RAC vs Rescuemycar

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Rescuemycar breakdown cover vs RAC

When choosing car breakdown cover, it can be tempting to simply go for the cheapest deal on offer - but that’s not the only factor to consider. You should give serious thought to the quality of breakdown cover you’ll be paying for, exactly what it covers you for, and how reliable your chosen provider is.

The RAC is the UK’s longest-serving breakdown provider. We’ve been looking after the nation’s drivers for over 125 years, coming to their rescue when they need recovery. But, we know we’re not the only option out there. How do we compare to another company, Rescuemycar?

Brand and Reliability
Level of breakdown cover

Brand and Reliability


The quality of the brand, its reliability in terms of performance, and response time of its patrols, are all crucial factors when it comes to assessing the best breakdown cover - again, it’s not just down to cost. 

The RAC is an established brand, having been in operation for over 125 years. We’re proud that we’re the UK’s oldest breakdown cover provider, and equally proud that 4 out of 5 customers who experienced a breakdown would recommend our service to family and friends.

We’re pretty pleased with the performance of our RAC patrols, too - on average, they fix four out of five cars at the roadside within 30 minutes, so you’ll quickly be on the road again and on your way.

Our Advanced and Ultimate cover levels have both been awarded 5 stars by Defaqto

Levels of breakdown cover

To better understand what the different levels of breakdown cover actually provide, it’s recommended that you check the terms and conditions before taking out a policy. Here’s what the RAC and Rescuemycar offer motorists:




Unlimited callouts Unlimited callouts

Roadside Assistance
We’ll fix you on the spot, or recover you to a local garage within 10 miles 

Roadside Assistance
We’ll fix you on the spot, or recover you to a garage
We’ll rescue you if you break down at home 
We’ll rescue you if you break down at home
20-mile taxi
We’ll reimburse you for the cost of a taxi from the garage
20-mile taxi
We’ll reimburse you for the cost of a taxi from the garage
If we can’t fix you, we’ll tow you to any garage or destination in the UK

You can also add Onward Travel, so if your car is in the garage for repair following a break down, you can get a hire car for up to 3 days to help keep you moving. Other add-ons are also available such as: Tyre Replace, Key Replace and Battery Replace.


Roadside assistance with local recovery

Your vehicle will be fixed at the roadside if you are more than ¼ mile radius away from home. If it can’t be fixed, it will be towed up to ten miles to home, a garage, or the original destination.
Nationwide Recovery
If your vehicle can’t be fixed at the roadside, or at a garage the same day, recovery will be made to either your home or a destination of your choice
Additional at Home Assistance Rescuemycar will come to you if you break down at home, or within a ¼ mile radius of your home address.
Alternative Travel Alternative travel is provided up to the value of £250.

RAC Source - Terms and Conditions
Rescuemycar Source - Terms and Conditions (as of 30/06/2021)


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