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Get the cheapest car insurance in New Jersey for 2020

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If you plan to drive in New Jersey, you’ll need to carry a minimum level of liability coverage. You’ll also have the option to carry additional protection on your policy, which might better protect you, your vehicle, your passengers and your fellow travelers on the road. Shopping around may allow you to find insurance cheaper than New Jersey’s average annual car insurance cost of around $1,400.

New Jersey

Car insurance quick facts

15/30/5

Minimum liability requirements

$1,400

Average annual car insurance cost

60

Days to update your license

At-fault state

In at fault states, the driver who caused the accident pays for damages.

Our top pick: Progressive

Discover coverage that’s broader than competitors, valuable discounts up to 30% off and perks like shrinking deductibles that reward no claims.

  • Broad coverage, including for custom car parts or ridesharing
  • Transparent pricing tools that help you buy within budget
  • Accident forgiveness on small claims or for staying claim-free
  • Stack a variety of discounts for multiple cars, autopay or homeownership

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Name Product Roadside assistance New car protection Accident forgiveness Safe driver discount Available states
Progressive
Optional
30%
All 50 states
Discover coverage that’s broader than competitors, valuable discounts up to 30% off and perks like shrinking deductibles that reward no claims.
USAA
Optional
Yes
All 50 states
Affordable car insurance with highly rated customer service. Only available to military members and veterans and their family.
Allstate
13%
All 50 states
Your dedicated agent can help you find the best savings with multiple discounts and rewards programs.
Liberty Mutual
Optional
30%
All 50 states
Earn free accident forgiveness after five years claims-free and customize your policy anytime online at the tap of a button.
Esurance
40%
All states except AK, DE, HI, MT, NH, VT, WY
Take advantage of this online company's low base rates and mobile tools like app-based telematics and teen safe driver programs.
Metromile
Optional
49%
AZ, CA, IL, NJ, OR, PA, VA, WA
Pay only for the miles you drive, plus enjoy app services you won’t find everywhere like claims and car health updates.
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Company Direct premiums written (billions) Market share
Geico $1,740,325 21.8%
NJM $1,046,719 13.1%
Progressive $926,295 11.6%
Allstate $836,903 10.5%
Plymouth Rock of New Jersey $620,745 7.8%
State Farm $612,198 7.7%
Liberty Mutual $557,463 7.0%
USAA $311,141 3.9%
Travelers $289,711 3.6%
Farmers $222,440 2.8%

Average car insurance costs in New Jersey

Drivers in New Jersey paid in the ballpark of $1,300 to $1,400 annually for their auto insurance coverage in 2017, slightly above the $1,300 national average. So if you’re looking to buy a standard policy here and you’re older than 25, you can expect to pay something in that range.

However, because car insurance is affected by so many different factors, your costs could also fall well outside of that average range.

Cheapest car insurance in New Jersey

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Which city has the cheapest car insurance in New Jersey?

Of New Jersey’s largest cities, Toms River has the cheapest rates and Passaic has the most expensive car insurance rates. Passaic drivers could face rates 4 times more than Toms River drivers.

Car insurance quotes in Toms River

Company Annual car insurance rate
Allstate $1441
Esurance $676
Mercury $1861
Geico $969
StateFarm $1002

Car insurance quotes in Lakewood

Company Annual car insurance rate
Allstate $1441
Esurance $896
Mercury $2406
Geico $1154
StateFarm $1591

Car insurance quotes in Passaic

Company Annual car insurance rate
Allstate $2277
Esurance $1022
Mercury $3067
Geico $1446
StateFarm $1876

Car insurance quotes in Bayonne

Company Annual car insurance rate
Allstate $1905
Esurance $839
Mercury $2137
Geico $1007
StateFarm $1522

Car insurance quotes in Union City

Company Annual car insurance rate
Allstate $2231
Esurance $1015
Mercury $2848
Geico $1306
StateFarm $1876

State minimum requirements in New Jersey

Jersey handles insurance regulations a bit different compared to other states. To meet the legal minimums, drivers can choose the basic or standard policy, with the option to go beyond these two policies for more coverage.

Basic policy

  • Bodily injury liability. It’s not required, but $10,000 coverage for all persons per accident is available as an option.
  • Property damage liability. $5,000 per accident.
  • Personal injury protection. $15,000 per person, per accident.

Standard policy

  • Bodily injury liability. $15,000 per person; $30,000 per accident.
  • Property damage liability. $5,000 per accident.
  • Personal injury protection. $15,000 per person, per accident.

Can I get SR-22 insurance in New Jersey?

Yes, you can get SR-22 insurance in New Jersey, which is a document your insurance provider files with the state that proves you have the minimum coverage required to get behind the wheel. You might need an SR-22 certificate if you’ve gotten a DUI, lost your license or been caught driving without insurance.

Insurance help for low-income drivers

If you meet certain requirements, you might qualify for Special Automobile Insurance Policy (SAIP), New Jersy’s low-cost medical coverage-only policy. The cost is just $360 a year if you pay the entire amount upfront, or $365 if you pay in two installments. Drivers who are enrolled in Federal Medicaid with hospitalization are eligible. And you can obtain a policy through most insurance providers.

Bottom line

Car insurance is legally required in New Jersey and provides a financial safety net in case of a serious accident. Look into your coverage options to find out what’s best for you once you’ve met the legal minimums.

To learn more, from the best discounts and deals on auto insurance to the different rules and regulations across the country, visit the comprehensive guide to car insurance.

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2 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    FredMay 18, 2018

    Do you insure imported cars?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoanneMay 18, 2018Staff

      Hi Fred,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You can find imported car insurance by getting several quotes from standard insurers with cover for special vehicles. Then compare these with the quotes provided by specialist insurers.

      On the table displayed on this page you should see providers that might cover your imported car.

      Cheers,
      Joanne

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