Geico Car Insurance Review [2022]

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Founder & CFP® Joel Ohman

UPDATED: Jun 22, 2022

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Company Details
Address: 5260 Western Avenue
City: Chevy Chase
State: MD
ZIP Code: 20815
Phone Number: (800) 824-5404
Year Founded: 1936
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Are you paying too much for car insurance? How did you choose your insurance company?

Have you made an online quote comparison, or did you choose your current auto insurance coverage provider from who had the funniest commercial? Insurance companies spend millions of dollars on advertising campaigns, most of which are humorous and light-hearted. But how do those companies stack up when you have an accident in real life and need more than just a laugh from insurance agents for you and your family?

Car insurance may be so easy that a caveman can do it, but the last time we checked, they’ve been extinct for many years. In this guide, we’re going to pull back the curtain and see what’s really behind it. We’re going to provide you with everything you need to know about Geico, including company history, ratings, coverage offerings, and more.

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GEICO Car Insurance Ratings

Now that we have pulled back the curtain let’s see what multiple independent agencies have to say about Geico and whether it’s the right company and offers the right types of insurance for your situation.

Comparing the pros and cons is an important factor in determining which auto insurance company is best for you.

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GEICO Financial Ratings

AM BestA++ (Superior)
Better Business Bureau (Northbrook, IL)B+
Moody'sAa3 (Excellent)
S&PAA+ (Very Good)
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GEICO NAIC Complaint Index

Private Passenger Policies201620172018
Total Complaints271333272
Complaint Index
(better or worse than National Index)
National Complaint Index
US Market Share2.39%2.41%2.46%
Total Premiums
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RegionPower Circle RankingNumeric Score
(out of 1,000)
Percent of Companies with Higher Numeric Score
FloridaBetter than most83214%
Central Better than most83814%
Mid-AtlanticBetter than most8488%
Northwest About average80555%
About average80765%
New York About average81378%
New EnglandAbout average82720%
North Central About average83033%
Southeast About average83913%
Southwest The rest79875%
Texas The rest81650%
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GEICO Consumer Reports

The table below shows ratings for various services provided as part of the claims process. The ratings are for Berkshire Hathaway Group, so these ratings include all 30 of their affiliated companies.

Claims HandlingScore
Total89 out of 100
Ease of reaching an agent Excellent
Simplicity of the processVery good
Promptness of response - very goodExcellent
Damage amountVery good
Agent courtesyExcellent
Timely paymentExcellent
Freedom to select repair shopVery good
Being kept informed of claim statusVery good
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Geico History

The Government Employees Insurance Company (Geico) was founded in 1936 by Leo & Lillian Goodwin to provide insurance at affordable rates directly to government employees.

Until 1974, Geico marketed its products exclusively to government employees and certain classes of military officers. During 1974, when computerized access to driving records became available, the company opened its doors to welcome the general public.

The honeymoon didn’t last long, during which the company grew too rapidly, and found itself in trouble during the recession of the mid-70s. To prevent the company from collapsing, a consortium of 45 companies banded together to take control of 25 percent of its assets to pay customer claims. In took five years for the company to recover, and in 1996 was acquired by Warren Buffet’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.

The company grew quickly on a national level. In 2000 they introduced the Geico Gecko lizard, a marketing success that made Geico auto insurance one of the most recognizable names in insurance.

By 2015, the company had reached its current position as the number two car insurance company in the country.

Read the company’s full history here.

Up next, we check out how Geico became one of the most successful auto insurance companies in the United States.

GEICO Market Share

According to the table below, Geico’s market share has been increasing slightly since 2015. When compared with competing companies, however, Geico’s total in written premiums is soaring.

YearMarket Share of LiabilityMarket Share of Physical DamageTotal Market Share
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The market share is gradually increasing, so it may be that consumers are switching to Geico insurance products from other competing auto insurance companies.

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GEICO Business Model

Geico uses a business model of direct marketing to customers. This model is known to drive down operating costs, thus allowing the company to pass on the savings on auto insurance rates to its customers. Since the implementation of this policy, Geico has become the second-largest insurer of passenger vehicles and the largest direct marketer of car insurance in the United States.

GEICO Advertising

For over 20 years, Geico has used humor to sell car insurance directly to the general public.

Another smart advertising campaign has been that of the Geico Gecko.

As the above commercial states, people trust an advertising icon to help them save money on their car insurance. We’re not sure why, but it may have to do with the company’s most successful advertising slogan which states:

Fifteen percent or more could add up to hundreds, and even thousands of dollars over time, and that’s certainly nothing to laugh about.

GEICO’s Investment in the Community

Every summer, as a commitment to help those in need, Geico departments compete to see who can outdo the other in various competitions benefiting Children’s National Hospital. Departments have book fairs, putt-putt tournaments, and cookie wars, to name a few, and in 2017 raised $320,000 for the hospital.

