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Indiana’s Least Expensive Car Insurance & Minimum Requirements, plus Average Rate by City & Saving Strategies

If you are looking for a more cost-effective premium we have conducted a study of affordable carriers in Indiana.

Overall the cheapest are Erie, The Cincinnati, and GEICO.

Depending on your location and age they can offer quotes from 20% to 34% lower than the median rate for drivers of similar age and profile.

Other carriers you would want to put on your list to get quotes are Progressive, Auto-Owners, and Western Reserve.

All three can average from 16% to over 24% lower than the median rate for drivers.

In certain zip codes and age dependent, Indiana Farmers Mutual can offer than lowest rate. There are more details below.

In this article we are going to cover the minimum requirements in Indiana, cost savings strategies for the most savings, and the least expensive insurers by city.

If you would like to skip to a certain portion of the article we have provided a table of contents down a little and to the right.

Minimum Car Insurance Requirements in Indiana

CoverageIndiana Minimum Liability CoverageRecommended Coverage
Bodily Injury Protection$25,000 / $50,000$100,000 / $300,000
Property Damage$25,000$50,000
Uninsured Motorist Coverage Bodily Injury$25,000 / $50,000$100,000 / $300,000
Uninsured Motorist Property Damage*$25,000$50,000
Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury**$50,000$300,000
Comprehensive CoverageOptional$250 - $1,000 deductible
Collision CoverageOptional$250 - $1,000 deductible

*Uninsured Motorist coverage can be rejected in writing.

**Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury is minimum of $50,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. This coverage can be rejected in writing. Per IDOI.

Bodily Injury Liability

Bodily injury liability insurance covers hospital costs for wounded people in the other automobile.

Under a minimum policy the insurer will pay $25,000 for a single person with up to $50,000 if more than one individual is injured.

Cheapest insurer choices for 25 year old driver in IndianaNote: For a 25 year old driver the lowest price carriers are Erie, The Cincinnati, and GEICO, as illustrated. Well below the average rate for a typical driver with no more than one driving violation, and owns a 2013 Honda Accord. For more detailed comparison please see rate table below.

Property Damage Liability

In the event the other automobile is damaged or there’s damage to other property like buildings or stop signs, the minimum property damage liability cover will pay up to $15,000 to cover repairs costs.

Cheapest insurer choices for 30 year old driver in IndianaNote: The cheapest options for a 30 year old are Erie, The Cincinnati, and GEICO. About 23% lower than the average rate. More details in rate table below.

Additional Options to Forego Liability Coverage

Although this is the state minimum for car insurance, there is another option for the residents of Indiana.

You can place $40,000 in a trust or you place the funds on deposit with the Treasurer of the state.

Most drivers cannot afford to place that amount money on deposit and those which have the funds over ninety-nine percent of the time they get insurance from a reputable firm anyway.

Inexpensive auto premium options for 35 year old in IN.Note: For a 35 year old driver all insurers clustered between $1,003 and $1,065. Or about 27% lower than average rate in the state of Indiana.

Cheapest Auto Insurance Providers by Rate & Company

Below is a rate table of the least expensive carriers for drivers between the age of 25 to 55 years. Each drivers were queried driving a 2013 Honda Accord, good driving history, and decent credit.

Indiana CompanyAverage Rate 25 Y/O Driver30 Y/O Driver35 Y/O Driver40 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver55 Y/O Driver
Erie$1,523$1,211$1,003$743$678$590
The Cincinnati$1,548$1,231$1,004$745$680$597
GEICO$1,589$1,247$1,032$765$690$600
Progressive$1,608$1,265$1,042$787$699$603
Auto-Owners$1,642$1,278$1,065$791$700$609
Western Reserve$1,644$1,300$1,089$804$704$609
Utica National$1,646$1,306$1,099$816$712$612
State Farm$1,679$1,376$1,128$841$721$612
Nationwide$1,721$1,365$1,154$878$743$623
Westfield$1,754$1,387$1,157$900$744$641
Allied$1,766$1,379$1,159$905$768$657
Farmers$1,862$1,400$1,166$912$798$678
Allstate$1,865$1,421$1,180$932$787$680
Indiana Farmers Mutual$1,890$1,423$1,198$945$788$674
The Hartford$1,900$1,476$1,217$967$800$682
Safe Auto$1,952$1,512$1,231$968$804$689
Liberty Mutual$1,976$1,576$1,265$1,003$812$690
Amica$2,008$1,532$1,319$1,032$841$687
Hanover$2,054$1,548$1,309$1,087$844$689
21st Century$2,078$1,587$1,333$1,121$896$683

