Picking a car insurance company can be tricky: every company's rates differ based on your driving record, location, and age, and insurers offer a variety of perks. GEICO and Mercury are among the most popular car insurance companies, providing competitively priced coverage across many states.
In an effort to take the sting out of shopping for car insurance, we've pulled average insurance rates from Mercury and GEICO. These take into account myriad pricing factors, including credit score, driving behavior, and age. Take a look at these rates and find an affordable policy today.
If you have very poor credit, Mercury could be preferable to GEICO. Typically, Mercury offers cheaper prices than GEICO for prospective clients with credit scores of lower than 580. Drivers with outstanding credit — a score of 800-plus — should consider GEICO, which typically beats Mercury by $51 per year. View common insurance rates by credit score for Mercury and GEICO below.
|Credit level||GEICO avg. annual premium||Mercury avg. annual premium|
|Very Poor (300-579)||$2,051||$1,115|
|Very Good (740-799)||$1,120||$1,115|
If you have an at-fault accident, ticket, reckless driving violation, or DUI offense on your record, Mercury could be a better choice than GEICO. Every car insurance company prices its policies differently, so it's worth comparing quotes to understand which insurer suits you.
|Infraction||GEICO avg. annual premium||Mercury avg. annual premium|
|At-fault accident (damage < $1,000)||$1,857||$1,822|
|At-fault accident (damage > $1,000)||$1,580||$1,125|
Auto insurance companies use age to indicate risk, assigning rates accordingly. Insurance is usually priciest for young drivers — because of their inexperience — and more affordable for middle-aged drivers. Because every insurance company prices age brackets differently, it's worth doing some comparison shopping.
As a general rule, teen drivers should choose Mercury over GEICO: the former's average annual rates are $91 less than the latter's..
|Age tier||GEICO avg. annual premium||Mercury avg. annual premium|
Affordability aside, GEICO and Mercury both have pros and cons, including the insurers' discount programs, add-ons, customer satisfaction ratings, and financial stability. Be sure to shop around before settling on an option.
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|About||GEICO uses a direct-to-consumer sales model rather than relying on independent agents to provide exceptional service and superior coverage to their valued customers.||Rated A+ by AM Best, Mercury Insurance has been saving customers money on home and auto insurance since 1962.|
|Roadside Assistance||You can use a mobile app to request service from GEICO's Emergency Roadside Service, which will assist you if you need a tow, are locked out of your car, run out of gas, have a dead battery or flat tire.||Mercury offers roadside assistance as an optional addition to your policy which provides coverage 24/7 for things like reimbursement for locking keys in your car, a flat tire change, and even a tow up to the limit on your policy.|
|Additional Discounts||GEICO offers an additional discount for vehicles with daytime running lights as well as discounts for federal employees. Moreover, the company offers the policy feature of accident forgiveness.||Mercury insurance offers additional accommodations to military service members like accepting out of state licenses, physical damage only coverage, and more!|
I made two claims last year. Should I file a third?
If you're filing a claim to fix the damages caused to the fence, you should go ahead and get your vehicle fixed as well; events that go on your insurance history will mark all the payouts as coming from the same claim. However, having three recent claims will likely result in your rate increasing, so consider shopping around for cheaper insurance elsewhere.Will comprehensive insurance cover damages caused by road debris?
Sorry to hear about your accident. If you have comprehensive, it should cover any damages caused by debris.Which insurance companies will insure a driver without a license?
You may check with Geico to see if they will take an unlicensed driver. However, in my experience, they will not.Should I stay with my car insurance company even if I'm getting a better quote from elsewhere?
It's possible that your agent is simply trying to keep your business. However, he may actually be correct.See More Questions
Can I use my roadside assistance if I'm in my friends car?
When you have roadside assistance through your insurance company, the service is only available on the vehicle that the coverage is listed. There are other roadside companies that will allow you to use the roadside no matter whose vehicle you are in.See More Questions
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