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What makes the RAC different? Our Patrols fix 4 out of 5 vehicles at the roadside and within an average of 30 minutes, so if you need to call us, it won't be long until you're moving again. That's not all, only the RAC gives you a Key Return service as part of your standard membership. And unlike other providers all our Patrols carry a universal spare wheel, so if your car doesn't have a spare as standard, we'll get you moving again.
Personal cover

Covers you as a driver or passenger in any vehicle.

Roadside Rescue

We'll fix your vehicle at the roadside, as long as you're over 1/4 mile away from your home


We'll take you, up to 8 passengers and your car to your chosen destination anywhere in the UK

At Home Rescue

We'll attend if your car breaks down at home, or within 1/4 mile of your house

Onward Travel

We'll provide a courtesy car, hotel accommodation or alternative transport for you and up to 8 passengers 5 times a year


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Cover includes:
Personal cover

Covers you as a driver or passenger in any vehicle.

Roadside Rescue

We'll fix your vehicle at the roadside, as long as you're over 1/4 mile away from your home


We'll take you, up to 8 passengers and your car to your chosen destination anywhere in the UK

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Inc Free EE Car WiFi

Cover includes:
Personal cover

Covers you as a driver or passenger in any vehicle.

Roadside Rescue

We'll fix your vehicle at the roadside, as long as you're over 1/4 mile away from your home


We'll take you, up to 8 passengers and your car to your chosen destination anywhere in the UK

At Home Rescue

We'll attend if your car breaks down at home, or within 1/4 mile of your house

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Or choose vehicle breakdown cover from £29.99...

You can also choose from some of our most popular breakdown packages...

New Driver

All the essentials for a new driver. We'll come to your rescue whether you're on the road, at home or out with friends, and if you lose your keys we'll pay for new ones

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Low Mileage

Best if you only make short trips - includes roadside, at home cover and a 10 mile tow if your car can't be fixed, plus battery replace (the most likely cause of a breakdown if you only do short trips)

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Everyday Cover

Best for everyday drivers who can't be without a car, as in addition to roadside, at home assistance and nationwide recovery, we'll also give you a courtesy car if yours is off the road

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Complete Cover

Our most comprehensive package for ultimate peace of mind - all the benefits of Everyday Cover, plus battery and we'll aim to pick up the costs if your car breaks down and has to go to a garage for repair***

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The RAC Difference

92% of our members would recommend RAC breakdown cover to their friends and family because of the RAC Difference.

  1. Our Patrols fix 4 out of 5 cars at the roadside in just 30 minutes on average
  2. All our Patrol vans carry over 500 parts and tools - so we bring the garage to you
  3. Attach the RAC fob to your keys and if you lose them we will let you know if they have been found.
  4. RAC Breakdown Cover has been awarded a 5-Star rating by Defaqto
  5. We’ll also rescue you if you’re involved in an accident2
  6. As Britain’s most experienced provider we've been championing motorists for 119 years

What our members are saying

When my car wouldn’t start on Christmas Day I contacted the RAC and got through quickly to someone who was so polite and helpful. A mechanic was with us in 15 minutes. Again he was polite, fixed the car quickly and we were on our way! I was thinking of leaving the RAC for a cheaper company but I will stay thanks to the gold star service I received.

Abi Hamilton

We were really delighted with the assistance provided by your patrol. It would have been easy to make a simple diagnosis that the engine had seized, but he took the trouble to identify that it was actually only the air conditioning pump. We had planned to look at alternative services when our renewal was due, but our recent experience proved the value of staying with the RAC!

Julie T

Today reminded me of why I choose the RAC over other roadside breakdown services and if Peter is a demonstration of the level of customer service supplied by your team you should be proud as a company of your achievement. Please pass on the heartfelt thanks from myself and my mum, we are truly grateful he answered our call for help this afternoon.

Lesley Hull

I would like to comment on the excellent service that I received this morning from your breakdown mechanic Chris. He was efficient, professional, polite and reassuring. Absolutely outstanding, it is this service that will make me renew my membership with the RAC.

