Wisconsin Car Insurance – Compare The Cheapest Rates From All Companies

Find the most affordable auto insurance in Wisconsin and begin saving money now. Instantly shop multiple carriers in the Badger State for all drivers and reduce your premium as much as 35%.  We compare the most reviewed and highly-rated companies so you can customize a policy to meet your budget and coverage needs.

Average car insurance prices in Wisconsin are typically very low and about 25% less than the US average rate. You can choose the minimum required liability limits or higher amounts that provide more protection. For drivers without coverage, low down-payments and immediate proof of coverage is available. Preferred, standard, and non-standard (high-risk) policies are widely offered.

Whether you need the lowest available coverage or a comprehensive umbrella benefit to cover your cars, homes, boats, and recreational vehicles, it only takes a few minutes to shop and save.  Your zip code, and some additional basic information are the only things needed to quickly review the most affordable property and casualty options in the Badger State.

 

Wisconsin Car Insurance Requirements

The State Financial Responsibility Law (enforced by the DOI) requires drivers to have active coverage with a registered and approved carrier. Occasionally, an insurance company bond or a $60,000 cash posting can be accepted. Commercial vehicles are also required to show proof of compliance from their carriers.

The minimum legal liability limits for all drivers are $25,000 for injury or death per person, $50,000 for injury or death for two or more persons, and an additional $10,000 of property damage.  Uninsured motorist liability protection is also required with limits of at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 for two or more persons. Underinsured motorist protection is also offered but is not mandatory.  If accepted, the minimum liability limit is also $50,000/$100,000.

The Wisconsin Safety Responsibility Law provides assistance to  persons that were hit by an uninsured driver that causes damages and/or injuries. A report must be filed with the DMV within 10 days of an accident that results in personal injury or death, or the damage to property exceeds $1,000. If a driver did not have coverage at the time of the accident, the Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend their license.

Medical payments coverage is also an optional benefit that is not mandatory. The minimum amount available is $1,000 although higher amounts are also offered. Covered items include funeral and healthcare expenses resulting from death or injury while driving or riding in your vehicle. Funeral expenses are also a covered benefit.

Collision and comprehensive benefits are required on all cars and trucks that are financed or leased.  $250 and $500 deductibles are the most popular collision options while $0 and $250 are the most popular comprehensive options.

 

 

Having Trouble Finding Auto Insurance Coverage?

For residents that can't find a carrier that will offer a policy, the the Wisconsin Automobile Insurance Plan (More information later in the article) can typically offer coverage at an affordable rate. Created by state legislation,  WAIP assists applicants with finding a policy. After an application is submitted, a specific carrier will approve a policy.

Although the price is not a "preferred" rate, coverage is guaranteed with an opportunity to qualify for lower rates with a clean driving record.  After 48 months, the current company must offer standard pricing if there have been no at-fault accidents or moving violations. Commercial coverage can also be purchased.

 

Sample Wisconsin Car Insurance Rates

Shown below are sample prices utilizing the average cost of several quote engines. Final prices are determined by the carrier, and company underwriting guidelines can differ.  Examples shown assume a married couple (age 55) driving a 2018 Toyota RAV4 AWD with a clean MVR. Coverage includes bodily injury limits of $25,000/$50,000 and $10,000 property damage. Collision and comprehensive deductibles are $250. Rates shown are monthly.

Madison

$37 -- Clearcover

$49 -- National General

$75 -- Travelers

$86 -- Safeco

$89 -- Midvale

$96 -- The General

$110 -- Bristol West

Milwaukee

$44 -- Clearcover

$54 -- National General

$84 -- Travelers

$112 -- Safeco

$121 -- Bristol West

$123 -- Liberty Mutual

$135 -- The General

$194 -- Dairyland

Green Bay

$65 -- Travelers

$85 -- Safeco

$88 -- Liberty Mutual

$89 -- Midvale

$111 -- Bristol West

$170 -- Dairyland

$171 -- The General

Appleton

$35 -- Clearcover

$41 -- National General

$70 -- Travelers

$82 -- Liberty Mutual

$85 -- Safeco

$91 -- The General

$115 -- Bristol West

$190 -- Dairyland

 

Average Wisconsin Car Insurance Rates

Least Expensive Cities 

Green Bay

Kimberly

Hobart

Plymouth

Wrightstown

Sheboygan Falls

Greanleaf

Chilton

Ashwaubenon

Neenah

Cedar Grove

Kohler

Bellevue

Suamico

Allouez

Oshkosh

Manitowoc

Oakfield

De Pere

Brillion

(Several of the least expensive zip codes include 54136, 54113,  54130,  53044,  53081,  54311,  54110,  53083,  54956, and 54952)

