Car Insurance in North Carolina: a Data-Based Guide

Below are recommendations for insurance coverage based on your area’s accident and insurance data. All DecisionData.org recommendations are based on North Carolina data and estimates. The best insurance options for you may vary based on your personal driving record and finances.

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Accidents per Person

North Carolina

~21 per 1,000 people

USA

~17 per 1,000 people

Should I get cheap car insurance in North Carolina?

Maybe not. North Carolina ranks #17 out of 51 for most accidents per person. This estimate suggests that cheap car insurance may not be a good idea based on the above average rate of accidents. We recommend you avoid low-deductible plans and providers known for low premiums. See providers below for more help.

Accidents per Mile

North Carolina

~2 per million miles

USA

~1.8 per million miles

How much liability coverage should I get?

Probably more than the minimum. North Carolinians drive an average of 10,862 per person in the state, which is above the national average of about 9,490. Whether due to long commutes, weather conditions, or bad roads, North Carolinians on average get in more accidents per mile driven. Consider your commute, and think about higher liability coverage.

Uninsured drivers

North Carolina

9.1% uninsured

USA

12.6% uninsured

Should I get comprehensive or liability-only insurance?

Consider liability-only insurance. North Carolina ranks 17th lowest in the nation for uninsured drivers. Because there are fewer uninsured drivers in North Carolina, you may want to choose liability-only insurance if your car is paid for and can be replaced without financial strain.

Insurance Cost in North Carolina

Based on the data above, we estimate North Carolina is 27th out of 51 in affordability. Cheap insurance can be found, but only with tradeoffs in service.

Note on data bars above: The top of each red bar above is the highest value in any state, and the bottom is always 0.

 

Insurance Providers in North Carolina

Provider Benefit summary Customer Rating Purchase link
Geico Low pricing, but sub-par service View plans
Nationwide The best coverage and satisfaction most customers can get; higher premiums View plans
State Farm Good customer service and repair handling; moderate premiums View plans
USAA Superior overall service and pricing – but only available to military members and their families View plans
Progressive High settlement values; low premiums; fair customer service View plans
Allstate Good appraisal process and car rental handling; higher-than-average price View plans
esurance No benefit above average – not recommended View plans
Liberty Mutual Slightly above average in all areas, very high premiums View plans

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