Best car insurance in Alabama in 2021

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Based on Bankrate’s extensive research, we found USAA to be the best car insurance company in Alabama, followed closely by State Farm and Geico. Alabama’s average for full coverage car insurance is $1,623 per year, based on Bankrate’s review of quoted annual premiums.

The best provider in the state will be different for everyone. Some drivers prioritize finding the cheapest premium, while others want 24/7 customer service, an easy-to-use mobile app or a wide range of coverage options. In this article, Bankrate’s team outlines the best car insurance companies in Alabama, company reviews, Alabama’s minimum requirements, potential discounts and more.

Best car insurance companies in Alabama

To find the best car insurance in Alabama, Bankrate analyzed each company’s average annual premiums in Alabama using the latest premium data from Quadrant Information Services. Since most drivers care about more than just their premium, we also analyzed third-party financial scores from companies like S&P and AM Best, customer satisfaction rankings from J.D. Power, available discounts and policy offerings to create an individualized Bankrate Score. Each score is calculated on a 5.0 scale. Our Bankrate Score presents a holistic view of each company’s performance across these important categories.

The table below presents a Bankrate Score, average annual full coverage premium and customer satisfaction score for each company.

Car insurance company Bankrate Score Average annual full coverage premium J.D. Power customer satisfaction score (Southeast region)
USAA* 4.8 $1,230 890/1,000
Geico 4.5 $1,423 843/1,000
State Farm 4.5 $1,470 859/1,000
Progressive 4.2 $1,573 828/1,000
Farmers 3.7 $1,432 818/1,000

*Not officially ranked with J.D. Power due to eligibility restrictions

USAA

USAA consistently tops third-party rankings for its low premiums and high customer satisfaction. In fact, USAA earns the highest J.D. Power customer satisfaction score in almost every region, although it is not eligible for official ranking due its membership requirements. With the lowest average annual full coverage rate on our list, USAA customers tend to enjoy low rates and a wide range of insurance products. However, before getting a quote, note that USAA’s products are only available to members of the U.S. military, veterans and qualifying family members.

Learn more: USAA Insurance review

Geico

Geico has the second-cheapest average annual full coverage premium on our list. Geico is known for its low rates and extensive discounts. The company offers discounts to more than 800 professional and alumni groups and several other groups, including good drivers, students, multi-policy holders and military service members. However, Geico ranks slightly below the industry average in the J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey.

Learn more: Geico Insurance review

State Farm

State Farm claims the second-highest J.D. Power score on our list. Its average annual full coverage premium comes in $153 cheaper than Alabama’s average. The company is known for its top-notch customer service and provides a 24/7 customer helpline to its customers. One drawback may be that the company offers fewer specialized coverage options than some of its competitors.

Learn more: State Farm Insurance review

Progressive

Progressive’s average full coverage car insurance rate comes in $50 cheaper than the state average. Progressive is known for its inventive programs such as Snapshot, which tracks your driving through telematics and rewards safe driving habits with discounts. However, before choosing Progressive, keep in mind that the company scores below average in customer satisfaction.

Learn more: Progressive Insurance review

Farmers

Farmers’ average annual full coverage premium comes in $191 cheaper than the state average. The company offers a wide range of coverage options, including new car replacement, accident forgiveness, loss of use and rideshare insurance. The company also offers a 5% discount for downloading the Signal app, a telematics program that tracks your driving and can provide additional discounts for safe driving. Before choosing Farmers, keep in mind that the company received the lowest customer satisfaction score on our list.

Learn more: Farmers Insurance review

Average car insurance cost in Alabama

Average annual premium for minimum coverage in Alabama Average annual premium for full coverage in Alabama
$469 $1,623

How to find the best car insurance in Alabama

The best car insurance in Alabama will depend on your individual needs. However, the following steps may allow you to find the best provider for you.

Consider minimum insurance requirements in Alabama

When looking for car insurance, Alabama residents will likely want to consider state laws. In every state except New Hampshire and Virginia, drivers must comply with carrying at least their state’s minimum insurance requirements. To find Alabama’s minimum insurance requirements, you can visit the Alabama Department of Insurance website or familiarize yourself with Alabama’s insurance laws.

