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South Dakota’s Cheapest Car Insurance, Minimum Coverage & Average Rate by City

Here I detail the least expensive carriers in South Dakota by price.

Overall the most cost-effective choices are with State Farm, GEICO, and Buckeye.

Each carrier is 10% to 16% less than the median quote for drivers of similar age and profile.

Other insurers which you would want to put on your list to get quotes are Progressive, Western National, and Dakota Farmers Mutual.

All three can offer quotes 10% to 12% lower than the median quote depending on the city you reside in.

Another insurer which did really well by offering low quotes in South Dakota is Allied.

Depending on the location Allied can offer quotes from 10% to 15% lower than the median rate. Allied is under the umbrella of Nationwide. 

In this article I am going to cover the minimum auto insurance requirements, a few cost saving strategies, and the cheapest insurance carriers by age.

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

South Dakota low-cost carriers by price for 25 year old drivers.Note: As illustrated, the cheapest carriers by price for a 25 year old are with State Farm, GEICO, and Buckeye. Progressive and Dakota Farmers Mutual are $100 more than Buckeye. All 5 insurers would be worth getting quotes from to find the most savings.

South Dakota’s Auto Insurance Minimum Requirement

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

Bodily Injury Liability

Bodily injury liability protection pays the doctor’s expenses of the other driver and their passengers when the insured individual is revealed to be at-fault during the car accident.

Under the minimum coverage the insurer will pay up to $25,000 for a single person and up to $50,000 for multiple passengers which may be injured during the accident.

Least expensive policy options for 30 y/o drivers in SD by price.Note: For a 30 year old driver the best options for a lower premium are with State Farm, GEICO, and Buckeye. Progressive is competitive with quotes approximately 14% higher than State Farm. Dakota Farmers Mutual is significantly higher than the cheapest quotes from State Farm and GEICO.

Property Damage Liability

To cover damages to the other driver’s automobile, personal property, and public property, such as traffic signs or guard rails, at least $25,000 of property damage liability coverage must be maintained by each resident of the state of South Dakota for each automobile they own.

The state also requires a minimum of 25,000/50,000 of uninsured motorist protection (UM) for each vehicle on the policy.

Cheapest policy choices for a 35 y/o driver from State Farm, Buckeye, Progressive, & Dakota Farmers Mutual. Note: For a 35 year old driver with a good driving history the best options are with State Farm, GEICO, and Progressive. Each carrier clustering between $933 and $967. Buckeye and Dakota Farmers Mutual are competitive as regional carriers with prices at $987 and $1,005 respectfully.

Uninsured Motorist protection is going to cover the amount in the event you are in an accident with another driver who does not have coverage.

Since the number of uninsured motorists has increased over the years South Dakota requires this coverage.

Carrying the minimum coverage will give you the basic coverage to be legal to drive, however, you may want to look at other optional coverages which are available in South Dakota to be sure your assets are fully protected.

Cheapest premiums in South Dakota for 40 y/o driver from State Farm, GEICO, Buckeye, Progressive, and Dakota Farmers Mutual

Note: A 40 year old driver can find quotes clustering between $855 and $908. The cheapest is State Farm at $855. Both GEICO and Buckeye are well below the median quote for drivers with prices at $867 and $879 respectfully.

South Dakota is a state following the tort system, therefore, if you are in car accident and the expenses are higher than the minimum coverage you could be held accountable to pay what the insurance company is not going to cover.

Before committing to an insurance plan you want to be sure you are well informed of the laws in South Dakota to make sure you are able to get the most cost-effective premium available while maintaining the same amount of coverage.

Inexpensive premiums choices for 45 year old drivers in South Dakota.Note: For a 45 year old driver the quotes clustered under $800. The least expensive are with State Farm, Progressive, and GEICO. The national carriers dominated for an older driver. However, Buckeye and Dakota Farmers Mutual are very competitive with quotes at $798 and $799 respectfully.

