Best Auto Insurance Rates in Idaho

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Idaho is known as the Gem State because of its abundance of natural resources. Here at QuoteWizard, we’ve compiled useful insurance information from industry and government sources which Idahoans can use to save money on a gem of an insurance policy.

This page will show you which types of coverage are legally required in Idaho and inform you about important insurance laws. It also provides you with information about the cost of driving and some insights about insurance risk.

Average Idaho Car Insurance Rates

How much is car insurance in Idaho? When it comes to car insurance, Idahoans must be doing something right. Drivers here pay less for car insurance than those in any other state. The low number of uninsured motorists could have something to do with it. Only 6.7 percent of the drivers on Idaho roadways are uninsured.

On average, Idaho drivers pay 35 percent less for auto insurance than the average American. The average cost of car insurance in Idaho is $573.83 per year. The national average price is $889.01.

How much you pay may vary depending on your car, driving record, zip code, limits, and the number of claims filed in your neighborhood.

Idaho (ID) Average Annual Car Insurance Rates
Coverage Rates
Liability $344.29
Collision $219.05
Comprehensive $116.55
Total Cost Per Year $573.83
Price Per Month $47.82
Source: Facts + Statistics: Auto insurance

The graph below shows the change in average Idaho insurance rates from 2011 to 2015, the most recent year the data is available. According to the III, Idaho car insurance rates increased from $535 in 2011 to $573 in 2015, a jump of $38 dollars, or 7.24 percent.

Idaho average car insurance rates

Finding a reliable auto insurance provider is important these days. But how do you determine which insurer is right for you?

One way is to compare rates from a number of different car insurance companies. Let QuoteWizard help you do that. We’ll get you all the info you need, and connect you to a handful of agents who serve Idaho drivers, so you can find a policy that you, your vehicle, and your wallet will love.

Last year, 59,808 people used QuoteWizard to compare car insurance quotes in Idaho from top companies.

Most Popular Auto Insurance Companies in Idaho

These are the most common insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users in Idaho last year. Of the 59,808 QuoteWizard users in Idaho last year, 8,239 were uninsured.

Need to find the insurer who has the best quote for you? Take a look at our compare page to weigh insurance companies side-by-side. We’ve put together overviews of the biggest insurers in the country.

Looking for high-risk auto insurance? If finding coverage is a challenge, take a look at the Idaho Automobile Insurance Plan. It’s there to make sure that you can get the minimum liability coverage that Idaho requires on the road.

Are you a teen driver or the parent of one? Finding auto insurance for teens can be a challenge. Our data shows that teen car insurance is $438 a month on average. Progressive, GEICO, and AAA all tend to have good rates for teens in Idaho.

Top 10 Vehicles

These are the most commonly owned cars of QuoteWizard users living in Idaho:

  1. Ford F150
  2. Dodge Ram 1500
  3. Toyota Camry LE
  4. Ford Explorer
  5. Ford Focus SE
  6. Ford Ranger
  7. Honda Accord EX
  8. Ford F250 Super Duty
  9. Chevrolet Impala
  10. Ford Mustang
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Idaho Car Insurance Rate Factors

Idaho’s car insurance costs are well below the national average. There are several reasons for that, including the fact that Idaho has a relatively sparse population. Less density usually leads to fewer accidents and a lower claim rate. A few other factors help keep Idaho’s insurance rates low.

Uninsured Drivers

8.2 percent of Idaho drivers are uninsured. This is well below the national average of 10 percent uninsured. Uninsured drivers cause everyone to cover the cost with higher rates.

Best and Worst Drivers

Our national study found that Idaho ranks as seventh in the country for worst drivers. We compiled this ranking from looking at Idaho’s speeding ticket, citation, DUI, and auto accident data for the year. We applied the same formulas on the city level and Boise, Idaho ranks 27th for worst city drivers in the country.

Most Commonly Stolen Vehicles

Idaho has a low rate of auto theft compared to the rest of the country. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to beware. Insurers consider cars with a higher chance of auto theft to be high-risk and can raise rates because of it. Below is a list of the most frequently stolen cars in Idaho. See if your car is at risk.

