GEICO Gets Progressive, Joins Auto Insurers Offering Telematics

August 5, 2019

  • August 5, 2019 at 1:33 pm
    Eddie Hall says:
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    I’m not near as smart as Buffett or the people running GEICO but I can tell you why Progressive has a lower loss ratio. When you take an insured with Progressive with 25/50/25 liability and uninsured motorist and the insured has had three at fault accidents in the last three years and progressive is costing $1,400 every six months but GEICO insures this person with 100/300/50 liability with uninsured for $492.00 you can see why GEICO’s loss ration is higher. Also when we quote someone and they get a horrible credit score we can’t touch GEICO’s rate but if they get a high credit score we will be half of GEICO’s rate. So, GEICO is most competitive insuring people other companies don’t want.

    • August 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm
      Agent says:
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      Geico has often quoted people without running any reports, the customer falls for it and then gets a nasty surprise after the policy comes in after the reports have been run.

  • August 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm
    knowall says:
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    Progressive also uses local agents for some of their business; the field underwriting may help as well.

    They don’t run the reports after the person likes the quote but before binding the coverage?

  • August 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm
    agent14 says:
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    Geico is most competitive for folks that have less than steller credit (Many MUCH less than steller credit) and those that have some claims / tickets. The preferred customer (better credit score and no losses / tickets) almost always find a better rate with the preferred carriers.

    • August 8, 2019 at 9:01 am
      Mr. Solvent says:
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      GEICO is the number 2 auto insurer in the nation. That’s no high risk company.

      • August 8, 2019 at 9:14 am
        'ole days says:
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        They said that about General Motors too.

      • August 8, 2019 at 4:25 pm
        agent14 says:
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        I wouldn’t confuse selling low rates(even as some suspect they are doing it below their cost) with a carrier insuring preferred business. With some carriers, one has nothing to do with the other.

        • August 9, 2019 at 10:35 am
          Mr. Solvent says:
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          “Berkshire Hathaway’s overall insurance operations generated after-tax earnings from underwriting of $389 million in the first quarter this year”

          AFTER TAX! Hardly sounds like they’re moving insurance below cost.

          • August 9, 2019 at 11:28 am
            lonestar says:
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            That is not Geico by itself. They have a HUGE insurance business without even counting Geico.

  • August 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    lonestar says:
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    Since Geico does not publicly disclose their books, it is hard to tell if they are playing by the same rules as everyone else. Many suspect they are actually selling policies below claims cost, as Berkshire Hathaway just uses the cash to invest in other areas, and that they do concern themselves with making a true underwriting profit.

    • August 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm
      lonestar says:
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      Oops. Meant to type “They DO NOT concern themselves with making a true underwriting profit.”

  • August 12, 2019 at 11:06 am
    Observor says:
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    It would be interesting to see the percent of drivers using telematics. A few years ago, the costs were quite high per driver. The other downside is that California’s Proposition 103 really diminishes the upside in that state.

    • August 19, 2019 at 11:07 am
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      Safeco does the telematics for 90 days to determine drivers habits. If the driver is stellar and careful, they get a nice discount on rates. If not, they get little or nothing off the rates.



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