Essential Indianapolis, Indiana Car Insurance Guide [Companies & More]
Indianapolis, IN car insurance rates average at $94 per month, which is 20 percent less than the national average. But teen and other high-risk drivers can pay more for Indianapolis car insurance coverage. Refer to our guide for tips to keep your Indianapolis car insurance costs low, and enter your ZIP code below to compare Indianapolis car insurance quotes in your neighborhood to find the best policy for your budget.
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|Density||2,387 people per square mile|
|Average Cost of Car Insurance||$3,512.78|
|Cheapest Insurance Company||USAA
Here’s the deal: We know that researching car insurance is hard. In a perfect world, you’d search for a couple of hours, get a few quotes, and sign up with a company before lunch. But if you’re here, that’s not the case.
Car insurance companies can make things difficult. And the subject matter can be confusing. There are technical terms such as deductibles and premiums. The acronyms such as GAP and PIP. The rates calculated a dozen different ways.
We put this guide together with that in mind. Here, we cover everything Indianapolis: the car insurance rates, the cheapest companies, the vehicle theft statistics, and how safe the roads are. And much, much more.
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Let’s dive in.
The Cost of Car Insurance in Indianapolis
Do you hate comparing rates? If so, we understand. Rates can be confusing. Top insurance company quote generators want you to put in a variety of information.
This includes not just your name and date of birth but your driving history, your prior insurance company, even when you first got your license. Then each company gives you different rates. How does it work, you might ask?
In this section, you’ll find rates in eight different ways, which top company has the lowest rates in Indianapolis and explanations for all of it. After, you’ll have your black belt in car insurance rates. Let’s get started.
Male vs. Female vs. Age
Young versus old. Male versus female. Married versus single. These are all questions in a quote generator and you might ask, “Why are these included as factors in my car insurance quote?” Everything comes to a single point when looking at car insurance rates: “What is my likelihood that I’ll file a claim?”
Insurance companies use factors to determine this and come up with risk models. Those three demographic factors are part of the model.
First, the age part. Insurance companies believe that the younger you are, the more likely you are to file a claim, such as when you get into an accident. Younger people are less experienced drivers and more inclined to take risks.
The median age in Indianapolis is 34.2. This is in the good range. Rates are on the low-end compared to 25- and 17-year-olds.
These numbers come from our partner Quadrant, which looks at actual purchased policies to create statistics about car insurance rates for areas around the country. All numbers on rates come from them.
|17||25||35||60||Cheapest Rate||Cheapest Age|
Second, the gender part. Insurance companies believe males are more likely to file claims, as they are more prone to risk-taking behaviors. The premiums in Indianapolis reflect this.
- Male average premium: $3,604.96
- Female average premium: $3,314.27
Third, the marital status part. Insurance companies believe that being married signals responsibility, both in terms of driving behaviors and finances. They typically have lower rates than those who are single. Sixty-year-old, married women have the lowest rates of all demographic populations, and 17-year-old males have the highest.
|Married 35-year old female||Married 35-year old male||Married 60-year old female||Married 60-year old male||Single 17-year old female||Single 17-year old male||Single 25-year old female||Single 25-year old male||Average|
The largest difference within genders is for 17-year-olds at around $2,000 between a male and a female. The smallest difference is with 35-year-olds, where actually females have a higher average premium than males by about $3.
Cheapest ZIP Codes in Indianapolis
You might think as you’re putting in your ZIP code that insurance companies just want to know where you are as part of their demographics. Unfortunately for some and fortunately for others, ZIP codes are actually a part of the quote process.
When they do their calculaions, insurance companies find that some ZIP codes are associated with a higher likelihood to file a claim than others.
The Consumer Federation of America found that even neighbors with the same policies but in separate ZIP codes had differences in rates in the hundreds. This was true for six major cities across America.
In Indianapolis, the lowest-priced ZIP code is $800 less than the highest-priced ZIP code. Search for your ZIP code in the box or click the next button at the bottom to see more.
|Zip Code||Average Rates|
What’s the best car insurance company in Indianapolis?
Have you ever wondered why your quotes from top insurance companies vary so much? Yes, part of it comes down to the company itself. But each company varies its rates by certain factors differently. What might be the cheapest company for someone with one DUI might not be the cheapest for someone who is looking for low coverage limits.
In this section, we cover rates in four ways and discover which company has the cheapest rates in Indianapolis.
Cheapest Car Insurance Rates by Company
When it comes down to car insurance, usually the first question a person asks has to do with price.
Even though a company may have great customer service, strong customer satisfaction ratings, and even strong financial ratings, if they don’t have the right price, it might be time to find another company.
In Indianapolis, the companies range from $1,800 to $6,100, with most companies ranging between $2,600 to $4,300. Scroll to the right for more information.
|Group||Married 35-year old female||Married 35-year old male||Married 60-year old female||Married 60-year old male||Single 17-year old female||Single 17-year old male||Single 25-year old female||Single 25-year old male||Average|
USAA is clearly the cheapest. Liberty Mutual is clearly the most expensive. After those two, the companies get bunched up in groups. GEICO and State Farm are around $2,600. Nationwide and Farmers are around $3,100. Travelers, American Family, and Progressive are all between $3,700 and $4,300.
Each company varies according to age group and gender, though only slightly. Mostly, the rankings stay about the same.
Best Car Insurance for Commute Rates
Have you ever wondered why car insurance companies ask for the purpose of your vehicle and how far you drive it?
Car insurance companies believe that the farther you drive a car, the more likely you are to file a claim. For that reason, some companies vary their rates based on commute distance and annual mileage.
In Indianapolis, five out of 10 companies do. Those five companies are American Family, GEICO, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, and USAA. The average difference between a 10-mile commute or 6,000 annual miles and a 25-mile commute or 12,000 annual miles is $141.22.
|Group||10 miles commute. 6000 annual mileage.||25 miles commute. 12000 annual mileage.||Average|
The largest difference is with Liberty Mutual at $322.23. The smallest is with USAA at $48.42.
