21st Century Insurance Review

  • With 3.5/5 stars in 2023, 21st Century is an average insurance company.
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21st Century at a glance

Pros Cons
  • Excellent financial strength rating from AM Best
  • Backed by Farmers Insurance Group
  • Only available in California
  • Poor NAIC rating

21st Century insurance review

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Primarily serving drivers in California, 21st Century is a part of the Farmers Insurance Group. 21st Century has excellent financial standing and is competitive in terms of coverage, but may not offer the extra features that go above and beyond to cover your bases. Our review of 21st Century's insurance coverage options and discounts can help you get an idea of the insurance company's offerings and decide if it's the right place to purchase your next policy.

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3.5 stars Rating from The Zebra
Ratings based on price, customer service, coverage, and financial strength.
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JD Power Rating — Not Rated: JD Power did not include 21st Century in its most recent claims satisfaction survey.

Financial strength — Excellent: This rating, issued by AM Best, underlines 21st Century's excellent financial health its ability to reliably pay out claims.

NAIC Rating — Poor: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners received more complaints than average regarding 21st Century in its most recent year of reporting.

21st Century car insurance coverage options

Standard coverage options like collision, comprehensive, liability, underinsured and uninsured motorist, medical payments, bodily injury, and property damage can be expected from a 21st Century car insurance policy, in addition to 24/7 roadside assistance, which is automatically included. Below, we detail some additional features you can opt-in for your coverage.

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Waiver of collision deductible

The collision deductible is waived in the event your collision coverage kicks in to cover an accident with an uninsured motorist.

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Rental reimbursement

If you get in an accident and your car is out of commission for over 24 hours while it's being repaired, 21st Century will cover rental car expenses up to $30 per day for 30 days (with a maximum sum limit of $900). This limit can be upgraded to $50 per day for up to 30 days.

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Additional/customized equipment

If you have customized parts not originally included by the manufacturer that enhance the performance or aesthetics of your car, you might want to opt for this additional coverage. 

21st Century insurance discounts and reward programs

The discounts offered by 21st Century are primarily driver-based and don't all necessarily apply to your premium — they may be applicable towards specific coverages or vehicles.

Discounts based on the driver or vehicle

  • Good student: If you're a high school or college student who meets 21st Century's academic requirements, you may be eligible for some savings with a student discount.
  • Good driver: Good driving habits — and infrequent auto claims — are rewarded with discounted insurance rates.
  • Superior driver: If you haven't had any violations or accidents in the past four to five years, this discount may apply to your insurance premium.
  • Multi-car: Like most insurance companies, 21st Century offers a discount for adding more than one car to the same policy.
  • Mature driver: If you're over age 55 and complete a state-approved defensive driving course, you might be eligible for a discounted auto policy.
  • Defensive driver: Complete a DMV-approved driving course to receive this discount.
  • Anti-theft device: Equip your car with an approved GPS-enabled theft recovery device and you can get up to 15% off applied to your comprehensive coverage premium.

Additional lines of insurance

21st Century only offers auto insurance in California at this time.

How much does 21st Century auto insurance cost?

The tables below highlight the average cost of 21st Century auto insurance compared to other insurers, as well as by age and violation, so you can make an educated decision about whether or not it may be right for you.

Cost of 21st Century vs. Competitors
Company Avg. Monthly Premium
21st Century $140
ALFA $209
Amica Mutual $144
Auto Club $158
GEICO $129
Plymouth Rock $144
Progressive $157
State Farm $131
Updated: 06/08/23.

Dynamic auto insurance data methodology

Methodology: The auto insurance rates displayed above and throughout this page are dynamic, meaning the data will refresh when the most recent information is made available. Rates are based on a sample driver profile — a 30-year-old single male driver with a Honda Accord and full coverage. This profile was adjusted based on common pricing factors used by major car insurance companies, like age, coverage level, driving record and others.

Average Cost of 21st Century by Age Group
Age Group Avg. Monthly Premium
Teens $528
20s $186
60s $140
30s $140
40s $140
50s $140
Updated: 06/08/23.
Average Cost of 21st Century by Violation
Accident/Violation Avg. Monthly Premium
DUI $419
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $349
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $193
Updated: 06/08/23.

Is 21st Century car insurance right for you?

If you're a driver in California who needs new car insurance, 21st Century might be a good option if you don't need extra bells and whistles to bolster your policy — the traditional collision, comprehensive, and liability coverage are all offered by 21st Century, and its excellent financial health should ensure your claims are fulfilled.

However, you should always shop around for quotes when you're looking for a new car insurance policy. After all, switching insurance companies when it comes time to renew doesn't affect your premium, so it's always in your favor to look elsewhere if you feel you're paying too much. We can help you look for the best rates instantly — enter your ZIP code below and see for yourself how much you can save by comparing quotes from 21st Century and dozens of other auto insurance companies.

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