Cheap South Carolina Car Insurance

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Here's what you need to know when driving in South Carolina

Across the Palmetto State, there are 139,690 miles of road just waiting to be driven. Learn about average insurance rates in SC for a variety of driving profiles and check out insurance quotes from inexpensive, quality companies in your state.


 

Affordable insurance companies in South Carolina

What's the cheapest car insurance in South Carolina?
RankCompany NameAvg. Annual Premium
1The Hartford$760
2USAA$1,319
3Travelers$1,370
4State Farm$1,416
5Southern Farm Bureau$1,586
6National Grange Mutual$1,610
7Allstate$1,639
8Progressive$1,675
9Nationwide$1,774
10Safe Auto$2,856

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Cheap auto insurance for good drivers in South Carolina

Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. South Carolina drivers without a recent at-fault accident typically save 31% on their car insurance premiums — nearly matching the 32% US average. In addition to earning a cheaper premium for driving incident-free, you may qualify for a safe-driving bonus through your car insurance company. The amount of these discounts may vary, but they typically run between 5 and 10%.

Rating Factor$ Savings% Savings
No Traffic Tickets$27116.54%
No Accidents$62831.46%
Good Credit$1,39450.48%

 

Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in South Carolina

Young drivers (those between the ages of 16 and 25) pay extraordinarily high auto insurance rates, with those aged 16-19 paying the most expensive premiums of all. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teens pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. In South Carolina, the typical teen driver pays $4,742 annually, which aligns with the national average for teens. Teen drivers in South Carolina pay approximately three times as much as do older drivers.

AgeAnnual Rate with ParentsAnnual Rate Alone
16$5,050$6,372
17$4,732$5,274
18$4,554$4,620
19$4,153$3,190

 

Cheap auto insurance for bad drivers in South Carolina

If you have a clean driving record — no at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, or other recent citations — you'll probably enjoy relatively cheap car insurance rates. Conversely, a bad driving record will cause your costs to skyrocket: car insurance premiums typically increase by 33% after a DUI, 31% after an at-fault accident, and 16% after a speeding ticket in South Carolina. The post-citation penalties assessed by car insurance companies in South Carolina are near nationwide averages. If you have a clean driving history, be sure to inquire about your insurance company's safe driver discount.

Rating FactorAnnual Rate% Increase
At-Fault Accident$1,99531.46%
DUI$2,06533.79%
Speeding Violation$1,63816.54%
Bad Credit$2,76150.48%

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Top rated car insurance companies in South Carolina

Every car insurer boasts about its low rates. But just like with any service, the least expensive option isn't always the best. Considering the stakes, it's worth doing the due diligence to obtain an auto policy that covers your car completely after an accident. It's worth contrasting options to discover a great value, rather than settling for the cheapest car insurance in South Carolina.

Review top insurance companies' financial strength and claims satisfaction levels to better understand the level of service they will provide. Claims satisfaction — assigned by J.D. Power — is ranked on a scale of 2 to 5, with 5 being "among the best" and 2 being "the rest." Financial strength — calculated by A.M. Best and running from "Poor" to "Superior" — evaluates an insurer's financial strength and ability to meet its policy and contractual obligations.

 

Insurance Company

Claims Satisfaction

(J.D. Power)

Customer Satisfaction

(J.D. Power)

Financial Strength

(A.M. Best)

Customer Satisfaction

(The Zebra)

AllstateAbove averageAverageSuperior4.3 / 5
GEICOAverageAverageSuperior4.4 / 5
NationwideAbove averagePoorSuperior4.3 / 5
ProgressiveBelow averageBelow averageExcellent4.3
Safe AutoN/AN/AExcellentN/A
Southern Farm BureauN/AN/AExcellentN/A
State FarmAbove averageAbove averageSuperior4.5 / 5
The HartfordExcellentAbove averageExcellentN/A
TravelersBelow averageBelow averageSuperior4.3 / 5
USAAExcellentExcellentSuperior4.6 / 5

South Carolina auto insurance laws

In South Carolina, the state minimum coverage requirements are as follows:

Liability:

  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $25,000 per accident

Uninsured Motorist:

  • Bodily Injury $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage $25,000 per accident

Optional coverage in South Carolina (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Loan/Lease Payoff
  • Medical Payments
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury
  • Underinsured Motorist Property Damage

For the legal minimum coverage level in South Carolina, prepare to pay an average of $693 per year. This is pricier than the U.S. average by 5%. If you opt for more comprehensive coverage, you can purchase a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, which will protect against damages caused by vehicle collisions, theft, or weather conditions. However, better insurance coverage comes at a price: in South Carolina, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,240, 79% more than liability-only car insurance. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 97% more than you might for basic coverage.

