Missouri Car Insurance [Rates + Cheap Coverage Guide]
Missouri car insurance rates are $872.43/yr. or $72.70/mo. Missouri car insurance minimum liability requirements are 25/50/10/ for bodily injury and property coverage.
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|Missouri Statistics Summary||Details|
|Road Miles||Total in State: 131,564
Vehicle Miles Driven: 70.9 billion
|Vehicles||Registered in State: 5.2 million
Total Stolen: 16,357
|Most Popular Vehicle||Ford F-150|
|Uninsured Motorists ||14%
State Rank: 17th
|Total Driving Fatalities||2008-2017
Drunk Driving: 254
|Average Annual Premiums||Liability: $415.88
Whether you say “Missour-ee” in the traditional Midwestern dialect or “Missour-uh” with a southern drawl that rolls along like the highways there, the Show Me State offers plenty of car insurance options.
Thankfully, learning about the coverage you need is easier than figuring out a different accent, and with a little know-how, you’ll get the hang of the jargon.
So, let this be your guide to Missouri car insurance and rates, insurers, state laws, and more helpful information. Buckle up and get ready to learn something new.
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Missouri Car Insurance Coverage and Rates
As you look at your coverage options, you might be in a “show me” state of mind. While you think about car insurance, check out this video about how Missouri became known as The Show Me State.
Don’t worry, Missouri! We’ve got the proof you need to help you get the right coverage., and how much this coverage will cost you.
Missouri Minimum Coverage
|Insurance Required||Minimum Limits: 25/50/10|
|Bodily Injury Liability Coverage||$25,000 per one person
$50,000 per accident
|Property Damage Liability Coverage||$10,000 minimum|
Liability insurance pays everyone — drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. — owed money for property damage and/or injuries from a car accident you or anyone under your policy has caused.
Missouri is an “at-fault” accident state, which means, if you are the driver responsible for an accident, you will be held liable for any personal injury or property claims.
As such, Missouri requires liability insurance at these minimum coverage amounts:
- $25,000 – for injury or death per person in an accident you caused
- $50,000 – to cover total injuries or death per accident you caused
- $10,000 – for property damage per accident you caused
Missouri also requires all motorists to carry uninsured motorist coverage (UM) for greater protection beyond liability. UM can protect you and your passengers if the at-fault driver is uninsured or if you’ve been in a hit-and-run accident. Missouri requires UM coverage of $25,000 in bodily injury per person and $50,000 in bodily injury per accident, but UM doesn’t cover vehicle damage after an accident.
Wondering what this would cost versus other states? Check this chart below.
Required Forms of Financial Responsibility in Missouri
The penalty for operating an uninsured vehicle is a fine no less than $1,500 nor more than $2,000 and mandatory driver’s license suspension and/or driving privileges for six months. For each subsequent offense occurring within three years of a prior violation, the fine shall be no less than $3,000 nor more than $4,000.
Providing false proof of insurance will result in an additional fine of $500 and/or 30 days in jail and suspension of driver’s license for six months.
The insurance ID card presented must be valid or it won’t be accepted.
Insurance Cards expire every six months and therefore need to be reissued every six months. Insurance companies are required to issue a new ID card every six months.
Owners with valid and current license plates who cancel insurance for any reason must surrender their valid license plate to the division. Failure to surrender your license plates before insurance cancellation will result in fines.
The Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles randomly audits for proof of insurance on active registrations. The penalty for being uninsured is $100 for one to 30 days and an additional five dollars per day until coverage is obtained, tags are surrendered, or the registration expires.
Also, the DMV imposes suspensions on the registration and the driver’s license of all owners who fail to respond to the request. Once they suspend them, reinstatement fees cost $50 for the driver’s license and $50 per registration.
Premiums as a Percentage of Income in Missouri
In 2014, the annual per capita disposable personal income (DPI) in Missouri, after taxes have been paid, was $36,690.
The average annual cost of car insurance in Missouri is $845, which is 2.3 percent of the average DPI.
From 2012 to 2014, premiums rose $46 and the DPI hovered around two percent. Of the eight states Missouri borders, only Kentucky and Oklahoma had higher premiums — over $900.00 — while the rest, except for Iowa, with average annual premiums below $700.00, had about the same rates.
The average Missouri resident has $3,058 each month to buy food, pay bills, etc. Car insurance will take about $70 out of that, and possibly more if your driving record isn’t exactly spotless.
Fortunately, you won’t have to pay as much as you would if you had to insure a monster truck like the Bigfoot 4×4, the first one ever built. It was made in Pacific, Missouri, and it’s more of a car crusher than a highway hog. It’s just one of the offbeat landmarks and oddities of the “Show Me” state.
If you have money to burn, American Consumer Credit Counseling suggests saving 20 percent of every paycheck. That adds up to $612 every month, and that could help you get a better deal on your car insurance.
How much do you save every month?
Average Monthly Car Insurance Rates in MO (Liability, Collision, Comprehensive
|Coverage Type||Annual Costs in 2015||National Average|
The above table shows the most recent data the leading source on the matter, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, has provided. Expect Missouri car insurance rates to be significantly higher for 2019 and on.
Remember: Missouri has a mandatory insurance law for liability coverage and uninsured motorist coverage, but experts suggest drivers buy more than the state law requires for an “at-fault” state like Missouri.