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Geico’s Position for the Future

With its clever advertising campaigns and low rates, Geico has positioned itself to overtake State Farm and become the number one car insurance provider in the United States.

The graph below shows the company’s rise over the past six years.

Allstate & big 4 Direct premiums written

According to the graph, State Farm has remained nearly steady in its growth, while Geico has consistently inched upward. From 2015 to 2018, Geico’s total in written premiums increased by almost $7 billion when its largest competitor, State Farm, increased by only $5 billion. Progressive and Allstate, the other two companies in the top four increased by only $1.5 billion.

Geico Employee Demographics and Experience

Nearly a third of Geico’s workforce has been with the company for less than two years, according to Great Places To Work. An additional 25 percent have been with the company for less than five years. This statistic doesn’t necessarily mean that Geico isn’t a great place to work long-term, but as a company that is growing rapidly, they are continually hiring to fill added positions within the company.

Of five questions put to employees by Great Places To Work:

  • Are you treated fairly, regardless of sex
  • Is this a friendly place to work
  • Are you given a lot of responsibility
  • Do you approve of the company’s support of the community
  • Were you made to feel welcome

Eighty-five percent of respondents responded yes to all five questions.

But don’t just take our word for it that Geico is a great place to work.

According to the folks at Glassdoor:

Jobsite Indeed has named Geico as one of Indeed Best Places to Work: Compensation & Benefits2019

Geico and parent company Berkshire Hathaway has been named one of the 100 Most Admired Companies by Fortune for several years running, including appearing at number three on the list behind Apple and Amazon for 2019.

Now, that we know that Geico is a great place to work and its employees enjoy working there, let’s check out one of the things that are most important to you, the consumer, and that’s cost.

GIECO’s Car Insurance Rates

We partnered with Quadrant Data to bring you this information. Here are two things to keep in mind.

  1. Many variables can affect what you pay. Your insurance cost will differ from what is listed below
  2. Geico has discounts and coverage options that may help offset the cost

Here’s how Geico’s annual rates based on demographics compare to other top insurance carriers in the country. These averages are national, so where you live could affect your rates.

GroupMarried 35-year old femaleMarried 35-year old maleMarried 60-year old femaleMarried 60-year old maleSingle 17-year old femaleSingle 17-year old maleSingle 25-year old femaleSingle 25-year old male
American Family$2,202.70$2,224.31$1,992.92$2,014.38$5,996.50$8,130.50$2,288.65$2,694.72
Liberty Mutual$3,802.77$3,856.84$3,445.00$3,680.53$11,621.01$13,718.69$3,959.67$4,503.13
State Farm$2,081.72$2,081.72$1,873.89$1,873.89$5,953.88$7,324.34$2,335.96$2,554.56
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If you have a teenage son in your household, Geico’s rates are certainly welcome news. Their rates are over $6,000 less than Liberty Mutual. For those both single and married who are age 25-59, Geico’s rates are lower by $100-$600 than the average of all rates.

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GEICO’s Rates Compared to the Top 10 Companies by Market Share

In the table below, you’ll see how Geico’s average annual premium for each state compares to that of other companies.

