Best Oakland Toyota 4Runner Insurance

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Insurance quote for Toyota 4Runner in OaklandIf your goal is the lowest price, then the best way to find more affordable Toyota 4Runner insurance is to start doing a yearly price comparison from insurers in Oakland. You can shop around by completing these steps.

  • Step 1: Learn about car insurance and the steps you can take to prevent high rates. Many risk factors that result in higher prices like multiple speeding tickets and a less-than-favorable credit score can be improved by improving your driving habits or financial responsibility. Keep reading for more ideas to prevent rate hikes and find overlooked discounts.
  • Step 2: Compare prices from independent agents, exclusive agents, and direct companies. Exclusive and direct companies can only give prices from one company like GEICO and Allstate, while independent agents can give you price quotes from multiple insurance companies. View a list of agents
  • Step 3: Compare the new rate quotes to your existing coverage to see if switching to a new carrier will save money. If you find a lower rate quote and make a switch, verify that coverage does not lapse between policies.

One bit of advice is that you'll want to make sure you compare the same coverage limits and deductibles on every price quote and and to get prices from as many car insurance companies as possible. Doing this guarantees an apples-to-apples comparison and the best price selection.

A recent NerdWallet.com study revealed that over 70% of consumers have purchased from the same company for at least four years, and approximately 40% of consumers have never compared rates from other carriers. Oakland drivers could cut their rates by about 35% a year, but they underestimate the amount of savings they would get if they moved their coverage to a different company.

The companies in the list below provide price quotes in Oakland, CA. If multiple companies are listed, it's highly recommended you visit two to three different companies to get the best price comparison.

Coverage information

The table shown next covers estimates of insurance premium costs for Toyota 4Runner models. Having a good grasp of how auto insurance premiums are established can help you make smart choices when selecting a coverage provider.

Toyota 4Runner Insurance Rates in Oakland, CA
Model Comp Collision Liability Medical UM/UIM Annual Premium Monthly Premium
4Runner Sport 2WD $204 $306 $424 $26 $128 $1,088 $91
4Runner SR/5 2WD $204 $372 $424 $26 $128 $1,154 $96
4Runner Sport 4WD $204 $372 $424 $26 $128 $1,154 $96
4Runner SR/5 4WD $204 $372 $424 $26 $128 $1,154 $96
4Runner Trail Edition 4WD $228 $440 $424 $26 $128 $1,246 $104
4Runner Limited 2WD $228 $440 $424 $26 $128 $1,246 $104
4Runner Limited 4WD $228 $440 $424 $26 $128 $1,246 $104
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Data based on single male driver age 50, no speeding tickets, no at-fault accidents, $1000 deductibles, and California minimum liability limits. Discounts applied include multi-policy, multi-vehicle, claim-free, safe-driver, and homeowner. Price estimates do not factor in Oakland location which can lower or raise rates considerably.

Deductible analysis

When buying auto insurance, a common question is which comprehensive and collision deductibles to buy. The premium rates below help summarize the rate differences between high and low physical damage coverage deductibles. The first data table uses a $250 comprehensive and collision deductible and the second rate chart uses a $500 deductible.

