If you're tired of having your car insurance priced based on your credit score, auto insurance history, or your demographic data, telematics-powered auto insurance could be right for you. One of the market leaders in the telematics space is Root Car Insurance, which claims to provide "car insurance for the way you drive." Root prices its policies based on your driving behavior, as tracked by a smartphone app. As a Root customer, if you brake hard, drive fast, travel late at night, or use your car too often, your car insurance could be expensive. If you drive carefully and use your vehicle only occasionally, your rates could be affordable. Root is a potentially cheap option for good drivers who might be overcharged based on traditional auto insurance rating factors, such as credit level or age.
On the other hand, State Farm is one of America's best-established and most popular auto insurance companies. Founded in 1922, the Indiana-based insurer boasts "superior" financial strength (A.M. Best) and nationwide coverage. One of its primary benefits is its wide-ranging discounts, benefiting students, holders of multiple insurance policies, and those with anti-theft devices installed.
If you're interested in sticking with an established auto insurance company but want to try telematics, State Farm® Drive Safe & Save™ could be a solid option. State Farm's usage-based insurance platform combines the underwriter's financial strength and major brand name with an InsurTech-inspired program that prices your rates partly on your driving behavior.
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|About||Root Car Insurance offers "car insurance for the way you drive." Its usage-based pricing model uses data gathered via telematics devices to price premiums based on mileage and driving habits, rather then demographic information.||Get the protection you need at a price you can afford with State Farm; offering packaged options, discounts and custom coverage to meet any driver's needs.|
|Roadside Assistance||Root Car Insurance offers roadside assistance with every policy.||State Farm's Emergency Road Service offers mechanical labor at the place of breakdown, the towing of your vehicle to a repair facility, removal of a stuck vehicle, delivery of gas or oil, assistance with changing a tire or a jumpstart, and locksmith services.|
|Additional Discounts||Root Car Insurance provides usage-based discounts based on driving behavior and mileage.||State Farm offers an additional discount for vehicles made in 1994 or later, depending on the loss experience of the vehicle make and model.|
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These kinds of situations are going to depend greatly on your current finances and insurance premiums. If you've previously had a clean record, an accident will typically increase your rates by about 20 to 30%.Can my new insurer cover a bodily injury claim made against me from my past accident when I was covered by a different company?
Unfortunately, State Farm will not handle your recent bodily injury claim since you no longer have a policy with them. Progressive would be the one to handle that claim since that is your current active plan.My car was towed by an apartment complex, will State Farm reimburse me for the towing cost?
Roadside assistance covers towing but it won't cover your car being towed by someone else. Your insurance company will not cover the cost of your car being towed from parking in the wrong location.What could be the reason State Farm increased my premium?
Since it is policy-specific, State Farm will be the only one who can answer why the rate increased by 39%. I am not aware of any insurance law in California that would cause an increase of 39%.See More Questions
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