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5/5

discounts

4.5/5

complaints

3/5

satisfaction

4/5

stability

3/5

affordability


pros

This is an iconAllows you to take advantage of multi-policy discounts by offering several other insurance options
This is an iconProvides access to many discounts, in addition to giving insured individuals discounts on their auto policies

cons

This is an iconOfferings may vary based on location
This is an iconDifficult to know if it’s a good fit for you unless you research your local AAA auto insurer
This is an iconRequires AAA membership to access any of its insurance products

For those who want to take full advantage of their AAA membership, auto insurance through AAA can be a good option, offering a solid lineup of coverages and discounts. However, because AAA consists of many regional offshoots, the offerings can vary widely from location to location. So you’ll want to look into your location’s options before deciding on this insurance provider.

How Does AAA Auto Insurance Rate?

Due to AAA’s network-like structure for auto insurance, it’s difficult to determine if it could rank alongside some of the best car insurance options. For example, AAA auto insurance companies have been rated by companies like J.D. Power and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), with average to above-average results, respectively. AM Best looked at the financial strength of AAA which scored an “A” rating.

Customer Satisfaction Rating

First Notice of Loss:
3/5
Estimation of Process:
4/5
Repair Process:
4/5
Claims Servicing:
4/5
Rental Experience:
3/5
Settlement:
3/5
J.D. Power has rated several AAA auto insurers, including CSAA and Automobile Club Group. Overall, AAA insurance providers garnered fairly average scores as compared to other car insurance companies.

Customer Complaint Ratio

AAA

The NAIC rates companies based on the number of average annual complaints as a way to gauge customer satisfaction. The national median is 1, and a lower score represents fewer average complaints. It's difficult to pin down AAA's overall customer satisfaction since it doesn’t have a comprehensive rating. That's because it’s split into several insurers that vary based on location.

For context, CSAA, a AAA insurer which covers some areas in the mid-Atlantic as well as some western states, scored 0, while the Automobile Club Group — which spans 11 states primarily located on the eastern half of the country, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — scored 0.14. MoneyGeek determined AAA's NAIC average score to be 0.58.

Financial Strength

AM Best ranks insurance companies on their financial strength in order to determine how likely it is that they are able to pay out on claims made by customers. AAA’s “A” rating indicates that it’s stable, meaning the insurer is in a solid position to be able to meet the needs of its customers. However, keep in mind that this is not a warranty or guarantee of longevity.

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AAA Insurance Features

AAA insurance is a membership-based option which connects customers with insurers, rather than providing insurance itself. Available options depend on where you live. For that reason, it’s difficult to know exactly what you’re getting unless you look into your regional insurance option under AAA. To do that and see your location-specific options, you’d need to enter your zip code when visiting their site.

  • Type of Feature
    Description
  • Other
    Vehicle Services at AAA Branches: Some locations may offer additional services for vehicles. Car repair discounts allow customers to save money on car repairs via the AAA membership.
  • Mobile App
    Access your membership card and proof of insurance, in addition to accessing other perks of membership.

AAA Auto Coverage

Your available coverages may vary depending on where you’re located. But the following are a few basic coverage types you will likely encounter with AAA.

  • Type of Coverage
    Description
  • Collision
    Covers physical damage to your vehicle caused by a collision.
  • Personal Injury Protection
    Covers basic expenses related to an accident.
  • Uninsured
    Protection in the event you get in an accident with someone who doesn’t have car insurance.
  • Liability
    Coverage for property damages or injuries caused by your vehicle.
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Optional Insurance Features and Coverage

The options that are included with a basic policy may vary, so some features may be optional, and some of these coverages may be included, depending on where you live. Some coverage options may not be available to all.

  • Type of Option
    Description
  • Rental Reimbursement
    Provides cash to cover the costs of renting while your car is in the shop.
  • Roadside Assistance
    24-hour assistance if your car breaks down.
  • Medical Payments
    Coverage for medical costs for you and your passengers.

Available Discounts on AAA Car Insurance Coverage

Discount offerings with AAA auto insurance companies may vary based on location. But there are a few discounts and money-saving options you may encounter.

  • Type of Discount
    Description
  • Safe Driver
    Save money by proving you are a good driver.
  • Good Student
    Save money by proving your young driver's academic prowess.
  • Multi Vehicle
    Save money by insuring more than one car with AAA.
  • Loyalty
    Provides a discount for those who stay with AAA for more than one year.
  • Multi Policy
    Save money by insuring a home and a car, with the same company.

Other AAA Insurance Products

Your options may be more or less limited by your location. But if you’re able to get another type of insurance through AAA, in addition to your auto policy, you may be eligible for a discount.

  • Type of Product
    Description
  • Homeowners Insurance
    Protects homeowners against damage or theft.
  • Life Insurance
    Provides compensation in the event of the policyholder’s death.
  • Business Insurance
    Coverage against lawsuits as well as protection for your business property and vehicles, and employees.
  • Travel Insurance
    Covers trip cancellations and interruptions as well as emergency medical coverage.

How to Make a Car Insurance Claim With AAA

Your options for reporting may depend on your location, but in general, there will be a claims phone number for your AAA insurer, which you’d be able to call to report a claim.

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Methodology and Assumptions

To evaluate and review auto insurance companies, MoneyGeek carefully weighs factors such as price, financial strength, policy features, customer satisfaction, service and other leading indicators. MoneyGeek also references publicly available data from industry leaders such as J.D. Power, AM Best and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the Better Business Bureau. Learn more about MoneyGeek’s review methodology here.

About the Author


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Devon Delfino is an independent journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Boston University. Her personal-finance reporting has been featured in publications such as the L.A. Times, Teen Vogue, Mashable, MarketWatch, CNBC and USA Today, among others.