Is Safeco or Erie better for car insurance?

Safeco is a good choice for customers looking for various policy offerings, discounts on their premiums and the opportunity to bundle their insurance policies. Safeco’s parent company is Liberty Mutual, which does not publish its premiums, so Safeco was not ranked in’s overall top auto insurance companies in 2023 because its premiums are not published.

Erie insurance, on the other hand, ranked sixth on the list of the top 10 insurers included in’s list of top auto insurance providers for 2023. Erie scored 3.2 stars out of five stars and received high customer satisfaction ratings and superior renewal rates. It also had an A+ rating through AM Best for financial strength, just below AM Best’s highest A++ rating. 

Continue reading to see how Safeco and Erie compare in several areas of’s top auto insurance companies in 2023 survey.

Tip iconPros – Safeco and Erie

Safeco Pros

  • Many customers plan to renew with Safeco
  • Wide variety of policy offerings
  • Available in most states

Erie Pros

  • Excellent score from J.D. Power
  • Highly-ranked for customer renewals
  • Highly varied policy offerings

How Safeco and Erie score on customer satisfaction

Erie customers reported a high level of customer satisfaction with the auto insurance provider. A total of 96% of respondents indicated they experienced satisfaction with the level of service they received from Erie. Erie’s score was 18 percentage points higher than Safeco’s.

By comparison, only 78% of customers with Safeco indicated they experienced customer satisfaction with the company, showing the company is not doing as well as Erie in this category.

Insurance companyPercent of customers that are satisfied with the company overall

Do Safeco and Erie customers plan to renew?

The data show that more Erie customers plan to renew their policies than Safeco customers. That said, both providers have high customer ratings for renewed plans.

Insurance companyPercent of customers who plan to renew with the company

How Safeco and Erie score on policy offerings

The survey shows that both Safeco and Erie scored high for their variety of policy offerings. Although Erie has a slightly higher rating than Safeco, both providers have great policy offerings.

Insurance companyPercent of customers satisfied with the company’s policy offerings

Safeco vs. Erie: AM Best credit rating 

AM Best rates insurance companies on their financial strength. AM Best did not rank Safeco, but Erie received a superior A+ rating.

Safeco vs. Erie: J.D. Power auto claims satisfaction score

According to a 2022 U.S. J.D. Power auto claims satisfaction study, Safeco received a score of 865, which is lower than the industry average of 873. In comparison, Erie Insurance ranked well above the industry average and Safeco in the study with a score of 893. 

FAQ: Safeco vs. Erie

Can I buy Safeco car insurance online?

You can get a quote online with Safeco or call 1-800-332-3226 to talk to a representative. You can also get an online quote for your home, small business or motorcycle.

Can I buy Erie car insurance online?

You can provide details about yourself, your vehicles and the drivers in your household to get a free insurance quote online from Erie or call 800-458-0811.

Who should get Safeco car insurance?

Safeco’s customers highly recommend the company to family and friends, so it’s a good company for anyone who wants a variety of policy offerings and opportunities to bundle policies.

Who should get Erie car insurance?

Erie is best for customers prioritizing a high auto claims satisfaction score, high customer satisfaction rankings and competitive rates. But, it’s not available in every state.

What other types of insurance does Safeco offer?

Safeco also offers:

  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Condo
  • Landlord
  • Home warranty
  • Umbrella
  • Pet
  • Identity recovery
  • Commercial insurance
  • Boat and watercraft

What other types of insurance does Erie offer?

Erie also offers:

  • Home
  • Renters
  • Condo
  • Mobile home
  • Personal valuables
  • Flood
  • Life
  • Business

Resources & Methodology


J.D. Power. “Insurers Struggle to Manage Expectations in Auto Claims Process as Repair Times Increase, J.D. Power Finds.” Accessed March 2023.

Methodology, which is’s sister site in the fall of 2022 surveyed more than 1,500 insurance consumers (1,080 people with auto insurance). Online market research company Slice MR conducted the survey. 

Respondents were asked to name their auto insurer and 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 ranked their insurer’s top three attributes out of more than a dozen presented – including claims satisfaction, digital experience, discounts, military discounts, best for young drivers and teens, best for college students, best for senior drivers, best for drivers with a ticket, best for high-risk drivers and best for auto/home bundling.

For a number one choice, five points were given; for a second choice, three points; and for a third choice, a single point. The total points for each choice – first, second and third – were then divided by the number of each company’s customers who responded to that survey question to create a percentage. Those percentages are presented in the results as survey scores.

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 it. 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 National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ complaint data, which ranks a company by the number of customer complaints it receives, and A.M. Best data, which measures financial strength. 

They 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 total score
  • AM Best: 25% of total score
  • NAIC: 15% of total score

Each insurer was awarded from 1 to 5 stars. No insurer in our star ranking received less than 1 star and 5 stars was the most any insurer could receive.

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