Best Cheapest Car Insurance Rates in Tampa, Florida

Best Cheapest Car Insurance Rates in Tampa, Florida

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Minimum insurance in Tampa costs $3,020 on average — about $252 per month — while the city's full-coverage policy typically costs $4,440, or $370 each month. Quotes are about $970 higher in Tampa than the rest of Florida.

Depending on the insurer, minimum-coverage auto insurance can vary by more than $5,000, which shows why shopping around can help you save money.

Cheapest insurance rates in Tampa: Geico

Geico and State Farm offered the most affordable rates for a minimum liability policy in Florida. On average, these companies charge less than $2,000 per year.

A minimum coverage policy comes with the lowest amount of coverage required by Florida law.

Insurance costs tend to climb in densely populated areas. The city of Tampa is the largest in the Tampa Bay area and the third most populated in Florida, so it's no surprise insurance rates are higher than the state average.

This graph identifies and ranks the three companies in Tampa, Florida, with the best rates for insuring our sample driver's car

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Insurer
Annual Cost
Geico logo
Geico$1,469
State Farm logo
State Farm$1,869
MetLife logo
MetLife$2,391
Direct Auto logo
Direct General$2,525
Progressive logo
Progressive$3,766
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The minimum liability policy is your cheapest option for coverage, but it might not be the best for your needs. Keep in mind that a minimum policy does not cover damage to your vehicle. If you get into an accident and wreck your car, your insurance won't cover the repairs.

Cheapest full coverage policy for Tampa drivers: Geico

The insurance company with the cheapest full coverage policy in Tampa is Geico, with an average premium of $2,331 per year.

If you're looking for an alternative, the second cheapest option is State Farm, which averages $693 more than Geico.

Rank
Company
Annual premium
1Geico$2,331
2State Farm$3,024
3Direct General$3,983
4MetLife$4,570
5Progressive$5,289
6Allstate$7,442

A full coverage policy will cost you more than minimum liability would but offers more protection. Namely, it comes with comprehensive and collision coverage.

  • Comprehensive coverage protects you financially from damage caused by events out of your control, known as "acts of God." These may include natural disasters, theft, vandalism and fires.
  • Collision coverage protects you from damage caused by a car accident with another vehicle or an object. For example, if you crash into another car, drive into a ditch or flip your car over, collision coverage would pay to fix your car's damage.

If your car is less than 10 years old or worth more than $3,000, you'll benefit most from a full coverage policy. But if your car isn't worth much, then investing in full coverage might not be smart. You could end up spending more on insurance than your vehicle is worth.

Cheapest full coverage for young drivers: Geico

Young drivers in Tampa will find the cheapest insurance quotes with Geico, which has an average annual cost of $4,070 — slightly cheaper than the city’s average.

Rank
Company
Annual rate
1Geico$4,070
2Direct General$5,085
3State Farm$5,334
4MetLife$6,160
5Progressive$9,751
6Allstate$12,429

Age is one of the biggest factors that affects insurance rates. Young people typically pay more for car insurance, on average, than middle-aged drivers. Out of any group, teenage drivers are the most likely to be involved in an accident, making them a risk to insure.

The average cost of full coverage insurance for young people is nearly twice the cost for drivers in their 30s.

There are additional steps every driver, especially young ones, should take to mitigate insurance costs:

  • Combine plans with parents or relatives from a low-risk group. Rates for a combined, or multicar, insurance plan are more expensive than a single car or driver rate. However, a combined plan is less expensive than two separate policies.
  • Look for discounts. Most insurers offer a menu of discounts to drivers. You can qualify for discounts by achieving good grades in school, attending a defensive driving course or installing anti-theft devices in your car.
  • Gather quotes from more insurers. The difference between the cheapest and most expensive insurer for young Tampa drivers is more than $8,000. Research smaller insurers as well as widely known companies to see if they have affordable quotes.

Cheapest insurer for drivers with an accident history: Geico

Tampa drivers with an accident on their record should look at Geico, which offered the best price for car insurance after an accident.

