The average rate for full coverage car insurance in Connecticut is $1,790 per year. The national average rate in the U.S. is $1,652 each year, which means drivers in Connecticut pay $138 more for insurance than the average person in the U.S., but drivers in the Nutmeg State can still save money on car insurance.
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Cheapest car insurance companies in Connecticut
Every car insurance company has their own method for deciding what they'll charge customers.
This means that two insurance companies could charge you different rates for the exact same coverage, which is why it is so important to compare multiple quotes when choosing a policy.
The table below shows the five cheapest car insurance companies in Connecticut.
Cheapest car insurance companies by age in Connecticut
Teen drivers have significantly higher rates than adults, and for good reason — teens are statistically more likely to be in an accident or file a claim. If young drivers are careful to keep their driving record clean, they can look forward to their rates going down as they get older.
The table below shows the companies with the lowest rates by age in Connecticut:
Choosing the right car insurance company in Connecticut
There are several things to consider when choosing a car insurance company in Connecticut, including:
Cost: Keeping your driving record clean and comparing multiple insurance quotes are the best ways to keep your insurance costs low.
Coverage: Choosing higher levels of liability coverage will increase your insurance costs, but not having enough coverage could leave you responsible for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in accident expenses out-of-pocket.
Customer service: Having a pleasant customer service experience is a valuable part of choosing an insurance policy, especially if you ever need to file a claim.
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Car insurance rates for drivers with driving violations in Connecticut
Your driving history is one of the biggest factors insurance companies use to help determine your rates, which means a single accident or a traffic ticket could have a significant impact on your insurance costs. Avoiding accidents and violations is one of the best ways to keep your insurance costs low.
The chart below shows the average car insurance rates for drivers in Connecticut with speeding tickets or other moving violations:
Cheapest car insurance for drivers with bad credit in Connecticut
While some states prevent insurance companies from using your credit rating to set your insurance rates, Connecticut isn’t one of them. Insurance companies in the state can use your credit score to help determine your rates, or even decide whether or not to sell you insurance based on your credit.
This means working to improve your credit score can save you money on car insurance. The chart below shows the car insurance companies with the lowest average rates for drivers with low credit:
Car insurance costs in Connecticut cities
Population density, crime levels, and the number of accidents in a ZIP code all impact the cost of car insurance in each city. Below are the average car insurance rates for the ten largest cities in Connecticut by population.
New Haven: $2,476
New Britain: $1,952
West Hartford: $1,832
Buying car insurance in Connecticut
If your vehicle is registered in Connecticut, state law says drivers must meet the following minimum liability insurance requirements:
$25,000 for each injury or death per accident
$50,000 for total injuries or deaths per accident
$25,000 for property damage per accident
$25,000/$50,000 for uninsured motorist coverage
These are just the basic required minimum amounts, but a serious accident can cause significantly more damage than would be covered by the state minimum liability requirements. If you have a car loan or lease a vehicle, you’ll need to have comprehensive and collision insurance as well.
Connecticut is an at fault state, which means that if you cause an accident, you will be held liable for any damages to their property or bodily injuries sustained in an accident. Your liability insurance covers the cost of car repairs, other property damage, and medical expenses for the other driver if you are found at fault, but only up to your policy limits.
If you don’t have enough liability insurance to cover those damages, expect to pay those additional costs out-of-pocket.
How to get cheap car insurance in Connecticut
Most insurance companies offer Connecticut drivers plenty of ways to save money on your car insurance. These are some of the most common discounts available:
Multi-car discount: If you own more than one car you can earn a discount for insuring them both on the same policy.
Bundling discount: Insurance companies typically offer a substantial discount to customers who combine multiple insurance policies (home, auto, renters, etc.) through the same company.
Safe driver discount: Taking a safe driver course can sometimes earn drivers a discount on their insurance, but some companies offer discounts for drivers who maintain a clean driving record for three years or more.
Group discount: Insurance discounts are often available based on profession. For example, teachers are often given a discount on their car insurance. Some insurance companies also partner with larger employers and offer discounts as part of an employee benefits package.
Low mileage discount: Insurance companies often charge lower rates for drivers who have short commutes.
Comparing quotes from multiple insurance companies is one of the best ways to make sure you are getting the most affordable policy available.
Policygenius has analyzed car insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services for every ZIP code in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. For full coverage policies, the following coverage limits were used:
Bodily injury liability: 50/100
Property damage liability: $50,000
Uninsured/underinsured motorist: 50/100
Comprehensive: $500 deductible
Collision: $500 deductible
In some cases, additional coverages were added where required by state or insurer.
Rates for overall average rate, rates by ZIP code, and cheapest companies determined using averages for single drivers ages 30, 35, and 45. Our sample vehicle was a 2017 Toyota Camry LE driven 10,000 miles/year.
Rates for driving violations and “Poor” credit determined using average rates for a single male 30-year-old driver with a credit score under 578.
Some carriers may be represented by affiliates or subsidiaries. Rates provided are a sample of costs. Your actual quotes may differ.