Find Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes in Michigan
The rates on this page are based on policies issued on or before the enforcement of the state's new auto insurance system on July 1, 2020. To see how much you may be able to saving by reducing your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) limits under the new laws, visit our Michigan insurance requirements page.
ValuePenguin dug into car insurance rates throughout the state to determine the cheapest car insurance companies in Michigan.
We found that switching to the cheapest company could save drivers almost $4,000 a year when compared to the state average.
And the average cost of car insurance in Michigan is the highest in the country: $2,641 for a six-month policy, or $5,282 per year.
But insurance rates in Michigan and elsewhere can vary widely based on the policy you select, your driving history, your location and other factors. Read our analysis below, or enter your ZIP code above for a list of cheap auto insurance companies near you to begin more local comparison shopping.
Cheapest auto insurance companies in Michigan
If you purchase a policy with unlimited Personal Injury Protection (PIP), the default policy offered by insurers, we found that Auto-Owners Insurance and USAA are the cheapest companies, costing an average of $1,485 and $1,304 per year, respectively. For those who aren't eligible for USAA or want to shop elsewhere, Frankenmuth Insurance ($1,556 per year) and Progressive ($1,729) also had some of the most affordable quotes.
Find Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes in Michigan
The Michigan average is driven up by the fact that some of the biggest companies in the state — including Hanover, Allstate and AAA — are extremely expensive. You can usually find much cheaper rates by shopping around.
Below, we rank our sample companies from cheapest to most expensive for drivers shopping for a minimum-coverage policy. The actual quotes you'll get will differ based on your own circumstances.
Under the reform, new minimum-coverage policies have higher liability insurance limits than before, also called personal liability and property damage (PLPD) auto insurance. But in the event you're at fault for costly injuries to others in a major car accident — and if Michigan's no-fault laws don't apply — you could still find the minimum policy insufficient to cover your costs.
These policies also don't include comprehensive and collision insurance, the protections included in full-coverage policies.
Cheapest full-coverage auto insurance: Auto-Owners Insurance
States don't require comprehensive and collision insurance — the key components of full-coverage car insurance — but you should consider adding them to your policy if you have a new or expensive car. However, these policies are 65% more expensive in Michigan.
We found that Auto-Owners Insurance and USAA also offer the cheapest full-coverage policies in Michigan, on average, with USAA the clear winner if you're eligible. Progressive provided similarly priced policies to Auto-Owners.
- Only current and former service members can buy a USAA policy, but the company offers great savings. A full-coverage policy cost $2,651 per year, which is 70% cheaper than the state average.
- Auto-Owners Insurance is once again the cheapest widely available insurer. But its full-coverage policies are much more expensive than its minimum-coverage equivalents. Auto-Owners cost our driver $3,138 per year on average.
- Progressive is much more competitive for full-coverage policies than for minimum coverage. Its prices for our driver rival Auto-Owners, at $3,172 per year.
Full-coverage policies include liability insurance, collision insurance to cover your own car in an accident, and comprehensive insurance, which covers weather-related damage, theft and vandalism. As a rule of thumb, if your car is worth $4,000 or more, you should consider buying full coverage.
|Rank||Company||Average annual cost|
|5||Auto Club Group||$12,975|
Cheapest auto insurance after an at-fault accident: Auto-Owners Insurance
Your driving record is one of the most important factors in setting your auto insurance rates. And if you're at fault in an accident, your car insurance rates in Michigan could jump by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Once again, our research shows that Auto-Owners is the cheapest widely available insurer based on our comparison data, while USAA is the cheapest insurer for those who are eligible. After an accident, Auto-Owners Insurance had the smallest increase in rates, as our driver was only charged 17% more.
In extreme instances, such as with AAA, an insurer may double rates after just one accident. This shows why Michigan drivers should regularly compare rates across car insurers, especially if they have an accident or violation in their driving history.
|Rank||Company||Rates after accident||Rates before accident||Difference|
Best auto insurance companies in Michigan
We recommend all Michigan drivers to shop around and find the lowest auto insurance quotes, but you should also get a policy from an insurer with a great reputation.
How you balance savings and quality of service is up to you, but you'll likely make an auto insurance claim in a time of stress and need. It helps to know you'll be working with an insurer that will be responsive and fair.
Measured by the rate of customer complaints, we found the best insurance companies in Michigan are:
- Auto-Owners Insurance
- Frankenmuth Insurance
- Hanover Insurance
The lower the complaint rate, the better rated a company.
Considering that Auto-Owners Insurance and Frankenmuth also offer some the cheapest policies in Michigan on average, these companies are great starting points for your auto insurance search.
|Rank||Company||Market share||Complaint Index|
|3||The Hanover Insurance Group (Citizens Insurance)||13.9%||0.16|
|5||Michigan Farm Bureau||7.4%||0.47|
Cheapest auto insurance in Michigan, by city
Michigan car insurance rates can vary a great deal depending on where you live. Our research found that for the 50 most populous cities in which rate data was available, USAA and Auto-Owners Insurance almost always had some of the cheapest rates.
The next-best option is Frankenmuth Insurance, which ranked as one of the three cheapest insurers in 35 out of 50 cities.
