current military, as well as their immediate family members. If you qualify, you may want to get a quote from USAA. Although the company is not eligible for official J.D. Power customer satisfaction rankings due to its eligibility restrictions, it consistently receives high scores for both claims service and overall customer satisfaction. If you are a safe driver, insure a new car, garage your vehicle on a military base or you store your vehicle while you are deployed, you may qualify for a discount.

Learn more: USAA Insurance review

How to save on car insurance for 25-year-olds

Car insurance may be more expensive than average when you are 25, but there are still ways to save. Following the steps listed below could help you find the coverage you need at a price that fits your budget.

Shop around

Every company has its own pricing algorithm, which means that companies may weigh your personal characteristics differently. For instance, one company may consider your occupation, whereas another company may not. Additionally, every driver has a different set of preferences and needs when it comes to car insurance. Determining what you want from a company, like certain coverage options or digital tools, may help you find the right company for you. Once you’ve nailed down the companies with the right policy options for you, it may be helpful to compare quotes from multiple providers to find the best rates.

Compare discounts

Most auto insurance companies offer discounts, but some companies may have more discounts that apply to you. If you can take advantage of several discounts, you may see significant savings. You can often research discounts on a company’s website, but you can also talk to a representative or visit a local agency to discuss discount options and discover if you qualify.

Increase your deductibles

Full coverage auto insurance policies have two deductibles, one for collision insurance coverage and one for comprehensive insurance coverage. Your deductible is the amount of money you will pay if you file a claim for damage to your vehicle. Because collision claims tend to be more expensive, your collision deductible usually has more of an impact on your premium than your comprehensive deductible. Increasing one or both of your deductibles usually means you will pay a lower premium, but you will have more to pay out of pocket if you claim damage to your vehicle.

Reconsider the car you drive

Similar to how insurance companies rate each driver based on their individual rating factors, cars are also rated differently. Some cars may be cheaper to insure than others due to the price of parts and standard safety features. Before trading or selling your car, you may want to get an insurance quote for the car you plan to purchase.

Improve your credit score

Some states do not allow insurance companies to use your credit score as a rating factor, but most states allow this practice. Drivers with lower credit scores are statistically more likely to file claims, so insurance companies charge a higher price to offset this risk. If you can increase your credit score, you may see a reduction in your premium.

How to get the best insurance for a 25-year-old

The cheapest insurance does not always equate to the best insurance. If you are in the market for a new car insurance policy, the following steps may help you determine the right coverage and company for you:

  • Determine what you need: Are you looking for a company with a local agency, or do you prefer handling your policy online? Do you need or want full coverage? Are you looking for specific options like ridesharing coverage? Determining what you need might help you narrow down what companies can fit your situation.
  • Compare companies and quotes: Getting quotes from several companies lets you compare prices, discounts, coverage options and customer service.
  • Review third-party rankings: Companies like J.D. Power review overall customer satisfaction and claims satisfaction ratings of various insurance providers. AM Best reviews financial strength, which indicates a company’s historical ability to pay out claims. Reviewing these ratings and choosing a company who rates highly may help you feel comfortable with your insurance carrier.

If you are unsure where to start, guidance from a licensed insurance agent may be helpful. Insurance agents may be able to evaluate your situation and make recommendations for coverage options and policy features that fit your needs.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best car insurance company?

The best car insurance company for you depends on your individual preferences, policy needs and personal characteristics. Although some companies stand out for available coverage options, discounts offered, low average rates and high third-party rankings, everyone has different needs. Working with an independent insurance agent to nail down your needs and getting quotes from the best car insurance companies may help you choose the best option for you.

How do I know how much car insurance I need?

Car insurance is not a one-size-fits-all purchase. You can purchase higher or lower limits, optional coverage types and enhanced policy features. To determine how much coverage you need, first think about your situation. You will need to purchase at least your state’s minimum required coverage, and if you have a loan or lease, your lender will likely require you to have full coverage.

When choosing a liability limit, it may be wise to purchase enough coverage to protect your finances and assets if you cause an accident. When choosing deductible levels for your full coverage, you may want to make sure you can reasonably pay your deductible if you file a claim for damage to your own car. If you are unsure how much coverage you need, talking to an agent can be helpful.

Will my car insurance bill go down when I turn 25?

You might see your car insurance premium decrease at age 25, but not likely on your actual birthday. Car insurance companies typically assess rates at your renewal. Your policy renewal is the end of your policy term and the start of a new term. Generally, you’ll see a drop in premium at the first renewal after you turn 25. This means that, unless your renewal date falls on your birthday, you may have to wait a bit to see the savings. Keep in mind, too, that numerous factors impact premiums, so your own premium might not change much or could even increase, depending on your unique situation.

Methodology

Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2021 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on a 25-year-old male and female drivers with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
  • $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
  • $50,000 property damage liability per accident
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
  • $500 collision deductible
  • $500 comprehensive deductible

To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2019 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.

Age: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the age 25 (base: 40 years) applied. Driver may be a renter or homeowner. Age is not a contributing rating factor in Hawaii and Massachusetts.

Gender: The following states do not use gender as a determining factor in calculating premiums: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania.

These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.

Written by
Cate Deventer
Insurance Writer & Editor
Cate Deventer is a writer, editor and insurance professional with over a decade of experience in the insurance industry as a licensed insurance agent.
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