How Much Is Maine Car Insurance?

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Affordable Car Insurance in Maine

America’s easternmost and 41st most populous state is a land of stunning natural beauty, known for its dense forests, low mountains, awe-inspiring coastlines—and its lobster, clams, and other seafood! Maine also has the excellent distinction of the lowest average car insurance rates in the entire U.S.!

Of course, to take full advantage and find below-average rates, you need to be a diligent comparison shopper. That’s where SmartFinancial comes in. We ask you a few questions and use the information to hone in on coverage that’s just right for you, letting you compare auto insurance quotes from lots of leading carriers. Our results aren’t biased toward any particular car insurance companies, so you get to take an objective look at the offers available to you.

Cheapest Auto Insurance Rates in Maine

Carriers look at multiple variables when determining your insurance rate. Your age, location, driving history, and state requirements are all factors in determining the price you pay. We used our in-house reporting to determine the companies that offer the cheapest car insurance rates in Maine. USAA came in with the lowest rate currently available in Maine at $62.50 per month. Followed by Liberty Mutual at $69.97 per month and Concord Group at $79.08 per month.

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RankCompanyAvg monthly rate
1 USAA $62.50 / month
2 Liberty Mutual $69.97 / month
3 Concord Group $79.08 / month
4 Travelers $87.83 / month
5 State Farm $98.75 / month
6 Countryway Insurance $102.58 / month
7 Metropolitan $111.17 / month
8 MMG Insurance Company $128.67 / month
9 Bristol West $130.00 / month
10 Allstate $150.67 / month
11 Patriot Group $163.00 / month
12 Vermont Mutual $192.42 / month
13 Electric $263.50 / month
14 Hanover $349.00 / month

Top 10 Cheapest Cities for Car Insurance

If you are lucky enough to live in one of these cities you are likely paying some of the lowest car insurance rates available in Maine. According to our data, Rumford comes in at the cheapest at only $71.16 per month. Other cities that made the top 10 list include Brunswick at $71.78 per month, Caribou at $72.24 per month, and Presque Isle at $75.73 per month.

RankCityAvg monthly rate
1 Rumford, ME$71.16 / month
2 Brunswick, ME$71.78 / month
3 Caribou, ME$72.24 / month
4 Presque Isle, ME$75.73 / month
5 Bangor, ME$75.86 / month
6 Augusta, ME$80.46 / month
7 Skowhegan, ME$80.49 / month
8 Saco, ME$81.99 / month
9 Ellsworth, ME$82.48 / month
10 Scarborough, ME$84.26 / month

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities for Car Insurance

These top 10 cities ranked as the most expensive places in Maine for car insurance. Location is a big factor when determining the price you pay for car insurance and these cities came in at the top. South Portland is the most expensive city in Maine at $100.34 per month. Second and third place goes to Lewiston at $93.54 per month and Portland at $91.98 per month.

RankCityAvg monthly rate
1 South Portland , ME $100.34 / month
2 Lewiston , ME $93.54 / month
3 Portland , ME $91.98 / month
4 Windham , ME $91.13 / month
5 Auburn , ME $90.92 / month
6 Biddeford , ME $89.50 / month
7 Westbrook , ME $89.05 / month
8 Waterville , ME $87.35 / month
9 Sanford , ME $87.01 / month
10 Scarborough , ME $84.26 / month

Average Quotes by Top Companies

Rates can vary wildly from company to company. Here is a quick look at a few rates from some of the top car insurance companies in Maine.

Compare Recent Car Insurance Quotes in Maine

SmartFinancial helps thousands of drivers every day find and compare the best car insurance rates available. Here is a list of some recent quotes that we recently found for drivers in Maine.

CompanyMonthly rateVehicle
Foremost Auto $402001 Pontiac Montana
Dairyland $352001 Pontiac Montana
Foremost Auto $502001 Pontiac Montana
Mercury $352001 Pontiac Montana
21st Century $582008 Gmc Sierra
21st Century $692008 Gmc Sierra
Dairyland $582008 Gmc Sierra
Safe Auto $622008 Gmc Sierra
Mercury $472002 Ford Mustang
Liberty Mutual $332002 Ford Mustang
ClearCover $332002 Ford Mustang
Mercury $382002 Ford Mustang


The statistics listed on this page are from our own in house reporting. We track and record quotes that carriers have provided based on various criteria. The rates and averages shown on this page should only be used as an estimate.

Minimum Car Insurance Coverage in Maine

Maine requires that you carry at least $50,000 bodily injury coverage per person, $100,000 bodily injury coverage per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability per accident. In addition to these coverages, residents must also carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in the amounts of $50,000 bodily injury per person and $100,000 bodily injury per accident. And that’s not all; the state also mandates $2,000 medical coverage per person, which pays for injuries suffered by the driver or a passenger, regardless of fault.

All in all, it’s a lot of coverage considering Maine has the lowest average rates in the country.