 

Most Expensive Cities

Brill

Hannibal

Comstock

Minong

Shorewood

Webster

Bayside

Trego

Galloway

Milwaukee

Brown Deer

Springbrook

Radisson

Mikana

Wauwatosa

Dresser

Jump River

Whitefish Bay

Hertel

Fox Point

(Several of the most expensive zip codes include 53218, 53210,  53216, 53209, 53225, 53212, 53208,  53222,  53205, and  53204)

 

Wisconsin Car Insurance Companies

 

50 Largest Private Passenger Auto Insurers In Wisconsin

  1. American Family
  2. State Farm Mutual
  3. Artisan And Truckers Casualty
  4. Progressive Universal
  5. Geico Casualty
  6. Allstate Property And Casualty
  7. American Family
  8. Erie
  9. Acuity A Mutual
  10. West Bend Mutual
  11. Mid-Century
  12. Owners Insurance
  13. LM General
  14. Wisconsin Mutual
  15. Secura Supreme
  16. Integrity Property And Casualty
  17. Rural Mutual
  18. Auto Club Group
  19. USAA
  20. Safeco
  21. State Farm Fire And Casualty
  22. Allmerica Financial
  23. Badger Mutual
  24. USAA General Indemnity
  25. USAA Casualty
  26. Standard Fire
  27. Farmers
  28. American Standard
  29. Partners Mutual
  30. Wadena
  31. Geico General
  32. Country Preferred
  33. Hastings Mutual
  34. Twin City Fire
  35. Sentry Insurance
  36. Metropolitan Group
  37. Auto-Owners
  38. Permanent General
  39. Esurance
  40. Wilson Mutual
  41. Germantown Mutual
  42. Geico Indemnity
  43. WEA Property And Casualty
  44. American Family Connect
  45. Cincinnati Insurance
  46. Garrison Property And Casualty
  47. Western National Mutual
  48. Atlantic States
  49. Nationwide Insurance
  50. First Auto And Casualty

 

20 Largest Commercial Passenger Auto Insurers In Wisconsin

  1. Acuity Mutual
  2. West Bend Mutual
  3. Artisan And Truckers Casualty
  4. Great West Casualty
  5. Secura Insurance
  6. Integrity Insurance
  7. Rural Mutual
  8. Travelers Indemnity
  9. Zurich American
  10. Cincinnati Insurance
  11. Erie
  12. National Interstate
  13. Sentry Select
  14. Society Insurance
  15. Employers Mutual Casualty
  16. Owners Insurance
  17. Auto-Owners
  18. Western National Mutual
  19. Northland
  20. Allstate

 

30 Largest Homeowners Insurers In Wisconsin

  1. American Family
  2. State Farm Fire And Casualty
  3. Acuity Mutual
  4. West Bend Mutuak
  5. Auto-Owners
  6. Erie
  7. American Family
  8. Allstate Vehicle And Property
  9. Wausau General
  10. Secura Supreme
  11. Wisconsin Mutual
  12. AAA
  13. Badger Mutual
  14. USAA
  15. Homesite Insurance
  16. Rural Mutual
  17. American Strategic
  18. Germantown Mutual
  19. Safeco
  20. Erie Insurance Exchange
  21. Homesite
  22. Country Mutual
  23. Farmers Insurance Exchange
  24. Farmers Insurance
  25. USAA Casualty
  26. Foremost
  27. Massachusetts Bay
  28. Illinois Farmers
  29. Integrity Select
  30. USAA General Indemnity

 

Wisconsin Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Online Services

Instead of spending time and money visiting the DMV, many services are available free online. Typically, most transactions are available 24/7. Popular and new services are listed below:

Apply For An ID Card --  A duplicate or renewal of the ID card can be ordered. The service can not be used if your ID card was canceled, previously processed online, or expired for more than two years.

Change Of Address --  ID cards, driver's licenses, and vehicle plates and registration. Date of birth and last four numbers of social security number will be needed.

Dealer Complaint Form --  When your vehicle is leased or purchased from a Wisconsin dealer, free assistance may be available. Common situations include lemon law questions, odometer tampering,

ePay Fees --  Fees for remaining balances may be paid. Examples include dealer licensing products, vehicle record requests, disabled parking permits, and vehicle title and license plate registrations.

Find Closest DMV Office --  Many services are available and consumers can also check wait times before visiting.

Purchase Crash Reports --  After approximately 10-15 days, the reports may be available. Hard copies can not be picked up at DMV offices.

