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National General and American Family are two strong competitors in the insurance world. National General was founded in 1920, only a few years before American Family, which was founded in 1927. While, National General is best if you are affiliated with the General Motors Club, american Family is best if you want a variety of coverage options and discounts. On the other hand, American Family has a habit of cancelling policies without notice and National General insurance premiums are 10 percent higher than other companies. Still, both companies have excellent financial strength. So which one offers the kinds of discounts, services, and even customer ratings that best fit your car insurance wants and needs? Keep reading to find out.

Best If/Worst If

  American Family National General
Best If American Family
  • You want many discount options or additional coverage
National General
  • You’re affiliated with General Motors Club
Worst If American Family
  • You live in one of the 31 states that American Family doesn’t cover, or D.C.
National General
  • You want a swift and smooth claims process

Special Car Insurance Discounts

American Family National General
American Family

Teen Safe Driver Program
According to the American Family's home website, the Teen Safe Driver program is proven to reduce risky driving behavior by more than 70%. It encourages parents to talk to their teens about how to practice safe driving. It also allows parents to see risky driving behaviors in order to correct them. Using in-car technology, you can record driving behaviors and receive feedback from professional driving coaches. It's a great incentive to drive more safely, especially for new and young drivers.

Business Car Insurance
Business car insurance covers the car owner and his employees if/when his business is on the move.

Classic Car Insurance
For owners of old, classic cars, this special policy allows them to acquire coverage that aligns with the car's value. American Family works with these special car owners to create a personalized policy that gives them and their cars the protection they need.

National General

National General refers to its array of discounts as SmartDiscounts, presumably because they are smart and simple ways to save money off your auto insurance policies.

According to the company’s website, customers who switch to National General save an average of $442 a year, and that’s before applying SmartDiscounts to your policy!

  • GM/GMAC Customer Discounts
  • Paid-in-Full Discount
  • Multi-Vehicle Discount
  • GM Loyalty Discount
  • Safe-Driver Discounts
  • RVs and Autos on One Convenient Policy
  • Motorcycle Discounts
  • OnStar Subscriber Discount
  • Low Mileage Discount
  • GM Family First Discounts
  • Affinity Discounts
  • GM Supplier Discount

Standard Car Insurance Discounts

Bundling Coverage Discounts American Family National General
Multi-Car
Home and Car
Car and Life
Vehicle Type and Safety Features American Family National General
Alternative Fuel
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Anti-Lock Brake
Anti-Theft
Passive Restraint
New Car
Economy Car
Utility Vehicle
Farm or Ranch Vehicle
Driving Record and Insurance History American Family National General
Accident Free/Good Driver
Prior Insurance
Long Term Policy Holder
Defensive Driving Course
Student, Professional, and Club Memberships American Family National General
Affinity Group
College Graduate
Good Student
Resident Student
Organization or Club Membership
Farm Bureau Member
Military
Special Circumstances American Family National General
Telematics Device
Low Mileage
Short Commute
Days Per Week Driven
Other Discounts American Family National General
Married
Paid in Full
Advance Renewal
Electronic Funds Transfer
Senior Driver
55 and Retired

Consumer Complaint Data

American Family Car Insurance National General Insurance
2016 33 69
2015 32 74
2014 18 50
2013 9 30

U.S. Auto Insurance Shopping Study (2016)

American Family Car Insurance National General Insurance
Overall Purchase Experience Above average
Policy Offerings Above average
Pricing Above average
Local Agent Above average
Call Center Representative --
Insurer Website --

U.S. Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Study (2015)

American Family Car Insurance National General Insurance
Overall Satisfaction Average
First Notice of Loss Average
Service Interaction Above average
Appraisal Average
Repair Process Average
Rental Car Experience Above average
Settlement Average

Financial Strength Ratings

American Family Car Insurance National General Insurance
A.M. Best A- A-
Moody's -- --
S&P's A BBB+

Mobile Apps

American Family National General
American Family

My Amfam is American Family Insurance’s main mobile app. It offers all the basics of the company’s website on your mobile device, so interacting with your insurance company or agent is just one touch away. You can use it to contact or search for nearby agents, file or view an auto claim, and even pay your insurance premiums. The app is downloadable for iPhone or Android here.

DreamVault is an app from American Family that lets you store and keep an inventory of personal items securely to the cloud. You can even upload pictures and write descriptions of your items so that in the event you have to file a claim, all your information on your belongings is literally right there in your hands. Download DreamVault here

National General

National General Insurance’s Claims App is fairly unique in that it actually puts you in contact with a National General claims service consultant. In addition, you can use the app to submit a claim online or request a towing service. To learn more about and download the app, click here

Roadside Assistance

American Family National General
American Family

American Family Emergency Roadside Service

American Family's roadside service includes mechanical labor at the site of breakdown, towing, delivery of gas, tire changing, jump starts, battery charges, and locksmith services if you’re locked out.

Add Emergency Roadside Service to your existing auto policy to help pay for service and support when your can is broken down. "Sign and Drive direct billing helps cover payments upfront.

Roadside Services covered

  • Up to 1 hour of labor on site
  • Towing to the nearest repair shop
  • Gas and oil delivery
  • Tire change
  • Jump start
  • Locksmith service

Contact Phone Number

American Family’s Emergency Roadside Coverage is available by calling 1 (800) MYAMFAM (1-800-692-6326).

National General

National General Motor Club Roadside Assistance

The National General Motor Club gives those insured by National General a membership plan for three levels of roadside assistance coverage. The Motor Club, similar to other full suite roadside assistance memberships gives you travel discounts on restaurants, hotels, car rental and more. Coverage extends to all family members in any vehicle you're driving

Motor Club Basic

Cost per year: Single - $59. Couple - $69.

  • Towing up to 5 miles
  • Jump start
  • Flat tire
  • Gas delivery
  • Winching
  • Lockout service
  • Locksmith service
    • Lock replacement up to $60
    • Key replacement up to $25
  • Dispatch Guarantee: Up to $120

Motor Club Standard

Cost per year: Single - $79. Couple - $94. Each Dependent - $15.

  • Towing up to 20 miles
  • Jump start
  • Flat tire
  • Gas delivery
  • Winching
  • Lockout service
  • Locksmith service
    • Lock replacement up to $60
    • Key replacement up to $25
  • Dispatch Guarantee: Up to $150

Motor Club Elite

Cost per year: Single - $89. Couple - $99. Family - $119.

  • Towing up to 100 miles
  • Jump start
  • Flat tire
  • Gas delivery
  • Winching
  • Lockout service
  • Locksmith service
    • Lock replacement up to $90
    • Key replacement up to $25
  • Dispatch Guarantee: Up to $260

Contact Phone Numbers

Roadside Assistance Hotline 888-310-4173

Customer Service 888-310-4173

Trip Routing 888-310-4173

By signing up for the GM Motor Club (now referred to as “National General Motor Club”), you’ll get access to roadside assistance benefits. The GM Motor Club offers 24/7 roadside assistance and no hidden fees.