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author photo by Lindsay Martell January 2017

Give it up for the Golden State when it comes to auto insurance. The Auto Club of Southern California snagged the top spot on Insure.com's rel="_nofollow" list of the best places to have your ride insured.

Customers Speak

The independent consumer insurance website surveyed more than 3,700 U.S. customers of 20 leading car insurance companies for this year's rankings. Customers looked at five key areas, including price, customer service, claims processing, likelihood to renew and likelihood to recommend.

Auto Club of Southern California's customers honored the company with an overall score of 95 out of 100. Mercury Insurance (also California-based) nabbed second place with a score of 93. Meanwhile, CSAA Insurance Group scored 92, USAA and The Hartford got a 91, and American Family Insurance nabbed a total of 90.

Penny Gusner, a consumer analyst for Insure.com, says the survey results indicate cost savings is a prime draw: "While drivers shouldn't base their decision on an insurer solely on price, cost is certainly a chief consideration by car owners. Beyond the value of price, motorists should look at customer service and financial stability of the insurer."

Membership Has Its Privileges

Three of the top carriers for pricing require membership. While Auto Club of Southern California does require AAA membership in order to obtain auto insurance, CSAA Insurance Group does not. However, Gusner adds, it may be a nice way to get some additional benefits, like lock-out service and roadside assistance. USAA requires the applicant, applicant's spouse or applicant's parent to be an active or former member of the U.S. Military.

Although California may be mired in hefty traffic, increasing gas prices and the occasional Carmageddon, it's one of the best places to insure your car.

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