Breakdown cover for cars, vans and motorbikes

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  • Compare breakdown cover from some of the UK’s biggest providers like AXA, Rescuemycar and StartRescue.co.uk.
  • We compare policies that cover breakdowns at the roadside, on your doorstep or even across Europe.
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You’ll need the vehicle’s age to get a quote, but if you don’t know it, you can use the DVLA’s vehicle information database to find it out.

Why do I need breakdown cover?

Every vehicle at some point will experience problems that can leave you stranded at the side of the road, but cheap breakdown cover could provide peace of mind should you run into difficulties. 

The most common reasons for breakdown call outs includes engine issues, flat/faulty car batteries, flat tyres, losing your keys or accidentally misfuelling.

If this happens to you and you don’t have breakdown cover for the above, you’ll have to cover the costs of getting rescued.

Even without cover in place, you can help prepare yourself for a breakdown. Our handy guide contains tips on what you should have at hand, if you’re be unfortunate enough to breakdown, at home or abroad.

What are the different features of breakdown cover?

As with most things, you get what you pay for. A cheap breakdown cover policy will generally offer only the basics, but a more comprehensive policy could have many more features.

When comparing breakdown policies, the main features to consider are:

  • Roadside assistance – provides cover to help get your car restarted at the roadside.
  • Local recovery – cover for your vehicle to be towed to a local garage, if it can’t be fixed at the roadside.
  • National recovery – if your vehicle can’t be fixed at the roadside, they may tow your vehicle to any location in the UK.
  • Home start – covers you if you break down close to your home.
  • Onwards journey – if your vehicle can’t be repaired at the roadside, this will generally cover the cost of a replacement vehicle or public transport to get you to your destination, whilst it’s being repaired.
  • European cover – covers you when driving your vehicle in Europe (the length of cover can vary depending on the provider).

What to do if you break down

If you’re unlucky enough to break-down, you should follow these simple instructions to keep safe:

  • The first thing to do is to make sure you’re parked safely before doing anything else.
  • Don’t forget to turn your hazard warning lights on, and if it’s dark, your sidelights.
  • Use the passenger doors to leave the vehicle rather than the driver door. This reduces the risk to you and your passengers from traffic passing on the right.
  • Keep you and your passengers a safe distance away from the carriageway and hard shoulder, use the bank or get behind the barriers if possible.
  • If you have animals, it’s best to leave them in the car, but in an emergency keep them under control and away from the road.
  • Finally, call your breakdown cover provider to let them know where you are. Look out for driver location signs to help pinpoint your location. If you’re not covered you’ll need to call the Highways Agency for assistance.

For more information, take a look at our comprehensive guide on what to do when you break down.

Motorcycle breakdown cover

Breaking down can be a stressful experience, especially on a motorbike when the weather isn't particularly pleasant. A motorbike breakdown policy could prepare you for any unexpected situations and it could also save you time, money and hassle.

Motorcycle breakdown cover means that - depending on your policy - someone can repair your motorbike on the spot, take you to a garage or get you home safely.

Just like car breakdown cover, there are multiple levels of cover - so be sure to choose your cover carefully depending on your needs. These range from Roadside assistance cover to National or European cover. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you're not left out in the cold when choosing a policy!

It's worth noting that some providers may exclude cover for certain types of bikes. For example, this could be an exclusion on quad bikes or trikes whilst others might not cover motorbikes under 125cc. If in doubt, make sure to check if there are any excluded vehicles in the policy before purchasing.

If you'd like to know more about covering your vehicle, visit our motorbike breakdown page.

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Van breakdown cover

If you rely on your van for business use, breaking down is not only an inconvenience but can prevent you from doing your job and also losing money in the process.

Depending on your circumstances the level of van breakdown cover you need may vary. Be wary that cheaper policies usually offer a basic breakdown service when you may require a more comprehensive cover to suit your needs.

If your van does break down, depending on your policy, someone could attempt to fix your van on the roadside or tow you to the nearest garage. Choosing the right type of policy is important to leave you safe knowing that if you do breakdown you’re covered.

Find out more about the different types of breakdown cover for your van.

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Breakdown cover FAQs

  • Can I change the level of my breakdown cover?

    This will depend on your provider - some may allow you to upgrade/downgrade during a policy but others may not. If this is something you think you may want to do, it's always best to contact a provider before taking out a policy.

  • Is there a yearly limit on the number of callouts?

    This will vary on what provider you choose. In our quote details page we'll ask you its age and then give you a list of providers that will cover your vehicle.

  • Is there an age limit on vehicles that can get cover?

    This will vary on what provider you choose. In our quote details page we'll ask you its age and then give you a list of providers that will cover your vehicle.

  • What do I need to provide to get a quote?

    You'll need to provide the type of vehicle you want covered (car, van or motorbike), the age of the vehicle and some personal details. If you didn't find the answer you were looking for, our Breakdown cover FAQs page may be able to help you.

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