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Guide to Auto Insurance for Seniors

Published July 28, 2023
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Auto Insurance for Seniors

This article has been reviewed by licensed insurance industry expert Moshe Fishman on July 28, 2023

Does getting older mean higher car insurance rates? A driver’s age does matter when it comes to buying auto insurance and seniors are no exception. They will likely see their insurance premiums slowly increase as they age, particularly after 65 years old. So, although a 60-year old driver may be happy to experience slightly lower premiums, by the age of 70 senior citizens will notice higher rates.

In fact, age is high on the list of factors that determine what you’ll pay for car insurance. Even though safe driving seniors may drive less, they will still need to buy minimum liability coverage effective in their state of residence.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, this minimum coverage will provide some protection to cover another’s vehicle or injuries if you cause an accident. But it’s not sufficient coverage and can leave you vulnerable to financial hardship. Remember, the cheapest car insurance for seniors is not necessarily the best car insurance for seniors.

Unfortunately, premiums do slowly rise once you hit age 65, and looking at better coverages can be costly. As a senior, however, you can shop and compare available policies to be sure you are getting the best rates for your car insurance.

What this article covers:

  • What to look for when comparing auto insurers
  •  The expected cost of auto insurance for seniors
  • Adding a senior to your auto policy
  • Senior coverage rates by state
  • Other factors that affect what seniors pay for insurance 
  • Available discounts for seniors and others

What you should know:

  • Senior insurance rates increase with age starting at 65 years old.
  • The more coverage you choose, the higher your insurance costs.
  • There are other factors, in addition to age, that can affect senior rates.
  • Despite age, there are still ways to save on your coverage.

What to look for when comparing auto insurance companies?

Using a reliable online website to make comparisons of rates is a good place to start. They can do the legwork for you and give you the best possible options. Their relationship with insurers is based on a mutual goal to provide customers with fair pricing that reflects each driver’s situation.

Insurance carriers have varying rates so getting quotes from different companies is a logical step in buying your car insurance. But it’s important to remember that it’s not always just about the price, it’s also about customer satisfaction. That becomes especially important if you or someone driving your car has an accident while on the road and you need to make a claim. After all, that’s why you purchase insurance in the first place—to be financially protected if an incident occurs.

For example, J.D. Power’s 2021 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study ranks insurers like Nationwide, Safeco, Travelers, Allstate, and Progressive among those receiving high scores in overall customer satisfaction. The study was based on 7,345 car insurance customers who settled their claim within the prior six months before the survey.2021 Car Insurance Rates by Age and Gender - NerdWallet

What can seniors expect to pay for car insurance?

As we age, what we can expect to pay for car insurance resembles a roller coaster. As a teen, you start out with huge premiums largely due to a lack of experience behind the wheel. Teens are also a high risk for accidents. According to NerdWallet’s Average Annual Premium estimates, these rates can hover in the thousands when you’re 16 years old, drop slowly, and eventually crawl back up when you are a senior. 

But it’s not just about your age. There are considerations like driving record, location, annual mileage, vehicle type, and other factors that will dictate what your coverages will cost. 

In addition, the more coverages you choose, the higher the limits, and your deductibles will all contribute to what you can expect to pay. The more coverage you buy, the greater the protection for you, your passengers, other drivers, your car, and other vehicles and property.

Here are the annual average premiums for full and minimum coverages for 60+ year-old drivers based on gender: 

Full Coverage MaleFemale
60 years old$1,420 $1,419 
65 years old$1,468 $1,457 
70 years old $1,551 $1,532 
75 years old$1,741 $1,671 
80 years old$1,962 $1,836 
Minimum CoverageMaleFemale
60 years old$529 $534 
65 years old$554 $556 
70 years old $595 $592 
75 years old$676 $656 
80 years old$775 $731 

Senior auto insurance rates by age and state

Another key factor that affects what seniors will pay for auto coverage depends on the state in which they live. This is true of minimum state requirements as well as full coverage costs. 

State rates can vary widely due to their approach to insurance laws. These differences in laws are what decide the costs. Michigan, Nevada, and Rhode Island are among those states with the priciest rates. 

