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Our recommendation: Nationwide vs. Farmers: Which is better?

Nationwide offers cheaper rates than Farmers. But drivers with Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana and Massachusetts won’t be able to buy car insurance policies from Nationwide. 

In contrast, Farmers works with drivers in every state. Although the company tends to have higher premiums than Nationwide, a significant number of Farmers customers are happy to recommend the experience. If you want a more personalized touch, Farmers could be a good fit. Read more about these two companies and their insurance offerings below.

Rating comparison for Nationwide vs. Farmers car insurance

Drivers looking for cheaper rates might find what they are looking for through Nationwide. But if you want a more personalized experience, Farmers could be the right fit. While Nationwide earned a higher NAIC rating, both companies have the same AM Best score.

The table below offers more insight into how these two insurance companies stack up against each other. Note that numerical ratings are on a scale of 0-5 with 5 being the highest possible score.

Insure.com overall ratingNationwideFarmers
Best for:PremiumsCustomer recommendations
Average premium rating4.761.76
Customer satisfaction rating4.064.12
NAIC rating4.303.50
AM Best rating4.334.33
State availabilityAL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, ID, IN, KS, MD, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI and WVAL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and WY

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Pros and cons

Every insurance company has advantages and disadvantages. Below is a closer look at the pros and cons to consider with these companies. 

NationwideFarmers
ProsPros
Cheap rates for most driversAverage rates for most drivers
Wide range of insurance productsHighly recommended by customers
ConsCons
Lower customer satisfaction rateExpensive
Doesn’t sell auto insurance policies in all statesDoesn’t sell auto insurance policies in all states

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Which provides the cheapest car insurance rates?

Nationwide offers cheaper rates than Farmers for state minimum, liability only (limits of 50/100/50) and full coverage car insurance (with limits of 100/300/100). For example, the average annual cost of a full-coverage policy with Nationwide is $1,548. But with Farmers, the average annual cost is $2,387. 

The table below highlights the average costs of different policy levels for each company. Liability-only indicates higher than state minimum coverage limits of 50/100/50.

CoverageNationwide annual  rateFarmers annual rate
Average full coverage cost$1,548$2,387
Average state minimum cost$532$701
Average liability only (50/100/50) cost$651$991

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Car insurance rates by age and gender

Nationwide offers average rates lower than Farmers for every age group and gender. But the difference in rates is especially pronounced for teen drivers. 

Teen males pay an average annual rate of $5,685 with Nationwide. But with Farmers, male teen drivers pay $3,000 more with a rate of $8,668 annually.

In general, women tend to enjoy lower car insurance rates than men across all age groups. But the gap shrinks as you age. The table below illustrates how different age groups and genders can expect different rates across both companies. 

Age groupNationwide annual rateFarmers annual rate
Teens 16-19 (females)$4,885$8,024
Teens 16-19 (males)$5,685$8,668
Young adults 20-24 (females)$2,438$3,481
Young adults 20-24 (males)$2,674$3,725
Adults 25-60 (females)$1,520$2,320
Adults 25-60 (males)$1,545$2,351
Seniors 65-75 (females)$1,419$2,228
Seniors 65-75 (males)$1,493$2,351

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Rates by credit score

Drivers with good credit scores often pay less for insurance than drivers with poor credit scores. That trend holds true with both Farmers and Nationwide, but Farmers penalizes drivers significantly for poor credit.

The difference is most noticeable for drivers with poor credit. For example, poor credit drivers with Nationwide pay an average annual rate of $2,259. In contrast, poor credit drivers with Farmers pay an annual average of $4,790. 

The table below highlights how average rates vary by credit score at Farmers and Geico. 

Credit typeNationwide annual rateFarmers annual rate
Good credit$1,548$2,387
Fair credit$1,792$2,914
Poor credit$2,259$4,790

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Rates for different violations

When it comes to getting a good car insurance rate, maintaining a clean driving record is critical. If you receive a moving violation, that tends to drive your car insurance costs higher. Nationwide has cheaper rates for driving violations in every single category than Farmers.

“High-risk behaviors such as speeding, driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) and at-fault accidents typically lead to higher premiums,” says John Crist, founder of Prestizia Insurance. 

The table below shows how a violation can push average rates higher at each insurer. However, the impact of a violation varies based on the insurer. 

ViolationNationwide annual rateFarmers annual rate
1 at-fault accident$2,564 $3,992 
2 at-fault accidents$3,550 $5,932 
2 speeding tickets 11 mph or over$2,667 $3,740 
Careless driving$2,203 $4,506 
Distracted driving ticket$2,203 $3,270 
Driving without a license or permit$2,078 $3,186 
Driving without insurance$2,063 $2,917 
DUI/DWI first offense$3,627 $5,059 
DUI/DWI second offense$4,864 $7,741 
Failure to stop$2,114 $3,184 
Failure to yield$2,114 $3,184 
Following too closely$2,124 $3,201 
Hit and run$3,305 $5,066 
Improper turn$2,114 $3,194 
Improper/illegal pass$2,124 $3,161 
Operating a vehicle in a race (highway racing)$3,388 $5,100 
Passing stopped school bus$2,179 $3,216 
Reckless driving$3,221 $5,016 
Seatbelt infraction$1,943 $3,070 
Single vehicle accident (one car)$2,537 $3,914 
Speeding ticket$2,347 $3,338 
Talking on cellphone ticket$2,114 $3,178 
Texting ticket$2,114 $3,178 
1 comprehensive claim$1,548 $2,630 
2 comprehensive claims$1,548 $2,990 
SR-22 filing only$1,573 $2,944 
SR-22 with 1 DUI$3,272 $6,104 

