State Farm Insurance Review (2021)

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State Farm should be the first company you get a quote from if you want cheap car insurance. Not only does State Farm offer low rates to people with good driving records, according to our research, but it offers affordable rates to people with incidents like accidents and DUIs on their records, too. It also provides cheap auto insurance to teen and young drivers.

Two more reasons to consider State Farm auto insurance: it offers a wide range of coverage options and an even larger assortment of discounts.

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Auto Insurance

Introduction

State Farm’s cheap car insurance premiums may be its defining characteristic, but that doesn’t mean low rates are all this company has to offer. 

Along with affordable prices, State Farm offers an impressive array of coverage types and an even bigger range of car insurance discounts.

State Farm is the largest insurance company in the U.S., according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The company has written more than 66 billion in direct property and casualty premiums, giving it a market share of 9.12%. 

Auto Insurance

State Farm at a glance

Has the cheapest car insurance rates among the biggest providers in the U.S.

Offers many coverages and discount options that should meet the needs and budgets of a range of drivers.

Receives fewer customer complaints than its main competitors.

How much is State Farm car insurance?

Based on our data, State Farm car insurance costs an average of $65 per month — if you only want the minimum amount of coverage your state requires.  

Full-coverage car insurance from State Farm costs an average of $128 per month, with a full-coverage policy including liability, comprehensive and collision coverages.

These rates are cheaper than State Farm’s primary competition, including GEICO and Progressive. They’re also cheaper than the national averages for minimum-coverage and full-coverage car insurance policies, which are $87 per month and $177 per month, respectively.

Average monthly car insurance rates
Company Minimum coverage Full coverage
State Farm $65 $128
Allstate $110 $222
GEICO $95 $208
Progressive $89 $169
Note: Average rates are based on non-binding estimates provided by Quadrant Information Services. Your rates may vary.
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This isn’t to suggest State Farm’s auto insurance rates are the absolute cheapest in the U.S. A handful of smaller insurers offer lower average rates than State Farm, with Erie being one notable example. Erie offered our sample driver a minimum-coverage policy for $53 a month, on average, and a full-coverage policy for an average of $106 a month.

An important takeaway here is that it’s important to compare car insurance quotes from several companies before settling on a policy. What you pay for car insurance depends on a number of factors, such as where you live, your age, your vehicle and your driving record.

Average monthly auto insurance rates by driving incident
Company Clean record After DUI After accident After speeding ticket
State Farm $128 $180 $156 $144
Allstate $222 $412 $331 $260
GEICO $208 $475 $332 $253
Progressive $169 $223 $260 $218
Note: Average rates are based on non-binding estimates provided by Quadrant Information Services. Your rates may vary.

Having one or more driving incidents on your record, like an accident or a DUI, can make your car insurance policy much more expensive than it would be if you had a clean record.

Even in this situation, though, State Farm is cheaper than companies like Allstate, GEICO and Progressive. The average monthly rate State Farm offered our sample driver with an accident on his record was $156 — less than half the average rates Allstate and GEICO offered.

Also, the average monthly rate State Farm offered our sample driver with a DUI was $180. This is $295 per month less than what GEICO offered the same driver.

Average monthly auto insurance rates by age
Age Allstate GEICO Progressive State Farm
16 $823 $692 $871 $471
18 $595 $560 $706 $367
20 $319 $310 $272 $213
Note: Average rates are based on non-binding estimates provided by Quadrant Information Services. Your rates may vary.

State Farm offers cheap car insurance to young drivers as well as drivers with incidents on their records, according to our data. 

This is made especially clear when you look at the average rates State Farm and its top competitors offer to 16- and 18-year-old drivers. While the average rate State Farm offered our 16-year-old driver for a full-coverage policy was $471 per month, Progressive’s average offering was nearly twice that, at $871 per month. 

Allstate, GEICO and Progressive are far more competitive when it comes to car insurance for 20-year-old drivers, but even then State Farm comes out on top, with an average rate of $213 per month.

Which types of car insurance coverage does State Farm offer?

State Farm is great for standard car insurance coverage types like liability, collision and comprehensive, as you might expect. It offers plenty of additional coverage options, too, like the following.

Coverage What it covers
Uninsured and underinsured motorist Uninsured motorist covers damage or injuries caused by uninsured drivers. Underinsured motorist covers damage or injuries caused by drivers who don’t have enough insurance to cover the costs of an accident.
Medical payments Some medical and funeral costs after an accident.
Emergency road service “Common, reasonable expenses” needed to get your vehicle back on the road.
Rental car reimbursement Rental car costs while your vehicle is being repaired after an incident.
Travel expenses Meals, lodging and transportation costs if you're in an accident more than 50 miles from home.
Rideshare insurance Insurance gaps that your rideshare company doesn’t cover.

State Farm also offers antique and classic car insurance coverage. For classic car insurance, your vehicle must be 10 to 24 years old and have historic interest. To get antique car insurance from State Farm, your vehicle must be 25 or more years old.

State Farm auto insurance discounts

State Farm offers numerous car insurance discounts that may help you lower your premium even more.

Discounts for loyal customers
Discount What it covers
Multiple auto discount Have two or more vehicles listed on your State Farm policy and you might save as much as 20%.
Multiple line discount Save as much as 17% when you have two or more insurance policies with State Farm.
Safe vehicle discounts
Discount What it covers
Anti-theft discount You could earn this discount if your vehicle has an alarm or other similar device.
Passive restraint discount Earn a discount up to 40% off medical payments coverage if your vehicle (1993 and older) has factory-installed air bags or another passive restraint system.
Vehicle safety discount Save 40% on medical payments coverage if your vehicle was made no earlier than 1994.
Safe driver discounts
Discount What it covers
Accident-free discount You may qualify for this discount if State Farm has insured your vehicle for at least three straight years without a chargeable accident.
Defensive driving course discount Complete a driver safety course and you may receive a 10% to 15% discount.
Driver training discount Have all drivers of your vehicle who are under 21 years old take an approved driver education course to take advantage of this discount.
Good driving discount Have at least three years without moving violations or at-fault accidents and you might earn this discount.

State Farm also has two programs that can help you save money on your car insurance coverage. 

With State Farm’s Drive Safe & Save program, you save money right when you sign up. After that, you might save up to 30% more depending on how safely you drive.

State Farm’s Steer Clear program is for young drivers under the age of 25. To qualify for a Steer Clear discount, you need:

  • A valid driver's license.
  • No at-fault accidents or moving violations in the past three years

You must also complete all of the program requirements.

State Farm customer service ratings

State Farm has above-average customer service ratings from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), J.D. Power and the NAIC.

Agency Score

BBB Rating

A+

J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study

881

2020 NAIC Complaint Index

0.79

The J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study rating is based on a 1,000-point scale. The industry average is 872, with higher numbers being better than lower ones.

NAIC’s Complaint Index measures customer complaints based on the rate of formal complaints filed to state regulators. The national median Complaint Index is 1.0.