Best Car Insurance for Coverage Level Rates
In your research, you might have come across the term coverage level. It may have left you more confused than before. After all, what is a coverage level? Let us tell you: It only comes down to two things.
- The number of coverages you have If you have collision on top of liability, you’ll have a higher coverage level.
- The limits on the coverage If you have a $100,000 liability coverage limit, it’s a higher coverage level than with a $50,000 coverage limit
Sometimes the difference between a high coverage level and a low coverage level is just $100. Often, however, it’s around $200 or more.
The average difference between a high coverage level and a low coverage level in Indianapolis is $240.42. The largest difference is with Progressive at $535.26. The lowest is Nationwide at -$46.75.
Best Car Insurance for Credit History Rates
This may surprise you, but your credit history affects more than your ability to get a loan. It affects your car insurance rates as well. Why?
Insurance companies believe that your credit history predicts the likelihood that you’ll file a claim. They determine this by taking elements of your credit history and plugging them into their own models. This helps them set rates.
This, according to Consumer Reports.
Often, poor credit history can cost someone thousands of dollars, compared with if they had a good credit history. In Indianapolis, six out of the top 10 companies have at least a $1,000 difference between rates for poor versus good credit histories.
The average difference in rates between poor credit history and good credit history is $1,480.48. Liberty Mutual has the largest difference at $3,248.39. USAA has the smallest difference at $1,066.21.
As an example, your credit score might land in one of those three spots. Your average rates would be between $3,300 and $4,500.
- Good (670-739): $3,001.59
- Fair (580-669): $3,331.23
- Poor (300-579): $4,482.07
The biggest jump in rates comes from a fair score to a poor score, about $1,150.
Best Car Insurance for Driving Record Rates
Your driving record also affects your car insurance rates. Everyone knows that when you get into an accident, your rates will rise. But you might say when you get the next invoice, “By how much?”
For this, we looked at driving record rates from the top 10 companies for three common driving infractions. Those are for one accident, one DUI, and one speeding ticket. Some companies rank differently for different infractions.
|Group||Clean record||With 1 accident||With 1 DUI||With 1 speeding violation||Average|
From the most expensive company to the least expensive company, the differences for each infraction were in the thousands of dollars.
- High-low split – one accident: $3,646.25
- High-low split – one DUI: $6,687.64
- High-low split – one speeding ticket: $3,521.75
If you’ve had an infraction, you might want to know which company is the best to go with. For this, we eliminated USAA because it has a limited customer base.
- The best company for one accident: GEICO
- The best company for one DUI: State Farm
- The best company for one speeding ticket: GEICO
Averaging them out shows the overall difference in rates between each infraction.
|Clean record||With 1 accident||With 1 DUI||With 1 speeding violation||Average|
One DUI is the most costly infraction at around $1,400. One accident is around $1,000 and one speeding ticket is around $500. The average for all infractions is about $3,700.
Car Insurance Factors in Indianapolis
Want to know a secret?
Car insurance rates have more to do with the major eight factors. Where you live, what education you have, and even your occupation all affect how much you’re paying for car insurance. These are the auxiliary factors.
Confused yet? We understand.
In this section, we’ll walk you through the contextual factors surrounding car insurance rates, and there may be some that surprise you.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
Metro Report – Growth & Prosperity
Every year the Brookings Insistute releases a Metro Report that analyzes trends in a city by many factors. Two of these are growth and prosperity and each has an impact tangentially on car insurance rates.
- Growth the number of jobs a city has and its rise or fall in its gross metropolitan product (GMP) can affect how many drivers are uninsured
- Prosperity the standard of living and average annual wage can affect how much people are paying for car insurance as a percentage of their paychecks
Out of major metro areas in the United States from 2007 to 2017, Indianapolis ranked 38th in growth.
- Percentage change in jobs: 10.3 percent (30)
- Percentage change in GMP: 14.3 percent (38)
- Percentage change in jobs at young firms: -17.8 percent (60)
It ranked 60th overall in prosperity.
- Percentage change in productivity: 3.6 percent (67)
- Percentage change in the standard of living: 2.9 percent (53)
- Percentage change in average annual wage: 5 percent (51)
All categories except for jobs at young firms rose, which is a positive sign. However, the growth and prosperity were not high compared to some other major metro areas and with the steady rise of premiums, this can pose an issue.
Median Household Income
Along with growth and prosperity, your household income affects your car insurance rates. But it does so in a way you might not expect. That is, it affects how much you pay for your car insurance as a percentage of your income.
We call this statistic Premium as a Percentage of Income. It comes from dividing your premium by your annual income.
The following data about median income levels comes from Data USA. It is a team of data scientists that uses public data to come up with statistics about income levels, homeownership, and education, among others.
In Indianapolis, for instance, the median income level is $47,225.00. The average premium is $3,512.78. Therefore, the premium as a percentage of income for the average Indianapolis resident is 7.43 percent. This is in the middle when compared to other major Indiana cities.
|City||Median Income Level||Average Car Insurance Premium||Premium as % of Income|
To find out what percentage of your income you pay on your car insurance premium, plug your information into the calculator below.
Homeownership in the Indianapolis
You might be asking, “Why include a section on homeownership in this guide?”
And you wouldn’t be out of line. Most people don’t know that owning a home can actually influence your car insurance rates. For one, insurance companies believe that someone who owns a home is more responsible.
But also, a homeowner has options toward discounts that people who rent do not. Many companies offer discounts to homeowners, sometimes lowering rates by 5 to 10 percent.
The Consumer Federation of American also notes in its study that, on average, renters faced premiums 7 percent higher than those who owned homes.
With the average premium in Indianapolis being $3,512.78, the average savings are between $175.64 and $351.28.