StateAllstateAmerican FamilyFarmersGeicoLiberty MutualNationwideProgressiveState FarmTravelersUSAA
AK$3,145.31Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,879.96Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,062.85$2,228.12Data Not Available$2,454.21
AL$3,311.52Data Not Available$4,185.80$2,866.60$5,295.55$2,662.66$4,450.52$4,798.15$3,697.80$2,124.09
AR$5,150.03Data Not Available$4,257.87$3,484.63$4,005.48$3,861.79$5,312.09$2,789.03$5,973.33$2,171.06
AZ$4,904.10$4,153.07$5,000.08$2,264.71Data Not Available$3,496.08$3,577.50$4,756.25$3,084.74$3,084.29
CA$4,532.96Data Not Available$4,998.78$2,885.65$3,034.42$4,653.19$2,849.67$4,202.28$3,349.54$2,693.87
CO$5,537.17$3,733.02$5,290.24$3,091.69$2,797.74$3,739.47$4,231.92$3,270.77Data Not Available$3,338.87
CT$5,831.60Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,073.66$7,282.87$3,672.34$4,920.35$2,976.24$6,004.29$3,190.00
DC$6,468.92Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,692.81Data Not Available$4,848.98$4,970.26$4,074.05Data Not Available$2,580.44
DE$6,316.06Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,727.29$18,360.02$4,330.21$4,181.83$4,466.85$4,182.36$2,325.98
FL$7,440.46Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,783.63$5,368.15$4,339.60$5,583.30$3,397.67Data Not Available$2,850.41
GA$4,210.70Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,977.20$10,053.44$6,484.90$4,499.22$3,384.88Data Not Available$3,157.46
HI$2,173.49Data Not Available$4,763.82$3,358.86$3,189.55Data Not Available$2,177.93$1,040.28Data Not Available$1,189.35
ID$4,088.76$3,728.79$3,168.28$2,770.68$2,301.51$2,735.44Data Not Available$1,867.96$3,226.29$1,877.61
KY$7,143.92Data Not AvailableData Not Available$4,633.59$5,930.97$5,503.23$5,547.63$3,354.32$6,551.68$2,897.89
LA$5,998.79Data Not AvailableData Not Available$6,154.60Data Not AvailableData Not Available$7,471.10$4,579.12Data Not Available$4,353.12
MA$3,675.59Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,823.05$4,339.35Data Not Available$3,835.11$1,361.86$3,537.94$1,930.79
MD$5,233.17Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,832.63$9,297.55$2,915.69$4,094.86$3,960.87Data Not Available$2,744.14
ME$2,708.53Data Not Available$2,770.15$1,510.17$4,331.39Data Not Available$3,643.59$2,198.68$2,252.97$1,458.99
MI$22,902.59Data Not Available$8,503.60$6,430.11$20,000.04$6,327.38$5,364.55$12,565.52$8,773.97$3,620.00
MN$4,532.01$3,521.29$3,137.45$3,498.54$13,563.61$2,926.49Data Not Available$2,066.99Data Not Available$2,861.60
MO$4,096.15$3,286.90$4,312.19$2,885.33$4,518.67$2,265.35$3,419.14$2,692.91Data Not Available$2,525.78
MS$4,942.11Data Not AvailableData Not Available$4,087.21$4,455.94$2,756.53$4,308.85$2,980.48$3,729.32$2,056.13
MT$4,672.10Data Not Available$3,907.55$3,602.35$1,326.11$3,478.26$4,330.76$2,417.74Data Not Available$2,031.89
NC$7,190.43Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,936.69$2,182.71$2,848.03$2,382.61$3,078.65$3,132.66Data Not Available
ND$4,669.31$3,812.40$3,092.49$2,668.24$12,852.83$2,560.35$3,623.06$2,560.53Data Not Available$2,006.80
NE$3,198.83$2,215.13$3,997.29$3,837.49$6,241.52$2,603.94$3,758.01$2,438.71Data Not Available$2,330.78
NH$2,725.01Data Not AvailableData Not Available$1,615.02$8,444.41$2,491.10$2,694.45$2,185.46Data Not Available$1,906.96
NJ$5,713.58Data Not Available$7,617.00$2,754.94$6,766.62Data Not Available$3,972.72$7,527.16$4,254.49Data Not Available
NM$4,200.65Data Not Available$4,315.53$4,458.30Data Not Available$3,514.38$3,119.18$2,340.66Data Not Available$2,296.77
NY$4,740.97Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,428.24$6,540.73$4,012.93$3,771.15$4,484.58$4,578.79$3,761.69
OK$3,718.62Data Not Available$4,142.40$3,437.34$6,874.62Data Not Available$4,832.35$2,816.80Data Not Available$3,174.15
PA$3,984.12Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,605.22$6,055.20$2,800.37$4,451.00$2,744.23$7,842.47$1,793.37
RI$4,959.45Data Not AvailableData Not Available$5,602.63$6,184.12$4,409.63$5,231.09$2,406.51$6,909.45$4,323.98
SC$3,903.43Data Not Available$4,691.85$3,178.01Data Not Available$3,625.49$4,573.08$3,071.34Data Not Available$3,424.77
SD$4,723.72$4,047.47$3,768.80$2,940.29$7,515.99$2,737.66$3,752.81$2,306.23Data Not AvailableData Not Available
TN$4,828.85Data Not Available$3,430.07$3,283.42$6,206.69$3,424.96$3,656.91$2,639.30$2,738.52$2,739.28
TX$5,485.44$4,848.72Data Not Available$3,263.28Data Not Available$3,867.55$4,664.69$2,879.94Data Not Available$2,487.89
UT$3,566.42$3,698.77$3,907.99$2,965.57$4,327.76$2,986.57$3,830.10$4,645.83Data Not Available$2,491.10
VA$3,386.80Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,061.53Data Not Available$2,073.00$2,498.58$2,268.95Data Not Available$1,858.38
VT$3,190.38Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,195.71$3,621.08$2,128.21$5,217.14$4,382.84Data Not Available$1,903.55
WA$3,540.52$3,713.02$2,962.00$2,568.65$3,994.73$2,129.84$3,209.52$2,499.78Data Not Available$2,262.16
WI$3,820.68$1,513.27$3,777.49$2,120.80$2,924.39$5,224.99$3,128.91$2,126.32Data Not Available$1,984.62
WV$4,854.41Data Not AvailableData Not Available$3,926.20$6,758.85$3,187.20$4,401.17$2,387.53Data Not Available$2,975.74
WY$4,373.93Data Not Available$3,069.35$3,496.56$1,989.36Data Not AvailableData Not Available$2,303.55Data Not Available$2,779.53
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GEICO’s Rates Compared to State Average

If you’re considering purchasing Geico car insurance, here’s how their rates stack up against the average rates in your state. If you take the average rate in the U.S. for the top insurers and compare it to Geico, you’ll see that Geico is nearly $600 cheaper per year than the other top ten auto insurance companies.

