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Frequently thought questions

We do appreciate that questions about breakdown cover prices are a little too boring to be asked, but they can be thought.

So we’ve compiled the following simple answers to questions frequently thought, about finding the best quote when comparing breakdown cover.

Why compare breakdown cover with comparethemarket.com?

From roadside assistance to onward travel to EU cover we can help find you a cheap deal.


We help you compare breakdown providers and show you an impartial, easy-to-read list of your prices.


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Before you begin comparing breakdown cover

Its super simple to compare your breakdown cover options. We just need an idea of how old your vehicle is and some basic details about you.


If you’ve just bought a new car, you may want to check whether your dealership included any breakdown cover. If you get cover included, it’s worth checking the level and make sure you have everything you may need such as cover in the EU.

What type of breakdown cover is right for me?

What level of cover is right for you will of course depend on your individual circumstances. This is particularly true if you own a modern car with digital parts that require attention at a garage.


There are five main levels of breakdown cover. They can be bought separately but tend to be bundled together.


Roadside assistance. This is the most basic form of breakdown cover. This is when a recovery vehicle comes to where you have broken down and tries to fix it by the side of the road. If they can't, it's then taken to a destination of your choice within a 10 mile radius of where you've broken down (normally a garage).


Roadside recovery. This cover is the same as roadside assistance, but you get to pick the destination you’re taken to, anywhere in the UK.


Onward travel. This includes a means of continuing your journey. For example, some policies provide a replacement car while yours is at the garage, some offer reimbursement of public transport costs, and some even cover a night’s accommodation and medical assistance.


At home. This type of policy covers you if your car breaks down at your property or within a quarter mile radius of your house.


EU cover. This policy tends to include all of the other levels of cover, but is also applicable while you're abroad in the EU.  Specific details will vary from policy to policy though, so be sure to check you’ve got all the information.


It's also worth remembering that all of these policies can be tied to you, no matter what car you drive (known as 'personal cover'), or tied to a vehicle, no matter who drives it (known as 'vehicle cover').

What happens if I have to use my breakdown cover?

Using your breakdown cover policy is simple and stress free.


Firstly, be prepared. It’s useful to keep a printed copy of your policy details in your car or downloaded to your phone. Then, if your car breaks down, all you need to do is call your breakdown provider. They will take down the details of where you are and roughly what the problem is, and then send a mechanic out to you. 


Depending on the nature of the problem, and your level of cover, the mechanic will either fix the issue there and then or send you and your vehicle to a nearby garage.