The best car insurance in Raleigh, NC

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Laura Gunn is an insurance expert and writer. As a former English teacher, she made the transition to full-time writing and editing in 2016. Since that time she has written extensively about insurance topics, as well as topics pertaining to education and marketing.

Her work has been published in The Millennial Source, News Hunt 360, Realty Today, HNGN, and other publications.

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Rachael Brennan is a senior editor and a licensed auto insurance expert at Policygenius. Her work has also been featured in MoneyGeek, Clearsurance, Adweek, Boston Globe, The Ladders, and AutoInsurance.com.

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The average cost of full coverage car insurance in Raleigh is $1,019 a year. This comes in just $10 above North Carolina's already low average of $1,009. Neither of these numbers guarantee your rates, however. Individual rates vary from driver to driver and depend on a number of personal factors, like age, address, credit score, and past driving history.

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The best way to find a deal on car insurance is to shop around and compare companies before you buy. Policygenius can show you options from top car insurance companies so you can be sure you’re making the right choice.

Key takeaways

  • GEICO has the lowest average rate for full coverage car insurance in Raleigh at $770 a year

  • 27607 is the Raleigh ZIP code with the cheapest average rates for full coverage car insurance, at $923 a year

  • North Carolina requires a minimum of $30,000 per person/$60,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage, as well as $25,000 in property damage liability coverage 

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is also required in North Carolina

Cheapest car insurance companies in Raleigh, NC

All car insurance companies use the same factors to calculate your rates, but they can come up with very different final numbers, even for the same exact driver. That’s why it’s so important to shop around and find the company that will offer you the most coverage at the lowest rates.

Company

Average cost

JD Power Rating

GEICO

$770

871

Erie

$807

880

North Carolina Farm Bureau

$809

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State Farm

$845

881

Utica National

$890

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Cheapest car insurance rates by ZIP code in Raleigh, NC

Where you live in Raleigh can also play a major role in car insurance rates. Factors like crime rates, population density, and even frequency of traffic accidents or claims can affect your car insurance rates.

ZIP code

Average cost

27601

$1,138

27603

$1,043

27604

$1,146

27605

$935

27606

$924

27607

$923

27608

$927

27609

$1,139

27610

$1,142

27612

$976

27613

$974

27614

$989

27615

$983

27616

$1,137

27617

$968

27695

$952

Choosing the right car insurance company in Raleigh, NC

Buying car insurance can seem complicated, but it doesn't have to be. It's important to consider the most important factors to you and compare all your options.

  • Cost: Different companies charge different rates for similar coverage, that's why it's important to compare quotes from multiple car insurance companies to find the best rate

  • Coverage: Make sure the company you choose offers the coverage you need. Remember, the higher you set your limits, the better protected you’ll be 

  • Customer service: Do a little research on the insurance company itself. Read customer reviews and check claims satisfaction ratings to see how the companies stack up

Ready to start shopping? Policygenius can show you options from top car insurance companies so you can be sure you’re making the right choice.

Car insurance rates for drivers with driving violations in Raleigh, NC

How safely you drive will also have a big impact on car insurance rates. Drivers who have recent accidents and violations should expect to see higher insurance rates. Just how high those rates will be, however, will depend on the severity of the violations.

