Geico was founded in 1936 and is based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The company is known for its gecko mascot and low average car insurance costs, and it sells car insurance in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., making it a widely available option for drivers across the nation. It is currently the second-largest car insurance company by market share, with 17 million policies underwritten and more than 28 million vehicles insured as of 2019.

Liberty Mutual was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company is another national car insurance provider, and like Geico, it also has a well-known mascot, the LiMu emu. In addition to auto insurance, Liberty Mutual offers a variety of insurance products, including property, business and life insurance.

Geico Liberty Mutual
Bankrate score 4.4 4.1
Tier 1 4.5 3.5
Tier 2 4.0 5.0
Tier 3 4.7 4.3
  • Our 2023 Bankrate Score considers variables our insurance editorial team determined impacts policyholders’ experiences with an insurance company. These rating factors include a robust assessment of each company’s product availability, financial strength ratings, online capabilities and customer and claims support accessibility. Each factor was added to a category, and these categories were weighted in a tiered approach to analyze how companies perform in key customer-impacting categories.

    Like our previous Bankrate Scores, each category was assigned a metric to determine performance, and the weighted sum adds up to a company’s total Bankrate Score — out of 5 points. This year, our 2023 scoring model provides a more comprehensive view, indicating when companies excel across several key areas and better highlighting where they fall short.

    • Tier 1 (Cost & ratings): To determine how well auto and home insurance companies satisfy these priorities, 2023 quoted premiums from Quadrant Information Services (if available), as well as any of the latest third-party agency ratings from J.D. Power, AM Best and the NAIC, were analyzed.
    • Tier 2 (Coverage & savings): We assessed companies’ coverage options and availability to help policyholders find a provider that balances cost with coverage. Additionally, we evaluated each company’s discount options listed on its website.
    • Tier 3 (Support): To encompass the many ways an auto insurance company can support policyholders, we analyzed avenues of customer accessibility along with community support. This analysis incorporated additional financial strength ratings from S&P and Moody’s and factored a company’s corporate sustainability efforts.

    Tier scores are unweighted to show the company’s true score in each category out of a possible five points.

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When comparing Liberty Mutual vs. Geico, both are strong insurance companies, but each company has its potential advantages and disadvantages. For example, Liberty Mutual offers more optional coverages, but Geico has higher third-party ratings and a higher Bankrate Score. Because average rates aren’t available for Liberty Mutual, it’s difficult to determine which carrier has cheaper average premiums, but comparing Geico’s average rates against the national cost of car insurance may be helpful to determine whether it’s right for you.

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Geico vs. Liberty Mutual comparison

When comparing Geico and Liberty Mutual, each company presents unique advantages and drawbacks for policyholders that merit consideration, particularly in the context of their third-party ratings, coverage options and discounts available.

Both companies are well-regarded in the industry, with strong third-party ratings that reflect their reliability and service quality. Choosing between Geico or Liberty Mutual involves weighing these factors to determine which aligns best with your specific insurance needs and preferences.

Geico pros and cons

Pros Cons
Range of discount opportunities Limited endorsement options
Average rates for drivers with an at-fault accident or moving violation on their record may be more affordable than competitors Home and life available but underwritten by third parties
Online and mobile app access Does not offer gap insurance

Liberty Mutual pros and cons

Pros Cons
Variety of discount opportunities Rated below average for claims satisfaction by J.D. Power
Online tools and resources available Lower financial strength rating compared to Geico
Numerous endorsements Higher-than-baseline number of complaints registered with the NAIC for private passenger auto insurance

Is Geico cheaper than Liberty Mutual?

Average car insurance premiums are not available for Liberty Mutual, so it’s difficult to determine if Geico has cheaper car insurance. However, Geico’s average rates, which were calculated by Bankrate’s insurance team with premium data from Quadrant Information Services, are much lower than the national average cost of car insurance nationwide.

Car insurance company Average annual premium for full coverage Average annual premium for minimum coverage
Geico $1,353 $373
Liberty Mutual N/A N/A
National Average $2,014 $622
  • Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2023 rates for ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates are weighted based on the population density in each geographic region. 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 coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2021 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.

Geico is generally cheaper for drivers with poor credit

Depending on your car insurance provider and where you live, your credit score can be used as an insurance rating factor. The only states that don’t allow the use of credit-based insurance scores are California, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan and Massachusetts. In the table below, you can see how Geico’s average rates compare to the national average rates for various credit scores.

Credit Score Geico National Average
Poor $1,865 $3,479
Average $1,437 $2,176
Good $1,353 $2,014
Excellent $1,258 $1,764
  • 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. Four states prohibit the use of credit-based insurance scores as a rating factor in determining auto insurance rates: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Michigan.

Geico is generally cheaper for young drivers

Young drivers who are newly licensed typically pay the highest car insurance rates due to younger drivers having a statistically higher likelihood of accidents and other incidents behind the wheel. However, average rates vary across insurance companies, even for younger drivers. According to our analysis, Geico’s average rates for young drivers are cheaper than the national average. The following table compares Geico’s average rates and the national average rates for young drivers on a parent’s policy.

