Pros & Cons
- Offers a wide variety of discounts.
- Guaranteed lifetime renewability for auto policies purchased through Costco as an executive member.
- Lets you pay your insurance bill all at once or in monthly installments.
- More than the expected number of complaints to state regulators for auto insurance.
- Some auto insurance policy perks require Costco membership fee.
Connect earned 3.5 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.
You might not immediately recognize the Connect brand, but if you’ve ever considered buying Costco insurance or getting a policy through Ameriprise Financial, you’ve likely encountered its products. Formerly known as Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance, the Wisconsin-based company was acquired by American Family Insurance in 2019 and renamed Connect in 2020.
Connect sells auto, homeowners, renters, condo and umbrella policies directly to customers, primarily through its partnerships with Costco Wholesale and Ameriprise Financial. The company offers insurance in 44 states and Washington, D.C.
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Connect 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.
In addition to the usual car insurance coverages, Connect sells:
Gap insurance, which pays the difference between the actual cash value of your car and the amount you owe on your car loan if your vehicle is totaled. Connect offers gap coverage for the first three years you own your vehicle, capped at 120% of the car’s value.
New car replacement insurance, which covers the cost of a brand-new car in the same make and model if yours is totaled in a covered loss. Connect provides coverage for the first year or the first 15,000 miles after you buy a new car.
If you’re an executive Costco member, you may also qualify for the following coverage benefits:
Roadside assistance, which generally covers up to $75 of your expenses if you get a flat tire, run out of gas or have a dead battery.
Lifetime renewability, which guarantees Connect won’t cancel your car insurance policy, even if you have multiple accidents. (Some exceptions apply, and this benefit isn’t available in all states.)
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Auto insurance discounts
Costco members receive a discount on Connect auto or home insurance policies in most states.
You may also be able to save on your auto policy by:
Meeting Connect’s standards for being a safe driver.
Completing an approved defensive driving course.
Having vehicle safety features such as anti-lock brakes, air bags, automatic seat belts or anti-theft devices.
Insuring more than one vehicle.
Buying multiple insurance products from Connect.
Parking your car overnight in a garage (in certain areas).
Meeting Connect's standards for being a good student.
Having a student on your policy who is away at school and keeps their car at home.
Having continuous auto insurance coverage through Connect.
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Connect had more 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.
More about Connect insurance
Website: Connect lets you report a claim, access your policy or get a quote online.
App: Connect does not have a smartphone app at this time.
Homeowners insurance from Connect
Connect also offers home insurance policies. To learn more about the coverage options available, read our Connect homeowners insurance review.
Other insurance from Connect
Insurer complaints methodology
NerdWallet examined complaints received by state insurance regulators and reported to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2019-2021. 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.
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Frequently asked questions
You can get a quote online, by phone or by email.
Connect sells insurance in Washington, D.C., and all states except Alaska, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Wyoming.
You can file an auto claim online or over the phone.