Use the table below to find out how Geico does in your state.

Geico Average Annual Car Insurance Rates by State
StateGeico Average Annual RatesHigher/Lower than State AveragePercent Higher/Lower than State Average
District of Columbia$3,692.81-$746.43-20.21%
North Carolina$2,936.69-$456.42-15.54%
North Dakota$2,668.24-$1,497.60-56.13%
New Hampshire$1,615.02-$1,536.76-95.15%
New Jersey$2,754.94-$2,760.27-100.19%
New Mexico$4,458.30$994.6622.31%
New York$2,428.24-$1,861.64-76.67%
Rhode Island$5,602.63$599.2710.70%
South Carolina$3,178.01-$603.13-18.98%
South Dakota$2,940.29-$1,041.98-35.44%
West Virginia$2,120.80-$474.56-22.38%
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Geico is lower than average in 43 of the states even without vehicle discount options or driver discounts applied. This essentially means wherever you live, you have an excellent chance of enjoying cheap rates.

GEICO’s Rates by Commute

In every state but North Carolina and Hawaii, your commute makes a difference in the rates offered by Geico.  The table below shows average costs per state for 10 miles and 25 miles of commuting.

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Other factors such as living in a rural or urban area could contribute to the cost of your insurance, but if you have a short commute, Geico is a great option.

GEICO’s Coverage Level Rates

You might think that having the lowest minimum coverage in your state is the best way to ensure you and your family are protected. But that’s not necessarily the case, because sometimes the difference in low to high coverage is less than you think.

Check out the table below to see the differences in coverage in your state.

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Up next, we discuss how your credit score could affect what you pay for car insurance with Geico.

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GEICO’s Credit History Rates

Besides not being able to secure a car loan or a mortgage, poor credit can also have an impact on how much you pay for car insurance. The table below reflects what you’ll pay for car insurance if you have good, fair, or poor credit. Of course, these are estimates, and your rates may be different based on your situation.

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In some locales, like Washington D.C., rates jump over $4,000 for someone who has poor credit.

Even though the average credit score in the United States is 675, according to Experian, Geico considers a score over 700 to be good or excellent. Anything below 649 is regarded as a poor credit score, and you will probably have to pay more for your car insurance.

GEICO’s Driving Record Rates

If you get a speeding ticket, have an accident, or get a DUI, your rates with Geico will increase in most states.

The table below shows rates with these three violations compared to the rate for a clean record.

StateClean RecordOne Speeding TicketOne AccidentOne DUI
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If you don’t want to pay higher rates in most states, obey the posted speed limit signs and never drink and drive.

Coverage Offered By Geico

Geico offers the same coverage as all of the other companies do, but in most cases, at a lower rate. Let’s take a look at standard insurance terms and go into detail about what they mean. Some companies advertise about coverage if a unicorn wrecks your car, but what is that actual coverage called?

Horn coverage? We know, it can be confusing, so that’s why we’ve compiled a list of common coverages with a brief explanation. Different coverage types fall into four basic categories:

When you are at fault:

Liability coverage covers the physical damages you inflict upon another vehicle and the bodily injuries sustained by all individuals in the other vehicle

When you are not at fault:

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage  covers your expenses if the at-fault driver has little or no liability coverage

Vehicle Protection:

  • Collision Coverage – covers vehicle repairs or replacement after an accident
  • Comprehensive Coverage – includes what most would consider “out of our control” such as storm damage, hitting an animal, and more
  • Emergency Road Service – covers standard roadside services like tire changes, jump starts, and lockout services
  • Rental Reimbursement Coverage – includes a rental car while yours is getting repaired for a covered loss
  • Mechanical Breakdown Coverage – covers parts and systems failure of your vehicle that is not caused by normal wear and tear or improper maintenance

Personal Protection:

  • Medical Payments Coverage – covers medical expenses of those in your vehicle
  • Personal Injury Protection – covers costs incurred from injuries to yourself or others in the vehicle, lost wages and funeral expenses no matter who is at fault
  • Umbrella Policy – extends your liability coverage to a much higher limit which blankets over multiple policies such as home and auto as well as others

Another tool Geico has created is a coverage calculator that guides you through several questions to help you choose the coverage levels which are right for your situation.

