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 120 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 120 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

Level 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:





Rescue at the roadside and at home
Also known as ‘roadside assistance’ and ‘at home’.

Rescue at the roadside and at home
Also known as ‘roadside assistance’ and ‘at home’.

Rescue at the roadside and at home
Also known as ‘roadside assistance’ and ‘at home’.
3 callouts a year Unlimited callouts Unlimited callouts

10-mile tow
To a garage or somewhere else within 10 miles.

Unlimited tow
Tow to any garage or destination in the UK. Also known as 'national recovery'.
Unlimited tow
Tow to any garage or destination in the UK.
20-mile taxi 
We’ll reimburse you for the cost of a taxi from the garage
Up to 2 days’ hire car or taxi
Stay mobile if your vehicle’s in the garage. This is a type of onward travel.
Up to 7 days’ hire car or taxi
Stay mobile for longer if your vehicle’s in the garage.  
Fault report for the garage
So you can let the garage know what’s wrong
Advanced garage support
Your patrol will arrange priority access to an RAC garage. And get a repair estimate for you. 
Ultimate garage support
In addition to Advanced garage support, we’ll also arrange a taxi for you from the scene of the breakdown. So you won’t need to come to the garage with us.


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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