In Indianapolis, the median property value was $137,600 in 2017. This is up from $128,200 in 2016, a rise of around $2,864. The rent to own statistics, however, show that more Indianapolis residents are renting compared to the nationwide average.
53.5 percent of properties were occupied by their owners in 2017, up from 52.4 percent in 2016. However, that was over 10 percent less than the rent-to-own percentage nationwide and a little less than Marion County as a whole.
- Marion County: 54 percent
- United States: 63.8 percent
- Metro area: 65.1 percent
- Indiana: 68.9 percent
This means that Indianapolis has more renters than all of the other areas. It means more people don’t have access to the homeowner discount and that rates are higher are as a result.
Education in Indianapolis
Education affects your car insurance rates too. Some car insurance companies offer discounts to those who have a four-year education or above. This is difficult for many as higher education has become expensive.
The median in-state public academic year cost was $8,141 in 2016. The median academic year cost for a private college or university was $26,920.
Total, nearly 35,000 degrees were awarded in 2016, with the majority coming from the top three colleges or universities.
- Ivy Tech Community College: 19,383 degrees awarded
- Indiana University-Purdue-University-Indianapolis: 7,425 degrees awarded
- American College of Education: 1,546 degrees awarded
In 2015, the most common degrees varied among health care, business, and the liberal arts.
- Registered nursing: 11.1 percent or 1,174 degrees awarded
- General business administration and management: 10.9 percent or 1,156 degrees awarded
- Other liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities: 8.89 percent or 943 degrees awarded
- Medical assistant: 5.4 percent or 573 degrees awarded
- Health care management and clinical assistant: 4.5 percent or 478 degrees awarded
Health care made up the largest category, accounting for over 30 percent of degrees.
Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs
This data from Data USA for the next two sections about wages covers Indiana as a whole rather than Indianapolis. This is because the information for wages was not available at the metropolitan or city level.
How much you earn, as we’ve seen, affects what percentage of your income you’re spending on car insurance. Unfortunately, some races, when aggregated, earn more than others.
|Race/Ethnicity||Miscellaneous Managers||Premium as a % of Income||Drivers/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers||Premium as a % of Income||Registered Nurses||Premium as a % of Income|
|Two or More Races||$61,167||5.74%||$22,103||15.89%||$48,247||7.28%|
This drastically affects premiums as a percentage of income. Within the miscellaneous manager position, the lowest-earning race pays more than 1.5 percent more out of their income on car insurance compared to the highest-earning race.
Within the other two categories, the disparity is even larger.
Wage by Gender in Common Jobs
Women earn less than men. That is common knowledge. Payscale writes that women on average 79 cents to every dollar that men make.
This has a real impact on how much each gender pays for car insurance out of their paychecks. The average male salary in Indiana is $60,734. The average female salary is $44,336. This is reflected in wages for common jobs.
|Job Category||Male Salary||Premium as % of Income||Female Salary||Premium as % of Income|
|Drivers/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers||$51,635||6.80%||$30,864||11.38%|
Women earn much less than men and pay much more out of their paychecks for car insurance.
Poverty by Age and Gender
The numbers for the last three sections in Car Insurance Factors in Indianapolis are for Indianapolis itself. In Indianapolis, some groups are more impoverished than others.
According to the Census Bureau, in 2017 over 20 percent of people living in Indianapolis lived below the poverty line. The three largest demographics in poverty were all females, from the age of 18 to 44.
|Age Bracket||Male Povery Share||Female Poverty Share|
Under 18, more males were in poverty compared to females. Over 18, every single category had more females than males in poverty.
There are a few factors for female poverty, including the expenses and costs of pregnancy and the lack of a social safety net, in addition to the factors we’ve already listed in previous sections.
Poverty by Race & Ethnicity
For this statistic, we looked at two factors. The first is the overall racial breakdown of Indianapolis. The other was the poverty share of each race in Indianapolis.
This gives a look at which group is disproportionately more or less in poverty compared to their overall population share. In the case of Indianapolis, four different groups have poverty shares disproportionate to population share.
|Race/Ethnicity||Share of Population||Share of Poverty|
|Black or African American Alone||28%||33%|
|Hispanic or Latino||10.5%||15%|
|Some Other Race Alone||.5%||7%|
|Two or More Races||3%||3%|
Whites are actually lower in poverty share compared to their racial breakdown. African Americans, Hispanics, and Some Other Race Alone all have higher poverty shares compared to their overall population shares.
Employment by Occupations
Like the other sections, you may ask, “Why include a section about occupations? What does this have to do with car insurance?”
The truth is, it goes beyond how much you earn and what percentage of your income you pay out on car insurance. Car insurance companies actually give discounts for different types of occupations.
GEICO, for instance, gives discounts to federal employees. Many car insurance companies give discounts based on if you’re a public servant, such as a firefighter or a teacher. Those discounts can lead to hundreds of dollars in savings.
In 2017, the number of jobs in Indianapolis declined from 416,000 employees to 414,000 employees. This is a .27 percent drop. The top five occupations in 2017 were a mix of different types of jobs, from management to production.
- Office and administrative support: 14.3 percent or 59,393 workers
- Management occupations: 9.27 percent or 38,406 workers
- Sales and related occupations: 8.8 percent or 36,484 workers
- Production occupations: 6.23 percent or 25,812 workers
- Food preparation and serving-related occupations: 6.17 percent or 25,565 workers
Each occupation has its own average wage, which can lead to paying a lower or higher amount of money on car insurance. Having discounts can lead to hundreds in dollars in savings.
For more information about discounts, talk to your agent or prospective insurance company.
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Driving in Indianapolis
Deep down you know it’s true. Rates are only the tip of the iceberg. What goes into those rates, the day-to-day issues you might have with your vehicle and while driving, affect your rates as well.
These scenarios can take money out of your pocket, and the events that lead to them can raise your rates.