Additional Liability Coverage in Missouri
A loss ratio compares how much a company spends on claims to how much money they take in on premiums. A loss ratio of 60 percent indicates the company spent $60 on claims out of every $100 earned in premiums.
|Medical Payments (Med Pay)||66%||65%||66%|
MedPay is optional in Missouri, however, uninsured motorist coverage is required. In 2015, 13 percent of drivers in the U.S. and 14 percent of motorists in Missouri were uninsured, despite the potential penalties.
Missouri ranked 17th in the nation in 2015 for uninsured or underinsured drivers.
Requiring uninsured motorist coverage seems to have lowered the loss ratio. Unless you sign a form that states you don’t want uninsured motorist coverage, your agent is legally required to provide it to you.
Add-ons, Endorsements, and Riders
We know getting the complete coverage you need for an affordable price is your goal.
Good news: there are lots of powerful but cheap extras you can add to your policy.
Here’s a list of other useful coverage available in Missouri.
- Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP)
- Personal Umbrella Policy (PUP)
- Rental Reimbursement
- Mechanical Breakdown Insurance
- Non-Owner Car Insurance
- Modified Car Insurance Coverage
- Classic Car Insurance
- Pay-as-You-Drive or Usage-Based Insurance
Demographic Rates – Male Vs. Female vs. Age
We’ve partnered with Quadrant to provide data on insurance premiums.
These are average annual premiums for males and females of all ages. Allied and USAA offer some of the lowest rates, especially for teen drivers, while Allstate, Farmers, and Safeco trend toward the high side.
|Company||Single 17-year old female Annual Rate||Single 17-year old male Annual Rate||Single 25-year old female Annual Rate||Single 25-year old male Annual Rate||Married 35-year old female Annual Rate||Married 35-year old male Annual Rate||Married 60-year old female Annual Rate||Married 60-year old male Annual Rate|
|American Family Mutual||$5,870.28||$7,634.60||$2,149.34||$2,514.45||$2,149.34||$2,149.34||$1,913.91||$1,913.91|
|Farmers Ins Co||$9,764.18||$10,105.80||$2,703.97||$2,828.55||$2,371.17||$2,364.03||$2,117.42||$2,242.40|
|Safeco Ins Co of IL||$9,379.72||$10,416.74||$2,867.37||$3,059.82||$2,721.34||$2,950.25||$2,240.72||$2,513.42|
|State Farm Mutual Auto||$4,878.94||$6,150.91||$1,907.72||$2,176.45||$1,696.91||$1,696.91||$1,517.71||$1,517.71|
Demographic and Insurance Carrier
Below are some of the most expensive demographic rates by age. As expected, 17-year-olds have the highest rates.
|Rank||Company||Demographic||Average Annual Rate|
|1||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Single 17-year old male||$10,416.74|
|2||Farmers Ins Co||Single 17-year old male||$10,105.80|
|3||Farmers Ins Co||Single 17-year old female||$9,764.18|
|4||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Single 17-year old female||$9,379.72|
|5||Allstate F&C||Single 17-year old male||$8,568.17|
|6||Allstate F&C||Single 17-year old female||$7,907.03|
|7||Progressive Casualty||Single 17-year old male||$7,708.61|
|8||American Family Mutual||Single 17-year old male||$7,634.60|
|9||Progressive Casualty||Single 17-year old female||$6,864.63|
|10||Geico Cas||Single 17-year old male||$6,266.65|
|11||State Farm Mutual Auto||Single 17-year old male||$6,150.91|
|12||Geico Cas||Single 17-year old female||$5,917.54|
|13||American Family Mutual||Single 17-year old female||$5,870.28|
|14||USAA||Single 17-year old male||$5,616.45|
|15||Allied P&C||Single 17-year old male||$4,908.75|
|16||State Farm Mutual Auto||Single 17-year old female||$4,878.94|
|17||USAA||Single 17-year old female||$4,594.51|
|18||Allied P&C||Single 17-year old female||$3,832.35|
|19||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Single 25-year old male||$3,059.82|
|20||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Married 35-year old male||$2,950.25|
|21||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Single 25-year old female||$2,867.37|
|22||Allstate F&C||Married 35-year old female||$2,837.73|
|23||Farmers Ins Co||Single 25-year old male||$2,828.55|
|24||Allstate F&C||Single 25-year old male||$2,804.86|
|25||Allstate F&C||Married 35-year old male||$2,745.70|
|26||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Married 35-year old female||$2,721.34|
|27||Allstate F&C||Single 25-year old female||$2,716.60|
|28||Farmers Ins Co||Single 25-year old female||$2,703.97|
|29||Allstate F&C||Married 60-year old male||$2,634.98|
|30||Progressive Casualty||Single 25-year old male||$2,625.46|
