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How much is car insurance for 35-year-old drivers?

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The average 35-year-old driver pays $1,654 a year for car insurance. We found that the cheapest car insurance companies for 35-year-old drivers are USAA at $1,044 per year and Erie at $1,138 per year.

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Rachael Brennan

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Rachael Brennan is a senior editor and a licensed auto insurance expert at Policygenius. Her work has also been featured in MoneyGeek, Clearsurance, Adweek, Boston Globe, The Ladders, and AutoInsurance.com.

Published March 11, 2022 | 5 min read

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Your age impacts your car insurance rates, and 35-year-old drivers are likely paying much lower rates than their 20-year-old counterparts. We found that the average cost of car insurance coverage for a 35-year-old driver is $1,654 per year.

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But getting older isn’t the only way to save money on your car insurance. USAA, Erie, and State Farm have some of the lowest rates for 35-year-old drivers, which means comparing car insurance quotes to find your cheapest option could save you even more money on car insurance.

Key takeaways

  • The average 35-year-old driver pays $1,654 per year for a full-coverage car insurance policy.

  • USAA has the best rates for 35-year-old drivers at $1,044 per year, followed by Erie at $1,138 and State Farm at $1,170.

  • The average rate for a 35-year-old female driver is $1,732 per year and the average rate for a 35-year-old male driver is $1,751 per year.

  • North Carolina has the cheapest rates for 35-year-old drivers at $1,009 per year, while 35-year-old drivers in Florida pay the highest rates at $2,926 per year.

How much is car insurance for a 35-year-old?

While rates for 35-year-old drivers are lower than rates for younger drivers, comparing quotes from multiple companies is the best way to save money on car insurance. 

According to Policygenius analysis, this is what 35-year-old drivers pay for full-coverage car insurance at ten of the top insurance companies in the U.S.:

CompanyAverage rate for 35-year-old driversJD Power score
Allstate$1,977876
American Family$1,428862
Erie$1,138880
Farmers$1,934872
GEICO$1,188871
Nationwide$1,494876
Progressive$1,794856
State Farm$1,170881
Travelers$1,535861
USAA$1,044890

Rates vary by company, so getting quotes from multiple companies can save you hundreds of dollars (or more) on your car insurance each year.

Cheapest car insurance companies for 35-year-olds

According to our research, USAA has the best rates for 35-year-old drivers at $1,044 per year, followed by Erie at $1,138 and State Farm at $1,170.

USAA

We found that USAA has the lowest average rates for 35-year-old drivers, $94 per year less than Erie and $126 less than State Farm. USAA has the lowest rates and the highest JD Power score (890) of all the major insurance companies, but it is only available to active and retired military members or their families, so not everyone is eligible for coverage.

Erie

Erie has the next-lowest rate for 35-year-old drivers, and a JD Power score of 880. But they only offer insurance in 13 states, so drivers in other states aren’t eligible for coverage through Erie. And unlike USAA and State Farm, Erie doesn’t offer online or mobile claims filing.

State Farm

We found State Farm has the third-lowest average rates for 35-year-old drivers. The biggest insurance company in the U.S., State Farm has a JD Power score of 881, putting them above the industry average.

Average car insurance costs for 35-year-old drivers by gender

Car insurance companies set rates by gender in almost every state. A few states have laws preventing insurance companies from considering your gender when setting your rates, including California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, but on average, 35-year-old male drivers pay $19 more a year for coverage than female drivers. 

GenderAverage annual cost
35-year-old female$1,732
35-year-old male$1,751

Each company has their own internal system for determining rates, but the difference in price between male and female drivers is relatively small for 35-year-old drivers.

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Average car insurance costs for 35-year-old drivers by credit score

Improving your credit score can help you save money on your car insurance. No matter how old you are, having a low credit score can raise your car insurance rates, and having stellar credit can mean lower rates.

Credit scoreCredit ratingAverage annual cost
Excellent823+$1,420
Very Good795-822$1,569
Good769-794$1,718
Fair710-740$2,084
Poor524-577$3,107

If you have a fair credit rating, it doesn’t take much to bring your credit score up. Raising your credit rating from 739 to 769 isn’t much of an increase, but it is enough to save you more than $300 a year on your car insurance.

