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User Ratings
OptionsThe General The Hartford
208 reviews
29,516 reviews
U.S Auto Insurance Shopping Study (2018)
OptionsThe General The Hartford
Call Center Representative--About average
Insurer Website--Better than most
Overall Satisfaction--Better than most
Policy Offerings--Better than most
Pricing--Better than most
U.S Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Study (2018)
OptionsThe General The Hartford
Claim Servicing--Better than most
Estimation Process--Better than most
First Notice of Loss (FNOL)--Better than most
Overall Satisfaction--Better than most
Rental Experience--The rest
Repair Process--Among the best
Settlement--Better than most
J.D. Power Ratings by Region (out of 1000)
RegionThe General The Hartford
California--835 pt
Better than most
Florida--806 pt
The rest
Mid-Atlantic--839 pt
About average
North Central--838 pt
Better than most
Northwest--832 pt
Better than most
Southwest--838 pt
Among the best
Mobile App Ratings
RegionThe General The Hartford
376 Reviews
47 Reviews
Financial Ratings
OptionsThe General The Hartford
A.M. Best--A+
Standard & Poor's--A+

Auto Insurance Quotes

For Married Drivers

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$76

For Single Drivers

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$143

For Male Drivers

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$138

For Female Drivers

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$81

For Drivers with Speeding Ticket

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$213

For Drivers with No Speeding Ticket

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$87

For Drivers Age Between 18-40

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$165

For Drivers Age Between 40-65

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$68

For Drivers Age of 65+

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$56

For Drivers with Average Credit

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$97

For Drivers with Fair Credit

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$81

For Drivers with Good Credit

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$83

For Drivers with Excellent Credit

CityThe General The Hartford
Santa Monica--$176

Quotes & Discounts

Discount typeThe General The Hartford
Defensive DriverUp to 10%Up to 5%
Anti-Theft DeviceVariesUp to 15%
Anti-lock BrakeVaries--
Continuous CoverageVaries--
Current insuranceVaries--
Driving trainingVariesVaries
Electronic Stability ControlVaries--
Good CreditVaries--
Good DriverVaries--
Good StudentVariesUp to 15%
Home OwnerVaries--
Motor clubVaries--
Multiple VehicleVaries--
No lapse in coverageVaries--
Paid in fullVariesVaries
Passive RestraintVariesUp to 3%
Preferred paymentVaries--
Prior carrierVaries--
Starting your auto quote onlineVaries--
Multiple Policy--Up to 20%
teenSMART--Up to 10%

Payment Methods

Discount typeThe General The Hartford
Automatic Online Payment
Bank Payment/Direct Deposit --yes
Cash Payment
Credit Card Payment yesyes
Debit Card Payments yesyes
Electronic Check
Mail Payment
Mobile App Payments
Multi-Payment Installment Plans
Online Payment
Pay Through Your Agent
Person 2 Person Payment yes--
Phone Payment

Features and Services

Features and ServicesThe General The Hartford
24/7 serviceyesyes
Accident forgiveness--yes
Flexible / convenient paymentsyes--
Low prices for high risk driversyes--
Mobile appyesyes
Online account managementyesyes
Roadside assistanceyesyes

Optional Coverages

Optional CoveragesThe General The Hartford
Accident Forgiveness
Antique or Collector Car Insurance
Comprehensive Claim Forgiveness
Emergency Assistance Coverage
Glass Coverage --yes
New Car Replacement Coverage
Rental Reimbursement
Roadside Assistance
SR-22 Coverage
Umbrella Policy
Vanishing Deductible

Insurance by State

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Compare Insurance Products

ProductThe General The Hartford
Car InsuranceCar Insuranceyesyes
Boat InsuranceBoat Insurance--yes
Business InsuranceBusiness Insurance--yes
Flood InsuranceFlood Insurance--yes
Home InsuranceHome Insurance--yes
Life InsuranceLife Insuranceyesyes

User Reviews

  • The General Reviews
  • The Hartford Reviews
5 Stars
25 %
4 Stars
11 %
3 Stars
20 %
2 Stars
7 %
1 Star
37 %

Most Positive Review

By John
They have always been helpful and courteous. Very professional and timely.

Most Critical Review

By Carolyn
Terrible company raised my premium to an awful rate. More than my car payment. Customer service awful..