|31||Progressive Casualty||Single 25-year old female||$2,572.89|
|32||Allstate F&C||Married 60-year old female||$2,554.13|
|33||American Family Mutual||Single 25-year old male||$2,514.45|
|34||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Married 60-year old male||$2,513.42|
|35||Farmers Ins Co||Married 35-year old female||$2,371.17|
|36||Farmers Ins Co||Married 35-year old male||$2,364.03|
|37||Farmers Ins Co||Married 60-year old male||$2,242.40|
|38||Safeco Ins Co of IL||Married 60-year old female||$2,240.72|
|39||State Farm Mutual Auto||Single 25-year old male||$2,176.45|
|40||USAA||Single 25-year old male||$2,153.35|
|41||American Family Mutual||Married 35-year old female||$2,149.34|
|41||American Family Mutual||Married 35-year old male||$2,149.34|
|41||American Family Mutual||Single 25-year old female||$2,149.34|
|44||Geico Cas||Married 35-year old male||$2,128.97|
|45||Farmers Ins Co||Married 60-year old female||$2,117.42|
|46||Progressive Casualty||Married 35-year old female||$2,112.60|
|47||Progressive Casualty||Married 35-year old male||$1,960.45|
|48||USAA||Single 25-year old female||$1,934.27|
|49||American Family Mutual||Married 60-year old female||$1,913.91|
|49||American Family Mutual||Married 60-year old male||$1,913.91|
|51||State Farm Mutual Auto||Single 25-year old female||$1,907.72|
|52||Geico Cas||Married 35-year old female||$1,900.51|
|53||Geico Cas||Married 60-year old male||$1,889.46|
|54||Allied P&C||Single 25-year old male||$1,857.41|
|55||Progressive Casualty||Married 60-year old male||$1,780.37|
|56||Geico Cas||Single 25-year old male||$1,756.44|
|57||Geico Cas||Single 25-year old female||$1,744.68|
|58||Progressive Casualty||Married 60-year old female||$1,728.12|
|59||Allied P&C||Single 25-year old female||$1,717.22|
Cheapest Rates by ZIP Code
These rates are all over the map.
|Cheapest ZIP Codes in Missouri||City||Average Annual Rate by ZIP Codes||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Annual Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Annual Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Annual Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Annual Rate|
|65536||LEBANON||$2,938.32||Liberty Mutual||$4,158.01||Farmers||$3,822.03||Nationwide||$1,979.14||State Farm||$2,246.40|
|65347||NELSON||$3,010.40||Liberty Mutual||$4,085.36||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,013.02||State Farm||$2,097.73|
|65023||CENTERTOWN||$3,015.33||Liberty Mutual||$4,171.24||Allstate||$3,872.65||Nationwide||$2,071.90||State Farm||$2,283.73|
|65473||FORT LEONARD WOOD||$3,016.38||Liberty Mutual||$4,283.07||Farmers||$4,211.44||Nationwide||$1,979.14||USAA||$2,337.98|
|65109||JEFFERSON CITY||$3,019.92||Liberty Mutual||$4,206.59||Farmers||$3,693.79||Nationwide||$2,071.90||State Farm||$2,325.82|
|65339||MALTA BEND||$3,021.23||Liberty Mutual||$4,178.74||Farmers||$4,066.80||Nationwide||$2,013.02||USAA||$2,112.00|
|63461||PALMYRA||$3,025.53||Liberty Mutual||$4,088.17||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,961.94||State Farm||$2,474.26|
|65344||MIAMI||$3,029.18||Liberty Mutual||$4,242.32||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,013.02||State Farm||$2,097.73|
|65337||LA MONTE||$3,034.71||Liberty Mutual||$4,148.79||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,998.41||State Farm||$2,299.73|
|65101||JEFFERSON CITY||$3,036.06||Liberty Mutual||$4,236.38||Allstate||$3,872.65||Nationwide||$2,071.90||State Farm||$2,338.55|
|64735||CLINTON||$3,036.94||Liberty Mutual||$4,117.90||Allstate||$3,994.53||Nationwide||$2,036.09||State Farm||$2,275.74|
|65053||LOHMAN||$3,040.44||Liberty Mutual||$4,171.24||Farmers||$3,895.84||Nationwide||$2,071.90||State Farm||$2,297.75|
|64658||MARCELINE||$3,045.13||Liberty Mutual||$4,319.53||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,975.18||State Farm||$2,324.69|
|63352||LADDONIA||$3,047.73||Liberty Mutual||$4,297.83||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,084.58||State Farm||$2,213.46|
|63501||KIRKSVILLE||$3,049.19||Liberty Mutual||$4,338.31||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,997.44||State Farm||$2,466.78|
|64001||ALMA||$3,050.25||Liberty Mutual||$4,189.26||Farmers||$4,098.07||Nationwide||$2,071.13||State Farm||$2,289.20|
|65320||ARROW ROCK||$3,056.42||Liberty Mutual||$4,238.71||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,013.02||State Farm||$2,097.73|
|65401||ROLLA||$3,056.42||Liberty Mutual||$4,353.06||Farmers||$4,087.84||Nationwide||$2,094.65||State Farm||$2,220.45|
The cheapest car insurance rates can be found at 65301 in Sedalia.
|Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Missouri||City||Average Annual Rate by ZIP Code||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Annual Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Annual Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Annual Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Annual Rate|
|63120||SAINT LOUIS||$5,220.97||Progressive||$7,750.45||Liberty Mutual||$6,552.51||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,631.66|
|63107||SAINT LOUIS||$5,156.22||Progressive||$8,031.09||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,631.66|
|63118||SAINT LOUIS||$4,941.63||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,475.17||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,343.55|
|63112||SAINT LOUIS||$4,867.49||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,286.35||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,631.66|
|63111||SAINT LOUIS||$4,798.75||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,453.23||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,444.71|
|63116||SAINT LOUIS||$4,776.27||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,199.07||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,395.04|
|63101||SAINT LOUIS||$4,769.06||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,085.60||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,343.55|
|63102||SAINT LOUIS||$4,749.36||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,002.14||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,343.55|
|63103||SAINT LOUIS||$4,717.32||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,092.26||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,343.55|
|63108||SAINT LOUIS||$4,689.62||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$6,215.11||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,316.55|
|63155||SAINT LOUIS||$4,688.52||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Progressive||$5,582.20||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,343.55|
|63104||SAINT LOUIS||$4,597.70||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$5,743.00||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,343.55|
|63110||SAINT LOUIS||$4,573.32||Liberty Mutual||$6,517.96||Farmers||$5,899.56||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,252.72|
|64124||KANSAS CITY||$4,527.14||Liberty Mutual||$6,653.85||Progressive||$5,510.01||USAA||$2,525.57||Nationwide||$3,513.54|
|64127||KANSAS CITY||$4,516.27||Liberty Mutual||$6,653.85||Farmers||$5,398.15||USAA||$2,525.57||Nationwide||$3,513.54|
|64123||KANSAS CITY||$4,501.38||Progressive||$6,121.06||Liberty Mutual||$5,960.22||USAA||$2,525.57||Nationwide||$3,513.54|
|64128||KANSAS CITY||$4,498.89||Liberty Mutual||$6,653.85||Farmers||$5,583.59||USAA||$2,525.57||Nationwide||$3,513.54|
|63121||SAINT LOUIS||$4,496.11||Liberty Mutual||$5,879.55||Farmers||$5,792.05||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,207.49|
Cheapest Rates by City
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|Cheapest Cities in Missouri||Average Annual Rate by City||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Annual Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Annual Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Annual Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Annual Rate|
|Lebanon||$2,938.32||Liberty Mutual||$4,158.01||Farmers||$3,822.03||Nationwide||$1,979.14||State Farm||$2,246.40|
|Nelson||$3,010.40||Liberty Mutual||$4,085.36||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,013.02||State Farm||$2,097.73|
|Centertown||$3,015.32||Liberty Mutual||$4,171.24||Allstate||$3,872.65||Nationwide||$2,071.90||State Farm||$2,283.73|
|Fort Leonard Wood||$3,016.38||Liberty Mutual||$4,283.07||Farmers||$4,211.44||Nationwide||$1,979.14||USAA||$2,337.98|
|Malta Bend||$3,021.23||Liberty Mutual||$4,178.74||Farmers||$4,066.80||Nationwide||$2,013.02||USAA||$2,112.00|
|Palmyra||$3,025.53||Liberty Mutual||$4,088.17||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,961.94||State Farm||$2,474.26|
|Jefferson City||$3,027.99||Liberty Mutual||$4,221.49||Allstate||$3,691.09||Nationwide||$2,071.90||State Farm||$2,332.19|
|Miami||$3,029.18||Liberty Mutual||$4,242.32||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,013.02||State Farm||$2,097.73|
|La Monte||$3,034.71||Liberty Mutual||$4,148.79||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,998.41||State Farm||$2,299.73|
|Clinton||$3,036.94||Liberty Mutual||$4,117.90||Allstate||$3,994.53||Nationwide||$2,036.09||State Farm||$2,275.74|
|Lohman||$3,040.44||Liberty Mutual||$4,171.24||Farmers||$3,895.84||Nationwide||$2,071.90||State Farm||$2,297.75|
|Marceline||$3,045.13||Liberty Mutual||$4,319.53||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,975.18||State Farm||$2,324.69|
|Laddonia||$3,047.73||Liberty Mutual||$4,297.83||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,084.58||State Farm||$2,213.46|
|Kirksville||$3,049.19||Liberty Mutual||$4,338.31||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$1,997.44||State Farm||$2,466.78|
|Alma||$3,050.25||Liberty Mutual||$4,189.26||Farmers||$4,098.07||Nationwide||$2,071.13||State Farm||$2,289.20|
|Arrow Rock||$3,056.42||Liberty Mutual||$4,238.71||Allstate||$3,961.88||Nationwide||$2,013.02||State Farm||$2,097.73|
|Rolla||$3,056.42||Liberty Mutual||$4,353.06||Farmers||$4,087.84||Nationwide||$2,094.65||State Farm||$2,220.45|
|Vandalia||$3,059.82||Liberty Mutual||$4,338.91||Farmers||$4,012.74||Nationwide||$2,084.58||State Farm||$2,203.83|
Sedalia has the cheapest car insurance rates.