Inexpensive auto premium options for 40 year old in IN.Note: A 40 year old driver can find rates under the $800 range for full coverage. Erie and The Cincinnati offer the lowest quotes at $743 and $745 respectfully. GEICO is approximately 5% more at $765. While Progressive and Auto-Owners are 10% higher with quotes at $787 and $791 respectfully.

Comprehensive & Collision Coverage

Carrying the lowest coverage is an option, but it is recommend to look into comprehensive, collision, uninsured motorist protection, and Gap insurance if you have financed your vehicle.

Indiana has a higher than average stolen car rate, particularly in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend, and comprehensive coverage will suffice.

Inexpensive auto premium options for 45 year old in IN.Note: Each of the insurers clustered within $22 of each other for a 45 year old driver. Erie and The Cincinnati offer the lowest prices at $678 and $680 respectfully. GEICO, Progressive, and Auto-Owners are equally competitive with quotes less than 3% higher than their competitors.

However, if you are able to park your vehicle in a garage and a secured parking lot when at work you want to tell your agent your car is secured to lower the comprehensive insurance coverage.

If you are getting insurance for a motorcycle then you want to be sure to have “non-collision” coverage since the state is eighth in nation for stolen motorcycles.

Best car premium choices for 55 year old in IN.Note: For a 55 year old driver two insurers we queried fell under the $600 mark. Erie at $590 and The Cincinnati at $597. GEICO, Progressive, and Auto-Owners are competitive with quotes between $600 and $609.

Best Companies by Consumer Rating, Complaints, & Rate Change over 18 Months

Below is a table of each insurer with the average consumer rating, number of complaints, and the increase in rate over an 18 month period.

Indiana CompanyPremiumsRate Change < 18 Months# of ComplaintsConsumer Rating out of 5 Stars
Indiana Farm Bureau$14,653,717+1.8%44.0
State Farm$438,378,692+1.9%1124.4
Allied$63,303,269+1.9%114.2
Shelter$177,289,527+2.1%164.0
Wolverine Mutual$17,682,721+1.7%33.9
Travelers$89,455,011+1.9%214.3
Nationwide$109,133,146+2.3%294.3
USAA$178,161,099+1.9%434.5
American Family$376,677,786+1.6%1974.6
Hartford$64,703,294+1.7%344.3
Auto-Owners$89,503,458+2.0%104.3
Allstate$99,493,185+1.9%544.0
Kemper Specialty$15,204,961+1.9%263.7
The Cincinnati$67,164,693+1.5%93.8
Safeco$130,051,091+1.7%543.9
Pekin$43,175,896+2.3%513.8
Farmers$164,521,515+2.0%1244.4
Liberty Mutual$49,315,179+1.6%334.3
AAA$109,793,682+1.9%1083.9
Indiana Farmers Mutual$21,026,448+1.8%133.8
Progressive$276,267,646+1.5%1854.3
21st Century$15,048,870+1.6%154.3
Western Reserve$38,924,474+1.9%194.1
GEICO$290,691,590+1.9%1444.4
State Auto$17,374,813+1.6%184.2
Esurance$28,876,150+2.4%254.1

Uninsured Motorist Protection

Since the uninsured motorist rate is high, whether you live in Clarksville or Greenwood, you may want to consider this type of coverage.