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Customer satisfaction comparison

Farmers customers are more satisfied than Nationwide customers. Farmers earned a higher survey score of 84% satisfied customers compared to Nationwide’s 77% satisfied customers out of more than 1,750 insurance consumers surveyed in the fall of 2023. 

CompanyPercentage of satisfied customers
Nationwide77%
Farmers84%

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Car insurance discount availability comparison

Drivers looking to save more can find a range of discounts available through both Nationwide and Farmers. As you shop around, don’t forget to see if you qualify for a discount. 

The table below highlights the different discounts you can expect to find with each company. 

Discount typeNationwideFarmers
Safe driver/good driverYY
Safety featuresYY
Multi-policy/bundlingYY
Low mileageYN
Young driver/teen driverYY
Paid-in-full discountYY
Green discount/hybrid/electric carNCA only
Advance quote/advance purchaseYN
New car discountYN
StudentYY
Driver courseYY
Anti-theft deviceYY
Electronic payments/automatic paymentsYY
MilitaryYY

Nationwide vs. Farmers: Additional insurance availability comparison

Nationwide and Farmers are both major insurance companies, which means they each offer a range of other insurance products. For example, both companies also offer homeowners insurance, renters insurance and boat insurance. If you choose to purchase multiple policies through the same insurer, you might be able to score a bundling discount. 

You can find a breakdown of which other policy types this company offers in the table below. 

Additional insurance typeNationwideFarmers
Motorcycle insuranceYY
ATV and off-road vehicleYY
RV insuranceYY
Boat/watercraftYY
UmbrellaYY
LifeYY
HomeownersYY
CondoYY
RentersYY
Mobile/manufactured homeNY
High-value homeYY
FloodYY
Rental dwelling/landlord coverageYY
LifeNY
Vacation homesYY
Vacant homesNY

Resources & Methodology

Sources:

Insurance Information Institute. “What determines the price of an auto insurance policy?” Accessed April 2024. 

Methodology

Insure.com in the fall of 2023 surveyed more than 1,750 insurance consumers (1,459 people with auto insurance). Online market research company Slice MR conducted the survey. Respondents were asked to name their auto insurer and then grade it in the following categories – customer satisfaction, ease of service and policy offerings. The percentage of respondents who said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their insurer is presented in the results.

Respondents were then asked to pick their insurer’s top three attributes out of more than a dozen presented – trustworthiness, claims satisfaction, digital experience, discounts and best for auto/home bundling. The responses for each attribute were totaled and then divided by the number of each company’s customers who responded to that survey question to create a percentage. 

Respondents were then asked if they would recommend their auto insurer to someone else and whether they would renew with their company. The percentage who said yes is presented in the results.

Finally, respondents were given the statement “I trust my insurance company” and asked if they strongly agreed, agreed, disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement. The percentage of those who said they agreed or strongly agreed is presented in the results.

The editors compiled the survey results and then selected – based on the number of survey responses – the top companies for further evaluation. 

They then collected AM Best data, which measures financial strength, and National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ complaint data, which ranks a company by the number of customer complaints it receives. The Insure.com team identified the NAIC company code or codes that were the primary underwriting companies for each carrier and line of business using total annual premiums. The associated NAIC complaint index score was used in the calculations. If more than one underwriting company was identified for a line, the editors used a weighted average of the NAIC complaint index scores.

In addition, we also created star rankings for each company. Respondents were asked to pick their insurer’s top three attributes out of the more than the dozen presented, again including customer satisfaction and policy offerings. The number of responses for each attribute was totaled and then divided by the number of each company’s customers who responded to that survey question to create the star ranking. 

The editors also collected insurance rate data from Quadrant Information Services.

With the help of Prof. David Marlett, Ph.D., Managing Director of the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University, the editors created a rating system to determine which insurance companies were best in each sector. For auto insurers, we took the following and gave each a weight.

  • Survey: 40% of the total score (10% customer satisfaction, 10% recommended, 10% renewal rate and 10% claims handling)
  • Annual premium: 20% of the total score
  • AM Best: 25% of the total score
  • NAIC: 15% of the total score

Each insurer was awarded from half a star to 5 stars. No insurer in our star ranking received less than half a star and 5 stars was the most any insurer could receive.

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Sarah Sharkey
Contributing Researcher

 
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Sarah Sharkey is a personal finance writer with a master’s degree in management from the Hough School of Business at the University of Florida. She enjoys helping readers find money solutions that work. She has written for numerous personal-finance publications including Money Under 30 and The College Investor.