|Most Expensive Cities in Missouri||Average Annual Rate by City||Most Expensive Company||Most Expensive Annual Rate||2nd Most Expensive Company||2nd Most Expensive Annual Rate||Cheapest Company||Cheapest Annual Rate||2nd Cheapest Company||2nd Cheapest Annual Rate|
|Pine Lawn||$5,220.97||Progressive||$7,750.45||Liberty Mutual||$6,552.51||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,631.66|
|St. Louis||$4,788.76||Liberty Mutual||$6,471.28||Farmers||$6,141.48||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,389.49|
|Hanley Hills||$4,380.21||Liberty Mutual||$6,167.47||Farmers||$5,844.01||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$3,207.49|
|Black Jack||$4,323.75||Farmers||$5,639.46||Liberty Mutual||$5,580.91||USAA||$2,455.64||Nationwide||$3,088.75|
|University City||$3,978.05||Liberty Mutual||$5,705.26||Farmers||$4,920.54||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$2,862.98|
|Bella Villa||$3,912.51||Farmers||$5,202.22||Liberty Mutual||$5,167.71||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$2,846.19|
|Richmond Heights||$3,908.89||Liberty Mutual||$5,427.05||Allstate||$5,271.27||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$2,810.43|
|Breckenridge Hills||$3,891.60||Liberty Mutual||$5,801.31||Farmers||$5,047.65||USAA||$2,455.64||Nationwide||$2,857.79|
|Cedar Hill||$3,828.32||Liberty Mutual||$5,253.06||Farmers||$4,970.86||USAA||$2,726.89||Nationwide||$2,781.08|
|Kansas City||$3,803.99||Liberty Mutual||$5,328.57||Farmers||$4,820.22||USAA||$2,525.57||Nationwide||$2,716.19|
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The Best Missouri Car Insurance Companies
So many car insurance carriers compete for your business these days that it’s hard to know which ones actually come through on their promises.
Going with one of the largest carriers is always a good choice, simply because they will have the fincancial stability to pay out claims. Take a look at how the largest companies in MO occupy the market.
No need to worry — we’ve got you covered! Keep scrolling to find out about the ten best providers across Missouri.
Ready to go? Let’s get this show on the road.
The Largest Missouri Companies’ Financial Ratings
AM Best gives insurance companies financial ratings. A good score means they are highly likely to stay solvent and have the ability to pay customer claims.
|Providers (Listed by Size, Largest to Smallest):||A.M. Best Rating:|
|American Family Insurance Group||A|
|Shelter Insurance Group||A|
|Auto Club Enterprises||A-|
Besides premiums, one of the other components that should factor into your decision when picking an insurance carrier are customer ratings. Want to find out what customers really think about the top Missouri car insurance carriers?
Here we go.
Companies With the Best Ratings
Missouri Car Insurance Company Complaints
The complaint index of each company calculates how much larger a company’s share of complaints is compared to its share of profits across the state. Companies with a complaint index higher than one are worse than the average insurer in Missouri, and those with an index below one are better than average.
|Company||Complaint Ratio||Complaint Count|
|Columbia Insurance Group||1||8|
|Missouri Farm Bureau||1.09||51|
|Country Financial Insurance||1.39||19|
Bear in mind that some complaints are based on general customer satisfaction, so factor that into your final decision.
Cheapest Companies in Missouri
We know that rates are one of the biggest factors that affect your Missouri car insurance choices. The below chart shows ten of the top carriers in the state, along with their average rates compared to the overall state average.
|Company||Annual Average||Compared to State Average||Percentage|
|American Family Mutual||$3,286.90||-$46.70||-1.42%|
|Farmers Ins Co||$4,312.19||$978.59||22.69%|
|Safeco Ins Co of IL||$4,518.67||$1,185.07||26.23%|
|State Farm Mutual Auto||$2,692.91||-$640.70||-23.79%|
Our researchers discovered that Safeco has the highest average premiums, with Farmers coming in second. Allied has the lowest average rates.
Commute Rates by Company
The table below compares the rates of top carriers in the state against average commute times.
|Company||10-mile commute/6,000 annual mileage||25-mile commute/12,000 annual mileage|
Commute times are just one of a number of factors that affect your rates.
Coverage Level Rates by Companies
|Company||High Coverage Annual Rate||Medium Coverage Annual Rate||Low Coverage Annual Rate|
Credit History Rates by Companies
According to an Experian study, the average Missourian has a credit card VantageScore of 675, around three credit cards in their name, and a credit card balance of $5,897.
|Company||Annual Rate with Good Credit||Annual Rate with Fair Credit||Annual Rate with Poor Credit|
If you think your credit card debt and car insurance rates have no connection, think again! Insurance carriers run credit checks on their insured to assess the likelihood of them filing a claim at any point.
If your credit score doesn’t meet their standards, you might just see a spike in your rates, whether or not you’ve had an accident.
Driving Record Rates
Generally, the less you drive and the fewer risks you take, the lower your premiums. Penalties, like those below, can affect your driving history and your annual rates.
|Company||Clean Record||With 1 Speeding Violation||With 1 Accident||With 1 DUI|
The Largest Car Insurance Companies in Missouri
|Company Group/group/code Company Name||Direct Premiums Written||Loss Ratio||Market Share|
|State Farm Group||$937,742||65.35%||24.06%|
|American Family Insurance Group||$506,153||66.85%||12.99%|
|Liberty Mutual Group||$256,156||64.67%||6.57%|
|Farmers Insurance Group||$219,419||66.63%||5.63%|
|Shelter Insurance Group||$206,083||70.23%||5.29%|
|Allstate Insurance Group||$163,137||60.06%||4.19%|
|Auto Club Enterprises Insurance Group||$146,330||68.51%||3.75%|
Number of Car Insurance Providers in Missouri
|Property & Casualty Insurance||Number|
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Laws in Missouri
To keep your car insurance rates low, you should know the laws in your state so that you’re not blindsided by a fine.