UM will help protect you when involved in an accident with a driver with little to no insurance to cover the repair bills and damages.

If your vehicle is no more than five years old or is worth thousands of dollars you want to talk to an agent after using our comparison tool.

It never hurts to ask about optional insurance to be sure your vehicle is fully protected.

From Auburn, Griffith, or Zionsville you are able to compare low quotes from reputable insurers in your area.

Average Rate by City in Indiana

Below is a list of 30 fairly populated cities across Indiana and the average premium rate.

Location is a primary factor when insurers determine your rate.

This is a reason you can have a lower or higher premium when you move from one city with the same vehicle you see an increase in your premium.

The average yearly premium price is from $1,505 to $1,987. Compared to other states Indiana is more expensive.

If you reside in one of the cites below and your premium is significantly higher you are either a young driver, have traffic violations, or poor credit. There are a number of other factors.

You would want to contact your insurer to find why you have a high premium.

If you would like a detailed comparison of more populated cities please read further below.

CityAverage RatePopulationCityAverage RatePopulationCityAverage RatePopulation
Anderson$1,50555,130Hammond$1,76977,134Noblesville$1,83960,183
Bloomington$1,59084,465Highland$1,98722,737Portage$1,63636,505
Carmel$1,58791,065Jeffersonville$1,84347,124Richmond$1,91135,664
Columbus$1,62346,850Kentland$1,9121,683Seymour$1,90719,384
Elkhart$1,68752,221Lafayette$1,58771,782Shelbyville$1,63919,048
Elwood$1,8548,416La Porte$1,76921,732Speedway$1,93212,102
Farmersburg$1,6211,088Lafayette$1,64971,782Terre Haute$1,84160,852
Frankfort$1,74315,951Mishawaka$1,65848,679Vincennes$1,83517,924
Franklin$1,97624,867Muncie$1,73769,010Westfield$1,84737,221
Goshen$1,81233,034Munster$1,75122,825Yorktown$1,62111,210

Indianapolis, IN

Cheapest car premium options in Indianapolis, IN.The average car insurance rate in Indianapolis is a whopping $1,987 per year.

To find lower rates we recommend getting quotes from Erie at $1,132, GEICO at $1,143, and The Cincinnati at $1,167 for a 30 year old driver.

Each are approximately 40% lower than the citywide average.

Progressive and Western Reserve are worth getting quotes from since they are about $100 more expensive than our top three picks.

For a 45 year old driver we found Erie and GEICO under the $700 mark. Each at $644 and $676 respectfully.

Over a $1,000 in savings when compared to the “mean” rate in the city. All insurers for a 45 year old in the table are at least 25% lower than comparable companies in the region.

A family should get quotes from all insurers illustrated since more expensive companies tend to lower their rate for married couples.

Indianapolis Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Erie$1,132$644
GEICO$1,143$676
The Cincinnati$1,167$700
Progressive$1,188$734
Western Reserve$1,208$776
Auto-Owners$1,232$844
Utica National$1,287$879

Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana and the state capital. It was incorporated as a city in 1832. 

Today, Indianapolis is the twelfth-largest city in the United States, with a steadily-growing population and a strong, diverse economy supported by manufacturing, agriculture and the service industries. 

Cultural attractions in Indianapolis are plentiful. Some of the finest art and artifact collections in the country can be seen at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. 

Other notable cultural features include, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Repertory Theater and Indianapolis Civic Theater. 

Indianapolis has been ranked by numerous magazines as being among the cleanest, safest, and most affordable.

Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Wayne, IN lowest auto premium options for driversGetting a cheaper auto premium in Fort Wayne is easy if you know where to get quotes from.

We suggest Erie, Western Reserve, and GEICO.

Each queried at $1,008, $1,021, and $1,056 respectfully for a 30 year old driver.

Which is 35% cheaper than the average rate of $1,743. The Cincinnati and Progressive are about $100 higher at $1,098 (The Cincinnati) and $1,107 (Progressive).