Violation

GEICO

Erie

North Carolina Farm Bureau

State Farm

Utica National

At-fault accident

$1,982

$873

$1,386

$1,545

$1,709

DUI

$5,140

$3,691

$3,474

$3,971

$5,012

Suspended license

$3,147

$2,531

$2,390

$2,420

$3,354

Open container

$1,349

$1,205

$1,154

$1,265

$1,276

Expired registration

$1,349

$1,205

$1,154

$1,152

$1,276

Driving without lights

$1,349

$1,205

$1,154

$1,152

$1,276

Not showing documents

$1,349

$1,205

$1,154

$1,152

$1,276

Running a red light

$1,349

$1,205

$1,154

$1,265

$1,276

Failure to yield

$1,349

$1,205

$1,154

$1,265

$1,276

Following too closely

$1,481

$1,329

$1,270

$1,405

$1,448

Hit and run

$4,903

$3,691

$5,344

$3,971

$4,820

Illegal turn

$1,349

$1,205

$1,154

$1,265

$1,276

Improper passing

$1,481

$1,329

$1,270

$1,405

$1,276

Not-at-fault accident

$789

$831

$845

$898

$1,023

Passing a school bus

$1,883

$1,619

$1,541

$1,639

$2,038

Racing

$5,140

$3,691

$5,344

$3,971

$4,820

Reckless driving

$2,175

$1,619

$1,541

$1,639

$2,038

Speeding

$1,481

$1,329

$1,270

$1,405

$1,124

Cheapest car insurance for drivers with bad credit in Raleigh, NC

If you have a lower credit score, then you should expect to pay higher insurance rates, which makes it all the more important for drivers with poor credit to shop around and compare rates before picking a policy.

Company

Rates for drivers with bad credit

National General

$994

Erie

$1,115

Penn National

$1,171

MetLife

$1,171

Utica National

$1,179

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Buying car insurance in Raleigh, NC

Drivers in Raleigh are required to abide by the North Carolina state minimum car insurance requirements. Every driver in North Carolina must carry at least the following amounts of coverage:

  • Bodily injury liability coverage per person: $30,000

  • Bodily injury liability coverage per accident: $60,000

  • Property damage liability coverage: $25,000

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: Must match highest bodily injury liability minimum ($60,000 per accident)

Aside from the required state minimums, it's important to know that North Carolina is an at fault state. That means that, after an accident, the insurance company of the driver found responsible will have to pay for the other party’s medical bills and repair costs. That’s why it’s important to set high liability limits, to make sure you’re fully covered in case of an accident.

How to get cheap car insurance in Raleigh, NC

If your car insurance seems too expensive, then consider some of these tried-and-true tips for making sure you’re getting the most affordable coverage possible:

  • Ask about discounts live savings for good students or for going paperless

  • Bundle multiple policies with the same company

  • Reduce coverage on older cars

  • Drive safely and avoid moving violations

  • Reshop your car insurance every year to make sure you’re still getting the best rates

Frequently asked questions

Is North Carolina a no-fault state or an at-fault state?

North Carolina is an at-fault state. The insurance of the driver who is at-fault for an accident will pay for the costs associated with the accident.

Is car insurance required in North Carolina?

North Carolina is like most states in the U.S. and car insurance is required. The state requires all drivers to have bodily injury and property damage liability coverage, as well as uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

Is car insurance expensive in North Carolina?

Not at all! In fact, at $1,009 per year, North Carolina actually has the lowest average car insurance rates in the country.

Does North Carolina require car insurance?

Yes, North Carolina requires car insurance with a minimum of $30,000 for bodily injury or death of one person, $60,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more persons, and $25,000 for property damage liability per accident.

Methodology

Policygenius has analyzed car insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services for every ZIP code in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. For full coverage policies, the following coverage limits were used:

  • Bodily injury liability: 50/100

  • Property damage liability: $50,000

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: 50/100

  • Comprehensive: $500 deductible

  • Collision: $500 deductible

In some cases, additional coverages were added where required by state or insurer.

Rates for overall average rate, rates by ZIP code, and cheapest companies determined using averages for single drivers ages 30, 35, and 45. Our sample vehicle was a 2017 Toyota Camry LE driven 10,000 miles/year.

Rates for driving violations and “Poor” credit determined using average rates for a single male 30-year-old driver with a credit score under 578.

Some carriers may be represented by affiliates or subsidiaries. Rates provided are a sample of costs. Your actual quotes may differ.

Authors

Freelance contributor

Laura Gunn

Freelance contributor

Laura Gunn is an insurance expert and writer. As a former English teacher, she made the transition to full-time writing and editing in 2016. Since that time she has written extensively about insurance topics, as well as topics pertaining to education and marketing.

Her work has been published in The Millennial Source, News Hunt 360, Realty Today, HNGN, and other publications.

Senior Editor & Licensed Auto Insurance Expert

Rachael Brennan

Senior Editor & Licensed Auto Insurance Expert

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Rachael Brennan is a senior editor and a licensed auto insurance expert at Policygenius. Her work has also been featured in MoneyGeek, Clearsurance, Adweek, Boston Globe, The Ladders, and AutoInsurance.com.

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