Insurance Other Insurance Topics Insurance Company Reviews Merchants Insurance Group Review By Janet Hunt Janet Hunt Twitter Janet Hunt is an expert in car insurance, homeowners insurance, and health insurance with over 20 years of experience covering trends, regulations, and writing company reviews. Her lengthy career in insurance includes stints in customer service and selling personal lines of insurance. She earned her Property and Casualty license in 1995. learn about our editorial policies Updated on May 3, 2022 Reviewed by Eric Estevez Reviewed by Eric Estevez Eric is a duly licensed Independent Insurance Broker licensed in Life, Health, Property, and Casualty insurance. He has worked more than 13 years in both public and private accounting jobs and more than four years licensed as an insurance producer. His background in tax accounting has served as a solid base supporting his current book of business. learn about our financial review board Fact checked by Emily Ernsberger Fact checked by Emily Ernsberger Twitter Emily Ernsberger is a fact-checker and award-winning former newspaper reporter with experience covering local government and court cases. She also served as an editor for a weekly print publication. Her stint as a legal assistant at a law firm equipped her to track down legal, policy and financial information. learn about our editorial policies Delivery Man Driving Van. Photo: Getty Images/ Blend Images - Dave and Les Jacobs Merchants Insurance Group is a regional mutual insurance company founded in 1918 by Urban F. Jehle as a way to offer insurance to a group of local merchants for their delivery vehicles. From there, the company expanded to offer other lines of personal and business insurance. Subsidiary companies include Merchants Mutual Insurance Company and Merchants Preferred Insurance Company. The company is headquartered in Buffalo, New York with regional offices located in Buffalo, Hauppauge (Long Island), New York; Bedford, New Hampshire; and Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. More than 1,000 independent agents sell Merchant Insurance Group’s personal and business insurance products to a resident of Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The company employs over 300 people through its five regional locations. Giving back to the community is part of the corporate culture of Merchants Insurance Group. Since 1999, employees of the company have donated more than $600,000 to charities and non-profit groups including the American Heart Association, FeedMore WNY, The Food Bank of South Jersey, the New Hampshire Food Bank, Hamburg Mutts for Freedom, and many others. Financial Stability Ratings, Customer Service Ratings, and Company Awards Both Merchants Insurance Group companies are rated “A-“ Excellent by A.M. Best insurance rating organization. An important distinction given to the company was being ranked number one among Super Regional Commercial and Personal Carriers by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York (IIABNY). The recognition was for superior customer service including quick response time and accuracy in handling claims. Better Business Bureau Rating Merchants Insurance Group has an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau. The BBB file was opened in 1940. Merchants Insurance Group is not a BBB accredited business and there are a total of five customer complaints. All complaints were addressed by the company and are now closed. Personal Insurance Products Homeowners Auto Personal Umbrella Insurance Personal insurance features and discounts worth noting include the “ACE” or additional coverage endorsement which adds important benefits to your homeowner’s coverage such as more coverage for valuable items lost, stolen or destroyed by a covered loss; coverage for food spoilage, credit cards, watercraft and more. Ultra and Xtreme ACE plans are available which add even more coverage to your homeowner’s policy. For the personal auto policy, the “POP” package of protection endorsement adds coverage for towing and labor, transportation expenses, emergency lodging, emergency first aid, and rental care reimbursement. For an additional charge, you can add a disappearing deductible, replacement cost coverage, original equipment manufacturers coverage, collision deductible waiver, and accidental airbag deployment coverage. Roadside assistance coverage is free with the personal auto policy with physical damage coverage. Auto discounts include a new car, good student, minor child, company vehicles, paid in full, account credit and safety features. Business Insurance Commercial Auto Building Owners Contractors Food Service Office Retail Service Wholesale Workers Compensation Commercial Package Golf Restaurant Commercial Umbrella Merchants Insurance Group provides commercial insurance packages tailored to meet the needs of specific occupations with customizable options. Some discounts available for commercial package options include the multiple policy discount, multiple location discount, association credit, protective device discount, and sprinkler discount. Pros and Cons Pros Merchants Insurance Group has strong financial strength ratings along with award-winning claims and customer service. The company is a good option for residents of the Northeast and North Central United States to consider when searching for the best value on an insurance policy. For small business owners, custom packages are available offering a wide range of policy options. Other pluses are the ability to file a claim online and the company’s mobile insurance application available for personal auto policyholders who own smartphones. Cons Some discounts or coverage options may not be available in all states where coverage is offered. Also, the company only offers coverage in eight states; Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The company’s policy offerings are great on its commercial end and not as many policy types are available in its personal insurance product line. There is no ability to receive a quote online. Contact Information To find a local agent or learn more about the company's personal and commercial insurance products available, you can visit its website or call 1-800-462-1077. You can also email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. A.M. Best Information Services. "A.M. Best Assigns and Affirms Ratings to the Merchants Insurance Group." Merchants Insurance Group. "Merchants Insurance Group Ranks Number One Among Super Regional Commercial and Personal Carriers In IIABNY Survey." Better Business Bureau. "Merchants Insurance Group."