Don’t worry. We’re here to help.
Keep reading to learn about Missouri’s rules of the road.
Missouri’s Car Insurance Safety Laws
Car insurance laws vary nationwide, and like other states, Missouri has several laws worth noting.
For instance, among age-related restrictions, drivers 21 years old and younger are banned from texting while they drive and motorists age 70 and older need to renew their licenses every three years.
Also, Missouri seat belt laws are under secondary enforcement only for those 16 and older, which means an officer must enforce a primary law before issuing a seat belt citation.
And guess what?
That means many Missourians could be driving without a seat belt on and get away without it, putting others’ safety at risk, which is why the required uninsured motorist and additional liability coverage can help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Drivers with a history of accidents or traffic violations may discover they can’t buy coverage from an auto insurance carrier. This is when high-risk insurance comes into play.
So, don’t fret!
If you’re having trouble finding a carrier that will cover you, you may apply for insurance through the Missouri Automobile Insurance Plan (MOAIP).
You must verify that you have tried and failed to get reasonable rates within 60 days of serving your sentence.
The state of Missouri doesn’t currently offer any special low-cost insurance programs. Missouri law requires drivers to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. Penalties for not having insurance can be severe. You can’t afford not to have insurance.
While some states mandate a waived deductible for windshield repairs, and others specify the use of manufacturer’s replacement parts only, Missouri does allow replacement with aftermarket parts if stated on the estimate. The parts should also be “at least equal in like, kind and quality in terms of fit, quality, and performance.” The insurance company can choose the repair vendor.
No law requires insurance companies in Missouri to offer a zero deductible with comprehensive coverage, but it is an option.
If you want windshield coverage, you will need comprehensive insurance, and you should consider carefully how the different insurance providers handle windshield claims.
Automobile Insurance Fraud in Missouri
Insurance fraud is a criminal offense in Missouri. It happens when someone tries to deceive an insurer for benefits or payouts they’re not qualified to get.
Someone can also commit car insurance fraud when they lie intentionally about or hide vital facts connected with an insurance claim, or the person makes a payment under an insurance policy to get benefits.
For example, property damage to defraud an insurer of over $100,000 is a Class D felony subject to prison for up to four years and a fine of up to $5,000. Property damage to defraud an insurer of less than $100,000 in damage is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $500 fine.
Simply put: don’t commit insurance fraud, and you’re good to go.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is a limit on the amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit to court. Different states have different statutes of limitations for personal injury and property damage claims.
If you’re ever in an auto accident involving extensive injuries and damages, you need to know your rights in the matter.
Missouri law gives you five years to file a property damage suit.
Missouri’s Vehicle Licensing Laws
Now, we all know that you can’t drive a car without a license in Missouri. Let’s find out about the mandatory vehicle licensing laws in Missouri.
Penalties for Driving Without Insurance
- First Offense – 0 days; $20 reinstatement fee
- Second Offense – 90 days; $200 reinstatement fee
- Third and subsequent suspensionone year; $400 reinstatement fee
Teen Driver Laws
|Young Driver Licensing Laws||Minimum Age||Passenger Restrictions||Time Restrictions|
|Learner's Permit||15 years||A licensed parent, guardian or another authorized (by parent or guardian) individual must supervise|
All passengers must be seat belted.
|Teens must have a supervised 40 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours at night|
|Provisional License||16 years old and have held learner's permit for at least 6 months.||First 6 months—no more than 1 passenger younger than 19; second 6 months—no more than 3 passengers younger than 19 (family members excepted, unless otherwise noted)||Between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Nighttime Restrictions: entire intermediate stage (min. age: 17, 11 mo.)|
|Full License||17 years, 11 months||None||None|
Missouri’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program requires all first-time drivers 15 to 18 years old complete a period of driving with a licensed driver (instruction permit), and restricted driving (intermediate license) before getting a full driver license.
If the permit holder is under 16, the trainer must be a driving instructor or another qualified driver at least 25 years old who has been licensed for at least three years and has received written permission from the parent or legal guardian. In case of disability, the qualified parent, grandparent or guardian can serve as their designee.
Young drivers may apply for an intermediate license at age 16. The driver with an intermediate license may drive alone except during a late night curfew (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.). The driver and passengers must use seat belts, be free of alcohol and drugs, and obey traffic laws.
At age 18, or within the 30 days immediately before the intermediate license holder’s 18th birthday, he or she can apply for a full driver license.
License plates are a crucial form of I.D., and passengers can have fun playing bingo to spot out-of-state plates. Missouri’s license plate features its unofficial state slogan.
Older Driver and General Population License Renewal Procedure
|General Population||Older Population|
|License renewal cycle||6 years||3 years for people 70 and older|
|Mail or online renewal permitted||No||No|
|Proof of adequate vision required at renewal||Every renewal||Every renewal|
If you’re about to move to Missouri or just plan to visit, here’s what you need to know:
- The Missouri Department of Revenue handles all matters related to vehicle licensing.
