Which insurance company is right for you? Compare premiums, pros & cons, and quotes from Direct Auto and Pekin.
In 1991, William Adair had the vision of creating a premier, non-standard automobile insurance company that served customers better than any other insurer, He founded Direct Auto Company, the first company owned by Direct General Insurance Group, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The business has since expanded, but the beliefs remain true to Adair’s original vision.
Direct Auto Company specializes in providing auto insurance for all people, even those considered “high-risk” or who need SR-22 certification. Today, Direct Auto Company has more than 400 retail store locations across the United States and provides consumers a variety of products and services online, in-store and over the phone.
In 1921, a group of farmers, all members of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau, formed an organization to make automobile insurance more affordable. The organization was called The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association. The first Pekin Insurance office was located in the Tazewell County Courthouse, a space donated by the County Board Supervisors. With 187 policies, the six-month premium was $5 for glass, fire, lightning, windstorm, full-coverage collision, property damage, and bodily injury. All cars were charged the same premium. In 1932, they added 24-hour claim service. They adopted the telephone number #1334 for claims service. By 1939, Pekin had 20,000 policies and by 1945, 30,000. In 1952, they added fire insurance and in 1960, Inland Marine coverage. In 1966, the company moved into its new and current home office on Court Street and they now have 8 service offices in six states: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Pekin Life Insurance Company, which was established in 1969, also offers products in Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. They began selling group health insurance in 1970 and pre-need insurance in 1993. In 2010, they adopted a new slogan, Beyond the expected®. In 2011, they created a unit called Group Plan Solutions for businesses. Today Pekin Insurance has over 900,000 policyholders and more than 8,500 independent agents.
Below is a list of the average rates that drivers typically pay with Direct Auto and Pekin Insurance. On average, Direct Auto charges approximately $166.55 per month while Pekin Insurance comes in at around $88.01 per month. For Direct Auto, the cheapest state average is Alabama at $112.68 per month and the most expensive is Florida at $208.32 per month. For Pekin Insurance, the cheapest state average is Indiana at $72.81 per month and the most expensive is Illinois at $97.85 per month.
|State||Direct Auto||Pekin Insurance|
Drivers will typically get a discount if they insure multiple vehicles. Here is a list of average rates that Direct Auto and Pekin Insurance typically charge for drivers who have more than 1 vehicle.
|Number of Vehicles||Direct Auto||Pekin Insurance|
Drivers who own their home rather than rent can sometimes get a small discount. We found that on average Direct Auto charges $156.26 per month and Pekin Insurance charges $82.18 per month for customers who own their home.
|Own/Rent||Direct Auto||Pekin Insurance|
Which car insurance company is better? We've made it easy to compare companies side by side. See how Direct Auto and Pekin ranked among the industry ratings.
|A.M. Best Rating||A-|
|NAIC Complaint Index||6.06|
What coverage is available through Direct Auto and Pekin? Both insurance companies offer Auto, Commercial, Health, Motorcycle, and RV insurance. Additional products from Pekin insurance also includes Condo, Home, Life, Renters, and Umbrella insurance. Considering these two top insurance providers? Check out the list below. To view a full list of products that are available, visit Direct Auto and Pekin Insurance Insurance page.
Pekin offers a wide range of discounts to its policyholders, including Anti-theft Device, Auto/Home Bundle, and Defensive Driver (Not Available in Indiana) discounts. Direct Auto also offers a few discounts that Pekin doesn’t include Welcome Back, Senior Citizen, and Safe Driver discounts. Start taking advantage of discounts offered by insurance providers like Pekin and Direct Auto insurance and save yourself some money. You can review the full list of discounts that these two companies offer below.
|Affinity Discount||Advance Issue|
|Good Student Discount||Anti-theft Device|
|Homeowner Discount||Auto/Home Bundle|
|Mileage Discount||Defensive Driver (Not Available in Indiana)|
|Multi-Car Discount||Good Student|
|Multi-Product Discount||Hybrid Auto|
|Prior Coverage Discount||Mandatory Seatbelt (Only Available in Iowa)|
|Safe Driver Discount||Paid-in-Full|
|Senior Citizen Discount||Safety Equipment (Only Available in Ohio)|
|Welcome Back Discount||Tenure|
Not rated. Pekin only has an Insurance Events app on Google Play, which is intended to help you with schedules, dining information, maps and more.
|Direct Auto Mobile App|
|Direct Auto does not currently have a mobile app.|
|Pekin Mobile App|
|Meemic does not currently have a mobile app for insurance products|
|Direct Auto Contact Info|
|Address||1128 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN|
|Pekin Contact Info|
|Address||2505 Court St, Pekin, IL 61558|
The statistics listed on this page are from our own in house reporting. We track and record quotes that carriers have provided based on various criteria. The rates and averages shown on this page should only be used as an estimate.
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