- Got into an accident and need to repair your car. But you’ve got a $1,000 deductible.
- Had your vehicle stolen and have to file a comprehensive collision claim. But your insurance wants to withhold the money.
- Crossed the line at the intersection and got billed for a red light camera ticket. Now your rates have gone up.
These are just some of the situations we’ll cover in this section. It’s long and exhaustive, so bear with us. We know it’s a lot of information. Afterward, you’ll know all you need to know about driving in Indianapolis. Let’s get started
Roads in Indianapolis
Imagine this. You’re on your way to Marengo Cave, just pulling out of your driveway. You head to a collector street and are going along just fine until you see a dark shape in the middle of the road. You swerve, but it’s too late. Your car dips, your tire pops, and your day trip to Marengo Cave is going to have to wait.
Road conditions cost more than time and frustration. There’s an actual impact on your pocketbook—sometimes hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. This section covers road conditions, as well as highways and popular road trips.
Oh yeah, and those pesky red-light cameras. Let’s begin.
Major Highways in Indianapolis
Indianapolis has 12 highways or interstates running through it or right around it.
|Interstate/Highway||Length (Miles)||Toll Road|
Fortunately, none of them are toll roads. There are two sets of toll roads in Indianapolis overall.
One is the Indiana Toll Road, which runs 156 east-west through northern Indiana. Your options of paying include cash, Visa or Mastercard credit card, Visa debit card, or an E-Z Pass Transponder.
The other is the RiverLink system in Louisville. Here, you can pay through a prepaid account with a transponder or by plate and then through an invoice by your plate. The transponder is the least expensive, followed by the prepaid account by plate.
Having an invoice is the most expensive.
Popular Road Trips/Sites
As we’ve seen, commute distance and average mileage can affect your car insurance rates. Fortunately, there are road sites that are just a few hours drive or less from Indianapolis. Here are four.
- Cataract Falls (one hour) By volume, this is the largest waterfall in Indiana. There are two falls: an upper and a lower that are separated by about one mile. The upper falls is a 30-foot drop, while the lower falls is a 15-foot drop. It’s a sight to see.
- Brown County State Park (one hour) Located in Brown County, which is referred to as the Little Smokies because of its rugged terrain, Brown County State Park is a spot for all nature lovers. Climb the water tower, visit the Yellow Tree, and jump in the lake. Relax and unwind.
- Marengo Cave (two hours 15 minutes) Designated as a national landmark in 1984, Marengo Cave is a splendor for all cave lovers. With well-preserved stalagmites and stalactites to an untouched mineral basin, this is a curiosity for all nature lovers.
- Wolf Park (one hour) Located in Battle Ground, Indiana, Wolf Park is a mixture of advocacy and ambassadorship. It offers guided tours of the reserve as well as talks, seminars, and special events. There are also opportunities to meet the animals face to face if you’re a sponsor.
Road Conditions in Indianapolis
Road conditions are more than just potholes and wheel ruts. They can increase the operating cost for your car into the thousands for some areas. And the wrong road conditions can lead to accidents.
In Indianapolis, a plurality of roads is in good condition. Overall, the roads can be considered in fair condition. The total average vehicle operating cost is $575.
|Poor Share||Mediocre Share||Fair Share||Good Share||Vehicle Operating Cost|
However, depending on what area you live in, you might encounter some roads that are in poor condition. What do these look like? Edgar Synder & Associates, a law firm, has some answers.
- Clear zone issues When there is a fixed object in the middle of the road
- Oil and chip When it rains on a newly resurfaced road, creating slick and slippery conditions
- Positive guidance When signs are broken or missing, lines are poorly painted, and other guidance tools are malfunctioning and not correct
- Shoulder drop-off When the shoulder drop-off is steep, which could lead to accidents
- Wheel ruts Ruts in the road where your tires get stuck, making it tough to steer, and possibly leading to accidents
- Work zones These can be confusing with many signs, sometimes conflicting
- Potholes Holes in the road that can cause flat tires and swerving, leading to accidents
These can cause damage to your car if you get into an accident or swerve and hit something. This leads to higher vehicle operating costs and higher rates if you need to file a claim.
Does Indianapolis use speeding or red light cameras?
However, be aware: Indiana lawmakers are considering putting speed cameras in work zones. So times might be changing.
Vehicles in Indianapolis
Deep down you know it’s true.
That souped-up Ford F-150 with those hubcaps and quadruple exhaust is costing you money, not just in gas but in that contract you have with your insurance company. The rates are higher than they would be if you went with that Dodge Dart.
And it’s without a doubt correct. The type of car influences your car insurance rates. New cars are more expensive to insure. Vehicles with more technological advancements are worth more. Insurers take that into account.
However, there are more questions. You may have these in your head.
- Is it more costly to insure a hybrid car?
- What about households with more than one car?
- What about cars that are more likely to get stolen?
This section answers all that and more. Let’s get to it.
Most Popular Vehicles Owned
Back in 2016, YourMechanic released a report that detailed which cities had more specific cars than others. They did this through their repair shops across the country. The more type of a certain car came in, the more popular it was in the city.
So the logic went. Indianapolis, as a major metro area, made all the lists except one. That was the Porsche index.
- Percentage of cars that were American-made 66
- Most unusually popular car Pontiac Grand Am
- Percentage of cars that were hybrids .6
- Percentage of cars that had V8 engines 11.6
- Percentage of cars that were Suburus .9
Hybrids often cost more to insure, but not nearly as much as electric cars or automated cars such as Teslas. Any car with more advanced technology is going to cost more to insure.
This is partly due to the cost of the parts that might need replacing and partly due to the difficulty in repairing them if necessary.
Cars per Household
The average American household owns two cars, followed by three cars, then one. Indianapolis differs in this respect. These numbers come from Data USA.
|Number of Cars||Indianapolis Share||United States Share|
Indianapolis, possibly because of its lower household median income or the fact that it is a major urban area, has fewer households with more than two cars compared to the nationwide averages.
