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Do you know how much car insurance coverage you actually need? Most people aren’t sure how to determine their car insurance coverage needs. That leaves a lot of people without the coverage they really need or overpaying for coverage they don’t. Using a car insurance coverage calculator is the easy way to make sure you’re buying the right auto insurance coverage at the best price.

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why we ask:* Car insurance laws vary by state. They require different minimum liability limits, and some require personal injury protection or uninsured motorist coverage.
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why we ask:* Leased cars automatically need high liability coverage, collision coverage and comprehensive coverage. Financed cars may need gap insurance.
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why we ask:* If you have paid only a small portion down on your car, it is wise to buy gap insurance to protect you if it is totaled.
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why we ask:* Some consumers don't mind paying more for car insurance to feel more secure that they'll be covered for certain incidents. Others want the lowest rates possible, even if it means less coverage. If you choose "best protection," we will only suggest you buy insurance coverage that makes sense given your other answers. We will not suggest you buy more coverage than you need. Likewise, if you choose "lowest rates," we will consider your other answers and suggest what makes sense. We will not suggest you buy less coverage than you absolutely need.
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why we ask:* Some consumers don't mind paying more for car insurance to feel more secure that they'll be covered for certain incidents. Others want the lowest rates possible, even if it means less coverage. If you choose "best protection," we will only suggest you buy insurance coverage that makes sense given your other answers. We will not suggest you buy more coverage than you need. Likewise, if you choose "lowest rates," we will consider your other answers and suggest what makes sense. We will not suggest you buy less coverage than you absolutely need.
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why we ask:* If you’re injured by an uninsured driver, your medical bills would not be covered unless you have health insurance or have purchased uninsured motorist bodily injury, PIP or medical payments coverage.
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why we ask:* If you’re injured by an uninsured driver, your medical bills would not be covered unless you have health insurance or have purchased uninsured motorist bodily injury, PIP or medical payments coverage.
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why we ask:* If you can afford to replace your car, and you want the lowest rates possible, you should not buy collision or comprehensive coverage.
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why we ask:* car is worth less than $3,000, you may not need collision or comprehensive coverage.
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why we ask:* If you’re injured by an uninsured driver, your medical bills would not be covered unless you have health insurance or have purchased uninsured motorist bodily injury, PIP or medical payments coverage.

How to choose car insurance coverage

Car insurance is not one size fits all. What's most important to one car owner isn't necessary for another.

That's why it's critical to understand the different types of car insurance, what’s required by law, and what additional coverage you might need.

Insurance.com's car insurance calculator is a quick way to find the right car insurance limits and options for you. While getting the cheapest car insurance rate is most important for some drivers, another person may want the broadest possible protection. Answering a few quick questions can help you find the best car insurance coverage for your situation.

How to use a car insurance calculator

The car insurance calculator includes a short questionnaire that asks you questions about:

  • Your ZIP code
  • Your assets
  • Make, model, and age of your vehicle
  • Deductible amount
  • Whether you own, lease or finance your vehicle
  • What's most important to you: price or coverage

After completing the questions, the calculator will offer a car insurance coverage recommendation specifically for you. You'll gain insights on coverage you may not need as well as the coverage you don’t currently have that will better protect you.

The calculator shows both the cheapest rates and the coverage with the most protection, so you can compare your options.

How much car insurance do I need?

How much car insurance you need depends on a lot of factors. You need to carry at least your state’s minimum, but from there, things get more complicated. If you have a loan or lease, you’ll have to meet lender requirements. And then you need to consider your particular needs as well as your finances.

The car insurance calculator recommends the right level of car insurance coverage for you. This coverage can include:

  • Liability insurance
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
  • Comprehensive and collision
  • Personal injury protection and medical payments
  • Gap insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Rental reimbursement

Some of these coverages will be required by law, some are required by a lender, and others are always optional. Read on for more details on each coverage

The CoverageBasic PolicyRecommended ProtectionBest Coverage
Bodily injury/Property damage liabilityState minimum100/300/100500/250/500 or maximum available
Uninsured/underinsured motoristState minimum or no coverage*100/300/100 or match liability limits500/250/500 or maximum available
Personal injury protection/Medical paymentsState minimum or no coverage*Add the option* or increase above state minimumMaximum available
ComprehensiveNoneAdd coverage, $500 deductibleAdd coverage, lowest deductible
CollisionNoneAdd coverage, $500 deductibleAdd coverage, lowest deductible

*where not required by law

Required auto insurance coverage

These coverages may be required, either by your state’s law or by your loan or lease company.

