Everyone has to buy car insurance, right? So it may come as a little bit of a surprise that the latest study from J.D. Power and Associates finds that customer satisfaction with auto insurance is at an all-time high.

The 2012 U.S. Auto Insurance Study reveals that overall customer satisfaction is at its highest point in the past decade, as customers have greater satisfaction in the areas of policy offerings and billing and payment.

New this year, instead of being purely a national study, J.D. Power broke the study into seven regional areas: California, West, Central, Southeast, North Central, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic.

Are you curious to know the best auto insurance companies by customer satisfaction in each of these regions, maybe to find out if your auto insurance company is among the highest-rated? Here they are, with top-ranked (highest) listed first, followed by runners-up. Note that overall scores appear in parentheses after the insurer name.

California Region: Wawanesa (823), Auto Club of Southern California (807), and State Farm (806)

West Region: State Farm (857) (there were no other eligible insurers performing above regional average)

Central Region: Texas Farm Bureau (857), State Farm (832), and GEICO (830)

Southeast Region: Farm Bureau Insurance-Tennessee (828), North Carolina Farm Bureau (823), and State Farm (821)

North Central Region: Auto-Owners Insurance and State Farm (tied at 828), Erie Insurance (823)

Northeast Region: Amica Mutual (867), New York Central Mutual (811), and GEICO (793)

Mid-Atlantic Region: Erie Insurance (834), State Farm (813)

    To see more detail, read a copy of the full report here (in PDF format).

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