Geico National Average
Age 16 $2,977 $4,392
Age 17 $2,753 $4,102
Age 18 $2,523 $3,837
Age 19 $2,212 $3,345
Age 20 $2,054 $3,149
  • The rates displayed reflect the total cost of a 16- through 20-year-old driver added to their parents’ policy. Age is not a contributing rating factor in Hawaii and Massachusetts due to state regulations.

Geico is generally cheaper for adult drivers

As drivers age and gain more experience on the road, car insurance rates typically become more favorable. In our analysis comparing Geico’s average premiums against the national average, we determined that Geico generally offers more affordable car insurance options. This trend reflects the decreased risk associated with more experienced drivers, who often benefit from lower insurance costs due to their higher likelihood of exhibiting safe driving habits.

Geico National Average
Age 18 $4,048 $6,110
Age 25 $1,584 $2,473
Age 30 $1,389 $2,125
Age 40 $1,353 $2,014
Age 60 $1,264 $1,824
  • Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the ages 18-60 (base: 40 years) applied. Depending on age, drivers may be a renter or homeowner. Age is not a contributing rating factor in Hawaii and Massachusetts due to state regulations.

Geico is generally cheaper for high-risk drivers

Drivers with a history of accidents, speeding tickets or DUI convictions generally pay higher car insurance rates than drivers with clean records. While some companies will underwrite policies for drivers with a DUI conviction, some insurers will not insure drivers who have gotten a DUI.

While we have average rate information for drivers with a DUI, it does not guarantee that Geico, Liberty Mutual or another carrier will offer coverage to a driver with a DUI conviction. When compared to the national average, Geico’s average premiums are cheaper for high-risk drivers.

Geico National Average
Clean driving record $1,353 $1,771
Speeding ticket conviction $1,586 $2,138
At-fault accident $1,900 $2,521
DUI conviction $3,196 $3,421
  • Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base), at-fault accident, single speeding ticket and single DUI conviction.

Geico vs. Liberty Mutual: discounts

Geico and Liberty Mutual both offer unique opportunities for car insurance discounts, which could help you get a lower rate if you qualify.

Geico unique discounts

  • Military discount: Active duty military service members may qualify for savings of up to 15 percent on their policy with Geico. There’s also a discount opportunity of up to 25 percent available for drivers who go on emergency deployment.
  • Federal employee discount: Federal employees may qualify for a discount of up to 12 percent on their Geico car insurance policy.
  • Good student discount: Students who get good grades in school or maintain a minimum GPA may qualify for a discount of up to 15 percent with Geico.

Liberty Mutual unique discounts

  • Early shopper discount: If you get a car insurance quote from Liberty Mutual before your current policy expires, you may qualify for a discount.
  • Homeowner discount: Liberty Mutual offers a discount to drivers who own a home.
  • Online purchase discount: When you purchase your car insurance policy online, Liberty Mutual typically provides an automatic discount at checkout.

Usage-based insurance comparison: Geico vs Liberty Mutual

Geico and Liberty Mutual both offer usage-based insurance programs, also called telematics insurance. When you enroll in a telematics insurance program, your driving habits and mileage are tracked. If you practice safe driving behaviors and/or drive infrequently, you may qualify for a discount or lower rate on your policy.

Liberty Mutual RightTrack Geico DriveEasy
Device type Mobile app Mobile app
How does it impact your rate? Can decrease rate Can increase or decrease
Availability AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and Washington D.C. AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NV, NJ, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and Washington D.C.
Discount potential Up to 30 percent N/A
Driving behaviors that are monitored Braking force, acceleration, and nighttime driving Distracted driving, hard braking, cornering, smoothness, road type, distance driven, time of day, and weather

Geico vs. Liberty Mutual: customer experience comparison

Comparing Geico vs. Liberty Mutual in third-party ratings and other tools, like mobile apps, can also offer insight into car insurance companies. In the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study, both Geico and Liberty Mutual rated below average with Geico earning a score of 871 out of 1,000 points compared to Liberty Mutual’s 866.

Like many car insurance companies, Geico and Liberty Mutual also offer mobile apps. Both apps are highly rated and offer a variety of features.

Geico Liberty Mutual
App Store 4.8 out of 5 4.8 out of 5
Google Play Store 4.6 out of 5 4.8 out of 5
J.D. Power 871 / 1,000 866 / 1,000

Frequently asked questions

    • Yes, both Geico and Liberty Mutual offer homeowners insurance policies, but Geico uses third-party companies to underwrite these types of policies. However, you still have the opportunity to qualify for a bundling discount with Geico if you bundle your homeowners and car insurance policies, just as you may qualify for a bundling discount with Liberty Mutual for purchasing multiple policies with them.
    • Average rate data is not available for Liberty Mutual, so it’s hard to determine whether Geico or Liberty Mutual is the cheaper option on average. However, we found by analyzing average rate data from Quadrant Information Services that Geico’s average insurance rates are consistently lower than the national average for various categories, like young drivers and drivers with bad credit.
    • The best car insurance company is different for every driver. The best option for your needs typically depends on rating factors and other unique factors, like your location, budget, and coverage needs. To find the best options for you, it may be helpful to compare the options to find which align with your needs and then obtain personalized quotes to learn which one is the most affordable for the right type of coverage.