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How to Buy the Best Breakdown Cover?

Getting the right breakdown cover isn't only about finding the best provider. You'll want to make sure you get the right level of cover for your needs, which won't leave you having to pay extra costs.

What types of breakdown cover are there?

Personal or vehicle cover

Personal cover means the breakdown policy applies to you as an individual. This means you’ll be covered for any car if you’re driving or riding passenger, as long as it meets the requirements set out in your policy

Traditional or insurance-style cover

Traditional breakdown cover is where you pay a set amount, either monthly or annually, and in return you’re covered for everything outlined on your policy. Insurance style, also known as pay-and-claim, is where you pay up front for any

What’s covered by a breakdown policy?

Breakdown policies will give you the peace of mind that help is at hand if you break down while on the road.

Depending on the policy you choose, it can also include cover if your vehicle breaks down at home, anywhere in the UK and in Europe.

All breakdown providers offer an emergency helpline and breakdown assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Is breakdown cover worth having?

If you don’t have breakdown cover, your only choice is to call a recovery service and pay for a tow to a local garage.

The cost can quickly run into the hundreds of pounds, and you'll need to work out how you’ll get home and retrieve your car at a later date if that garage can’t fix it.

Plus, you could end up paying top dollar for repairs that you might get done significantly cheaper elsewhere.

Breakdown services have various plans, from coming out and towing you to the nearest garage or even dropping you at a station and fronting the cost of your train fare so you can continue your journey.

Why use Start Rescue for Breakdown Cover?

If you’re looking for breakdown recovery, car roadside assistance or breakdown insurance, you’ve come to the right place. Our breakdown service has been split into five simple levels to ensure you get the right policy for your lifestyle and budget.

We understand that you may have some questions that you need answering before you make any decisions, which is why we’ve put together a few of the most commonly asked ones below.