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Monica Conner
Very easy to sign up Monthly rates were very fair When everyone else turned me down Too much of a risk with a couple of speeding tickets and an sr 22 All online very convenient Thank you To the General insurance
Steve Thomas
Fast easy service ,with excellent price
virginia mork
insurify was able to get affordable insurance instead of calling each insurance co. at a time which saved me a lot of time. thanks Insurify
This place is horrible you better hope you don’t get into an accident even if it isn’t your fault. I was with this place for a year and they are disgusting their adjusters and appraisers are ridiculous. Look on consumer affairs the list is so long for one star reviews if you’re in a place like Nashville where there are horrible reviews go with progressive or geico because these people aren’t worth your money.
Dont do anything through this company. They dont answer and they give vague answers. I been chasing my claim for over 2 weeks and they have not issued a rental. My car was said to be a total lost and they have put no effort in to make sure im safe on the road. This has a few adjusters that are rude and really dont care what you got going on. I been missing work because of this now whos gonna make up for the missed money.
Tanner Mckinney
I HATE The General Insurance- Horrible company- Terrible Customer Service. The worst choice for auto insurance. They charged me over $200 to reinstate my service and then charged me $200 4 (FOUR!) days later for the next months service. When began, last year I was quoted at $119 per month, but that was a lie. It immediately shot up to over $150. I have spent hours on hold trying to find a reason for my rate increase- spoiler alert, they dont know...They're customer service hotline is useless. They will straight-lie-to-your face because they have no idea whats going on in their own company. Full of criminals. They charge $10 to pay online???!!! If I ever meet Shaq, I will tell him to his face- THE GENERAL is CRIMINAL.
Natalie Jackson
Thomas Carpenter
To all considering going with the general for your auto insurance, and even those that have The General. Jump ship!! They are great if you just need to have insurance to be legal but if and when it comes time to use the coverage you will be sorely disappointed with them. My truck was hit while parked in the parking lot of a store, the person who hit me did not leave any information and I came to my truck to find the entire front right fender, right side of the bumper, right headlight, the cab and door and right side of the front part of the bed damaged, along with a large gouge in my front right tire. When driving the truck I noticed that my alignment was no longer true and was out of whack and the steering wheel slightly cocked to the right and pulling right. When I filed the claim everything was going smoothly I thought, "cool there wont be any issues," as I do pay for uninsured motorist coverage.. well I couldn't have been anymore wrong. When it came time to get the estimate the insurance adjuster told me to go to the link they will email me and that they will assess the damages and give me a quote, also said that I can go to any shop and get one in person. Well now looking back I would NOT have had them do it on the link they sent with just looking at pictures of my truck. They appraised the damages at 904.56!!! There is absolutely no way all that could be that cheap let alone under a thousand dollars. When I took it to two different shops, because by law that is your right, to have the repairs done at any creditable body shop, one appraised it at $4,102 and the other at $3,992. I sent them over the lower of the two and they were not going for it. Mind you the lady I spoke with for my claim, Cassandra, said that they are expecting the damages to be more than what the estimated and that when the shop sends over the info that they will submit a supplemental payment to cover it. Well that did not go that way at all. They turned down the estimate and fought with the body shop and told them that they need to call salvage yards like LKQ for parts and at the last resort to use OE. Well it was three weeks and one day for my truck in the shop before I got it back just today. I had to pay for my $250 deductible (of course) but on top of that since they refused to use LKQ parts and got OE I had to pay half of the cost of the front bumper and skin an additional $438.85 also the refused to replace the head lamp with a black bezel even though that is what the other side is so I got it back with only one headlamp. I got online and had to purchase my headlights myself for another $235. The body shop I took it to tried everything they could do to try and get The General to budge but they started not replying to their emails. The store manager of Bluebonnet Collision reached out to the corporate headquarters and now because of their dealings with The General on my claim the entire Bluebonnet Collision as a whole is no longer accepting any claims from people who cary The General auto insurance. So as I said before, jump ship now before you have to actually use the coverage you have been paying for, or if you are considering The General for a new insurance DON'T DO IT!!
Daniel White
They are so easy to use and are cheaper than anyone else out there.
Deetra Cooper
I just recently got the policy I had insurance with them before and it was not a good experience but I believe in second chances will see how it goes
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