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WNY weather contributing to rising car insurance rates

Posted at 11:27 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 17:46:14-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Car insurance rates are up 7.1 percent in Buffalo and the weather is to blame.

A report by The Zebra, a car insurance search engine, said Buffalonians are paying more for their car insurance than the national average.

The average American pays $1,470 per year while those in the Buffalo metro area spend $1,539 each year.

"Buffalo-area drivers experience just about every kind of weather event - ice and snow, hail, wind, flooding - all of which can damage cars and cause accidents. Insurance costs have also been impacted nationally by accidents caused by distracted driving (driving while handling a phone or other device) and technology updates making cars more expensive to repair after a crash," Alyssa Connolly, Director of Market Insights with The Zebra.

The zipcodes with the highest rates are:

  1. 14211 - Buffalo - $2,000
  2. 14204 - Buffalo - $1,990
  3. 14203 - Buffalo - $1,954
  4. 14208 - Buffalo - $1,951
  5. 14213 - Buffalo - $1,946

The zipcodes with the lowest rates are:

  1. 14120 - North Tonawanda - $1,351
  2. 14132 - Sanborn - $1,356
  3. 14150 - Tonawanda - $1,357
  4. 14086 - Lancaster - $1,362
  5. 14091 - Lawtons $1,346

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