Farmers Auto Insurance Reviews, Coverage Options, and Ratings for 2019
3.5 OUT OF 5 RATING BY THE ZEBRA
Headquartered in California, Farmers is one of the most popular car insurance providers in the US. Farmers provides a personal, local insurance agent for every customer. The company, which was founded in 1880, offers a wide selection of insurance options outside of home and auto. Let’s explore each of Farmers auto insurance products and see if one of the oldest insurance providers in the US is right for you.
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|JD Power Rating — Above-average: JD Power ranks Farmers better than most in terms of overall customer service experience and claims servicing.|
Financial strength — Excellent:AM Best awarded Farmers an “excellent” financial strength score. You should not worry about the company's ability to pay out claims.
NAIC Rating — Subpar: Farmers received more complaints to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners than average in 2018.
Farmers car insurance coverage options
Farmers car insurance coverage includes basic state-mandated coverages, as well as comprehensive and collision. Let’s explore some of Farmers' more unique coverage options.
Towing and roadside assistance coverage
Towing and roadside assistance coverage are optional insurance policy add-ons. With Farmers 24/7 roadside assistance coverage, you can get help under the following circumstances:
- Flat tire change
- Locksmith services
- Roadside winching
- Towing services to the nearest qualifying mechanic
- Police, fire, or medical assistance connection
If you’ve been accident-free for three years, Farmers will overlook your first at-fault accident.
Loss of use
If your vehicle isn’t driveable for a covered loss, Farmers will reimburse you for your cabs, public transit, or rental vehicle. This is part of Farmers' collision or comprehensive coverage.
Car rental reimbursement
If your vehicle is undrivable, this coverage will pay for you to use a rental vehicle. This coverage applies for up to 30 days.
Customized equipment coverage
If you have modified your vehicle, you can add this coverage to replace these upgraded parts in the event of a covered loss. This coverage could protect add-ons like speakers or alloy wheels.
If you have a crack in your windshield, Farmers will help you replace or repair the damage.
Original equipment manufacturer
With this coverage, any new parts to your coverage will be replaced with the original manufactured parts. You must maintain collision and comprehensive coverages for this feature to apply, and your vehicle must be fewer than 10 years old.
If you’re driving for Lyft or Uber, Farmers strongly recommends adding rideshare insurance to your policy to ensure your vehicle is fully protected. This coverage will extend your Farmers coverage to the time you spend driving around, waiting for a ride request.
Farmers discounts and reward programs
Farmers has a few state-specific discounts and rewards programs. Speak to a Farmers agent near you to see if these programs are available in your location.
If you have more than one Farmers policy, you can earn a multi-policy discount.
Good driver discount
If you’ve been accident-free for three to five years, you can earn a discount from Farmers.
Good student discount
If you or a driver on your policy has a GPA of 3.0 or better and is under the age of 25, you can earn a Good Student discount.
Depending on your state, you can earn a small discount for being a homeowner with Farmers.
Certain occupations can receive a discount on a Farmers policy. Proof of occupation is usually required. Subject to state regulations.
Signal: telematics program
Signal is Farmers' telematics program. Only available in Arizona, this program uses the way you drive in order to price your premium. It looks at the frequency of hard braking, excessive speeds, and distracted driving habits to determine your premium.
Currently, Farmers owns a number of smaller insurance companies to diversify the products they offer. Below are the more popular companies.
- 21st Century Insurance Company
- Foremost Insurance Company
- Bristol West Insurance Company
- Zurich Insurance Company
- Mid-Century Insurance Company
Additional Farmers Insurance products
Farmers offers a few additional lines of insurance.
- Home insurance
- Life insurance
- Business increase
- Recreational vehicle insurance
- Motorcycle insurance
- Umbrella insurance
- Pet insurance
- Renters insurance
Is Farmers car insurance right for you?
This isn’t a question we can answer for you. While Farmers does have excellent financial strength and JD Power ratings, it also suffers from an above-average number of client complaints. Your experience with Farmers may depend on your personal insurance agent.
The last aspect we did not mention in our Farmers review is the cost of the company's insurance premiums. Because insurance quotes reflect you, your vehicle, and your driving record, it is difficult to give an accurate up-front quote.
The best way to find the lowest cost insurance policy is to shop around, comparing Farmers with other companies. Enter your ZIP code below to get started.