Even though our focus is on car insurance, Geico offers many other types of policies:

  • Recreational Vehicle Insurance to include motorcycle, ATV, RV, and boat insurance.
  • Property Insurance to include homeowners, renters, condo/co-op, mobile home, landlord, and flood insurance.
  • Business Insurance to include general liability, professional liability, worker’s compensation, and commercial auto insurance.
  • Additional Insurance to include life, travel, overseas, identity protection, pet, and jewelry insurance.

GEICO’s Bundling

Geico offers bundling discounts for taking out more than one policy with the company or with one of their partner companies. Multi-policy discounts are available if you have more than one vehicle, including a motorcycle, in force with Geico.

GEICO’s Programs

We’ll compare rates later in this guide. Next, we’re going to tell you about additional programs Geico offers that may help offset costs after filing a claim.

Accident Forgiveness

Geico’s accident forgiveness is an option you may already have on your policy and not know it. If you have been accident-free for five years, that means you have that protection. It is suitable for everyone on the plan to use as well.

You can also add it to your coverage for a fee.

Whether you decide to pay the fee upfront or have five years worth of clean driving when you have your first accident, it will be forgiven, and your rates won’t increase.

Car Buying Service

Would you like a $1,000 rebate after purchasing a new car?

Geico offers a car buying service through TrueCar. The service acts a bit like Kelly Blue Book only with incentives.

If you are in the market to purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle, you can search the database to see what others are paying for the vehicle and choose a TrueCar certified dealer to get your guaranteed (post-sale) savings certificate. All you have to do is report the purchase on Geico’s car buying site.

Auto Repair Express

Had an accident? Geico makes it super convenient in three easy steps with its Auto Repair Express program.

A Geico claim adjuster will be with you each step of the way, and, if you have rental reimbursement coverage, there will be no fees for using a rental car while your vehicle is getting repaired.

Where is Geico available?

Geico is available in all 50 states and some European countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom, among others.

Ridesharing Coverage

Geico offers insurance coverage for individuals who provide on-demand delivery and ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and GrubHub. However, Geico does not market ridesharing coverage as an add-on form of protection as other insurance companies do. The rideshare insurance policy takes the place of your personal auto policy.

GEICO’s Commercial Coverage

Geico offers commercial coverage to small business owners up to commercial fleets. If you are planning to use your vehicle for business reasons, Geico has many options from which to choose.

GEICO’s Discounts

Geico has over 30 types of discounts available, but not all are presented on its website.  The discounts that are present are broken into five categories:

GEICO’s Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Equipment DiscountSavings up to:Policy type savings are applied to:
Air Bag40%medical payments or personal injury
Anti-lock Brakes5%collision
Anti-Theft System
(select states only)
Daytime Running Lights
(select states only)
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GEICO’s Driving History & Habits

Geico is the only top insurance provider to offer a discount for wearing your safety belt. It’s the law in every state except New Hampshire, so be sure to take advantage of this discount, and buckle up.

Driving History and Habits DiscountSavings up to:Policy type savings are applied to:
Five-Year Accident-Free Good Driver26%varies
Seat Belt Use15%medical payments or personal injury protection
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GEICO’s Driver’s Education

Driver's Education DiscountSavings up to:Policy type savings are applied to:
Defensive Driving CourseunspecifiedDepends on your state
Teen Driver's Educationunspecifiedvaries
Full-Time Students age 16-24 with B average15%varies
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GEICO’s Driver Affiliations

Driver Affiliation DiscountSavings up to:Policy type savings are applied to:
Emergency Deployment25%varies
Federal Employee (Eagle Discount)
active and retired
8%total auto insurance premium
Membership and Employee Discountsvariescheck the list here
active and retired
15%total auto insurance premium
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Geico is the only top insurance provider to offer a discount for emergency deployment. The insurance carrier even provides a pre-deployment checklist to help soldiers take care of critical business before being deployed.

The company also honors military families with features such as this one.

Additionally, only one other top competitor offers a discount for federal employees. If you are a federal employee, make sure you ask about the discount for government personnel.

GEICO’s Customer Loyalty

Customer Loyalty DiscountsSavings up to:Policy type savings are applied to:
Multi-PolicyunspecifiedIf auto is combined with a homeowners, renters, condo or mobile home policy
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Here are several other potential discounts not listed on Contact the company to determine if any of the following apply to you.

