Military Car Insurance Discounts

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What car insurance benefits are available to military personnel?

 

Car insurance coverage for military personnel can vary by company and type of coverage. Some companies, like usaa, cater solely to military personnel and their families. More broadly, other companies will simply offer you a discount for your service. Either way, if you’re a military member, you should consider the wide range of auto insurance options that are specifically designed for you.

 

Auto insurance discounts for veterans and military personnel — table of contents:

 

 


 

Car insurance rates by military branch

 

Members of each branch of the United States military may receive different discounts and benefits from car insurance companies.

Learn more about specific discounts by military branch via the below links:

 


 

Why do car insurance companies offer military discounts?

 

The nature of deployment

In addition to auto insurance companies wanting to serve those who have served their military, the circumstances surrounding military members present unique opportunities for insurance companies. During extended deployments, the lengthy period of time during which a driver might not use a car may result in the long-term storage of the vehicle or the suspension or cancellation of coverage.

With an insurance company that offers military service discounts and terms, any necessary policy changes can be fairly straightforward.

 


 

Car insurance after joining the military: 

 

Storage

If you're deployed and unsure about how to handle your car insurance policy, consider storage coverage. Car storage insurance removes all coverage except your comprehensive coverage which would protect your vehicle in the event it's vandalized, stolen, or damaged by weather.

Here are the benefits of storage coverage:

  • Lowered premium: storage coverage can lower your premium by as much as 90%.
  • Continuous coverage: because you technically still have car insurance, you avoid having a lapse or gap in your insurance policy.

The exact requirements and savings for storage options vary by insurers, so if you’re planning on putting your vehicle into storage for a reduction of coverage, you should speak with your local agent for details. The other consideration for storage coverage has to do with your registration, which we will explain below.

 

Registration

If you are going to store your vehicle long-term, you should also consider the registration implications. Most insurance companies will recommend filing an affidavit of non-use with your state department of motor vehicles. This affidavit allows you to maintain registration on a vehicle that is both not in use and not currently insured for liability coverage. Like your insurance company, the DMV will require you to securely store this vehicle in order for you to qualify for the affidavit. Check with your state DMV department for details.

 


 

Car insurance discounts for members of the military

If you are a member of the armed forces, you may qualify for special auto insurance discounts. Special discounts apply to military families from many carriers. Also, you may benefit from general discounts offered to all drivers. Things such as bundling home and auto policies, having a good credit score, and keeping a clean driving record could help you find additional savings. Below you'll find a rundown the average car insurance discounts that military members can expect. 

 

Discounted insurance rates for military personnel

In our 2017 analysis of the State of Insurance, we discovered that out of every occupation, military members receive the biggest discount — but not by much. On average, those in the military pay 2% less than other professions. This doesn't include military-specific discounts, however. This is simply using your profession as a rating factor. For special discounts that are specifically tied to your status, keep reading.

 

Company6-month premium (military)6-month premium (other occupation)
Allstate$766$787
GEICO$681$710
Farmers$667$679
Nationwide$623$643
Progressive$701$728
State Farm$707$748
USAA$713$740

 

 


 

Where to buy car insurance for military personnel

There are a lot of insurance companies that offer special accommodations for military members and their families. Some have programs built entirely around past and present military members, and others that recognize military status and reward these customers with a discounted rate.

 

USAA

Probably the most notable provider of car insurance for military members is USAA. The company's clientele is comprised of active duty or retired military members (as well as adult children or surviving spouses of USAA members). USAA ranks highly for customer satisfaction, coming in first in customer satisfaction in JD Power's most recent industry study. Available nationwide, USAA offers a few types of discounts. If you garage your vehicle on a secured military base, USAA offers 15% off your premium. Moreover, if you’re currently deployed and you store your vehicle in a secured location, you can receive up to 90% off your rate.

 

GEICO

While GEICO was originally created as an insurer for government employees, it offers discounts for military service members through their Military Center. It groups active, retired, and National Guard or Reserve members into a general umbrella of military personnel as well as an accompanying discount of up to 15%. GEICO offers more options through its Emergency Deployment Discount when members are deployed.