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,006|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,227|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,683|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,346|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,353|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,328|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,675|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,535|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,702|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,205|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,902|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,376|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,224|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,558|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,884|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,939|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,260|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,248|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,274|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,282|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,318|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,342|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,414|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,122|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,685|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,923|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,379|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,346|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,356|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,572|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,370|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,968|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,561|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,257|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,813|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,987|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,807|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,570|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,370|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,698|
|St. Clair Shores||USAA||$1,477|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,868|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,879|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,957|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,740|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$2,175|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,806|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,671|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,291|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Co||$1,464|
To provide Michigan shoppers with greater detail, we've highlighted the costs in the five largest cities in the state by population:
- Grand Rapids
- Sterling Heights
- Ann Arbor
USAA is the cheapest company in each location, but prices can vary widely city to city.
Auto insurance in Detroit
- Average annual cost = $13,404
- 154% more expensive than Michigan average
Even for Michigan, Detroit is incredibly expensive for car insurance. Across our sample insurers, a minimum-coverage policy costs an average of more than $13,000 per year.
But even more surprising is the range of prices. Auto-Owners Insurance costs less than $3,000 a year, while Allstate, AAA and Hanover all cost more than $20,000 per year. The variability in this market means shoppers should definitely shop around and find the company that offers them the best rate.
Auto insurance in Grand Rapids
- Average annual cost = $4,148
- 21% less expensive than Michigan average
Despite being the second most populous city in Michigan, Grand Rapids has relatively affordable car insurance policies. Our driver found an Auto-Owners Insurance policy cost $1,260 per year, and Frankenmuth, Progressive and State Farm all charged less than $2,000 per year.
Auto insurance in Warren
- Average annual cost = $9,325
- 77% more expensive than Michigan average
Though not nearly as expensive as Detroit, Warren is the second most expensive city of these five. All our sample insurers are much more expensive in Warren, but USAA and Progressive increased their prices the least compared to their state averages.
Auto insurance in Sterling Heights
- Average annual cost = $8,593
- 63% more expensive than Michigan average
Sterling Heights is the 11th most expensive major city in the state for car insurance. But the average is driven up by major rate increases for this location by insurers such as AAA, Hanover, Allstate and State Farm. As is typical for Michigan, the cheapest insurers — USAA and Auto-Owners — raised rates the least in Sterling Heights.
Auto insurance in Ann Arbor
- Average annual cost = $4,339
- 18% less expensive than Michigan average
Young drivers in every state typically pay more for car insurance. But despite being a student town, Ann Arbor is one of the cheaper major cities in the state for car insurance.
Here, an insurer like State Farm has much more competitive prices than it does for the state as a whole. Its average rates in the city are 27% lower than its average rates for all of Michigan.
Average cost of car insurance in Michigan: By city
The average cost of a minimum-coverage policy in Michigan is $5,282 per year, and a full-coverage policy costs $8,723 per year; both the most expensive averages in the country.
Average rates can change a lot depending on where you live. Below, we've ranked the 50 most populous cities in the state (where data was available) from cheapest to most expensive minimum-coverage policies.
- Portage is the cheapest major city in the state, with an average minimum coverage rate of $3,707 per year.
- Detroit is easily the most expensive city; the average rate there is $13,404 per year.
These averages include figures from all our sample insurers. However, shopping around should help you find rates that are cheaper than the average for any given city.
|33||St. Clair Shores||$7,275|
Michigan car insurance requirements
Starting July 1, 2020, Michigan enacted auto insurance reform with the intent of lowering costs for drivers statewide. The reform implements two key changes related to minimum coverage requirements were:
- You no longer have to purchase unlimited Personal Injury Protection (PIP). You can now buy coverage of up to only $250,000 in medical expenses, or even opt out entirely if you have Medicare (Parts A and B). There is also an option to only buy $50,000 in coverage if you are enrolled in Medicaid.
- Residual bodily injury and property damage liability limits were increased to the numbers cited below.
A minimum coverage policy in Michigan now has the following required limits:
|Required coverage||Required limits|
|Personal injury protection||$250,000 or opt-out|
|Property protection insurance||$1 million per accident|
|Residual bodily injury liability||$50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident|
|Residual property damage liability||$10,000 per accident|
In Michigan, a no-fault state, liability insurance is labeled as "residual" because it will only be used in special circumstances involving serious injuries or with out-of-state drivers.
You can read more in our guide on Michigan state auto insurance requirements, which describes the reforms enacted in July 2020 and the potential savings you could garner by lowering your PIP limits.
This analysis used quotes from thousands of Michigan cities. The quotes were for a 30-year-old man with a 2015 Honda Civic EX. The driver had a minimum-coverage policy meeting Michigan state requirements before the July 1, 2020 reform. If he had a full-coverage policy, it had the following limits:
|Coverage type||Study limits|
|Bodily liability||$50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident|
|Property damage||$25,000 per accident|
|Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury||$50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident|
|Comprehensive and collision||$500 deductible|
ValuePenguin's analysis used insurance rate data from Quadrant Information Services. These rates were publicly sourced from insurer filings and should be used for comparative purposes only — your own quotes may be different.