Costco car insurance michigan
- Cheap Car Insurance Companies in Michigan
- Cheap Car Insurance in Michigan: by City
- Best Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan
- Cost of Car Insurance in Michigan: by City
- Study Methodology
- The Costco Auto Program’s Commitment to Privacy
- 1. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
- 2. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
- 3. SHARING OF INFORMATION
- 4. YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS, CHOICE AND ACCESS
- 5. INTEREST-BASED / TARGETED ADVERTISING; HOW TO OPT OUT
- 6. HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH YOU
- 7. SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
- 8. OTHER SITES
- 9. CHANGES AND POLICY UPDATES
- 10. CONTACT US
We studied car insurance rates throughout the state of Michigan to help our readers determine which companies offered the most affordable auto insurance quotes. From our study, we found that rates fluctuated widely depending on insurance company. The cheapest company statewide cost just 19% of what the most expensive carrier was charging. Read our analysis below, or enter your zip code above for a list of cheap auto insurance companies to begin more local comparison shopping:
- Cheap Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan
- Cheap Car Insurance: by City
- The Best Rated Insurers in Michigan
- Cost of Auto Insurance: by City
Cheap Car Insurance Companies in Michigan
It's helpful to know which auto insurance companies are more affordable in your state than others, especially since Michigan motorists are paying about 70% more than the average U.S. state for their no-fault benefits. Below we've ranked 21 companies in Michigan to give drivers an idea for the cheapest rates in the state. Rates are based on a thirty year old single male driver. MetLife ranked as the cheapest insurer in Michigan with the lowest average rates at $1,159 annually. Three other companies also had average rates below $2,000 a year: Hastings Mutual, Chubb, and Pioneer State Mutual. Allstate was the most expensive company with drivers paying over $5,992 per year on average.
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This can look different depending on where you actually live, drive, and park your car. For those people who'd like to see which insurers operate in your town and have the cheapest rates, just enter your zip code in the box above to start your search. We've also included the full list of 21 car insurance companies in our Michigan analysis, and ranked them from the lowest to the most expensive companies based on our benchmark driver. The actual quotes you'll get will differ based on your own circumstances.
|Pioneer State Mutual||$1,996|
|Auto Club Group||$2,743|
Cheap Car Insurance in Michigan: by City
As we mentioned, where you live plays a large role in determining how much it costs to insure your car. In this section, we'll take a look at costs for the largest cities.
|Pioneer State Mutual||$1,332|
|Battle Creek||Hastings Mutual||$984|
|Pioneer State Mutual||$1,464|
|Pioneer State Mutual||$1,608|
|Grand Rapids||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,452|
|Holland||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,332|
|Kentwood||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,452|
|Lansing||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,560|
|Meridian||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,452|
|Pittsfield||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,476|
|Royal Oak||Hastings Mutual||$1,740|
|St. Clair Shores||Frankenmuth||$1,740|
|Wyoming||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,452|
|Ypsilanti||Pioneer State Mutual||$1,608|
Detroit is the most populous city in Michigan and also its most expensive when it comes to auto insurance. This isn't the first time Detroit has found itself towards the top of insurance lists before. It is widely regarded as one of the most expensive auto insurance cities not only in MI but in the entire country. Based on our driver's profile, Detroit's annual rates average $6,197 or 103% more expensive than the state average.
Cheap auto insurance in Detroit does exist, however. We found some of the lowest rates at MetLife, Hastings Mutual, and Chubb. For example, an average annual rate of $2,136 a year at MetLife is about 66% cheaper than the average annual premium in Detroit.
Grand Rapids, MI
The 2nd largest city in Michigan and about 30 miles from the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids is nicknamed "River City" for the beautiful Grand River that runs through its center. There are many things to do in Grand Rapids, from golfing, to shopping, hanging at the beach, or even discovering one of the many art exhibits around town. Economically, GR's largest employer is Spectrum Health with almost 20,000 employees. Car insurance rates in Grand Rapids are relatively favorable despite the city being the second largest in Michigan. We found the average cost to insure a car here to be around $2,446 a year, making Grand Rapids the 11th cheapest city in our study.
MetLife, Hastings Mutual, and Pioneer State Mutual were several of the most affordable car insurance companies in Grand Rapids based on our comparison data. On average, their rates will be nearly 49% lower than most rates offered in Grand Rapids. Educators living in Grand Rapids should take advantage of MEEMIC Insurance’s low rates, which were $1,728 a year – the fifth lowest among Grand Rapids insurers!