Cheapest Auto Insurance Companies

Below I queried 17 national and local companies in South Dakota to find which company is able to offer least expensive quotes for drivers from 25 to 55 years of age.

State Farm, GEICO, and Buckeye Group offer quotes from 14% to 22% lower than the median rate for drivers of similar age and profile.

Drivers over the age of 35 national companies are able to provide the lowest quotes.

While for drivers under 30 Buckeye is able to provide competitive quotes every single time.

Progressive, Dakota Farmers Mutual, and Allied are competitive across various cities in South Dakota.

All three carriers are able to provide quotes from 10% to 18% lower than the median quote.

Western National is another company which you should put on your list to get quotes.

They are ranked lower overall in the list below. However, in numerous cities Western National is able to provide competitive quotes for middle age and senior drivers.

Allied is a regional company in South Dakota offering quotes from 12% to 19% lower than the median rate.

You would want to put them on your list to get quotes to find the most savings.

With the companies listed below you have a blend of national and regional companies to help you find the lowest premium possible. 

South Dakota CompanyAnnual Rate 25 Y/O Driver30 Y/O Driver35 Y/O Driver40 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver55 Y/O Driver
State Farm$1,211$1,099$933$855$767$611
GEICO$1,265$1,132$945$867$787$614
Buckyeye$1,287$1,167$987$879$798$615
Progressive$1,387$1,199$967$903$784$609
Farmers Mutual$1,389$1,292$1,005$908$799$623
Allied$1,405$1,299$1,021$909$800$645
MetLife $1,443$1,307$1,054$912$799$678
Amica$1,578$1,309$1,087$915$812$689
Nationwide$1,578$1,347$1,099$954$821$703
Western National$1,598$1,376$1,132$967$843$701
21st Century$1,576$1,389$1,143$980$865$709
Allstate$1,599$1,402$1,154$995$867$699
Liberty Mutual$1,600$1,405$1,198$1,005$898$743
Esurance$1,623$1,409$1,200$1,032$904$765
Farm Bureau$1,634$1,409$1,204$1,054$898$785
American Family$1,655$1,432$1,234$1,067$909$723
North Star$1,689$1,465$1,201$1,087$910$765

Best Carriers by Consumer Rating, Complaints, & Rate Change

Below is a list 12 insurers in South Dakota with the consumer rating, written premiums, complaints, and the rate change over a 12 to 18 month period. 

State Farm and Progressive by far have the most written premiums. This is expected.

With that both companies have more complaints. Which is normal.

Buckeye comparatively has a smaller amount of written premiums and a low amount complaints.

There wasn’t enough data for Dakota Farmers Mutual to compile into an average for this study.

The rate change over a 12 to 18 month period averages from 1.8% to 4.6%. This is normal for most insurers.

Larger companies such as State Farm normally have a lower rate change compared to smaller regional companies such as Western National.

The amount of complaints is included in the list. Which should be compared against the amount of written premiums. Nothing below is out of the ordinary for any of the insurers.

The consumer rating is an average from data compiled for reputable online sources.

Typically the large national companies have a higher rating than the regional or local companies. I have found this to be the norm.

Local companies such as Buckeye and Western National can add personalized and tailored coverage in some cases.

Any other data is from the Insurance Information Institute (III.org), JD Power & Associates, and AM Best.

South Dakota CompanyWritten PremiumsRate Change < 18 Months# of ComplaintsConsumer Rating out of 5 Stars
State Farm$43,659,344 +1.8%174.5
GEICO$6,783,594+2.7%74.5
Buckyeye$1,976,015+3.8%23.9
Progressive$34,275,206+2.8%144.6
Farmers $19,702,542+2.6%124.3
Allied$5,972,410 +3.3%6 4.0
MetLife $3,765,043+4.1%24.0
Nationwide$7,158,600+4.6%24.2
Allstate$13,720,689+3.8%44.5
Farm Bureau$9,788,138+3.9%12 4.1
American Family$20,715,033+1.9%15 3.8
North Star$4,707,901+3.1%13.8