Toyota 4Runner insurance premium rates with $250 deductibles
Model Comp Collision Liability Medical UM/UIM Annual Premium Monthly Premium
4Runner Sport 2WD $386 $472 $376 $22 $112 $1,393 $116
4Runner SR/5 2WD $386 $576 $376 $22 $112 $1,497 $125
4Runner Sport 4WD $386 $576 $376 $22 $112 $1,497 $125
4Runner SR/5 4WD $386 $576 $376 $22 $112 $1,497 $125
4Runner Trail Edition 4WD $430 $678 $376 $22 $112 $1,643 $137
4Runner Limited 2WD $430 $678 $376 $22 $112 $1,643 $137
4Runner Limited 4WD $430 $678 $376 $22 $112 $1,643 $137
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Toyota 4Runner insurance premium rates with $500 deductibles
Model Comp Collision Liability Medical UM/UIM Annual Premium Monthly Premium
4Runner Sport 2WD $314 $382 $376 $22 $112 $1,206 $101
4Runner SR/5 2WD $314 $464 $376 $22 $112 $1,288 $107
4Runner Sport 4WD $314 $464 $376 $22 $112 $1,288 $107
4Runner SR/5 4WD $314 $464 $376 $22 $112 $1,288 $107
4Runner Trail Edition 4WD $348 $546 $376 $22 $112 $1,404 $117
4Runner Limited 2WD $348 $546 $376 $22 $112 $1,404 $117
4Runner Limited 4WD $348 $546 $376 $22 $112 $1,404 $117
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Cost estimates assume married male driver age 30, no speeding tickets, no at-fault accidents, and California minimum liability limits. Discounts applied include safe-driver, homeowner, claim-free, multi-vehicle, and multi-policy. Rates do not factor in garaging location in Oakland which can lower or raise premiums noticeably.

Using the premium rates above, we can conclude that using a $250 deductible costs roughly $19 more each month or $228 each year across all Toyota 4Runner models than requesting the higher $500 deductible. Because you would pay $250 more to settle a claim with a $500 deductible as compared to a $250 deductible, if you usually have at a minimum 13 months between claim filings, you would probably come out ahead by going with a higher deductible.

The chart below illustrates how choosing a deductible and can influence Toyota 4Runner insurance rates for different age groups. The data is based on a single female driver, comprehensive and collision coverage, and no discounts are factored in.

Safe drivers pay cheaper rates

The information below shows how traffic citations and at-fault accidents raise Toyota 4Runner premium costs for different age groups. The rates are based on a married female driver, comprehensive and collision coverage, $500 deductibles, and no discounts are factored in.

It may be expensive, but it's not optional

Despite the potentially high cost of Toyota 4Runner insurance, maintaining insurance is required in California but it also protects you in many ways.

First, just about all states have compulsory liability insurance requirements which means you are required to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance coverage in order to be legal. In California these limits are 15/30/5 which means you must have $15,000 of bodily injury coverage per person, $30,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and $5,000 of property damage coverage.

Second, if you bought your vehicle with a loan, it's most likely the lender will have a requirement that you buy full coverage to guarantee payment of the loan. If you do not pay your insurance premiums, the bank will be required to insure your Toyota at a significantly higher premium and force you to pay the higher price.

Third, auto insurance protects not only your Toyota 4Runner but also your assets. Insurance will pay for medical transport and hospital expenses for yourself as well as anyone injured by you. One policy coverage, liability insurance, also pays expenses related to your legal defense if you cause an accident and are sued. If your car is damaged in a storm or accident, collision and comprehensive (also known as other-than-collision) coverage will pay to repair the damage minus the deductible amount.

The benefits of insuring your car definitely exceed the price paid, especially if you ever need it. Today the average American driver is overpaying more than $750 every year so you should quote and compare rates each time the policy renews to be sure current rates are still competitive.

How do Car Insurance Companies Determine Toyota 4Runner Insurance Costs?

It's important that you understand the rating factors that help calculate your premiums. If you understand what impacts premium levels, this allows you to make educated decisions that could result in much lower annual insurance costs. Many things are used in the calculation when you get your auto insurance bill. A few of the factors are predictable such as your driving history, but others are less obvious like your continuous coverage or how safe your car is.

Listed below are some of the things that factor into rates.

Alarms and GPS tracking lowers premiums - Purchasing a vehicle with an alarm system can help lower your rates. Theft prevention devices such as vehicle immobilizer systems, General Motors OnStar and LoJack tracking systems can thwart your vehicle from being stolen.

Drive lots and pay more - The more you drive your Toyota annually the higher your rates will be. Most companies charge to insure your cars partially by how you use the vehicle. Cars and trucks left parked in the garage qualify for better rates than those that get driven frequently. An improperly rated 4Runner is throwing money out the window. It's a smart idea to ensure your car insurance policy shows the correct usage for each vehicle.

