Safe Auto Insurance Review for 2020

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Chris Tepedino is a feature writer that has written extensively about auto insurance for numerous websites. He has a college degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and has experience reporting, researching investigative pieces, and crafting detailed, data-driven features. His works have been featured on CB Blog Nation, Flow Words, Healing Law, WIBW Kansas, and Cinncinati.com. ...

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Rachael Brennan has been working in the insurance industry since 2006 when she began working as a licensed insurance representative for 21st Century Insurance, during which time she earned her Property and Casualty license in all 50 states. After several years she expanded her insurance expertise, earning her license in Health and AD&D insurance as well. She has worked for small health in...

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Reviewed by Rachael Brennan
Licensed Insurance Agent

UPDATED: Nov 17, 2020

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Safe Auto is a much younger company than most drivers realize. They've only been around since 1993, but in that short time they've grown fast. Offering state minimum mandatory insurance coverage got them their start, but the company has grown to offer optional coverage and higher coverage limits for all drivers in the states where they do business. They even offer health insurance through Augeo Benefits.

Safe Auto Insurance Review

Safe Auto's ratings seem to be a bit mixed. As of this writing, they do not have an official rating with AM Best, a leading credit rating agency. This means that it's hard for a driver like you to know for sure whether you can depend on Safe Auto when it comes time for them to pay out on a claim. And while their complaint average seems high, they have earned an A+ with the BBB. However, of the small number of customer reviews on the BBB website, all of them are negative.

Ratings Agency Rating
Better Business Bureau (2016) A+
NAIC 3.36 (1 being the market average)
AM Best (2016) No Rating

Safe Auto Insurance Discounts

Safe Auto operates in many different states, so the discounts you may qualify for might differ from what you see here when you contact a Safe Auto agent for a quote. But regardless of what state you live in, you should ask about the following discounts:

Discount Type Discount %
Airbag 5%
Anti-Lock Brake 5%
Anti-Theft 5-15%
Claims-Free Renewal 5%
Good Student 10 or 15%
Daytime Running Lights 10%
Homeowners 5%
Multi-Car 15%
Non-Owner 15%
Paid-in-Full 10%

Unlike many other insurance providers, though, Safe Auto has some fees that you may be charged if you purchase an auto policy from them:

Fee Type Amount
Installment (incl. renewal bill) $10
Insured Request Cancellation $25
NSF $20
Overnight Payment - next morning $25
Overnight Payment - next day $15
Reinstatement $10
SR-22 Filing and Refiling $10 - 40*
Stop Pay $26

* filing will vary by state.

Safe Auto Auto Insurance Options

For many years, Safe Auto has specialized in the following forms of insurance coverage:

  • SR-22 Insurance
  • State mandatory minimum coverage
  • Liability Coverage (bodily injury and property damage)

In their recent history, though, They have expanded into more comprehensive forms of coverage, such as:

  • Medical Expense
  • Personal Injury Protection/First Party Benefits
  • Accidental Death Benefit
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (bodily injury and property damage)
  • Collison and Comprehensive
  • Towing & Labor
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Rental Reimbursement

Comparing Safe Auto Insurance Quotes

Even though Safe Auto got its beginnings from offering affordable insurance to drivers who usually fall into a higher risk pool, their current business practices seem to show that their lower rates tend to go towards lower-risk motorists:

Safe Auto Insurance Quote ComparisonLegend: Safe Auto Young Male Driver < 25Young Female Driver < 25Married Homeowner 20406080100120140160180$193$184$94

Based on the estimated quotes above, the riskiest demographic out of the three (a young male driver) might expect to pay some of the highest rates Safe Auto has to offer. But if you fall into a lower-risk pool, such as that represented by the married homeowners, you can expect to pay a fraction of those rates.

Pros and Cons of Safe Auto Insurance

Pro Con
20+ years of specialization in offering minimum mandatory coverage and SR-22 insurance Tend to be more expensive compared to other non-standard insurance providers
convenient policy management options Not available in all states
Mixed reviews for both claims handling and financial strength

Safe Auto has some good things going for it, but then again there are also some red flags. Their rates seem to be expensive when you look into their non-standard coverage options. Also, Safe Auto is only available in 17 states. And their current non-existent financial strength ratings might worry some drivers. But if you've been refused coverage by standard coverage insurance providers, or if you’re feeling encouraged by their policy management options, then perhaps a Safe Auto quote might be worth comparing to offers from other local insurance providers.

Corporate Headquarters
4 Easton Oval
Columbus, OH 43219
www.safeauto.com
Phone: 614-231-0200
Fax: 614-559-5357

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