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A couple strong competitors in the auto insurance industry are Nationwide and SafeAuto. Nationwide was founded in 1925, well before SafeAuto which was founded in 1993. Nationwide has an awesome claims process, and a vanishing deductible program but lacks important online services.

While, SafeAuto has incredibly low insurance rates and good customer service, but prolongs the claims process. Still, both SafeAuto and Nationwide have great ratings from the Better Business Bureau.

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

  Nationwide Safe Auto
Best If Nationwide
  • You want a fast and fair claims process
Safe Auto
  • You want incredibly low insurance rates
Worst If Nationwide
  • You want strong online or mobile services
Safe Auto
  • You want a quick claims process

Special Car Insurance Discounts

Nationwide Safe Auto
Nationwide

Paperless Documents
Nationwide has a unique discount that saves customers money and saves the company (and the planet) paper. Going paperless simply means transferring all the mail, bills, or documents you’d otherwise receive in the mail over to e-mail. It’s a convenient way to save paper and keep better track of your important insurance documents. Read more about this discount here.

Safe Auto

Standard Car Insurance Discounts

Bundling Coverage Discounts Nationwide Safe Auto
Multi-Car
Home and Car
Car and Life
Vehicle Type and Safety Features Nationwide Safe Auto
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 Nationwide Safe Auto
Accident Free/Good Driver
Prior Insurance
Long Term Policy Holder
Defensive Driving Course
Student, Professional, and Club Memberships Nationwide Safe Auto
Affinity Group
College Graduate
Good Student
Resident Student
Organization or Club Membership
Farm Bureau Member
Military
Special Circumstances Nationwide Safe Auto
Telematics Device
Low Mileage
Short Commute
Days Per Week Driven
Other Discounts Nationwide Safe Auto
Married
Paid in Full
Advance Renewal
Electronic Funds Transfer
Senior Driver
55 and Retired

Consumer Complaint Data

Nationwide Car Insurance SafeAuto Insurance
2016 53 46
2015 112 82
2014 90 105
2013 134 36

U.S. Auto Insurance Shopping Study (2016)

Nationwide Car Insurance SafeAuto Insurance
Overall Purchase Experience Average
Policy Offerings Average
Pricing Average
Local Agent Average
Call Center Representative Average
Insurer Website Average

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

Nationwide Car Insurance SafeAuto Insurance
Overall Satisfaction Above average
First Notice of Loss Above average
Service Interaction Above average
Appraisal Above average
Repair Process Above average
Rental Car Experience Average
Settlement Average

Financial Strength Ratings

Nationwide Car Insurance SafeAuto Insurance
A.M. Best A+ --
Moody's A1 --
S&P's A+ --

Mobile Apps

Nationwide Safe Auto
Nationwide

The Nationwide Mobile App allows you to pay your bills, file or view a claim, get in touch with your agent, and much more all with a single touch. To download the app, click here.

Nationwide Mobile Banking App can be downloaded to your web browser or your mobile phone. The app grants you access to your Nationwide bank accounts and lets you stay on top of your insurance related finances. From the comfort of your home or convenience of your phone you can deposit checks or pay insurance bills. For more information and to download the Mobile Banking App, click here.

Safe Auto

The SafeAuto Mobile App lets you manage your insurance policy quickly and conveniently from your mobile device. With the app, you can pay your insurance premiums, view your insurance ID cards or policies, call customer service, and use the “Name Your Car” tool. To download the app for iPhone or Android, click here

Roadside Assistance

Nationwide Safe Auto
Nationwide

Nationwide Roadside Assistance

Nationwide Roadside Assistance offers two levels of coverage that apply to everyone on your policy, regardless of who's car you might be in.

Nationwide Roadside Assistance Basic

Services covered:

  • Towing up to 15 miles
  • Winching
  • Gas delivery
  • Battery service
  • Lockout service up to $100
  • Tire replacement

Nationwide Roadside Assistance Plus

Covers all the services of the basic plan plus:

  • Towing up to 100 miles
  • Trip interruption coverage that will reimburse the cost

Contact Phone Number

Nationwide’s Roadside Emergency Service is available by calling 1 (800) 421-3535. Its roadside service website is here. This service can help if: you’re locked out, you need a jumpstart, you get a flat tire, you need gas delivered, or if need a tow.

Safe Auto

SafeAuto offers towing and roadside assistance as a coverage option for your auto insurance policy. With this coverage, towing services and certain repair costs will be covered so you and your car can get back on the road as soon as possible.