Best Auto Insurance Rates in Virginia

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There is a famous saying that “Virginia is for Lovers”. Well, this page is for lovers of car insurance savings. If you want to make sure that you’re getting the best deal on car insurance, you’ll love this site.

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Average Virginia Car Insurance Rates

How much is car insurance in Virginia? You may be surprised to learn that the average cost of car insurance in Virginia is slightly lower than the national average. The average cost of auto insurance in Virginia is $750.85 per year. The national average price is $889.01

Prices for premiums will vary depending on your limits, coverage, and the total number of claims filed in your zip code.

Virginia (VA) Average Annual Car Insurance Rates
Coverage Rates
Liability $425.61
Collision $280.520
Comprehensive $136.54
Total Cost Per Year $750.85
Price Per Month $62.57
Source: Facts + Statistics: Auto insurance

The graph below shows the change in average Virginia rates from 2011 to 2015, the most recent year the data is available. According to the III, Virginia car insurance rates increased from $679 in 2011 to $750 in 2015, a jump of $71 dollars, or 10.48 percent.

Virginia average car insurance rates

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Last year, 58,605 people used QuoteWizard to compare car insurance quotes in Virginia from multiple companies.

Best Car Insurance Companies in Virginia

This is our list of the most common car insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of Virginia last year. Out of the 58,605 Virginia drivers that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 5,361 were uninsured.

Top 10 Vehicles

These are the most common vehicles owned by Virginia drivers requesting car insurance quotes through QuoteWizard in the past year.

  1. Ford F150
  2. Honda Accord EX/LX
  3. Honda Civic EX
  4. Toyota Camry LE/XLE/SE
  5. Ford Taurus
  6. Ford Ranger
  7. Ford Explorer
  8. Nissan Altima 2.5 S
  9. Ford Mustang
  10. Chevrolet Cavalier
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Virginia State Auto Insurance Laws

Minimum Car Insurance Requirements in Virginia

If you drive a vehicle registered in Virginia, you must maintain a minimum level of insurance coverage of 25/50/20 plus uninsured/underinsured coverage. This means that you must have a policy with at least the following:

  • $25,000 of coverage for bodily injury liability per person
  • $50,000 of coverage for bodily injury liability per incident
  • $20,000 of coverage for property damage liability per incident
  • $25,000 of uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person
  • $50,000 of uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage per incident
  • $20,000 of uninsured/underinsured property damage coverage per incident

Alternatively, you could pay a $500 annual Uninsured Motor Vehicle Fee and legally drive a vehicle in Virginia without insurance. However you will have no protection of any kind. QuoteWizard urges motorists instead to purchase at least Virginia’s legal minimum insurance coverage.

Recommended Coverage Levels

Virginian weather presents a wide array of perils for drivers. Not all threats on the road come from other cars. Extreme storms, flooding, and hurricanes can all cause serious damage to your vehicle. In order to protect yourself, get comprehensive insurance. It not only covers damage caused by natural disasters, but also from theft, vandalism, and fire.

There are some hard limits to what minimum coverage can do. It provides you with the required coverage for the vehicle to be road legal, which helps cover damages you cause to other drivers. However, it doesn’t cover your costs. Furthermore, a severe accident could easily go over the payout amount that minimum liability provides. In light of this, we recommend:

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

Required Proof of Auto Insurance

Any time you drive in Virginia, you must be prepared to show your car insurance identification card to law enforcement upon request. You will get this identification card from your car insurance company when you buy a policy. The card must include all of the following:

  • Name of the insurance company
  • Policy number
  • Effective date of the policy
  • Expiration date of the policy
  • Description of the year, make, or model of the insured vehicles, or the name of the insured driver.


The Virginia DMV monitors insurance coverage through their Insurance Verification Program. If a vehicle is found to have become uninsured at any point, the license and registration of the driver will be suspended until the driver:

  • Pays a $500 statutory fee
  • Maintains proof of financial responsibility, Form SR-22, for three years
  • Pays a reinstatement fee, if applicable
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SR-22 Requirements

Virginia residents that have had their driver’s license suspended due to drunk driving convictions or other violations must provide proof of financial responsibility by filing an SR-22 form. “SR” stands for safety responsibility and it certifies that a driver has the minimum amount of insurance required by state law.

Virginia state law requires that an SR-22 be carried for 36 consecutive months. If a driver fails to renew their policy 15 days before expiration, a letter is sent to the state resulting in suspension of their license. Once renewed, the license will be reinstated, but this can be a time-consuming process

State of Virginia Traffic Safety Laws

Distracted Driving Laws

Using a cell phone while driving is against the law in Virginia for any driver under the age of 18. All drivers are banned from sending or receiving text messages while driving in Virginia.

Implied Consent Law

This law says drivers suspected of impaired driving must consent to a blood test. Refuse the test and you’ll face license suspension.


If you drive or operate a motor vehicle in Virginia with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you are guilty of Driving While Under the Influence (DUI).

Booster Seat Law

Children age 7 or younger must be restrained in a federally approved car seat, in rear seat if possible. If the car seat is in the front seat, any passenger-side airbags must be deactivated. Children age 8 and up may use adult seat belts. The minimum fine for failing to properly restrain a child is $50 for a first offense.

Senior Drivers in Virginia

Car insurance rates often increase around the time drivers turn 65. It's a small increase for drivers with clean records.

All drivers are required to renew their driver’s license every 8 years. Beginning at age 75, drivers must complete a request to renew their driver’s license in person every five years, and must complete a vision test, or provide the results of a recent vision test.

Seat Belt Laws

Virginia requires that all drivers wear seat belts, as well as passengers 18 or older in the front seat(s). Adults in the back seat are not required to wear seat belts. Minors are required to use approved child seats as mentioned above. The maximum penalty for failing to wear a seat belt as required is $25.

Vehicles Registered in Another State

Do you drive a car in Virginia that's registered in another state? If so, you must have the type of insurance required by that state. You must be able to provide proof of this insurance to law enforcement.

Car Insurance Risk in Virginia

Uninsured Motorists

The percentage of Virginia residents estimated to be driving without insurance is 10.1%. That ranks Virginia as #31 among US states and the District of Columbia, slightly better than average.

Vehicle Thefts

Virginia had 7,665 vehicle thefts reported in 2014, a 11.1% decrease compared to 2013. In 2014, the vehicle theft rate was 92.1 per 100,000, a decrease of 11.7% over the 2013 rate of 104.3 per 100,000.

The vehicle theft rate in the Commonwealth of Virginia is well below the overall US vehicle theft rate, which was 216.2 per 100,000 in 2012.

Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau - Hot Wheels Report 2014

  1. 1997 Honda Accord
  2. 2006 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
  3. 2014 Toyota Camry
  4. 2000 Honda Civic
  5. 2002 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
  6. 2006 Nissan Altima
  7. 2010 Toyota Corolla
  8. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

Virginia Auto Insurance Company Market Share

Source: Virginia 2014 Insurance Company Market Share Reports
Rank Market Share Company
1 6.36% United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
2 5.04% Allstate (Property & Casualty)
3 4.44% Geico General Insurance Co.
4 4.08% Geico Indemnity Co.
5 3.90% USAA Casualty Insurance Co.
6 3.85% Nationwide
7 3.57% Allstate
8 3.38% Erie Insurance Exchange
9 3.29% Progressive Advanced Insurance Co.

Virginia Bureau of Insurance

BoI Homepage
Insurance Commissioner:
Scott A. White
Insurance Hotline:
(800) 552 – 7945
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