The 3rd largest city in Michigan, Warren is home to more than 134,000 people. It's located about 21 miles north of Detroit, and just 8 miles away from the Lake St. Claire Shores. General Motors’ Cadillac Car division calls Warren home, and tourists find Warren a great anchor point to several of the region’s attractions, such as the Detroit Zoo and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In our analysis, we found Warren to be on the pricier end of the spectrum, with average annual auto insurance rates around $3,446 for our sample driver.
We recommend adding MetLife, Chubb, and Hastings Mutual onto your list of insurers to consider. In Warren, these three insurers generally were at least 56% cheaper than most other companies in Warren; some, such as MetLife, offer rates as low as $1,092 a year. MEEMIC helped to round out the top 5 low-cost car insurance companies in Warren, exclusive to drivers in the education industry.
Sterling Heights, MI
Home to almost 130,000 people, Sterling Heights is the 4th largest city in Michigan. It is one of the core suburbs within the Detroit Metro region, and its calendar is packed with recreational events. Some of the most notable summer events in Sterling Heights include their Memorial Day Parade, Sterlingfest, and the American-Polish Festival. Our benchmark driver paid about $3,223 a year, or around $267 a month, to insure a Toyota in Sterling Heights.
While the city’s overall premiums were 5% higher than the Michigan average, we still found a wide range in costs between insurers here. For example, at $2,028 a year, Pioneer State Mutual cost the most for a basic liability policy for our driver profile. As you shop around for the best car insurance rates in Sterling Heights, we suggest including MetLife, Hastings Mutual, and Chubb when getting a quote. If you are an educator, do look into MEEMIC insurance as well, as our benchmark motorists found it to be the 4th cheapest overall in the city.
Home to the Michigan State University Spartans in addition to being the capital city of Michigan, Lansing is the 6th largest city – very close behind Ann Arbor – in the state with almost 114,000 residents as of 2013. Lansing is also called "The Heart of Michigan" partly because it is quite literally in the center of the state. The state government and MSU provide many of the jobs in Lansing but there's strong private enterprise as well with plenty of national and regional companies keeping their headquarters in the city. The cost of insuring your vehicle in Lansing is $2,605 per year which is about 15% cheaper than the state average and more than $3,592 less than residents of Detroit are paying!
To save even more, start comparison shopping at MetLife, Hastings Mutual, Pioneer State Mutual, Chubb, and Auto Owners for some of the cheapest rates. Together, these insurers represent nearly a 52% “discount” on auto insurance quotes when compared to the city’s average.
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor is home to a large university, the University of Michigan Wolverines. With 114,000 citizens in the city, Ann Arbor is the 6th largest town in "The Great Lakes State". No stranger to awards, Ann Arbor has consistently placed on "Top Places to Live" lists for years and is widely considered a safe and friendly town with a very reasonable cost of living. In our study, the city placed fantastically as well. Ann Arbor was the second best city to live in for auto insurance in the state overall with low annual premiums of $2,233. This makes Ann Arbor 27% cheaper than the average Michigan city.
You can save even more with the right insurer in Ann Arbor. For example, the cheapest insurer, MetLife, offered quotes that were less than half the cost of the city’s average; our driver’s quotes were around $960 a year. We also recommend putting Hastings Mutual, Pioneer State Mutual, Chubb, and SECURA onto your shortlist if you're looking for the lowest auto insurance quotes in Ann Arbor.
Best Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan
It's important to at least consider the complaint ratio of whatever companies you're looking at for car insurance. If you just look at the premium price there's always a risk that you end up with a company that has great rates but a lousy overall experience (claims servicing is slow, customer service is rude, etc). Below you'll find many of the largest auto insurance operators in Michigan and their corresponding complaint ratio, as published by the Michigan Department of Insurance. The lower the complaint ratio, the better rated a company is:
|Rank||Company||2013 Complaint Ratio||2013 Written Premiums|
|12||Michigan Insurance Company||0.09||43,406,021|
|16||MAIPF (Michigan residual auto insurance market)||0.10||29,289,694|
|22||Pioneer State Mutual||0.11||120,787,270|
|49||American Modern Insurance||0.48||2,104,144|
Cost of Car Insurance in Michigan: by City
Michigan's most expensive car insurance rates were in Detroit followed by Redford and Dearborn, among the cities we have studied. Detroit residents were paying an average of nearly $6,192 per year to insure their vehicles while those in Dearborn and Flint were both paying $5,135. Regarding the most affordable cities, Midland, Ann Arbor, and Holland finished in the top 3 positions with a yearly average of $2,238 between the three of them.
