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AA breakdown cover vs RAC

It’s important to have breakdown cover to protect you and your vehicle when you’re out and about on the road. The RAC isn’t the only provider of breakdown cover available for UK motorists. There is plenty of choice. Not every level of breakdown cover is the same, and packages differ from provider to provider.

The RAC and the AA are generally considered to be the two most popular and largest breakdown cover providers in the UK, but how do the pair compare? Which one offers the best membership? Let’s compare RAC vs AA breakdown cover.

Comparing Breakdown Cover Reviews
Cover - what's included?
Brand & Reliability
Level of breakdown cover

Comparing Breakdown Cover Reviews

Customer recommendations and reviews are increasingly important. So, you should compare reviews of recovery services of every provider and company, from people who have required a callout. Scores from Trust Pilot are:

Breakdown cover provider RAC AA
Trust Pilot score (out of 10) 7.7* 6.6**

* based on 24,271 reviews, data on 01/02/2019

** based on 2,772 reviews, data on 01/02/2019

Cover - what's included?

Before you take out breakdown cover take a closer look at what’s included in your policy and what you’re getting in terms of service. What is included with certain types of breakdown cover from the RAC compared to the AA?

20 mile taxi after breakdown included on all cover levels*



Hire car period with Onward Travel cover**

72 hours

72 hours

Large dedicated uniformed patrol fleet



Vehicle age restrictions on Personal based memberships

No age restriction

No age restriction

Tyre Replace, Battery Replace and Key Cover offered as Optional extras


*We provide a taxi fare up to 20 miles.

**Hire car period with Onward Travel cover.

Brand and Reliability

The RAC are the most experienced supplier and provider of breakdown cover in the UK - 92% of its members say they would recommend RAC breakdown cover to their friends and family.

RAC patrols fix four of five cars at the roadside in just 30 minutes - on average.

RAC Breakdown Cover has been awarded a 5-Star rating by Defaqto. 

On average, the AA arrive within 45 minutes and get four out of five cars back on the road. 

AA Breakdown Cover has also been awarded a 5-Star rating by Defaqto.

Level of breakdown cover

The RAC and the AA provide similar levels of breakdown cover. Here are further details of what each type of cover provides:



Included as standard cover, if your vehicle breaks down over ¼ mile from home, the RAC will come out to you and assist at the roadside.


If your vehicle can’t be fixed at the roadside, driver and up to 8 passengers will be taken anywhere in the UK.

At Home

The RAC will come to you if you break down within ¼ mile of your home.

Onward Travel

This means you’ll get a hire car, alternative transport or hotel accommodation to get you home or to a destination of your choice.


Roadside Assistance

Cover for breakdowns that are over ¼ mile from home.

National Recovery

Vehicle, driver and up to seven passengers will be taken to a destination in the UK if it can’t be fixed.

At Home

You’ll be covered if your vehicle breaks down at home, or within ¼ mile of it.

Onward Travel

Provides car hire, accommodation or other costs if the vehicle can’t be fixed.

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