Six Features of a Good Car Insurance App

While they’re still a minority of the mobile phones carried by people worldwide and within the United States, smart phones are quickly becoming a part of daily life for many people. A smart phone is used just like a dumb or feature phone: they make phone calls and receive text messages. But they also do much more, like offering a full HTML browser that replicates the desktop web experience on your phone. They also have applications. Applications to check the weather, find the lowest price on gasoline, order pizza, report the locations of potholes on our roadways and even advanced games you can play on your phone.

While smart phones should never be used while driving, many car insurance companies have developed applications for client services on smart phones. These apps provide customers of the car insurance companies to file claims and more. So what makes for a good car insurance smart phone application?

Filing of Claims

Any good car insurance smart phone application will have a function to allow you to file claims. And since a claim can be as simple as broken automotive glass, a good app will offer a myriad of choices, including being able to file an accident claim, as well as simple claims, like broken glass.

Progressive's app claim functions.
Progressive’s app claim functions.


Documenting Accidents

While claim filing is a given, apps that allow you to document collisions and accidents are even better. You should be able to give details about the accident as well as providing pictures of the accident. Your insurer can provide much better service equipped with as much information about an accident as possible.

Nationwide's app allows you to upload pictures as well as provide other details about an accident.

Nationwide's app allows you to upload pictures as well as provide other details about an accident.

Roadside Assistance

If you’ve been involved in a wreck, getting help quickly or getting roadside assistance is a must of a good car insurance app.  This should include a one touch call to 911 and less urgent roadside assistance functions as well.

Geico's app offers roadside assistance functions

Geico's app offers roadside assistance functions

Getting your car back on the road: Repair Locations

One of the reasons we have insurance is to allow us to get back to our normal lives after an accident or wreck. Good car insurance apps will feature locations of service providers you can use to repair the damages to your car.

State Farm's smart phone app offers a list of repair shops you can use to get back on the road

State Farm's smart phone app offers a list of repair shops you can use to get back on the road

Contacting or Finding a Local Agent

Some folks prefer to file claims with the agent they deal with. And if they’re away from home, they’d still prefer to have a human handle their claim. Thus, any good car insurance smart phone application should allow you to find and contact an agent directly.

Allstate's application allows you to search for agents

Allstate's application allows you to search for agents

Full Policy Service

Finally, and good car insurance app will allow you to do things that don’t involve an accident or a claim. You should be able to change your policy, add or replace vehicles and more.

USAA's app allows you to change your policy, including adding or deleting vehicles

USAA's app allows you to change your policy, including adding or deleting vehicles

While every car insurance app doesn’t include each of these six features, many of the smart phone apps from the larger insurers do allow you to do each of these things. Consider these apps a bonus feature of your coverage, and if your smart phone is never out of your reach, you may want to give your auto insurer’s version a try.


About Cecil Helton

Cecil Helton Cecil Helton is a U.S.-based writer and editor with passions for cars, motorcycles, boats, technology and social media. Much of his professional life since 1996 has been web-centric, and he’s written and developed content on a variety of subjects. His work in the houseboat industry received wide acclaim, such as winning the 1999 Cisco Systems Growing with Technology award and being named one of five finalists in the manufacturing sector of the 2000 Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards. As an Air Force brat, he spent much of his childhood in a two-year cycle of moving to a new place, making new friends, establishing a life, and then moving again. Destinations included: Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, the Greek isle of Crete, California and Ohio. Today you’ll find Cecil coping with his 15 year old son’s decision to pursue a motorcycle license at the same time he gets his driver’s license, being active across the web on multiple social media sites, and of course, writing articles and creating content on automotive and car insurance related topics right here at CarInsurance.org.


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