Auto insurance

Florida ranks 2nd for car insurance costs

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Drivers in Florida spend more of their wages on car insurance than almost anyone else in the United States

That’s according to a new report from Bankrate.com that says Sunshine State drivers spend 4.42% of their annual income on auto insurance.

The only state that spends a higher share of its money on vehicle insurance is Louisiana at 5.26%.

The report cites the propensity for hurricanes and flooding in these states, which can drive up costs.

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A new study from Bankrate.com indicates that Florida drivers pay some of the highest car insurance premiums in the country.

The True Cost of Auto Insurance study indicates that, on average, drivers nationwide spend $1,771 per year on comprehensive auto insurance, or 2.57% of their annual income.

However, Florida drivers exceed that amount, spending an average of $2,762 per year for comprehensive coverage.

Relative to their salary, drivers in Florida’s largest metropolitan areas pay some of the highest car insurance costs in the country.

Among metropolitan areas in the United States, drivers in Tampa and Miami spend the highest percentage of their income on car insurance, costing them 4.49% and 5.58% of their annual income, according to the ‘study.

Orlando also ranked low at 3.74%, just ahead of Detroit Pilots at 4.38%.

Hawaii and Maine are ranked as the states with the least expensive insurance relative to a resident’s income.

Bankrate data showed drivers in the state of Aloha pay an average of $1,206 per year, or just 1.41% of their earnings, while drivers in Maine pay $876 per year, or 1. 44% of their income.

Robert Norberg, President of Arden Insurance Associates

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Robert Norberg explains how drivers can reduce the cost of their car insurance premiums.

The study used quoted rates for 40-year-old drivers with a clean driving record, good credit in all zip codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The data was compiled with the following total coverage limits:

  • Civil liability of $100,000 in bodily injury per person
  • Civil liability of $300,000 per accident
  • Civil liability of $50,000 in property damage per accident
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
  • $500 collision deductible
  • $500 aggregate deductible

The rates were calculated based on the profile of a driver who owns a 2020 Toyota Camry, commutes five days a week, and drives 12,000 miles a year.

Robert Norberg, president of Arden Insurance Associates, said what sets Florida apart from other states is the growing number of accident claims and litigation.

“Carriers still face a lot more lawsuits,” Norberg said. “We have tons and tons of more people coming into the state – obviously – so there will be more accidents, more people getting insurance.”

Katelyn Haire, driver who lives in The Acreage

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Katelyn Haire talks about the possibility of her car insurance rate going up with having a teenage daughter.

Katelyn Haire lives in The Acreage and said her car insurance premium hasn’t gone up, but with a teenage driver on the policy she wouldn’t be surprised.

“I don’t know where we would save money honestly,” Haire said.

Norberg advises drivers to check with their carrier for owner and bundle discounts.

If you’re open to it, many insurance companies offer discounts if you allow them to track your driving habits, so if you’re working from home now and driving less, that could mean big savings.

Currently, the minimum state auto insurance standards are $10,000 for property damage for other drivers and $10,000 for personal injury coverage for yourself.

Insurance agents advise against getting the minimum requirements and say it can cost you more in the long run if you get into a wreck.

Experts also recommend researching better rates and considering using an agent.