Common amount of coverage in South Dakota:

  • Bodily Injury Liability – 100,000/300,000

  • Property Damage Liability -100,000

  • Uninsured Motorist Protection – 100,000/300,000

  • Medical Payments Coverage – $5,000

  • Collision Coverage – $500 deductible

  • Comprehensive Coverage – $250 deductible

Low-cost premium options for 55 y/o driver from Progressive, Buckeye, & Dakota Farmers Mutual.Note: For a 55 y/o driver I found quotes clustering near the $600 mark. The least expensive option for an older driver is with Progressive. I queried Progressive at $609 or 18% lower than the median rate for similar profile drivers. State Farm and GEICO are equally competitive with low quotes queried at $611 and $614 respectfully.

Fines and Penalties for driving without insurance in South Dakota

  • First Offense – $100 fine and/or 30 days in jail

  • Second Offense – $500 fine and/or 60 days in jail

  • Third Offense – $1000 fine and 180 days in jail

  • All offenders are required to file a SR-22 form which is on file for three years

It is important to note, once the SR-22 is on file your auto insurance rates are likely to double than what they would be if you did not have a SR-22 on file.

Average Premium by City

Below is a table of 27 cities across South Dakota and the average premium.

The average is data for all age of drivers. From 18 to 65 years of age including any traffic violations.

Therefore the average is probably higher than a driver with a clean driving history.

The average quote is from $1,064 to $1,366. Location is a primary factor when determining your quote.

One of the reasons you may see the same exact driver with a higher premium in one location than the other.

If you are a driver 30 years of age or older and your quotes are significantly higher, you may have either low credit, poor driving record, or a lapse premium.

Or a combination of all three.

Each factor is weighed differently by each insurer.

Which is the reason you want to compare quotes.

If you would a like a detailed comparison of quotes by city please read further below.

CityAvg RatePopulationCityAvg RatePopulationCityAvg RatePopulation
Aberdeen$1,23328,415Humboldt$1,239580Rapid City$1,33374,048
Belle Fourche$1,1545,655Huron$1,19913,117Sioux Falls$1,341174,360
Brandon$1,1769,923Madison$1,0767,425Spearfish$1,27911,531
Brookings$1,19823,895Milbank$1,1053,203Sturgis$1,2056,832
Centerville$1,277879Mitchell$1,26715,729Vermillion$1,30310,844
Dell Rapids$1,1903,705North Sioux City$1,3662,731Watertown$1,19422,172
Harrisburg$1,2475,734Pierre$1,30314,008Yankton$1,21114,566

Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Falls low-cost premium options for all drivers. Residents in the biggest city in South Dakota can find cheaper auto insurance rates by getting quotes from GEICO, State Farm, and Buckeye.

GEICO is $140 cheaper than Buckeye at $1,143.

The average “mean” insurance rate for Sioux Falls is $1,341.

All carriers illustrated are 10% below the average rate.

An older driver would do well by getting quotes from GEICO, State Farm, Buckeye, and Progressive.

All which are below the $1,000 per year range.

Sioux Falls Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
GEICO$1,009$812
State Farm$1,076$865
Buckyeye$1,143$909
Progressive$1,265$987
Farmers Mutual$1,288$1,043
Allied$1,299$1,076

The largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls was founded in 1856 and is located next to the spectacular falls on the Big Sioux River. 

There are numerous activities to enjoy arts and culture in Sioux Falls.

The cultural type can enjoy Washington Pavilion, Old Courthouse Museum; while the outdoor enthusiast can enjoy Falls or Terrace Park.

A popular site for tourists and residents is St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

Aberdeen, SD

Aberdeen cheapest premium choices by carrier from State Farm, Buckeye, Allied, and Progressive. The average rate for resident of Aberdeen is $1,233.

All five companies we queried are below this rate.

The cheapest insurers for a 30 year old are State Farm, Buckeye, and Allied.

With State Farm landing at $987.

More than 23% below the “mean” rate.