Shelly Cottrell

Big thanks to Steve the RAC man who came out this morning and sorted out our flat battery. Fast and friendly service, cheers Steve!

James Bloor

Huge thanks to the RAC mechanic who did a fix on our car this eve - M25 J13-14. Enabled us to get home safely back to Norfolk. Excellent service, from call centre to mechanic & only a 40 minute wait for roadside assistance- well done on providing a super service.

Jo Bass

RAC came out in 20 mins. Lovely man. Found problem. Explained problem. Replaced parts. On the road again in less than 60 mins. FANTASTIC SERVICE!!!

Sylvine Tanner

Massive thanks must go to Mike who recovered us all quickly and safely from the A1 south bound this afternoon when I broke down with my two young children in the car. Totally professional and reassuring as he reached me feeling rather anxious and upset. Thank you.

Debra Thorpe

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the RAC for helping me out this morning with a complicated situation. The guy who came out to tow my car in Borehamwood was called Byron and he was a star. Great customer service from the breakdown line team as well. Thanks again.

Gemma Biggs

Just wanted to say thanks to the lovely guy yesterday who sorted my bonnet out! He enabled us to make a wonderful quick getaway!

Kirsty Jane France

Would like to thank Rob who rescued me in Witney, Oxfordshire today. Fantastic, friendly service and he resolved the issue on the spot. Thanks!

Katie Gough

Would like to thank Jason the patrol who attanded on Thursday at Sandy Bay, Devon Cliffs he was very professional and had brillant customers services thank you so much for your help.

Paul Lisa Gibbons

Our Breakdown Extras...

We understand how important it is to have the right cover for your needs. That why we've designed a range of Breakdown Extras to give you greater reassurance, should the unexpected happen. With Breakdown Extras from as little as £1.25 per month1, you can tailor your breakdown cover to meet your needs and ensure that we're there when you need us most.

We’ll source and fit a new battery up to the value of £600

Battery rescue

A replacement car for up to 3 days

Courtesy car

European Breakdown covers you in 48 countries

European rescue

We'll cover the cost of certain parts and labour to repair your vehicle

Garage parts and labour

We will cover the costs to replace your lost, broken or stolen house and car keys

Key replace

Our breakdown patrol will know you're a blue badge holder before they reach you.


Keep your business moving with tailored breakdown assistance for 1 to 100+ vehicles.


The Camping and Caravanning Club's breakdown and recovery scheme provided by RAC.


Punctures, battery problems, non-starts and cut-outs are all covered. We'll even come out if you run out of fuel.


Put the wrong fuel in your car? Don't panic. Call us now for our Fuel Drain Service.


Get extra cover to provide care and transport for your animals - from just £45 more.

Driving hints and tips

Find all the information you need to have a better understanding of the different levels of cover that the RAC have on offer


Find the answers to a range of breakdown related question covering both UK, European and Business Breakdown cover


Not sure what that light on your dashboard means? View our guide and easily identify what that warning light means


Not sure what to do if your car comes to an unexpected stop? Read our advice on what you should do after your car has broken down


Follow our 10 simple steps to help avoid a car breakdown. All of the tips are simple and can be done with very little car knowledge


More and more new cars are being built without space for a spare wheel. Find out how we have used innovation to overcome this problem


Find out what steps you should take if your vehicle breaks down on a motorway, including guidance from the Highway Code


Here are our top 10 tips on how to spot a car breakdown and the best way to deal with each eventuality


Modern cars are now equipped with a sophisticated electronic management system, find out how we overcome this to detect a fault with your car


5* Comprehensive European Breakdown Cover

Get single trip cover from just £7^

  • No overall claims limit for complete peace of mind
  • Reassurance of a 24/7 English-speaking helpline
  • UK roadside assistance and recovery up to the value of £300

Breakdown Cover

RAC Car Breakdown Cover will get you back on the road. Fast. And did you know, the RAC can come to your rescue if you have an accident2. Already a member? Existing members can take advantage of great Member Benefits with their car breakdown cover.

RAC Breakdown patrols fix 4 out of 5 vehicles at the roadside. UK Breakdown Cover membership starts from just £29.99 for roadside assistance. Options also include roadside recovery cover, at home car breakdown cover and more.

