Find Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes in Washington, D.C.
The average cost of minimum coverage car insurance in Washington, D.C., is $967 per year, or $81 per month.
For a full coverage auto insurance policy in the nation's capital, the average cost is $2,714 per year, or $226 per month.
Erie offers the lowest rates for both minimum and full coverage.
Your rates will depend on factors such as your driving record and the coverages you select. Comparing quotes from several insurers can help you get the best rates.
Cheapest auto insurance in Washington, D.C.: Erie
Find Cheap Auto Insurance Quotes in Washington, D.C.
These three insurers together average $801 per year, or $79 per month — 17% cheaper than the D.C. average.
USAA offers the lowest-cost quotes overall; however, its policies are only available to current or former service members and their families.
Unlike full coverage, minimum coverage doesn't include comprehensive and collision insurance, which protect you from vehicle damage following a collision, theft, vandalism or natural disaster — regardless of fault.
While full coverage generally costs more, purchasing higher liability limits and adding comprehensive and collision coverage can offer useful financial protection after an expensive accident.
The average difference in cost between full and minimum coverage car insurance in D.C. is $1,747 per year, or $146 per month.
Cheapest full coverage car insurance in Washington, D.C.: Erie
Erie's annual rate of $1,886 for full coverage is $828 less than the city average, a savings of $69 per month. Only Erie, State Farm and USAA cost less than the average.
Cheap car insurance for drivers with prior incidents
An accident, a DUI, a speeding ticket or another incident on your driving record will almost assuredly raise your rates higher than those of other Washington, D.C., residents.
Cheapest car insurance in Washington, D.C., after an accident
These three insurance providers are the most affordable for a full coverage auto policy with a prior accident history. The cheapest option, Erie, has an average annual rate of $2,377 per year, or 14% cheaper than the D.C. average.
Just one accident and claim filing on your driving record can increase your car insurance quotes substantially.
Cheapest car insurance for people with a speeding ticket: Erie
The Erie rate in the district is $1,981 per year, which comes out to $165 a month. A ticket, on average, raises annual rates $380 in Washington, D.C., a 14% increase.
Cheapest car insurance for drivers with a DUI: State Farm
State Farm' offers the best rates in Washington, D.C., after a drunken driving incident. The company's average rate for full coverage after a DUI is $2,282 per year, only 10% more than with a clean record.
Overall in the city, drivers pay 63% more after a DUI, an increase of $1,707.
Erie offers the second-best annual rate at $2,775 per year. Progressive is the next best with an annual premium of $3,929.
Cheapest car insurance for married drivers: Erie
The company's average premium for a married driver is $1,795 per year for full coverage, a 2% decrease. Married drivers pay on average 4% less than single drivers in D.C.
State Farm does not change its rates for married drivers.
Cheapest car insurance for young drivers: Erie
The average rate for 18-year-old drivers is $9,257. That is nearly three and a half times the rate for a 30-year-old driver.
Insurers consider younger drivers high-risk, so these drivers tend to pay considerably higher premiums.
There are two key ways for a young driver to avoid paying the considerably more expensive premiums:
- Looking for any discounts: Drivers can save money with discounts for good grades, safe driving, avoiding accidents and other things. When purchasing insurance, we advise checking all options and speaking to your insurer.
- Joining a parent's car insurance policy: Putting another driver on a parent's policy will raise the price, but it will be cheaper than a child and parent having separate policies.
The best-rated car insurance companies in Washington, D.C.
For D.C. residents, the cheapest car insurance companies may not be the best for customer service quality. In fact, some insurers are a better fit for certain types of drivers — depending on your individual circumstances.
ValuePenguin commissioned a survey to identify insurers across the country that left customers most satisfied. The best-rated insurers in D.C. were:
The survey gauged policyholder attitudes regarding satisfaction with their most recent claim and overall customer service.
Claim satisfaction rating
Customer service rating
*Overall rank takes both claim satisfaction and customer service ratings into account. Explanation of ratings are in the Methodology section.
Auto insurance in Washington, D.C.: Minimum coverage requirements
D.C. drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance. D.C. only requires drivers to carry liability insurance and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage with the following minimum limits:
- Bodily injury (BI): $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident
- Property damage (PD): $10,000 per accident
- Uninsured motorist BI: $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident
- Uninsured motorist PD: $5,000 per accident; $200 deductible
Although the above limits specify the lowest amount of car insurance coverage you can have to legally drive in D.C., we recommend motorists consider higher coverage limits.
How do average car insurance costs compare in the D.C. metro area?
The District of Columbia packs more than 705,000 people into 61 square miles, surrounded by a metropolitan area of nearly 6.3 million.
Many people commute to Washington, D.C., every day from the surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. That's why we compared car insurance costs to 18 nearby cities.
Washington, D.C., is generally far more expensive compared to cities only a few miles away, such as Alexandria, Va., and Arlington, Va. That shouldn't come as a total surprise, however, considering those areas are much less congested and have fewer cars than the district. Only Clinton, Md., offers quotes more expensive than in D.C.
Annual car insurance quote
|3||Great Falls, Va.||$1,822|
|4||Falls Church, Va.||$1,824|
Auto theft statistics in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., had nearly 2,300 car thefts in 2019, a drop of more than 250 compared to the year before.
The rate of 325.6 auto thefts per 100,000 inhabitants was considerably higher than the rates of two of the larger cities nearby in the metro area.
Thefts per 100,000
Motor vehicle theft data was pulled from the FBI 2019 District of Columbia crime report.
We collected auto insurance quotes for Washington, D.C., from seven car insurance companies. Our sample driver was a 30-year-old man who drives a 2015 Honda Civic EX. He has no credit history, which makes him comparable to drivers with below-average credit.
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.
ValuePenguin commissioned a survey and asked current policyholders across major car insurance companies about their satisfaction with claims and the customer service of their insurer. In our table, the Claim Satisfaction Rating represents the percentage of respondents who were extremely satisfied with their most recent claim experience. The Customer Service Rating represents the percentage of respondents who rated the customer service of their insurance company as "excellent."