AutoinsuranceEZ.com Rating:Not too long ago, ACE Auto Insurance was a quaint little “mom-‘n’-pop” insurance shop offering auto policies to the residents of Atlanta and College Park, GA. In recent years, however, there have been some big changes for this little Georgia company.
These days, when you search for “ACE Auto Insurance” online, you’ll get redirected to a company called Direct General. These days, both ACE and Direct General are “teaming up”, according to their website, “to offer you more”. This merger expands the overall coverage area all over the South, with some offices also located as far west as Texas and as far North as Virginia.
Direct General, now the partner company for ACE Insurance, has maintained a “B” grade for financial strength over the last few years according to the rating agency A.M. Best. It has also improved its overall ranking on the BBB website from a B+ to an A+ in just a few short years. These changes seem as though they were spurred by the fact that, according to the 2012 NAIC Complaint Index, Direct General scored 4 times higher than the national median.
|AM Best Financial Strength Rating (2016)||B (Fair)|
|Better Business Bureau (2016)||A+|
|NAIC Complaint Index (2012)||4.09 (National Median: 1)|
In an attempt to clean up their public image and improve business, there is now a clear and precise list of attractive discounts up on the Direct General website. Current ACE customers who still have an existing solo policy can contact Direct General and potentially qualify for:
|Prior Coverage Discount||25%|
|Safe Driver Discount||10%|
|Good Student Discount||10%|
|Welcome Back Discount||6%|
|(Low) Mileage Discount||5%|
|Senior Citizen Discount||5%|
In addition to your typical auto insurance coverage, Direct General also offers products for motorcycle, life, and commercial auto insurance. Whether you’re just looking to cover your personal vehicle or shopping for a variety of products, they also have an online coverage assistant that can suggest different packages for you based on a few simple questions.
Direct General is a fairly popular company, especially in the South, so finding an online estimate is fairly easy. Below, see what certain drivers might expect to pay for a Direct General policy:
Of course, these estimates cannot necessarily be guaranteed – for a guaranteed estimate, you would have to contact General Direct directly. But these numbers above can be used as a good starting reference, especially when compared with similar estimates from other companies. And if you have speeding tickets or an accident on your record, you’ll most likely want to shop around before settling on Direct General.
|Good and comprehensive Emergency Protection Plan for auto insurance||Auto insurance only provided in twelve Southeastern states, and coverage can be spotty within those states|
|Has been working hard to improve poor customer service ratings||Previously had a pattern of poor customer service in resolving concerns and billing issues just a few years prior|
Just a few years ago, Direct General didn’t have the best reputation as an insurance company. However, it seems as though in recent years they have been working hard to improve their image, fix customer service complaints, and maintain a strong financial standing. While they seem to be lenient about raising rates on drivers with poor credit, your monthly premiums could become quite costly if you have so much as a minor speeding violation on your record.Corporate Headquarters