  • Distant Student – having a college student who lives on campus 100+ miles away that does not use their vehicle
  • Early Signing – signing your next six-month policy prior to seven days before your current policy expires
  • Farm Vehicle – offered on vehicles used for farming purposes
  • Full Payment – provided if you pay your premiums in full
  • Further Education – offered to individuals with a four-year degree or higher
  • Low Mileage – offered to individuals who travel few annual miles
  • Utility Vehicle – offered for vehicles designed to accomplish specific tasks (as opposed to passenger vehicles)

Here are two discounts Geico does not offer that its top competitors do:

  • Discounts for using automatic draft payment processes such as AutoPay, e-Bill, or EZ Pay
  • Discounts for using a driving device installed in your vehicle or a mobile application that tracks your driving habits such as hard braking or quick acceleration.

Canceling Your Geico Policy

For whatever reason, there may come a time when it is necessary to cancel your Geico insurance coverage. Perhaps, you’ve gotten married and are combining policies or moving abroad to an area where Geico protection isn’t an option. Whatever the reason, here are some frequently asked questions and answers about canceling your Geico policy.

Is there a cancellation fee?

Some companies charge a prorated amount or a cancellation fee for your insurance if you cancel in the middle of your insurance policy term. Geico Does Not charge a cancellation fee to cancel your car insurance policy, no matter when you choose to cancel.

Will I receive a refund or owe money if I cancel?

Many insurance providers require that you prepay your insurance policy, usually monthly, quarterly, or every six months. This means if you cancel before the due date of the next term, you may be entitled to a refund.

With Geico, the agent that cancels your policy for you will let you know how much of a refund, if any,  you may receive after you cancel your policy.

One thing to consider is that you might owe money if you made changes to the policy that raised the costs such as adding a vehicle and never made additional payments.

How can I cancel my policy?

Some companies require that you cancel in writing or go to your local agent’s office to cancel your policy. Other companies will let you cancel online if you have online access to your insurance policy.

With Geico, you will need to call the 24-hour customer service center to cancel your policy. You can make other changes in your policy on the Geico website.

Ways NOT to cancel your Geico auto insurance policy:

  • Don’t send an email. Your policy won’t be canceled
  • Don’t have someone else call to cancel your policy
  • Don’t try going to a local agent because Geico doesn’t have local agents

When can I cancel my policy?

With Geico, you can cancel your policy at any time and have it effective immediately or at a future date.

You should choose your cancellation effective date carefully to avoid having a lapse in insurance coverage, especially if you are selling your vehicle. Having a lapse in coverage can result in fines or penalties in individual states.

What time will my cancellation be effective?

All of Geico’s auto insurance policies begin and end at midnight on the effective date. This means if you cancel effective tomorrow’s date, you will have no insurance tomorrow because it will end at midnight tonight.

Always make sure your policy cancellation day is effective the day after the last day you want to have insurance coverage on your car.

How to Make a Claim with GEICO

Uh, oh. You’ve been in an accident and need to file a claim. How does that work?

Well, Geico makes it easy with these simple steps:

  • Online through the Geico website
  • Via the Geico mobile app
  • Calling the 24/7 claims phone number at  1-800-841-3000
  • Find an agent locally to get help with your claim.

From our research, it was apparent that Geico customers filing a claim online or through the mobile app had an easier time because finding a telephone number for the 24/7 claims hotline took some time and digging.

That covers how to file a claim, but how is Geico doing in terms of paying out claims? Loss ratios can give us some insight into the answer to that question.

GEICO’s Premiums Written and Loss Ratio

The table below shows the premiums written by Geico compared to its loss ratio over a three-year period.

Private Passenger Auto201520162017
Premiums written$22.8 billion$25.5 billion$29.6 billion
Loss Ratio74.36 %74.38%77.14%
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The total premiums written by Geico indicate extraordinary growth as compared to that of its competitors.  The insurance giant experienced a near $7 billion increase in premiums written during a three-year period when other top competitors increased by less than $5 billion over the same three-year period. (It could be those clever advertising slogans.)

A loss ratio shows how much a company spends on claims to how much money it takes in on premiums. For example, a loss ratio of 45 percent indicates that companies are spending $45 on claims out of every $100 earned in premiums.

Loss ratio over 100 percent means a company is losing money. If the loss ratio is too low, the company isn’t paying claims. The remaining goes to overhead and shareholders.

Geico has maintained a loss ratio in the (safe) 70 percent range during the same three years of intense growth. When we compare this significant growth in total premiums written to the loss ratio, we can see that Geico is honoring its commitments to its customers by paying claims in a timely fashion.

How to Get a GEICO Quote Online

Now that the curtain is completely pulled back, let’s take a look at how easy it is to get a quote online from Geico.

We have included instructions on how to get a quote from Geico. Be sure to check out Geico’s coverage calculator before getting a quote. This will help you decide what types of coverage and coverage levels are best for you and your family.

Step One

Go to, and right on the home screen, Geico invites you to enter your zip code to get started with your quote.

Step Two

Enter your basic personal information.

  • Name
  • Birthday
  • Address

Step Three

Enter your vehicle information.