A 45 year old driver can find rates just under $800 with State Farm and Buckeye.

It would be wise to get quotes from all insurers illustrated to optimize coverage and maximize savings.

Aberdeen Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
State Farm$987$765
Buckyeye$1,032$789
Allied$1,054$800
GEICO$1,143$812
Progressive$1,198$854
Farmers Mutual$1,203$976

White settlers first arrived in the early 1800’s when fur trading posts were founded in the area.

Aberdeen was founded by Charles Prior on January 3, 1881.

The Milwaukee Railroad reached the area on July 6, 1881.

The city was named after Aberdeen, Scotland. Cultural and outdoor activities include, the Mina Lake Recreation Area, Dacotah Prairie Museum, and Lee Park Golf Course.

Brookings, SD

Brookings, SD cheapest policy choices for all drivers.Residents of Brookings can find affordable auto insurance with State Farm, Buckeye and Progressive.

Each queried at $1,008, $1,043, $1,098 respectfully.

Western National and GEICO would be worth getting quotes from since below are below the average rate.

The only insurer in the table provided above the “mean” rate was Farmers Mutual.

However, it would be smart to get quotes from Farmers Mutual too.

Brookings Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
State Farm$1,008$813
Buckyeye$1,043$814
Progressive$1,098$876
Western National$1,165$932
GEICO$1,187$987
Farmers Mutual$1,208$980

With a population of nearly 25,000 residents and a plethora of parks, Brookings is fascinating place to visit. 

Some of the parks include the Pioneer Park, Sexauer Park and Hillcrest Park.

Shoppers love to go to The Brookings and University Mall.

The South Dakota Art and the State Agricultural Heritage Museum are popular local destinations as well.

Popular family destination include the Lake Poinsett Recreation Area or the Oakwood Lakes State Park.

Local festivals include the Harvest Festival and Hobo Days which attract 100’s of visitors each year.

Watertown, SD

Watertown low-cost policy choices for drivers from State Farm, Buckeye, GEICO, and Farmer Mutual. Residents of Watertown can find inexpensive car insurance by getting quotes from State Farm, Buckeye, and GEICO.

Each of them clustered at the $1,000 range.

This is more than 12% below the “mean” rate of $1,194 per year.

A family of 4 would be wise to get quotes from all insurers since Progressive and Farmers Mutual have been know to give lower rates when you are married.

Watertown Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
State Farm$967$799
Buckyeye$987$798
GEICO$1,008$843
Progressive$1,076$865
Farmers Mutual$1,143$890
Western National$1,176$909

Watertown, SD is named after Watertown, New York. The city has nearly 25,000 residents and the average rate and quotes are similar to Brookings.

Popular cultural and outdoor activities include the Kampeska Heritage Museum, Bramble Park Zoo, Oakwood Lakes State Park, Lake Area Zoological Society, and the Redlin Art Center.

The summer skyline in Watertown is breathtaking.

Rapid City, SD

Rapid City, SD cheapest premium choices for drivers from Buckeye, State Farm, GEICO, and Progressive.Getting low rates in Rapid City is easy if you start with Buckeye, State Farm and GEICO.

All of the insurers illustrated are more than 13% below the average rate of $1,333.

A 30 & 45 year old driver should start with Buckeye and State Farm.

Each queried at $1,054 and $1,056 for a 30 year old driver and $809 and $811 for a 45 year old driver.

Rapid City Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Buckyeye$1,054$811
State Farm$1,056$809
GEICO$1,098$854
Progressive$1,132$921
Allied$1,156$954
Western National$1,187$987

Rapid City has a population of nearly 75,000 residents. Over half of them are college educated.

High School educated folks do well earning nearly as much as their college educated counterparts.

Rapid City offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation, in the form of the Badlands National Park, Reptile Gardens, Rushmore Waterslide Park, Dinosaur Park and the Ranch Amusement Park.

Local celebrations include the Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, the Dakota Polka Festival, and the West Boulevard Summer Festival which attracts hundreds of people each year.