It would be smart for a 30 year to get quotes from all insurers illustrated for maximum savings.

For a 45 year old driver we found quotes less than $700 with three insurance companies.

Erie at $655, Western Reserve at $676, and GEICO at $690 which is 50% more than the “mean” citywide rate.

Out of the 7 companies we queried the most expensive was Utica National at $1,167 for a 30 year old and $864 for a 45 year old driver.

Still fairly inexpensive compared to the average rate of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Erie$1,008$655
Western Reserve$1,021$676
GEICO$1,056$690
The Cincinnati$1,098$704
Progressive$1,107$765
Auto-Owners$1,154$806
Utica National$1,167$864

Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana with nearly 300,000 residents. 

The downtown area is known for its quality art exhibits, awesome museums, and quaint dining. 

There is plenty of outdoor beauty to be enjoyed such as Fox Island and Headwaters Park. 

Fox Island has hiking trails, picnic areas, beaches, and fishing which attracts numerous outdoor enthusiasts. 

Headwaters Park holds festivals and concerts attracting hundreds throughout the year.

Fort Wayne has billed itself as “The City of Restaurants,” and the 600 eating and drinking establishments in and around the city bolster that claim.

Other residents have billed it “the city of churches” with nearly 400 churches within city limits.

It is known as having the first baseball game played in 1871 and some report the birth of the “NBA” was in Fort Wayne.

Evansville, IN

Evansville, IN affordable premium choices for drivers.To get cheaper auto insurance we recommend getting quotes from Erie, The Cincinnati, and Western Reserve.

Each queried at $1,010, $1,027, and $1,087 respectfully for a 30 year old driver.

Which is over 30% cheaper than the average rate of $1,854 per year for full coverage.

GEICO and Progressive are 25% lower than the citywide “mean” rate at $1,100 and $1,143 respectfully for the same 30 year old.

For a 45 year old driver we found quotes clustering between $812 and $987.

Erie, The Cincinnati, and Western Reserve being the lowest at $812, $823, and $856 respectfully for a 45 year old.

Out of the 7 insurance firms we queried the most expensive is Indiana Farmers Mutual at $1,189 for a 30 year old and $987 for a 45 year old.

Still hundreds in savings compared to other insurers in the region.

Evansville Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Erie$1,010$812
The Cincinnati$1,027$823
Western Reserve$1,087$856
GEICO$1,100$906
Progressive$1,143$923
Auto-Owners$1,176$956
Indiana Farmers Mutual$1,189$987

Evansville is the 3rd largest city in the state with 120,000 residents. It became a city in 1847.

Today, it is a major industrial center and has transformed itself into a regional commercial and medical hub.

The city’s economy received a major boost with the opening of Casino Aztar, the first riverboat casino in the state of Indiana. 

Evansville is home to a number of significant cultural, historic, and artistic sites.

The Evansville Museum of Arts houses a large permanent art collection with paintings, sculptures, and exhibits some dating to the 16th century.

The Angel Mounds State Historic Site comprises one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the country.

The African American Museum, one of the city’s newest attractions, chronicles the struggles and celebrates the successes of the city’s African American community throughout the past 70 years.

Evansville is known for a great economy, family friendly, and moderate cost of living.

South Bend, IN

South Bend, IN lowest premium options for drivers.Drivers can find inexpensive coverage by getting quotes from Erie, The Cincinnati, and Western Reserve.

Each queried at $965, $978, and $979 respectfully for a 30 year old driver.

More than 50% lower than the high-average rate of $1,932 per year for full coverage.

GEICO and Indiana Farmers Mutual are over 40% lower at $1,054 and $1,090 respectfully.

For a 45 year old driver we found 2 insurers clustering under $800 per year.

Erie at $746 and The Cincinnati at $789 for full coverage.

Western Reserve and GEICO are more than 40% lower than the “mean” rate for a 45 year old at $823 and $865 respectfully.

