Geico vs. Progressive Auto Insurance: 2019 Rates, Coverage and MoreJuly 10, 2019
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Millions of drivers choose Geico or Progressive for auto insurance. They’re two of the three largest car insurance companies in the U.S.
But Progressive and Geico take different approaches to providing car insurance, so which one you should choose depends on what’s most important to you.
- Progressive has thousands of agents while Geico primarily does business online or by phone.
- Geico often beats Progressive’s rates, but not for all drivers or in all states.
- Both have long — but different — lists of coverage options to customize policies.
To help you find the best policy for you, here’s a detailed look at how the two companies compare.
Geico vs. Progressive: Average car insurance rates
If price is your top concern, Geico is likely to have the edge — but it depends on where you live.
NerdWallet analyzed rates in 34 states and the District of Columbia where both Geico and Progressive are among the largest auto insurance companies. In those states, Geico was about $19 a month cheaper than Progressive, on average, for good drivers with good credit buying a full-coverage policy.
And for drivers with poor credit or a recent at-fault accident buying the same coverage, Geico’s rates were about $56 a month lower than Progressive’s, on average.
But in Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, Progressive was cheaper than Geico, on average, for all three situations. In eight other states, Progressive was cheaper than Geico for one or two of the driver profiles.
However, in 21 states Geico was cheaper than Progressive for all three situations.
Since rates vary so much by state and by the driver’s circumstances, it’s important to get quotes from both companies to know whether Progressive or Geico is cheapest for you.
Here are the annual average rates we found for full coverage for four driver profiles, plus minimum coverage rates for good drivers with good credit.
These prices are averaged across 34 states and Washington, D.C., and may not reflect prices in your state.
» MORE: NerdWallet’s Progressive review
Geico vs. Progressive: NerdWallet ratings
Both companies earned 3.5 stars in NerdWallet’s ratings of the best car insurance companies, but Geico ranked 15th while Progressive ranked 19th out of 24 insurers.
NerdWallet’s rating is a score based on:
- J.D. Power ratings for customer service, claims satisfaction and shopping satisfaction.
- Consumer Reports customer satisfaction ratings.
- Consumer complaints against the insurer, based on data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
» MORE: NerdWallet’s Geico review
Geico vs. Progressive: Customer satisfaction
Customers report a better experience with Geico than with Progressive, both when…