Average car insurance costs for 35-year-old drivers by state

Where you live plays a big part in how much you pay for insurance. We found that North Carolina has the cheapest rates for 35-year-old drivers at $1,009 per year, while 35-year-old drivers in Florida pay the highest rates at $2,926 per year for a full-coverage policy.

StateRates for 35-year-old drivers
Alaska$1,337
Alabama$1,742
Arkansas$1,752
Arizona$1,572
California$1,853
Colorado$1,759
Connecticut$1,789
Delaware$2,127
Florida$2,926
Georgia$1,713
Hawaii$1,200
Iowa$1,158
Idaho$1,118
Illinois$1,421
Indiana$1,232
Kansas$1,609
Kentucky$2,162
Louisiana$2,916
Massachusetts$1,614
Maryland$1,801
Maine$1,157
Michigan$2,379
Minnesota$1,434
Missouri$1,568
Mississippi$1,672
Montana$1,888
North Carolina$1,009
North Dakota$1,421
Nebraska$1,737
New Hampshire*$1,233
New Jersey$2,268
New Mexico$1,489
Nevada$2,154
New York$2,181
Ohio$1,045
Oklahoma$1,934
Oregon$1,470
Pennsylvania$1,616
Rhode Island$1,856
South Carolina$1,869
South Dakota$1,630
Tennessee$1,338
Texas$1,846
Utah$1,504
Virginia**$1,321
Vermont$1,135
Washington$1,654
Wisconsin$1,068
West Virginia$1,695
Wyoming$1,410

How to save money on car insurance for 35-year-old drivers

While 35-year-old drivers may have lower rates than they did when they were younger, there are still ways to save even more on car insurance.

1. Compare quotes

Different car insurance companies offer different rates, which means the same driver could get two different quotes that vary by hundreds of dollars (or more). If you don’t compare car insurance quotes before buying or renewing a policy, you could be missing out on a much better deal. 

2. Improve your credit rating

Taking steps to improve your credit rating can help you save hundreds of dollars on your car insurance each year. Pay down debts when you can, make your payments on time, and work with a financial professional to make sure your credit is in the best shape possible.

3. Take advantage of discounts

Bundling discounts, multi-car discounts, customer loyalty discounts, employer group discounts, and discounts for safety features are just a few of the discounts available through most major insurance companies.

4. Keep your driving record clean

You will likely pay more for car insurance if you have a recent accident or moving violation on your driving record, so keeping your driving record clean is one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting the lowest possible rates.

Does car insurance get cheaper at 35?

Most drivers will see their rates go down as they get older, but this isn’t a guarantee. There are several things that that could raise (or lower) the cost of your insurance, including:

  • Changes to your driving record, like an accident or violation

  • Changes to your policy, like adding or dropping coverage

  • Getting married

  • Moving to a new ZIP code

  • Buying a new car

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Frequently asked questions

What is the average monthly payment for car insurance?

Average insurance costs vary by age, but 35-year-old drivers have an average monthly premium payment of $137.83 for a full-coverage policy.

Why is car insurance so expensive for older drivers?

While car insurance rates typically go down as you age, after you turn 60, your rates will start to increase again. This is because there are some common issues most people face as they get older, including slowed reaction times and worsening vision. Not everyone will have these problems, but because they are more common in senior drivers, insurance companies typically increase rates starting at age 60.

Why does your address affect what you pay for insurance?

Insurance companies use local information, like the number of accidents that are reported in a specific neighborhood or ZIP code, when they are calculating your rates. If you live in an area with a lot of accidents or moving violations, or high rates or car theft and vandalism, your insurance company will charge you more to account for your increased risk level.

Methodology

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 the state or insurer.

Rates for overall average rate, rates by ZIP code, and cheapest companies determined using averages for single drivers age 30, 35, and 45. Our sample vehicle was a 2017 Toyota Camry LE driven 10,000 miles per year.

Rates for driving violations and “poor” credit were 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 insurance costs. Your actual quotes may differ.