BREAKDOWN COVER

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We get to more motorists in 30 minutes than the other major breakdown cover providers1

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More dedicated mobile mechanics than any other UK breakdown service2

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Our breakdown cover

With our starting level of breakdown cover you'll get Roadside Assistance, which is 24/7 support from a trained patrol if your car, van or motorbike breaks down more than 1/4 mile from your home.

  • If we can't fix the fault at the roadside, our vehicle recovery service will take you to a nearby garage – it's that simple
  • Get unlimited callouts, as long as it's not for a recurring problem with your vehicle3
  • You can also add optional extras such as At Home, which gives you cover right up to your doorstep
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Get personal or vehicle breakdown cover

Cover for you
Cover for you

Personal breakdown cover for you as a driver or passenger in any vehicle – including cars, vans, motorbikes and electric vehicles (EVs).

Cover for two
Cover for two people

Joint breakdown cover for you and someone you live with, as drivers or passengers in any vehicle.

Family cover
Family cover

Breakdown cover for you and up to 3 other people you live with, as drivers or passengers in any vehicle.

Vehicle cover
Vehicle cover

Breakdown cover for one vehicle, whoever's behind the wheel.

Build your perfect breakdown cover policy

With us, you'll get Roadside Assistance as standard. And you can easily add more features with our optional extras:

At home
At Home

If your vehicle won't start or breaks down within 1/4 mile of your home. This extends our Roadside Assistance coverage straight to your door.

National recovery
National Recovery

If you break down and we can't fix your vehicle at the roadside. We'll take you, your vehicle and up to 7 passengers to any single UK destination.

Onward travel
Onward Travel

If you break down and need repairs that stop your journey. We'll help with alternative transport or an overnight hotel stay.

Parts and garage cov
Parts and Garage Cover

If you need repairs or work done at a garage after calling us out for a breakdown. We'll cover costs up to £535.

Vehicle cover packages

Cover for 1 vehicle, whoever's driving it.

£12

for monthly cover

Unlimited call-outs
Call us out as many times as you need to, as long as it's not a recurring problem with your vehicle.
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.
At Home
Brings cover to your doorstep and within 1/4 mile from home.
£19

for monthly cover

Unlimited call-outs
Call us out as many times as you need to, as long as it's not a recurring problem with your vehicle.
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.
At Home
Brings cover to your doorstep and within 1/4 mile from home.
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.
Onward Travel
Car hire, overnight accommodation or costs towards public transport if we can't get your vehicle going again straight away.

Need help choosing?

Answer a few quick questions to find cover that suits you.

What is breakdown cover?

Breakdown cover means you’ll get help from a trained mechanic if your car, van or motorbike breaks down. Here’s how it works:

  • As standard, if your car breaks down over 1/4 mile from home a mechanic will try to fix your vehicle on the spot. If they can't, they'll take you to a garage. This cover is often called Roadside Assistance.
  • You can also choose add-ons for your policy like cover at home, money towards garage repairs and hire car or travel costs.
  • With personal cover, you can get help as a driver or passenger in any vehicle. Or you can choose to cover whoever’s behind the wheel with vehicle cover.
  • Without breakdown cover, it can be costly to get a repair or to be towed, so it's usually simpler to get cover in advance.
  • Our experienced Patrols deal with many car breakdown causes in the UK, including flat batteries, tyre puncture, and lost keys. They can also rescue you in dangerous situations, such as being broken down on the motorway.
  • We're on call 24/7, so you'll have peace of mind that you'll never be left stranded.

Save with Smart Benefits

When you buy a breakdown cover policy with us, you could save £100s every year with these Member deals.

  • Up to 36% off your MOT with Smart Care
  • Up to 15% off airport parking with Holiday Extras
  • Up to 15% off car hire across UK, Europe and North America
  • Up to 10% off service or vehicle checks with Smart Care
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What our Members say

Reported breakdown on the app

Reported breakdown on the app, was given an estimate of 45 minutes but the guy turned up within 15 minutes, diagnosed the fault and followed me to the nearest repair location. Excellent service all round!

Terry Faulkner

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Breakdown cover explained

A breakdown cover policy covers you for roadside repairs if your car breaks down while you’re out and about.

