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Average cost of car insurance in North Carolina for 2024

Updated Nov 29, 2023
The average cost of full coverage car insurance in North Carolina is $1,775 annually, while the average cost of minimum coverage is $522 a year.

How much is car insurance in North Carolina? 

The average cost of car insurance in North Carolina is $1,775 annually for full coverage and $522 annually for state-required minimum coverage. North Carolina car insurance rates are well below the national average costs of car insurance, which are $2,299 per year for full coverage and $637 per year for minimum coverage. To pinpoint how much drivers can expect to pay, Bankrate’s insurance editorial team, which includes licensed agents, turned to Quadrant Information Services and reviewed average rates for the largest companies in the state by market share.

Key takeaways

  • The average cost of full coverage car insurance in North Carolina is $1,775 per year or $148 per month. Minimum coverage is $522 per year or $43 per month.
  • On average, North Carolina drivers pay 23 percent less for full coverage car insurance compared to the national average.
  • Of all age groups, 16-year-old drivers pay the most for car insurance in NC.
  • Drivers convicted of a DUI in North Carolina face an average full coverage rates that are 298 percent more.

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North Carolina car insurance rates by city

Car insurance rates vary by state; they can also vary by city. For example, Fayetteville and Charlotte’s average annual full coverage premiums are slightly higher than the state average. Larger cities tend to have higher insurance costs for a few reasons. Higher medical care costs may increase bodily injury liability coverage premiums, and higher costs for vehicle repairs and labor may increase premiums for property damage liability, comprehensive coverage and collision coverage. Additionally, larger cities tend to have more traffic, which could lead to a higher likelihood of accidents.

City Avg. annual full coverage premium Avg. savings vs. state average

Average car insurance costs by age and gender in North Carolina

Car insurance rates vary by age in most states, including North Carolina, with younger drivers usually paying more for coverage due to a higher likelihood of accidents and subsequent claims. Recognizing and responding to sudden road hazards is a learned skill that takes time to develop, and the lack of driving experience is why teen drivers typically face the highest insurance rates.

In most cases, young drivers can save money by staying on their parents’ policies as additional drivers for as long as possible. Premiums generally decrease with age but may begin to increase again when drivers reach their senior years. In some states, male drivers typically see higher average rates than female drivers, but North Carolina car insurance laws do not allow the use of gender as an insurance rating factor.

Age 16*
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$4,226
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$1,488
Age 18
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$3,576
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$1,211
Age 20
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$2,300
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$655
Age 25
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,936
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$563
Age 30
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,834
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$537
Age 40
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,775
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$522
Age 50
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,733
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$515
Age 60
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,676
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$507
Age 70
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,780
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$543
Age 40
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,775
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$522
Age 50
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,733
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$515
Age 60
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,676
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$507
Age 70
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,780
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$543
*16-year-old calculated on parents' policy with discounts applied; 18- and 20-year-old are renters on their own policies with no discounts applied
Age 16*
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$4,236
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$1,493
Age 18
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$3,983
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$1,210
Age 20
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$2,300
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$655
Age 25
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,936
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$563
Age 30
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,833
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$537
Age 40
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,775
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$522
Age 50
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,551
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$515
Age 60
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,676
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$507
Age 70
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,780
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$543
Age 40
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,775
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$522
Age 50
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,551
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$515
Age 60
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,676
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$507
Age 70
Average annual full coverage premium in NC
$1,780
Average minimum coverage premium in NC
$543
*16-year-old calculated on parents' policy with discounts applied; 18- and 20-year-old are renters on their own policies with no discounts applied
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Bankrate’s take: Insurance rates are based on risk and statistical data. Historically, men tend to have riskier driving behavior than women. In fact, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data reveal that men are less likely to wear a seat belt and more likely to drive while intoxicated and speed. Males tend to average more miles on the road per year than their female counterparts, as well. However, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan and Pennsylvania prohibit the use of gender as a rating factor when pricing policies.

Cost considerations for young drivers in North Carolina

If a young driver is still living in their parents’ household, it’s usually cheaper to keep that driver listed on their parents’ policy. By staying on their parents’ policy, new drivers get the fiscal benefit of having more experienced drivers on the policy to keep the cost lower. You can see from the rates here that the newest drivers — those who are 16 and 17 years old — pay the highest average rates. Premiums may start to lower after just one year of driving experience, provided the young driver maintains a clean driving record.

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Age 16*
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$4,231
Age 17
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$3,316
Age 18
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$3,045
Age 19
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$2,317
Age 20
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$2,271
*16-year-old calculated on parents' policy with discounts applied; 18- and 20-year-old are renters on their own policies with no discounts applied
Age 18
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$3,779
Age 19
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$2,360
Age 20
Avg. annual premium for drivers in NC
$2,300
*16-year-old calculated on parents' policy with discounts applied; 18- and 20-year-old are renters on their own policies with no discounts applied
Age Avg. annual premium difference for drivers on their own policy
Age 18 24 percent more
Age 19 2 percent more
Age 20 1 percent more

*18- and 20-year-old are renters on their own policies with no discounts applied

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How does driving record impact the cost of car insurance in North Carolina?