Here's a look at the 50 cities scattered throughout the state in our study and their average annual auto insurance rate. Cities are ranked from cheapest to most expensive.
For more information on auto insurance in Michigan cities and towns:
|Ann Arbor||Flint||St. Clair Shores|
|Canton||Grand Rapids||Sterling Heights|
|East Lansing||Royal Oak||Ypsilanti|
The quotes we compiled were for a 2011 Toyota Camry model. Our hypothetical driver was a thirty year old single male who drove about 12,000 miles per year in his Camry, which he purchased new for commuting to work. He has clean driving records in the past 5 years and excellent credit, and he has opted for basic auto insurance coverage.
We sampled quotes from 21 auto insurance companies and averaged the sample rates to come up with an average for each city. The companies we looked included but not limited to: State Farm, Nationwide, Allstate, Chubb, Mercury, Auto-Owners, Hastings Mutual, and MEEMIC. Surveyed auto insurance costs in Michigan are for illustrative purposes only and actual quotes will vary based on your physical residence, driving history, and other factors.
Below is a table comparison between the Michigan State auto insurance requirements and limits we used for our analysis. We used a slightly higher coverage than what is required:
|Coverage Type||Michigan Minimum Limits||Analysis Limits|
|Bodily Injury|| |
$20,000 per person /
$40,000 per accident
$25,000 per person /
$50,000 per accident
|Personal Injury Protection||Required||Included|
|Uninsured /Underinsured Motorists Bodily Injury||Optional|| |
$25,000 per person /
$50,000 per accident
The Costco Auto Program’s Commitment to Privacy
Updated as of: November 30, 2016
- COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
- HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
- SHARING OF INFORMATION
- YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS, CHOICE AND ACCESS
- TARGETED ADVERTISING; HOW TO OPT OUT
- HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH YOU
- SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
- OTHER SITES
- CHANGES AND POLICY UPDATES
- CONTACT US
1. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
We may collect and process the following information:
Information You Provide to Us
We may collect “Personal Information”, which is information that identifies an individual or that can be reasonably associated with a specific person or entity, such as name, email address, telephone number, home address, geolocation, demographic information (such as ZIP code, gender and age), contact information, and information about vehicle purchases (such as a vehicle purchase agreement that you give us permission to review). The types of Personal Information we collect may vary depending on your use of the various features and programs available on the CAP Site from time to time.
We collect and store the Personal Information that you provide us, such as when you:
- Request to be referred to a participating CAP dealer to receive member pricing on a desired vehicle or to receive a discount coupon or voucher for parts and service;
- Provide other information, such as information about your vehicle preferences (e.g., vehicle make, model and/or your desired vehicle options);
- Register at the CAP Site for an OEM promotion or opt-in to receive text messages, emails or other offers or communications;
- Contact us for any reason (such as when you speak with a CAP customer service representative); or
- Provide feedback by participating in a member survey.
Information We Collect Automatically
- Usage Information: When you visit the CAP Site, we, as well as any third-party advertisers and/or service providers, may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively collect information about how various parts of the CAP Site are accessed and used (“Usage Information”), such as your browser type, device type, operating system, application version, the pages served to you, previous page views, the site from which you linked, the time and date of your visit to the CAP Site, your use of features on the CAP Site and your inquiries. This statistical data helps us understand what is interesting and relevant to users so we can best tailor our content. Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but if CAP associates it with you as a specific and identifiable person, CAP will treat it as Personal Information.
- Device Identifiers: We also automatically collect an Internet (IP) address or other unique identifier information (“Device Identifier”) for the computer, mobile device, technology or other device (collectively, “Device”) you use to access the CAP Site. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device when you access a website or its servers, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier. We may use a Device Identifier to, among other things, administer the CAP Site, help diagnose problems with our servers, analyze trends, track users’ web page movements, help identify you and your inquiries, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.