Here are the average annual rates for seniors by state that include comp and collision, 100/300/100 liability:

StateAge 60Age 65Age 70Age 75
Alaska$1,280$1,383$1,471 $1,630 
Alabama$1,444$1,473$1,548 $1,739 
Arkansas$1,521$1,585$1,679 $1,920 
Arizona$1,582$1,657$1,730 $1,956 
California$1,660$1,645$1,786 $1,930 
Colorado$1,742$1,769$1,821 $1,965 
Connecticut$1,703$1,751$1,866 $2,163 
District of Columbia$1,928$1,991$2,087 $2,342 
Delaware$1,741$1,803$1,893 $2,150 
Florida$1,873$1,922$1,996 $2,248 
Georgia$1,611$1,667$1,765 $2,019 
Hawaii$1,594$1,594$1,594 $1,594 
Iowa$1,119$1,138$1,192 $1,313 
Idaho$1,062$1,127$1,176 $1,391 
Illinois$1,274$1,308$1,365 $1,526 
Indiana$1,072$1,079$1,147 $1,286 
Kansas$1,405$1,443$1,471 $1,676 
Kentucky$2,070$2,146$2,256 $2,560 
Louisiana$2,322$2,435$2,417 $2,407 
Massachusetts$1,369$1,050$1,109 $1,168 
Maryland$1,708$1,861$1,954 $1,954 
Maine$947$941$945 $938 
Michigan$3,084$3,171$3,473 $3,915 
Minnesota$1,337$1,407$1,453 $1,642 
Missouri$1,493$1,518$1,573 $1,731 
Mississippi$1,380$1,416$1,479 $1,731 
Montana$1,741$1,830$1,898 $2,255 
North Carolina$1,293$1,324$1,392 $1,443 
North Dakota$1,236$1,258$1,299 $1,426 
Nebraska$1,265$1,285$1,404 $1,557 
New Hampshire$950$992$1,049 $1,166 
New Jersey$1,729$1,756$1,761 $1,934 
New Mexico$1,387$1,441$1,521 $1,747 
Nevada$2,149$2,185$2,313 $2,645 
New York$1,876$1,935$2,028 $2,266 
Ohio$1,017$1,049$1,100 $1,233 
Oklahoma$1,591$1,596$1,633 $1,766 
Oregon$1,350$1,361$1,420 $1,594 
Pennsylvania$1,448$1,476$1,574 $1,768 
Rhode Island$1,992$2,401$2,428 $2,472 
South Carolina$1,363$1,432$1,500 $1,727 
South Dakota$1,298$1,339$1,365 $1,522 
Tennessee$1,227$1,323$1,467 $1,767 
Texas$1,586$1,674$1,750 $1,920 
Utah$1,311$1,343$1,400 $1,596 
Virginia$996$1,063$1,132 $1,275 
Vermont$1,183$1,242$1,307 $1,493 
Washington$1,395$1,446$1,520 $1,666 
Wisconsin$1,124$1,145$1,193 $1,330 
West Virginia$1,415$1,467$1,530 $1,752 
Wyoming$1,445$1,494$1,572 $1,785 


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Adding a Senior to your insurance policy

Let your insurer know if you have a senior in your household who drives, particularly if they will be driving your car. If they have their own vehicle and policy, you may not have to add them to your policy, but your insurance company may request proof of their insurance.

But if there is a senior (aging parent or other) who lives with you and they do not have their own vehicle or car insurance, you will need to add them to your policy. This is especially true if they plan to drive your car. The worst-case scenario would be if they are involved in an accident driving your vehicle and not covered in your policy. Results could be disastrous and include having a claim be denied, losing your coverage, and paying huge expenses out of your own pocket.

If you do add a senior to your policy, be aware of warning signs that indicate it may be time to stop driving altogether. AARP provides a list of things to watch out for and how to discuss the signs of unsafe driving.

What other factors can affect what seniors pay for car insurance?

Aside from age, seniors should be aware that there are other factors that insurance companies consider when determining rates. And although age is at the top of the list, other circumstances also make a difference.

Where you live, particularly in what state, dictates what your minimum required coverages will be and vary from one state to the next. Your location and other rating factors that affect insurance rates are usually broken out into two main categories that include Non-Driving Factors and Driving/Car-Related Factors. 

Non-Driving Factors that Affect Car Insurance Rates

State and Zip Code: The state in which you live, as well as your vehicle, is a key factor in determining coverage costs. Extreme weather (tornadoes, hail, hurricanes) and whether you live in a rural or urban area can have an influence on your rates. In addition, states have different laws and minimum insurance requirements that dictate what you can expect to pay.

Age: Most states allow insurers to use age as a rating factor. In doing so, both teenage and senior drivers are within the highest risk categories. According to WalletHub auto coverage rates can vary greatly based on age, up to 367%. 

Age can have the biggest impact on costs depending on how old you are. For example, teenagers are considered a higher risk due to their inexperience as they lack driving time on the road and in different situations. They are also more likely to be involved in a crash, as much as three times more likely to get into an accident than 20+ year-olds according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Seniors are also considered higher risk even though they have plenty of experience behind the wheel. Depending on age, the National Institute of Aging reports that seniors may experience slower reaction times and reflexes, poorer vision, decreased hearing, cognitive decline, and decreased motor skills. Medications can also play a role, although this can be a negative influence at any age. 

