Bundle & Save
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 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. While many people are aware of discounts for bundling home and auto insurance, most insurers also offer bundle discounts for other insurance types. 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.
Insurance types you can bundle with auto
|State Farm||Condo, farm, health, homeowners, life, renters|
|Condo, homeowners, mobile home, renters|
|Condo, homeowners, life, renters, umbrella|
|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.
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.
Discount off auto policy
New auto price
|Auto||Life insurance worth less than $125,000||5%||$1,434|
|Mobile home policy||8%||$1,388|
|Health insurance plan||8%||$1,388|
|Life insurance plan worth more than $125,000||8%||$1,388|
|Homeowners policy + umbrella liability policy||18%||$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 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.
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.
Discount on auto policy
New auto price
|Renters w/ umbrella||7%||$982|
|Mobile home w/ umbrella||9%||$961|
|Condo w/ umbrella||10%||$950|
|Homeowners with or without umbrella||15%||$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 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.
Discount on auto policy
New auto price
Homeowners insurance, w/ secondary vehicle and umbrella, purchased w/ auto policy (maximum discount)
Homeowners insurance w/o secondary vehicle or umbrella, purchased w/ auto policy
Homeowners w/ secondary vehicle and umbrella, purchased when renewing a Progressive auto policy
Homeowners w/o secondary vehicle and umbrella, purchased when renewing a Progressive auto policy
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.
The golden rule of finding cheap auto insurance is to shop around. If you are dedicated to saving money on your annual premium, then you need to get auto insurance quotes from top insurers available 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 if you'll only get a 3% discount on your auto policy. At the end of the day, bundling can be a great way to save if one company is offering you the best prices overall.