Some of the highest-rated car insurance companies also tend to be pricier than others. If you're on a tight budget, there are a couple of other options that may save you some money. Among those, GEICO stands out in survey after survey for their low cost coverage options. Even people who would like more bells and whistles -- like in-person agents -- say they simply can't find a better rate than GEICO offers. However, in spite of its relatively sparse number of brick-and-mortar offices, GEICO gets top marks for overall customer satisfaction in several auto-insurance consumer surveys. In addition to the standard discounts, GEICO also offers some of the best military and government discounts of any car insurance company. Which makes sense when you consider that GEICO (which stands for Government Employees Insurance Company) was originally created to insure government employees. We discuss GEICO's military coverage options in more detail in the next section.
Some companies offer what they call Accelerated No Claims. This means you can claim a 12-month no claims discount after only 10 months on the road. However, the catch here is that often this only applies if you stick with the company for another year. For some, this will work out well, but it’s worth doing your research. In most cases, loyalty is not rewarded when it comes to car insurance, so, even with the no claims discount, you may be better off elsewhere.
The Hartford scores highly across a variety of metrics: solid financial ratings, high claims satisfaction and a wide variety of policies and discounts. It's also a preferred insurance company by AARP, and provides a good number of discounts for drivers over age 50. Customers say The Hartford provides a good purchase experience and provide excellent claims-resolution. Available in all states (although available add-ons may vary from state-to-state), The Hartford also offers a variety of bundles, such as home, renters and business insurance. See our full review »
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