Insurance rates in urban areas - Choosing to live in small towns and rural areas may provide you with better prices if you are looking for the lowest rates. Urban drivers have to deal with traffic congestion and more severe claims. Less people means reduced accidents in addition to lower liability claims.

Safer cars cost less to insure - Cars with high safety ratings are cheaper to insure. Vehicles built for safety have better occupant injury protection and any reduction in injury severity means less claims paid which can result in lower premiums.

Don't let your car insurance lapse - Letting your insurance expire is a sure-fire way to trigger a rate increase. In addition to paying higher rates, getting caught without coverage could result in fines and jail time. You will then be forced to provide proof of insurance in the form of an SR-22 filing with the California DMV.

Toyota 4Runner claim data - Car insurance companies include the past claim trends for vehicles as a way to help calculate a profitable premium price. Models that the statistics show to have increased losses will have higher premium rates. The information below illustrates the loss history for Toyota 4Runner vehicles.

For each policy coverage type, the claim probability for all vehicles, regardless of manufacturer or model, is equal to 100. Numbers shown that are under 100 suggest a positive loss record, while numbers that are greater than 100 indicate more frequent claims or an increased probability of a larger loss.

Insurance Loss Ratings for Toyota 4Runner Vehicles
Make and Model Collision Property Damage Comp Personal Injury Medical Payment Bodily Injury
Toyota 4Runner 4dr 2WD 75 92 83 76 66 75
Toyota 4Runner 4dr 4WD 78 88 110 67 59 74
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Data Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2013-2015 Model Years

Cheap Toyota 4Runner insurance in Oakland

Not too many consumers would say auto insurance is affordable, but you might be missing out on some discounts to help offset the cost. Some of these discounts will be visible when you complete an application, but less common discounts must be specially asked for before you will receive the discount.Auto insurance discounts

  • Discount for New Cars - Buying a new car instead of a used 4Runner can cost up to 25% less because newer models keep occupants safer.
  • Low Mileage Discounts - Driving fewer miles can qualify you for better prices on cars that stay parked.
  • Accident Free - Insureds with no claims or accidents get the best auto insurance rates in comparison to drivers who are more careless.
  • ABS and Traction Control Discounts - Anti-lock brake equipped vehicles can avoid accidents and earn discounts up to 10%.
  • Professional Organizations - Participating in a qualifying organization is a good way to get lower rates on your policy.
  • Discount for Life Insurance - Some insurance carriers give a lower rate if you buy a life policy as well.
  • Drivers Ed for Students - Have your child participate in a local driver's education class as it will make them better drivers and lower rates.
  • Telematics Data Discounts - Insureds who allow their insurance company to scrutinize where and when they drive by installing a telematics device like Allstate's Drivewise may see discounts if they exhibit good driving behavior.
  • Good Student - Performing well in school can save 20 to 25%. This discount can apply up until you turn 25.

As a sidenote, most discount credits are not given to the overall cost of the policy. Some only reduce the cost of specific coverages such as comprehensive or collision. Even though the math looks like all the discounts add up to a free policy, it doesn't quite work that way.

The information below shows the difference between Toyota 4Runner annual premium costs with and without policy discounts. The premiums assume a male driver, no claims, a clean driving record, California state minimum liability limits, comprehensive and collision coverage, and $500 deductibles. The first bar for each age group shows premium with no discounts. The second shows the rates with homeowner, multi-car, claim-free, marriage, safe-driver, and multi-policy discounts applied.

Larger auto insurance companies and a summarized list of policyholder discounts are shown below.

