Affordable Car Insurance in Pennsylvania
You’re a smart, savvy shopper. We get that. You don’t visit the airport when you need to book a trip, you use TripAdvisor.com or Expedia.com. Car insurance is no different. We’ll help you quickly figure out who offers the best car insurance in Pennsylvania for your smart, savvy self.
We are carrier-neutral because our customer is you. Have no fear of the unknown after reviewing the data points provided here, especially when purchasing car insurance for the first time. You will be armed and prosperous! And then you can get on with your life.
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 Pennsylvania. USAA came in with the lowest rate currently available in Pennsylvania at $91.59 per month. Followed by Penn National at $116.10 per month and Erie at $116.31 per month.
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 Pennsylvania. According to our data, Johnstown comes in at the cheapest at only $67.87 per month. Other cities that made the top 10 list include Altoona at $84.07 per month, York at $90.33 per month, and Harrisburg at $91.27 per month.
|Rank||City||Avg monthly rate|
| 1 ||Johnstown, PA||$67.87 / month|
| 2 ||Altoona, PA||$84.07 / month|
| 3 ||York, PA||$90.33 / month|
| 4 ||Harrisburg, PA||$91.27 / month|
| 5 ||Scranton, PA||$91.46 / month|
| 6 ||Allentown, PA||$91.85 / month|
| 7 ||Lancaster, PA||$91.87 / month|
| 8 ||Pottstown, PA||$92.32 / month|
| 9 ||Lebanon, PA||$93.70 / month|
| 10 ||Erie, PA||$95.08 / month|
These top 10 cities ranked as the most expensive places in Pennsylvania 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. Philadelphia is the most expensive city in Pennsylvania at $164.02 per month. Second and third place goes to Chester at $145.76 per month and Upper Darby at $145.45 per month.
|Rank||City||Avg monthly rate|
| 1 ||Philadelphia, PA|| $164.02 / month |
| 2 ||Chester, PA|| $145.76 / month |
| 3 ||Upper Darby, PA|| $145.45 / month |
| 4 ||Bensalem, PA|| $113.88 / month |
| 5 ||Levittown, PA|| $112.68 / month |
| 6 ||East Stroudsburg, PA|| $110.76 / month |
| 7 ||Norristown, PA|| $107.91 / month |
| 8 ||Bethlehem, PA|| $103.02 / month |
| 9 ||Reading, PA|| $99.64 / month |
| 10 ||Easton, PA|| $99.33 / month |
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 Pennsylvania.
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 Pennsylvania.
| General ||$141||2017 Chevrolet TRAX LT |
| Metlife ||$123||2016 Mazda 6 |
| Mercury ||$125||2009 Buick Lucerne |
| Safeco ||$94||2008 Toyota Camry |
| Infinity ||$141||1997 Chevrolet Gmt 400 |
| Metlife ||$48||1999 Chevrolet Blazer |
| Dairyland ||$186||2020 Mazda 3 |
| Infinity ||$137||2017 Nissan Rogue |
| Mercury ||$135||2016 Ford Fusion |
| Liberty Mutual ||$58||2012 Kia Soul |
| Infinity ||$73||2007 Honda Cr V |
| Dairyland ||$58||2012 Kia Soul |
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.
Every state requires drivers to have a minimum amount of liability coverage. Pennsylvania drivers are required to carry liability insurance to pay for damages and injuries inflicted on someone else in an auto accident.
Max. payment for a single person that you injure in an auto accident.
Max. payment for all injuries that you cause in an accident when more than one person is hurt.
Max. payment for damaged property in an accident caused by you
You like to keep it simple, and so do we! Just don’t go too minimalist and skip the auto insurance altogether (see our FAQ for more information). In Pennsylvania, you are legally required to obtain both liability insurance and personal injury protection.* This is for your protection if you are deemed “at fault” in an accident that causes injury and lost wages to another driver or passenger in another vehicle. Liability coverage pays up to the amounts listed below. It also pays for damages to the other driver’s vehicle. Trust us, you’d want this coverage even if it wasn’t legally required!
Since Pennsylvania is a “no-fault” state, drivers are financially responsible for any accident they case. You can also be sued by the other driver if found at fault. Consider this: $5,000 is the maximum payment for property damage but you collide with a $25,000 vehicle. If you are found at fault, you are on the hook for any damages beyond $5,000. Between this and the high cost of medical care, we recommend you carry more than the minimum required coverage!
While not legally required, drivers can also elect to carry full coverage insurance. For more information, read the SmartFinancial blog 10 Things to Consider when Shopping for a New Auto Insurance Policy.
- Rental Car Reimbursement
- Roadside Assistance/Towing
- Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury
- Uninsured Motorist Property Damage
* The Pennsylvania Assigned High-Risk Plan was designed for those high-risk drivers to be able to obtain car insurance and requires that all Pennsylvania car insurance companies are required to accept applicants through the plan. To find out if you are eligible, visit www.aipso.com or call 800-477-6146.
