No, Auto-Owners does not offer rideshare insurance. If you are a current Auto-Owners customer and want rideshare coverage, you can purchase a separate commercial policy, or you can switch to a company that offers rideshare insurance.
Unlike Auto-Owners, insurers such as State Farm and Allstate offer rideshare insurance endorsements that you can add to a personal car insurance policy. Then, if you stop driving with a rideshare company, you can simply cancel the endorsement. Rideshare endorsements are an inexpensive way to supplement the coverage offered by Uber and Lyft, typically increasing a driver’s premium by about 15% - 20%. Alternatively, Geico offers a hybrid policy that covers both personal and rideshare driving with a single premium.
Rideshare insurance is not available in every state, though. In states where rideshare insurance is not available, drivers should consider a commercial policy instead. Drivers who need rideshare coverage but want to get their personal coverage from Auto-Owners can also take advantage of commercial policy options. The downside is that commercial policies are more expensive, averaging $1,200 to $2,400 annually.
For customers with a personal auto policy, the additional costs quoted by companies like Farmers and Erie for rideshare insurance are usually from $6 to $25 per month. Allstate offers its rideshare coverage for only $15 to $20 per year.
Rideshare insurance costs less than many drivers would think, making it well worth the price. However, prices vary and it’s important to look carefully at what each company covers. Costs often vary because companies structure this relatively new type of policy in very different ways.… read full answer
How Rideshare Insurance Works
Rideshare coverage is based on four periods of activity. In Period 0, you are driving your car for personal use. In Period 1, you have turned on your ridesharing app and are waiting for a ride request. Period 2 covers your drive to the location where you will pick up your passengers. Period 3 covers the time when passengers are in your car. The major rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft provide their drivers with coverage whenever their app is on (Periods 1-3). However, the coverage is minimal in Period 1.
Insurance companies are developing rideshare policies to fill in the gaps between your personal coverage and your rideshare company’s coverage. They fill the gaps differently.
Rideshare Insurance Coverage by Company & Situation
Most other companies that offer rideshare insurance cover Period 1 only. State Farm is one of the few that enables you to increase your coverage for all three ridesharing periods. Their policy also allows you to bypass the insurance company hired by your rideshare company if you have a claim. There have been many complaints about the customer claims service from these insurers.
Allstate’s Period 2 and 3 coverage doesn’t increase your coverage types or limits, but it does help with the high deductibles in your Uber or Lyft coverage. Uber’s insurance comes with a $1,000 deductible. Lyft’s is even higher—$2,500. If you get into an accident during periods 2 or 3, Allstate pays you the difference between these deductibles and those on your personal auto policy. So, if your personal deductible is $500, Allstate will give you $500 if you drive for Uber or $2,000 if you drive for Lyft to help pay your bills.
You must have your personal auto and rideshare insurance with the same insurer. Rideshare is add-on coverage, not a stand-alone policy. If you like your current auto insurance company and their rideshare insurance seems reasonable and gives you a comfortable level of coverage, buy from them. If you’re not satisfied with what you’re offered, consider switching companies. Comparison shop for the best overall deal—personal and ridesharing—that you can get.
Yes, Auto Owners prorates refunds for cancelling mid-policy, with no cancellation fees assessed. Customers who have already paid for their auto policy premium upfront and in full are usually eligible for a refund for any unused days left in the policy period.
Commercial auto insurance for Uber drivers can cost $1,200 to $2,400 or more per year. A cheaper alternative is rideshare insurance, for $10 to $350 per year, depending on your location and insurer. Rideshare coverage is a specialized kind of insurance that bridges the gap between your personal auto policy and the coverage that Uber and other rideshare companies provide for drivers.… read full answer
Your personal auto insurance is unlikely to cover accidents you’re involved in while driving for Uber. Your insurer can even cancel your policy if you haven’t disclosed that you use your car for business. You should inform your insurance company of your plans before you begin driving for Uber and find out what you need to do to keep your personal policy valid.
Uber provides its drivers with some level of commercial insurance whenever their app is on. When you’ve accepted a ride request and while you’re carrying passengers, you are under Uber’s full insurance coverage. This includes $1 million in liability coverage as well as uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. It also includes comprehensive and collision coverage, if you carry comprehensive and collision on your personal policy.
However, Uber’s coverage is minimal while you’re waiting for a request. During wait times, you’re covered by liability insurance only, and it’s limited to $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage per accident.
Rideshare insurance offers the additional coverage you really should have to protect your car, yourself and your savings from anything that could happen as you’re waiting for ride requests. Almost all of the major carriers offer rideshare insurance, but some states, like Michigan, don’t recognize it yet. If it isn’t available to you, you may have to buy more expensive full commercial auto insurance to be sure you’re adequately protected at all times.
WalletHub Answers is a free service that helps consumers access financial information. Information on WalletHub Answers is provided “as is” and should not be considered financial, legal or investment advice. WalletHub is not a financial advisor, law firm, “lawyer referral service,” or a substitute for a financial advisor, attorney, or law firm. You may want to hire a professional before making any decision. WalletHub does not endorse any particular contributors and cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of any information posted. The helpfulness of a financial advisor's answer is not indicative of future advisor performance.
WalletHub members have a wealth of knowledge to share, and we encourage everyone to do so while respecting our content guidelines. This question was posted by WalletHub. Please keep in mind that editorial and user-generated content on this page is not reviewed or otherwise endorsed by any financial institution. In addition, it is not a financial institution’s responsibility to ensure all posts and questions are answered.
Ad Disclosure: Certain offers that appear on this site originate from paying advertisers, and this will be noted on an offer’s details page using the designation "Sponsored", where applicable. Advertising may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). At WalletHub we try to present a wide array of offers, but our offers do not represent all financial services companies or products.