These coverages may be required by state law:

Liability insurance covers damages you cause to others in an auto accident and is required by law in most states. Bodily injury liability pays for injuries to the other driver or their passengers. Property damage liability pays for damage to another person’s car or other property such as a fence.

Your state will have minimum requirements you must carry for liability, but experts recommend you carry higher limits. 100/300/100 is the commonly recommended limit. Higher limits don't usually cost much more but give you a lot more protection. Remember if your limits are exceeded you're on the hook to personally pay any remaining damage costs -- and medical costs can add up quickly.

Personal injury protection (PIP) and medical payments (MedPay) may both be required if you live in a no-fault state. PIP pays for your medical costs regardless of who is at fault, and you will file the claim directly with your insurance company. A few tort states also require these coverages.

Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage is required in some states as a way to cover damages if the at-fault party was uninsured or underinsured. In most states that don't require it, you can still add the coverage to your policy if you desire. Like liability, there are two types of coverage available: bodily injury and property damage.

These coverages may be required if you have a loan or lease:

Comprehensive and collision coverage both pay for damage to your vehicle. Collision will pay for damage to our car in an accident regardless of fault, including single-vehicle accidents. Comprehensive (often called comp) covers your vehicle for "other than collision" events like theft, fire, and damage from weather events like flooding and hail.

Comprehensive and collision are not required by any state law. However, if your car is financed or leased, the company will require you to carry both. There is no limit for these coverages. The most your insurer will pay out is the value of your vehicle if it is totaled in an incident. Both coverages have a deductible, which you can select, and you don’t need to buy both coverages together, although most people do.

Gap insurance is not required by law, but may be required by your loan or lease agreement. It protects you if you owe more than your car is worth. If your car is a total loss and the insurance payout is less than what you owe, gap insurance will pay the difference. It may also be called loan/lease payoff insurance by some companies.

Optional car insurance coverage

These coverages are always optional but may fit your needs.

Roadside assistance provides coverage if your car has a flat tire, your battery dies, you lock yourself out, or for many other emergency needs. It will also cover towing your vehicle if it breaks down.

Rental reimbursement coverage will pay for a rental car if you need one while your car is being repaired. It applies only to repairs under a covered claim, and not if your car is in the shop for maintenance or other repairs. If you don’t own a second car, this is good coverage to have.

Rideshare coverage is an add-on you may need if you drive for a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft. It will cover the gap between the rideshare company’s coverage and your personal coverage.

If you want extra liability coverage over what your auto and homeowner insurance offer, you can purchase umbrella insurance. This is not a type of car insurance coverage but is a separate policy. Umbrella insurance kicks in when your home or auto liability limits are exceeded. Umbrella policies typically start at one million dollars of coverage and go up from there, and are generally recommended to those with a lot of assets to protect.

As you go through the car insurance calculator you’ll get personalized recommendations for your auto insurance coverage based on your answers.

Car insurance estimator

After determining the best car insurance coverages for your needs, it's time to shop around to find the best price. Insurance companies' rates will vary depending on what coverages, limits, and deductibles you choose. Rates will also vary based on your driving record and other rating factors that are specific to your current situation. That means comparing multiple companies is the best way to get affordable car insurance.

Factors that affect car insurance rates include:

Some states don’t allow the use of age, gender, and credit for car insurance rates. You can estimate car insurance rates right along with our coverage recommendations in the calculator.

Just choose the option to compare car insurance rates from top car insurance companies side-by-side. You can then take the next steps to purchase your chosen policy. 

You can also view rates by age, rates by state, and rates by company. With all of these ways to estimate and compare costs, you should have a good idea of what you should be paying. However, the best way to really determine what your premium will be is to get rate quotes and see who is offering you the cheapest rates at this point in time.

How to calculate car insurance before buying a car

When you're on the hunt for a new car (whether it's a brand new car or just new to you), it is essential to shop around for car insurance rates at the same time. You don't want to find the perfect car only to find out you can afford the car payments but not the insurance.

You can estimate car insurance by using our rates by car tool to get an idea of the average rate in your state for the vehicle model you're considering. Once your car choices are narrowed down, compare actual rate quotes for you. You can buy your new car confident that you’ll get the coverage you need at the best price.

Remember to check our car insurance calculator to make sure you are getting the recommended auto insurance coverages for your vehicle. You don't want to miss out on vital protection for your vehicle by skipping coverage.

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