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Best car insurance in Michigan for 2022

Updated Nov 25, 2022
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USAA, Geico and Travelers sell some of the best car insurance in Michigan, followed by Auto-Owners and Progressive, according to Bankrate’s research into the insurance market in the Great Lakes State. Our research into the best car insurance in this state could help you evaluate Michigan car insurance companies based on their average rates, coverage options, discounts and third-party scores.

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Key Takeaways
  • Michigan drivers pay above-average car insurance rates, partly due to the number of drivers on the roads.
  • USAA and Geico have cheap full coverage rates for Michigan drivers.
  • Detroit drivers pay some of the highest rates in the state, which rates in Ann Arbor are well below the state average.

How Bankrate chose the best car insurance companies in Michigan

To find the best car insurance companies in Michigan, we first acquired average cost information from Quadrant Information Services for the largest Michigan auto insurers by market share. We combined this information with our extensive research on each company’s coverage options, discounts, policy features, J.D. Power customer satisfaction scores and financial strength ratings and assigned each company a Bankrate Score. The scores are on a scale of 0.0 to 5.0. Companies with higher Bankrate Scores received a higher score in the individual ranking categories.

Best car insurance companies in Michigan

USAA, Geico, Travelers, Auto-Owners and Progressive are among the best car insurance companies in Michigan, according to our analysis. If you are shopping for the best auto insurance in Michigan, these companies could be a good starting place. Keep in mind, though, that the best insurer for you will depend on your individual circumstances and may not be on this list.

CAR INSURANCE COMPANY BANKRATE SCORE J.D. POWER SCORE (NORTH CENTRAL REGION) AVERAGE ANNUAL FULL COVERAGE PREMIUM AVERAGE ANNUAL MINIMUM COVERAGE PREMIUM
USAA* 5.0 891/1,000 $1,118 $294
Geico 4.7 847/,1000 $1,230 $552
Travelers 4.7 818/1,000 $1,563 $552
Auto-Owners 4.5 834/1,000 $1,926 $490
Progressive 4.4 827/1,000 $1,664 $818

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

USAA

USAA has the cheapest full coverage auto insurance premium in Michigan on our list, but it only sells insurance to current or former military members and qualifying family members. Because of this, USAA is not eligible for an official ranking with J.D. Power. However, the company consistently receives high customer satisfaction scores. USAA offers great average rates, numerous ways to save and has a solid mobile and online presence. If you qualify for coverage with USAA, you may want to consider getting a quote.

Learn more: USAA Insurance review

Geico

Geico might be a good option for Michigan drivers on a budget, especially if they don’t qualify for USAA. Geico boasts below-average rates and a slew of discounts as well as above-average customer satisfaction according to J.D. Power. However, Geico doesn’t offer many options for endorsements, so if you’re hoping to build a personalized policy, it may not be the right company.

Learn more: Geico Insurance review

Travelers

Michigan drivers looking for customized policies might want to consider a quote from Travelers. You could consider adding endorsements like gap coverage, new car replacement, roadside assistance or accident forgiveness. There are also numerous ways to save, like owning a home or driving a hybrid or electric car. Travelers does have the lowest J.D. Power rating on our list, though, so it may not be ideal for customers who value outstanding service.

Learn more: Travelers Insurance review

Auto-Owners

Auto-Owners offers its products exclusively through independent agents, so if you prefer to handle your insurance face-to-face, Auto-Owners might be a good option. The company offers great add-on coverage options, including gap insurance, diminished value coverage and a common loss deductible — meaning if both your home and vehicle are insured with Auto-Owners and are damaged in the same incident, your auto deductible will be lowered by the amount of your home deductible or waived entirely. The company does not have an online quote tool though, so it may not appeal to drivers looking for digital options when shopping for coverage.

Learn more: Auto-Owners Insurance review

Progressive

Progressive could be a good choice for drivers looking for 24/7 customer support, unique coverage options and multiple discount opportunities, as well as robust digital tools. Progressive may also be an option for high-risk drivers due to its nonstandard auto insurance program. However, the company received a below-industry-average score from J.D. Power for claims satisfaction.

