Some auto insurance companies say rates in Texas are increasing, but not everyone is willing to pay them.
Austin resident Jo Reichler realized her renewal policy at Geico jumped from $351 to $626.
"They said, ‘It's nothing personal, we've had some rate increases in Texas,'" she said.
Jo shopped around and received five estimates from other providers.
“Of the five, all were lower than they offered me the renewal at," she said.
After calling Geico back with the competitive prices, they offered Joe a renewal for $334, which she accepted.
"The new policy says Geico Choice but the address of the company, the website of the company, everything else is exactly the same and the coverage varied not one bit," Reichler said.
Jerry Hagins with the Texas Department of Insurance says it's not out of the ordinary for a group to have several companies.
"There are a lot of choices for insurance auto insurance in Texas,” he said. “Some of the companies are part of groups so they may have a very similar sounding name, but they are separate companies."
Hagins says the best way to become aware about the separate companies is to ask your agent directly.
YNN did reach out to Geico for their response to Jo's story, but never heard back.
The Texas Department of Insurance has a website to help you compare estimates for free. You can also use it for comparing home insurance. Visit HelpInsure.com for more information.