It’s worth noting that there are very few states where your age will not directly affect what you will pay including California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts. These states do not permit insurance companies to factor in a driver’s age in their rates.

Average Annual Miles per Driver by Age 

Average Annual Miles per Driver by Age 

            Source: Federal Highway Administration

Gender: Not all states allow gender to be used in calculating insurance costs. California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania ban the use of gender to determine coverage rates in their states. But in other states, teenage males may find themselves paying the highest rates but eventually pay less than women drivers at around age 45. 

Looking at the overall picture, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that men are responsible for 6.1 million crashes annually versus women at 4.4 million per year. Their study shows, “The fatality rate per 100,000 population was lower for females than for males in 2019…” 

To help explain some of the differences, Insurance Institute for Highway’s article, Fatality Facts Males and Females 2019 states that males have been shown to drive more miles and are more likely to participate in riskier behavior (drinking while driving, speeding, etc.).

Credit History: Bottom line, according to insurers, is that a driver with a low credit score is more likely to make a claim. As a result, this makes them a higher risk and can increase costs. This is true in most states, but not all. California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts do not allow insurers to use credit ratings to determine premiums.

Marital Status: Being married typically means reduced auto insurance rates. According to, a married person is less likely to be in an accident than a single person. When determining rates, however, the driving records of both partners will be considered and reflected in your premium.

Some states do not allow insurers to factor in marital status including Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Once you become single (lose your spouse or get divorced), you will move into the single status category and your rates may then increase.

Driving/Car-Related Factors

Driving Record: If you have a clean driving record, you will pay less in premiums than a driver with a poor driving history. In addition, the number of years you’ve been driving also helps reduce rates. But eventually, the rates can creep back up for seniors as they get older.

High-Risk Violations: Car crashes and ticket violations can increase your insurance rates. The more severe the violation the more your cost for coverage will likely increase. Being a repeat offender and getting multiple violations can also peg you as a high-risk driver. Some insurance carriers consider these violations in determining your insurance costs for three years or more. 

Annual Mileage: The more miles you drive the greater the risk you pose, which then equates to higher premiums. So, if you are still commuting daily to work, you could pay more. The opposite also holds true. If you are retired, for example, and you find yourself driving less, it’s a good idea to let your insurer know as you may benefit from reduced premiums. 

Vehicle Make/Model: Insurers will also look at your vehicle’s value, type (truck, car, SUV, etc.), and popularity with thieves as a factor in figuring your insurance costs. Full-size Ford trucks and Honda Accords, for example, are a favorite target for theft. Safety features are also considered, so hanging on to that older car lacking these features could possibly cost you more in insurance. The amount your vehicle will cost to repair if involved in an accident is yet another consideration. 

Insurance and Claims History:  Maintaining insurance on your vehicle and not having a lapse of coverage can help keep your premiums in check. If you have not made any claims in the last few years, you could benefit from a discount. If, on the other hand, you’ve been involved in accidents over the past several years, higher premiums may be the result. The higher rates reflect that insurance companies see you as a bigger risk when driving.

How seniors (and others) can save on car insurance with discounts

Nobody wants to pay more in auto insurance if they don’t have to and seniors are no exception. Just because you age doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to save on your premiums. Here are some things seniors and others can do to grab discounts.

  • Good Driving Record: Good drivers with clean records are considered a lower risk and will be rewarded with discounts. 
  • Driving Course: Consider taking a defensive driver course as some insurers will give you a Defensive Driving Course discount. 
  • Safer Car: Safety features like collision alarms on newer vehicles can help keep you safe and provide discounts on your insurance at the same time
  • Reduced Driving: You’re less of a risk if you spend less time on the road. That’s why some insurance carriers offer discounts for low mileage (less than average yearly miles 10,000-12,000).
  • Raise Deductible: Raising your deductible to a higher amount will also get you a discount but if you get into an accident, you will have to pay more out of pocket to cover damages.
  • Lower Coverage: You might consider cutting back to comprehensive-only if you will not be driving for a period of time (going on a long trip, extended hospital stay, etc.). You can also save money if your older vehicle is paid off by canceling the comp and collision part of your policy. Drop extras like roadside assistance and rental cars for potential discounts.
  • Combine House and Auto: Insuring your vehicle and house together with the same insurer could provide you with savings. 
  • Monitoring Device: Another way to save is agreeing to drive with a monitoring device on your vehicle that tracks your driving behavior. If you are a safe driver, you can save on your auto premiums.

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