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Free Onward Travel

when you buy National Recovery*

Breakdown membership

Our standard cover that's customisable to meet your needs

from £39 for the year

AA Roadside Assistance offers 24/7 cover for breakdowns over 1/4 mile from home. If we can't complete repairs at the roadside, we'll take you and your vehicle to a nearby garage.

This cover can be enhanced with options such as National Recovery, At Home and Onward Travel.

  • Over 1,000 more dedicated vehicles than anyone else1
  • Unlimited call-outs
  • No quibbles approach to:
    • free fuel top-ups
    • mud and snow recovery
    • up to £5 worth of free parts for roadside repairs
  • Show your membership card to get up to 20% off all day, every day at over 1,300 restaurants, pubs and service stations
Special offer

Enjoy free Onward Travel

Just choose breakdown cover with National Recovery to qualify*

Basic Breakdown Cover

Our starting level of cover for a single vehicle

£32 for the year

AA Roadside Assistance offers 24/7 cover for breakdowns over 1/4 mile from home. If we can't complete repairs at the roadside, we'll take you and your vehicle to a nearby garage.

  • Over 1,000 more dedicated vehicles than anyone else
  • Cover for 1 call-out a year
  • Extra call-outs available for £99 each

Popular personal cover packages

Cover for you as a driver or passenger in any vehicle

£59 for the year
£129 for the year
Roadside Assistance

24/7 cover for breakdowns over 1/4 mile from home. If we can't complete repairs at the roadside we'll take you and your vehicle to a nearby garage.

Unlimited call-outs

Unlimited call-outs

National Recovery

We'll take you, your vehicle and up to 7 passengers to any single UK destination if your vehicle can't be fixed.

At Home

Brings cover to your doorstep and within 1/4 mile from home. You can arrange a time for us to arrive that suits you too.

Member benefits

You won't just be a customer – you'll be an AA Member with exclusive benefits including up to 20% off Costa Coffee, Burger King, Eat & Drink and more at Moto service stations.

Included at no extra cost

These introductory prices are for new Members only, and include fees payable under a separate contract between you and Automobile Association Insurance Services Limited (AAIS) for arranging and administering your cover.

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What our Members say

“The AA man arrived at the time promised in my call for help and was friendly, helpful and helped save a family day out from disaster.”

– Michael, Devon

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Good to know
1 More dedicated vehicles

The AA uses a fleet of dedicated vehicles – which means we own them and manage all their dispatches, and they are staffed by our own patrols. These include breakdown vans, recovery trucks and other specialist vehicles to support a wide range of breakdown situations our members find themselves in.

The AA is the largest UK breakdown provider, with over 2,700 patrols compared to approximately 1,500 patrols for the second largest provider in the UK. Other breakdown providers use a majority of third-party suppliers with limited dedicated fleets, which are usually third-party vehicles in the breakdown provider's livery.

Source – MINTEL report: Vehicle Recovery – UK, September 2014. The website of the second largest provider stated that they had 'approximately 1,500 patrols' on 8 October 2015.

2 Highly rated

Defaqto is an independent, financial research company that specialises in rating, comparing and analysing financial products. Our Roadside Assistance, National Recovery, Cover at Home and Onward Travel bundle has been awarded a Defaqto 5-star rating.

* Free Onward Travel cover

New Members buying AA Breakdown Cover with National Recovery can add Onward Travel cover at no extra cost.

This introductory offer applies to our online prices and is available for the first year of your AA Breakdown Membership only. You can cancel the Onward Travel cover after the first year.

We’ll contact you before the end of your first year to let you know that your free Onward Travel cover is coming to an end. We’ll also give you details of renewal costs for the following year if you’d like to continue with your cover. You can cancel your Onward Travel cover before it’s due for renewal.

If you don’t let us know of any cancellation, we’ll assume you wish to continue with your cover and we'll auto-renew it as follows:

  • If you opted to pay for your AA Breakdown Cover annually, we’ll use the payment details we hold for you to automatically renew your annual Onward Travel cover after the expiry of the initial free term of 12 months.
  • If you opted for the continuous monthly cover, in the 13th month of your membership with us, unless instructed otherwise, we’ll use the payment details we hold for you to take monthly payments for your Onward Travel cover on a continuous monthly basis.

This offer is not available to Members arriving to the AA website from 'cashback' websites including Quidco, Top Cashback, Asperity and Greasy Palm. There is no cash alternative to this offer and we reserve the right to withdraw or alter this promotion without prior notice at any time.

AA Breakdown Cover is arranged by Automobile Association Insurance Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You can check their register or call the FCA on 0800 111 6768. Registered office: Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA. Registered in England and Wales number 2414212.

Policy documents

Our breakdown cover policy documents give you the terms and conditions of the contracts that make up AA Breakdown Membership and AA Breakdown Repair Cover (Parts and Garage Cover).

They are split into two parts:

  1. the policy
  2. the membership arrangement and administration contract

AA Breakdown Membership

The current version below applies to cover bought on or after 1 July 2017 or renewed on or after 1 September 2017:

AA Breakdown Membership Terms and Conditions Booklet – June 2017

AA Basic Breakdown Cover

The current version below applies to cover bought on or after 1 July 2017 or renewed on or after 1 September 2017:

AA Basic Breakdown Cover Terms and Conditions Booklet – June 2017

AA Breakdown Repair Cover (Parts and Garage Cover)

The current version below applies to cover bought on or after 1 July 2017 or renewed on or after 1 September 2017:

AA Breakdown Repair Cover Terms and Conditions Booklet – June 2017

Member Extras

This applies to cover bought on or after 14 July 2015 (apart from Basic Breakdown Cover):

Member Extras Terms and Conditions Booklet – July 2015

Why choose AA Breakdown Cover?

