USAA Auto Insurance Review 2024

Ryan Brady
By Ryan Brady 
Edited by Ben Moore

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USAA

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
USAA offers insurance to active military, veterans and their families only.

Discounts

Great set of discounts

Ease of use

Above average

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected

USAA

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
USAA offers insurance to active military, veterans and their families only.

Discounts

Great set of discounts

Ease of use

Above average

NAIC complaints

Fewer than expected

USAA earned 5 stars out of 5 for overall performance. NerdWallet’s ratings are determined by our editorial team. The scoring formula takes into account consumer experience, complaint data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and financial strength ratings.

The fifth-largest auto insurer in the country, USAA offers a wide variety of insurance products and gets high marks in customer satisfaction surveys. The company also offers investing and banking services.

USAA sells auto insurance to active military members, veterans and their families only.

Why you can trust NerdWallet: Our writers and editors follow strict editorial guidelines to ensure fairness and accuracy in our coverage so you can choose the insurance policy that works best for you. These carrier ratings are specific to auto insurance — a company's rating for other products may be different on our site. See our criteria for evaluating auto insurance companies.

In our auto insurance reviews, our editorial team considers both the customer and the insurer. These are some of the factors we take into account:

Financial strength. We use A.M. Best ratings to confirm an insurer’s long-term financial stability and ability to pay claims. NerdWallet does not recommend companies with a rating lower than a B. 

Complaints. These ratings are based on complaints to state regulators relative to a company’s size, according to three years’ worth of data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The best auto insurance companies have fewer than the expected number of complaints.

Ease of use. This category looks at how easily consumers can interact with an insurer through its mobile app and website. This includes how much coverage information is offered online, whether a user can start and track a claim online and get a quote and mobile app scores based on the Apple and Google Play store ratings.

Discounts. We look at both the kind of discounts a company offers and the total number of discounts available.

Compare to other insurers

Current Product

USAA Auto Insurance
Progressive Auto Insurance
Liberty Mutual Auto Insurance
NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5

Complaints to NAIC 

Fewer than expected

Complaints to NAIC 

Close to expected

Complaints to NAIC 

More than expected

Ease of use 

Above average

Ease of use 

Above average

Ease of use 

Above average

Discounts 

Great set of discounts

Discounts 

Great set of discounts

Discounts 

Great set of discounts

Bottom line 

USAA offers insurance to active military, veterans and their families only.

Bottom line 

Progressive offers a variety of products, but there’s room for improvement when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Bottom line 

Liberty Mutual offers a long list of discounts, plus robust digital tools on its website and app.

How much does USAA car insurance cost? 

USAA car insurance costs $1,432 per year on average for full coverage insurance. That is more than $500 a year less than the average national annual rate of $1,982. Compared to other large insurers, USAA’s average annual full coverage rates are cheaper than other companies. However, USAA sells policies only to active and former military members and their families. 

Company

Average annual rate with a clean record

Travelers

$1,681

American Family

$1,791

Geico

$1,846

State Farm

$1,976

Allstate

$2,665

Progressive

$2,112

Nationwide

$2,279

Farmers

$3,106

USAA*

$1,432

*USAA auto insurance is available only to active-duty military members, veterans and their families.

These rates are for a 35-year-old driver with a clean driving history and good credit with full coverage insurance. Our full coverage rates include liability, comprehensive, collision and any additional insurance a state requires a driver to have. These rates are averages, and your own price will depend on your driving history, car make and model, location and other factors. 

For more information on USAA car insurance rates, including rates after an at-fault accident or DUI, check out the drop down below.

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How USAA's rates compare

Your car insurance rate is determined by a variety of factors including your driving record and credit history in most states. California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Michigan don’t allow insurers to use credit when determining car insurance rates.

Here are USAA’s average annual auto insurance rates compared to 2024 national averages for full coverage insurance and four driving profiles.

Driving profile

USAA average rate

National average rate

Good driver, good credit

$1,432

$1,982

Recent at-fault accident, good credit

$2,041

$2,936

Recent DUI, good credit

$2,621

$3,693

Good driver, poor credit

$2,650

$3,222

USAA auto insurance coverage

When you're shopping for car insurance coverage, it's important to understand what car insurance coverage you want and what you’re required to buy. For instance, most states require a minimum amount of car insurance to drive a vehicle. Alternatively, if you want extra protection, you may be interested in full coverage insurance. Read about the most common types of car insurance coverage to see how they work.

USAA offers the usual types of auto insurance coverage to its customers in addition to:

Accident forgiveness: With this add-on coverage, which is free in some states after five years accident-free with the company, USAA won’t increase your auto insurance premiums after one at-fault accident.

Rideshare insurance: This optional coverage is available for customers who drive for companies like Uber or Lyft. Ridesharing companies generally pay for some liability when drivers are on their way to pick up a passenger and until drop-off, but not in between rides; this coverage fills that gap. It also covers you if you work for a delivery service.

Car replacement assistance. If your vehicle is totaled, having this coverage means you’ll receive the actual cash value of the car, plus an additional 20% of its value. You must have comprehensive and collision coverage on your policy to add this endorsement.

Auto insurance discounts

Depending on where you live, you may be able to save money on your USAA car insurance by:

  • Going at least five years without an accident.

  • Completing a defensive driving or basic driver training course.

  • Meeting USAA’s standards for a good student.

  • Having a car that is three years old or newer.

  • Installing an anti-theft device.

  • Insuring multiple vehicles through USAA.

  • Driving relatively few miles in a year.

  • Storing your vehicle in a safe location and not driving it.

  • Be a former dependent on your parents’ insurance and take over as the new policyholder. 

  • Having continuous auto insurance coverage through USAA.

