Texas has the second highest number of licensed drivers, only behind California. As of 2010, there were over 15,157,000 licensed drivers in the state. That means Texas’s car insurance market is one of the largest in the country.
When it comes to car insurance, there are both pros and cons to living in a populous state. Drivers have more options for car insurance, but it can be difficult to find an affordable policy. If you’re shopping for cheap car insurance in Texas, there are a few companies that stand out for affordable rates.
The cheapest car insurance companies in Texas
The popular phrase “everything is bigger in Texas” can also be said about car insurance rates in the state. We did some research to determine which companies offer the best rates. The below chart shows the five cheapest auto insurance companies in Texas.
|Insurance Company||Average Minimum Coverage||Average Full Coverage|
|White Mountains Insurance Group||$387||$1,528|
Geico’s signature tagline, “15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance,” is an accurate statement. The company offers some of the cheapest car insurance rates of any provider in Texas at averages of $355 for minimum coverage and $$1,274 for full coverage. However, Geico’s biggest selling point is price. It’s coverage options and customer service leave something to be desired.
Many Geico customers are able to save money with vehicle safety discounts, like having daytime running lights, air bags, anti-locks brakes, and an anti-theft device. There are also discounts for good drivers, good students, military personnel, federal employees and bundling policies.
If you know anything about USAA, you know the company only offers insurance to active duty military members, veterans and their immediate family members. Not everyone qualifies for USAA insurance, but those that do can expect to pay the lowest rate.
USAA customers get access to customizable coverage, excellent customer service, and a variety of discounts for extra savings. Drivers can save money by being a safe driver, enrolling in a defensive driving course, insuring a new car, being a loyal customer, garaging their car on a military base, and storing their car during deployment.
White Mountains Insurance Group
White Mountains Insurance Group offers car insurance through Esurance, an online company. This can be convenient for drivers, as you can contact Esurance 24/7 through email or by calling. Esurance also offers a Coverage Counselor tool that can take your information and recommend coverage options based on your needs. White Mountains Insurance Group offers the basic coverage components and a few unique options such as uninsured motorist protection and medical payment reimbursements.
White Mountains Insurance Group customers also get access to educational resources and online and through the blog. Drivers can save money by bundling, owning a home, taking a driving course, and more.
In addition to offering some of the cheapest car insurance premiums, drivers who have poor credit or traffic violations may want to consider looking into Fred Loya’s auto insurance policies. Fred Loya is known for providing minimum auto insurance coverage to high-risk drivers, especially those with poor credit or who have a history of DUI or traffic violations.
Fred Loya offers the common insurance coverage options, in addition to unique options such as rental car, gap and physical damages coverages and convenient locations in local Walmart and grocery stores. Customers can also apply a wide variety of discounts to further lower premiums such as multiple cars, anti-theft, seat belt, driver’s education discounts and more.
Although Mercury is at the higher-priced end of the five highlighted insurance companies, the company received A ratings from Moody’s and A.M. Best for having solid financials. Mercury is also known for offering various coverage and discount options. Customers have the option to choose bodily and property liabilities, uninsured motorist, collision and comprehensive, and more. The company also offers add-ons for enhanced protection.
When it comes to saving money on premiums, Mercury offers no shortage of discounts. Including all of the more common discounts, a few others are Mercury’s RealDrive discount and protective devices, gated community, higher deductible, and fire-resistant construction materials discounts.
Affordable coverage for Texas drivers
The state of Texas requires all drivers to carry a minimum amount of car insurance. It doesn’t matter how often you drive—you must have the state-mandated amount of insurance, and keep proof of insurance in your car at all times. The requirements include:
- $30,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person
- $60,000 bodily injury liability coverage per accident
- $25,000 property damage liability coverage per accident
Although Texas is not considered a no-fault state, every car insurance policy in Texas automatically includes personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. It’s not a legal requirement, so drivers who want to waive their PIP coverage can submit their request in writing to their provider.
Purchasing the minimum amount of required coverage in Texas is not the best way to save money because if you get in an accident, you may have to pay far more than additional coverage would have cost.
How to get cheap car insurance in Texas
Getting cheap car insurance in Texas is easier than you think. Here are some ways you can lower your rate:
- Improve your credit score: Insurance companies use your credit score to calculate your premium. The higher your credit score is, the lower your premium will be.
- Pay your premium in advance: Most insurance companies offer a discount if you can pay your annual premium in full, rather than in monthly installments.
- Take a defensive driving course: See if your insurance company will offer a discount for completing an approved defensive driving course.
- Upgrade your vehicle: Most insurance companies offer a discount if your car has certain safety features. Consider installing an anti-theft device or upgrading to anti-lock brakes to save money on your premium.
- Get multiple quotes: Before you choose an insurance company, shop around and get multiple quotes to see which provider can offer the lowest rate and the most discounts.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best car insurance in Texas?
There are dozens of insurance companies that serve Texas drivers, and there isn’t one company in particular that stands out as being the best. Ultimately, the best car insurance company in Texas is different for every driver. Drivers who want the lowest rate might be satisfied with Geico, whereas a driver who wants the best customer service might be happier with USAA or Progressive.
Is Texas a no-fault state?
No, Texas is considered a fault state. However, car insurance policies in Texas automatically include PIP coverage, which is typically only required for drivers in at-fault states. You can decline PIP coverage in Texas, but you’ll have to submit your intent in writing to your insurance company.
Is car insurance required in Texas?
Yes, car insurance is legally required in the state of Texas. Any driver who doesn’t carry the minimum amount of required insurance can receive a fine, lose their license, and even get their car impounded, especially for a second or third offense. Every driver must carry a minimum of $30,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per person, $60,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per accident and $25,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident.
Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 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 cleaning 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 sample drivers own a 2018 Honda Accord, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.
These are sample rates and should be used for comparative purposes only. Your quotes may be different.