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Getting ready to tailgate at a Badgers or Packers game? Here is everything you need to know to find auto insurance rates to cover you for the trip.
Read on to learn how Wisconsin car rates compare to other state averages, the best ways to save on your premium, and more.
How much does auto insurance cost in WI? A low rate of auto accidents helps keeps insurance rates lower than the national average. The average cost of car insurance in Wisconsin is $664.81 per year. That's 33.7 percent less than the $889.01 national annual average.
Your rate may differ depending on your coverage, zip code, and claims history
|Total Cost Per Year||$664.81|
|Price Per Month||$55.40|
The graph below shows the change in average Wisconsin insurance rates from 2011 to 2015, the most recent year the data is available. According to the III, Washington's car insurance rates increased from $600 in 2011 to $664 in 2015, a jump of $64, or 10.76 percent.
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Last year, 49,039 people used QuoteWizard to get an auto insurance quotes comparison in Wisconsin from multiple companies.
These are the top car insurance companies for Wisconsin's QuoteWizard users last year. Out of over 49,000 Wisconsin drivers who used QuoteWizard last year, 8,603 were uninsured.
These are the most common vehicles owned by Wisconsin drivers who used QuoteWizard to get car insurance quotes last year.
If your driving record is subpar, insurers might see you as high-risk. High-risk drivers are more likely to have a claim or accident. As such, insurance companies charge such drivers higher rates. Some may not cover them at all.
If you're having a hard time getting a policy because of your driving record, you can find coverage through the Wisconsin Automobile Insurance Plan. WAIP can help you get minimum coverage.
If you're a high-risk driver, these insurers offer policies for you as well:
Largely due to their inexperience, teen drivers pay more for car insurance than any other age groups. Our study shows that teenagers pay $438 a month for a car insurance policy. If a teen can get on their parent's policy, that amount drops to $278 a month. Many companies offer discounts for students with good grades.
These companies offer good policies for teens in Wisconsin:
Wisconsin is mostly rural. That leads to fewer cars on the road and lighter traffic. These factors help keep WI auto insurance below the national average. Wisconsin does, however, have a high number of uninsured drivers with nearly 15 percent of drivers lacking insurance. That's the 15th highest rate in the country, and it leads to higher rates for insured drivers.
Registered WI drivers must maintain basic coverage of 25/50/10 plus uninsured/underinsured coverage. This mean your policy must have a minimum of:
While minimum coverage is cheap, it can be costly in the long run. The reason for this is that minimum coverage does not include comprehensive or collision. If you have the minimum amount of coverage and your accident is outside your policy’s terms, you can wind up paying a lot out-of-pocket.
Minimum coverage is there to pay damages to other people, their car, and their property. It does not cover you, your injuries, your vehicle, or your property.
Collision coverage pays for damages to your car after an accident. Comprehensive coverage pays for damages when another car isn't involved in the accident. This includes natural disasters, falling trees and branches, theft, and vandalism.
To cover your bases, we recommend that Wisconsin drivers buy the following coverage:
If your budget allows, add comprehensive and collision coverage. Look for a reasonable deductible. Also, take a look at medical payment coverage and personal injury protection, which are great for covering medical expenses due to an accident.
Wisconsin residents with suspended licenses due to a DUI must show proof of financial responsibility. They must file an SR-22. It certifies that the driver has the minimum insurance state law requires.
Wisconsin requires drivers to keep an SR-22 in place for 3 continuous years. Depending on the offense, the time could be longer. If you let the SR-22 lapse, your license will be cancelled. Should you wish to reinstate your license after that, you’ll need to restart the SR-22 process.
SR-22s almost always lead to higher insurance rates.
If your car is damaged and the repair cost is greater than its value, your insurer will deem it a total loss. A total loss vehicle gets a salvage title. If it's repaired, it gets a rebuilt title.
Each state has their own law regarding totaled cars. In Wisconsin, total loss is figured by a percentage of the car’s current cash value. If the damage exceeds the percentage of the car's value, it's totaled.
In Wisconsin, the total loss percentage is 70 percent. If your car's damages are equal or greater to 70 percent of the car's market value, your insurer considers it a total loss.
Buying insurance in Wisconsin for a salvage or rebuilt car can be hard. Some insurers won’t cover one at all. Also, you can expect to pay higher rates – if you can find coverage
Wisconsin has laws to reduce distracted driving accidents on the road. All drivers are prohibited from texting. Novice drivers are prohibited from using hand-held or hands-free devices while driving. Violation results in a ticket ranging from $20 to $400. These citations can increase your insurance rates.
If you drive in WI with a Blood Alcohol Content level of 0.08 percent or higher, you're guilty of DUI. Depending on how many DUI offenses you have, you could face prison time and pay over $2,000 in fines.
A DUI can seriously affect your premiums. Data shows that drivers with DUIs pay up to an extra $830 per year for auto insurance.
When driving a vehicle registered to another state in Wisconsin, you need the insurance required by that state.
This ranking is based on data involving accidents, DUI's, and citations occurring in Wisconsin. If you live in an area with bad drivers, expect to pay more for insurance.
In 2017 there were 306 traffic fatalities in Wisconsin. That's a modest improvement from 309 traffic fatalities in 2016.
From the most current data available, Wisconsin had 9,919 vehicle thefts reported in 2014. This is a 34.2 percent increase from 2013.
Driving a commonly stolen vehicle can lead to higher rates.
Looking for ways to cut insurance costs? Wisconsin drivers have a lot of options:
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