Information From Other Sources
We may receive additional information about you from other sources and may combine that information with the other information we collect or receive about you. For example, you may choose to participate in a third-party application or social media site through which you allow us to collect (or the third party to share) information about you, including Usage Information and Personal Information. We may also receive information from third-party partners and service providers, including partners and service providers that provide us information that is publicly or commercially available. We may match the information we collect about you through the CAP Site with information collected from such third parties in order to enhance our ability to serve you, to tailor our content to you and/or to offer you opportunities to purchase products or services that we believe may be of interest to you.
2. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We use the information we collect about and from you for a variety of business purposes, including:
- Using your vehicle request and ZIP code to locate a participating dealership in your area for the specific make and model requested;
- Responding to your questions and requests;
- Providing you with access to certain areas and features of the CAP Site;
- Verifying your identity (for example, we use your Costco membership number to verify your membership with Costco and to determine your level of Costco membership to verify the Costco cash card amount you may be entitled to through a promotion);
- Sending notice of changes to any policy and/or the CAP Site or research tools;
- Tailoring content, advertisements and offers we provide you;
- Providing you with market updates and other promotional information. For example, we may send you:
- Information about the participating dealership for the vehicle you requested, including, without limitation, dealership information, an overview of next steps (following your request for dealer information) and CAP benefits;
- Coupons for vehicle parts, service and/or accessories;
- Dealer or manufacturer special offers;
- Notifications to you concerning national or regional exclusive vehicle manufacturer special offers;
- Updates about manufacturer rebates and incentives that may be of interest to you based on your prior vehicle requests, industry updates and trends;
- Announcements about new CAP benefits or enhancements; or
- Other special offers or savings opportunities.
- Improving the CAP Site and for internal business purposes;
- Compiling aggregate statistics about the total number of daily visitors to the CAP Site, the pages most frequently visited and how long visitors stay at each page (this allows us to understand our customer’s needs and to develop products and services to serve those needs); and
- As otherwise described to you at the point of collection or pursuant to your consent.
3. SHARING OF INFORMATION
Except as provided below, we will not provide any of your Personal Information to third parties without your specific consent. We may share your information for purposes described at the time you provide your information or with third parties as follows:
- Participating Dealerships and Vehicle Manufacturers: We may share your information with participating dealerships and/or vehicle manufacturers so that they can provide you with special offers, promotional materials, and other materials that you request or that we think might be of interest to you. For example, we may share your name, email address, phone number and requested vehicle information (such as make, model and vehicle features) with a participating dealership to help you with the purchase of your vehicle. However, CAP is not responsible for the privacy practices of these participating dealerships and/or vehicle manufacturers, which may use your information for their own purposes.
- Costco: We share Personal Information with Costco for customer service, member tracking and satisfaction purposes, and so Costco can communicate with you about other products and services to you that you may be interested in.
- Third Parties Providing Services on Our Behalf: We may share your Personal Information with third parties that perform functions on our behalf (or on behalf of our partners) such as service providers that host or operate the CAP Site, analyze data, fulfill inquiries or provide customer service; or other third parties that participate in or administer our promotions or provide marketing or promotional assistance.
- Business Transfers: Your information, including Personal Information, may be disclosed or transferred as part of, or during negotiations of, any merger or sale of company assets or acquisition.
- Legal Disclosure: We may transfer and disclose information, including your Personal Information, Usage Information and Device Identifier, (including IP address), to third parties to comply with a legal obligation; when we believe in good faith that the law requires it; at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; to verify or enforce our applicable policies; to respond to an emergency; or otherwise to protect the rights, property, safety, or security of third parties, visitors to the CAP Site or the public.
- Non-Personal Information: We may share non-Personal Information, such as aggregate user statistics, demographic information, and Usage Information with third parties.
4. YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS, CHOICE AND ACCESS
You have a number of choices about how we handle information we collect or receive about you.
- Delete Your Information: In accordance with our routine record keeping, we may delete certain records that contain Personal Information you have submitted through the CAP Site. We are under no obligation to store such Personal Information indefinitely and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such Personal Information.
- “Do Not Track” Signals: Some web browsers may give you the ability to enable a “do not track” setting. Because these features are not yet uniform, CAP currently does not take action in response to these signals.