  • Garaging your vehicle on a military base.

  • Having multiple policies with USAA.

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Pricing based on tracked driving habits

Available in most states, USAA’s SafePilot program offers discounts up to 30% for good drivers. The SafePilot app tracks behaviors such as hard braking and using your phone while driving, plus when and how often you drive. You’ll get a 10% discount just for signing up.

Complaints and customer satisfaction

USAA had fewer than the expected number of complaints about auto insurance to state regulators relative to its size, according to three years’ worth of data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

USAA received an overall satisfaction score of 81 out of 100 by a pool of its customers in a NerdWallet survey conducted online in June and July 2023. To put that in perspective, the average score among seven insurers was 78, and the highest was 82.

Though evaluated, USAA wasn’t ranked in J.D. Power’s 2023 auto insurance studies because its policies aren’t available to all consumers. It's worth noting, however, that customers gave largely positive feedback about the insurer for auto insurance shopping

J.D. Power. 2023 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study. Accessed May 14, 2024.
and claims satisfaction.

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More about USAA auto insurance

Website: USAA’s site has information about coverage options, plus advice on topics such as how to live in retirement, prepare for natural disasters and buy a car. Planners and calculators help you determine your financial needs.

App: Available for Apple and Android devices, the USAA app provides secure account access. You can pay bills, get ID cards, request roadside assistance or file a claim.

Life, homeowners and renters insurance from USAA

USAA offers homeowners and renters insurance with all the standard features, plus a few useful extras. Learn more by reading NerdWallet’s USAA home insurance review and USAA renters insurance review.

USAA sells permanent and term life insurance. You can learn more in NerdWallet’s USAA life insurance review.

Other insurance from USAA

USAA also offers other insurance policies, including:

  • Condo.

  • Landlord.

  • Umbrella.

USAA partners with third parties to sell the following types of insurance:

  • Mobile home.

  • Farm and ranch.

  • Boat.

  • Motorcycle or ATV.

  • RV.

  • Small business.

  • Classic car.

  • Pet.

  • Travel.

  • Special event.

  • Supplemental health.

Frequently asked questions

You can contact USAA at 800-531-8722, Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT.

You can get a quote from USAA online.

You can file an auto claim online, through the mobile app or via fax. The USAA fax number is 800-531-8669.

Yes, you can add USAA’s rideshare coverage to make sure you’re insured during the time the app is on but you haven’t been matched yet with a rider.

Methodology

Insurer complaints methodology

NerdWallet examined complaints received by state insurance regulators and reported to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2021-2023. To assess how insurers compare to one another, the NAIC calculates a complaint index each year for each subsidiary, measuring its share of total complaints relative to its size, or share of total premiums in the industry. To evaluate a company’s complaint history, NerdWallet calculated a similar index for each insurer, weighted by market shares of each subsidiary, over the three-year period. NerdWallet conducts its data analysis and reaches conclusions independently and without the endorsement of the NAIC. Ratios are determined separately for auto, home (including renters and condo) and life insurance.

Auto insurance ratings methodology

NerdWallet’s auto insurance ratings reward companies for customer-first features and practices. Ratings are based on weighted averages of scores in several categories, including financial strength, consumer complaints and discounts. Our “ease of use” category looks at factors such as website transparency and how easy it is to file a claim. Using our editorial discretion, we also consider customer satisfaction surveys. These ratings are a guide, but we encourage you to shop around and compare several insurance quotes to find the best rate for you. NerdWallet does not receive compensation for any reviews. Read our editorial guidelines and full ratings methodology for auto insurance.

2024 auto insurance survey methodology

The opt-in survey of 7,514 adults age 18 and older was conducted online by Russell Research on behalf of NerdWallet in June and July 2023. Respondents were asked to rate one auto insurance brand they obtained or renewed a policy with within the past 12 months. These brands were rated on overall satisfaction, overall value, online experience, trustworthiness, mobile app experience, claims experience and customer support on a scale of 1-100.

Only brands with 100 or more qualifying respondents are reported. Of those respondents: 301 were State Farm customers, 300 were Progressive customers, 300 were Allstate customers, 300 were Geico customers, 140 were USAA customers, 125 were AAA customers, 105 were Liberty Mutual customers, 103 were American Family customers, 104 were Farmers customers, 104 were Travelers customers and 104 were Nationwide customers.

Average rates methodology

NerdWallet averaged rates based on public filings obtained by pricing analytics company Quadrant Information Services. We examined rates for men and women for all ZIP codes in any of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Although it’s one of the largest insurers in the country, Liberty Mutual is not included in our rates analysis due to a lack of publicly available information.

In our analysis, “good drivers” had no moving violations on record; a “good driving” discount was included for this profile. Our “good” and “poor” credit rates are based on credit score approximations and do not account for proprietary scoring criteria used by insurance providers.

These are average rates, and your rate will vary based on your personal details, state and insurance provider.

Sample drivers had the following coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person.

  • $300,000 bodily injury liability coverage per crash.

  • $50,000 property damage liability coverage per crash.

  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person.

  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per crash.

  • Collision coverage with $1,000 deductible.Comprehensive coverage with $1,000 deductible.

We used the same assumptions for all other driver profiles, with the following exceptions:

  • We changed the credit tier from “good” to “poor” as reported to the insurer to see rates for drivers with poor credit. In states where credit isn’t taken into account, we only used rates for “good credit.”

  • For drivers with one at-fault crash, we added a single at-fault crash costing $10,000 in property damage.

  • For drivers with a DUI, we added a single drunken-driving violation.

We used a 2020 Toyota Camry L in all cases and assumed 12,000 annual miles driven. We analyzed rates for drivers of the following ages: 20, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60 and 70.

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