How Bundling Your Policies Can Save You Money on Your Car Insurance

How Bundling Your Policies Can Save You Money on Your Car Insurance

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There are many ways to save on car insurance, and one of the simplest is "bundling" your insurance policies. Called a multipolicy or multiline discount, large insurance companies usually offer discounts on your premiums when you buy multiple insurance policies from them. After you shop around and calculate all of your available discounts, bundling might help you get a great deal.

What types of insurance policies can you bundle?

Companies like GEICO, State Farm, Allstate and Progressive offer lots of insurance: homeowners, renters, condo, life, boat, travel and so many more. Odds are, if it can be insured, one of them can insure it. But keep in mind: Not every type of insurance can be bundled with your auto insurance policy. In the table below, you can see which types of policies can be bundled by the major car insurance companies.

Company

Insurance types you can bundle with auto
State FarmCondo, farm, health, homeowners, life, renters

GEICO

Condo, homeowners, mobile home, renters

Allstate

Condo, homeowners, life, renters, umbrella

Progressive

Boat, condo, homeowners, mobile home, motorcycle, renters, snowmobile, umbrella

How good is the discount?

Not every bundle is made equal. An auto-home bundle usually yields a greater discount than an auto-condo discount, for example. And some discounts depend on when you buy your policies. Below, we explore the country's four largest auto insurers and the discounts you can score by bundling policies.

State Farm

With State Farm, you may have a bunch of different insurance policies, but they'll only discount one bundle — the one that gets you the biggest discount. We looked at a $1,509 State Farm auto quote from Alabama to test what the discount may look like with a few different bundled policies.

Policy #1

Policy #2Discount off auto policyNew auto price
AutoLife insurance worth less than $125,0005%$1,434
Mobile home policy8%$1,388
Health insurance plan8%$1,388
Life insurance plan worth more than $125,0008%$1,388
Renters policy10%$1,358
Condo policy12%$1,328
Homeowners policy15%$1,283
Farm/ranch policy15%$1,283
Homeowners policy + umbrella liability policy18%$1,237

Homeowners insurance can be quite costly — thousands of dollars every year — so it makes sense that it comes with a higher discount than renters insurance. An umbrella policy gives you even more liability insurance than what your traditional policy may already call for, making it more expensive overall. It makes sense the two most expensive policies give you the best bundle discount. State Farm is also unique because it will bundle a farm/ranch policy with your auto policy.

GEICO

GEICO offers a flat 3% discount regardless of the type of policy you bundle — as long as it is a renters, condo, mobile home or homeowners policy. We looked at a quote from New York to show how a bundled policy would affect rates. For our sample 30-year-old male driver, GEICO gave a yearly auto insurance quote of $1,546. With the 3% discount, the driver would save $47 per year. In comparison, the same bundle at State Farm would actually save this driver $232 every year.

Allstate

With Allstate insurance, every bundle has a different discount. We looked at rates in Ohio to explore the loyalty discount at Allstate. The magnitude of the discount again corresponds to the price of the second policy. On its main website, Allstate lists the discount up to 25% off, meaning the discounts below can be higher in different states. Our sample auto quote was $1,056 per year.

Policy #1

Policy #2Discount on auto policyNew auto price

Auto

Umbrella5%$1,003
Mobile home5%$1,003
Renters5%$1,003
Condo5%$1,003
Renters w/ umbrella7%$982
Mobile home w/ umbrella9%$961
Condo w/ umbrella10%$950
Homeowners with or without umbrella15%$898

Again, homeowners insurance comes out on top because it's generally the most expensive type of insurance. A notable difference between State Farm and Allstate, however, is the absence of life insurance policies. If you were hoping to bundle an auto policy with your life insurance policy, State Farm would be the company to do so.

Progressive

Progressive allows you to combine multiple lines at once: homeowners, mobile homes, snowmobiles, boats and more. They break down those policies into three different groups. One group consists of all types of "dwelling" insurances (homeowners, renters, condo), while the second group contains secondary vehicles (motor home, snow mobile, boat), and the final group is umbrella policies. The magnitude of the discount depends on when you purchased those secondary policies as well. We looked at quotes from Rhode Island and used a $1,791 annual premium as an example.

Policy situation

Discount on auto policyNew auto price

Homeowners insurance, w/ secondary vehicle and umbrella, purchased w/ auto policy (maximum discount)

17%$1,487

Homeowners insurance w/o secondary vehicle or umbrella, purchased w/ auto policy

11%$1,594

Homeowners w/ secondary vehicle and umbrella, purchased when renewing a Progressive auto policy

7%$1,666

Homeowners w/o secondary vehicle and umbrella, purchased when renewing a Progressive auto policy

5%$1,701

Progressive clearly incentivizes customers to buy everything at once to get the largest discount. If you purchased an auto policy along with homeowners, motorcycle and an umbrella within the initial term of your Progressive auto policy, then you would get 17% off the yearly premium. Many people may fall into the last category: They have a Progressive auto policy for some time and then consider moving their homeowners policy to Progressive as well. If you do not have a secondary vehicle or umbrella policy to insure, the discount is a relatively paltry 5%.

Having a homeowners policy is also important. If your dwelling insurance is anything but homeowners — such as renters or condo — then expect the discount to drop in half. The 17% discount becomes 9% if you have a renters policy. Without any sort of dwelling insurance — for example, you bundle an auto policy with an umbrella policy — the best discount you can expect is 5%.

Discounts on the secondary policy

Also, don't forget that the secondary policy, like your homeowners insurance, will also receive a discount. On its website, Allstate claims policyholders receive up to 35% off. At State Farm, we saw a 15% discount. We discuss more at length about bundling homeowners policies here. Remember that homeowners policies are usually more expensive than what you will pay for auto insurance, so a sizable discount on that premium can make bundling even more worthwhile.

Final thoughts

The golden rule of auto insurance, and really all types of insurance, is to shop around. If you are dedicated to saving money on your annual premium, then you need to obtain quotes from every insurer in your area. Take inventory of everything you want insured and see what is the most affordable option. There's no point in switching to Allstate to save 15% if its auto insurance policy is 20% more expensive than your current one. And there's little point of bundling with GEICO since they just offer a 3% discount on your auto policy. At the end of the day, bundling can be a great way to save so long as one company is offering you the strongest prices of anyone else.

Mark is a Senior Research Analyst for ValuePenguin focusing on the insurance industry, primarily auto insurance. He previously worked in financial risk management at State Street Corporation.

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