Best car insurance company: Allstate, Geico, Progressive, or State Farm?
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When shopping for new car insurance, many drivers opt to get a quote from at least one company they’ve heard of via commercials, ads, or word of mouth. There are numerous car insurance carriers, like Allstate, Geico, Progressive and State Farm, that pride themselves on building brand recognition to stay top of mind for drivers. These four companies aren’t just well-known, though. They are often among the best car insurance companies in the United States because of their policy options, prices and other factors. That said, each company differs, as do the rates and packages they offer, so it can be tough to narrow down the options. If you’re looking for the best car insurance for your needs, Bankrate’s insurance experts took a close look at these four companies to make it easier to compare your options.
How Bankrate compares these four car insurance companies
Even with these four top car insurance companies, it can seem daunting to find the best one for you. To help you through the process, Bankrate reviewed all four national carriers based on their car insurance policy options and rates, customer experience and third-party rankings on financial strength and claims satisfaction. The higher a company scored on these individual categories, the higher their overall Bankrate Score, with a maximum score of 5 out of 5. Allstate, Geico, Progressive and State Farm may rank among some of the best car insurance companies in the nation, but based on our findings, each company has benefits that could be advantageous for different types of drivers.
|Company||Bankrate Score||J.D. Power Claims Satisfaction Study||Average annual full coverage premium||Average annual full coverage premium after speeding ticket||Average annual full coverage premium after at-fault accident|
Our pick for best company for new and young drivers: Allstate
Bankrate Score: 4.0
Why we chose it: Adding a new young driver to your car insurance policy can be expensive, but Allstate offers an array of options to help bring down the cost. Teens can earn a Good Student discount by achieving a high GPA and an additional discount by participating in the teenSmart training program. Depending on state availability, they can even enroll in Allstate’s Drivewise, a telematics program that tracks and rewards safe driving habits, and even add accident forgiveness to the policy to prevent a premium increase in the event of an at-fault accident
Our pick for best company for drivers looking for deep discounts: Geico
Bankrate Score: 4.7
Why we chose it: Being able to add numerous discounts to your car insurance policy is one way to save on the premium cost. Geico makes this easy by having a large list of discounts that aren’t just limited to good drivers and customers with multiple Geico policies. Members of specific organizations and employees of certain companies and federal departments can qualify for an additional discount on their car insurance with Geico.
Our pick for best company for drivers with a clean claim history: Progressive
Bankrate Score: 4.4
Why we chose it: A unique feature of Progressive’s auto insurance is its deductible savings bank. For drivers with full coverage car insurance, Progressive rewards drivers for each policy period without an accident or violation by deducting $50 from their comprehensive or collision deductible. Although not available in every state, adding this optional coverage onto your car insurance policy for a fee could help you save money in the event of a future claim.
Our pick for best company for drivers with a history of accidents: State Farm
Bankrate Score: 4.7
Why we chose it: Based on our study of average annual premiums, State Farm’s premium increases after a speeding ticket or at-fault accident were not as high compared to other car insurance companies. Although these are estimates only and individual rates may vary, this could be a good sign for drivers with an existing mark on their record or who feel concerned about premium increases after an incident. State Farm also offers its Drive Safe & Save usage-based telematics program to help build safer driving habits and potentially earn a bigger discount on car insurance.
Comparing Allstate, Geico, Progressive and State Farm
Although we’ve compared Allstate, Geico, Progressive and State Farm to each other and noted some strengths for each company, the best car insurance for you will depend on your individual situation and needs. When receiving quotes from car insurance companies, you may find that your quoted premium varies from these national average rates for a variety of reasons based on how car insurance companies use the rating factors below.
Factors that affect car insurance rates
Car insurance companies review a number of rating factors to determine car insurance rates.
