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Breakdown Cover Guide

Our Breakdown Cover Guide will give you the information you need to have a better understanding of the different types and levels of cover that the RAC have on offer. No driver wants to be left stranded by the roadside without the means to either fix their car or get home safely. With the right Breakdown Cover that no longer needs to be a constant cause of concern. Whether you have been driving for years or have recently passed your test, our cover provides the essential support you need if your car breaks down. Read below to discover which type and level of cover is best for you.

Different Types of Breakdown Cover

Our Cheap Breakdown Cover is our standard Roadside cover package. Though it is our cheapest package, it provides top-of-the-line service by delivering the core essentials drivers need to have the appropriate level of cover for their car, regardless of who is driving at the time. If a breakdown occurs outside a quarter of a mile from your home, we will endeavour to fix your car at the roadside. If in the rare event your vehicle is not fixed, we will tow it to a chosen destination, up to 10 miles away. All for only £29.99 a year.

There are additional breakdown cover services you can add to your package. These allow you to choose additional levels of service to meet your specific needs and travel requirements. These additional levels can cover breakdowns at your home, as well as the roadside. It offers a comprehensive recovery service and can provide alternative accommodation and transport. Optional extras are also available and cover everything from keys to European Rescue.

Read below to learn more about the different levels of cover.

Different Levels of Breakdown Cover

Recovery – If in the unlikely event your vehicle is not fixed by the roadside, with this level of cover, your vehicle will be placed onto one of our recovery trucks which will take you, your car and up to seven of your passengers to a destination anywhere in the UK.

At Home – Unbeknown to most motorists, most car breakdowns actually occur at or very near the home. With this level of cover we will attend your vehicle if it breaks down at your home, or within a quarter of a mile from your home.

Optional Extras to Breakdown Cover

We also have a range of optional extras you can add to your breakdown cover including; European cover, Battery Rescue, Onward Travel, Courtesy Car, Key Replace and Garage Parts & Labour.

Contact us today

Find further information here on Breakdown Cover or speak to one of our RAC advisers on 0330 159 0145 to get a quote.

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Breakdown Cover from just £29.99

  • Our patrols fix 4 out of 5 vehicles at the roadside in just 30 minutes on average
  • As Britain’s most experienced provider we've been championing motorists for 119 years
  • 92% of our members would recommend RAC breakdown cover to their friends and family


Breakdown cover provided by RAC Motoring Services (Registered No 01424399) and RAC Insurance Ltd (Registered No 2355834). Registered in England; Registered Offices: RAC House, Brockhurst Crescent, Walsall, WS5 4AW. Arranged, sold and administered by RAC Motoring Services who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of insurance mediation activities only. RAC Insurance Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.