We're the UK's largest breakdown organisation – which means we fix more breakdowns at the roadside than anyone else.

There's no charge for labour at the roadside, and more than 95% of our breakdown cover reviews recommend us.

You can also enjoy exclusive Member benefits when you join the AA – which could save you more than the cost of your membership.

What makes our breakdown service so reliable?

We rescue someone every 9 seconds, and fix 4 out of 5 cars at the roadside – with repairs taking less than 30 minutes on average.

And we've been awarded 5 stars by independent research company Defaqto, for our comprehensive features and benefits.

Will you come out if I'm the passenger?

Of course. If you've got cover for you, we'll come to your rescue to fix any vehicle you're travelling in – whether as the driver, or as a passenger.

If you have vehicle cover, you're covered as the driver or passenger in the vehicle that's registered with us.

Will you charge me for call-outs?

With AA Breakdown Cover, you can call us out as many times as you need to without being charged. Basic Breakdown Cover, however, has a limit of one call-out.

Repeat call-outs for the same fault will not be covered.

How quickly can you reach me?

We've got the latest satellite technology to help find the shortest route to you – on average, we arrive within 45 minutes – and we give priority to people in vulnerable situations.

If you download our app, we'll get to you even faster – and you don't even have to call us. Just click to report your breakdown – we'll locate you by using your mobile phone's GPS signal.

Are there any restrictions on the vehicles you cover?

We can cover your vehicle as long as it's less than 3.5 tonnes (3,500kg) and no wider than 7ft 6in (2.3m). This applies to any caravans and trailers that are on tow as well.

This means that if you break down, we'll be able to recover your vehicle, if necessary.

We'll cover vehicles of any age or mileage. However, if they're used for reward – such as taxis, limos or delivery vehicles – we can't offer the optional Parts and Garage Cover.

Is my pet covered if I break down?

We do our best to accommodate pets wherever possible. If we can't transport your pet, we'll do what we can to help with alternative arrangements for them.

We recommend that you use suitable pet travel carriers, or restraints that are transferable – this helps to ensure that we can transport your pet safely.

Will family cover still apply to students away from home?

Yes – if you have drivers in your household living away from home at university or a temporary address in the UK, they're still covered if you have family cover.

Will my UK cover work in the Republic of Ireland?

The Republic of Ireland isn't covered under UK membership. However, we do have an arrangement with AA Ireland that means they'll provide you with an equivalent level of service if you break down there (apart from Parts and Garage Cover, which won't apply).

If you'd like additional cover while travelling to the Republic of Ireland, our European breakdown cover can offer alternative travel and accommodation costs, legal protection and more.

Can I buy cover if I've already broken down?

Yes, if you're currently broken down and not a Member, you can call our emergency lines 24/7, on 0800 88 77 66, to arrange cover and assistance.

Additional charges will apply if you don't already have cover when you break down.

How soon will I be covered if I buy online?

Your Roadside Assistance begins immediately after your online application has been successfully processed – we'll email you confirmation of your cover.

You'll receive your documents and membership card(s) through the post within 28 days.

If you've chosen At Home, National Recovery and Onward Travel, these will start 24 hours after your membership begins. Parts and Garage Cover begins 14 days after your cover has started.

How can I pay?

You can choose from 3 types of payment – annually by card or Direct Debit, or monthly by Direct Debit. 

There's a cooling-off period of 14 days from the date you receive your cover documentation or your cover starts (whichever is later).

If you pay monthly, you'll pay an initial deposit by card before we set up a monthly Direct Debit from your bank account. Your first Direct Debit payment will be taken in two weeks' time. Your membership will then renew on a monthly basis and your account will be debited each month. This gives you the convenience of paying per month, together with the flexibility of being able to cancel your cover at any time – just give us 30 days' notice.

 If you pay annually, you'll pay up front for a fixed 12-month policy and the overall price for a year will be lower than 12 monthly payments. There's no refund if you cancel after your cooling-off period though.

We only offer continuous payment options online, as this is the easiest way to arrange cover. However, if you'd prefer to make a one-off payment for one year of cover only, just call us on 0800 085 2721.

Is my online payment secure?

Yes – we use the highest form of encryption that's generally available, to make sure your payment is safe.

Our secure-server software scrambles all the details you enter before they are sent, so that only we can understand them.

Can I change my level of cover after I've bought it?

We'll write to you well in advance of your renewal, but if you'd like to talk to someone about renewing or changing your cover now, just call us on 0343 316 4444.

Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Can I buy breakdown cover for someone else?

If you want to arrange personal cover for someone else, please call us on 0800 085 2721. However, if you just want to cover a specific vehicle you can buy vehicle cover online.

You can also buy breakdown cover gift membership if you'd like to buy cover as a present for someone else.

What should I do if I buy a new vehicle?

Let us know as soon as you can. We’ll need to update your Membership details accordingly – and remember, the new vehicle also has to be eligible for cover (terms and conditions apply). Once you've told us, the updated cover will then be ready to use 24 hours.

I'm a Blue Badge holder – how can I register my needs and get more information?

Our Disability Helpline is free to Members and provides information about helping you drive in the UK and overseas. You can register your special requirements, which will help us tailor our breakdown services to you.

For instance, if you're a wheelchair user with Roadside Assistance plus National Recovery, you might need our Onward Mobility Network of accessible vehicles. You'll be able to travel in comfort and safety if we're taking your vehicle home.

Just call our free helpline on 0800 26 20 50.

If you need information in large print, audio or Braille, just ask – you can email our customer services team at customer.services@theaa.com, or let us know when you call our helpline.

If you’ve broken down, you can text us on
07860 027 999

To use the Next Generation Texting Service (NGTS – formerly known as Text Relay), just prefix any of our numbers with 18001.

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