When it comes to insurance, there are deals available for households that have more than one car. They are called multi-vehicle discounts and apply when insuring two or more cars under one person’s name.
This, along with bundling discounts, are another option available to those associated with a great deal of wealth.
Households Without a Car
On the opposite side, there are households without a car. This can pose mobility challenges and often faces those in poverty, according to the Federal Highway Administration. From 2015 to 2016, the number of households without a car increased.
|2015 Households without Vehicles||2016 Households without Vehicles||2015 Vehicles per Household||2016 Vehicles per Household|
People without cars are often forced to use cheaper forms of transportation such as walking or bicycling, taking the bus, or carpooling with other people. These forms of transportation often take longer.
Fortunately, the government in recent years has tried to lessen the financial burden of owning a car on those below the poverty line. This has included making mileage tax-deductible.
However, it is often a hindrance, and car insurance can be a factor.
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Speed Traps in Indianapolis
Few things are more frustrating than driving well, enjoying the weather and the scenery, humming along to the radio, only to spot an officer crouched in a ditch with a radar gun. Fortunately, SpeedTrap.org has you covered.
Since 2000, SpeedTrap.org has allowed users to submit speed traps from their cities. They are then confirmed or disproved, by the votes of other users.
Users have submitted 139 speed traps for Indianapolis since 2000 with the most recent coming in 2015.
- 5400 Southeastern Avenue, Eastbound lane: The police were pulling over a long line of people for tickets. On this road, traffic speeds up because it’s going to the Interstate.
- 465 northbound between 10th and Crawfordsville: About 14 police officers were pulling cars over. It seemed very dangerous because everyone was slamming on brakes trying to figure out what was going on.
- I-465 west & east between Meridian and Allisonville: Located on the north side of Indianapolis.
These are a little bit dated. But cities don’t change much. And neither do the speed traps.
Vehicle Theft in Indianapolis
Having your car stolen is more than just a scary experience and a hassle. It can raise your car insurance rates as well. Any time you make a claim, insurance companies factor that in.
A comprehensive insurance claim might lead to high car insurance premiums. Unfortunately, motor vehicle theft is a serious problem in Indianapolis, with a rate over double the United States rate.
These numbers come from NeighborhoodScout, which looked at data from over 18,000 law enforcement agencies to create city profiles like Indianapolis.
|Area||Motor Vehicle Theft (Total)||Motor Vehicle Theft Rate|
This crime map from NeighborhoodScout shows that most of the dangerous activity is concentrated in the center of the city, along with areas to the west. It has also put together the 10 safest neighborhoods in Indianapolis if you’re concerned about crime.
- Promontory Road / Old Stone Drive
- South Franklin Road / East Edgewood Avenue
- Acton / Charle Sumac Estates
- West 56th Street / Dandy Trail
- East 96th Street / Fall Creek Road
- Shore Acres
- Fairwood Hills
- East Hanna Avenue / 5 Points Road
- Glenns Valley / Sunshine Gardens
In Indianapolis, you have a 59 out of 1,000 chance of being a victim of crime, 35 out of 1,000 for property crime and 14 out of 1,000 for violent crime. That’s much higher than the 28 out of 1,000 chance for overall crime in Indiana.
|Indianapolis Total Crimes||Violent||Property||Total|
|Number of Crimes||11,664||38,962||50,626|
(per 1,000 residents)
|Indiana Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents)||3.99||24.17||28.16|
The Indianapolis violent crime rates are also at least double and sometimes quadruple the United States rates. In particular, the robbery and assault rates are much higher than the U.S. rates.
|Area||Murder (Total)||Murder Rate||Rape (Total)||Rape Rate||Robbery (Total)||Robbery Rate||Assault (Total)||Assault Rate|
Indianapolis seems like a less safe city than typical for crime, whether it’s property crime or violent crime. Fortunately, at least for motor vehicle theft, there are some things you can do to protect yourself.
Traffic in Indianapolis
We’ve all been there. Blasting music on the way to work, having a good time, ready to take on the day. The traffic is flowing smoothly. Just as you think, “Today will be clear,” the first brake light comes on.
Then the second. And the third. Soon, the entire highway is flooded with cars putting on their brake lights. The speed of your car slows to a crawl and your day just got in a little longer. No one likes a traffic jam. And no one likes taking 40 minutes to get to work.
In this section, we cover all things traffic in Indianapolis. That includes congestion, commute times, how good or bad the drivers are, and where to get your car repaired if you get into an accident.
Let’s jump right in.
Traffic is the worst. To find out just how bad traffic is in Indianapolis, we took a look at two major international traffic indexes—INRIX and TomTom. They rate cities around the world on scores relating to traffic, including congestion.
INRIX ranked Indianapolis 177th worst in the world for the year 2018 and 38th worst in the United States. They based this decision, in part, on three statistics.
- Driving time the average person spent in congestion during peak periods 59 hours
- The inner city last-mile speed, which is the speed of the final mile when entering the city center 13
- Cost of congestion per driver $826
TomTom ranked Indianapolis 379th in the world. It looked at 1.65 billion kilometers of roads to form the following statistics:
- The best day for traffic: December 25
- The worst day for traffic: January 12
- Average congestion on highways: 7 percent
- Average congestion on non-highways: 18 percent
On the average morning commute during peak hours, the congestion is 22 percent. A trip that would typically take 30 minutes would take an additional seven minutes during this time.
On the average evening commute during peak hours, the congestion is 35 percent. A trip that would typically take 30 minutes would take an additional eleven minutes.
When it comes to traffic congestion, we know that the peak traffic times are the worst. This means morning and evening rush hours, when congestion levels can reach 20–30 percent, according to TomTom.
However, what are the commute times and commuter methods, and do they differ from the nationwide averages?
