One of the best ways to get cheap car insurance is by comparing car insurance quotes — and the companies offering them. To get you started, NerdWallet looked at car insurance prices across the country for different driver profiles and coverage levels to find the cheapest rates. We’ve sliced the data in several ways to give you an idea of average costs and what factors might nudge your car insurance rate up — or even better, down.
Of the biggest auto insurers in the U.S. - State Farm, GEICO, Allstate, Progressive and Farmers - State Farm ranks as the greatest overall. State Farm was rated 4/5 stars by customers and policyholders in a JD Power survey on companies shopping experience. State Farm is best known for its large agent network; they boast over 18,000 across the nation. It shouldn't be surprising then that State Farm gets 5/5 stars for how its agents interact with customers. As well, State Farm is great when it comes to offering discounts. If you go with State Farm you will have up to 15 discounts to be eligible for which can equal hundreds of dollars worth of savings.
NerdWallet compared quotes from these insurers in ZIP codes across the country. Rates are for policies that include liability, collision, comprehensive, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages, as well as any other coverage required in each state. Our “good driver” profile is a 40-year-old with no moving violations and credit in the “good” tier.
Other pros of Progressive include it being an online company. You can get a quote directly from the Progressive website without having to speak to an agent. Cons of Progressive involve its customer service. Customers in the J.D. Power survey only gave mediocre remarks for Progressive for its buying experience and claims handling process. It isn't the worst, but Progressive is far from the best in the field. Because of this, Progressive might be the best insurer ideally for customers prioritizing low rates, especially after an accident, and do not mind a bit more cumbersome claims handling process.
If at all your premium decreases it could be because your IDV has reduced. Or perhaps, you had a claim-free year so you can ask for NCB discount. Or perhaps you chose to discontinue certain add-on covers. For example, you may have had a zero-depreciation add-on but that would be valid only till the 5th year. From the 6th year onwards, since the add-on is discontinued, your premium is lowered by default.
A car insurance policy will be valid for a particular period. After this period, the insurance policy lapses. It is advisable to renew it in time so as to benefit from the No Claim Bonus (NCB). If policy lapses and you renew it within 90 days you may still benefit from the NCB. Post 90 days, you need to initiate the process by filling details all over again and getting your car inspected by the surveyor. Also, as the NCB is lost it would result to higher premiums.
Finally, there is your comfort level. Consider extra coverage if you have a newer vehicle, are nervous about losing your car for a week or two and not having extra money for a rental, or simply want to make sure that potential repair bills will be covered. This is the portion you have the most control over - do you want to pay more for peace of mind or save some extra cash on a lower deductible? With a little thought on this point you will know the answer.
If you’re new to auto insurance, or don’t totally understand the details of your policy, you can find a guide for that on Allstate’s website. There are articles, videos, and infographics that clearly detail how to read your policy, how to compare rates, and how to save money. Even if you don’t end up signing with Allstate, we still recommend checking out its website for the resources alone. If you’re a customer, you can use its online portal to file a claim, adjust your coverage, alter your deductibles, and add new drivers and vehicles.
Rideshare businesses like Uber and Lyft are becoming more popular, and drivers need unique coverage to insure their vehicle. Historically, rideshare employees would have to acquire a separate, commercial policy. But with State Farm, you can make sure you’re covered around the clock. Just note that this relatively new option is currently limited to 42 states.
February 17, 2014 - Recently released financial results from Allstate and Progressive show profits increased at both car insurers, the former seeing fourth-quarter gains and the latter seeing monthly gains. Progressive tallied $155.8 million in profits for January 2014, compared to $134.2 million for January 2013, signifying a 16 percent increase. Progressive ...