Maine, like most states, is what’s known as a “fault” or “at-fault” state. This means fault is assigned in traffic accidents, and those involved typically have three courses of action: filing a claim through their own insurance carrier, filing a claim through the other party’s insurance company, or filing a personal injury lawsuit.


Bodily injury coverage per person

Maximum payment for serious or permanent injury or death to a single person


Bodily injury coverage per accident

Maximum payment for serious or permanent injury or death to multiple people


Property damage per accident

Maximum payment for all damaged property in an accident caused by you

While Maine’s minimum required coverage can save you from serious expenses after an accident, it doesn’t foot the bill for a variety of costs in different situations. Carriers also sell all sorts of optional coverages to provide peace of mind and financial security for these circumstances. We’ve listed some common add-ons below. Take a look and talk to your representative about which would make sense for your vehicle and lifestyle. It’s a smart way to protect yourself over the long run.

Optional Coverage in Maine

  • Collision
  • Comprehensive
  • Medical Payments
  • Gap Coverage
  • New Car Replacement
  • Accident Forgiveness
  • Towing and Labor
  • Custom Equipment
  • Loss of Use
  • Travel Expenses
  • Rental Car

Lenders who provide vehicle financing usually require certain optional coverages—most often collision and comprehensive. Make sure you take this into consideration when pricing policies and planning your monthly budget.

Maine Car Safety

Auto insurance isn’t optional. That’s just the way it has to be to financially protect drivers from each other. Every motorist needs the ability to be fiscally responsible for injuries or damage they cause in an accident. Your coverage protects you from potentially exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, and it helps do the same for those you share the road with. Car insurance is really an investment in financial health.

Underscoring the need for car insurance is the fact that the road can be a dangerous place. We don’t mean to sound all doom-and-gloom, but it’s a reality. No matter how safely and defensively you drive, you’re never in control of all the variables. Distracted, drunk, and aggressive drivers are real threats. So too are poor road conditions, inclement weather, wildlife on the roads (Maine even has “Moose” as a data-tracked crash type), and other potential hazards.

According to the Maine Transportation Safety Coalition, there’s a reportable crash in Maine once every 17 minutes on average. That includes a crash causing property damage every 24 minutes, one causing at least one personal injury every 56 minutes, and one causing a fatality every 60 hours.

Car Safety for Maine Kids

Maine has comprehensive child passenger safety laws. Children who weigh less than 40 pounds must be in an infant, convertible, or combination car seat. Until 1 year of age and 20 pounds, they must be in a rear-facing car seat; it’s recommended that you keep them in this position even past these milestones until they reach the manufacturer’s stated size limit; at this point, they should change to an appropriate forward-facing car seat with a safety harness.

Kids who weigh between 40 and 80 pounds are required to be properly secured in a federally approved car or booster seat that is designed for their height and weight. Somewhere in this range, typically between ages 4 and 7, children outgrow car seats and switch to booster seats. Pay attention to the height and weight limits of the child safety seats you use.

Use a booster seat until a child can be properly secured by the vehicle’s built-in restraint system. This is usually between the ages of 8 and 12, at a minimum height of 4′ 9” tall. A child’s knees should bend over the front of the seat while sitting up straight against the seatback; the shoulder belt should snugly across the shoulder and chest—not the neck or face—and the lap belt should be over the upper thighs.

There are a number of risks involved in leaving a child unattended in a car, truck, or SUV. Obviously, they can injure themselves while playing around, and they could be targeted by a passer-by who sees opportunity. Also, a vehicle’s interior can get dangerously hot when it’s in direct sunlight or on a warm day. This presents the dangers of heatstroke, brain damage, and death (to pets as well as young kids).

Maine currently has no laws specifically related to leaving children unsupervised in vehicles. However, if you do so and something happens to a kid in your charge, you may be prosecuted under Maine’s child abuse or neglect laws and/or Maine’s child endangerment laws.


Number of traffic crash fatalities in 2015


Number of motorcyclist fatalities in 2015


Number of DUI-related deaths in 2015

Driving Green in Maine

For a state so full of natural beauty and nature lovers, Maine unfortunately provides little in the way of green driving incentives as compared to many other states. However, eco-friendly drivers may still find opportunities to save some money, particularly with their car insurance carrier or the IRS.


Auto Insurance Discounts for Green Drivers

Plenty of car insurance providers in Maine will cut you a break on your premium if you drive an economy-size vehicle, a hybrid, or a vehicle powered by an alternative fuel like electricity, compressed or liquefied natural gas, or others. Keeping your annual mileage down may qualify you for a discount, too.


Federal Tax Credits for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Maine doesn’t offer the same green vehicle tax breaks that lots of other states do, but you might be eligible for a tax credit from the federal government. Motorists who recently bought a plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle may get a tax credit from the IRS of up to $7,500; the amount is calculated according to the vehicle’s battery capacity. Learn more and see how much of a tax credit you may qualify for at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy website.


