Want to file your car insurance claim quickly and easily? There’s an app for that! Filing a claim is easier than ever with car insurance apps.
Let's face it. Car insurance claims are a hassle to file, especially right after you've been in a crash. But now—like most everything else—you're able to submit your claim and supporting documentation straight from your phone. Better yet, you can chat with an agent, review your policy, and monitor your claim's progress all without a computer.
And if you're one of those people who forgets to put their updated insurance card in their car, you're in luck. Many apps will let you download and view your digital insurance card on your phone. But be careful—only 42 states currently allow digital proof of insurance.
Insurance companies want to make the best app possible so that you can create and submit a claim as quickly and smoothly as possible. Why? Besides wanting to keep their customers happy, it makes their job easier.
Drivers should first look to see if their insurance carrier has their own app. That way they'll be sure to submit everything their particular insurer needs to file a claim. Thankfully, most major insurance companies offer their customers these online tools for free.
We tried out some of the most popular car insurance apps on the market so you can preview them before downloading. All of the apps below are free and are available on both Apple and Android devices unless noted:
Allstate offers several apps for their customers from a home inventory app (Digital Locker) to one designed specifically for your bike (GoodRide). The Allstate Motor Club app allows users to find roadside assistance using a GPS, and then call for help. It is only available for iOS.
Allstate members will likely want to take advantage of the Drivewise Mobile app. This app rewards good drivers by collecting information about people's driving habits. If you're a member, you can receive discounts on your insurance, while nonmembers will be able to redeem points for merchandise.
For example, you might get 200 points for not driving over 80 miles per hour for three consecutive days. You'll then be able to redeem your points for rewards like gift cards and other products.
One app, Fuelcaster, helps drivers find the cheapest gas in the area. Besides finding real time data, it forecasts whether or not fuel prices will go up or down. Based on that information you can make the best decision about whether to fill up that day or wait for a lower price.
If you have a teen driver, you may also want to use the Esurance DriveSafe app. Using a telematics device, it can help you track your teen's driving such as speeding and sudden stops. It will also send a message to teens to stop texting and driving by sensing when the car is in motion.
The Snapshot Mobile app is in the process of being launched. Right now, select customers who already use Snapshot have access to it for research purposes.
What is Snapshot? Currently, Progressive customers can plug in the Snapshot device to their car to monitor their driving habits. You can earn a discount for good driving behaviors.
The Snapshot Mobile app similarly records people's driving behaviors such as how many miles they drive and when they drive.
Liberty Mutual has a plethora of apps for their customers. Besides the standard Liberty Mutual Mobile app, they have a safe driving tool called RightTrack. This app rewards customers who drive safely for 90 days with up to 30 percent off of their insurance. It monitors customer's habits such as when they drive, how fast they go, and how many miles they drive.
Similarly, their app Liberty Mutual Dashboard (for both drivers and managers), also tracks driving behavior. Rather than personal use, however, this app is intended to be used by people who drive company cars. That way the company can see where their vehicles are and how safe the driver is being.
People who have homeowners or renters insurance may want to use the Home Gallery app to create a home inventory. This app allows users to take photos and catalog each item by room. Looking for other homeowners insurance apps? Get our list of picks here.
A more unique app with Liberty Mutual is their TrainingZone product. On this app, people play sports games like skiing and soccer to earn points and coins. Another app, Mutual Events, is limited for people who attend Liberty Mutual events. This app gives attendees the event agenda as well as information about presenters and other guests.
A: Using an app to get your news, check your bank statements, or read a novel is often more convenient and simpler than using paper or your computer. Likewise, car insurance apps give you faster and easier access to your policy and to your agent's contact information.
It also can make filing a claim a quicker process. You're able to upload photos directly from your phone, with the ability to start your claim right away, instead of waiting to go home and access your computer. In addition, most apps will give you the option of finding a repair center near you, and some will let you see the progress of your car repairs.
Many apps will let drivers download or view a digital copy of their car insurance. Most states allow digital proof of insurance. Not having your insurance card can result in heavy fines if you're caught, so having your app on hand may even save you money.
Some apps will also let you earn discounts and rewards that you can trade in for gift cards or merchandise. To save even more on your car insurance, compare quotes from multiple companies. Shopping around is the best way to find the lowest rates.
A: This can vary based on what you primarily want the app to do. As discussed, it's best to use your car insurer's app if possible. The app should be designed to fill all of your insurer's specific needs when it comes to filing a claim and can provide your specific policy and agent information.
One feature to look for is the ability to file a claim from your app, as well as how extensive that feature is. Do they let you include photos from your phone to the app? Do they help guide you through the multi-step claims process and give you the option to contact your agent?
A: It depends on your state laws. Forty-two states will let you use a digital insurance card as proof of insurance.
These states include:
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