Michiganders have been promised over recent years that our sky high insurance rates would finally start to drop. After a change in policy recently, we were all feeling hopeful we were going in the right direction.

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But, that hasn't happened yet. As 2024 unfolds, Michigan residents are grappling with the highest car insurance rates in the nation. Data from Quadrant Information Services, analyzed by the MarketWatch Guides team, reveals that Michigan drivers pay an average of $3,643 per year – an 81% difference from the national average.

For a 35-year-old driver with good credit and a clean record, Michigan's premiums are steep, and they're significantly impacting family budgets. There are a lot of reasons why we have such high rates.

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Age plays a role in insurance costs, with rates decreasing notably after reaching 21. Insurance giants also play a part. Progressive Insurance tops the cost charts at $2,030/year, while USAA is significantly cheaper at $1,512/year. The choice of insurer can make a substantial financial difference.

But lets be honest- we are somewhat to blame ourselves. Driving mishaps come with a price tag, with DUIs causing the most significant rate increase. Additionally, the type of vehicle matters; large SUVs, sports and luxury cars, and hybrid/electric vehicles that are popular in Michigan tend to be more expensive to insure.

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In navigating the challenging landscape of rising rates, Michiganians are urged to stay informed, shop around for quotes, maintain clean driving records, and consider the impact of vehicle choices on insurance premiums. Awareness and proactive choices can help mitigate the financial burden of car insurance in Michigan.

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