RAC vs Green Flag

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Green Flag Breakdown Cover

If you’re a motorist then it’s imperative you have breakdown cover in place, in case your vehicle runs into problems when you’re out on the road or before you even leave the house. But, which breakdown cover should you choose? At the RAC, we’re proud to be the UK’s oldest and longest established breakdown cover company, but how do we compare with another popular provider, Green Flag?

Let’s take a more detailed look at how our services compare with those of Green Flag.


Comparing Breakdown Cover Reviews

When you’re comparing breakdown cover, it’s important to read as many independent reviews as you can, to help make an informed choice. Customer feedback and reviews can be a useful way of getting an idea of what kind of service you’d receive from a company. Scores from Trust Pilot are:

Breakdown cover provider RAC Green Flag
Trust Pilot score (out of 10) 7.7* 4.1**

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

**based on 777 reviews, data on 01/02/2019

Green Flag Cover - what's included?

As you look at your breakdown cover options, it’s worth considering exactly what is included in your policy and what you’ll be getting in terms of service. What is included with certain types of breakdown cover from the RAC, in comparison to Green Flag?

  RAC Green Flag
20 mile taxi after breakdown included on all cover levels1    
Hire car period with Onward Travel cover2 72 hours 48 hours
Over 120 years of experience3    
Large dedicated uniformed patrol fleet    

Vehicle age restrictions on Personal based memberships4

No age restriction Up to 16 years
Tyre Replace, Battery Replace and Key Cover offered as Optional extras    

1The RAC provide a taxi fare up to 20 miles.

2Hire car period with Onward Travel cover.

3We have 121 years of experience. Green Flag has 47 years experience.

4Green flag only cover vehicles less than 16 years old on their personal based memberships, no restrictions on their vehicle based cover.

Brand and Reliability

As the most experienced provider of breakdown cover in the UK, we’ve been looking after the nation’s motorists for longer than anyone else. So, our brand is established, respected and trusted, and we’re delighted that 92% of our members say that they’d recommend RAC breakdown cover to their friends and family.

RAC patrols have a record of fixing four of five cars at the roadside in just 30 minutes - on average.

Green Flag say its mechanics can fix about 80% of repairs at the roadside (source: https://www.greenflag.com/about-us) and that they will ‘usually come to the rescue within 48 minutes on average’ (source: https://www.greenflag.com/breakdown-cover)

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

Green Flag has been awarded a 5-Star rating by Defaqto.

Level of breakdown cover

Levels of breakdown cover across providers may look very similar when you’re comparing service and prices. Here’s a quick breakdown of the types of cover provided by the RAC and Green Flag.



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.

Green Flag


Assistance if you breakdown ¼ mile from home address day or night


Recovery to UK destination if your vehicle cannot be fixed locally the same day

At Home

You’ll get assistance if your vehicle breaks down at or within ¼ mile of home

Onward Travel Hire car or alternative transport if vehicle cannot be fixed at roadside


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