Car Insurance for Detroit in 2023

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Drivers in Detroit pay an average of $3,243 per year for car insurance, but you might find cheaper coverage if you shop around.

By Andrew Marder 

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No U.S. city knows cars quite like Motor City does. Along with the city’s strong roots in the automotive industry, Detroit is also the largest city in Michigan. And whether you’re commuting to work or headed to a Detroit Lions game, you’ll need car insurance to drive legally.

NerdWallet has found average car insurance rates in Detroit for a variety of driver types to get your search started. But rates are personalized to each individual driver, so be sure to also shop around and compare quotes from a few insurance companies for the most accurate estimate of what you’ll pay.

Read on to find out how auto insurance companies in Detroit stack up. You can also check out our list of the cheapest car insurance companies nationwide.

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To find the cheapest companies in Detroit, NerdWallet looked at average full coverage rates calculated from public filings obtained by pricing analytics company Quadrant Information Services. We analyzed rates for male and female drivers for all ZIP codes in Detroit driving a 2019 Toyota Camry L.

Cheapest car insurance companies in Detroit

The biggest variable in your insurance cost will be the company you choose, so you’ll want to shop around to be confident you’re getting the best rate. In Detroit, these are the cheapest car insurance companies based on average rates for a 35-year-old driver with good credit and a clean driving record, according to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis. It's important to remember that rates are determined individually, so these may not be the cheapest companies for you.

Company
Rate
NerdWallet Rating
Secura$990Not yet rated
Chubb$1,801
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
USAA$1,985
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Geico$2,144
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Michigan Insurance$2,269Not yet rated
Wolverine Mutual$2,625Not yet rated
Hastings Mutual$2,746Not yet rated
Auto-Owners Insurance$2,977
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Westfield$3,001Not yet rated
Farmers$3,089
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5

If you’re looking for cheap car insurance in Detroit, Michigan, you’ll want to shop around and compare quotes from multiple companies. Insurers use a variety of factors to determine the cost of auto insurance, including your age, address, the type of car you drive and your driving history, which means every driver will ultimately get a different rate. That’s why shopping around is your best bet to getting the cheapest car insurance in Detroit — or anywhere.

Average car insurance cost in Detroit and Michigan

Rates across Michigan differ from those in Detroit for lots of reasons. The number of accidents, the type of roads and even the weather can affect the rates drivers are charged. According to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis, the average rate in Michigan is $2,083, while in Detroit, it's $3,243.

Average city rate
Average state rate
$3,243$2,083

No matter what company you're currently getting auto insurance from, remember that it's important to shop around and compare quotes from multiple companies. Prices and offers change over time, and you may be able to save by switching to another insurer.

Average cost of car insurance in Detroit’s largest ZIP codes

The cost of auto insurance varies based on where you live, even from one neighborhood to the next. Some parts of a city may have higher rates of accidents or thefts, which can lead to an increase in the price you pay. According to NerdWallet’s analysis, here are the most populated ZIP codes in Detroit and the average annual cost of car insurance for a 35-year-old driver with good credit and a clean driving record.

ZIP Code
Average Rate
48205$3,072
48209$3,149
48210$3,238
48219$3,046
48221$3,225
48224$3,220
48227$3,088
48228$2,860
48234$3,200
48235$3,138

Be sure to take advantage of potential discounts. Many insurers offer car insurance discounts for things like bundling other types of insurance with your auto policy or going years without filing a claim.

Cheap car insurance in Detroit by age

Along with where you live, your age is another major factor in the price you pay for car insurance. For example, younger drivers usually pay more than older drivers with similar driving histories and credit scores due to having less experience on the road.

You could easily find that the cheapest company for you changes as you age. Here's a breakdown of prices in Detroit for similar drivers at various ages, according to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis.

Cheapest for 20-year-olds

While teen drivers are the most likely to be in an accident, 20-year-old drivers are still relatively new to the road. A higher rate of accidents among younger drivers means they also pay more for car insurance. According to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis, here's what 20-year-olds in Detroit pay, on average.

Company
Rate
NerdWallet Rating
Secura$2,031Not yet rated
Chubb$2,915
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
USAA$3,513
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Geico$3,807
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Westfield$5,033Not yet rated
Auto-Owners Insurance$5,522
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Progressive$6,031
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Farmers$6,064
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Auto Club Group$7,318Not yet rated
Encompass$7,515
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5

Cheapest for 35-year-olds

By 35, your car insurance rates should plateau. This is a great age to compare rates, as the cheapest insurer you found in your 20s may no longer be the best deal.

