4 Ways to Find the Best Insurance Companies for Your Cars

A young woman at her desktop computer searching for the best insurance companies for her car
Photo by Andrey_Popov / Shutterstock.com

If you were to count every entry on a list of car insurance companies, you would have already wasted more time than it should take to get the best coverage for your car.

Nobody could be expected to go through them all, excluding the non-local auto insurance companies, filling out all the forms to get individual quotes and hopefully ending up with the best auto insurance available to you. And only to do it all over again in six months or a year?

Thankfully, there are services happy to do it for you — for free. And that’s a valuable service, because the best insurance companies, Consumer Reports says, usually aren’t the biggest ones.

Here’s how to find the best insurance companies for your car without breaking a sweat.

1. Gabi

Sure, you could comb through a list of ratings for the best car insurance. (Consumer Reports has one, but it’ll cost you.) Then, you could just go with the highest-rated option in your area. But there’s a problem.

That rating isn’t based on you and all the personal factors in your driving record, credit history and background that insurers use to offer rates. You don’t want a list of the top insurance companies in general — you want to know the best auto insurance companies for you.

Gabi can quickly help you figure out which those are, and translate those findings into instant savings. Money Talks News founder and CEO Stacy Johnson tried it himself: Check out his story “How I Found $546 in Car Insurance Savings in Under 10 Minutes.”

The short version: Gabi doesn’t waste your time making you fill out a lot of information. You upload a PDF of your current insurance policy, provide your name, date of birth and contact information, and you’re done.

In under two minutes, Gabi was able to compare 40 providers and identify savings of 22% for the same coverage with a different company. It could even handle making the switch for Stacy.

The best insurance companies aren’t the same for everyone, but everybody can use a tool like Gabi to figure out which company makes sense for them.

2. The Zebra

The Zebra is a similar tool you can use to compare more than 200 national and local auto insurance companies.

It doesn’t require a copy of your current policy to prepare a side-by-side comparison in minutes — just your name, parking address and vehicle information.

“Not everyone who uses The Zebra finds a lower rate, but those who do save an average of $368 per year,” the site says.

You can call to speak with an agent, and the site allows you to later retrieve past quotes if you need to do additional research into local insurance companies. It also checks for things like senior discounts and other savings you might be eligible for.

3. Policygenius

If two one-stop shops for auto insurance aren’t enough, check out Policygenius. It works much like Gabi: You share your current policy, and the service finds the best rates among dozens of insurers. They also have people to answer questions and help with the paperwork of swapping.

Policygenius also helps find other kinds of insurance, including homeowners, renters, health and even pet insurance. Its auto insurance comparison tries to look for savings by bundling homeowners and auto. You currently can’t search for just auto insurance quotes, although the site says it plans to add a stand-alone auto insurance search tool.

4. Do it yourself

If you don’t trust any third party to figure out what’s in your best interest, you can make your own comparisons the old-fashioned way. We explain a step-by-step method in “How to Get the Best Possible Deal on Car Insurance.”

It starts by creating a spreadsheet with all the pertinent details of your current policy: what coverage you have, deductibles, costs, phone numbers, due dates and savings from things like senior discounts. Don’t forget to leave space for notes. You can explain to your future self exactly what all this coverage does, in case you forget or it becomes less relevant to your vehicle.

For instance, some people who drive cars that aren’t worth much opt to drop comprehensive and collision coverage as much as possible and self-insure. As your car ages and you reassess the costs, this might be something to consider — if you remember.

Once you have your current coverage squared away, it’s easy to add a few columns for comparison quotes from insurers you’re curious about.

Overall, this is the most time-consuming method, and you could be using that time to plan your retirement investments instead. But this exercise might be worth doing at least once even if you plan to use a tool like Gabi or The Zebra, just so you can understand exactly how your coverage works and make an informed judgment about the quotes you’re getting.

After all, you’re going to get recommendations under the assumption you have the coverage types and levels you currently have. But if those are different from the state-required minimums, a computer algorithm probably isn’t going to presume to know better than you what coverage you need.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
5 Ways to Save up $500,000 in 15 Years
5 Ways to Save up $500,000 in 15 Years

Even if you’re behind in preparing for retirement, there’s still a way to pull together a solid nest egg if you focus.

13 Streaming TV Services That Cost $20 a Month — or Less
13 Streaming TV Services That Cost $20 a Month — or Less

Before shelling out for more expensive options, check out this diverse list.

17 Home Upgrades That Rarely Help Close a Sale
17 Home Upgrades That Rarely Help Close a Sale

Real estate agents give these renovations low marks when it comes to helping sell homes.

7 Gadgets Under $60 That Can Boost Your Health
7 Gadgets Under $60 That Can Boost Your Health

These Amazon finds can help ease foot aches, boost energy and even protect your heart.

16 Products You Absolutely Do Not Need
16 Products You Absolutely Do Not Need

You can safely leave these products on the store shelf.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

How to Buy Gas At Costco Without a Membership
How to Buy Gas At Costco Without a Membership

The warehouse club often has some of the cheapest gas in town. Here’s how you can get it as a nonmember.

10 Things to Stop Buying If You Want a Clutter-Free Home
10 Things to Stop Buying If You Want a Clutter-Free Home

If you like to keep things simple, avoid these purchases.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Vacuums from this brand can last a half-century, if not longer — and they’re hot on the resale market.

A Simple Way to Silence Robocalls Today
A Simple Way to Silence Robocalls Today

A few steps can keep your phone from ringing when a spammer calls.

This Company Makes the Best Tires in America
This Company Makes the Best Tires in America

Driver satisfaction with tires is at an all-time high, but one brand stands out.

Can I Switch to Spousal Social Security Benefits When My Ex Dies?
Can I Switch to Spousal Social Security Benefits When My Ex Dies?

Knowing when to claim can help you maximize benefits.

36 Things That Will Be Obsolete Soon
36 Things That Will Be Obsolete Soon

The writing is on the wall for dozens of things we have grown up with.

8 Things You Should Always Buy on Amazon
8 Things You Should Always Buy on Amazon

The giant retailer shines when it comes to these things, from basics to hard-to-find specialty goods.

This Health Issue Can Hint at Dementia Years in Advance
This Health Issue Can Hint at Dementia Years in Advance

One type of pain is especially associated with cognitive decline.

8 Federal Income Tax Breaks for Homeowners
8 Federal Income Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Some of these deductions and credits are available to a wide swath of homeowners.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money
17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money

You probably don’t realize these items are worth decent cash.

5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free
5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Hesitant to drop $119 a year on an Amazon Prime membership? Here’s how to get it for free.

5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food
5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food

Anyone can take advantage of these resources.

10 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable
10 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable

There are lots of things Uncle Sam can’t touch — so long as you play by the rules.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

6 Reasons You Should Stop Hiding Cash at Home
6 Reasons You Should Stop Hiding Cash at Home

Stashing money around the house is anything but harmless.

These 5 States Are the Most Expensive Places to Retire
These 5 States Are the Most Expensive Places to Retire

If you expect to have modest retirement income, you may want to avoid spending your golden years here.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.