Progressive vs. State Farm

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Progressive Insurance is the third largest auto insurer in the U.S., with 13.3% of the total market share. Progressive sells more than 30 personal and business insurance products, and serves more than 18 million customers across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The company is known for its innovative online tools, resources and programs.

As of 2020, State Farm Insurance is the largest auto insurer in the U.S., with 16.19% market share. State Farm has a long list of other popular coverages, including some unique options. State Farm sells insurance through an extensive network of 19,000 local agents across the country.

Progressive vs. State Farm: car insurance rates comparison

Progressive and State Farm are comparable in terms of their average annual premiums and third-party ratings. Overall, Progressive’s rates tend to be slightly more expensive, and J.D. Power and AM Best rate them slightly lower than State Farm in terms of customer satisfaction and financial strength rating, respectively. The table below includes a comparison of average premiums and third-party ratings for Progressive vs. State Farm:

Car insurance company Bankrate Score AM Best J.D. Power customer satisfaction score Average annual premium for minimum coverage Average annual premium for full coverage
Progressive 4.1 A 823/1,000 $582 $1,509
State Farm 4.5 A++ 836/1,000 $539 $1,457

Rates by credit score

Drivers with bad credit typically pay higher car insurance premiums, unless you live in Hawaii, California, Washington or Massachusetts, where credit-based insurance scores are not allowed to be used as a factor for determining your auto insurance rates. For drivers with poor, average and excellent credit, rates may be affected, depending on whether or not the insurer factors in credit when determining your rates.

Rates by age

Young drivers generally pay higher auto insurance rates than other drivers due to their increased risk. In terms of Progressive vs. State Farm, the average premiums by age vary significantly. For instance, Progressive is the cheapest option for 16-year-olds, but the rates are more expensive on average than State Farm for drivers aged 18 and older. Here are the average rates by age for State Farm vs. Progressive:

Car insurance company Age 16* Age 18 Age 25 Age 30 Age 40 Age 60
Progressive $1,955 $6,287 $1,796 $1,668 $1,509 $1,302
State Farm $2,077 $4,137 $1,694 $1,494 $1,457 $1,327

*16 year old cost when added to parents’ auto insurance policy, 18-year-old renter who lives separate from parents

Rates by driving record

Driving record is another major factor that will impact your car insurance rate, according to the Insurance Information Institute. For drivers with a clean record, one speeding ticket or one accident, State Farm offers the cheapest average rates. However, drivers who have one DUI on their record will pay less with Progressive. In the table below includes the average rates from Progressive vs. State Farm based on driving record:

Car insurance company Clean driving record Speeding ticket Accident DUI conviction
Progressive $1,509 $1,826 $2,231 $1,933
State Farm $1,457 $1,657 $1,590 $2,201

Progressive vs State Farm: Discounts

Progressive and State Farm offer great auto insurance discounts for drivers who want to save money on their premium. While there is some overlap in the discounts that these insurers offer, State Farm offers some discounts that Progressive does not, and vice versa. Here are some of the auto insurance discounts available from each carrier:

Progressive

  • Teen driver discount: Progressive offers a special teen driver discount that may prevent your premium from increasing significantly after adding a newly licensed driver to your policy.
  • Snapshot program: With the Snapshot usage-based insurance safe driver program, drivers can save an average of $146 on their premium by practicing safe driving behaviors.
  • Continuous insurance discount: If you switch to Progressive from another insurance company, you can save money based on the length of time you were insured with the previous carrier.

State Farm

  • Vehicle safety discounts: State Farm will lower your auto insurance rate if your vehicle is equipped with certain safety features, like front air bags, seat belts and an anti-theft system.
  • Drive Safe & Save program: The Drive Safe & Save usage-based insurance program can help adult drivers save up to 30% on their auto insurance premium by demonstrating safe driving skills.
  • Steer Clear program: The Steer Clear program rewards drivers under age 25 with a lower rate if they are claims-free for three years and complete the safe driver training program.

Progressive vs. State Farm: Online and mobile experience comparison

State Farm and Progressive both have a great online user experience. Their websites are easy to navigate, you can get instant rate quotes and there are helpful tools and resources. Progressive and State Farm also have an online claim submission system, which makes it easy to file new claims and check the status of existing claims without calling an agent.

In addition, State Farm and Progressive each have a mobile app. Both companies offer an app-based safe driver telematics rewards program, as well as a traditional mobile app where you can make payments, get your ID cards and more. Here is a closer look Progressive’s and State Farm’s mobile apps:

Progressive

  • Apple App Store (3.5 stars): Progressive’s iOS mobile app carriers an average rating, but it is because most reviews are for the company itself. iPhone users can download this free app and get access to their ID cards, request roadside assistance, start a new insurance claim and pay their monthly premium.
  • Google Play (4.1 stars): Progressive’s Android mobile app offers all of the same features as the iOS app, but this one has slightly better ratings. You can get roadside assistance, pay your premiums, report a claim and more right from your phone.

State Farm

  • Apple App Store (4.8 stars) — State Farm’s mobile app for iPhone users is pretty standard, and offers most of the same features that Progressive’s app does. You can file claims, get roadside assistance, pay your premium through Apple Pay, download your auto insurance ID cards and call your agent. You can also use Siri to access shortcuts.
  • Google Play (4.5 stars) The State Farm Android app has the same features as the iPhone application. However, the reviews for this app are mixed. Some users have no complaints, while others report issues with the payment system and password recovery.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best car insurance company?

The best car insurance company is different for every driver. For some, USAA might be the best option, and for others, Progressive is a better choice. To find the best insurer for you, we recommend shopping around and getting multiple quotes to see which company can offer the best rate for the type and amount of coverage you need.

How much does car insurance cost?

The average cost of car insurance in the U.S. is $1,674 per year for a full coverage policy. However, keep in mind that rates are customized based on more than a dozen individual rating factors, according to the Triple-I, including age, geographic location, occupation, marital status, driving record, credit-based insurance score (in most states), the auto insurance carrier you choose, as well as coverages and deductibles you select.

What type of car insurance do I need?

Auto insurance is required in most states, and each state has its own regulated minimum coverage requirement. You will probably need to purchase personal liability insurance, and if you live in a no-fault state, personal injury protection (PIP) will also be required. Collision and comprehensive coverages are typically optional, unless you lease or finance your vehicle.

Methodology

Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2021 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on a 40-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full 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 coverages that meet each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2019 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.

These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.

Credit: Rates were calculated based on the following insurance credit tiers assigned to our drivers: “poor, average, good (base) and excellent.” Insurance credit tiers factor in your official credit scores but are not dependent on that variable alone. The following states do not allow credit to be a factor in determining auto insurance rates: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Washington.

Age: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the ages 18-60 (base: 40 years) applied. 16-year-old rates were factored as the added cost to their parents’ policy; 18-year-old rates were calculated as drivers who rent their primary residence and live separately from their parents.

Incident: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base), at-fault accident, single speeding ticket, single DUI conviction (BAC of >= .08) and lapse in coverage.

Written by
Elizabeth Rivelli
Insurance Contributor
Elizabeth has two years of experience writing for insurance domains such as Bankrate.com, The Simple Dollar, Coverage.com and NextAdvisor, among others. In addition to auto insurance, Elizabeth regularly writes about home insurance, renters insurance and life insurance. She also covers industry trends and general insurance education.
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