Cheap New Mexico Auto Insurance for 2021

New Mexico auto insurance requirements are 25/50/10 for bodily injury and property damage coverage. Average New Mexico auto insurance rates are $107.75/mo. To find the best New Mexico auto insurance companies and coverage in your area, shop around ad compare rates from multiple providers.

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Rachel Bodine graduated from college with a BA in English. She has since worked as a Feature Writer in the insurance industry and gained a deep knowledge of state and countrywide insurance laws and rates. Her research and writing focus on helping readers understand their insurance coverage and how to find savings. Her expert advice on insurance has been featured on sites like PhotoEnforced, All...

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UPDATED: Apr 16, 2021

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Whether you are new to the state or a longtime resident, as a driver in New Mexico, you need insurance. New Mexico auto insurance is required by law, and it protects everyone on the road from financial trouble after an accident.

Understanding auto insurance can take some time, but we have narrowed it down to what you really need to know to buy New Mexico auto insurance. Read on for information on New Mexico auto insurance rates, laws, and coverage.

To find affordable New Mexico auto insurance right now, enter your ZIP code above.

New Mexico Auto Insurance Laws And Requirements

In New Mexico, the state liability coverage minimums are:

  • Bodily Injury Liability Coverage – $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury Liability Coverage – $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage Liability Coverage – $10,000 per accident

Optional coverage choices in NM include:

  • Comprehensive Coverage
  • Collision Coverage
  • Towing and Labor Coverage
  • Medical Payments Coverage
  • Rental Car Reimbursement Coverage
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
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As with 37 other states in the country, New Mexico operates its auto insurance laws under what is known as the ‘tort’ system. This basically means that whenever an accident takes place, one party involved is deemed the ‘at fault’ party, and this person (and their auto insurance) is subject to monetary claims and legal action.

Auto insurance law in New Mexico mandates that drivers must maintain financial responsibility by purchasing coverage in two different types of auto insurance coverage. First, bodily injury liability insurance provides coverage for medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost wages, and other associated costs for the other driver, passengers, and pedestrians that are injured in an accident where you are the at-fault party.

This insurance does not cover you or your passengers – it is intended to protect against injury claims from others. Drivers must purchase coverage of no less than $25,000 per party, per accident, and $50,000 for all parties in a single accident.

Property damage liability insurance works much like the above Bodily Injury Liability coverage – except it covers property, such as the other cars in the accident, and not people and their injuries.

Again, this policy will not cover you and the damage to your car in an accident – it covers the other party’s vehicle and associated property that is damaged when you are at fault for causing a crash. Drivers must have no less than $10,000 in coverage to be considered insured.

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New Mexico Auto Insurance Rates

Thanks to some crash and theft numbers that we’ll take a closer look at below, New Mexico drivers enjoy less expensive auto insurance than the rest of the nation, on average. As of July 2011, the statewide average rate for a year’s worth of auto insurance in New Mexico is $1,293, which beats the national average of $1,440 by about $150 per year.

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As one might expect, it costs city drivers a bit more for auto insurance than those in rural areas. Drivers in Las Cruces pay an average of $1,433 for a year’s worth of insurance; those in Albuquerque pay around $1,815. Overall, the statewide rate trend is downward, which will hopefully carry into the future.

Let’s take a closer look at the ZIP codes within the state to see how rates changed based on different areas.

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There are a lot of factors that auto insurance companies take into consideration when determining your rates. Take a look at our overview here.

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While many of these factors are simply based on your own driving record, two things that affect even the safest drivers are age and gender. As with most states, males typically pay higher auto insurance rates than females.

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Company vs state: New Mexico Auto Insurance Rates by Company

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New Mexico Accident And Theft Stats

New Mexico crash data shows that numbers were largely unchanged between 2009 (the most recent year for which data is available) and 2008. 2009 saw a total of 46,156 vehicle crashes, with 361 fatalities resulting from these accidents. These numbers are flat with 2008, which saw totals of 46,441 and 366 respectively.

Although it is very good news that these numbers didn’t increase year over year, New Mexico was actually one of the only states that didn’t see a drop in total crashes in 2009. For stats junkies, the 2009 numbers represented a rate of 2,297 crashes and 18 fatalities per 100,000 citizens – this compares poorly to the national averages of 1,793 crashes and 11 fatalities.

Taking a look at auto theft numbers, drivers in New Mexico has some good news and some bad news to hear. While the actual number of vehicle thefts has trended downward over the past few years, the downward trend is actually slower than that of the rest of the nation. In 2009, New Mexico saw just 6,476 vehicle thefts across the state, representing a rate of 322 thefts per 100,000 citizens.

However, while the state ranks 36th in total population, the 2009 numbers placed New Mexico as the 8th highest state for auto thefts. When compared to the 2008 total of 8,026 reported vehicle thefts, the 2009 numbers represent a decline of almost 20%! And yet, the state is still the 8th highest in the country for auto thefts, a rank it has held for the three years preceding the 2009 totals.

But which companies are the largest, holding the most market share percentage in the region?

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