From Gypsum Hills to Post Rock country, Kansas is filled with gorgeous highways just begging for a road trip. But before you can drive in Kansas, you need car insurance you can afford.
We can help. We’ve written a step-by-step guide to help you get the best deal on Kansas car insurance. Don’t have time to read this right now? Start comparing free quotes to find the best deal for you!
How Do I Find the Cheapest Auto Insurance in Kansas?
In general, Kansas car insurance is not too expensive. The state ranks 39th in the United States for the average annual cost of car insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
However, your personal insurance rates are affected by all kinds of factors. Where you live matters: Wichita auto insurance will be more expensive than insurance in Olathe. Your personal life matters: Young, single drivers will pay more. And your credit matters — maybe even more than your driving record. Consumer Reports found that for single drivers in Kansas, for instance, one moving violation increased their premium by $122 per year, on average. But a credit score rated “good” resulted in a premium increase of $233, even with a perfect driving record. A poor credit score meant paying $1,301 more each year, on average.
Long story short, the only way Kansas drivers can find the absolute cheapest car insurance is to compare customized quotes. Enter your info, select state minimum coverage, and see the insurance companies’ best offers.
What is the Kansas State Minimum Auto Insurance Limit?
Compared to most other states, Kansas requires every driver to carry a lot of auto insurance. How much? Well…
- $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury liability: This pays for other people’s medical bills and lost wages when they’re injured in an accident you’re legally liable for.
- $25,000 per accident for property damage liability: This pays for damage to other people’s property in an accident you’re liable for
- $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury liability: This pays for your medical bills if you get hit by a driver without sufficient insurance
- $4,500 in personal injury protection (PIP): This pays for medical bills; additional PIP coverage included in your policy covers specific expenses for you, your family and your passengers after an accident
Cheap Liability Coverage in Kansas
First, the bad news: Kansas requires you to carry a lot of liability car insurance coverage and extras. That means 25/50/25 insurance ($25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident in bodily injury liability, plus $50,000 in property damage liability), and also uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and $4,500 in PIP coverage.
Now, the good news: in Kansas, car insurance is pretty cheap — even when you have all that coverage! You just have to compare quotes to get the best deal. As an example, we ran the numbers for a 27-year-old Wichita driver. Her quotes for Kansas minimum-coverage, cheap liability plan ranged from $69 to $100 per month when she paid in full.
Do I Need More Than The Minimum Coverage?
As we’ve said, Kansas state minimum insurance does offer some decent protection. But is it enough to cover all your assets? If your car is newer, or if you have a car loan, you’ll need to add comprehensive and collision coverage. And if you own a home, or have some savings that could be wiped out by a lawsuit, you’ll want insurance with liability limits high enough to cover those assets.
Compare.com helps you see all your insurance options in just minutes. All you have to do is get quotes for different levels of insurance, then pick the one that fits your life and your budget.
As an example, we ran the numbers for a 27-year-old woman who’s shopping for auto insurance in Wichita. She has a good driving record and drives a five-year-old Chevrolet Malibu. Her quotes for Kansas minimum coverage range from $69 to $100 per month when she pays her premiums up front (which means avoiding a down payment plus installment fees).
Our driver also wants to protect her car with collision and comprehensive coverage. So she’ll select a different coverage level: Basic, which adds comprehensive and collision with a $1,000 deductible. Now, our driver’s insurance quotes range from $128 to $202 per month. You can see why it pays to compare — that’s a $74 difference between the highest and lowest quotes for the exact same coverage.
If our Wichita driver wants more insurance to protect her assets, she can look at her quotes for the Plus level, too. In Kansas, Plus coverage doubles bodily injury liability and property damage liability to 50/100/50 (with the same limits for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage). The comprehensive/collision deductible drops to $500, and she gets towing/rental car coverage too. Her quotes for Plus coverage range from $164 to $230 per month.
Another alternative is clicking “Customize coverage” to adjust elements of coverage. When our Wichita insurance seeker customizes Plus coverage to have a $1,000 deductible and no rental car/towing coverage, her best quote drops to $144. That’s a $20 savings every month.
How Does No-Fault Insurance Work in Kansas?
Kansas is one of just 12 states that have a system of no-fault insurance. A lot of people think “no-fault” means they can’t be sued if they cause an accident, but it doesn’t work like that. Kansas’ auto insurance laws say you can sue if a) your expenses exceed your PIP coverage and b) your injuries are serious — for example, a broken bone, a permanent injury, or permanent disfigurement. That’s why it’s important to protect yourself with good insurance.
What does PIP cover in Kansas?
There are pros and cons to the no-fault insurance system, but one big pro is that if you are hurt in an accident, your PIP will take care of you. The Kansas state minimum PIP includes:
- $4,500/person for medical expenses
- $4,500 for rehabilitation expenses
- $900/month for one year for disability/loss of income caused by your injuries
- $25/day for in-home services for things you can’t do because of your injuries, such as housecleaning
- $2,000 for funeral, burial or cremation expenses
- Up to $900/month survivor benefits that include disability/loss of income for one year, as well as $25/day for in-home services
What are the Penalties for Driving Uninsured in Kansas?
Kansas has a surprisingly low percentage of uninsured drivers: about 7.2 percent, compared to a national average of 13 percent. That may be because the penalties for driving uninsured are serious.
If you’re convicted of driving without insurance, you may be hit with a fine of $300 to $1,000, and/or up to 6 months in jail. You’ll also have to carry expensive SR-22 insurance for a year. If you’re caught driving uninsured a second or subsequent time, you’re looking at a fine of $800 to $2,500, plus a driver’s license suspension.
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What Fees Will I Have to Pay When Buying a Car in Kansas?
If you’re in the market for a new or used car, you’ll need to budget for more than just the vehicle’s sticker price. You’ll be on the hook for basic DMV fees like title, license plate, and registration fees no matter where and how you purchase your new car, truck or SUV, as well as buying a new car insurance policy for your car. But some buyers will find themselves with additional fees such as sales tax, documentation fees, personal property tax, emissions and inspection fees, hybrid and electric vehicle fees, lien recording fees and a slew of other costs.
Check out Compare.com’s comprehensive vehicle costs breakdown to make sure you account for all the added fees you might be on the hook for when buying a car in Kansas.