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Minimum insurance requirements for South Carolina
The minimum amount of South Carolina auto insurance coverage is $25,000/$50,000/$25,000. In the event of a covered accident, your limits for bodily injury are $25,000 per person, with a total maximum of $50,000 per incident. It also covers up to $25,000 for damage to another person’s property.
Liability coverage provides for your legal defense if a lawsuit is brought against you as a result of a covered accident. As a resident of South Carolina, there are two types of liability coverage your insurance policy must include: property damage and bodily injury.
Property damage safeguards your assets if you are found legally responsible for a covered accident. It covers certain damage you may cause to the property or vehicle of another party.
Bodily injury safeguards your assets if you’re found legally responsible for a covered accident, including certain expenses associated with bodily harm sustained by the other parties.
Optional South Carolina insurance coverages
It’s often a good idea to add the following coverages to your policy so you can enjoy the security of being protected on the road:
This type of South Carolina auto insurance coverage is used to repair your vehicle when physical damage occurs from non-collision related incidents (subject to deductible). Such incidents include theft, fire, vandalism, glass breakage, and contact with animals.
Collision coverage is used to repair your vehicle when physical damage occurs from collision with another vehicle or object (subject to deductible).
This insurance may cover reasonable and necessary medical expenses or funerals for you and others who are covered under your policy in an accident, regardless of who is at fault, up to the amount you choose.
Gap covers amount owed above actual cash value (ACV), if purchased or leased vehicle is a total loss, in a covered loss.
Vehicle value upgrade if your covered vehicle is a total loss, this option provides for a comparable vehicle in ready-to-sell condition (up to 100% MSRP). It does not apply to leased vehicles.
New car replacement plus if your covered vehicle is a total loss, this coverage provides gap coverage plus protection against depreciation to replace covered vehicle, 0-2 years old with a new vehicle (up to 110% of MSRP on totaled vehicle) or a vehicle 3-5 years old with vehicle in ready-to-sell condition. It does not apply to leased vehicles.
Nationwide Roadside Assistance coverage is available in two different levels, Basic and Plus, so you can choose the one that works best with your budget. Get covered for fuel delivery, lockout service, jump-starts and more.
Loss of use/rental car expense
If you can’t drive your car due to a covered loss, this coverage helps pay for a rental car or other transportation expenses so you can get back on the road.
What factors affect your car insurance rate?
Some car insurance rating factors, such as your driving record, can significantly impact your insurance costs. Below are the most common rating factors used to determine a low or high risk driver.
1. Your vehicle
The type of car you own can affect your car insurance rate. This will include car safety features, year and make, age of the vehicle, vehicle ownership and cost of repairing the vehicle.
2. Where you live
Car insurance rates vary by state and zip code. Each state has their own regulations and insurance coverage requirements.
3. Your characteristics
Your demographics such as age, gender, marital status, credit score and profession can impact your rate.
4. Driving history
Your driving history would include your driving record, how much you drive and years of driving experience.
What can increase my car insurance rate?
Once you find the right coverage, be sure to keep in mind the factors that can increase your rate.
1. Traffic violations
Traffic violations include minor and major violations such as speeding tickets, careless driving and DUIs.
2. At-fault accidents
At-fault accidents that result in large insurance claims may affect your premium.
3. Adding a driver to your policy
If someone else drives your car you should add them to your policy. Their driving record and driving history may increase your insurance rate.
4. Lapse in insurance
A lapse in car insurance is when you have a registered car but no car insurance. Going without car insurance in many states can make you a high-risk driver when purchasing car insurance.
What are the consequences of driving without car insurance?
Driving uninsured can result in varying penalties and is against the law in most states. The consequences of driving without insurance outweigh the monthly insurance premium and may result in the following penalties.
Fines vary by state and can add up to thousands of dollars if you are involved in an accident.
2. License suspension
Some states revoke or suspend your license if you are caught driving without insurance.
3. Vehicle impounded
In some states your vehicle may be towed and you will not be able to claim your car until you submit proof of insurance. Getting your car back will require additional impound and reinstatement fees.
4. Vehicle repair and medical costs
If you are uninsured and involved in an accident you have to pay out-of-pocket for damages and, depending on the severity of the accident, the costs can be very high. You could even be sued for bodily injury or property damage.
5. Increase in car insurance premium
Driving uninsured will make you a high-risk driver and this can increase your premium. Some states require an SR-22 document to prove you can meet the state’s minimum insurance requirements. Having an SR-22 will reflect poorly on your driving record.
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Insurance terms, definitions and explanations are intended for informational purposes only and do not in any way replace or modify the definitions and information contained in individual insurance contracts, policies or declaration pages, which are controlling. Such terms and availability may vary by state and exclusions may apply.