Purchase Vehicle Record --  The cost is $5 per record plus a small convenience fee. Your driver's license number, VIN, and a valid credit or debit card are needed.

Renew License Or Permit -- Persons under age 65 with no medical restrictions or negative vision changes may be eligible. Divers can renew up to 12 months before the renewal date. The following renewal, however, will have to be completed in person. REAL ID licenses can also be renewed online.

Road Test Waiver --  This program allows drivers 16-17 that have met all requirements to obtain a probationary graduated license without completing the road test. Drivers 18 and older are not eligible. Parents or guardians must spend at least 30 hours in the car over a six-month period.

 

Wisconsin  Young Driver Requirements And GDL (Graduated Driver License)

To lower the risk of an accident, the GDL features hourly-driving and passenger restrictions. Drivers between the ages of 15 1/2 and 18 are typically quite inexperienced and the most likely to be involved in at-fault accidents and certain moving violations.

Obtaining an instruction permit is one of the initial steps when getting a license. At age 15 1/2, requirements include completing an application and showing proof of  legal state residency, identity,  date of birth, name, and legal US citizenship. A knowledge test and vision screen test must also be passed.

Applicants under age 18 must have an adult sponsor and pay a driver's license fee. An original Class D probationary license costs $28 and does not have to be renewed for two years. A Class D instruction permit cost $35 and an occupational license costs $50. Permits are available at DMV customer service centers.

Instruction Permit Restrictions

The instruction permit is valid for 12 months, but can also be renewed for an additional year. The instruction permit must be held for a minimum of six months before applying for a probationary license.  To obtain a probationary license,  the following are required:

Pay current fees

Pass required road test

Have no violations in last six months

Complete approved-driver education course

Total 30 hours of driving experience (10 at night) certified by parent or sponsor

When driving, the other front seat passenger must have at least two years of driving experience with a valid driver's license. The passenger must either be a parent, guardian, or spouse age 19 or older, a qualified instructor age 19 or older, or a person not a parent, spouse or guardian age 21 or older. If driving a vehicle at night, a 25 year-old (or older) must be in the passenger seat.

 

Other Required Insurance In Wisconsin

 

Motorcycles Insurance Wisconsin

 

Motorcycle

Liability insurance is required when operating a motorcycle. The minimum required liability limits are $25,000 per person, $50,000 for more than one person, and $10,000 property damage. Proof of coverage must also be carried at the time you are operating the motorcycle. Collision and comprehensive coverage are not required, but are highly recommended on newer cycles.

Motorcycle operators must have an instruction permit or Class M license. Mopeds can be driven with a probationary or regular license, but not with only an instruction permit.

Recreational Vehicle (RV)

RVS are towed by other vehicles to their destination of use, and have a maximum length of 45 feet. The principal intended usage is for recreational purposes.  A Fifth Wheel RV is typically towed on a flatbed frame. A camping trailer has a collapsible frame and is also towed by a separate vehicle.

RV trailers (mobile homes and campers less than 40 feet) should be registered with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. If less than 3,000 pounds, registration and title are not required for collapsible camping trailers.  Commercially-used trailers should be registered and titled.

Motor homes must adhere to the Wisconsin minimum required liability limits. Separate RV policies include additional coverage and are offered by most major carriers. Rates are dependent on the value of the motor home, number of miles and months used, and other criteria.

Boat

Water recreation activities are very popular since there are so many lakes in the state and in surrounding states. The Department of Natural Resources requires registration of vessels with the stickers appropriately displayed. Exceptions include boats registered in another state (less than two months of continuous use), manually-propelled boats, and sailboats less than 12 feet.

Trailers that weigh more than 3,000 pounds must be registered and titled. Commercial fishing boats are the only type of boat that is required to have current boat insurance in Wisconsin. Financed vessels are generally required by lending institutions to have collision and comprehensive coverage.

Personal Watercraft

Common personal watercraft (PWCs) include WaveRunner,  Quadski,  Kawasaki Ultra 310LX, Jet Ski and Sea-Doo. Often, these types of watercraft are smaller than other boats, and more utilized by younger operators with less experience. Because of the speed of these types of crafts, injuries and accidents can more easily occur, especially with inexperienced operators.

Homeowners insurance policies do not automatically cover PWCs, although an endorsement can be added. Separate policies are offered by many carriers, and coverage is fairly comprehensive. All operators are covered, and bodily injury, property damage, and law-suit defense benefits are included in policies.

Golf Cart

Homeowners insurance policies generally do not provide coverage for golf carts, although club-owned carts have corporate group coverage. Auto policies also do not offer benefits.

