Vehicle Recovery

Nationwide Recovery Service

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Vehicle Recovery

At the RAC, we’re proud of our roadside performance - we fix four of five vehicles at the side of the road. But, if we can’t get you and your vehicle moving again, you might need another type of service - vehicle recovery.

You might need your vehicle to be recovered because of a number of scenarios - if it can’t be fixed at the roadside and needs further repair.

Before you start searching for vehicle recovery quotes, let’s look in more detail at what the service provides.

Contents:

What Is Vehicle Recovery?
Nationwide Coverage
Broken Down With No Cover?


What Is Vehicle Recovery?

Vehicle recovery is exactly as it sounds. It occurs when the car or vehicle you’re driving cannot be driven - usually because it needs further mechanical repair and is then recovered by a breakdown vehicle and transported to another destination.

The next destination is usually a garage, where the vehicle can undergo further, more extensive repairs, but it can also be back to your home address, if you prefer. The driver and all passengers in the affected vehicle will also be taken to the chosen destination, too.


Nationwide Coverage

Nationwide vehicle recovery is not always included in all breakdown cover policies, so be sure to check the details of your cover. For example, the RAC’s standard breakdown cover, Roadside, includes vehicle recovery - but only to a local destination. If our patrols can’t fix your vehicle at the roadside, we’ll recover your vehicle and tow it, and passengers, to a destination within a radius of up to ten miles.

That means you’re covered if your vehicle breaks down locally, but if you’re making a longer journey outside that distance, you won’t be. If you think you might need vehicle recovery services with nationwide coverage - if you regularly drive longer distances for example - then upgrading your level of cover might be best for you. Having RAC’s Recovery level of cover means your vehicle will be taken to a destination of your choice. There are no mileage limits, providing that destination is within the UK mainland.


Broken Down With No Cover?

Vehicle breakdown can happen at any time, and often at the worst possible time - and sometimes an incident can catch us completely unprepared. If you’ve broken down, and need vehicle recovery services, but don’t have any breakdown cover in place, don’t panic. The RAC can still help. If you’ve broken down without cover, call us on 0333 2000 999, tell us your location, and we’ll come out to help.

You can read more about immediate breakdown cover and what to do if you need it here.

Make sure you’re covered when out and about on the road - build your level of breakdown cover with the RAC here.

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