 

Other companies with military discounts

 

 


 

Car insurance coverage for veterans

 

A number of car insurance discounts for veterans become available after your military service is complete. Let’s explore the ins and outs of car insurance for veterans and assess company-specific rates to see how much you could save after you serve.

 

How is car insurance different for veterans?

 
The primary way in which car insurance changes for military veterans is the availability of discounts. As a veteran, you and your family may earn eligibility for discounted premiums. While the amount of these discounts may vary by state and provider, you can expect to save between 3% and 7% for your service.

Another car insurance benefit for veterans occurs upon cancellation of current coverage. Although standard car insurance pricing practices stipulate an insurer could charge a driver for a lapse in coverage that might occur during military deployment, many insurance companies will make an exception for veterans or active-duty military personnel. If you can show proof-of-deployment for the period during which your car insurance lapsed, you could receive preferential rates. You’ll most likely need to show proof of your military affiliation to receive any military or veteran car insurance discounts. You should expect to show evidence of deployment, corresponding with any lapse in coverage.

 

What are the best car insurance companies for veterans?

 

It’s important to consider the big picture when shopping for insurance. Even though an insurer might offer the best veteran discounts, you should evaluate the policy and its overall price against similar options. If a company offers a 15% discount but its overall premium is still higher than another company's rate, you should consider the cheaper option.

Because car insurance is priced based on your personal driving history and profile, it's important to shop around often and explore as many insurance companies as possible — even those not catering to military personnel or veterans specifically.

 

Military car insurance: how to save

 

If you're an active-duty military member, you should search for the wide range of products that are available and cater specifically for you. The nature of your deployment in terms of storage and registration predicaments can complicate your policy. It is your company's job to help guide you through these cumbersome details.

But, you should consider that even if your auto insurance premium reflects a military discount, you could still get a better rate elsewhere. Here are some of our quick tips on getting auto insurance as a military member:

  • Double-check for multi-policy discounts: keep all your insurance policies within one company! By bundling homeowners insurance and auto insurance (or renters) you could save hundreds on both policies.
  • Get life insurance: Some auto insurers offer life insurance either through them or a subsidiary. If they do, this will usually give you multi-policy as well.
  • Shop around: The very best way to make sure you're getting the cheapest rate is to double-check for these types of special discounts, but also to shop around every six months. 
  • Check out our auto insurance guide for other ways to save: Here's a more general guide to saving on auto insurance, outside of military-related topics.

 

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Recent Questions:

Military Discounts for Car Insurance

My son is 19 and is in the service and will be overseas the next month. Is this covered by the definition of exclusion?

As long as you can provide proof of a separate address, you should be able to remove your son from your policy completely. Every company is different so you will need to check with your specific company.

Can I avoid paying for insurance for my car while I am away for active duty military leave?

The reason banks require comprehensive and collision coverage on a vehicle in storage is because it could be damaged by a fire or a collapse of the building in which it is stored. In addition to the bank, Massachusetts requires any vehicle registered in the state to also be insured.

How do I recover my refund if I canceled a policy the day after the renewal?

Most states have a law about recovering unearned premium from insurance providers. Meaning that if you cancel your policy after you've paid your premium, especially at a renewal, you should be able to collect a refund for any days you've paid for after the policy is canceled.

Do I need PIP?

First of all, thank you for your service! It sounds like you have outstanding health insurance for yourself, and potentially your family as well. It may not be necessary in your current situation to carry PIP, but here are a few reasons why it may make sense to add it to your policy: Your health coverage has a high deductible - PIP coverage on Texas auto policies does not have a deductible so, if you are injured in an accident that is your fault, this coverage kicks in immediately. You drive frequently with passengers not covered by your health insurance - Even if you have outstanding health insurance for you and your family, that coverage does not extend to any of your passengers who aren't covered by your health plan.

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Ava worked in the insurance industry as an agent for four-plus years. Currently providing insights and analysis as one of The Zebra’s resident property insurance experts, Ava has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, and Yahoo! Finance.