Out of the 7 insurers queried the most expensive was Auto-Owners at $1,121 for a 30 year old and $932 for a 45 year old driver.

South Bend Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Erie$965$746
The Cincinnati$978$789
Western Reserve$989$823
GEICO$1,054$865
Indiana Farmers Mutual$1,090$890
Progressive$1,100$902
Auto-Owners$1,121$932

South Bend, Indiana is the 5th largest city in the state with over 100,000 residents. Famously home to the University of Notre Dame. 

Incorporated as a city in 1865, the city has a highly industrialized economy which emanated from the pioneering companies founded there in the 19th century, most notably the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company.

The world’s largest producer of wagons in the 19th century, the Studebaker Company was one of a handful of wagon making companies to successfully transition their operations from the building of wagons to the building of automobiles.

The impact on South Bend’s industry was enormous.

Other notable companies include the Oliver Corporation, the Birdsell Manufacturing Company, the Bendix Corporation, Honeywell, the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and the South Bend Toy Company.

Any history/automobile buff would be in awe at the Studebaker National Museum.

Gary, IN

Gary, IN best premium options for drivers to save.Gary has higher than average insurance premiums with a “mean” rate of $1,976 per year.

To find lower rates we suggest getting quotes from Erie, The Cincinnati, and Western Reserve.

Each queried at $1,234, $1,245, and $1,265 for a 30 year old driver.

About 34% lower than the citywide average rate.

GEICO and Indiana Farmers Mutual are about $100 and $150 higher than our top three choices, but would be worth seeing what quote they would offer for you.

For a 45 year old we found one insurer less than $1,000 per year – Erie at $978.

The Cincinnati, Western Reserve, and GEICO are within $100 of the cheapest insurer we queried.

All four insurers are over 23% lower than the “mean” rate in Gary.

The most expensive – Auto-Owners is 18% lower than the “mean” rate at $1,487 for a 30 year old and $1,187 for a 45 year old driver.

Gary Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Erie$1,234$978
The Cincinnati$1,245$1,043
Western Reserve$1,265$1,056
GEICO$1,376$1,076
Indiana Farmers Mutual$1,421$1,127
Progressive$1,432$1,139
Auto-Owners$1,487$1,187

Gary is situated only 30 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois and has long been known as an industrial city and the economic hub of the Northwest Indiana region. 

Founded in 1906 by Elbert H. Gary the city was propelled by the steel manufacturing in the early part of the 20th century.

Home to music super-star Michael Jackson, today, Gary, Indiana continues to be a major steel producer but still faces economic challenges, which have been somewhat mitigated by the introduction of two casinos which opened in the 1990’s.

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington least expensive policy options for drivers with Erie, The Cincinnati, and Farmers MutualDrivers in Bloomington can find affordable quotes with Erie, The Cincinnati, and Indiana Farmers Mutual.

We queried each at $1,255, $1,290, and $1,349 per year for a 30 year old driver.

Which is 33% to 39% lower than the median rate for drivers with a similar profile.

Western Reserve and Progressive offer competitive quotes with prices at $1,387 and $1,465 per year for full coverage.

For a 45 year old your best options are with Erie and The Cincinnati.

We queried each at $908 and $987 per year for full coverage.

Which is 30% to 35% lower than the median rate for drivers of similar age and profile.

Indiana Farmers Mutual and Western Reserve offer competitive quotes with prices at $1,043 and $1,089 per year for full coverage.

In fact, it would be smart to get quotes from all carriers to find the most savings while maintaining equal or more coverage.

Bloomington Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Erie$1,255$908
The Cincinnati$1,290$987
Indiana Farmers Mutual$1,349$1,043
Western Reserve$1,387$1,089
GEICO$1,409$1,100
Progressive$1,465$1,130

Bloomington is 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis with approximately 84,000 residents.

It was established in 1818 by various settlers across the Americas which were impressed with the Haven of Blooms which they called Bloomington.

It is home to the University of Indiana with nearly 50,000 students, which is the first established college west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Today, the university offers nationally recognized programs for students.