According to Data USA, the average commute time in Indianapolis is 22.5 minutes. This is three minutes shorter than the average commute time nationwide at 25.5 minutes. The majority of commutes in Indianapolis are 24 minutes or less.
This is much different compared to the majority of commutes nationwide.
|Commute Time (minutes)||Indianapolis Share||United States Share|
Also according to Data USA, most Indianapolis commuters get to work by car, with carpooling second. This is typical compared to the nationwide averages.
- Drove alone 81.6 percent
- Carpooled 8.9 percent
- Worked at home 3.6 percent
- Walked 2.04 percent
- Public transit 1.52 percent
A higher percentage of Indianapolis residents actually get to work by car compared to the nationwide average. Around the same percentage carpool. How do these statistics relate to car insurance? Some sources state that 20 to 30 percent of crashes happen during rush hour. Peak commute times can increase the chance of being in an accident. This can raise your insurance rates.
How safe are Indianapolis streets and roads?
When it comes to driving in Indianapolis, the one question you probably want an answer to is, “How safe are the roads?”
The answer is, “It’s complicated.”
Each county in America has its own vehicle fatality statistics, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) State Crash Reports. They generally paint of picture of driving challenges in an area based on the circumstances of the crashes.
For these statistics, we looked at Marion County for nine different circumstances related to traffic fatalities.
There were 495 fatalities in Marion County between 2013 and 2017.
The largest category is single-vehicle fatalities, followed by roadway departures and passenger car fatalities. Intersection-related fatlities are a distant third, along with speeding and alcohol-related fatalities.
Roadway departures often occur in rural areas, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Single-vehicle crashes are sometimes caused by roadway departures as well. This seems to imply there are some rural areas in Marion County.
There are fewer intersection-related fatalities than one would expect. This is given Indianapolis’s size as a major metropolitan area and that intersection-related fatalities affect urban populations more often than rural.
Alcohol-impaired and speeding fatalities are a distant fourth and fifth, respectively. This is a positive sign compared to other areas, some of which have over 200 fatalities in both alcohol-impaired and speeding, with the same population size.
According to the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the majority of crashes in Indiana occur on arterial roads. These are high-volume roads that move a lot of people quickly from one part of the city to the next.
|Road Type||Fatal Crashes|
These arterial roads pose unique driving challenges, including people merging on side-streets, constant stopping and starting, and merging between lanes. These cognitive demands can lead to making an incorrect decision and causing an accident.
There were 23 railway incidents in Indianapolis between 2012 and 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
|Highway User Speed||Calendar Year||County||Highway||Highway User Type||Rail Equipment Type||Non-Suicide Fatality||Non-Suicide Injury|
|0||2012||MARION||RURAL ST||Automobile||Freight Train||0||2|
|0||2012||MARION||SHERMAN DR||Automobile||Freight Train||0||0|
|20||2012||MARION||LYNNHURST DR||Van||Freight Train||0||3|
|0||2012||MARION||COUNTY LINE ROAD||Automobile||Freight Train||0||0|
|15||2013||MARION||RITTER AVE||Automobile||Freight Train||0||1|
|5||2013||MARION||DEARBORN ST||Automobile||Freight Train||0||4|
|0||2013||MARION||NEW YORK ST||Automobile||Freight Train||0||0|
|0||2014||MARION||RURAL ST||Truck-trailer||Freight Train||0||0|
|0||2014||MARION||DEARBORN ST||Truck-trailer||Freight Train||0||0|
|0||2014||MARION||RURAL ST||Truck-trailer||Freight Train||0||0|
|10||2014||MARION||ZIONSVILLE RD||Pick-up truck||Freight Train||0||0|
|3||2015||MARION||COMMERCE AVE||Automobile||Freight Train||0||1|
|1||2015||MARION||COMMERCE AVE||Automobile||Freight Train||0||2|
|35||2015||MARION||STOP 11 RD||Automobile||Freight Train||0||0|
|50||2015||MARION||EPLER AVENUE||Automobile||Freight Train||0||3|
|40||2015||MARION||SOUTHPORT ROAD||Automobile||Freight Train||0||0|
|10||2015||MARION||HANNAH STREET||Truck-trailer||Freight Train||0||0|
|20||2016||MARION||MINNESOTA STREET||Automobile||Light Loco(s)||0||0|
|0||2016||MARION||RURAL ST||Truck-trailer||Freight Train||0||0|
|40||2016||MARION||RITTER AVE||Automobile||Psgr Train||0||3|
Operation Lifesaver, a railway safety education organization, has some tips for driving safely around train tracks.
- Trains and cars don’t mix.
- The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think.
- Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
- Never drive around lowered gates—it’s illegal and deadly.
- Don’t get trapped on the tracks.
- If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you don’t see a train.
- At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks.
- When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly.
And always expect a train. They don’t follow set schedules
Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report
Bad drivers cause accidents, which lead to increased car insurance rates. Good driving leads to lower car insurance rates. Which are Indianapolis’s drivers?
Every year, Allstate does its Best Drivers Report to analyze how good or bad drivers are in cities around America. In it, the company looks at two statistics.
The first is the average time between claims for each driver. The second is hard-braking incidents.
|Average Years Between Claims||2019 Best Drivers Report Ranking||Change in|
2018 to 2019
|Hard-Braking Incidents per 1,000 miles|
Indianapolis ranked 75 in 2019, five positions better than in 2018.
The average driver in Indianapolis files a claim every 9.5 years, which is about a year better than the national average. Its hard-braking incident rate is slightly worse than the national average, 21 to 19.
So drivers in Indianapolis are roughly in the middle. Of course, we know bad drivers lead to accidents, which raise rates. But you might be wondering, “How does good driving lead to better rates?”
You might be surprised that it’s more than not getting a ticket or into an accident. Companies offer apps that use telematics to track your driving. If you’re a good driver, you can lower your rates by up to 15 percent with many companies.
Check with your agent for more information.