- Don’t drink or drug and drive
- Don’t cell phone and drive
- Don’t anything-that-might-cause-distracted-driving and drive
Driving in Pennsylvania with a blood alcohol content (including that from medications) at or below the set limits WILL put you at risk of being arrested for driving under the influence. The consequences are real, and they are as harsh as you would suspect. Visit our FAQ to learn the limits and possible consequences of a DUI conviction or refusal to submit a chemical test.
Texting and driving in Pennsylvania (read the latest update to your state’s law here) can also have extreme consequences. Watch this video with your family to understand that what we often think is just a safe, quick glance could mean permanent damage, our own death or even homicide. The fact is, a one-second glance away from the road is what the Journal of Adolescent Health has deemed safe, but the average text message takes five seconds. You wouldn’t drink and drive, so don’t text and drive either.
While it might seem like all of these driving laws go without saying, the statistics tell us otherwise. SmartFinancial encourages you to avoid all non-driving activities while driving. The more serious offenses could fall under Pennsylvania’s Three Strikes Law (see our FAQ for more information). Keep yourself, your passengers and other drivers safe by limiting your road activities strictly to driving while driving.
Pennsylvania law specifies that children under 2 years of age must be properly restrained in a rear-facing car seat until they surpass their weight and height limit. From then up to 4 years old, children have to be in an appropriate front-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing this safety seat, children from 4 to 8 are required to use a booster seat. From then on, they must use the vehicle’s factory-installed seat belts.
Kids are always safest in the back seat of a vehicle. They’re better insulated in various types of accidents, and they’re also not at risk of being harmed by airbag deployment. Find lots more child passenger safety advice and information on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website.
Pennsylvania law states that no caregiver shall leave a child under 6 years of age unsupervised in a vehicle if that child’s health, safety, or welfare may be endangered.
There are a variety of risks that parents and other caregivers should be aware of when it comes to leaving a kid alone in a vehicle. For example, young children can get hurt while playing around, and they’re also more vulnerable to kidnapping and violence by a passing stranger. If the keys are left in the car, a curious child can set it into motion, possibly causing damage or injuries. Also, interior temperatures can quickly reach dangerous extremes, and this can lead to permanent injury or even death. This is a very real concern for pets as well as for children.
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With more than 250,199 miles of scenic road to cover, there is a large amount of driving being done in Pennsylvania. Here’s how you can do your part to “drive green.”
Get your emissions checked every year in these counties before or with the annual safety inspection.
Check out this extensive list of incentives for driving clean air cars in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to ask your selected insurance company if they offer any green car discounts.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts (and nationwide efforts) to promote hybrid and electric vehicles, visit www.ncsl.org.
Yes and, unfortunately, car insurance companies in your state do not have to reveal to you how they are going about setting your rate. Here are a few life events and other things you can do to keep your rate down.
It is always best to ask your selected car insurance company about good-driver and other discounts to obtain cheap auto insurance in Pennsylvania! Possible discounts include:
- Good student
- Safety features
- Students with good grades
- Good driver
Yes! Getting pulled over in Pennsylvania is slightly less panicky since you don’t have to locate the hard copy of your insurance card for the officer. BUT, be mindful of unlocking your phone to access your digital insurance card before the officer has determined whether you were cell-phoning and driving!
Uninsured motorist coverage protects you from damage caused by other drivers without insurance and hit-and-runs. It is an optional coverage in Pennsylvania!
Since liability insurance is a minimum requirement in your state (and most others), there are penalties for being caught driving without it. The fines are as high as $300 and you risk registration suspension, license suspension, and an impounded car. Don’t take the chance!
It is illegal for an individual to operate a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania with the following BAC percentages:
.08%+ @ 21 years old or older
.04%+ for commercial vehicle drivers
.01%+ @ < 21 years old
According to Pennsylvania’s implied consent law, you agree to chemical testing upon receiving your driver’s license if asked. Refusal of chemical testing indicates guilt and you will receive the highest range of DUI penalties. Your license will be immediately suspended for 12 months upon refusal.
If convicted of a DUI, say goodbye to being financially savvy, and quite possibly, to your freedom. If arrested, you’ll face varying degrees of jail time, fines, driver’s license suspensions, community service, DUI school, and reinstatement requirements. The financial obligations extend beyond the DUI ticket to court costs, attorney fees, higher insurance rates, SR-22 filing and the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) to serve as a breathalyzer test each time you start your vehicle.
According to 42 Pa C.S. §9714, a third strike offender faces a minimum of 25 years imprisonment, and a possibility of life without parole. We know you’ll concur, there is no text message, sandwich or other distraction worth the life of another person, and your own freedom.
Uninsured motorist coverage protects you from damage caused by other drivers without insurance and hit-and-runs. It is an optional coverage!