Safe drivers usually enjoy the cheapest car insurance. Policyholders who are caught driving without insurance in North Carolina or who have driving incidents on their records may be viewed as high-risk drivers, which often results in higher premiums. The severity of the infraction, other marks on your record and the insurance company you choose can all impact rates. A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction has the most significant impact on your premiums in North Carolina, changing average rates by an astounding 298 percent more. The table here provides an overview of the average annual premium increase for a North Carolina policyholder with a single speeding ticket, accident or DUI on their record.

Clean driving record
Avg. annual premium* in OH
$1,485
Percentage increase from OH avg. annual premium*
0%
Avg. annual premium* in OH
$1,779
Percentage increase from OH avg. annual premium*
20%
Avg. annual premium* in OH
$2,164
Percentage increase from OH avg. annual premium*
46%
Avg. annual premium* in OH
$2,860
Percentage increase from OH avg. annual premium*
93%
*The rates reflected are for full coverage policies.

Car insurance rates in North Carolina by credit score

Another major factor that may contribute to your insurance rate is your credit score. In most states, major auto carriers will use credit-based insurance scores as an insurance rating factor, with drivers with higher credit scores paying lower premiums, on average.

Avg. annual premium* in NC
$2,484
Percentage change from NC average annual premium*
40%
Average
Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,889
Percentage change from NC average annual premium*
6%
Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,775
Percentage change from NC average annual premium*
0%
Excellent
Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,718
Percentage change from NC average annual premium*
-3%
*Rates reflect full coverage policies.

North Carolina car insurance rates by vehicle type

The type of vehicle you drive is another impacting rating factor for North Carolina car insurance. Vehicles that have a higher statistical likelihood of an accident, fewer safety features or more expensive repair costs may cost more to insure. For example, a BMW 330i costs about 8 percent more than the state average to insure for full coverage, while a Ford F-150 costs about 13 percent less than the state average.

Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,775
Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,548
Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,413
BMW 330i
Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,913
Toyota Prius
Avg. annual premium* in NC
$1,804
*Rates reflect full coverage policies.

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How to save on car insurance in North Carolina

Generally, North Carolina car insurance is cheaper than comparable coverage in many other states. However, there are still ways to potentially shave more money off your premium.

  • Shop around: Car insurance companies price policies differently, so one company may extend you a quote that’s significantly cheaper than another. For this reason, comparing quotes from several companies for the same coverage types and policy limits is helpful when searching for the most affordable rates.
  • Bundle your policies: Bundling your auto and home insurance just means buying both policies from the same company. This is generally one of the most significant discounts you can get.
  • Maintain a clean driving record: Drivers with incidents like tickets, at-fault accidents and DUI convictions pay quite a bit more for car insurance coverage, on average. Practicing safe driving habits may help you avoid these costly surcharges.
  • Look for discounts: In addition to bundling, most car insurance companies offer at least a handful of discount opportunities. Some of the most common include multi-policy, paperless billing and claims-free discounts.

Keep in mind that North Carolina prohibits many common discounts, though. One example is the good student discount. To ensure you’re taking advantage of the discounts that are available, talk to your agent or a representative from your company.

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Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze the latest rates in May 2024 for ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates include the most recent approved rate changes filed by insurance companies that affect our profile. These revised rates are then weighted based on the population density in each geographic region so that policyholders can see the impact rates have in their areas. Quoted rates are based on a 40-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
  • $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
  • $50,000 property damage liability per accident
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
  • $500 collision deductible
  • $500 comprehensive deductible

To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2022 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.

These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.

Credit-based insurance scores: Rates were calculated based on the following insurance credit tiers assigned to our drivers: “poor, average, good (base) and excellent.” Insurance credit tiers factor in your official credit scores but are not dependent on that variable alone. Four states prohibit or limit the use of credit as a rating factor in determining auto insurance rates: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Michigan.

Incidents: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base), at-fault accident, single speeding ticket and single DUI conviction.

Model: To determine cost by vehicle type, we evaluated our base profile with the following vehicles applied: BMW 330i, Ford F-150, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry (base).

Age: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the ages 16-70 (base: 40 years) applied. Depending on age, drivers may be a renter or homeowner. Age is not a contributing rating factor in Hawaii and Massachusetts due to state regulations.

Gender: The following states do not use gender as a determining factor in calculating premiums: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania.

Teens: Rates were determined by adding a 16- or 17-year-old teen to their 40-year-old married parents' policy. The rates displayed reflect the total cost of a driver this age added to their parents’ policy unless otherwise noted.

Written by
Shannon Martin
Writer, Insurance

Shannon Martin is a licensed insurance agent and Bankrate analyst with over 15 years of experience in the industry. She enjoys helping others navigate the insurance world by cutting through complex jargon and empowering readers to make strong financial decisions independently.

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