Consider lender requirements

Lenders or lienholders often require you to have full coverage insurance for leased vehicles. If the car you’re leasing is badly damaged or destroyed, your lender wants to ensure funds are available to repair or replace it. Gap insurance is a common form of car insurance that pays the difference between what your newer leased car is worth and what you owe on it.

Consider your individual needs

Life events can affect which insurance provider might be best for you. For instance, if you have a mark on your driving record, such as a DUI conviction in the state of Alabama, you may want to find a provider that offers car insurance to high-risk drivers. If you’ve recently added a teen driver to your car insurance, you may want to find a company that offers competitive student discounts.

Car insurance discounts in Alabama

If you’re looking for the best auto insurance in Alabama, you may want to look for companies that offer discounts that apply to you. Alabama drivers have multiple options to save on their car insurance premiums, even from the state’s top companies. Many common savings opportunities include discounts for:

  • Young driver discounts: Several top car insurance companies offer discounts for student drivers who earn good grades in school and for students who are away at college without a vehicle.
  • Safe driver discounts: If you are accident-free, claims-free or drive a safe vehicle, you may be able to qualify for safe driver discounts. Even if you have a mark on your driving record, you may be able to qualify for telematics discounts. A telematics program tracks your driving in real-time and awards discounts for safe driving. Your insurer may also offer discounts for participating in a defensive driving course.
  • Other discounts: You may also be able to score discounts for having safety features on your vehicle or for belonging to a certain company or alumni association. Several companies also offer discounts for customer loyalty and bundling multiple insurance policies such as home and auto.

Frequently asked questions

What is the cheapest car insurance company in Alabama?

According to Bankrate’s study of average quoted annual premiums, the cheapest auto insurance companies in Alabama overall are Geico, USAA and Travelers. However, the cheapest company for you will depend on your driving record and vehicle make, among other factors like your age and credit history.

Although quote comparisons are a useful first step in finding affordable coverage, you may also find that an insurer with a slightly higher average premium has several discounts that you qualify for. For this reason, it helps to shop around and compare based on the same levels of coverage to see which provider provides the best overall policy for your needs.

What information is needed in order to get car insurance in Alabama?

When you contact auto insurance companies in Alabama, agents will likely need to know the type of car you want to insure, your age, where you live, your annual mileage and information about your driving record.

Does Alabama require car owners to purchase no-fault insurance?

Alabama requires at least minimum amounts of liability insurance, but does not require car owners to purchase no-fault insurance like personal injury protection (PIP).

Can I save money by adding my teenager to my insurance policy, rather than purchasing separate coverage?

Young drivers in Alabama typically pay exorbitantly high car insurance rates. Oftentimes, you can save your teenager thousands of dollars per year by adding them to your existing automobile policy. Additionally, multiple discounts may apply to your policy, such as good student, distant student and safe driving programs, which could save you money over several policy periods.

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 40-year-old male and female driver 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.

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

Bankrate Scores

Bankrate Scores primarily reflect a weighted rank of industry-standard ratings for financial strength and customer experience in addition to analysis of quoted annual premiums from Quadrant Information Services, spanning all 50 states and Washington, D.C. We know it is important for drivers to be confident their financial protection covers the likeliest risks, is priced competitively and is provided by a financially-sound company with a history of positive customer support.

To determine how well the best car insurance companies satisfy these priorities, third-party agency ratings from J.D. Power, AM Best, S&P, NAIC, and Moodys had the most impact on the companies’ Bankrate Scores. As price is a common consideration for drivers, we analyzed quoted premiums based on 40-year-old male and female drivers with a 2019 Toyota Camry. This profile, assessed across more than 35,000 ZIP codes in the U.S., provided a basis on which drivers may compare each provider.

While coverage options, insurer availability, affordability and customer experience are often the top priorities, Bankrate also analyzed each insurer’s online and mobile resources for policy management and claims handling. Insurance is rapidly evolving to keep pace with our digital world, so these aspects also carried weight in determining Bankrate Scores.