- New residents must apply for a Missouri drivers license within 30 days of moving to the state.
- New residents who have a valid out-of-state drivers license must pass a vision test and provide two forms of identification.
- Anyone driving a motorcycle on Missouri public streets must have a motorcycle-qualified license. To get a motorcycle license, you must first qualify for a valid driver or chauffeur license and then pass a motorcycle written exam and road test. Helmets are required in Missouri.
Missouri courts recognize pure comparative negligence, meaning that all parties involved in an accident share a percentage of the overall responsibility.
For example, in a car crash, if one driver ran a red light and the other sped through a green light, the driver who didn’t stop at the red light would likely receive a higher percentage of negligence (70 percent).
The other party would share the burden for the remaining 30 percent of negligence. The driver with the greater negligence would be more at-fault, however, the speeder could claim compensation, but at only 70 percent of the overall total.
Missouri’s Rules of the Road
Knowing the rules of the road in Missouri can help you stay safe and keep your insurance rates low.
Fault vs. No-Fault
The first thing to know is that Missouri follows a traditional fault-based system when it comes to financial responsibility for losses stemming from a crash: that includes car accident injuries, lost income, vehicle damage, and so on.
Keep Right and Move Over Laws
Missouri move over laws state that when emergency, police, and maintenance vehicles stop on the roadside, drivers must move into a non-adjacent lane if it’s safe and possible to do so. If a driver can’t travel into a non-adjacent lane, he or she must slow down to speed safe for the road conditions.
Maximum posted speed limits are 70 miles per hour on rural interstates, 70 mph on limited access roads, and 65 mph on all other roads.
Carseat and Cargo Area Laws
Children in Missouri must be restrained in child safety seats if they meet the following requirements:
- They’re 3 years old and younger
- They weigh less than 40 pounds
- They’re 4-7 years old and weigh at least 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds and are four feet, nine inches or shorter
- They’re four years and older, weigh at least 80 pounds or are at least four feet, nine inches tall
The law states no preference for placement in the rear seat.
Children eight to 16 years old, all children four years and older who weigh 80 pounds or more, or who are taller than four feet, nine inches can wear adult-size seatbelts.
Violation of Missouri’s child seat law may not only endanger a child, but could result in a $50 fine, and $10 for violations involving children taller than four feet, nine inches or who weigh 80 pounds or more.
Everyone 16 years old and older must wear a seat belt if they sit in the front seat.
People 18 and older are restricted from riding in pickup truck cargo areas, as are those 17 and younger if the vehicle isn’t being driven on a state or federal highway system or within the “corporate” limits of any city.
- for employment
- participating in agricultural activities, parades, and other special events
- when there is a device to keep the passenger from being thrown or falling out of the vehicle
- when are helping people in a recreational activity
- when a family-owned truck doesn’t have enough room in the cab for all passengers
These restrictions don’t apply to pickup trucks with covered cargo areas.
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft mandate that all their drivers carry personal car insurance policies that align with or exceed the minimum coverages state law requires. Drivers rarely carry their own commercial insurance coverage; however, USAA provides rideshare insurance in Missouri.
Automation on the Road
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),
“Automation is the use of a machine or technology to perform a task or function that was previously carried out by a human.
In driving, automation involves using radar, camera and other sensors to gather information about a vehicle’s surroundings, which is then used by computer programs to perform parts or all of the driving task on a sustained basis.”
Currently, Missouri has no restrictions on autonomous vehicles.
Missouri’s Safety Laws
But wait, there’s more! Let’s dig deeper into the safety laws in Missouri to protect you on the open road.
Here are some specifics regarding DUI laws in Missouri.
|Penalty||First Offense||Second Offense||Third Offense||Fourth and Subsequent Offenses|
|Criminal Status||Intoxication - class B misdemeanor|
Per se offense - class C misdemeanor
|Class A misdemeanor||Class D felony||Class C felony|
|License Revocation||30 days; may be eligible for restricted driving privileges||One year due to accumulation of points; if second in five years, may receive five year revocation||10 years||10 years|
|Imprisonment||no minimum||no minimum||no minimum||no minimum|
|Fine||no minimum||no minimum||no minimum||no minimum|
Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws
Missouri currently has no marijuana-specific impaired driving laws.
Distracted Driving Laws
The state of Missouri currently bans texting for drivers 21 years and younger only, and a law enforcement officer can pull over a young driver for this offense without having to witness any other violations.
Regardless of where you are driving, texting and driving can be dangerous.
Cell phone use while driving is allowed in Missouri for all ages.
Missouri Can’t-Miss Facts
Do you want to know how safe it really is for drivers in Missouri? Well, the data our researchers found might surprise you.
Let’s explore it,
Vehicle Theft in Missouri
In 2016, there were just over 15,000 motor vehicle thefts in Missouri. These were the top 10 stolen cars.
|Make/Model||Year of Vehicle||Number of Thefts|
|Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2004||880|
|Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2000||783|
|Dodge Pickup (Full Size)||2001||410|
|Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee||1998||289|
Vehicle Theft by City
|Country Club Hills||2|
|El Dorado Springs||7|
|Glen Echo Park||0|
|Iron Mountain Lake||2|
|Lake St. Louis||7|
|North Kansas City||44|
|Terre du Lac||3|
|Town and Country||1|
|Velda Village Hills||3|
Road Dangers in Missouri
The best way to stay safe while driving is to always keep your eyes on the road and be aware of common risky driving issues. In 2016 alone, 930 traffic accident-related fatalities occurred in Missouri — a 15.21 percent fatality rate per 100,000 of the population.