What About Green Vehicle Emissions Test Exemptions?

Many states exempt certain alternative fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles from mandatory emissions tests at the time of registration and renewal. But Maine doesn’t have such requirements—unless you live in Cumberland County. If you’re a resident of this county, you only need to spend the time and money to have the enhanced vehicle inspection that includes emissions testing if you drive a gasoline-powered vehicle or a hybrid; if you have an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), you’re off the hook.

Maine Car Insurance FAQ

Is my credit score a factor when obtaining car insurance in Maine?

Your credit score does influence your premium, and even whether you’re offered coverage at all. Very few states prohibit carriers from using your credit report this way, and Maine isn’t one of them. Car insurance companies believe there’s an inverse relationship between lower scores and a higher probability of filing a claim, so there’s also an inverse relationship between lower scores and higher rates.

Does Maine offer a good-driver discount?

Good-driver discounts are a fairly standard practice among carriers in Maine (and most other states as well). If it’s been at least a couple of years since your last accident or moving violation, ask your provider if you qualify for this money-saving opportunity. And while you’re talking to them, you can also inquire about other potential discounts, such as:

  • Accident-Free
  • Claims-Free
  • Teen Driver
  • Multi-Car
  • Distant Student
  • Alternative Fuel
  • Homeowner
  • Defensive Driver
  • Good Student
  • Anti-Lock Brake
  • Anti-Theft Device
  • Multiple Line
  • Passive Restraint
  • Vehicle Safety

Does Maine allow the use of digital insurance cards?

Absolutely! While it’s still a good idea to keep a printed insurance card in your vehicle, just in case your smartphone’s dead when you get pulled over, electronic proof of coverage is a relatively new convenience that Maine residents can take advantage of. All you need is an official e-card from your carrier and a mobile device on which to show it.

What happens if my coverage lapses?

If you drive in Maine without active car insurance coverage, it’s going to cost you. Your fine will range from $100 to $500, plus your license will be temporarily suspended until you produce proof of coverage and shell out a little more for reinstatement fees—more than $130 when all’s said and done.

What are Maine's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentage limits under the state's driving under the influence (DUI) laws?

It’s against the law to drive in Maine at the following BAC percentages:

.08%+ at 21 years old or older
.04%+ for commercial vehicle drivers
.02%+ at under 21 years old

The State is harsh on underage drinkers who operate a motor vehicle. Under Maine’s OUI laws, if you’re under 21 and refuse a chemical test, your license is automatically suspended for 18 months. Also, if you have any measurable amount of alcohol in your system, you lose your license for 1 year. Plus, if you have a passenger in your vehicle who’s under the age of 21, the State tacks on an additional 180 days to this suspension.

What are the chemical test refusal penalties in Maine?

As is common across the nation, Maine has an “implied consent” law that says everyone with a driver’s license has, by default, consented to a breath, blood, or urine test at the request of a law enforcement officer who suspects them of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Refusal to take the test results in an immediate suspension of your driver’s license for at least 275 days and up to 6 years. On top of that, you can still be convicted of OUI with just the arresting officer’s testimony, no BAC reading required.

What are the consequences of being convicted of a DUI?

If you’re arrested for OUI in Maine based on the police report and BAC reading, your license is immediately suspended for at least 150 days. Any OUI conviction results in a criminal record, and you’ll face fines starting at $500. This is just for first-time offenders with no aggravating circumstances.

Examples of aggravating circumstances include having a BAC percentage of 0.15% or higher, driving 30 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, having a passenger under the age of 21 in the vehicle, causing an accident, and attempting to elude a police officer. Aggravating circumstances may increase your penalties, as do repeat offenses within a 10-year period. Subsequent offenses come with significantly longer license suspension, higher fees, and possible jail time.

Does Maine offer driver improvement courses to reduce my insurance premium?

Maine’s Driving Dynamics Course is a defensive driving class that earns you a 3-point credit on your driving record if you take it voluntarily. Also, many carriers in the state will give you a discount on your premium for successfully completing this course. Check with your representative to see if this option is available to you.

Is there any way I can reduce the cost of my Maine car insurance?

Motivated consumers in Maine should have no problem finding ways to save on their coverage. If you’ve read this page, you’ve picked up a number of discounts to look into. Maintaining a clean driving record and high credit score are helpful in this regard, too. Taking a bigger deductible will get you a lower premium, and paying upfront is cheaper than paying in monthly installments. Most important of all, though, is making sure you diligently compare quotes to find the best rate on your next policy.

What is uninsured motorist coverage and is it required in Maine?

Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is a consumer protection in case you’re in an accident caused by a driver who doesn’t have car insurance. Yes, it’s against the law, but yes, it happens. But, it’s worth noting that Maine boasts the second-lowest estimated uninsured motorist rate in the country (after only Massachusetts). Still, this type of coverage is required in the state in the minimum amounts of $50,000 bodily injury coverage per person and $100,000 bodily injury coverage per accident.

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