How do I insure a car as a 17-year-old?

I am 17 and am financially independent. I just bought a used car to get to work, but I’m not really sure how to insure my car as a teenager—is there anything specific that I should do? How should I insure my car as a 17-year-old?

Answer
Congrats on the new car, and that’s a great question! I’m happy to say it’s pretty simple—the process of obtaining car insurance as a teenager is no different than as an adult.
As long as you are legally allowed to drive, you will be able to procure insurance no matter your age. However, teen drivers are considered to be higher risks, and you might find that your insurance rates are pretty expensive. If this is the case, you may want to look into available discounts, such as:
If you want to make sure that you get the best deal on the coverage you need, check out the Jerry app. We’ll get you customized quotes from top-of-the-line providers, so that all you need to do is choose the plan that works best for you! And once you’ve picked a plan, we’ll help you with every step of switching over.
Congrats again, and happy shopping!
Ben Guess
Answered on Nov 10, 2021
Ben has a BA in Journalism + Design from The New School, as well as three years’ experience in content writing and data journalism. They are deeply interested in how the car industry intersects with issues of inequity in the world, as well as in making auto insurance more accessible through writing. When they’re away from the keyboard, they enjoy baking, embroidering, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts.
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