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North Carolina car insurance

A trip through North Carolina might take you to Asheville for live music and local brews. Or to Charlotte for fine dining. And hopefully to fly kites on the Outer Banks dunes. But whichever direction you're headed, you'll want to make sure your vehicle is protected. Looking for the best North Carolina car insurance? Take a look at Esurance.

How much is car insurance in North Carolina? Good question. The Tar Heel State sets a cap on insurance rates, so car insurance companies compete to lower the cost through discounts. Which is why North Carolina ranks among the least expensive states for car insurance (happy dance).

Are you a safe driver? Great! Being cautious might earn you a discount for safe driving. North Carolina uses a Safe Driver Incentive Plan (SDIP), which ties your driving record to a points system. Staying point-free can lower your costs.

With so many discounts available, you may find it overwhelming to hunt down the best rates. Esurance can help. We make it easy to compare car insurance quotes online — including liability insurance and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which are required in North Carolina. As a North Carolinian, you'll need to carry:

  • $30,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per person
  • $60,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per incident
  • $25,000 of property damage liability coverage per incident

Keep in mind, North Carolina is a stickler about even brief lapses in coverage. If your coverage ends, you'll get a letter from the North Carolina DMV. If you don't resolve the issue within 10 days, law enforcement will remove your license plates from your vehicle. Protect yourself by staying fully covered. Keep up with North Carolina car insurance requirements from Charlotte to Wilmington with Esurance. Get a free online quote today and find the best auto insurance in North Carolina.

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Money-saving North Carolina car insurance discounts

When you get your quote with Esurance, you may qualify for these big discounts built to save motorists a bundle:

  • Claim-Free discount
  • Mature Driver discount
  • Expense Savings discount
  • Homeowners discount
  • Multi-Car discount
  • Paid-in-Full discount
  • Switch & Save® discount
  • Multi-Policy discount

These auto insurance savings are subject to eligibility. If you're a current customer with questions about your discounts, give us a call at 1-800-ESURANCE (1-800-378-7262).

Car insurance coverages in North Carolina

Required coverages

Whether you live in Raleigh, Charlotte, or beyond, your state requires its drivers to maintain car insurance policies that include liability insurance with the following minimum limits:

  • $30,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per person
  • $60,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per incident
  • $25,000 of property damage liability coverage per incident

You might see these limits written as 30/60/25.

North Carolina auto insurance must also include uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage with the same minimum limits. It can offer financial protection from drivers who are uninsured or lack sufficient insurance limits to cover your accident-related expenses.

You can always choose higher limits for added peace of mind when you get your North Carolina car insurance quote.

Optional coverages

Tar Heel State residents know the importance of having choices — when it comes to their style of BBQ, their favorite college hoops team, and, yes, their coverage options.

In addition to required North Carolina auto insurance, drivers can also choose from these possible coverages:

  • Collision
  • Comprehensive
  • Medical payments
  • Extended transportation expense (or rental car)
  • Towing and labor
  • Customized parts and equipment
  • Audio, visual, and data electronic equipment

Esurance-approved car repair shops in NC

If you're an Esurance customer, you can take your car to an E-star® shop and take advantage of RepairView® as well as guaranteed repairs for as long as you own the car.

Find an E-star shop near you.

factors that could impact your rates

The following may affect your NC car insurance rates:

  • ZIP Code where your car is parked
  • Driving record and any SDIP points
  • Any discounts you may qualify for
  • Year, make, and model of your car
  • Main driving purpose (commuting, Sunday drives, etc.)
  • Insurance score based on credit and other factors
  • Coverages, limits, and deductibles you choose

More info on North Carolina auto insurance

North Carolina's Safe Driver Incentive Plan

The state uses the Safe Driver Incentive Plan (SDIP) to make sure good drivers are rewarded with lower North Carolina car insurance rates.

In practice, SDIP works hand-in-hand with your driving record by adding points for violations and certain at-fault car accidents. Each point correlates to a significant increase in premium. Earning just one point, for instance, can lead to a 30 percent increase in your annual NC car insurance rates.

By maintaining a clean driving record with zero SDIP points, you can expect to pay less for North Carolina auto insurance than drivers with a riskier history.

Proof of insurance

Car insurance companies supply North Carolina drivers with insurance ID cards. You can also use Form DL-123, your original liability insurance policy contract, or a valid binder to show proof of your car insurance in North Carolina.

A licensed insurance agent can help you get a DL-123.

Uninsured drivers in North Carolina

A report from the Insurance Research Council estimated that about 9 percent of North Carolina drivers were uninsured in 2012. That was lower than the national average of 12.6 percent.

Uninsured motorist coverage can come in handy after an accident caused by an uninsured driver.

Reinsurance facility for high-risk drivers

North Carolina law mandates that car insurance companies cannot refuse to cover potential customers with the state-required liability limits. If an insurer deems a driver too risky, the company can place the customer into the "reinsurance facility." The goal of this "facility" is to make sure North Carolina drivers have access to car insurance.

Reinsurance facility customers can choose the following coverages up to a maximum limit:

  • Bodily injury liability per person: $100,000
  • Bodily injury liability per accident: $300,000
  • Property damage liability per accident: $50,000
  • Medical payments coverage per person: $2,000
  • Uninsured motorist coverage per person: $1,000,000

Related links

North Carolina's official guide to car insurance (PDF)
Get a deeper understanding of the state's insurance rules and regulations.

Car insurance in Charlotte
Charlotte residents can get a quote with Esurance to see how affordable and dependable their car insurance could really be.

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