Ridesharing is a good way to get around town if you don’t have a car or are looking for a fun night out with the risk of driving after drinking.
To take a look at ridesharing rates in Indianapolis, we turned to Ride Guru and created a hypothetical trip from the Indianapolis International Airport to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Indianapolis Colts play. The trip is 13.6 miles and takes 20 minutes.
The rates started at $22 and stopped at $65.
- Lyft Regular $22 | Premier $47 | Lux $65
- Uber X $22 | Select $47 | Lux $65
- Taxi $35
- Carmel $58
Uber and Lyft prices are the exact same. Carmel is high but it’s also limousine service.
Of course, there’s another side to ridesharing and that’s the drivers. If you’re a driver, you might be looked for a little extra insurance as you’re moving passengers from place to place.
Many companies now offer additional rideshare insurance. In Indiana, seven companies do. They are Allstate, Erie, Farmers, GEICO, Safeco, State Farm, and USAA.
Many of the insurances offer protection for different aspects of ridesharing. Some will offer it for a particular part of the trip, such as when moving a passenger from place to place. Others are more comprehensive.
Ask your agent for more information.
EStar Repair Shops
When you buy insurance through Esurance, you have the option of selecting the EStar Direct Repair Program. This program matches you with high-quality repair facilities to repair your car after you file a claim.
Within 50 miles of downtown Indianapolis, there are 16 E-star repair shops.
|Name of Facility||Address||Contact Information|
|BLOSSOM CHEVROLET INC._CF||1850 N SHADELAND AVE|
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46219
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 357-1121
F: (317) 375-3510
|CALIBER - AVON||55 VISTA PARKWAY|
AVON IN 46123
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 272-2048
F: (317) 272-2818
|CALIBER - GREENWOOD - MELODY AVE||155 MELODY AVE|
GREENWOOD IN 46142
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 882-8280
F: (317) 885-4280
|CALIBER - INDIANAPOLIS - BEECH GROVE||4002 S. ARLINGTON AVENUE|
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46203
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 787-8366
F: (317) 782-2491
|CALIBER - INDIANAPOLIS - DOWNTOWN||135 W MCCARTY ST|
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46225
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 262-5159
F: (317) 262-1064
|CALIBER - INDIANAPOLIS - LAWRENCE||10520 PENDLETON PIKE|
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46236
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 823-9154
F: (317) 823-1026
|CALIBER - INDIANAPOLIS - NORTHWEST||8818 ROBBINS ROAD|
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46268
|P: (317) 875-9325
F: (317) 875-9333
|CALIBER - INDIANAPOLIS - SHADELAND||751 NORTH SHADELAND|
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46219
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 454-7400
F: (317) 454-7393
|CALIBER - INDIANAPOLIS - WEST||3855 ROCKVILLE ROAD|
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46222
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 244-9571
F: (317) 244-2106
|CALIBER - ZIONSVILLE||4806 NORTHWESTERN DR|
ZIONSVILLE IN 46077
|email: [email protected]
P: (317) 875-8434
F: (317) 876-7702
Weather in Indianapolis
Indianapolis and Indiana as a whole are known as locations that have a wide range of temperatures, from mild in the summer to cold in the winter. In Indianapolis, the average temperature is 53 degrees, according to US Climate Data.
Indianapolis gets about the average amount of rain compared to nationwide averages but has fewer sunny days according to Sperling’s Best Places.
|Average Annual Rainfall||42.2 inches|
The number of natural disasters that have occurred in Marion County is 15 according to City-Data.com. That’s slightly higher than the U.S. average of 13. Eleven of these disasters were declared major disasters by a president.
Four were declared emergencies. The causes varied from floods to snowstorms.
- Floods Eight
- Storms Eight
- Tornadoes Six
- Winter Storms Three
- Snows Two
- Blizzard One
- Hurricane One
- Snowstorm One
A natural disaster can be assigned to more than one category, which is why they don’t all add up to 15.
Public Transit in Indianapolis
Indianapolis has one primary public transportation. That is through IndyGo, the largest transportation company in the state of Indiana. It operates 30 routes throughout Indiana and provides nearly 10 million passenger trips per year.
- 2-hour transfer ticket Full fare $1.75 | Half fare $0.85
- One-day pass $4 | $2
- 10 trips ticket $17.50 | $8.50
- Seven-day pass $20 | $10
- 31-day pass $60 | $30
- Open Door one trip $3.50
- Summer youth pass $30
- College S-Pass $30
- Veterans pass $2 for initial | $5 for replacement
Cost of Alternate Transportation in Indianapolis
There are three active electric scooter companies in Indianapolis, including two heavy hitters in Bird and Lime and a smaller one in Spin.
According to the IndyStar, electric scooters have been popular in Indianapolis since they’ve arrived, with the average scooter being used just under four times per day. This is useful, as it costs $15,000 for each company to set up in Indianapolis.
The IndyStar also reports that after a year Bird and Lime have raised their prices for riding the scooters. Bird and Lime both initially charged a $1 unlocking fee and then 15 cents per minute ridden.
As of this writing, Bird charges 29 cents per minute to ride while Lime charges 27 cents. Newcomer Spin hasn’t released their prices yet, at least according to the IndyStar.
Parking in Indianapolis
According to Downtown Indy, Inc., there are 73,000 parking spaces available in downtown Indianapolis. These include side-street parking, off-street lots, and parking garages.
These range from first hour $5 to $10 or more and daily maximums between $5 and $24 or more. The first hour for parking meters is $1.50 with a daily maximum of $21. All metered parking is free on Sundays.
Air Quality in Indianapolis
Every year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases an Air Quality Index Report that analyzes the air quality in metro areas all around the country.
