Auto Insurance in Delaware

Delaware’s auto insurance rates are on the higher side — on average $2,689 per year, compared to the nationwide average of $1,669. That said, how much you’ll pay can vary a lot depending on your car, your coverage, and your address. Use our tool to find your best rates:

Average annual rate in Delaware
$0 $5,000
North Carolina car owners pay the least
Average annual rate in the US
Michigan car owners pay the most

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While Delaware is the second-smallest U.S. state, it has a high population density. Its three counties—New Castle, Kent, and Sussex—were all founded in 1682. The state’s population centers include Wilmington, Newark, and Dover. Your proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Delmarva Peninsula, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania may affect your coverage options.

State law mandates basic liability and personal injury protection coverage. While comprehensive coverage is not required, it may help you repair should your car face Delaware’s occasional strong winds, coastal flooding, flooding from heavy rainfall, and tornadoes. In the winter, snow and ice are common and increase the risk of auto accidents as well.

Delaware Minimum Liability

Bodily Injury

per person
per accident

Property Damage

per accident

Delaware’s minimum liability coverage is relatively low compared with the recommended minimum coverage of 50/100/50. These figures mean you have $50,000 per-person coverage, $100,000 per-accident/bodily injury coverage, and $50,000 in coverage for property damage. Delaware, on the other hand, is a 10/25/5 state. Furthermore, while 50/100/50 is recommended for minimal coverage, the ideal coverage is 100/300/100. In this respect, Delaware minimums lag far behind.

In 2013, the average bodily injury claim was $15,443. While Delaware’s minimum coverage requirements accommodate this, the figure is only an average. This means that half of claims are more expensive than $15,443, and, if you hit your coverage limit, the rest comes out of your pocket. You could end up owing tens of thousands of dollars, or even hundreds of thousands.

To ensure you get the best coverage at optimal rates, get quotes from multiple auto insurance companies. Look at each company’s coverage levels and rates. Because no insurer views your profile exactly the same, some insurers offer considerably cheaper quotes for the same coverage levels. You’ll have to invest some time in comparison shopping, but the savings are worthwhile.

Cheapest Car Insurance in Delaware

Yearly Rate

  • $2,014
  • $5,996
    Liberty Mutual
  • $1,406
  • $2,165
    State Farm
  • $1,862

If you want the cheapest auto insurance, then one of the companies listed here is your best choice. In our analysis, these insurers regularly offered the most affordable Delaware insurance rates.

Low monthly premiums are one obvious benefit to choosing one of these companies, but there are a few disadvantages to keep in mind. You may sacrifice a bit on customer service and efficient claims handling. However, if such factors don’t bother you—or if you drive infrequently—look into one of the cheap insurers listed here.

Where is car insurance most affordable?

The car insurance rate you pay depends on where you live as well as several other factors.

Delaware drivers face premiums that are more expensive than those in many other states, but car insurance in Wilmington matches the state average.

Rates in other parts of Delaware vary considerably, so if you live outside of the Wilmington area, you’ll need to get quotes from several insurers to see how they compare to the state and national average.

Wilmington Auto Insurance

Population: 72,664

With a population of nearly 73,000, Wilmington—in the northern part of Delaware—is situated across the Delaware River from New Jersey. While Delaware Transit provides public transportation in the area and regional rail connects commuters to Philadelphia, and other cities, cars are a primary means of transportation for residents of the Wilmington area. Interstate 95 bisects the city into two halves, and interstates 495 and 295 are nearby. You need satisfactory protection for your vehicle, and depending on your driving history, your rates could be higher or lower than the city average.

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