Let’s dive into this a bit more.
Fatal Crashes by Weather and Light Condition
Most crashes occurred in normal, daylight conditions.
|Weather Condition||Daylight||Dark, but Lighted||Dark||Dawn or Dusk||Other / Unknown||Total|
Fatalities (All Crashes by County)
In recent years, Jackson (as you’ll also see, further below) is among the counties, unfortunately, with the highest amount of fatal crashes.
Traffic Fatalities – Rural vs. Urban
Fatalities by Person Type
|Occupants (Enclosed Vehicles)||354|
Fatalities by Crash Type
Sadly, crashes involving a single vehicle and a departure from the roadway had the highest number of deaths.
|Involving a Large Truck||111|
|Involving a Rollover||280|
|Involving a Roadway Departure||543|
|Involving an Intersection (or Intersection Related)||179|
Five-Year Trend for the Top 10 Counties
These counties had more than one-third of the total number of crashes.
|Missouri Counties by 2017 Ranking||Fatalities |
|St. Louis County||50||53||69||78||86|
|St. Louis City||44||37||50||63||56|
|St. Charles County||16||24||25||27||37|
|Top Ten Counties||313||318||364||425||439|
|All Other Counties||444||448||506||522||491|
Fatalities Involving Speeding by County
Jackson County also tops this list.
|County Name||Fatalities 2013||Fatalities 2014||Fatalities 2015||Fatalities 2016||Fatalities 2017||Fatalities Per 100K 2013||Fatalities Per 100K 2014||Fatalities Per 100K 2015||Fatalities Per 100K |
|Fatalities Per 100K 2017|
|St. Louis County||23||18||21||25||30||2.30||1.80||2.10||2.50||3.01|
|St. Louis City||21||22||20||33||26 ||6.59 ||6.92||6.32||10.54||8.42
|St. Charles County||6||7||11||3||13 ||1.60||1.84 ||2.86||0.77||3.29
|Greene County||11||9||9||15 ||7||3,88||3.15 ||3.13||5.21||2.42
|Newton County||3||4||4||5||9 ||5.14 ||6.88||6.88||8.59||15.44
Fatalities in Crashes Involving an Alcohol-Impaired Driver by County
Again, the more heavily populated counties had the highest fatalities.
|County Name||Fatalities 2013||Fatalities 2014||Fatalities 2015||Fatalities 2016||Fatalities 2017||Fatalities Per 100K 2013||Fatalities Per 100K 2014||Fatalities Per 100K 2015||Fatalities Per 100K |
|Fatalities Per 100K 2017|
|St. Louis County||25||14||18||21||26||1.50||1.40||1.80||2.10||2.61|
|St. Louis City||18||14||16||23||15||5.65 ||4.41||5.06||7.34||4.86
|St. Charles County||6||11||7||7||11||1.60||2.90 ||1.82||1.79||2.78
|Greene County||6||1||8||7||8 ||2.12||0.35 ||2.7||2.43||2.76
Teen Drinking and Driving
|Teens and Drunk Driving||Details|
|Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Per 100K Population||1.7|
|Higher/Lower Than National Average (1.2)||Higher than the national average|
|DUI Arrest (Under 18 years old)||182|
|DUI Arrests (Under 18 years old) Total Per Million People||131.23|
EMS Response Time
The time of crash to hospital arrival is more than twice that of urban areas, where hospitals may be closer.
|Type of Crash||Time of Crash to EMS|
|EMS Notification to|
|EMS Arrival at Scene|
to Hospital Arrival
| Time of Crash to Hospital
|Rural Fatal Crashes||9.10||15.05||45.41||65.15|
|Urban Fatal Crashes||4.80||7.98||25.42||36.61|
If you live in Missouri, chances are you’re in a two-car (or more!) household, drive alone to work, and spend a lot of your day commuting. With an average commute time of 22.4 minutes, Missourians spend less time commuting than the national average.
A small number of Missouri drivers, 1.72 percent of the workforce, have “super commutes” longer than 90 minutes!
How’s that for drive time?
|City||Hours Lost in Congestion||Cost of Congestion per Driver||Inner City Travel Time (Minutes)||Inner City Last Mile Speed (MPH)|
|Kansas City, MO||47||$659||3||19|
|St. Louis, MO||46||$638||4||15|
Kansas City and St. Louis rank at 198 and 200 on the list of most congested cities in the world, with average commute times of 19 and 15 minutes each respectively. In 2018, drivers in those cities spent about 50 hours sitting in congested traffic, at a cost of more than $600 per driver.
The average speed during peak times in St. Louis is 35 miles per hour; off-peak, it’s 44 mph, and in free-flowing traffic, 47 mph. Kansas City drivers fare slightly better, with peak traffic speeds of 37 mph, off-peak travel at 48 mph, and at 52 mph in free-flowing traffic.
Now you’re well-equipped to exercise your economic and social freedom to explore your car insurance options in the Show Me State.
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