Amica Car Insurance Review
Founded in 1907, Amica is the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles. With a market share of only .57 percent, it may not be as well known as some other car insurance companies, but it has a great reputation for customer service. It has been recognized by J.D. Power for high levels of customer satisfaction for 17 years in a row, making it an auto insurer worth another look.
How Does Amica Car Insurance Rate?
Consumer Satisfaction Rating
These ratings are from the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Study. The highest score for each category is five stars. The Amica Insurance Company subsidiary rated here may not be the subsidiary that underwrites your insurance policy. Check with your insurance agent for more information.
Customer Complaint Ratio
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) collects complaint information from state insurance regulators. The national median complaint ratio is 1. A score of less than 1 means a company has a lower than average number of complaints, while a score higher than 1 means it has more than average. The Amica Insurance Company subsidiary rated here may not be the subsidiary that underwrites your insurance policy.
Last Updated: September 2016
Financial Strength Rating
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Financial Strength is rated on a scale of D (poor) to A+ (superior). A rating notch of either a second “+” or a “-“ indicates the gradation of financial strength within the category. We can’t guarantee that the subsidiary of Amica Insurance rated here is the subsidiary that will underwrite your insurance policy. Check with your insurance agent and review A.M. Best’s Financial Strength Rating Guide for more information.
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Pros and Cons of Amica Car Insurance
- Amica scored a five out of five in claims satisfaction among policyholders in the 2015 J.D. Power U.S. Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Study.
- The online Amica Advisor helps you find the appropriate amount of insurance coverage by walking you through an assessment of your vehicle and assets.
- The online quote generator makes it easy to adjust coverage amounts to compare premiums, and works better than similar tools from some competitors.
- Amica has a lower than average number of customer complaints (as reported in the NAIC customer complaint report).
- The online quote generator may subtly try to upsell you from your current level of insurance coverage by putting the tab with the “recommended” coverage and premium on top.
- Unlike some companies, Amica’s towing and labor coverage doesn’t offer a range of choices—you can either choose coverage at the $100 level or go without.
- As a mutual insurance company, Amica offers both dividend and non-dividend policies. While this might appeal to some drivers, it also adds a level of complexity to the insurance-shopping process that could prove more confusing than helpful to a less savvy insurance shopper. If you’re interested in comparing the two, you will have to call an agent to determine what’s available in your state.
Amica Car Insurance Coverage
Amica’s auto insurance stands out for its higher coverage limits. For example, where another car insurance company might offer a maximum of $250,000/$500,000 bodily injury liability coverage, Amica offers a $500,000/$1 million level of coverage. Amica also offers some nice extras through a package called Platinum Choice Auto.
Amica allows policyholders to carry higher limits on some of the standard coverage options than permitted by some other insurance companies. And if you have comprehensive (also called other than collision or OTC) coverage, you can include additional options like full glass.
Amica offers BI limits that run from the state minimum all the way up to $500,000 per person/$1 million per incident. At some other insurance companies you would need to take out an umbrella policy in order to reach the million-dollar level that Amica offers.
As with the bodily injury liability coverage, Amica makes a $1 million level available for property damage liability, which is higher than a lot of insurance companies.
If you choose uninsured motorist coverage, the limit can’t be higher than your bodily injury liability coverage. If you pick a higher level, the online quoting tool will automatically adjust your BI coverage to match the UM coverage.
Amica collision coverage deductible options begin at $100 and run up to $5000. You can choose not to include this coverage.
If you select OTC coverage you can choose between a $0 deductible all the way up to a $5000 deductible. You can also opt for additional coverage such as full glass and rental reimbursement.
Amica offers some nice optional coverage choices, such as a prestige rental reimbursement. Other options are related to Amica’s identity as a full-line property and casualty carrier and aren’t limited solely to auto insurance.
If you have comprehensive coverage, you’re given the option to include full glass coverage on your policy. This means your deductible will be waived if you need to replace your windshield or car door windows.
You can choose the level of coverage you want for your rental reimbursement, from a lower level of $20/day with a total of $600, all the way up the $5,000 prestige rental level.
Through the Platinum Choice Auto program, you can add good driving rewards coverage to your policy. This allows you to earn Amica Advantage points (through a good driving record or by bundling Amica insurance policies, for example) and apply them to surcharges or deductibles to reduce your costs.
An option more commonly associated with home insurance policies, identity fraud monitoring will alert you if unusual activity is seen on your credit accounts. It also provides you with assistance from a fraud specialist should you become a victim of identity fraud.
Available Discounts on Amica Car Insurance Coverage
Amica offers a long list of discounts, many of which are the commonly offered by insurance companies—like savings for bundling policies or for having more than one car on the policy. But other Amica discounts serve to reward the type of behavior that is valued by an insurance carrier, such as the loyalty discount.
|Type of Discount||Description|
|Multi-line discount||You can save up to 15 percent if you also have a home insurance policy with Amica. Adding on a qualifying life insurance policy may save you even more.|
|Multi-car discount||Insuring two or more cars with Amica will earn you a discount.|
|Loyalty discount||You may see savings on your premium if you stay with Amica for a number of years.|
|Tenure discount||If you have been a long-time client of your carrier before moving to Amica, this is the discount for you.|
|Legacy discount||This discount can be awarded to someone who’s under 30 and starts their own policy with Amica after being on a family member’s Amica insurance policy.|
|Paid in full discount||Pay your entire annual premium up front and you’ll see a discount.|
|E-discount||Sign up for an online account and e billing and get a discount.|
|Automatic payment plan discount||Set up automatic payment through your bank account or credit card and you’ll get another discount.|
|Anti-theft devices discount||If your car has an alarm or vehicle recovery system installed, it will reduce the cost of your comprehensive coverage.|
|Airbags discount||Lower rates apply to vehicles with factory-installed airbags. You can get even greater savings with side airbags.|
|Electronic stability control discount||Earn a discount if your car has a factory-installed four-wheel electronic stability control system.|
|Driver’s training discount||This discount is designed for new drivers who take driver’s education classes.|
|Defensive driver and accident prevention class discounts||Some driving classes can earn you extra savings with Amica. But always check with your agent first because there are restrictions that vary by state.|
|Good student discount||Discounts are available if students maintain a B average or better in high school or college.|
|Student away at school||If your young driver is more than 100 miles away at school and doesn’t have a car, you may qualify for this discount.|
How to Make a Car Insurance Claim with Amica
You can file a claim online with Amica, but unlike some other auto insurance companies, you will need to have an online account to do so. If you don’t have an account, you can create one on the spot and then report your claim. Once you do, a virtual advisor on the Amica website will walk you through the process. If you’d rather make the claim over the phone, you can call Amica’s toll-free claims number. Claims can also be reported using the Amica mobile app.