Cheap Breakdown Cover – Where to Get It

Anyone who has ever had their car break down knows how important it is to have some sort of breakdown cover they can rely on.

You simply never know when this type of cover could get you out of a sticky situation when your car lets you down and you don’t know what else to do. This is especially true if you aren’t very comfortable with the idea of changing tyres or trying to work out what has gone wrong with the vehicle.

This is all well and good but how will you go about getting cheap breakdown cover that you are happy paying out for? The good news is that there are now a few different places you can do your searching.

The Traditional Breakdown Options

For a long time the main options open to British motorists looking for some peace of mind were to go with the AA or with the RAC. The AA was founded in 1905 and its initial task was to warn drivers about the new speeding laws. In fact, they warned drivers about upcoming traps in order to help them avoid police fines and ran into some trouble with the law because of this. The UK even had a few years in the 1930s without speed limits, as the AA and the RAC had managed to help so many drivers avoid speeding convictions. Among a variety of other services offered since those days, their breakdown service started up in 1949. The RAC has been going for even longer and now helps millions of stranded drivers every year. Both of these companies have done a great deal for British drivers over the decades but it has to be said that these traditional options are no longer the only ways of ensuring that you get good value breakdown cover.

With Your Insurance Company

Another option is to take out the breakdown option that your car insurance company offers to you. This is normally a service that is provided by a third party breakdown service, rather than directly from the insurer. The fact that it is offered when you take out the insurance policy means that you can save a bit of time by arranging both things at the same time. Having said that, one of the big risks of getting your cover in this way is that you could end up with 2 different breakdown policies; one through your insurer and the other direct with the AA or RAC. The prices are usually reasonable when you arrange this cover along with your car insurance policy but there are other options available which will possibly work out to be even cheaper, options which we’ll mention in a moment. You should be sure to check the terms and conditions of the cover fully, as they can vary from one firm to another.  Of course, if you switch to a different insurance company at some point then you will also need to remember to take out a new form of breakdown cover as well.

New Options

You almost certainly already knew about the cover provided by the AA and the RAC. You probably also knew that it was possible to get your breakdown cover arranged along with your car insurance. However, you may not know that there are other, newer options open to you as well. A good example comes from QDOS Rescue Services. This breakdown firm offers low prices as well as a high level of service. Their official website confirms that they are currently the fastest in the business, with an average response time of only 36 minutes. They also state that they manage to repair 75% of broken down vehicles at the roadside. All in all, it is a very extensive type of service and their site has a handy comparison chart showing how well they shape up against the AA, the RAC and the other main players in the industry.


There are now a range of terrific options for getting good value breakdown cover that could come in extremely handy. While the traditional options of the AA and the RAC are still highly popular, it is good to see that there is a lot more choice these days. If you want to get the best deal then a little bit of online research will help you find out which cover suits you best.

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