5. INTEREST-BASED / TARGETED ADVERTISING; HOW TO OPT OUT
CAP may use third-party network advertisers to serve advertisements and third-party analytics vendors to evaluate and provide us with information about the use of the CAP Site and viewing of our content. We do not share Personal Information with these third parties in connection with serving interest-based or targeted advertisements (unless, of course, you give us permission), but ad network providers, the advertisers, the sponsors, and/or analytics service providers may set and access their own cookies, pixel tags and similar technologies on your Device and they may otherwise collect or have access to information about you, including Usage Information. On occasion, we and our network advertisers may target advertisements for products and services in which you might be interested based on your visits to both the CAP Site and other websites. We may use a variety of companies to serve advertisements.
CAP adheres to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. If you do not want to receive the benefits of targeted advertising, you may opt out of some network advertising programs that use your information by visiting: the NAI Opt-Out Page and the DAA Opt-Out Page. Please note that even if you choose to remove your information (opt-out), you will still see advertisements while you’re browsing online, including advertisements that are relevant to the content of the webpage or application page on which they are displayed and advertisements that are relevant to your current location. However, the advertisements you see may be less relevant to you and your interests. Additionally, many network advertising programs allow you to view and manage the interest categories they have compiled from your online browsing activities. These interest categories help determine the types of targeted advertisements you may receive. The NAI Opt-Out Page and the DAA Opt-Out Page each provide a tool that identifies its member/participating companies that have cookies on your browser and provides a mechanism to opt out of receiving cookies from those companies. Please note that if you opt-out of targeted advertising, we may still track your visits to the CAP Site for our own analytics, operations and security purposes.
6. HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH YOU
We may communicate with you regarding any matter related to the Costco Auto Program via mail, via telephone or via electronic communications, including via email to the email address you provide, via text message to the mobile phone you provide, or via the CAP Site.
By providing your mobile phone number, you agree to receive text messages at that mobile phone number. To opt-out of receiving text messages, please follow the instructions in the body of the text message. Note that in order for you to receive communications via text message, you must maintain, at your own cost, a mobile device capable of sending and receiving text messages. Message and data rates may apply to each text message sent and received in connection with the Costco Auto Program. Please see your wireless provider to review your wireless plan details.
7. SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
We take information security seriously and use certain reasonable security measures to help protect your Personal Information. However, no electronic data transmission or storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use the CAP Site and provide us with your information at your own risk.
8. OTHER SITES
The CAP Site may contain links to other websites or online services that are operated and maintained by Costco or third parties, and that are not under the control of or maintained by CAP.
9. CHANGES AND POLICY UPDATES
10. CONTACT US
You’ve just purchased one metric ton of salsa, a 50-inch television set and a two-person kayak…don’t forget the car insurance!
Costco, similar to many other large corporations with any existing customer base, offers insurance products to their army of bulk purchase super-savers.
How you ask? The same way GEICO and Progressive (at least they are involved in insurance) offer homeowners insurance.
GEICO and Progressive “underwrite” auto insurance as auto insurance companies, which means they collect your insurance premiums and write the actual check if you have a covered claim.
Conversely, GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. (Geico Home Insurance) and Progressive Insurance Company (Progressive bundling) act as “any old insurance agent” and “sell” you someone else’s product when it’s not auto insurance. They get a commission, but do not collect your premium and do not pay claims.
Following suit, Costco Insurance Agency, Inc. will “sell” you someone else’s insurance product for a commission. We’ve said it a million times and we’ll say it again if you’re not familiar with our website.
Insurance is a “marketing” business. The insurance products and services available to the public are, for the most part, all relatively the same…which is why we are such proponents of the local independent agent (not captive agents).
Therefore, we must be influenced, primarily through advertising, to believe one company is better than the other.
And any company the size of Costco has a huge customer base that’s prime for the picking. You’re there once a week, you trust the name, they are nationally known…frankly we’re surprised this didn’t happen sooner.
Who Am I Actually Insured With If Not Costco?
We’re glad you asked. The answer to who actually “holds” the policy is always in the fine print…just below the insignia of the multi-billion dollar company that intends to make the commission as a “middle man” on the deal.
In this case, it’s IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company and Ameriprise Insurance Company, both located in De Pere, Wisconsin. Each company is a subsidiary of Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
That’s right, Ameriprise Financial. They are very well known for financial planning. Perhaps they didn’t want to spend the money on re-branding as an insurer, or didn’t want to water down their existing brand, which focuses on retirement and financial investments. For the record, insurance and your financial future go hand-in-hand.
