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#1 Best Value for Car Insurance in New Hampshire, 2017/18

Number one best value for auto insurance in New Hampshire, Co-operative Insurance Companies

Co-operative Insurance Companies, was named the Number One Best Value for car insurance in 2017/18 for the state of New Hampshire. Co-operative won with a ValChoice score of 100.

The ValChoice grading system reviews nearly every insurance company, in every state. Each year we identify the best company, by state. Companies are chosen solely based on our independent, unbiased analytics.

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Co-operative Insurance Companies, winner of the #1 Best Value for auto insurance in New Hampshire, 2016.

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In New Hampshire, auto insurance prices have been increasing at a moderate pace, but are now starting to increase rapidly. However, homeowners insurance prices are increasing very rapidly. See the table below for details.

When insurance rates go up fast, it's time to shop for better insurance. Our analytics provide the most reliable information available on insurance companies. Best of all, we don't sell insurance. That means we're independent and unbiased.

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Car and Home Insurance Average Rates and Three-Year Trend

Average Price*3-Year Change
Car Insurance $775 8.1%
Homeowners Insurance $941 11.0%
Median Household Income** Not Applicable 9.9%
*Insurance Information Institute (iii.org). The most recently published data from the III is through 2015. **U.S Census Bureau (https://census.gov). Data used matches the same three-year period that is available from the III.

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New Hampshire Auto Insurance

The five largest auto insurance companies in New Hampshire are shown in the table below. The marketshare of each company is shown in the second column. The third column shows their most recent ValChoice Score. ValChoice Scores are only presented for companies with above average performance. For the companies where the needle on the gauge is missing, you can order a free report to get the ValChoice Score. This information is presented so you can reliably compare New Hampshire auto insurance companies in order to understand your options for the best car insurance.

The ValChoice scoring system takes into account how they price, their historic performance for claims handling and the level of service they provide. This scoring system uses high quality data and grades on a curve. This approach to grading yields companies that score as high as 100 and as low as 0. Only a system like this gives consumers a true picture of the performance of car insurance companies. For more details on any given company, order a ValChoice report.

Compare Auto Insurance Companies in New Hampshire

Market ShareValChoice Score
GEICO (Berkshire Hathaway Insurance )13.59%
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State Farm12.58%
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Progressive Insurance12.28%
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Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies11.48%
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Allstate Insurance10.04%
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ValChoice only comments publicly on companies that are above average. For any company that is below average we don't publicly display the score. For those interested, scores on all companies are available with free reports. All analysis based on quantitative, high-quality data. Data sources include: SERFF, state insurance commissioners, National Association of Insurance Commissioners and AM Best Company. Data used by permission.

Minimum Car Insurance Coverage Required in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is unique by virtue of the fact that there are no laws requiring drivers to have a minimum amount of insurance coverage. This is known as a "personal responsibility" state. This means that if the driver of the car elects not to have insurance coverage, they are responsible for the costs associated with any accident for which they are at fault.

Being a personal responsibility state eliminates the need for New Hampshire drivers to have minimum auto insurance coverage. However, it does not remove the financial obligation to pay damages when the driver is responsible for causing a motor vehicle accident. Also, if a driver crosses the border into Maine, Massachusetts or Vermont, they're required by state law in those states to have insurance coverage.

Types of New Hampshire Car Insurance

Under New Hampshire insurance laws, the costs of an accident are allocated to the driver who is at fault. This means, if you cause an accident, your insurance will pay the medical bills, lost wages and cost of repairing the cars and property you damaged. If you don't have insurance, or don't have enough insurance, you are personally responsible.

Bodily InjuryProperty DamageProtecting YourselfUninsured/Underinsured Motorist

Bodily Injury Protection

Bodily injury protection is a type of liability insurance. Liability insurance means it pays for the other party, not you. In the table above the minimum bodily injury coverage you can buy in Alabama is specified in the first line of the table. The minimum bodily injury coverage amount you can purchase to pay the bill when more than one person is injured in an accident is shown in the second line of the table.

