Teenage insurance?

Hey all,

I’m getting my license within the next 3 months, and am buying a car within the next 4-5 months. What are the teenage drivers around here paying for insurance? I got a quote on esurance.com of around $425 a month… which seems to be pretty ridiculous. Their survey seemed a bit rudimentary as well, didn’t ask about my grades or anything.

I guesstimated my payments at around $200-$250 a month. I’m looking at getting a B5 (96-2001) Audi A4 2.8 Quattro. 16 year old male, honor roll GPA, certificate from certified driving school. I’d be added onto my family’s plan (with parents and 19 year old sister).

Does this seem to be reasonable?
Is there anything I can do to bring down the costs?


Want cheaper insurance? Don’t get a luxury sports car.


Insurance companies generally hate under 25 year olds from what it seems… our insurance costs are always going to be through the roof, since we’re most likely to get involved in an accident.

But they’re soooooo nice :frowning:

Does $425/mo sound like the norm for that kind of car? I mean I knew it was going to be high… but in two years my insurance will cost more than the car itself!

It’s funny. It may still be true that teenage drivers are the most prone to getting in wrecks, but most of the idiots I encounter are not teenagers at all. During the school year, I drive 75 miles per day, five or six days per week, and most of the “close calls” I’ve had and poor driver’s I’ve seen were not teenagers. I say let them in cheap, and if they don’t prove they can avoid hitting things then raise the rate.

Exactly. Don’t penalize those of us who actually value our safety (and cars) just because of the idiots out there that decide its a good idea to get drunk and go smash up their daddys Lexus.

Well I just turned 20, but I’ve been paying ~$100 a month for quite some time. It helps greatly that I drive a 1993 Ford Explorer, and I’m on my parents plan, however.

Mike, paying $5100 a year in insurance is extremely high, I know people with DWI’s paying less than that! :eek:

Now, you said you’ll get added onto your familys plan, but are they going through esurance.com also? You have to get the quote from your familys insurance carrier, when you went to esurance they probably expected you to be the only one. See what discounts your familys carrier will offer, good student, multi-vehicle household, ect. Also, even if you family is happy with the carrier and isn’t going to switch, it doesn’t hurt to get quotes from others.

Like Wetzel said, the vehicle makes a big difference also. My first car was a used 4cyl Dodge Omni…your basic entry level car. My insurance (Nationwide) wasn’t even half of your quote. For ha-ha’s try redoing the esurance quote but use a 2001 Chevy Cavalier instead and see what it is.

I have my own insurance plan. I pay $125.28 each month. Now, if I were on my parents’ plan, then I would only pay about $88/month. I drive a '91 Chevy S10 though. Insurance is pretty rediculous and I would suggest getting a cheaper car because chances are, it won’t last long enough to pay rediculous insurance prices.

close calls only count with hand gernades, Horseshoes and Nukes.

statistically teenagers do the most damage. Its not a matter of driving like an idiot, its a matter of experience.

After you have been driving for several years you develope subconcious reflexes that kick in, where a new driver is more prone to make a mistake and hit something.

One way to lower your rates: dont have collision on your car. Get an older car that is paid for, then if you wreck it your insurace does not have to pay for your mistake.

Get something from the late 80’s or early 90’s with the smallest engine you can find. It won’t last long, but it might last long enough to get you out of you’re teens. Once you are in you’re twenties, rates start to go down (as I am just finding out).

Audi anything for a 16 year old is going to be expensive. Pretty much anything a 16 year old owns will be expensive to insure. A junk car helps though, much more then good grades (discounts for grades and such are a very small drop in a very large bucket, so don’t count on that).

Remember- Insurance companies don’t care if you say that you are a safe driver. It’s all statistical, and the statistics are decidedly not on you’re side. You are a new driver and they will assume the worse.

Consider a scooter?

-Andy A.

I don’t understand this. Why would the insurance not pay me if the car is wrecked? I would certainly want them to cover the damage to my car and whatever I wrecked into, regardless of if I or the bank owns it.


Mike -

I know it seems unfair to you that the insurance you’ll have to pay is so high. However, it won’t change the situation for your company. I started on an older used car, and insurance was ok. Remember that you’re going to be driving with a lot of crazy teenagers, and even if you are an extremely safe driver, others won’t be, and as somebody said above that car may not survive your teens.