Drivers with a history of even a single accident know that it heavily increases insurance premiums. The companies that increased prices the least following an accident were:

  • State Farm
  • Geico
  • Direct General
Rank
Company
Rate before accident
Rate after accident
Difference
1State Farm$3,024$3,599$575
2Geico$2,331$3,365$1,034
3Direct General$3,983$5,453$1,470
4Progressive$5,289$7,481$2,192
5MetLife$4,570$7,607$3,037
6Allstate$7,442$10,707$3,265

Accidents may cause your premiums to increase and disqualify you from safe driver discounts. When you ask for quotes, it’s important to also ask how an accident would impact your rates.

Car insurance costs across Tampa ZIP codes and neighborhoods

In Tampa, your neighborhood will affect your annual auto insurance rates. If you live in New Tampa, the cheapest part of the city, you'll pay $757 less than your friend or coworker in northwest Tampa, a tourist center and one of the most expensive areas in Florida.

ZIP code
Neighborhood
Average cost
33602Downtown$3,323
33603South Seminole Heights$3,370
33604Old Seminole Heights$3,304
33605Palmetto Beach/Ybor City$3,292
33606David Islands/Hyde Park$3,237
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Car insurance companies in Tampa, Florida

The 11 biggest companies in the Florida auto insurance market write about 82% of all premiums. Each insurer varies in terms of average price, number of policy offerings and service quality, among other factors.

If you're debating whether to buy insurance from a large company or small company, keep in mind the benefits and disadvantages of each, as well as your needs. Large insurers generally have a greater offering of discounts, policies and availability but may lack the personalized service you can get from small insurers.

Rank
Insurer
Direct premiums written
Percent of direct premiums
1Geico5,492,41322.67%
2Progressive5,001,52420.64%
3State Farm2,903,83311.98%
4Allstate1,999,1928.25%
5Liberty Mutual618,3412.55%
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Auto insurance in Tampa: Minimum insurance requirement in Florida

Car insurance requirements are set by the state of Florida. In order to legally drive in Tampa, all drivers must meet the following coverage requirements:

Insurance in Florida is generally more expensive than in other states, so you could be tempted to save money and buy only the minimum amount of coverage. However, a minimum liability policy might not be enough to protect you financially if you're involved in a big accident. If your car is expensive or new, you should consider a higher coverage limit or additional protection.

No-fault state

No-fault insurance covers medical costs following an accident, regardless of who was at fault. You aren't allowed to file a claim or seek litigation against another driver after an accident.

The type of no-fault coverage required in Florida is personal injury protection (PIP), which covers medical bills for you and your passengers.

Florida's financial responsibility law: SR-22 and FR-44 policies

Drivers convicted of driving under the influence or without insurance are required to hold additional car insurance coverage and higher coverage limits under Florida's financial responsibility law. This is done in the form of SR-22 or FR-44 insurance.

SR-22 insurance requirements

If you don't have insurance or have too many points on your driving record, you are seen as high risk and may need to file an SR-22 endorsement through your insurer. The form acts as proof that you’ve met the minimum insurance coverage requirements:

  • Bodily injury liability: $10,000 per person/$20,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident

You will need to keep an SR-22 on file for at least three years in Florida in most cases, but you can verify the length of time with your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

FR-44 insurance requirements

An FR-44 is generally required if you are found guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Due to the seriousness of these offenses, you will need to pay for significantly higher coverage limits when you file for FR-44 insurance.

  • Bodily injury liability: $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $50,000 per accident

FR-44 insurance is also typically required for three years in Florida, but the amount of time may vary depending on your particular situation, so it's good to confirm. Unlike SR-22 insurance, the FR-44 form needs to stay in place for the entire term, with no lapses in coverage. Otherwise, your suspended license will no longer be reinstated, and you will need to start the process over again.

Methodology

ValuePenguin examined data from six insurance companies in Tampa. Unless specified, our sample driver was an unmarried 30-year-old man who owned a 2015 Honda Civic EX. The driver was looking to purchase a minimum auto insurance policy and had a poor credit history.

In instances where our Tampa driver was opting for a full coverage policy, the following limits were implemented:

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 quotes may be different.

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