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Best car insurance in Arizona in 2022

Updated Sep 30, 2022
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Bankrate’s insurance editorial team found that some of the best car insurance companies in Arizona are Geico, State Farm, American Family, Allstate and The Hartford, based on an objective analysis of third-party rankings and rate data. According to our research, these companies offer competitive average rates and received strong scores from third-party agencies for customer satisfaction. These factors could make them a good option for drivers in Arizona.

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Key Takeaways
  • Average car insurance rates in Arizona are lower than California’s average rates, but are more expensive than Utah’s average rates.
  • Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe have some of the most expensive average rates for full coverage car insurance in Arizona.

How Bankrate chose the best car insurance companies in Arizona

To find the best auto insurance in Arizona, Bankrate’s insurance experts developed a proprietary Bankrate Score to help grade companies on factors like customer service rankings, financial strength ratings, policy options and discounts, and more. We also reviewed average premium data from Quadrant Information Services to see which companies offered great coverage at a reasonable price.

Each company was scored on the basis of these categories, with a higher score in each category resulting in a higher overall Bankrate Score, with a maximum score of 5 out of 5. This can help you more easily compare different car insurance carriers to each other and decide which ones you may want to get a quote from.

Best car insurance companies in Arizona

Geico and State Farmed topped the charts in terms of their Bankrate Score when we reviewed the best auto insurance companies in Arizona. To determine Bankrate Scores, Bankrate’s editorial team assessed providers by market share, average premiums, available coverage options and discount offerings, as well as third-party customer satisfaction scores from J.D. Power, complaint index scores from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and financial strength ratings from AM Best and Standard & Poor’s (S&P). After analyzing the data, we found that the following five companies offer the best car insurance in Arizona. When searching for car insurance, Arizona drivers may want to get quotes from these companies:

Car insurance company Bankrate Score Average annual full coverage premium J.D. Power customer satisfaction score (Southeast region)
Geico 4.5 $984 829/1,000
State Farm 4.3 $2,108 847/1,000
American Family 3.7 $2,876 850/1,000
Allstate 3.7 $2,566 822/1,000
The Hartford 3.7 $1,516 826/1,000

Geico

Geico’s high Bankrate Score reflects its low prices and high customer satisfaction. Geico offers the lowest average full coverage premium in Arizona, according to Bankrate research. In addition to its low average rates, Geico offers a host of discounts to help you save even more. You might qualify for a discount if you are a safe driver, a federal employee, a military service member or if you have certain safety features on your vehicle. However, Geico doesn’t offer gap insurance, so if you’re looking for that coverage option, you may want to look elsewhere.
 

State Farm

State Farm had the second-highest Bankrate Score out of the providers on this list and received a higher J.D. Power score than Geico. As the largest personal auto insurer in the U.S., State Farm commands 16% of market share, according to Triple-I. With local agents to assist you when you need a helping hand, State Farm may be a good choice for Arizona drivers who prefer to do business face-to-face. The company’s safe driving programs, Steer Clear for teens and Drive Safe & Save for adults, could help you save. However, keep in mind that the company offers few options for customization.
 

American Family

American Family auto insurance ranked first in the J.D. Power study for the Southwest region, indicating that its customers are highly satisfied with its customer service. In addition to auto insurance, American Family offers home, renters, condo, farm and ranch, business, boat and RV insurance, among other product lines. If you are looking for an array of coverage options, American Family may be a good choice. However, the company has the second-highest average premium on our list, so it may not be the right choice for budget-conscious shoppers.
 

Allstate

If you like to handle your business in person rather than online, Allstate may be a good option for you. The company has numerous agents across Arizona. Since Allstate’s agents live and work in the Grand Canyon State, these local agents may be more in tune with the needs of Arizona drivers. Allstate offers several unique options that might allow you to tailor your policy to your needs. Optional coverage types include sound equipment coverage and ridesharing coverage. Although its average full coverage premium is higher than the state’s average full coverage premium, Allstate also offers numerous discounts that might help you lower the cost of your insurance, including safe driving discounts, teen driver discounts and various payment-type discounts. Learn more: Allstate Insurance review
 

The Hartford

If you are a member of AARP, getting an auto insurance quote from The Hartford might be a good idea. The company offers exclusive auto insurance rates and discounts to AARP members. However, to qualify for Hartford’s AARP insurance program, policyholders must be age 50 or older, so younger drivers may want to consider options better suited to them. The Hartford offers standard private passenger insurance policies along with insurance options for your classic car and RV.