Are you paying for this yourself? Or are your parents paying? Remember that you have college to pay for ahead, and even regardless of scholarships there can be big costs for that as tuition rates skyrocket. I hate to be a killjoy, but the decision is really where you want your money - a sports car now, or an even better sports car later :).

  • Geni

If you have an older car with a blue book value of let’s say $700 (aka my son’s '95 Saab) and your insurance deductible is $500 and you total the car, all they will give you is at the most $200. That’s $17/ month for a year. So if your collision part of the car insuance is greater than $17/month, and it usually is, drop the collision and put that money in the bank for the fund to replace your car when you need to. You keep the liability on the car, that protects the people part of the accident and the other car.

And to answer the original question…We have a 17 year-old with a 2005 Masda RX-8, (her choice, she earned it) she is on our insurance and its about $1100 for six months (She also has a job, and pays for half of the cost). I know she is cheaper than if she was a teenage boy, but other than that, I can’t imagine having to pay much more than that. So I think the $450/month estimate is way off base. And I think NY has one of the highest rates in the country.

Ya but teenagers drive the fastest, because they haven’t gotten a lot of tickets. By the way I got 5 speeding tickets in my first 2 years of driving so now I don’t speed anymore.

I think you should drive the car you want if that is the agreement in your family. Research your rates, looking for things like GPA advantages, etc. Do comparisons, the car you want and the older car models -you’ll probably see price variations.

When you get your car, enjoy it and drive smart. Congratulations on this upcoming milestone.

Two types of insurance, comprehensive and collision, insure your car against things not involving other drivers: if you wreck your own car, if your car is stolen, if you set it on fire while messing with a 1000 W amp in the trunk… then C&C insurance gives you the blue book value of the car when its totaled.

If you dont have “C&C” coverage and someone else damages your car, then they have to pay for the damages (covered by their liability insurance).

If you dont have C&C and you wreck your own car, or you leave your keys in it and it is stolen, or you screw up repair work and the engine catches fire… then you have to pay for your own mistakes.

I think this is the better path for new drivers, older (less expensive car) and no C&C - it puts the responsibility on your own shoulders, and for most people it means if you do something stupid and wreck your own car, you will be using public transportation for the next year or so. When you know that if you wreck your car nobody is going to buy you another one, you tend to be a little more carefull.

If you buy a car with a loan, then the bank will require you to have C&C insurance, so the loan will be paid if the car is destroyed.

If you work out the rates, the amount you pay for C&C on your car will usually pay for a brand new car every 10 or 12 years, which means if you saved that money or invested it, instead of giving it to your insurance company, then every 12 years or so you will have enough cash to buy a new car (if you do total one eventually).

Statistically only one in four people will have a serious car accident during their lifetime. If the other 75% have C&C coverage they are handing the insurance companies a ton of money.

No, really… Vespas are great, and they cost next to nothing to insure each year :smiley:


I missed the “don’t have collision on you car” in the first post. In my head I made it “don’t have a collision”. Whoops. :o
That is about what I did with my first few cars. I had collision, which covered my liability if I hit someone, but not comprehensive, which would have covered damage I did to my own car. I did work out the rates, and 6 months of comprehensive premiums was greater than the cost of the car. :rolleyes:


Why not get a Segway? :smiley: You can certainly take them into a lot more places (I’ve ridden mine through supermarkets and Home Depot) and people just love them. I’ve lost track of how many employees have told me “That’s a great idea! We should get some of those!” at Home Depot.

Average people in these stores seem to love it too. (When the inevitible “How much does it cost?” question comes up, more and more people are thinking that $5,000 “isn’t that bad of a price”, expecially with gas being the price it is.)

I brought mine to my job (Department of Public Utilities) last week, and after letting almost everyone there ride it, my boss’ boss was convinced to buy the Golf one when he retires in two months, the Electric Division employees wanted to buy several for their electric meter-reader employees, the Water and Sewer Division employees wanted to purchase one for zipping around the water treatment plants, and several employees who work within a few miles of the Water/Sewer/Electric Division offices were seriously considering buying one for commuting to and from work. Talk about viral growth! :yikes: