Average cost of car insurance in New Jersey

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If you live in New Jersey, you may be wondering how much car insurance generally costs. New Jersey car insurance rates are, on average, $847 per year for minimum coverage and $1,757 per year for full coverage. New Jersey drivers generally pay more for auto insurance than the national average cost.

Bankrate’s editorial team reviewed current premium information, obtained from Quadrant Information Services, and organized the cost of auto insurance by insurance company, city, age and driving record. Understanding what factors affect the average cost of car insurance in New Jersey could help you to make more informed choices about your own coverage.

How much does car insurance cost in New Jersey?

The average car insurance rates in New Jersey are $847 annually for minimum coverage and $1,757 annually for full coverage. Compared to the national average annual premiums of $565 per year for minimum coverage and $1,674 per year for full coverage, drivers in New Jersey tend to pay more for car insurance.

However, New Jersey auto insurance rates are determined using a number of personal factors. Your premium could be higher or lower depending on your age, credit score, the type of vehicle you drive, your driving history and other factors.

New Jersey car insurance rates by company

Every auto insurance company has its own rating system, meaning that the premiums they offer for the same coverage will typically be different. If you are shopping for auto insurance coverage, it may be a good idea to get quotes from several different providers. Getting several quotes allows you to review coverages, discounts and premiums.

Car insurance company Average annual premium for minimum coverage Average annual premium for full coverage
Allstate $909 $1,686
American Independent $1,463 $3,414
Amica $430 $1,504
Farmers $1,359 $2,803
Geico $559 $1,316
Mercury $1,022 $1,845
MetLife $795 $1,307
NJM $370 $1,271
Palisades $528 $1,135
Penn National $970 $1,820
Progressive $735 $1,469
Selective $474 $1,085
State Farm $724 $1,244
The Hanover $2,123 $4,638
Tower Grp $1,087 $2,010
Travelers $703 $1,320

New Jersey car insurance rates by city

Even within a state, auto insurance premiums can vary. Different cities and even different ZIP codes have different average annual premiums. This can be due to several factors, including the likelihood of accidents, the cost of vehicle repairs and the price of healthcare services in your area. The following table shows the average annual full coverage premium for the 20 most populated cities in New Jersey, as well as how those premiums compare to the state average.

City Average annual premium for full coverage % difference from state average annual premium
Newark $2,624 49%
Jersey City $2,304 31%
Trenton $1,910 9%
Paterson $2,565 46%
Edison $1,773 1%
Elizabeth $2,515 43%
Toms River $1,635 -7%
Lakewood $1,896 8%
Clifton $2,203 25%
Camden $2,404 37%
Brick $1,637 -7%
Passaic $2,565 46%
Union City $2,461 40%
Vineland $1,786 2%
East Orange $2,573 46%
Bayonne $2,141 22%
North Bergen $2,516 43%
New Brunswick $1,815 3%
Wayne $1,805 3%
Irvington $2,628 50%

New Jersey car insurance rates by age

Age is one of the biggest drivers of auto insurance premiums. This is because younger drivers have less experience and tend to get into more accidents than more experienced drivers. Because of the increased risk, insurance companies usually charge younger drivers a higher premium.

Age Average annual premium in New Jersey
Age 16* $2,353
Age 18 $6,816
Age 20 $4,221
Age 25 $2,294
Age 30 $2,023
Age 40 $1,952
Age 50 $1,689
Age 60 $1,683
Age 70 $1,785

*16-year-old added to their parents’ policy

Premiums tend to decrease as you get older but can start to rise again around age 70. This is because older drivers may once again be at a higher-than-average risk for auto accidents.

New Jersey car insurance rates by driving record

Having tickets, accidents or DUIs on your driving record tends to increase your auto insurance premium. Insurance companies tend to view drivers with a history of violations are more likely to get into accidents in the future.

Driving incident Average annual full coverage premium in New Jersey % increase in average annual premium
Speeding ticket $2,001 14%
Accident $2,617 49%
DUI $3,264 86%

How to save on car insurance in New Jersey

Although drivers in New Jersey pay more than the national average for car insurance, there are still ways to lower your premium. To find a cheaper policy, you may want to:

  • Shop around: Every insurance company has its own business model, which means that each company will weigh rating factors differently. The cheapest company for one person may not be the cheapest company for another person. Getting quotes from several providers might help you find the coverage you are looking for for a lower amount.
  • Utilize discounts: Most insurance companies offer discounts. The more discounts that you can take advantage of, the less you might pay for car insurance. Finding a company with numerous discounts that you qualify for might help you save money.
  • Increase your deductible(s): Your comprehensive and collision coverage deductibles are the amount you will pay out of pocket if you file a claim for damage to your car. Increasing one or both of them could lower your premium. Just keep in mind that if you get into an accident, you will have to pay your deductible, so choosing a level that makes sense for your finances could be a good idea.
  • Maintain a clean driving record: Your driving record greatly impacts your premium. Avoiding tickets, accidents and offenses like DUIs could help you to avoid premium surcharges and keep your rates lower.

There may be other ways to save that are specific to your particular insurance company. Talking to an agent may help you to identify savings opportunities.

Frequently asked questions

How much is car insurance in New Jersey per month?

The average monthly cost of car insurance in New Jersey is just over $146 per month for full coverage and about $71 per month for minimum coverage. Your actual premium will vary based on your individual rating factors.

Is New Jersey a no-fault state for car insurance?

Yes, New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means that you must purchase personal injury protection coverage (PIP). This coverage pays for medical bills and other qualifying expenses for you and your passengers regardless of who was at fault for an accident.

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 coverages that meet 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.

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

Incident: 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.

Written by
Lauren Ward
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Lauren Ward has nearly 10 years of experience in writing for insurance domains such as Bankrate, The Simple Dollar, and Reviews.com. She covers auto, homeowners, and life insurance, as well other topics in the personal finance industry.
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