Kemper is an average insurance company overall, earning a 2.2/5 rating from WalletHub and solid ratings from organizations such as J.D. Power and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Kemper is known for its unique auto coverage options, but the company also offers insurance policies for your home, health and more.
As an auto insurance provider, Kemper is a good option for drivers with both flawless and less-than-perfect driving records who are looking for more varied coverage choices and discounts than the average car insurance company provides. However, drivers who require more attentive customer service may want to shop elsewhere, as Kemper has received more complaints about its customer service practices than its industry peers.
Kemper Insurance Reviews and Ratings
- Reviews on WalletHub: 1.9/5
- J.D. Power: 3.9/5
- NAIC: 6.59
- BBB: A+
- A.M. Best: A-
- S&P: BBB
- Moody’s: Baa3
Kemper is in good shape when it comes to financial strength. The company received an A- rating from A.M. Best, a nationally recognized credit rating agency for the insurance company, and above-average ratings from S&P and Moody’s.
However, customer service from Kemper is a mixed bag of positive and negative experiences. Plus, Kemper’s NAIC score is 6.59, which means it has received more than three times the number of complaints as its industry peers. Most of those complaints are about delays in communication and claims payments. The high number of customer complaints, plus the fact that Kemper doesn’t have a 24/7 support line, caused the company to lose quite a few points in this category.
Category Rating: 5/30
Sample Kemper Car Insurance Quotes
|Driver Profile||Average Quote|
|18-Year-Old||$180 / month|
|21-Year-Old||$115 / month|
|45-Year-Old||$72 / month|
|45-Year-Old with a Speeding Ticket||$96 / month|
|45-Year-Old with a DUI||$160 / month|
|55-Year-Old||$72 / month|
|65-Year-Old||$67 / month|
Kemper’s premiums are pretty steep compared to some of its top competitors’ rates, though it’s not the most expensive auto insurance provider out there. Kemper received a score of 10/30 in the cost portion of this review, as its premiums rank in the third quartile among the cheapest major car insurance companies that WalletHub evaluated. Learn more about WalletHub’s Methodology.
Category Rating: 10/30
Types of Kemper Insurance Policies
- Auto insurance
- Business insurance
- Commercial auto insurance
- Commercial property insurance
- Homeowners insurance
- Flood insurance
- Boat insurance
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Motorcycle insurance
- Renters insurance
- Personal valuable insurance
- Professional liability insurance
- Umbrella insurance
Kemper received a low score in this category because its list of insurance options is pretty short compared to what its top competitors offer. Fortunately, there are still discounts for bundling policies, among other savings opportunities.
With that being said, let’s delve deeper into what Kemper has to offer as an auto insurance provider. Kemper auto insurance offers all the major coverage options you need to stay protected on the road: bodily injury liability, property damage liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist, collision, and comprehensive. There are several supplemental coverage options available, too.
Supplemental Kemper Insurance Coverage Options:
- Emergency Road Service: Covers the cost of roadside emergencies such as towing, fuel delivery, tire repairs, jump-starts, and lock out services.
- Rental Reimbursement: Covers the cost of a rental car if your vehicle is in the repair shop due to an accident, up to $30 per day with a $600 maximum benefit on covered losses.
- Accident Forgiveness: Protects you from a premium increase after your first at-fault accident.
- Trip Interruption: Pays up to $600 for lodging/transportation expenses if you break down or are involved in an accident more than 100 miles from home.
- Enhanced Car Seat Replacement: Pays for the replacement cost of a child’s car seat if it is damaged in a car accident (car seats can generally cost anywhere from $50 to $600).
- Dependent Protection: Covers up to $1,000 in daycare costs if you can’t look after your children after an accident. This coverage option also provides a $10,000 death benefit if an accident results in fatality.
- Pet Protection: Covers up to $2,000 in medical expenses for your pet if they are injured in an accident.
Drivers should only choose extra coverage options that they realistically need, so they don’t end up paying more than they should for the right amount of protection. Every car insurance shopper should aim to get the best coverage for the lowest price.
Specialty Types of Kemper Car Insurance Policies:
- Commercial Auto Insurance for individuals/companies looking to protect their business vehicles. Commercial policies are only available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
- Boat Insurance for those who need liability coverage for their vessels and any related equipment or accessories.
The details and availability of these extra coverage options vary by state.
Category Rating: 5/5
Kemper Insurance Discounts
- Advance quote discount
- Multi-vehicle discount
- Proof of prior insurance
- Defensive driving course discount
- Good student discount
- Military discount
- Homeowner discount
Kemper doesn’t offer a lot of discount options compared to its top competitors, so it didn’t get a great score in this category. Also, keep in mind that eligibility criteria for insurance discounts vary by location.
Kemper Insurance Claims
With Kemper, you can file a claim any time on the company’s website. It also offers 24/7 claims support by phone, at 866-536-7376. Kemper’s accessibility earned it full marks in this category.
Category Rating: 15/15
Kemper Insurance Transparency
It is difficult to find key information on the Kemper website, so the company didn’t do well in the transparency department. To find out more information, it’s best to call customer service at 800-437-8394.
Category Rating: 0/5
Kemper is an average insurance company, offering car insurance as well as policies for your home, personal valuables and more. The company scores well in terms of discounts and its claims process, but it’s lacking in terms of customer service, and it could work on being more transparent on its website.
Summary: Kemper Scores by Review Category
|Customer Service & Reviews||5/30|
|Types of Insurance and Additional Service Offered||5/5|
Now that you’re familiar with Kemper’s scores in each of our review categories, let’s see how the company compares to top competitors in a handful of key areas. Hopefully, this will help you find the best insurance company for your needs.
Kemper Insurance vs. Competitors
|Average Annual Premium*||$1,255||$1,269||$974||$1,328|
|Number of Car Insurance Discounts||28||11||8||8|
|Offers Home Insurance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
(lower is best)
*Average annual premiums are based on a variety of driver profiles. Individuals premiums may differ, but these rates illustrate how costs from these insurers typically compare. Learn more about how these rates were calculated in the methodology section below.
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In order to provide fair, helpful reviews of insurance companies such as Kemper that can lead consumers to the best insurance coverage for their needs, WalletHub rates each insurance company in seven major categories: Cost, Insurance Types, Customer Service & Reviews, Discounts, Claims, Financial Stability and Transparency. Below, you can find an overview of what each section in our scoring rubric entails.
- The “Cost” section includes information about how expensive the insurance policies are. Kemper’s average premiums and quartile rankings are based on data from California, the largest state Kemper operates in. Rate information is provided by Quadrant Information Services. Individual rates will be different.
- The “Insurance Types” section examines what types of insurance policies the company offers.
- The “Customer Service & Reviews” section measures the insurance company’s reputation as well user reviews and information from watchdog organizations.
- The “Discounts” section examines how many and what types of discounts the company offers. It also takes into consideration whether or not there are discounts for bundling policies.
- The “Claims” section examines the ways in which customers can make claims with the policy. It considers whether or not customers can make claims by phone or online, as well as whether or not the company has a 24/7 support line.
- The “Financial Stability” section considers the company’s status with credit rating agencies A.M. Best, S&P and Moody’s.
- The “Transparency” section measures how clearly the insurer discloses key information on its website.
The final score takes these seven categories into account and reflects how close an insurance company is to WalletHub’s definition of a 5-star insurer. For more information, please read WalletHub’s full insurance company methodology.