Average car insurance cost in Arizona

The average cost of car insurance in Arizona is $1,743 per year for full coverage and $579 per year for minimum coverage. Arizona drivers pay less than the national average cost of car insurance for full coverage, which is $1,771 per year. The cost of minimum coverage insurance in Arizona is slightly more expensive than the national average of $545 per year. Arizona’s average car insurance rates are in the middle of the average rates in neighboring states of California and Utah. California’s average rates are higher at $2,190 per year for full coverage and $619 per year for minimum coverage. On the other hand, Utah’s average rates are lower than Arizona's at $1,449 per year for full coverage and $544 per year for minimum coverage. Location is a major factor impacting state rates, as each state, and even each city within the state, could have a different crime rate, cost of living, average repair costs, and more.

Average annual premium for minimum coverage in Arizona Average annual premium for full coverage in Arizona
$579 $1,743

How to find the best car insurance in Arizona

Each provider offers different auto insurance rates depending on more than a dozen factors including your driving history, geographic location, age, occupation and the type of vehicle you drive. If you want to get the best car insurance, you may want to consider taking the following steps.
 

Consider minimum insurance requirements in Arizona

Most states require you to purchase certain insurance coverage before you can register your vehicle, and Arizona car insurance laws are no different. You must carry at least a state’s required minimum limits of coverage to drive legally. According to the Arizona Department of Insurance, you must carry at least the minimum required amounts of bodily injury liability per person, bodily injury liability per accident and property damage liability. Although buying only minimum liability may keep your premiums low, you could be facing financial stress if you cause an accident. If the damages in that accident exceed your insurance limits, you will be responsible for the excess out of pocket. Most insurance experts recommend that you purchase higher liability limits if you are able to.
 

Consider lender requirements

Minimum coverage does not provide any physical damage coverage for your vehicle. If you want insurance coverage for damages to your car, you will need full coverage, which includes optional comprehensive coverage and collision coverage. If you have a loan or lease on your vehicle, your financial institution likely requires you to have full coverage. You might also want to purchase gap insurance, which is designed to pay the difference between the cash value of your new vehicle and your loan or lease amount if the vehicle is totaled or stolen.
 

Consider your individual needs

To find the best car insurance for your needs, identify which coverage options, add-ons and discounts are most appealing to you. Because there are differences between each auto insurer, knowing what factors matter most to you might help you find a company that fits your needs. If you are considered a high-risk driver, for example, you may need to look for companies that offer high risk auto insurance. Or if you have a teen driver on your policy, you might want to seek out a company that offers competitive discounts with car insurance for teen drivers.

Car insurance discounts in Arizona

Wondering how to lower your car insurance in AZ? If budget is a primary concern in your auto insurance search, you may benefit from finding the best car insurance discounts in your area. Most major insurance companies in the Grand Canyon State offer discounts to help drivers save money. Some common types of discounts in Arizona are:
  • Young driver discounts: Taking advantage of discounts is one of the best ways to get cheap car insurance for teens. Several young adult discounts are available, including good student discounts, distant student discounts and driver training programs.
  • Safe driver discounts: If you are a safe driver, you might save for not having any accidents or tickets in the past three to five years. Additionally, many companies offer usage-based discounts, which usually involve letting a mobile app or plug-in device track your driving habits. These programs typically reward you with a discount based on how safe your driving patterns are, as well as how much you drive annually.
  • Other discounts: If you own a home, rent an apartment or live in a condo you may have another insurance policy in addition to your auto insurance. If you have multiple policies with the same company — often called bundling — you could usually qualify for a discount. The benefits of bundling your home and auto insurance are significant. Depending on your auto insurance company, you may qualify for a discount if you elect to receive your policy or billing documents via email or a customer portal rather than by U.S. mail.
Every company offers a different set of discounts. To find the cheapest car insurance companies, you can often review available discounts online, but talking to a company representative or insurance agent might be the best way to identify your savings opportunities.

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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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