If you own and register a motor vehicle in Tampa, car insurance is legally required. It protects you financially if you’re in an accident or your car is damaged or stolen. Choosing the right insurance plan can be complicated, especially if you don’t know coverage requirements in Florida. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs compared providers and found the best car insurance in Tampa based on policy coverage and reviews.
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3109 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ste. 550
Tampa, FL 33607
M-F: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 4pm
2800 N. Macdill Ave., Ste. B
Tampa, FL 33607
Great Florida Insurance
M-F: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm
1719 W. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
Bruners Insurance of Eastlake
M-F: 8am - 5pm
Closed Sat and Sun
6845 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33614
M-F: 9am - 5:30pm
Sat: 9am - 1pm
1036 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
How to choose a car insurance company in Tampa
Tampa is home to several universities, a military base and a healthy population of snowbirds, or people who spend the winters here and the summers elsewhere. It can be confusing where you should register and insure your car. If your vehicle is registered in Florida, it must be insured in Florida. When you choose an insurance company, select a Tampa auto insurance company that has experience with your specific situation.
In Florida, the average cost of car insurance is $1,823 per year. Rates vary from city to city. The cost of auto insurance in Tampa is a little lower than the state average. The highest auto insurance rates are in neighborhoods closer to downtown Tampa, including Ybor and Seminole Heights. More suburban communities like Brandon are a bit cheaper. The averages below are based on a 40-year-old male driver who buys liability car insurance only.
The cost of Tampa car insurance depends on several different things, including:
Type of insurance purchased
Your personal driving record
Annual miles driven
Make and model of vehicle to be insured
Neighborhood - ZIP
Average Annual Premium
Northdale - 33624
Brandon - 33510
Ybor - 33605
Temple Terrace - 33637
Seminole Heights - 33604
The Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law requires all Tampa car owners to have at least $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and $10,000 of Property Damage Liability (PDL) coverage. If you let your coverage lapse or drive without it, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can suspend your license and registration until you provide proof of coverage.
The state does not require Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. However, driver beware, Florida has the highest rate of drivers with no insurance. A study by the Insurance Research Council showed that 13 percent of motorists nationwide are uninsured. In Florida, the percentage of uninsured is more than double the national average. Tampa drivers need protection. Talk to your insurance agent about this coverage when discussing your policy options.
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Tampa is Progressive’s second largest office nationwide, and dozens of Progressive insurance agents are around the city to help you find the best car insurance for your budget. Talk to a Progressive representative about the coverage amounts that are right for you, and get a quote online or over the phone.
Liberty Mutual offers auto insurance to Tampa drivers as well as other insurance products. Their mobile app and online resources can help you do everything from monitor the air pressure in your tires to buy a new car. Customers like using their online portals to manage policies and file claims.
The General is highly rated for affordable car insurance in Tampa, and being quick to provide coverage. When you buy a car in Tampa, you won’t be able to drive it until you are insured, and The General gives you proof of coverage within minutes of buying a policy.
Professional Insurance Services
Professional Insurance Services is an agency in Tampa that can help you choose the right auto insurance. The staff takes time to explain what each part of your policy means, and what the latest insurance regulations and laws are. The company participates in the community and hosts fundraisers for local Tampa causes.
Atlantic Insurance helps Tampa drivers find affordable plans, even if they’re young drivers, older drivers or those with a DUI on their record. Based in Tampa, Atlantic Insurance gets you an online quote within minutes for your automobile, motorcycle, recreational vehicle, boat or watercraft.
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