La Mesa, CA Car Insurance

On average, La Mesa drivers pay a monthly average rate of around $48 for their car insurance. To learn more about what you're likely to pay in the La Mesa area, read our guide below.
How much can residents of La Mesa expect to pay for their car insurance? Compared to their surrounding area, how do rates in La Mesa stack up? What about against the rest of California? You can see the cost breakdowns and contributing factors in the charts and writeups below:  

How much is car insurance in La Mesa?

Area Average Monthly Car Insurance Premium
La Mesa$48
CA$56
United States$81

Looking at the chart above, you can see it's around $8 a month cheaper to insure your vehicle in La Mesa than it is in the rest of California.

Similarly, car insurance rates in La Mesa are more affordable than the national average. It's about $33 cheaper than the national average to insure your vehicle in La Mesa.

Bear in mind that while these rates represent the expected monthly payments for La Mesa drivers, it doesn't mean that's what you'll pay. Insurance companies take an array of factors into consideration when determining how much to charge you to insure your vehicle. Variables like age, gender, vehicle make and model, driving record, and even credit score (depending on your area) can all be taken into consideration when determining your monthly policy payment.

But don't worry, we've broken down the average rate for La Mesa residents based on several different factors so that you can get a more accurate idea of the bill you'll see each month. And if you're not certain that you're paying the lowest option, simply enter your ZIP below and find out in just minutes!

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Average Car Insurance Rates by Age

Age Range Average Premium
Under 18Not Enough Data
18-24$68
25-34$44
35-44$42
45-54$38
55-64$37
65+$41

Generally speaking, the older you are, the more experience you have driving, right? That experience can really work in your favor when factored into your car insurance rates. As you can see, 18-24-year-olds pay $27 more than drivers of retirement age.

For every ten years older you get, you can expect to see a drop in your monthly premium. As you get closer to retirement, however, you may see your rates climb back up in La Mesa.

Average Car Insurance Rates by Gender

Gender Average
Male$49
Female$46

Female drivers pay, on average, slightly less than their male counterparts. While female drivers pay a bit less than male drivers on their monthly insurance rates, the difference in La Mesa is only about $3 a month.

Average Auto Insurance Rates by Driving Record

Infractions Average Monthly Premium
1 Accident$56
Multiple Accidents$55
1 Ticket$54
Multiple Tickets$97

One of the key factors in determining your car insurance rates is your driving record. A clean driving record will get you a lower rate than one with even just a single accident or infraction. Drivers in La Mesa with a single accident on their record will usually see rates around $56 a month. Likewise, drivers with one ticket on their record will be looking at an average rate of around $54.

Wherever you live, accidents, tickets, and other driving infractions can cost you some serious cash. In order to keep your monthly bill down and get the cheapest car insurance possible, keep your record clean and drive safely.

Average Insurance Rates by Vehicle

Vehicle Age Average Monthly Premium
Less Than 1 Year$53
2-3 Years$55
4-5 Years$54
6-7 Years$42
8-10 Years$42
11-14 Years$52
15 Years or Older$46

In La Mesa, the cheapest vehicles to insure are by and large trucks and vans, with drivers paying around $40 per month for insurance.

SUV drivers will see rates of about $46, while the rates for car owners average out to about $49 per month.

In addition to vehicle type, you can also expect to see slightly different rates depending on how old your vehicle is. Generally, newer vehicles are going to be the most expensive to insure. However, if your car is around 5 years old, you can expect to see your rates start dropping back down. The most expensive vehicles to insure in La Mesa are vehicles four-to-five years old.

Average Car Insurance Rates by Relationship Status

Relationship Average Monthly Premium
Single (never married)$51
Married$38
Divorced$41
Widowed$38

Generally speaking, married policyholders will pay slightly less for auto insurance. This usually happens because companies will award special discounts to policyholders with multiple vehicles that are on the same policy.

At a national level, single drivers usually pay more than married couples do for auto insurance. La Mesa follows that pattern, with the difference totaling to around $13 a month.

Average Car Insurance Rates by Housing Situation

Housing Status Average Monthly Premium
Own$44
Rent$48
Live with parents$64

Your living situation is another factor that affects your monthly rate. If you rent your home or apartment, expect to pay around $4 a month more than drivers who own property in La Mesa. Those who live with their parents, however, can expect to pay a lot more.

That said, if you bundle your homeowners or rental insurance policy with your auto insurance, many companies will offer you a discount to make up for it and reduce your car insurance costs.

Car Insurance Companies in La Mesa, CA

Recent trends in car insurance for La Mesa drivers

Given that average rates are often changing, it's a smart move to know the direction your area is trending when choosing your car insurance policy.

In La Mesa, car insurance rates declined from 2017-2018, before leveling out in 2019. Rates finished down in 2022, at $48 a month

How does La Mesa compare to neighboring areas?

Why are car insurance rates in La Mesa different from other areas?

When considering how much to charge for an insurance policy, car insurance companies will evaluate a lot of factors. Where you live will also have a significant impact on your personal policy. This may include things like:

  • Road Safety (total number of local car accidents)
  • Area crime rates
  • Off-street parking availability
  • Total number of drivers in the community
  • Regional regulations

While you won't have the ability to change these factors yourself, they can be handy to keep in mind when seeking a new policy or considering a move. Different cities and towns will each have different rates, so guides like these are a handy way to learn more.

How can I find the cheapest car insurance in La Mesa?

While getting familiar with what the average costs are for drivers like you can be helpful as you get an idea of what you might pay, the only way to know exactly what your rate will be is by requesting a quote from car insurance companies.

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La Mesa Insurance FAQs

What factors affect car insurance quotes in La Mesa?

The factors that car insurance companies take into account when calculating your monthly cost include things you can't control like your age and gender, but also factors like your vehicle's year, make and model, plus your address, credit score, marital status, and driving record.

Why is the cost of car insurance in La Mesa different from other neighboring cities?

Car insurance companies take local factors into consideration when determining how much to charge for coverage. Things like local laws, parking situations, and crime rates -- which can vary from city to city -- can significantly affect your rate.

Which car insurance company will offer me the cheapest rate in La Mesa?

Since the factors that car insurance companies take into consideration when calculating the rate you might pay differ from person to person, there is no one insurance company that will offer the cheapest rate to everybody. Things like your driving record, the number of drivers on the policy, and vehicle make and model, plus a number of others, are all taken into account. Because of this, it's a good idea to use sites like Compare.com to compare multiple quotes at once.

Do I need to change my insurance if I move to La Mesa?

Any major life event, whether it be moving to a new area, finding a new job, getting married, or any other notable event always presents a good opportunity to re-evaluate your current insurance policy. Regardless of your previous rate, there may be cheaper options in your new location, so it's a good idea to use services like Compare.com to compare quotes from dozens of companies side-by-side.

Do I need to wait for my policy to expire to switch to a different car insurance company?

Not at all, in fact you can switch companies at any point, regardless of how much time is left on your current policy. If you're thinking about moving to La Mesa or haven't checked out the latest rates in your area for some time, it might be worth your while to take 10 minutes and see if Compare.com can save you any cash.

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