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If you're a Michigan driver, you know firsthand how expensive car insurance is in your state. The insurance system in the Great Lake State is different from most others in the US. This page covers Michigan’s car insurance laws, requirements, stats, and how to find cheap car insurance.
How much is car insurance in Michigan? It's no secret, insurance premiums here are much higher than the national average. The average cost of auto insurance in Michigan is $1,231.39 per year. This is 38.5 percent higher than the national annual average of $889.01.
Prices will vary depending on your driving record, credit rating, zip code, limits, and coverage.
|Total Cost Per Year||$1,231.39|
|Price Per Month||$102.61|
|Source: Facts + Statistics: Auto insurance|
The graph below shows the change in average Michigan rates from 2012 to 2016, the most recent year the data is available. According to the III, Michigan car insurance rates increased from $1,049 in 2012 to $1,271 in 2016, a jump of $222 dollars, or 21 percent.
Finding a reliable auto insurance provider in Michigan is important these days. But how do you determine which one 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 so you can find a policy that you, your vehicle, and your wallet will love.
Last year, 122,433 people used QuoteWizard to compare auto insurance quotes in Michigan from multiple companies.
Last year, these were the most common car insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of Michigan. Out of the 122,433 Michigan drivers that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 20,236 had no car insurance.
These are the most common vehicles owned by Michigan drivers requesting car insurance quotes through QuoteWizard in the past year.
Michigan’s high insurance cost comes in part from the number of uninsured drivers. The III states that 20.3 percent of Michigan’s are uninsured. That’s the fourth highest number of uninsured drivers in the US.
Also, Michigan is one of 12 states that has a no-fault insurance system. A no-fault policy means drivers are compensated for damages regardless of who is at fault. This increases insurance costs straight across the board.
Since insurers settle claims regardless of who is at fault, Michigan struggles with insurance fraud. The cost of fraudulent claims are, unfortunately, covered by policyholders.
Our data research shows that Michigan currently stands as the fourth best driving state in the US. Grand Rapids ranks as the 57th worst city for driving. Detroit is, surprisingly, the fourth best driving city. This rank accounts for accidents, speeding tickets, DUI's, and citations.
Living in an area with good drivers is beneficial to your car insurance rates. Good drivers file fewer claims, and that helps keep rates down across the board.
Every Michigan registered driver needs the minimum 20/40/10 coverage. This means that every driver needs to have the following:
Michigan already has the highest average rates in the country, and it’s only getting worse. Why? One, Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws make coverage more expensive. And Two, the huge number of uninsured drivers in Michigan puts a dent in every driver’s premiums. In fact, Michigan has the fourth highest rate of uninsured drivers. You should buy uninsured coverage if you live in Michigan.
Minimum coverage in Michigan only covers the base level of required insurance, and an accident can exceed that amount fast. In order to make sure you have proper basic coverage, we recommend:
All Michigan drivers must be prepared to show proof of insurance to law enforcement upon request. Proof of insurance is also required to register or renew registration with the DMV.
Your proof of insurance card needs to include the following info:
Michigan drivers with a suspended license due to DUI or other violations must file an SR-22 form. Drivers with SR-22 requirements almost always pay more for car insurance.
Total loss is figured by a percentage of the car’s current cash value. If the cost of damages exceed a certain threshold, the car is totaled. In Michigan, the total loss percentage is 75 percent. If damage to your car meets or exceeds 75 percent, your insurer considers it a total loss.
Buying insurance in Michigan for a salvage or rebuilt car is difficult. Some insurers don't cover them at all. Chances are you’ll pay higher rates if you can find coverage.
Novice drivers as well as school bus drivers are prohibited from using cell phones at any time while driving in Michigan. Drivers with full driving privileges face no such restrictions. All drivers are banned from sending or receiving text messages while driving in Michigan.
Michigan’s Implied Consent law requires that any driver submit to testing to determine the alcohol or drug content of their blood, breath, or urine when arrested by law enforcement for suspicion of operating while intoxicated (OWI). Refuse the test and you’ll face the following penalties in addition to the penalties for an OWI:
If you drive or operate a motor vehicle in Michigan with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you're guilty of Operating While Intoxicated.
All Michigan drivers are required to renew their driver’s license every 4 years. Michigan has no special provisions for senior drivers.
When driving in Michigan that's required to be registered in another state, you must have the type of insurance required by that state. You must be able to provide proof of this insurance to law enforcement if requested.
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