According to the EPA, air quality can be influenced by several air pollutants, some of which come from cars. These include ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, lead, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide. Overall, the air quality in Indianapolis has been good. However, 2018 marked the worst year out of the three surveyed.
|YEAR||DAYS WITH AQI||GOOD DAYS||MODERATE DAYS||UNHEALTHY DAYS FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS||UNHEALTHY DAYS|
This might not bode well for the future, or it might just be an aberration in the last three-year period.
We know that being a service member is tough. There are the long hours, the possibility of being deployed, the frequent moves from place to place, sometimes with a family.
You know what shouldn’t be tough? Signing up for car insurance.
That’s why we’ve put together this section with everything from the veterans by service period in Indianapolis to the military discounts by the provider. And, of course, USAA.
Let’s get started.
Veterans by Service Period
Data USA breaks down veterans according to the service period, depending on which geographic location they are building statistics on. In Indianapolis, the averages are roughly in line with the nationwide averages.
|Service Period||Indianapolis Share||United States Share|
|World War II||6%||4%|
|First Gulf War||20%||18%|
|Second Gulf War||25%||26%|
There are small deviations, such as a slightly larger presence of World War II veterans and a slightly smaller number of vets from the Korean War.
Military Bases within an Hour of Indianapolis
There are just three military installations in Indiana, according to MilitaryBases.com. The closest one to Indianapolis is Grissom Air Reserve Base Air Force.
Located a little over one hour away in Kokomo, Indiana, Grissom is a refueling base. It played support roles in conflicts such as the one in Grenada and dropped supplies in the desert conflicts.
It is a small base, but according to MilitaryBases.com, “There are tentative plans to expand the base in the future, but at this time there are none plans officially scheduled.”
Military Discounts by Providers
Of the providers we’ve covered in this guide, six of them have military discounts or are hoping to have them soon.
- Allstate No additional details
- Farmers No additional details
- GEICO Must be active or retired
- Liberty Mutual Must be active
- Nationwide Hoping to have one soon
- State Farm Only in select states
And then, of course, there’s USAA.
USAA Available in Indiana
USAA is the main advantage military personnel have over the general population when it comes to insurance. USAA is often considered a leading company in the insurance field. As of now, it’s fifth in overall market share, has strong financial ratings, great customer satisfaction, and some of the lowest rates around. In Indianapolis, its rates are a full 52 percent below the average.
|Group||Average Premium||Difference (+/-)||Difference (%)|
|Nationwide||no data available||no data available||no data available|
It’s around $4,000 cheaper than the most expensive company (Liberty Mutual). It’s solely available for military personnel and their immediate families, such as spouses and children.
Unique City Laws
Every city has unique laws. Here are four categories of laws that affect pretty much everyone.
It appears that Indianapolis has no specific hands-free laws for its city. However, there is a larger set of laws in Indiana that prohibits certain cell phone uses for different age groups.
According to Sevenish Law Firm, people under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any electronic device, including hands-free devices, while driving.
In addition, everyone is prohibited from sending, writing, or reading electronic messages while driving. This effectively makes it illegal to text and drive. While Indianapolis does not have a specific hands-free law, South Bend passed a hands-free law and the Indiana state government has been looking into hands-free laws as well.
According to Bizfluent, food vendors get their specific regulations from local governments rather than the state. However, there are still some state regulations that apply to all municipalities.
A food truck under Indiana regulations would be considered a retail food establishment as it sells directly to customers. As such, it would need to follow regulations in regards to the storage and handling, food training for workers, and paperwork to fill out for the state and for the county.
Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, has a food truck application process that includes five parts.
- Completed questionnaire
- Extended menu (including toppings and condiments)
- A floor plan drawn to scale
- A plumbing diagram
- A completed commissary agreement
It even lists an example of a floor plan on its website and a link to the commissary agreement.
There isn’t much information out there when it comes to tiny home regulations and ordinances for Indianapolis or Marion County. However, as the IndyStar notes in 2015, it is possible to build one on your property.
Every city has parking laws. Some of them are unusual, and some of them are practical. Here are a few from Indianapolis’s city code.
- Parallel-to-curb parking shall be used in all parking meter spaces, and vehicles shall not be parked otherwise except where angle parking … is specifically permitted by the Code.
- The maximum period of time during which a vehicle may be continuously parked, stopped or left standing in one parking meter space, at all times…shall be four hours….
- No parking space shall be designed or located so that the only way to access that space is by entering directly from or exiting directly to a highway, freeway, or primary arterial.
- It shall be a violation for any person not authorized by the city to deface, injure, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter.
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Indianapolis Car Insurance FAQs
Here are seven frequently asked questions about Indianapolis auto insurance.
What Is the minimum car insurance needed in Indianapolis?
In Indiana, the minimum insurance requirements are 25/50/10 liability insurance. This means $25,000 for the injuries or death of one person, $50,000 for the injuries or deaths of more than one person, and $10,000 for property damage.
What happens if I get into an accident in Indianapolis?
Indiana is an at-fault state. This means that the person who is found at fault in an accident is responsible for all the financial damages, including the other person’s property and their medical bills.
I’m a high-risk driver. What insurance do I need in Indianapolis?
In Indiana, if you are labeled a high-risk driver, you may be required to get an SR-22. This is a certificate of insurance purchased through an insurer. It essentially states that legally you have insurance. Without it, you might not be able to legally drive.
I want to get my windshield repaired. What are my options?
In Indiana, there is nothing special about windshield repair, according to CarWindshields.info. If the car is under five years old, you can choose OEM, after-market, or used products. This is the case for after an accident when you’ve filed a claim.
What are my options if my claim was denied?
If your claim was denied, you have a few options to recoup your money. First, you can file an appeal. Second, if that appeal is denied, you can hire a lawyer to recoup your damages. You can also file a formal complaint with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
How do I file a complaint about a company in Indianapolis?
In Indiana, if you want to file a complaint against your insurance company without going to the NAIC, you can contact the Indiana Department of Insurance either by phone at 1-800-622-4461 or by emailing them at [email protected].
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