  • State Farm includes discounts for good student, accident-free, Steer Clear safe driver discount, student away at school, and defensive driving training.
  • GEICO has discounts for membership and employees, five-year accident-free, defensive driver, seat belt use, driver training, and military active duty.
  • Progressive may include discounts for good student, online signing, homeowner, multi-policy, and continuous coverage.
  • 21st Century may offer discounts for student driver, theft prevention, 55 and older, automatic seat belts, and homeowners.
  • American Family may have discounts that include bundled insurance, Steer into Savings, good driver, mySafetyValet, multi-vehicle, defensive driver, and air bags.
  • The Hartford policyholders can earn discounts including anti-theft, bundle, air bag, good student, driver training, vehicle fuel type, and defensive driver.
  • AAA offers discounts for multi-car, good student, good driver, pay-in-full, multi-policy, and education and occupation.

If you need lower rates, check with each company or agent how many discounts you can get. All car insurance discounts may not apply to policyholders in your area. To locate insurers who offer auto insurance discounts in California, click here to view.

Insurance agent or online?

A lot of people still prefer to get professional advice from a licensed agent and that is recommended in a lot of cases Licensed agents are trained risk managers and help in the event of a claim. A good thing about getting free rate quotes online is that you can obtain cheap auto insurance rates and still have an agent to talk to. Buying insurance from local agents is especially important in Oakland.

Insurance agency in OaklandTo find an agent, once you fill out this form (opens in new window), the coverage information is emailed to participating agents in Oakland that can provide free Oakland car insurance quotes for your auto insurance coverage. It makes it easy because there is no need to contact an agency because prices are sent directly to your email. If you want to compare rates from a specific auto insurance provider, feel free to find their quoting web page and fill out the quote form the provide.

When finding a reputable insurance agent or broker, you need to know there are two different agency structures that you can choose from. Agents in Oakland can be categorized as either exclusive or independent agents depending on their company appointments. Both can write auto insurance policies, but it's important to point out the difference between them since it could factor into which agent you choose.

Independent Auto Insurance Agents

Agents in the independent channel are normally appointed by many insurers so they have the ability to put coverage with lots of companies and potentially find a lower price. If they find a cheaper price, your agent can switch companies and you stay with the same agent. When shopping rates, you will definitely want to get several quotes from several independent insurance agents in order to compare the most rates.

Below is a partial list of independent agents in Oakland that may be able to give you free rate quotes.

Travel Insurance Agency
610 16th St #508 - Oakland, CA 94612 - (510) 452-3366 - View Map


5940 College Ave a - Oakland, CA 94618 - (510) 450-9051 - View Map


80 Swan Way # 102 - Oakland, CA 94621 - (510) 877-4119 - View Map

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Exclusive Agents

Agents that choose to be exclusive can only provide pricing for a single company and examples are American Family, State Farm, and Allstate. Exclusive agencies are unable to shop your coverage around so they are skilled at selling on more than just price. Exclusive insurance agents are highly trained on the products they sell and that can be a competitive advantage.

The following is a list of exclusive insurance agencies in Oakland willing to provide price quotes.


993 Jackson St - Oakland, CA 94607 - (510) 350-7829 - View Map


5956 MacArthur Blvd - Oakland, CA 94605 - (510) 635-0608 - View Map

Rich Kirchner - State Farm Insurance Agent
5736 Thornhill Dr Ste 101 - Oakland, CA 94611 - (510) 339-9340 - View Map

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Choosing an insurance agency requires more thought than just the price. Here are some questions you might want to ask.

  • Will high miles depreciate repair valuations?
  • Will you get a loaner vehicle if you car is being repaired?
  • Are glass claims handled on-site or do you have to take your vehicle to a repair shop?
  • How long has their agency been in business in Oakland?
  • Is the coverage adequate for your vehicle?

Be persistent to save money

Budget-friendly auto insurance in Oakland is attainable both online and from local insurance agents, so you need to shop Oakland car insurance with both to have the best selection. A few companies may not have internet price quotes and these regional insurance providers only sell through independent insurance agents.

As you restructure your insurance plan, don't be tempted to buy less coverage just to save a little money. In many cases, an insured cut collision coverage and learned later that the small savings ended up costing them much more. Your objective should be to buy enough coverage at the best cost, but don't skip important coverages to save money.

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