Learn more: Progressive Insurance review

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Average car insurance cost in Michigan

The average cost of car insurance in Michigan is $2,345 per year for full coverage, far more than the national average of $1,771 per year. Michigan residents also pay more for minimum coverage car insurance at $946 per year versus the national average of $545 per year. Michigan drivers also pay more than drivers in surrounding states, with Indiana enjoying an average full coverage premium of $1,242 per year and Illinois drivers pay an average of $1,533 per year for full coverage. The average rates in the Great Lakes State are relatively high, but shopping for the cheapest car insurance companies in Michigan could help you get a lower premium.

The higher-than-average rates could be due in part to the millions of Michigan residents on the road and the additional 125 million visitors that visit the state each year. Michigan is no stranger to crowded roadways, which could lead to more accidents. Michigan is also a no-fault state, which may contribute to its high average rates. Drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which pays for your injuries and the injuries of your passengers after an accident, regardless of who was at fault.

Average annual premium for minimum coverage in Michigan Average annual premium for full coverage in Michigan
$946 $2,345

How to find the best car insurance in Michigan

To find the best car insurance in MI, you may want to start by evaluating your unique situation. All insurance companies also offer different rates, so getting quotes from multiple auto insurers may help you find a carrier that fits your needs and budget. In general, there are a few ways you can assess your insurance needs to help you find the coverage that is right for you.

Consider minimum insurance requirements in Michigan

Auto insurance is required by law in Michigan, as it is in most states. In Michigan, you must carry at least certain minimum insurance coverage types and limits to drive legally. Because Michigan is a no-fault state, there are car insurance requirements in addition to bodily injury liability and property damage liability coverage; you must also purchase personal injury protection (PIP) and personal property insurance (PPI). Understanding your state’s minimum car insurance coverage requirements might help you determine if you need to buy higher limits, as many insurance experts suggest. Higher levels of bodily injury liability and property damage liability offer more financial protection.

Consider lender requirements

State minimum coverage does not include any physical damage coverage for your vehicle. You would need full coverage car insurance for that. If you have a loan or lease on your vehicle, your lender will likely require that you carry full coverage, which means adding comprehensive and collision coverage to your insurance policy. It could also mean carrying higher bodily injury and property damage liability limits. Lessors typically require you to carry these higher coverage limits when leasing a vehicle, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I).

You could also consider gap insurance. This coverage is designed to pay for the difference in your new vehicle’s cash value and the balance of your loan. Having this coverage might help you avoid financial stress if your vehicle is totaled and the payout is less than what you still owe.

Consider your individual needs

Your driving history, type of vehicle, and age are among the more than a dozen rating factors auto insurers use to determine your rate, according to the Triple-I. One thing to note, however, is that Michigan bans the use of credit scores as a car insurance rating factor. When shopping for auto insurance in Michigan, consider if you are looking for the cheapest auto insurance rate, a company with digital assets, strong customer service ratings or a wide variety of coverage options. Once you determine what you are looking for, you can get quotes to compare them.

Michigan has the second-highest percentage of uninsured drivers in the nation. According to data from the Insurance Research Council, 25.5% of Michigan motorists were estimated to be uninsured as of 2019. Uninsured motorist coverage may be worth considering, as it could help pay your bills if an uninsured driver hits you.

Car insurance discounts in Michigan

Finding car insurance discounts in Michigan is relatively easy because most auto insurers offer ways to save. Each carrier provides its own unique discounts, though, so check each company to see what discounts they have.

Here are some of the common discounts for Michigan drivers:

  • Young driver discounts: If you are a full-time student, you may want to ask your insurance agent about discounts. Many companies offer discounts for students who maintain good grades or who are away at college without a vehicle.
  • Safe driver discounts: Most Michigan auto insurance companies offer discounts for safe drivers. Many insurance companies offer this automatically, but you may need to request that it be added to your policy if you have no accidents or tickets on your driving history.
  • Other discounts: If your insurer offers both auto and homeowners insurance, it likely offers a discount for bundling both policies. You could earn a significant discount on your auto and home policies by insuring them with the same company. Paying your entire premium in full, as opposed to paying in monthly or quarterly installments, could also help you save.

You can often find information about a company’s discounts on its website or you can get this information from your insurance agent. They may be able to help you identify numerous savings opportunities.

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Cate Deventer
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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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