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State Farm vs. GEICO vs. Progressive: which car insurance is best?

GEICO, Progressive, and State Farm comprise a large share of the US car insurance market. Despite these insurers' similar size, they offer different rates, discounts, and policy options. Let’s compare rates and rating factors and help you decide if GEICO, Progressive or State Farm is right for you.

Table of contents:
  1. After an accident
  2. For teenage drivers
  3. By vehicle type
  4. With bad credit
  5. Additional resources and insurance info

Progressive vs. GEICO vs. State Farm: which is cheapest after a car accident?

Although car insurance is designed to cover your vehicle in the event of a crash, most companies will still raise your rates after an at-fault accident. GEICO, Progressive and State Farm raise rates by an average of $676 per six-month policy after an at-fault accident.

Company Six-Month Premium after At-Fault Accident
Geico $1,089
State Farm $1,099
Progressive $1,068

If you’ve caused an accident, State Farm is the cheapest insurance company moving forward. For more information — and additional insurance rates — see our additional resources below:

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State Farm vs. Progressive vs. GEICO: which is cheapest for a teen driver?

Insuring your teen driver is an inevitable — and expensive — part of parenting. On average, adding a teen driver to your policy will more than double your monthly premium. Given their lack of driving experience and penchant for risk behind the wheel, teen drivers are treated as liabilities by insurance companies.

Company Six-Month Premium with Teen Driver
Geico $987
Progressive $2,295
State Farm $2,999

Your best bet for affordable car insurance for a teen driver is GEICO, with an average six-month premium of $987. For the methodology used to these rates, see here.

For more information on cheap car insurance for teen drivers, see our additional article:

GEICO vs. Progressive vs. State Farm: car insurance comparison by vehicle

The vehicle you drive has a huge impact on your insurance premium. Given the value of a luxury vehicle versus a sedan, the former will be much more expensive to insure than the latter, regardless of your insurance company.

Vehicle Type GEICO Six-Month Premium Progressive Six-Month Premium State Farm Six-Month Premium
Green/EV $834 $840 $885
Sedan $723 $754 $788
Van $745 $736 $813
SUV $651 $678 $704
Truck $773 $765 $848
Luxury $1,059 $1,064 $1,118

Below are the cheapest companies by vehicle classification:

  • Green/EV: GEICO
  • Sedan: GEICO
  • Van: Progressive
  • UV: Progressive
  • Truck: Progressive
  • Luxury: GEICO

If you’re looking for more detailed analysis of prices and car insurance premiums for your exact model, see our guides below.

GEICO vs. Progressive vs. State Farm: rates by credit level

Your credit score is the biggest non-driving factor used to determine car insurance rates. Your credit score tells insurance companies a lot about the kind of driver you have been and the kind of customer you may be. Based on historical data, drivers with poor credit not only file more claims than drivers with excellent credit, their claims tend to be more expensive.

Credit Level GEICO Six-Month Premium Progressive Six-Month Premium State Farm Six-Month Premium
Very Poor (300-579) $1,360 $1,308 $1,454
Fair (580-669) $1,106 $1,079 $1,180
Good (670-739) $902 $901 $958
Very Good (740-799) $745 $760 $786
Exceptional (800-850) $623 $648 $646

If your credit is less-than-perfect, consider Progressive a good place to start shopping for car insurance quotes. GEICO is a better choice for drivers with strong credit:

  • Very Poor: Progressive
  • Fair: Progressive
  • Good: Progressive
  • Very Good: GEICO
  • Exceptional: GEICO

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Progressive vs. GEICO vs. State Farm: auto insurance discount comparison

Because car insurance is driver-specific, myriad ways to customize your coverage exist. This includes discounts and policy features like telematics programs, accident forgiveness add-ons, and extra insurance coverage for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Discount or Policy Option GEICO Progressive State Farm
Good Student Discount Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Policy Discount Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Car Discount Yes Yes Yes
Good Driver Discount Yes Yes Yes
Defensive Driver Discount Yes Yes Yes
Green Car Discount
Affinity Member Yes
eSign or ePay Yes
Telematics Yes Yes
New Car Discount
Military Discount Yes Yes Yes
Accident Forgiveness Yes Yes Yes
Vanishing Deductible Yes
Lyft Coverage Yes Yes Yes
Uber Coverage Yes Yes Yes
Roadside Assistance Yes Yes Yes
Local Agent Yes Yes Yes
Driver Education Discount Yes Yes Yes

Many of these policy features and discounts are subject to state regulations.

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State Farm, Progressive, or GEICO: which insurance company is best?

At the end of the day, it’s difficult to give an exact answer to this question, because car insurance is specifically priced and designed to suit you. This will lead to variation in rates and discount eligibility. Take the above data as a starting point and continue searching policies from GEICO, State Farm, Progressive, and other companies.

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Teen drivers

We randomly selected five zip codes in five areas across the US. Below are the zip codes we selected:

  • Columbus, OH - 43216
  • McKinney, TX - 75070
  • Fresno, CA - 75070
  • Scranton, PA - 93722
  • Aurora, CO - 80013

With that created, we built a base "teen driver" profile for male and female teens with two parents and two vehicles:

  • Parent's DOB: 08/01/1960
  • Mother's Vehicle: 2015 Toyota Sienna LE, owned, 12,000 miles/year
  • Father's Vehicle: 2015 Toyota Crewmax, owned, driving 12,000 miles/year
  • Driving Record: no accidents or citation
  • Education: BA
  • Licensed at: 16
  • Occupation: Manager Level — Accounting
  • Insurance History: Max amount selectable of previous years with insurance company, limits at 100/300/100

Male and female teen driver profile information:

  • Teen's DOB: 08/01/2000
  • Teen's: 2015 Toyota Camry, owned, 12,000 miles/year
  • Driving Record: no accidents or citation
  • Education: Above B Above
  • Licensed at: 17
  • Occupation: None

Methodology for other rates

Between September and December 2017, The Zebra conducted comprehensive auto insurance pricing analysis using its proprietary quote engine, comprising data from insurance rating platforms and public rate filings. The Zebra examined nearly 53 million rates to explore trends for car insurance rating factors, averaged by state, including Washington, DC.

Analysis used a consistent base profile for the insured driver: a 30-year-old single male driving a 2013 Honda Accord EX with a good driving history and coverage limits of $50,000 bodily injury liability per person/$100,000 bodily injury liability per accident/$50,000 property damage liability per accident with a $500 deductible for comprehensive and collision. For coverage level data, optional coverage (that must be rejected in writing) is included where applicable, including uninsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection.

National property and casualty losses information is from the Insurance Information Institute and the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters report.

For vehicle make and model data, analysis referenced the most popular vehicles in the U.S. by 2016 year-end sales, according to Goodcarbadcar.net data.

Data may vary slightly throughout report based on rounding.

About The Zebra

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  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance editorial content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
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  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.