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Santa Monica Has State's Fifth Most Expensive Auto Insurance Rates

Santa Monica is the fifth most expensive city in California to insure a car. Patch file photo.
Santa Monica is the fifth most expensive city in California to insure a car. Patch file photo.
Santa Monica is the fifth most expensive city in California to insure a car.

That's the finding of an auto insurance study from ValuePenguin.com, which looked at auto insurance costs across 210 cities, 30 driver profiles and 52 companies to arrive at the average costs and city rankings. 

Annual rates in Santa Monica average 36 percent higher than other cities in the Golden State -- at $1,537 for single drivers and $1,445 for married couples. 

The four other cities that ranked higher were Glendale, Los Angeles, Inglewood and Culver City, whose rates were higher than the state average by 62 percent, 44 percent, 41 percent and 38 percent respectively.

On the other hand, the cheapest cities in the study's sample were Calexico, Lewiston and Yreka.

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Thomas Rockford April 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM
They say that Santa Monica is the 5th most expensive, but i'm just not buying it. If Santa Monica was so expensive, how come I'm paying $30/month for coverage there (from Insurance Panda)? I think that it's just like with any other kind of insurance... plenty of factors come into play, so the only thing you can do is shop around until you find rates that you can afford.

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