  • Select your vehicle or enter a new one
    • Is this vehicle owned, financed, or leased?
    • How is the vehicle primarily used?
    • What’s the annual mileage for this vehicle?
    • Do you want to add another vehicle?

Step Four

Enter your detailed personal information.

  • Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Own or Rent your Home
  • Years with Current Insurance Company
  • Driving History
  • Level of Education
  • Employment Status
  • Occupation
  • Military Affiliations
  • Government Affiliations

Step Five

Add any other drivers.

Step Six

At this point, Geico will ask you to enter any driving incidents as pictured below. A callout specific to your state will be just below as well as a button to enter incidents.

Step Seven

Enter any affiliations and memberships so Geico can check to see if you qualify for any of their excellent discounts.

Step Eight

Lastly, enter your email address and telephone number. Geico will invite you to receive paperless bills and policy documents. Then click Get Quote.

At this point, Geico will populate the minimum coverage requirements based on the state you reside in. You can also view all coverage types and levels or customize your policy based on your specific needs or that of your family.

Geico Mobile App

Device Availability

The Geico Mobile app is available on almost every mobile device that has hit the mainstream market. That includes iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones, and tablets, and even the lesser used device, Kindle Fire.

App Features

The experience across each device is going to be fairly similar since they are based on the same software. This also holds true for the features available, with new ones being added across all the devices (generally) at or around the same time.

The features available on the app include:

  • Get a new quote
  • View claims status
  • Update claims information
  • Pay your premium bill
  • Display mobile ID cards
  • Check your insurance coverage limits
  • View the discounts you qualify for
  • Call for roadside assistance (if your policy includes it)
  • Change personal information, including cars and drivers

Unlike other insurance company smartphone apps, the Geico Mobile app can practically serve as a replacement for their website. During our research, we discovered that all functions were the same as using their site.

Geico’s DriveEasy

In July 2019, Geico made moves to better defend its audience against distracted driving with the release of its DriveEasy app. This app does not replace the existing Geico app but rather works in tandem with it.

The DriveEasy app, once installed on your phone, is able to track:

  • Distracted driving, or the use of your phone while you’re on the road
  • Distance driving, or the length of time you spend on the road on a daily basis
  • Hard braking
  • Dangerous driving times, or periods of time when traffic is high and your car happens to be a part of it

How? You’ll need to provide Geico’s DriveEasy with access to your phone’s data in your settings. Once you do, the app will run automatically in the background. Once one of your car trips end, it will upload your driving data to Geico’s cloud for later assessment. That assessment will output a driving score which reflects the amount of time you spent lifting, tapping, or talking on your phone while on the road.

If the app happens to misclassify your role in a vehicle – considering you a passenger, for example, when you’re actually driving – then you’ll be able to adjust its understanding of your position in the “View All Trips” tab.

While DriveEasy is still in its testing stage (as of August 2019), Geico seems prepared to utilize the data it collects to better assign drivers a car insurance premium. The app is also designed to limit drivers’ risky behaviors while on the road.

 Google Play / iTunes / Amazon Reviews

The Geico Mobile app has very high star ratings on Google Play, the iTunes Store, and Amazon.

At the time of this writing, there are over 18,000 reviews in the iTunes Store with a 4-star average. Google play shows a 4.5 star average with nearly 60,000 reviews.

It should be noted that Google Play has a much easier reviewing process, so there are generally many more reviews for popular apps like this one. The reviews are also easier to manipulate than on iTunes, so they often result in a better star rating.

Some users have reported the following difficulties when utilizing the app:


  • Easy to use
  • Allows changes to policies
  • Offers quotes for new policies
  • Digital ID Cards right on your phone


  • Reports of the app not working on specific devices

The entire app was developed to take the place of the Geico website, and nearly every feature you could use is included. With more customers than ever going completely mobile, Geico has made it possible for an individual to manage their entire insurance portfolio through a smartphone or tablet.

Pros and Cons

Now that we have covered everything you need to know about Geico let’s check out the biggest takeaways in terms of pros and cons.

Consistently low ratesHigher than usual rates for having bad credit or driving violations
Award-winning mobile servicesJust recently (2019) made available a safe driving app for usage-based insurance
Ease of getting a quote onlineHigher than usual rates for residents of Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Rhode Island
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 The Bottom Line

Now that you have all the facts about Geico, we hope you can decide for yourself on whether or not Geico is right for you.

One thing to consider is that everyone’s needs are different, and rates can vary significantly based on individual factors.

As thorough as this guide is, we still strongly suggest that you shop around with your personal details and specific vehicle details before you choose an auto insurance provider.

Get quotes today to find out how much you could save on car insurance. Get started by simply entering your zip code in our free comparison tool.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We’ve covered a lot of information in this guide, but you may still have some questions about Geico. Here are a few answers, and if you can’t find yours here, head over to Geico’s FAQ for more information.