Here’s what 35-year-old drivers might pay, on average, in Detroit, according to NerdWallet’s analysis.

Company
Rate
NerdWallet Rating
Secura$990Not yet rated
Chubb$1,801
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
USAA$1,985
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Geico$2,144
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Michigan Insurance$2,269Not yet rated
Wolverine Mutual$2,625Not yet rated
Hastings Mutual$2,746Not yet rated
Auto-Owners Insurance$2,977
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Westfield$3,001Not yet rated
Farmers$3,089
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5

Cheapest for 60-year-olds

At age 60, your car insurance rates are about as low as they're going to get if your history is clean. Most drivers in this age group have lots of experience on the road and established driving records, so insurers know what they're getting into and charge less accordingly. That doesn't mean you won't be able to save money by bundling or tapping into other discounts, so keep shopping around. Below are the cheapest companies, on average, in Detroit, according to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis.

Company
Rate
NerdWallet Rating
Secura$947Not yet rated
Chubb$1,567
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
USAA$1,885
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Michigan Insurance$1,954Not yet rated
Hastings Mutual$1,962Not yet rated
Wolverine Mutual$2,041Not yet rated
Geico$2,158
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
MetLife$2,300
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Westfield$2,809Not yet rated
Farmers$2,820
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5

Detroit’s cheapest companies and rates by driving record

Your driving history also plays a large role in your auto insurance rate. Drivers who have clean records will usually pay less than those with accidents, speeding tickets or other violations. Again, comparing insurance companies is your best bet to getting the lowest rate.

According to NerdWallet’s analysis, these are the average rates in Detroit by company for good drivers and those with violations on their record.

Good drivers

Drivers without any marks on their records are almost always going to pay the lowest prices for auto insurance when compared to drivers with an accident or driving violation. Insurers set rates based on the potential risk of you filing a claim, and good drivers are considered among the least risky. Here are the average rates for good drivers in Detroit according to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis.

Company
Rate
NerdWallet Rating
Secura$990Not yet rated
Chubb$1,801
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
USAA$1,985
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Geico$2,144
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Michigan Insurance$2,269Not yet rated
Wolverine Mutual$2,625Not yet rated
Hastings Mutual$2,746Not yet rated
Auto-Owners Insurance$2,977
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Westfield$3,001Not yet rated
Farmers$3,089
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5

Drivers with a DUI

Drivers with a DUI can struggle to find affordable insurance and may need to turn to a high-risk car insurance company. A DUI on your record means you should expect to pay substantially more than a driver without one.

Here are the average rates for drivers with a DUI in Detroit according to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis.

Company
Rate
NerdWallet Rating
Chubb$1,801
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
USAA$3,553
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Secura$3,708Not yet rated
Progressive$3,965
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Farmers$4,174
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Auto-Owners Insurance$6,933
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Wolverine Mutual$6,945Not yet rated
Westfield$7,129Not yet rated
MetLife$7,339
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Travelers$8,353
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5

Drivers with an at-fault accident

If you've got an at-fault accident on your record, you'll pay more than a driver with a clean record, but likely less than someone with a DUI. Your insurance company may ask for details about the accident to determine your rate — a fender bender will likely be treated differently from an accident caused by running a red light. Here are the cheapest average rates for drivers with an at-fault accident on their record in Detroit, according to NerdWallet’s most recent analysis.

Company
Rate
NerdWallet Rating
Secura$1,500Not yet rated
Chubb$1,801
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
USAA$2,845
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Wolverine Mutual$3,365Not yet rated
Michigan Insurance$3,807Not yet rated
Westfield$4,018Not yet rated
Auto-Owners Insurance$4,392
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Farmers$4,588
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Hastings Mutual$4,868Not yet rated
Progressive$4,908
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5

Minimum car insurance requirements in Michigan

As you shop around, keep in mind you’ll need at least the minimum coverage required in Michigan, which is:

  • $50,000 in bodily injury liability per person.

  • $100,000 in bodily injury liability per accident.

  • $10,000 in property damage liability per accident outside Michigan.

  • $1 million in property protection within Michigan.

  • $250,000 in personal injury protection (lower limits are allowed for some Medicare and Medicaid recipients).

You may want higher limits, or additional coverage types, especially if you spend a considerable amount of time on the road.