Wawanesa Auto Insurance Review 2022

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Our Take

3.0

NerdWallet rating 

The bottom line:

Wawanesa offers cheap coverage for “good” drivers, but received more complaints than expected for a company of its size.

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Wawanesa Auto Insurance
Wawanesa
NAIC complaints
More than expected
Ease of use
Average
Discounts
Average set of discounts

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • May offer cheaper rates since customer base is “good” drivers.

  • Transparent about what traffic violations will result in application denials.

Cons

  • More auto insurance complaints than expected.

  • Available only in California and Oregon.

Full Review

Wawanesa specializes in selling car insurance to California and Oregon drivers who have relatively clean driving records. Established in 1896 as a farmers’ mutual insurance carrier in Canada, Wawanesa opened up its United States branch in 1974 and sells auto and renters insurance directly to consumers.

Note: Wawanesa has stopped selling policies in Oregon temporarily.

Where Wawanesa stands out

Potentially cheaper rates on average. Wawanesa generally sells policies to drivers with few accidents and traffic violations. Because of this, the company claims its auto insurance rates are cheaper on average when compared to other insurers.

Where Wawanesa falls short

High customer complaints. Wawanesa has more customer complaints than expected when compared to other companies of its size.

Discounts. Although Wawanesa offers discounts, it has fewer ways to save than many other insurers.

Only sells policies to certain customers. Besides limiting its customer bases to drivers with a clean record, Wawanesa sells policies in California and Oregon only. However, the company is temporarily not selling policies in Oregon.

Wawanesa insurance coverage

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Eligibility to apply for Wawanesa car insurance varies between California and Oregon. Applicants with more than one at-fault accident or traffic violation point in the last 36 months won’t qualify for a premium quote. Drivers must also have had a license continuously for the past three years. While guidelines to apply are stricter than other insurers, Wawanesa says its auto insurance rates are 25%-35% cheaper than standard rates.

Wawanesa offers the usual auto insurance coverages, including roadside assistance and rental reimbursement coverage. If you have comprehensive and collision insurance and your vehicle is less than 11 years old, you can add vehicle manufacturer replacement parts coverage, which replaces parts from the original equipment manufacturer at an additional cost.

Auto insurance discounts

  • Discount if you have a policy with Wawanesa for a year or more.

  • Good driver discount (California only).

  • Multicar discount.

  • Discount for drivers 55 and older who take a driver improvement course.

  • Driver training discount for those under age 19 who complete a driver education course (Oregon only).

  • Insurance score discount (Oregon only).

  • Discount if the vehicle is equipped with a recovery device, such as LoJack (Oregon only).

  • Military discount (Oregon only).

  • Discount for using monthly autopay (Oregon only).

  • Discount based on insurance status prior to applying for coverage with Wawanesa (Oregon only).

  • Multicoverage discount if you also have an active Wawanesa renters property policy (Oregon only).

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Complaints 

Wawanesa 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 Wawanesa auto insurance

Website: Wawanesa’s website clearly outlines coverage details and available discounts for both California and Oregon drivers. You can also pay your bills, view policy information and get your ID card.

Mobile app: Wawanesa does not currently have a mobile app.

Other insurance from Wawanesa

Homeowners and condo policies are currently unavailable as the company makes changes to its policies.

Methodology

Auto insurance ratings

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Insurer complaints

NerdWallet examined complaints received by state insurance regulators and reported to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2018-2020. 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. Ratios are determined separately for auto, home (including renters and condo) and life insurance.

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