We know you want great value cover from a name you can trust, which is why our cheap breakdown cover starts from just £29.99. Why not compare breakdown cover and see if another breakdown provider can offer all this.

In addition to providing roadside assistance for your car, we offer Motorbike Breakdown Cover, which starts from just £29.99. We also provide European Breakdown Cover to give you peace of mind whilst on your holiday road-trip, from Short Trip cover to our Comprehensive 5 Star Defaqto-rated cover.

Already broken down?

If you've currently broken down contact us on one of the numbers below. These numbers are for anyone who has broken down - RAC Members and non-members.

5 Star Breakdown Cover

RAC Roadside, Recovery, At Home and Onward Travel breakdown has been awarded a 5 star rating by Defaqto.

Important information:

* The EE Car WiFi Offer

  1. The EE Car WiFi offer can be claimed by eligible new customers purchasing RAC Breakdown cover, when they spend £99 or over in one transaction. The offer includes an EE Car WiFi device and 2GB of data per month for 12 months (worth £11 a month).
To qualify           
  1. To qualify for the EE Car WiFi offer you must purchase RAC Breakdown cover direct from RAC:
  2. You must pay by annual continuous payment to qualify.
  3. You will be required to provide your payment details to EE and must pass the EE credit check. The EE contract is free for the first year only after which your contract will automatically renew on a rolling monthly basis, using the payment details given when activating your contract, unless you cancel according to EE’s terms. EE standard terms apply to the Car WiFi service, see, with one exception to the cancellation period: in respect of this offer you have 30 days from the date of dispatch to cancel your free Car WiFi. 
  4. Your RAC policy must have started on or before 15th June 2016 and the RAC must have received full payment. You must redeem your EE Car WiFi by July 31st 2016.
  5. The offer is not available to existing RAC Breakdown customers buying (or renewing their existing) breakdown cover or on purchases of breakdown during a breakdown situation. 
  6. This offer is fulfilled online and you must therefore provide a valid email address at the time of purchase in order for the RAC to send you details on how to claim your EE Car WiFi.
  7. If you cancel your RAC policy within the first 30 days or payment has not been received in full, your Car WiFi contract will become chargeable (current cost £11 a month, this changes in March annually by the Retail Price Index in Feb that year), unless you return the device to EE within 30 days of its dispatch. Upon cancellation of your RAC policy, EE will automatically send you packaging to return your device and cancel your contract.
  8. The offer excludes purchases made through, affinity, cashback and voucher code sites.
  9. The offer excludes employees of RAC, their immediate families, agents or any other person connected with the promotion.
  10. Only one EE Car WiFi offer claim per customer, UK residents only. Offer not transferable.
  11. There are no cash or any other alternatives available.
How it works
  1. Please claim your 12 months free EE Car WiFi before 23:59 on 31st July 2016. Details of how to claim your EE Car Wifi will be emailed to you within 72 hours of your membership start date.
  2. Please ensure you agree with these terms and conditions before you claim your offer. If you are successfully accepted your Car WiFi will be dispatched within 48 hours.
Things you need to know
  1. Offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and both EE and the RAC reserve the right to vary or amend these terms and conditions or to withdraw the promotion at any time.
  2. By participating in the promotion, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

1 Payment method and frequency must match that chosen for your breakdown cover

^ Price for 1 day Comprehensive cover for up to 9 people traveling in a 1 year old vehicle in France

2 Wherever possible the RAC will recover the cost of the recover service from your insurer or 3rd party insurer. If this is not possible you will be asked to pay for the recovery. Further terms and conditions apply, please refer to your policy booklet.

*** Costs covered for up to £750 per claim for certain parts and labour. Up to 5 claims per year. Your vehicle must have been serviced by a VAT registered garage, either within the last 12 months or in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines prior to purchase and claim. You need to continue to service your vehicle to remain eligible. Claims made within the first 14 days are not covered. Further terms and conditions apply, please click here for full details.

3 03 numbers are charged at national call rates and included in inclusive minute plans from landlines and mobiles. Calls may be monitored and/or recorded.

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.

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