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3.0 ratings
Claims Processing
3.0 ratings
Customer Service
3.0 ratings
Value for Price
3.0 ratings
Website and Apps
3.0 ratings
% Who Would Recommend to a Friend
% Who Plan to Renew
AM Best Financial Strength Ratings info-icon info-icon July 01, 2021



A.M. Best's Financial Strength Rating is an independent opinion of an insurer's financial strength and ability to meet its ongoing insurance policy and contract obligations.

A.M. Best's rating is NOT used to calculate the overall score but it is important information to consider when choosing an insurance company.

Reasons for Buying

Customers of Mercury originally decided to purchase from the company for these reasons:
  • 23% Offered best price
  • 16% Recommended by friend or family member
  • 15% Reputation
  • 15% Saw online ad
  • 14% Saw TV commercial
  • 8% Financial strength rating
  • 7% I had other insurance with this company
  • 1% The company website and mobile apps are easy to use and helpful
  • 1% Was the company my parents had

How likely to recommend?

  • 50%I would definitely recommend this company
  • 25%I would probably recommend this company
  • 17%Neutral
  • 7%I would probably not recommend this company
  • 1%I would not recommend this company

Would you renew?

  • 92% Yes
  • 8% No

Ratings on Website & Apps

  • Fairly satisfied / Fulfills my needs OK 34%
  • Completely satisfied / Outstanding website & apps that give me what I need and more 26%
  • Very unsatisfied / digital offering is severely lacking 15%
  • Average website and apps 15%
  • Unsatisfied / website and/or apps are not fulfilling my needs 8%

How do you prefer to deal with insurer and policy?

  • Phone 36%
  • In person 27%
  • Email 19%
  • Interactive website 13%
  • Mobile App 5%
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Customer Complaint Ratio

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( Mercury’s customer complaint ratio for Private Passenger Auto insurance is 1.10 )
0 1 3 10+
Lower number is better
0 to 1.00
1.01 to 3.00
3.01 and above

About Mercury

Types of auto coverage

  • Personal and Business Auto

Additional policies offered

  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Condo/Townhouse
  • Business Insurance
  • Umbrella

Best Auto Insurance Companies 2021: How Mercury measures up

Mercury earned an InsureScore of three out of five stars in our annual review of Best Auto Insurance Companies. They got three-star ratings across the board in claims, price, customer service and website & app. 

When we asked Mercury customers if they would recommend the company to others, 75% said yes and 92% said they planned to renew their plan.

Gauging an insurance company

Before buying with a company it is wise to check on a company's financial strength and complaint record. The A.M. Best rating listed above gives you an idea of Mercury's financial strength to pay claims. A complaint ratio can be found on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) site. The median complaint ratio from the NAIC is always 1.00. This means half of the insurers have a complaint ratio of under 1.00 and half have a ratio above. Basically, numbers lower than 1.00 are better with fewer complaints than the median and a number higher than 1.00 has more complaints than the median.

Company Background

All drivers are not created equal

In the 1950s, everyone paid the same rate for auto insurance regardless of age or driving record. George Joseph thought there was a better way to provide insurance and raised $2 million to start his own company. Mercury General sold its first automobile policy in April 1962.

Throughout the '60s and '70s, the company expanded, opening offices throughout California. By the mid-1980s, Mercury had become the largest independent agency writer of private passenger auto insurance in California.

In 1989, it began selling outside of California -- in Georgia and Illinois. Today, it sells auto and home insurance through a network of independent agents and brokers in 11 states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.  Mercury is the 14th-largest private passenger auto insurance provider in the nation.

Consider Mercury for no-frills and low rates

The company’s commercials state, “Working hard to keep rates low.” Not only does that mean rewarding the best driving habits and records, but it also means that Mercury works to keep its overhead low. The company’s site is straight-forward without a lot of resources or diversions, and claims are submitted over the phone, but that doesn’t mean they are stuck in the past. Like many insurers, they are available 24/7 and offer a smartphone app in order to access your policy information on the go.  Mercury may not be as fancy as some insurers, but the idea is that those savings will be reflected in your rate.

Contact information

Corporate Headquarters

4484 Wilshire Boulevard

 Los Angeles, CA 90010 

Customer service and claims: 1-800-503-3724

Coverage Options
Usage-based/Telematics Icon
Rates can be based on your mileage and how you drive.
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Mobile app
The insurer offers an app for smartphones.
Multi-policy Icon
Discount for more than one type of policy with the same insurance provider.
Multi-vehicle Icon
Discount for two or more vehicles on the same car insurance policy.
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Academic achievement
Discount for full-time students who meet certain academic criteria.
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Passive -restraint (air bag)
Discount for factory-installed safety devices such as an air bag.
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Safe driver/clean driving record/good driver
Discount for no accidents or traffic violations, usually for three or five years.

In which states Mercury is available?

States in which Mercury is available
New Jersey
New York

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