Property Damage Protection

The property damage protection that is required under New Hampshire law is also liability insurance coverage. Property damage liability insurance pays for repairs to the other person's vehicle or property, not your own. The maximum amount the car insurance company will pay on your behalf is the coverage limit that you purchased. If you want coverage above the minimum amount, that can be purchased but is not required.

Protecting Yourself, Your Passengers and Your Car

Coverage for your own vehicle, yourself and your passengers can also be purchased. Reasons you may not want this additional car insurance could be that you have an old car that isn't worth repairing if something happens. You may not want bodily injury coverage for yourself if you have a good health insurance policy. However, don't forget that when your are the driver, you need to protect your passengers too. When you take the option to buy bodily injury insurance for you and your passengers, it is sometimes called personal injury protection. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a type of accident insurance where your own car insurance company pays first. This type of insurance is not required in New Hampshire. Don't let the different terms confuse you.

Drivers often wonder what coverage they have for a vehicle that gets damaged by floodwater. Floodwater damage protection is part of your comprehensive insurance. For more details on insurance coverage for flooded vehicles, read our blog post titled "Does Your Car Float Like a Boat? What to do if it Won't!"

Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist

It's possible to be in an accident where the other party does not have enough financial capability or insurance coverage to pay the costs of the accident. Uninsured motorist coverage will pay the costs the other drivers insurance should have paid when they don't have insurance to cover the cost of an accident. Uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance changes the arrangement so your auto insurance company will pay the costs the other drivers insurance doesn't cover.

Getting an Auto Insurance Quote

When you get a car insurance quote, be sure to get an example of the insurance policy, or the declarations page. This will be proof of how much insurance you're actually buying. Also, be sure to keep a copy of the insurance policy so you know the full extent of your coverage.

Always ask your agent to provide you with a ValChoice report. ValChoice reports are the only reliable way to know how well insurance companies perform for providing a good value, their performance when handling claims and the level of service they provide.

 

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New Hampshire Homeowners Insurance

New Hampshire Homeowners Insurance Rates and Trends

The five largest home insurance companies in New Hampshire are shown in the table below. The market share of each company is shown in the second column. The third column shows their most recent ValChoice Score for homeowners insurance. ValChoice Scores are only presented for companies with above average performance. For companies where there is no needle on the fuel-gauge-style image, you can order a free report to get the ValChoice Score. This information is presented so you can reliably compare New Hampshire homeowners insurance companies in order to understand your for getting the best homeowners insurance.

The ValChoice scoring system takes into account how they price, their historic performance for claims handling and the level of service they provide. This scoring system uses high quality data and grades on a curve. This approach to grading yields companies that score as high as 100 and as low as 0. Only a system like this gives consumers a true picture of company performance. For more details on any given company, order a ValChoice report.

Compare Homeowners Insurance Companies in New Hampshire

Market ShareValChoice Score
USAA6.36%
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Auto-Owners Insurance4.80%
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53 out of 100
Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies14.78%
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State Farm9.88%
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Allstate Insurance8.48%
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ValChoice only comments publicly on companies that are above average. For any company that is below average we don't publicly display the score. For those interested, scores on all companies are available with free reports. All analysis based on quantitative, high-quality data. Data sources include: SERFF, state insurance commissioners, National Association of Insurance Commissioners and AM Best Company. Data used by permission.

Renters Insurance

Many companies that offer homeowners insurance also offer renters insurance. The ValChoice grading system applies to renters insurance as well as home insurance. To get a report on renters insurance, simply select homeowners insurance and choose the type of insurance report card you would like to have.

Flood Insurance

Flood insurance is offered separately from homeowners insurance. Talk to your insurance company or insurance agent if you wish to purchase flood insurance. At this time ValChoice does not grade any flood insurance offerings. For more information on flood insurance, read our blog post titled "10 Facts About Flood Insurance, Without Drowning in Details."

Getting an Insurance Quote

When getting a homeowners insurance quote, be sure to consider the following important items.

