At Lee Insurance Agency LLC, we get asked all the time if there isn’t some kind of alternative to car insurance. Many people even wonder if specific drivers don’t have to be insured. In this state, you need to be insured…unless you’re willing to spend more money on an alternative way of keeping your car safe. Here’s what you need to know.
Insurance is Mandatory in North Carolina…Except When…
While North Carolina is one of the 48 states in the nation that requires people to buy car insurance, they are also one of a handful that allows people to purchase bonds instead of an insurance policy. How does this work? Individuals who don’t want insurance pay into a bond provided by a surety company.
Then, when an individual crashes their car or needs any repairs, they get money directly from this bond instead of an insurance company. However, they must eventually pay back the money in this bond to keep it at a set value. In this state, the minimum amount is $85,000 for uninsured drivers.
So, while this is a valid and legal option for drivers in this state, it is expensive. And it can affect a person’s credit score. For example, drivers without car insurance may find their score declines, even if they have a surety bond that helps pay for any damage that their car may experience.
It Is Best to Stay Insured
While surety bonds may be a good choice for some people, we at Lee Insurance Agency LLC believe that insurance makes more sense. So if you want a policy and would rather not invest in a surety bond instead, please call us today to learn more. Our team will help set you up with a high-value policy that makes sense for your needs.