2019’s Best Cheap Car Insurance in South Carolina
The best way to get cheap car insurance is to compare quotes from different car insurance companies. In order to help drivers in South Carolina find the cheapest car insurance rates for their needs and circumstances, WalletHub collected over 5,200 quotes from 22 auto insurance companies in South Carolina.
WalletHub’s cheap car insurance comparison was based on up to five driver profiles with different ages, genders, driving records, marital statuses and miles driven. Read on for the full results, along with a detailed description of our methodology and additional insight from a panel of experts.
Cheapest Car Insurance in South Carolina
|Overall Rank*||Company Name||Young Driver Rank*||Average Driver Rank*||Senior Driver Rank*||Male Driver Rank*||Female Driver Rank*||Family Driver Rank*||Good Driver Rank*||Bad Driver Rank*|
|2||The Hartford Insurance||3||5||6||3||4||3||3||4|
|5||Garrison Property & Casualty Insurance Company||5||6||5||4||6||4||6||5|
|7||South Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Company||8||9||7||7||13||8||10||6|
|15||AMCO Insurance Company||15||14||14||14||15||15||15||13|
|18||First National Insurance Company of America||18||11||17||15||18||13||18||16|
|19||Bristol West Insurance Company||19||13||18||13||20||16||19||15|
Cheap Car Insurance Survey
To better understand consumers’ attitudes toward car insurance, particularly related to cost, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey. We asked about issues ranging from how people prioritize cost versus coverage to whether it’s fair for car insurance companies to use gender, age or geography in policy pricing.
You can find the complete results of WalletHub’s 2019 Car Insurance Survey in the following infographic.
Tips for How to Get Cheap Car Insurance
- Get a car that’s cheap to cover. Certain car models cost more to insure than others. Cars that are safer and cost less, like minivans and SUVs, are cheaper to insure than expensive, fast sports cars.
- Be on your best behavior. Safe drivers with no history of accidents, tickets or arrests can look forward to cheaper rates than people who haven’t been as responsible. Convicted felons will also often have to pay more, even if their record isn’t related to driving.
- Take advantage of discounts. You may be able to get discounts if you are a veteran, get paperless statements, have a good driving record, bundle policies, are a student or have an anti-theft system, to name a few.
- Build good credit. Your credit score will often factor into your auto insurance rates – people with no credit pay 67% more than people with excellent credit on average. To boost your credit score, make sure you have at least one open credit card account that’s in good standing, always pay your bills on time, and try to use less than 30% of your credit cards’ limits.
- Look locally. There are several big-name nationwide auto insurers with lots of satisfied customers, but you don’t necessarily have to get coverage from a company that takes clients from all across the country. Plenty of car insurance companies only cater to customers in certain regions or states. These local insurers may provide lower rates but are often overlooked. Make sure to include them in your comparison, at least.
- Choose a higher deductible. An insurer may lower your monthly rates in return for a higher deductible - the amount you personally have to pay when you make a claim. That can save you money if you never have an accident. This approach makes the most sense for people who are very infrequent drivers.
- Select less comprehensive coverage. There are many types of car insurance. You will usually need liability coverage, to pay the other person’s damages if you’re at fault in an accident. But you might not need collision damage coverage (pays for your repairs) or comprehensive coverage (pays for non-accident-related damages). Both pay out based on your car’s current value. If your car is older and will cost more to fix than to buy a new vehicle, it may not be worth it.
- Consider pay-per-mile plans. Rather than paying a set amount for car insurance each month, you could find a plan that lets you pay based on how much you drive. If you have a car but rarely use it, or only drive very locally, a pay-per-mile plan might be best for you. The insurance company will place a device in your car that tracks your mileage. It may also track things like your speed and braking, which could affect your rates positively if you’re a safe driver and negatively if not.
Car insurance is a necessary expense if you’re a driver, but trying to find the cheapest rates can be a time-consuming process. To gain more insight about getting cheap car insurance while still having quality coverage, WalletHub posed the following questions to a panel of experts in South Carolina car insurance. Click on the experts below to view their bios and answers.
- What are the biggest risk factors keeping car insurance rates from being cheaper in South Carolina?
- Is there anything that state and local governments can do to promote cheap car insurance rates for their constituents?
- What is the biggest vehicle-related financial mistake that drivers in South Carolina make?
- Why do you think credit history has a relatively [big/small] impact on car insurance rates in South Carolina?
WalletHub collected quotes from all major auto insurers for at least 30 zip codes in South Carolina. WalletHub obtained quotes for every possible driver profile in South Carolina’s regulator’s database. By receiving quotes for multiple driver profiles, WalletHub ensured a diverse sample. Below are the general categories we considered and the metrics for each.
South Carolina Driver Profiles
|Gender||Men and women|
|Age||25, 25-65, 65+|
|Marital Status||Single and married|
|Family||No young child and one young child (non-driving)|
|Driving Record||No violations; 1 at-fault accident; 1 traffic ticket|
|Miles Driven Per Year||12,000|
|Car||Toyota Corolla or comparable sedan|
|Credit History||Good, Average, Bad|
Below are a few samples of the types of drivers for whom WalletHub received quotes:
- Example A: A 24-year-old single male with 1 traffic ticket. Has bad credit. Drives to and from work.
- Example B: A 40-year-old married female with a clean driving record. Has good credit. Drives only for plesaure.
- Example C: A 66-year-old married female with 1 at-fault accident. Has average credit. Drives to and from work.
In terms of the amount of insurance coverage, WalletHub selected the closest available option to the amounts below.
Coverage Limits Assumed:
|Coverage Type||Coverage Amount|
|Bodily Liability Coverage||$25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident|
|Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Coverage||$25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident|
|Property Damage Liability Coverage||$25,000 per accident|
|Collision coverage deductible||$500|
|Comprehensive coverage deductible||$500|
WalletHub used this data to rank the cheapest car insurance companies in South Carolina overall and for the individual metrics.
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