Five Star European Breakdown

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Assistance in Europe

Assistance in Europe

We've been helping drivers who break down in Europe since the 1960s. Formerly known as AA Five Star, European breakdown cover was only renamed as recently as 2005. The name tells you exactly what you'll be getting – cover if you break down in Europe.

Whether you know it as AA Five Star or European breakdown cover, benefits have always included English-speaking assistance, so, if you break down in Europe, we'll arrange:

  • emergency European roadside assistance and repair
  • recovery to the UK, up to the market value of the vehicle
  • emergency alternative transport or accommodation.

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How the service works abroad

You're probably used the yellow vans synonymous with breakdown assistance in the UK. However with European assistance, we liaise between you and a range of European providers* to ensure your breakdown is as stress-free as possible.

Driving in Europe – a checklist

Be prepared for eventualities. If you're travelling to Europe in your car, we advise you to take the following items with you:

  1. credit card

    (you'll need it to take advantage of the vehicle-hire benefit)

  2. motor insurance certificate/Green Card

    (contact your motor insurer before taking a vehicle out of the UK to find out if you need a Green Card or if you wish to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance)

  3. driving licence

    (including paper counterpart if photocard licence)

  4. international driving permit (where necessary)
  5. your European breakdown cover documents or booking reference
  6. vehicle registration document or hired/leased certificate

    (if applicable), plus letter of authority if vehicle is hired or borrowed.

  7. passport
  8. compulsory equipment (depends on the countries you're going to)

We recommend you should carry a spare set of car keys if you have them.

* Any services or benefits which may be arranged and paid for (whether in full or part) under this policy are provided by independent third party service providers who are not the agents of, nor are approved by, the insurer or Automobile Association Insurance Services Limited (the ”AA”). Neither the insurer or the AA are liable for the acts or omissions of such suppliers.

(27 December 2013)


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