Best car insurance for AARP members and senior drivers
Although The Hartford offers great car insurance coverage for all demographics, its partnership with the AARP highlights a specialty in selling insurance to senior drivers. This dedication earned them the ranking of Best Car Insurance for AARP Members and Senior Drivers in our 2021 review of the Best Car Insurance Companies.
As people become senior drivers, they are often seen as a higher risk for accidents and therefore, claims. To help offset the increased risk and increased rates, The Hartford offers discounts to drivers who take a defensive driving course.
RecoverCare is another program that while offered to any demographics, is especially beneficial to senior drivers. If a customer is injured in a covered automobile accident, RecoverCare helps to pay for important things a customer cannot do due to the accident. This could be anything from lawn care to food preparation.
The Hartford customers enjoy competitive rates and report that they are satisfied with great customer service, easy billing and payments and a responsive claims process.
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 The Hartford’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.
The Hartford Financial Services Group, commonly known as The Hartford, began as a fire insurance company back in 1810, and in 1913, began to provide a number of insurance coverage options, including accident, automobile liability and property damage. The Hartford logo is a stag and serves as reminder what the company, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2010, stands for – strength and stability.
In 2016, the Fortune 100 company released its own smartphone app, joining the ranks of the largest auto insurance carriers and staying current when identifying and processing consumer needs and trends.
The Hartford is the contracted insurer for members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which means that members not only have access to discounted rates, but also a few key features that add to the value of membership. Policyholding members enjoy the following benefits:
12-month rate guarantee: Rates are guaranteed not to change for 12 months, which can be a benefit if you’re used to a company might raises rates every six months.
RecoverCare – This is designed to help AARP members who need some assistance when recovering from an accident. It provides a $2,500 benefit to pay for necessary aid up to six months after an accident.
Lifetime policy renewal – AARP advertises that a member’s auto policy will never be canceled, and while that’s a valid perk for most members, there are exceptions to every rule. Consistently paying late, losing a license, convicted of driving under the influence, deemed not able to drive by a doctor or living in a state requiring elderly drivers to re-test for licenses will not make you eligible for policy revocation.
The complaint data is gathered from the NAIC Complaint Index, which collects complaint information from state insurance regulators and then compares a company’s performance to other companies in the same insurance market. The national average is always calculated to be 1.00; those above 1.00 are worse than the national average and those below are better (have less complaints) than the national average. Read more at the NAIC website.
Note: Many companies have a variety of subsidiaries listed with the NAIC, the one rated here may be different than the one that writes your policy. Check with your company/agent for specific information.