Will I really save 15 percent with Geico? Geico’s tag line is a bit misleading since it’s impossible to say how much any one person can save by switching insurance companies. Rates are just too complicated.

What we can tell you is that based on our data, Geico’s average rate is 19.11 percent lower than the national average, so it’s possible to save 15 percent or more.

How do I qualify for the Good Student discount? Geico’s qualifications for the Good Student discount are that you must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and maintain an average of a B or better – or the equivalent of a B if your school uses a different grading system.

Is Geico cheap for young drivers? Geico’s rates for young drivers come in well below the average, even for a 17-year-old male driver. That makes them an excellent choice for new drivers.


4.11 (19,116 reviews)
January 3, 2022


Adjuster stopped responding

Cant get ahold of anyone. Always different people giving me different numbers. No resolution Mr [REDACTED NAME], claim adjuster stopped responding to my requests without any resolution. Also not picking up my phone
May 17, 2021


Can't get rid of them

From my personal experience, GEICO is the best place if you want to be fooled. Once you open the door, you can't get rid of them. About a year ago I canceled my policy ceasing any dealings with Geico. I paid the premiums in full and closed my account. Throughout the year, I've been a happy StateFarm customer. Several weeks ago, Geico unilaterally opened my policy forcing me to pay premiums for the following 6 months. Understanding that it could b...
From my personal experience, GEICO is the best place if you want to be fooled. Once you open the door, you can't get rid of them. About a year ago I canceled my policy ceasing any dealings with Geico. I paid the premiums in full and closed my account. Throughout the year, I've been a happy StateFarm customer. Several weeks ago, Geico unilaterally opened my policy forcing me to pay premiums for the following 6 months. Understanding that it could be a mistake, I contacted them 3 times. I talked to 6 different people. All of them promised to help me. I wrote 2 emails attaching copies of my StateFarm Id's for the entire period (after Geico policy cancellation). It didn't cure the problem. Moreover, Geico retroactively and unilaterally (without my desire, knowledge, and consent) reopened the policy. Now, they force me to pay for the previous months (last year). Geico supervisor [REDACTED NAME] claims that he obtains sufficient evidence that I hadn't been insured after I officially broke with Geico in April-May 2020 = the company is right demanding me to pay for nothing. From my non-legal understanding, it's a fraud, He knowingly (I sent them StateFarm Id's for the entire period) mispresents the facts unlawfully demanding payment.
February 10, 2021



They waited 60 days and then doubled my rate. they never notified me. When I looked it up they said it was due to the agent putting it in as a sports bus, and since I am using it for sales my rate is double. yes on their letter they sent me it shows right on it that the old use is class "C" and the new use is class "C". The reviews on geicos website are fake. real reviews are much more negative. They lie in their commercials about saving money s...
They waited 60 days and then doubled my rate. they never notified me. When I looked it up they said it was due to the agent putting it in as a sports bus, and since I am using it for sales my rate is double. yes on their letter they sent me it shows right on it that the old use is class "C" and the new use is class "C". The reviews on geicos website are fake. real reviews are much more negative. They lie in their commercials about saving money so why would I not expect them to lie about the rate they are giving me. I am no risk adjuster but any halfway intelligent person knows their is a lot more risk for a bus full of athletes that ways 20,000 pounds than a minivan with one person in it. Yet according to geico insuring a moving tank is cheaper than insuring a minivan. Would you believe that? I am not that gullible. Bait and switch all the way.
February 3, 2021


geico is the best

great company with fantastic customer service they lowered my cost due to covid with no issues and they are always a phoen call away fo r help wiht my policy, i wholeheartedly reccomend them
February 3, 2021


Not recommend

They were alright not the best. If they put in more effort into the customers they could’ve kept me.
February 2, 2021



Geico has been great during the pandemic. They have worked with me changing billing dates based on what I need. They have helped me save 212 dollars a month on insurance.
February 1, 2021


Geico is amazing

My experience receiving auto insurance from Geico has been extremely positive. The insurance process was perfectly smooth and I have all my insurance information neatly organized at the tip of my fingers on my mobile phone. The coverage and premiums are much better than I received from my previous provider.
February 1, 2021


Filing a claim at geico

They were very nice and had good customer service. Once I even filed a claim and they got back to me within seventy-four hours.
January 28, 2021


Insurance You Can Understand

The representative borke down all information in an easy-to-understand manner and then made very easy the process of initiating the policies. I am also very happy with the ease of managing online and on the app.
January 22, 2021


Very reasonable

This is the best insurance company I think there is. Rates are very reasonable and they do not overcharge. I am able to pay my insurance every 6 months and when I received my renewal, there was no rate increase. I will be a loyal Geico customer for sure!
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