Allstate Milewise, Pay-per-mile Insurance Now Available in New Jersey, Good or Bad For Consumers?
- SEE ALSO Auto Insurance Telematics Technology News Articles From The Auto Channel Archive 1997-Present
- SEE ALSO Originally Published 2005; Insurance By Mile Story From The Auto Channel Archive
- SEE ALSO Originally Published 2003; Big Brother: Select Ford Vehicles Now Supported in Vetronix's New Crash Data Retrieval Software
- SEE ALSO Originally Published 2004; BLACK BOX A REALITY BIG BROTHER IS HERE! - Progressive to Use Data-Logging Device
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., June 28, 2018 -- New Jersey drivers can now pay per mile for their auto insurance. Allstate is now offering Milewise in the state where customers pay based on how much they drive. The less they drive, the less they pay. The new insurance product gives customers even more control over their insurance costs with the same great coverage and claim service from Allstate.
"A lot of my customers use public transportation as their primary way of getting around, yet they still own a car," says Edgewater Allstate Agency Owner Peter Arcuri. "Milewise is ideal for these customers. Rather than getting a traditional insurance policy for a car that spends most of its time in their garage, Milewise customers pay based on how often they drive."
Drivers who travel roughly 25 or fewer miles a day could save money on their auto insurance. Milewise is especially popular among retirees, stay-at-home parents and those who mainly use public transportation.
"Milewise is great for people with a low-mileage lifestyle," said Allstate Vice President of Product Transformation, Ginger Purgatorio. "As different transportation methods continue to evolve, people are beginning to rely less on their personal vehicles and more on public transportation, ride-hailing and ridesharing. Milewise offers a money-saving insurance solution to meet these changing customer needs."
Allstate Milewise Auto Insurance Facts
How does Milewise work?
Milewise is a pay-as-you-go car insurance product from Allstate. You pay a low daily rate and per-mile rate when you drive. When your account reaches its minimum balance, it’s automatically replenished via the credit card on file.
What is the Milewise device and why is it required?
The Milewise device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It plugs into your car under the dash and steering column and detects driving info so you can see your mileage and trip habits on demand. The device must be installed and operating correctly to record trips.
Can I move the Milewise device from one vehicle to another?
No. The Milewise device follows the car not the driver. Be sure to keep each device plugged into the car originally designated on the policy.
How are my trip costs calculated?
Trip costs are calculated by multiplying the miles recorded for a trip by your per-mile rate.
How are my rates determined?
Your daily rate and per-mile rate are calculated based on characteristics such as driver age, vehicle type and driver history, similar to a traditional auto policy.
When are my trips charged?
Trip costs are deducted from your Milewise account after a trip is completed and processed, usually within a few hours. Your credit card on file is charged when your minimum account balance is reached, which depends on how much or little you drive.
What information does the Milewise device detect?
The Milewise device detects miles driven, speed, time of day, specific driving events (like hard braking) and location. This info is used to calculate your trip costs and provide personalized feedback you can view online and in the app.
What if I take a long trip?
No problem. Any miles driven over 150 per day per vehicle are on us.
What happens on days I don’t drive at all?
On days you don’t do any driving, only the daily rate is deducted from your Milewise account.
Is this “lite” insurance or reduced coverage?
No. You get the same great coverage and claims service you’d expect from Allstate along with an agent you can know and trust.I’ve got some questions.
Who do I contact?
You have a few options: You can contact your Allstate agent, call the Customer Care Team at 877-389-0047 or email us at MilewiseCustomerService@allstate.com.