Bloomington has been named as “One of America’s Best Places to do Business” by Inc. Magazine. Forbes has ranked the city as the “Best for Business Careers”.

Notable attractions include the Kirkwood Observatory and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Lafayette, IN

Lafayette, IN affordable premium options for drivers with Erie, Indiana Farmers Mutual, Western Reserve.

If you can’t find the least expensive premium then your problem getting quotes from the wrong place.

Start with Erie, Indiana Farmers Mutual, and The Cincinnati.

We queried each at $1,130, $1,165, and $1,200 per year for a 30 year old driver.

Which is 29% to 35% lower than the median rate for similar age drivers.

To be on the safe side you would want to put Western Reserve, GEICO, and Progressive on your list to get quotes.

All three are over 21% lower than the drivers of similar profile.

A 45 year old can find cheaper quotes with Erie and Indiana Farmers Mutual.

We queried each at $870 and $903 per year for full coverage.

Which is 33% to 35% lower than the “mean” quote for similar drivers.

Another great option is The Cincinnati which offers quotes at $965. Which is well below the median rate.

Lafayette Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Erie$1,130$870
Indiana Farmers Mutual$1,165$903
The Cincinnati$1,200$965
Western Reserve$1,265$1,005
GEICO$1,376$1,075
Progressive$1,400$1,111

Lafayette was platted by William Digby in 1825 with approximately 6,000 residents.

The town was named in tribute to General Lafayette who fought for the American Army during the American Revolutionary War.

The shipping center along the Wabash River was thriving during this era and the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal during the 1840’s added to the city’s importance.

Today, Lafayette, including West Lafayette, have approximately 145,000 residents. It is home to the nationally recognized Purdue University.

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute low-cost premiums for 30 y/o drivers with Indiana Farmers Mutual, Erie, The Cincinnati, and Western Reserve.

If you are looking for the lowest premium in Terre Haute your best options is probably going to be with Indiana Farmers Mutual, Erie, and The Cincinnati.

We queried each at $1,100, $1,125, and $1,198 per year for a 30 year old driver.

Which is approximately 27% to 33% lower then the “mean” quote for similar age drivers.

Other great options to get quotes are with Western Reserve and Progressive. Each queried at $1,243 and $1,311 respectfully.

A 45 year old can find cheaper quotes with Indiana Farmers Mutual, Erie, and The Cincinnati.

We queried each at $844, $898, and $907 respectfully per year for full coverage.

Or approximately 28% lower than the “mean” quote for similar profile drivers.

Terre Haute Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Indiana Farmers Mutual$1,100$844
Erie$1,125$898
The Cincinnati$1,198$907
Western Reserve$1,243$987
Progressive$1,311$1,054
GEICO$1,345$1,098

Terre Haute derived its name from an expression used by early 18th century French explorers to describe the terrain of the city, which lies on a high flat plain.

The name of the city means “high plain”.

Incorporated as a city in 1832 with less than 2,500 residents, it is the self-proclaimed capital of the Wabash Valley.

Today, there are over 60,000 residents and over 170,000 in the metropolitan area.

Notable attractions include the Children’s Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute and the CANDLES Holocaust Museum.

Resources & DMV Information
Department of InsuranceDepartment of TransportationDepartment of Motor Vehicles
311 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-2385
100 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Suite 107, 12955 Old Meridian St, Carmel, IN 46032
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Sources

http://www.iii.org/

https://www.libertymutual.com/auto/car-insurance-coverage/indiana

https://www.thesimpledollar.com/best-car-insurance-in-indiana/

https://www.esurance.com

https://www.safeauto.com/state-insurance/indiana-auto-insurance

Greg Fowler
Managing Member of AutoInsureSavings LLC, Greg enjoys writing articles to help drivers save on anything related to automobiles. Travel and enjoying the outdoors are some of his hobbies. The best way to reach him is at Google+ or Facebook Profile.

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