Amount of Coverage

The dollar amount of insurance coverage to purchase should be equal to the estimated cost of rebuilding the home. Do not include the property value when determining the amount of insurance to buy.

Extended Dwelling Endorsement

This coverage is often referred to as “extras.” This is additional coverage that addresses the problem that occurs when the actual cost to rebuild the home is more than was estimated when buying the insurance. In situations where there is a catastrophic event such as a flood, tornado or hurricane, building costs can increase significantly due to building materials increasing in price and contractors being scarce. Extended Dwelling Endorsements cover this higher than expected building cost. Extended Dwelling Endorsements are typically offered as a percentage of the coverage amount. The amount offered is commonly 10%, 25%, 50% or 100% of the coverage.

Building Code Coverage

When rebuilding a home, local laws will require that you rebuild to current building codes. If building damage is extensive, sometimes the laws even require you to upgrade the undamaged portion of the home to meet current building codes. This can be a significant additional expense. It's common that a homeowner insurance policy will exclude or limit the coverage for conforming to current building codes. Be sure to understand this important point about the insurance you buy.

Loss of Use

This specifies how much and how long the insurance company will pay for you to live somewhere else while your home is being rebuilt or repaired. One year in loss of use coverage is common. If your home requires a total rebuild, it’s wise to plan on a couple years for the project to be completed.

Covering Your Personal Items (“Contents”)

Your personal items will commonly be covered by what’s known as “replacement cost” coverage. This means you only get paid when you actually replace the item. There are two important items to understand here. 1) You must have a detailed home inventory to know what you had in order to replace these items, and 2) if you had $200,000 worth of contents and only replaced $20,000 worth of items, you would only receive the $20,000. “Replacement cost” sounds good. In reality, it may leave you far short of what you expected.

 

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New Hampshire Homeowners Insurance Premium Calculator

New Hampshire Home Insurance Rate CalculatorThis calculator is an average of homeowner insurance premiums across the state. Individual prices will vary depending on factors such as deductibles, coverage and the risks associated with the specific area where you live.

Use this calculator to estimate home insurance prices in New Hampshire. Just enter the replacement value (cost to rebuild, not including the land).

 

New Hampshire Homeowners Insurance Prices Yield 17th Worst Value of All 50 States

The price of homeowner insurance in New Hampshire is lower than in most states. However, the value New Hampshire residents get from their homeowner insurance is also below average. We measure value based on what percentage of the premiums collected by insurance companies are paid out in the form of claims. We do this over several years to account for catastrophic events.

We do this over several years to account for catastrophic events. For the ten-year period from 2007 to 2016, New Hampshire residents had the 17th worst value from their homeowners insurance of all 50 states. Due to the low value of home insurance in New Hampshire, homeowners need to shop carefully for insurance.

Important Insurance Laws - New Hampshire

New Hampshire Insurance Regulation

The New Hampshire Insurance Department develops and enforces insurance laws for the state. Consumers can contact the department with questions and complaints. If you do not receive the service you expect from your insurer, you can file a complaint directly with the Department of Insurance. The state of New Hampshire does not share consumer complaint information with consumers for their use when purchasing insurance.

Important Laws

A summary of the driving safety laws for the state of New Hampshire can be found at this link. The information includes a summary of the laws affecting people driving cars, or riding motorcycles or bicycles while using cell phones or texting. Also included are the requirements for child safety seats, wearing a helmet and being under the influence while operating a vehicle in the state of New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Statute of Limitations defines the time limit following an accident when you can file a lawsuit. Once this time limit has passed, you can no longer file a lawsuit.

Minimum Car Insurance Coverage Required in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is considered to be a personal responsibility state. This means you don't need liability insurance to drive within the state. However, drivers that venture into the neighboring states of Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts are required to meet the minimum coverage laws of those states.

Resources Available to Consumers

Small Claims Court is available for you to resolve issues, without needing to hire an attorney. This link to the small claims court provides more information, including the dollar limit of claims that can be made in this court.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is for disaster victims who are uninsured, don't have enough insurance coverage or are the victim of a flood.