These can include what kind of car you drive, your driving record and claims history, marital status and annual mileage. Depending on state regulations, an auto insurance company can also use rating factors such as gender, ZIP code and credit score, unless they are restricted.
|Allstate||Offers a variety of policy add-ons for drivers, including rideshare coverage, accident forgiveness and extended vehicle care to pay for covered repairs when vehicle warranty ends
Multiple opportunities to be rewarded for safe driving with discounts on auto insurance with Deductible Rewards and Safe Driving Bonus
|Car insurance rates may be more expensive compared to other insurance carriers
Ranked below average in JD Power’s 2021 Auto Claims Satisfaction study based on customer survey of auto claims satisfaction
|Geico||Average annual premiums for car insurance may be more competitive compared to other insurance carriers
Self-service model could be beneficial to customers who want to manage their own policies
|Has fewer local offices with insurance agents for those wanting personalized service to answer insurance questions
Scored below average in most regions of the United States in JD Power’s Auto Insurance Study on customer satisfaction
|Progressive||Name Your Price tool allows customers prioritizing affordability to build their car insurance policy around their budget
Fully integrated mobile app allows drivers to manage their policy, report a claim, request roadside assistance or submit a payment through their phone
|Limited number of local agencies available in the United States compared to traditional insurance carriers
Ranked second lowest in JD Power’s annual 2021 Auto Claims Satisfaction study on claims handling
|State Farm||Tied in annual Bankrate Awards for best overall insurance company for auto insurance
Extensive network of local agencies available for personalized service
|High complaint index score from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) indicates more customer complaints compared to the average
Some coverage options, like gap insurance, are not offered on its auto insurance policies
Frequently asked questions
The amount of car insurance you may need will depend on your personal situation and needs. While all drivers need to carry at least the minimum amount of car insurance as required by state law, this typically refers only to liability coverage and may not be enough. Full coverage car insurance often includes increased liability amounts and additional coverage options like comprehensive and collision to insure your vehicle, as well as medical payments to cover medical costs for anyone in your vehicle. You may also want to include other add-ons to your car insurance policy, such as rental car reimbursement, towing and more.
When you’re getting a car insurance quote or buying an insurance policy, the insurance company will typically ask for some personal information, like the names, birth dates and driver’s license numbers of all drivers that will be included on the policy. You will also be asked to provide information on the vehicle’s make and model, and may also need to provide the vehicle identification number (VIN). By offering this information to the insurance company, you’re more likely to get an accurate quote.
If you want to find the cheapest car insurance policy, it may be helpful to shop around and get quotes from a number of different insurance companies. In order to accurately compare your options, it can be helpful to request quotes for the same type and amount of coverage from each company, which will let you see how much the same type of coverage would cost from the companies you get quotes with. It may also be helpful to ask about the discounts you could be eligible for, as discounts can have a big impact on your premium. While comparing quotes can take some time and effort, it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2022 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on 40-year-old male and female homeowners with a clean claim history, good credit and the following coverage limits:
- $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
- $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
- $50,000 property damage liability per accident
- $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
- $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
- $500 collision deductible
- $500 comprehensive deductible
To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our sample drivers own a 2020 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.
Age: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the age 16 (base: 40 years) applied. Depending on age, drivers may be a renter or homeowner. Hawaii and Massachusetts exclude age as a contributing factor when calculating insurance premiums.
Incidents: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base), single speeding ticket and a single DUI conviction.
Bankrate Scores primarily reflect a weighted rank of industry-standard ratings for financial strength and customer experience in addition to analysis of quoted annual premiums from Quadrant Information Services, spanning all 50 states and Washington, D.C. We know it is important for drivers to be confident their financial protection covers the likeliest risks, is priced competitively and is provided by a financially-sound company with a history of positive customer support.
To determine how well the best car insurance companies satisfy these priorities, third-party agency ratings from J.D. Power, AM Best, S&P, NAIC, and Moodys had the most impact on the companies’ Bankrate Scores. As price is a common consideration for drivers, we analyzed quoted premiums based on 40-year-old male and female drivers with a 2020 Toyota Camry. This profile, assessed across more than 35,000 ZIP codes in the U.S., provided a basis on which drivers may compare each provider.
While coverage options, insurer availability, affordability and customer experience are often the top priorities, Bankrate also analyzed each insurer’s online and mobile resources for policy management and claims handling. Insurance is rapidly evolving to keep pace with our digital world, so these aspects also carried weight in determining Bankrate Scores.