Pure marketing genius on Ameriprise’s part! Did you know Ameriprise as an insurance company? Probably not. Does that matter? Not if you believe in Costco’s marketing and branding efforts.
Fair Enough. What Does Costco Offer?
You will have to speak to a representative of the company, right behind the “tobacco cage” at your local Costco.
Shocker alert. If it was an earth shattering type of insurance, they’d market it under their own name and blow our collective minds. P.S., you might be able to save up to “who knows what” by switching to them!
Costco Auto Insurance
– Discount “just” for being a Costco member in almost all cases.
– Personalized service built around your unique needs – this is seriously a bullet point of the program
– Comprehensive coverage options – we’ll assume this means they offer physical damage coverage (not just liability-only).
– Responsive insurance claims service 24/7
– You get to choose your repair facility – which verifies they offer physical damage and uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist coverage
– Available discounts include safe driving, insuring multiple vehicles (which is technically “buying in bulk”…we couldn’t help ourselves), having more than one policy and “more” – their words, not ours. You know we’d list them for you!
– 24 hour roadside assistance is available
– Lifetime renewability – Keep in mind they may renew you no matter what, but that doesn’t mean the premium will be favorable at renewal.
Costco Home Insurance
The details of this one are sketchy – there is not a lot of info readily available, so take your homeowners insurance quotes to a local independent insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage.That said, here is what they disclose:
– Home lockout assistance – they’ll pay up to $100 for up to two incidences within a 12 month period. For the record, $100 should be more than enough to get you back in your house!
– Home Glass Repair – Don’t laugh at this one. Not every homeowner’s insurance policy covers all of the glass on your home against breakage of any type. Most insurers certainly offer the option, often referred to as “unscheduled glass” coverage or simply “glass” coverage.
– The home glass repair reimbursement coverage offers up to $1000 per occurrence and is limited to two claims within any consecutive 12-month period.
– Discounts for packaging home and auto
*Costco also offers a so-called “auto and home insurance program” for its members that can apparently save you up to $531.86. However, this package deal isn’t available in AK, FL, LA, ME, ND, RI, WV, WY or Puerto Rico.
And the exclusive Costco discount isn’t available in the state of Tennessee, or on auto insurance for non-Executive members in Massachusetts.
Costco Renters Insurance
What more can we say about the importance of renters insurance.
Costco’s renters insurance is likely comparable to many other available products, but always be sure to ask about “water back-up “ coverage and make sure to get the details of exactly what types of losses you are insured against.
For the record; you will want an all risks policy.
Mexico Travel Auto Insurance
Please read up on the laws and details of auto insurance in Mexico prior to heading south of the border – an auto accident is basically considered a crime in Mexico…meaning dealing with the local “authorities” before you can be back on your way.
Costco has switched gears here and partnered with Bonita West Mexico Insurance Services, Inc., a broker, out of California for this particular product.
Bonita West, in turn, sells you a policy from MAPFRE Tepeyac, SA de CV (that is not a typo; based on our admittedly limited Spanish, is a Mexican insurance company…as in, from Mexico).
The product is pretty comprehensive and offers the following coverage:
– You can purchase a daily, all the way up to an annual, policy
– More than one option for liability and medical coverage
– Comp and collision coverage up to $60,000 – leave the Ferrari at home for goodness sake
Their full coverage plan includes collision, total theft (ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY), bodily injury and property damage liability, medical expenses, legal defense (ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY) and travel assistance.
The coverage can be purchased 24 hours per day (we’re assuming online) in case you get the “itch” to go to Mexico at an odd time.
While Costco might have the best deal out there, depending on your unique insurance profile and needs, you should consider visiting a local independent insurance agent if you are comfortable buying an insurance policy from an insurance agency.
Sticking with our mantra, if Costco/Ameriprise Financial/ Bonita West Mexico Insurance Services, Inc./ MAPFRE Tepeyac, SA de CV has the lowest price and best service, then by all means go with them.
Just remember you are foregoing multiple insurance quotes from numerous insurance companies if you don’t visit an independent agent. Period.
At the end of the day, Costco may refuse to be beat on price when it comes to giant plastic bins of cheese balls, but they may fall short in offering you the lowest price on your insurance policy, whether its home, auto, or both.