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Average cost of car insurance in Massachusetts for 2022

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The average cost of car insurance in Massachusetts is $1,296 per year for full coverage and $446 per year for minimum coverage in 2022, according to Bankrate’s study of average rate data from Quadrant Information Services. This amounts to an average monthly cost of $108 per month for full coverage car insurance and $37 per month for minimum coverage policies.

Massachusetts’ average rates are well below what many other drivers pay for auto insurance across the nation. The national average cost of car insurance is $1,771 per year for full coverage and $565 for minimum coverage.

How much is car insurance in Massachusetts?

Among the many factors used to determine car insurance rates, geographic location and coverage selection have a sizable impact. Every Massachusetts city has a different population size, which can also affect their crash statistics. Areas with more traffic and accident occurrences also tend to have more expensive car insurance rates.

Coverage selection is also an important component of car insurance rates. While having the state minimum liability requirements for car insurance can seem like enough to avoid legal penalties, higher liability coverages, along with add-ons like comprehensive and collision, will give greater protection according to insurance industry experts. While it may be more expensive than minimum coverage insurance, it is still possible to find cheap car insurance with full coverage while staying on a budget.

Average cost of car insurance in Massachusetts

Below is a summary of average car insurance rates in Massachusetts for both minimum and full coverage premiums:

Average annual minimum coverage premium Average annual full coverage premium
$446 $1,296

Massachusetts car insurance rates by city

Every city in Massachusetts has a different car insurance rate. In addition to each city’s population size and crash statistics, variations in car insurance rates by city can also be attributed to driving patterns, theft and vandalism rates, frequency of claims, cost of vehicle repairs and more. Below are full coverage rates for the 10 most populated cities in the commonwealth and how they compare to the state average:

City Average annual premium for full coverage % difference from state average annual premium
Boston $1,555 17%
Brockton $2,019 36%
Cambridge $1,304 1%
Fall River $1,574 18%
Lowell $1,367 5%
Lynn $1,865 31%
New Bedford $1,572 18%
Quincy $1,444 10%
Springfield $1,710 24%
Worcester $1,594 19%

Massachusetts car insurance rates by company

Every car insurance company has its own underwriting method for determining car insurance rates. Rates can even vary within the same ZIP code, which is why it’s recommended to obtain quotes from multiple car insurance companies in Massachusetts to find the best coverage and cost for your needs.

Car insurance company Average annual premium for minimum coverage Average annual premium for full coverage
Allstate $426 $1,473
Amica $427 $1,478
Arbella $460 $1,592
Geico $494 $1,110
Plymouth Rock $297 $1,010
Progressive $751 $1,905
Safety $348 $904
The Hanover $232 $1,427
Norfolk & Dedham $399 $1,175
Travelers $728 $2,078
Vermont Mutual $382 $1,206

Cost of living in Massachusetts and car insurance

When shopping for the best car insurance rates in Massachusetts, it’s important to factor in your other expenses so that you’re looking at your total living costs. The graph below shows the average annual cost of living in the Bay State, including the average cost of car insurance. Use this graph as a guide to help determine your overall expenses so that you can decide what insurance rates fit in your budget.

Massachusetts car insurance rates by age

The age of a driver can play an important role in determining car insurance costs. Younger drivers are statistically more likely to get into accidents compared to older drivers. As they gain experience, their car insurance cost generally decreases after age 20. Each age demographic has its associated strengths and risks, which are reflected in the average annual premium costs.

Age Average annual full coverage premium in Massachusetts
Age 16 $2,002
Age 17 $1,850
Age 20 $3,127
Age 22 $1,716
Age 25 $1,451
Age 30 $1,345
Age 35 $1,260
Age 40 $1,223
Age 60 $1,176
Age 70 $1,095

*16-year-old rate reflects the additional cost to add the teen on their parent’s policy; 18- and 20-year-old sample rates are renters.

Massachusetts car insurance rates by gender

Car insurance rates typically vary by gender, but Massachusetts regulations ban insurers from using this as a rating factor. So, if all other factors are equal, men and women should pay about the same rates for car insurance in the commonwealth.

Massachusetts car insurance by credit score

Credit scores are another rating factor that has been banned in Massachusetts. A credit-based insurance score is typically used by insurers in other states, but in Massachusetts, a good or bad insurance score should have no impact on your car insurance premium.

Massachusetts car insurance rates by driving record

One of the most critical factors in determining the cost of car insurance is your driving history. Drivers with a moving violation, like a speeding ticket or DUI on their driving record, generally incur a surcharge on their auto insurance policy for at least three years in the commonwealth. The table below shows an estimate of how much each incident could affect the average annual premium in Massachusetts, but the final premium may vary depending on the frequency and severity of incidents, as well as each company’s underwriting methodology.

For drivers with repeat infractions on their record, some car insurance companies may even deny coverage. In these situations, there are carriers that specialize in high-risk auto insurance in Massachusetts.

Driving incident Average annual premium in Massachusetts % increase in average annual premium
Clean driving record $1,296 0%
Speeding ticket $1,716 24%
At-fault accidents $2,169 40%
DUI $2,465 47%

Massachusetts car insurance rates by vehicle type

Every vehicle’s make and model has its own build quality and safety features, which every car insurance carrier will review and rate differently.

Vehicle Average annual full coverage premium
Toyota Camry $1,223
Ford F-150 $993
Honda Odyssey $972

Frequently asked questions

Methodology

Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2022 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on a male and female driver with 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 coverages that meet each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2020 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.

Driving record rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base), at-fault accident, single speeding ticket, single DUI conviction and lapse in coverage.

Age rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the ages 18-60 (base: 40 years) applied.

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June Sham
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June Sham is an insurance writer for Bankrate. Before joining the team, she worked for nearly three years as a licensed producer writing auto, property, umbrella and earthquake policies.
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