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau- 2017 Hot Wheels Report

  1. 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
  2. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
  3. 2017 Toyota Camry
  4. 1996 Honda Accord
  5. 2005 Nissan Altima
  6. 2000 GMC Pickup (Full Size)
  7. 2004 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
  8. 2006 Chevrolet Impala
  9. 2017 Toyota Corolla
  10. 2000 Honda Civic

Car Insurance Discounts

Insurers usually have different sorts of discounts to lower your premium. Here are some discounts for Idaho drivers:

  1. The average Idahoan household owns two cars. If this sounds like you, check with your insurer and see if they offer a multi-car discount.
  2. Do you have life or home insurance already? See if you can bundle an auto policy with your current policy. You can save money on both.
  3. If you’re a member of the Idaho Farm Bureau, your insurance company may have a discount for you.
  4. Idaho’s retiree population is growing. If you’re 55+ or retired, chances are your insurer has a discount for you.
  5. The average commute time in Idaho is 7 minutes. If you’re on the low end of the average, you should know that insurance companies sometimes offer short-commute discounts.

Idaho Car Insurance Laws

Minimum Requirements

Idaho requires you to maintain minimum coverage levels of 25/50/15. This means whatever auto policy you have must at least cover:

  • Bodily injury liability per person: $25,000
  • Bodily injury liability per accident: $50,000
  • Property damage liability per accident: $15,000

Recommended Coverage

According to Safewise, Idaho is the sixth most dangerous state for driving in snow. Between the poor visibility and loss of control due to slick roads, accidents can happen. Consider adding collision coverage to your policy. It covers your damages if you get into a car crash.

Also, think about increasing your liability coverage. It doesn’t take much for the bill for an accident to exceed the limits of minimum liability. As such we recommend:

  • Individual Body Injury Liability: $100,000
  • Total Bodily Injury Liability: $300,000
  • Property Damage Liability: $100,000

Required Proof of Insurance

All drivers in Idaho must be prepared to show proof of car insurance to law enforcement upon request. Idaho law permits for either physical proof or proof stored on cellphone, tablet, or another electronic device as acceptable.

Failure to show valid proof of insurance is a traffic infraction. Knowingly providing false evidence of insurance coverage is a misdemeanor.

SR-22 Requirements

Should your license get revoked or suspended, the Idaho Transportation Department charges between $25 and $285 for reinstatement fees.

They may also require you to file an SR-22 form. An SR-22 proves financial responsibility, and that you maintain the minimum required liability coverage in Idaho. You are required to maintain the SR-22 for three years after the first offense.

Totaled Cars with Salvage or Rebuilt Titles

If your car is damaged and the cost to repair is near the car’s value, it is a total loss. Total loss vehicles get a salvage title. If the car is repaired to road-legal status, it gets a rebuilt title.

Each state has their own laws regarding total loss cars. In Idaho, total loss is based on a Total Loss Formula (TLF). If the cost of repair plus the car’s salvage equals the car’s actual cash value, it is a total loss.

Getting auto insurance for a rebuilt or salvage title car in Idaho can be difficult. At best, you’ll probably pay a high premium to insure it. Many insurance companies do not cover rebuilt or salvage titles.

Idaho Traffic Safety Laws

Distracted Driving

Idaho currently bans texting while driving. Making a phone call while driving is acceptable. Idaho recently put forth legislation to ban hand-held devices.

DUI Law

If you are found driving in Idaho with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or more, you are guilty of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Depending on how many DUIs are on your record, the penalties include:

  • Six months to five years in jail
  • Up to a $5,000 fine
  • Nine days to five years license suspension
  • Interlock ignition device installment in your car

On top of whatever penalties you face, you will see your auto insurance increase. Our studies show you will pay $830 more a year for car insurance after a DUI offense. This assumes you will be able to find an insurer to cover you.

Senior Drivers

Around the time you turn 65, you will probably see an increase in your auto insurance. If you have a clean record at that time, the initial increase should not be large. However, as you get older the increases will become larger.

Idaho requires drivers 63 and older to renew their licenses every four years. Drivers 70 and up can’t renew by mail. In both age brackets, a vision test is required at renewal.

Cars Registered in Other States

If you’re driving in Idaho with a car registered in another state, you’re required to carry that state’s required auto insurance. You must also be able to prove coverage if pulled over by law enforcement.

Idaho Department of Insurance

Website:
Homepage
Insurance Commissioner:
Dean L. Cameron
Insurance Hotline:
(800) 721 – 3272
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
File a Consumer Insurance Complaint
Complaint Page

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