When looking to purchase automobile insurance in Idaho there are a few laws and considerations that one needs to take before the decision is made.
Insurance Companies Located in Idaho
Idaho is fortunate that it is served by a wide variety of automobile insurance companies ranging in from State Farm Insurance, to Farmers, GEICO, Progressive, Allstate, Titan Auto, and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. All insurance companies in Idaho are monitored by the Idaho Department of Insurance which is located in the state capital of Boise and all insurance complaints, questions and concerns should be directed through them.
State Requirements for Insurance in Idaho
Like most states, Idaho requires that all drivers, including motorcycles, on the road must have, at the minimum, liability insurance. This liability insurance must at least include $25,000.00 for injury or death of one person, $50,000.00 for injury or death for two or more people, and $15,000.00 for property damage, though most insurance companies will suggest to its motorists that the amounts insured should be higher.
Proof of this automobile insurance must be kept in the auto at all times and if you are found to be driving without it, you will be required to provide proof for one year if you are a first time offender. If a driver is found to be driving without insurance, their license can be suspended and a fine imposed by the judicial system.
The state of Idaho does not require Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist coverage. Though, since January of 2009, Idaho has required that all insurance companies to include an uninsured motorist bodily injury provision unless the clients expresses, in writing, that they do not want such coverage.
Average Insurance Rates for Idaho
Based on figures, from the Insurance Information Institute, the average cost of automobile insurance for the Idaho driver was $564.00 for the year of 2007. This amount makes it roughly $230.00 less expensive than the national U.S. average at $794.00 for that same year to ensure your automobile.
This amount is only an average of insurance rates and the actual amount will depend upon the driver and their personal information, as well as the automobile itself. When applying for auto insurance, the insurance company may ask, and determine your rates, upon your age, past driving record, your education and profession as well as your marital status. Idaho also allows insurance companies to determine your rates, as well as products offered, based on your personal credit history.
Factors that are important, when an insurance company is determining rates, also include the actual automobile that is being insured. The year that auto was made as well as the make and model that it is, is also information they will need. The amount you paid for your auto and the current condition that it is in now. Your insurance company will also want to know what safety features, such as a driver’s air bag, that might be included in you automobile.
Relatively speaking, Idaho is an inexpensive state to insure your automobile, but by keeping your driving record clean and your personal credit history in good shape you will go even further in lowering your insurance rates.