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What is the average cost of car insurance in Durham?

The average car insurance rate in Durham, North Carolina, is $951 per year. That's less than the statewide average in North Carolina ($955) and cheaper than the national average of $1,548. Our guide to Durham auto insurance includes average rates based on age, credit score, driving history, and marital status. Read on to learn more!

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Durham auto insurance premiums by company

One of the most important determinants of your car insurance rates is the insurance company you work with. For a typical insurance customer, GEICO provides Durham's cheapest rates. We've gathered the best cheap car insurance companies in Durham below. You should only use this list as a starting point: it's important to compare quotes specific to your unique driving profile.

Company Average Yearly Rate
GEICO $517
North Carolina Farm Bureau $776
Erie $808
State Farm $850
Nationwide $995

Consult our expert guide to finding the best cheap car insurance.

Auto insurance premiums by age in Durham

The age group that pays the least for car insurance in Durham are drivers in their 60s ($889per year). Rates for Durham drivers in their 50s are also relatively affordable, at just $890 per year.

The Durham drivers who pay the highest insurance rates are teenagers. One of the most effective ways to lower your car insurance rates as a driver in Durham is to age out of your teens. The cost differential between the auto insurance rates paid by teenage drivers and drivers in their 20s in Durham is $1,095, the largest such difference between any two age groups.

Age Average Yearly Rate
Teenagers $2,133
20s $1,038
30s $944
40s $927
50s $890
60s $889
70s $946

Learn more about how age influences auto insurance rates.

Durham auto insurance costs by marital status and gender

In some cases, a driver's marital status and gender may affect the auto insurance rates they pay. Married drivers in Durham pay $6 more than single drivers for car insurance. Married drivers pay less for car insurance than do single drivers in many locations. Rates for those who are widowed are also much cheaper than rates for those who are single.

Gender is another factor that can affect car insurance rates. In Durham, female drivers pay more for auto insurance than do male drivers: $0 per year, to be precise.

Gender/Marital Status Average Yearly Rate
Female $951
Male $951
Single $957
Married $957
Divorced $951
Widowed $951

Learn more about how gender and marital status have on insurance rates.

Durham car insurance costs by incident history

No matter where you live, steering clear of accidents and citations is the best way to keep your auto insurance rates low. At-fault collisions, DWIs, citations for reckless driving, and speeding tickets each contribute to increases in car insurance rates. Insurance companies reward low-risk drivers with the gift of low rates.

Durham drivers found guilty of reckless driving pay a steep price when it comes to auto insurance, facing a rate increase of $830 per year versus the city average. A ticket for speeding results in a $493 rate hike while a DWI or DUI violation costs $3,414per year in extra insurance expenditures.

Citation Average Annual Rate
DUI/DWI $4,366
Reckless Driving $1,781
At-fault Accident (damages less than $1,000) $1,277
At-fault Accident (damages greater than $2,000) $1,566
Speeding Ticket (16-20 mph over speed limit) $1,444

Learn more about the impact of driving violations on car insurance rates.

Durham auto insurance rates by credit level

A driver's credit level can be closely correlated with their auto insurance rates. Durham drivers who improve their credit score from "Very Poor" (300-579) to "Exceptional" (800-850) can save as much as 42% on their car insurance premiums. Moving into the "Fair" credit tier from the "Very Poor" level is one of the most impactful steps a driver can take in pursuit of better car insurance rates. In Durham, improving your credit to "Fair" corresponds with a $402 decrease in annual car insurance rates.

Credit Tier Average Rate (annual)
Very Poor $1,519
Fair $1,117
Good $951
Very Good $922
Exceptional $881

Curious about how your credit score might impact your auto insurance rates? Click here to learn more.

What drives up car insurance rates in Durham?

Where you live in Durham affects your car insurance rates. Besides your driving history and credit score, where you live is one of the biggest contributing factors to the car insurance rates you'll pay. The reason? Crime, theft and uninsured motorists vary by ZIP code. So if you find yourself in a neighborhood that doesn't play well with others, car insurance companies may consider you a high risk to insure, meaning: your rates could be higher than those of a pal who lives just around the block. And, unfortunately Durham is no exception to the rule. From ZIP code 27705 to 27704, premiums rise by 5 percent—that's $38.

Expensive Durham ZIP codes: 27713, 27711, 27710, 27706, 27704

Cheap Durham ZIP codes: 27705, 27712, 27707, 27701, 27703

Durham Driving Conditions

Inclement weather goes hand in hand with wet brakes, slick roads, and decreased visibility.

And that's not the worst of it. More than 700,000 weather-related car accidents occur each year. In Durham, you can expect 104 rainy days with an annual rainfall of 44 inches. Durham is also known to experience thunderstorms and occasional hurricanes.


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Driving in Durham

Major Highways
NC 147 U.S. 15-501 I-85
Public Transit
GoDurham Bus

Triangle Transit Bus


City of Durham Parking

Find Local Durham Agents

First Insurance Services, Inc.


Tyson Insurance Services, Inc.

3814-A N Duke St, Durham, NC 27704

David Insurance Group, LLC

5005 Silhouette Dr., Durham, NC 27713

The Sorgi Insurance Agency

16 Consultant Pl Ste 102, Durham, NC 27707

Reliable Insurance Agency of NC, Inc.

3325 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Ste 200, Durham, NC 27707

Dominick Huckabee Noblin Ins Agy, Inc. Dba Dominick Huckabee Noblin Trent Ins

3604 Shannon Rd Ste 105, Durham, NC 27707

MAD Money Financial, Inc

1810 Fay St, Durham, NC 27704

The Insurance Center of Durham, Inc.

1920 Front St Ste 710 Suite 710, Durham, NC 27705


The average Durham resident's annual cost of coverage


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