Nationwide Insurance Review for 2020
Founded nearly 100 years ago, Nationwide offers a wide variety of insurance and financial products. The Ohio-based insurance company offers life, home, auto, and pet insurance policies. Let's explore the ins-and-outs of Nationwide's auto insurance products to help you decide whether it's the right company for you.
Nationwide car insurance coverage options
Nationwide offers all basic types of insurance coverage — liability, collision, and comprehensive. Let’s explore the unique aspects of Nationwide’s coverage options that set it apart from other insurance companies.
Towing and labor coverage
Nationwide offers a roadside assistance package, providing 24/7 help to any policyholder stranded by an inoperable vehicle. Whether you’ve had an accident or you need a battery recharge, this coverage can get you moving again.
Nationwide rewards motorists who have remained accident-free. For each year in which you aren't involved in a collision, Nationwide knocks $100 off your deductible, up to a maximum of $500. Learn more about vanishing deductibles here.
Nationwide understands that accidents happen. If you opt into this additional coverage, Nationwide will forgive your first at-fault accident.
Total loss deductible waiver
If your vehicle is deemed a total loss, Nationwide will waive your comprehensive or collision deductible.
Coverage for Uber and Lyft
Rental reimbursement coverage
If your vehicle is damaged in a collision, this coverage will reimburse your rental car costs.
Nationwide auto insurance discounts and benefits
In addition to the programs we listed above, Nationwide also offers some ways to save that are competitive with other car insurance companies. Below are highlights of Nationwide's discounts and reward programs. See more information on common discounts for car insurance.
SmartRide is Nationwide’s usage-based insurance program. Using an in-car plugin and mobile app, SmartRide tracks the way you drive in order to more accurately determine your car insurance rates. It also provides feedback in an effort to encourage safe driving.
Nationwide advertises average savings of $710 per policy period via a home-and-auto policy bundle. This discount also applies to renters, condo, or any other Nationwide policy — although the insurance premium savings might be smaller with a less-expensive bundle.
If you or someone on your insurance policy is aged 16 to 24 and maintains a B average or better, you can qualify for this student discount.
If you steer clear of major accidents or violations for at least five years, you can earn this discount.
Easy Pay sign up
By linking your bank account to your Nationwide policy, you can earn a discount.
Nationwide partners with hundreds of organizations — alumni organizations, professional groups, and special interest associations — to offer discounts.
Completing a state-approved defensive driving course can earn you this discount. Depending on your state, you may need to be 55 or older to be eligible.
Automatically earn a discount if you’ve maintained an accident-free driving record.
If your vehicle is equipped with anti-theft devices, you can earn this discount. You may need to show proof of installation.
Additional lines of insurance
Nationwide offers many different types of insurance.
- Homeowners insurance
- Life insurance
- Pet insurance
- Renters insurance
- Condo insurance
- Boat insurance
- Motor home insurance
- Business insurance
- Off-road vehicle insurance
Is Nationwide the best insurance company for you?
While Nationwide's customer satisfaction ratings — according to JD Power — are below average, the company provides access to local insurance agents who can give you personal attention.
One aspect of Nationwide we did not discuss is cost. Because car insurance is so driver-specific, it’s difficult to say how much you'll pay for a policy through Nationwide. To find an affordable rate, your best bet is to shop around and compare insurance quotes from as many companies as possible. Enter your ZIP code below to get started.