Mitchell, SD

Mitchell, SD low-cost policy choices for drivers by price. Drivers in Mitchell can find the cheapest quotes with Buckeye, State Farm, and Allied.

I queried each at $990, $1,022, and $1,097 for a 30 year old driver.

Buckeye is 19% lower than the median quote for drivers.

While Allied is over $100 more or approximately 12% lower than the “mean” quote.

Western National and Progressive are competitive with quotes at $1,176 and $1,235 respectfully.

A 45 year old can find the least expensive quotes with Buckeye, State Farm, and Allied.

I queried each at $799, $811, $844. Or approximately 14% to 17% lower then the “mean” rate for drivers of similar age and profile.

Western National and GEICO offer low quotes with prices at $900 and $912 respectfully.

Or a full 10% lower than the median quote for similar profile drivers.

Mitchell Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Buckyeye$990$799
State Farm$1,022$811
Allied$1,097$844
Western National$1,176$900
GEICO$1,211$912
Progressive$1,235$925

Mitchell was settled in August of 1879. It was incorporated in 1881.

The city was named in honor of Alexander Mitchell, the President of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad.

Mitchell was recognized as a city in 1889. Today, the city has approximately 15,000 residents.

The city of Mitchell is home to the Corn Palace. The world’s only Corn Palace. 

The theme of the external murals is changed yearly at fall harvest; internal murals are changed approximately every ten years.

The building itself is used for several purposes including a basketball arena, the local high school prom, trade shows, staged entertainment, and the Shriner’s Circus.

Other popular attractions are the Enchanted World Doll Museum and the Prehistoric Indian Village & Archeodome.

Yankton, SD

Yankton, SD cheapest premium choices by insurer and price for 30 y/o drivers.If you don’t have the cheapest premium in Yankton then your probably looking in the wrong spot.

Start by getting quotes from Buckeye, Western National, and State Farm.

I queried each at $988, $1,066, and $1,100 for a 30 year old driver.

Buckeye is approximately 19% lower than the median quote.

While Western National and State Farm are 16% and 14% respectfully.

A 45 year old can find inexpensive premiums with Buckeye, Western National, and State Farm.

I queried each at $760, $820, and $844. By far, Buckeye is the cheapest with quotes 20% lower than the “mean” rate.

Allied and GEICO offer quotes $868 and $908 respectfully.

Both are over 10% lower than the median rate making them good options when shopping for auto insurance.

Yankton Company30 Y/O Driver45 Y/O Driver
Buckyeye$988$760
Western National$1,066$820
State Farm$1,100$844
Allied$1,122$868
GEICO$1,187$908
Progressive$1,211$932

Yankton has approximately 22,000 residents and it commonly called the “River City” with proximity to the Missouri River. 

Yankton is located on the Missouri River just downstream of the Gavins Point Dam and Lewis and Clark Lake and just upstream of the confluence with the James River.

The city is named after the Nakota Native Americans. Lewis and Clark first visited the site of Yankton in 1804.

However, the area was not permanently settled until 1859. The Dakota Southern Railway first arrived in the area in 1873.

Since Yankton has a rich historical past there are numerous historical buildings and 6 historic districts.

History buffs and world travelers love to come to the city and enjoy the breath taking summer views and history.

Department of Transportation & DMV

Department of InsuranceDepartment of TransportationDepartment of Motor Vehicles
124 S Euclid Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3563
2131 34th Ave, Brookings, SD 57006
(605) 688-5001
2501 W Russell St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(800) 952-3696
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Final Thoughts

At Autoinsuresavings you are able to find auto insurance rates which will fit within your budget without losing the necessary coverage.

Using the advance tool at the top of the page you can compare quotes, chat with a broker online, or request them to call you back at your convenience.

It is important to comparison shop since each insurer weighs determining factors, such as age, driver history, marital status, and credit scores, differently.

Sources

https://www.iii.org/publications/

http://www.buckeye-ins.com/

Western National Group

Dakota Farmers Mutual

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