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How tickets change insurance rates in South Carolina

If you get a ticket, your auto insurance rates will probably rise. By how much depends on the violation, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differences in local insurance risks and regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.

Below is a snapshot of average auto insurance rates in South Carolina after a few common violations.

ViolationAvg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate% Insurance Rate Increase$ Insurance Rate Increase
Hit and Run$2,19560%$826
Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test$2,12555%$756
DUI$2,12555%$756
Racing$2,11555%$746
Reckless Driving$2,06351%$694
Driving with a Suspended License$2,10354%$734
At-Fault Accident$1,96744%$598
Driving with an Open Container$1,80732%$438
Operating a Vehicle Without Permission$1,71125%$342
Passing a School Bus$1,70525%$336
Improper Passing$1,66722%$298
Following Too Closely$1,66722%$298
Speeding$1,64920%$280
Failure to Stop at a Red Light$1,66722%$298
Illegal Turn$1,66722%$298
Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane$1,66722%$298
Failure to Yield$1,66722%$298
Speeding in a School Zone$1,64920%$280
Driving Too Slowly$1,64920%$280
Distracted Driving$1,60717%$238
Driving with Expired Registration$1,60217%$234
Failure to Show Documents$1,60217%$234
Not-at-Fault Accident$1,4607%$91
Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint$1,4647%$95
Failure to Wear a Seat Belt$1,4647%$95
Driving Without Lights$1,4053%$36

 

South Carolina car insurance FAQs

Who has the cheapest car insurance in South Carolina?

The Hartford ($380 per six-month policy) and USAA ($658) are the cheapest providers in South Carolina. If you do not qualify for these companies, consider GEICO, Progressive and State Farm.

How much is car insurance in SC?

Car insurance in South Carolina is slightly less costly than the national average. A liability-only policy will set you back $346 per six-month policy, and a full coverage policy costs $684.

Is it illegal to drive without insurance in SC?

Yes, it is illegal to drive without insurance in South Carolina. If you're struggling to pay for auto insurance, let us help. Use our comparison tool to see how much you could be saving for full or liability coverage.

How much does car insurance cost in South Carolina cities?

Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, location of the vehicle being an important one. The cheapest car insurance is found in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and the most expensive in North Charleston, South Carolina.

RankCityAvg. Annual Premium
1North Charleston$1,508
2Summerville$1,496
3Charleston$1,470
4Columbia$1,438
5Rock Hill$1,433
6Mount Pleasant$1,346
7Spartanburg$1,308
8Greenville$1,306
9Hilton Head Island$1,266
10Simpsonville$1,206

 

Recent Questions:

What do I do if a person hit me from the back and now is claiming to their insurance that I hit them?

Sorry to hear about your situation. From what I can gather, it appears that she hit the rear of your car while you were waiting at the gate of your apartment complex.
Aug 15, 2019 Florence, SC

Am I covered if I insure the vehicle but I'm not listed on the vehicle

These situations can be a bit tricky when it comes to coverage for insurance. Insurance companies will tell you that you need "Insurable Interest" in what you are insuring.
Apr 18, 2018 Charleston, SC

Can I sue someone for the damage their driveway caused?

Although their driveway was what caused the damage, it is the driver's responsibility to navigate slowly over bumps to avoid damage. So, in this case, the owner of the driveway wouldn't be considered at-fault or responsible for the damages.
Jan 9, 2018 Charleston, South Carolina

Someone hit my car and left a note with their insurance information what do I do next?

That's great that they were honest and left a note. The next step would be to contact their insurance company and file a claim.  Check out our great page on what to expect when filing your claim.
Dec 8, 2018 Camden, SC

Kristine Lee
Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

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