This is a list of breakdown insurance companies that offer roadside cover.
You can visit each insurer's website to view policy details and get quotes. How our site works.
RAC Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £27.99
Get two months free RAC Breakdown Cover. 12 months for the price of 10 on new, personal based Roadside and Recovery and selected levels above on annual continuous direct from RAC. Ends 12.05.2015. T&Cs apply.
Green Flag Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £27
50% off your renewal quote from the AA or RAC for equivalent UK vehicle cover on vehicles 10 years or under. Underwritten by U K Insurance Limited.
2Gether Insurance Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
vehicle only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £19
Exclusive 15% discount for money.co.uk users when using discount code: MONEY15. See website for details, T&Cs may apply.
AA Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery
& Home Service
Premiums
from £29.99
Get a free MOT + 6 free car washes. T&Cs apply.
QDOS Rescue Services Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £12.49
New, select QDOS one call-out option to save up to 40% on your quote (UK policies only)
GEM Motoring Assist Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery
& Home Service
Premiums
from £59.54
Award winning UK Breakdown cover. Includes Roadside Assistance, Home start, Nationwide Recovery & Alternative travel and free mobile app.
Drive 24-7 Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
vehicle only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £39.99
Includes Roadside Assistance, Homestart, Vehicle Recovery, Getting to Your Destination, Car Hire, Hotel accommodation, up to x6 Breakdowns Per Year.
Startrescue.co.uk Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £17.79
RescuemyCar.com Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £17.90
Breakdown Assist Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
vehicle only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £20.49
We can cover vehicles of any age*. Free caravan and trailer cover with all policies. *For European cover, up to the age of 15 years.
LV= Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £38.50
Great value cover - starts from just £29, five levels of cover so only pay for what you need. 5 Star rated by Defaqto for LV= UK Recovery & Home Assist and Uk & European Assist cover.
LV= Britannia Rescue Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £29
Great value cover - Cover starts from just £29. Five levels of cover so you only pay for what you need. 5 Star rated by Defaqto for our UK Recovery & Home Assist and UK & European Assist cover
Autonational Rescue Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
vehicle only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery
& Home Service
Premiums
from £27
Kwik-Fit Insurance Services Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £17.85
Surewise.com Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
vehicle only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £49.99
Insure4Breakdown.co.uk Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
vehicle only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £49.99
Warranty Direct Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
vehicle only
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £33
Churchill Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £27.56
ETA Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £29.71
Direct Line Breakdown Cover
Policy Basis
person or vehicle
Cover Options
Roadside, Recovery,
Home Service & European Travel
Premiums
from £27.56

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How To Compare Roadside Recovery Services

by Steve_Sims

If your car breaks down on the road or won't start on the drive, you want to know you have the right breakdown cover to deal with the problem.

Man sat on car looking at paper

Sometimes breakdown services make what they do too complicated, so you have to compare different providers to find the right cover at the right price.

If you need some advice about how to compare roadside recovery deals, here are some important points to consider:

Roadside assistance

If your car breaks down or is involved in an accident anywhere on the UK mainland, providing you are not at home, you need a breakdown service that will come and start the car, or if that fails, will take you home or to a nearby garage.

Most breakdown services call this 'roadside assistance' or 'basic cover'.

If your car won't start, a technician will try to solve the problem within 60 minutes.

You need to watch your roadside assistance comparison here - nearly every service has a different definition of how far from home the service starts. For some, it's as close as 400 yards, while it's a mile for others.

Don't just go for a cheap roadside assistance policy, check the details so you don't get caught out.

Roadside recovery

Roadside assistance and recovery come as a package - if the technician cannot start your car or you have had an accident that makes your car unroadworthy, roadside recovery will take you and the vehicle to your home or the nearest garage.

This is where roadside recovery comparison is important. Some roadside cover polices have a towing radius limited to 10 miles from the call-out location, others allow a more generous 15 miles.

If you live in a rural area, that extra five miles can make all the difference so check the roadside cover limit before you buy.

Breaking down at home

If your car breaks down close to home, roadside assistance is no help, instead you would need cover that offers 'homestart' or 'home rescue'.

This service offers the same features as roadside assistance and recovery, but a technician will come to your assistance even if you break down outside your front door. This does come at an extra cost so you need to consider whether it's an additional benefit you'd find valuable.

Checking out your car's condition

All roadside breakdown cover services will want to make sure your car is in a reasonable condition before putting your policy on risk.

Again, most roadside cover providers have their own view on 'reasonable' that covers age, mileage and type of vehicle and some will probably ask for a service history as well. Read the policy schedule to make sure your car fits the bill before you take up one of the roadside recovery offers available.