Progressive underwrites plans and offers collision, comprehensive, and totaled vehicle coverage. Disappearing deductible,  accessory coverage and carried contents can also be added. $3,000 of accessory coverage is standard and included. The annual cost of coverage for a cart is approximately $75-$125.

Manufacturers covered by Progressive include Anglo China, Carryall, City Car, Club Car, Columbia Par Car, Cushman, E-Z Go, Golf Mobility, Harley-Davidson, Hot Carts, Lido, Solorider, Tonino Lamborghini, Willie Car, and Yamaha.

ATV and UTV

All-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles are eligible for registration. An ATV weighs less than 900 pounds and is commercially-designed and powered by a motor. The ATV has three or more tires and is less than 50 inches wide. A single seat is provided for the operator. Non-straddled seats  are not utilized.

A UTV is also commercially-designed with a motor. However,  UTVs are typically used off-highway.  They weigh less than 2,000 pounds and have four tires. There is also a tail light, brake light, seat belts, roll bar, and a steering wheel.

ATVs and UTVs that meet Wisconsin DNR requirements can be used on public trails after successful registration. If not registered, private property usage is allowed. Decals must be prominently displayed and a proof of sales tax payment is required at the time of purchase. Rear plates must show the registration number.  The registration fee is $30.

 

Car Insurance Prices Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin Car Insurance Rates Compared To Other States

Note: Prices for coverage can greatly vary, depending on zip code and make/model of vehicle. Rates shown below are monthly.  Forbes photo above.

40-Year-Old With No Moving Violations Or At-Fault Accidents With Last 36 Months -- Liability Only

$29 -- Iowa

$32 -- Wisconsin

$33 -- Ohio

$36 -- Indiana

$41 -- Pennsylvania

$43 -- Illinois

$45 -- Missouri

$50 -- Minnesota

$51 -- Texas

$55 -- California

$79 -- New Jersey

$90 -- Michigan

 

40-Year-Old With No Moving Violations Or At-Fault Accidents With Last 36 Months -- Full Coverage

$94 -- Maine

$95 -- Ohio

$96 -- Idaho

$100 -- Wisconsin

$102 -- Iowa

$103 -- New Hampshire

$104 -- Indiana

$107 -- Washington

$129 -- Pennsylvania

$139 -- Missouri

$142 -- Minnesota

$184 -- Michigan

 

25-Year-Old With No Moving Violations Or At-Fault Accidents With Last 36 Months -- Liability Only

$32 -- Iowa

$35 -- Hawaii

$36 -- South Dakota

$38 -- Wisconsin

$38 -- Nebraska

$41 -- North Carolina

$42 -- Ohio

$53 -- Illinois

$59 -- Missouri

$59 -- Minnesota

$67 -- Texas

$100 -- Michigan

 

25-Year-Old With No Moving Violations Or At-Fault Accidents With Last 36 Months -- Full Coverage

$100 -- Hawaii

$106 -- Maine

$114 -- Idaho

$117 -- Wisconsin

$118 -- Massachusetts

$123 -- New Hampshire

$129 -- Vermont

$132 -- Indiana

$140 -- Iowa

$142 -- Nebraska

$147 -- Minnesota

$157 -- Illinois

 

High Risk Wisconsin Insurance

Drivers who can not obtain coverage for their vehicle, or persons that can not be placed in standard or non-standard policies (voluntary market) may be able to find relief from the Wisconsin Automobile Insurance Plan  (WAIP).  Several insurers in the state administer the budget and plan.

Commercial (Special Risk Distribution Plan) and private passenger auto coverage is offered. Built-in price competition minimizes the cost-per-vehicle. Of course, drivers are encouraged to seek standard pricing once their driving record improves. The best insurance for bad driving does not necessarily have to be expensive.  Shopping more than one company greatly lowers the price you pay.

Commercial risks are trailers, trucks, private automobiles, business-use vehicles, and hired vehicles. To be plan-eligible, the company must be domiciled in Wisconsin. All operated and owned vehicles must be included in the plan and the policy will be based on a combined single limit (no split limit options).  Collision and comprehensive are not covered (UM and medical payments are covered).

Private passenger risks  are privately-owned cars and trucks, motor homes, jeeps, motorcycles,  scooters and bicycles equipped with motors. They must be road-licenses and not utilized for commercial usage.  Bodily injury, property damage, medical payments,  uninsured motorist, and underinsured motorist protection are covered. Collision and comprehensive options are offered with several available deductibles. The cost of the policy depends on current zip code, type of vehicle, and driving record.