 

Most car breakdown cover companies will offer roadside assistance as a minimum. This means a trained mechanic will come to fix your car if it breaks down on the road. If it can’t be fixed, our vehicle recovery service will tow it to a nearby garage.

 

Our breakdown cover also includes all other vehicles, as long as they’re less than 3.5 tonnes (3,500kg) and no wider than 8ft 3in (2.55m). That means we can help if you break down in a motorbike, van, caravan or electric vehicle.

 

Larger breakdown companies manage a fleet of vans and recovery trucks, with their own staff of expert mechanics. Smaller providers tend to use third-party garages and recovery operators to provide a breakdown service.

 

Some policies offer unlimited callouts a year, while others might limit the number of times you can call for help at the roadside.

 

Find out more on what to do if you break down

Breakdown cover isn’t a legal requirement, but it does offer you support and protection if your car breaks down on the roadside. It also means you don’t have to pay for costly repairs or a tow from a vehicle recovery service if you break down.

 

Find out more on what to do if you break down

You can still call us to arrange instant breakdown cover and we'll come out to you – just call 0330 053 1100.

About AA breakdown cover

Our standard level of breakdown cover (Roadside Assistance) is available once you're more than ¼ mile away from home. We’ll help you any time of day or night in the UK, and if we can’t fix your vehicle by the roadside, we’ll tow you to a local garage for repair.

 

You can cover just your vehicle, or you can choose to cover yourself and up to 3 other people in any vehicle you’re travelling in:

 

Vehicle cover – cover for one single vehicle in your household, no matter who’s driving it. Great if you’re sharing a car with friends or family.

 

Personal covercover for you as a passenger or driver in any vehicle. Perfect if you own, borrow or regularly travel in more than one vehicle. Personal cover is our name for multi-car breakdown cover.

 

If you live with others who also need cover as a driver or passenger in any car, you can opt for a policy the covers them too. Choose breakdown cover for 2 people (joint policy for you and one other person), or family cover (you and up to 3 other people in your household).

 

If you add the following optional extras to your breakdown cover, we’ll also

 

  • help you carry on your journey (Onward Travel)
  • take you, your passengers and vehicle to any single UK destination (National Recovery)
  • come to your doorstep (cover At Home), if you have trouble starting the car at home
  • help towards expenses if your vehicle needs parts or garage work after we’ve tried to fix it at the roadside (Parts and Garage Cover).

We also offer European breakdown cover.

 

If you need help deciding on your level of cover, you can compare breakdown cover.

As the UK's largest breakdown cover provider, we we have more expert Patrols than anyone else2.

 

We get to most of our customers in under an hour1 – and we give priority to people in vulnerable situations.

 

We’ve got you covered if your car, motorbike or caravan breaks down and needs repairing by the roadside.

 

We’ll come to your rescue anywhere in the UK. Call us right away, or use our app to report your breakdown, pinpoint your location and track our arrival.

 

If your vehicle needs extra work done, they’ll tow it to a nearby garage, as standard.

 

Our Roadside Assistance, National Recovery, At Home and Onward Travel bundle has been awarded a Defaqto 5-star rating.

 

Find out more on how our breakdown cover works

If you purchase breakdown cover with us you can choose to pay annually by card or direct debit, or monthly by direct debit.

 

If you pay annually, you’ll pay up front for a fixed 12-month breakdown cover policy and the overall price for a year will be lower than 12 monthly payments. Please note that in some circumstances – such as promotions – annual payment may not be cheaper than 12 monthly payments. There’s no refund if you cancel after your 14-day cooling-off period. You can choose how your policy renews when you set up your cover.

 

If you pay monthly, your account will be debited every month until your breakdown cover policy is cancelled. This gives you the convenience of paying per month, together with the flexibility of being able to cancel your cover at any time. After the 14-day cooling-off period, you'll just need to give us 30 days' notice.

Our breakdown cover will activate 24 hours after purchase. You can also choose to buy cover that starts up to 2 months later.

 

Just so you know, you can’t buy cover online if you’ve already broken down. If you need to buy instant breakdown cover at the roadside, call us on 03330 046 046.

If you have breakdown cover with us, we can help you at the scene of a road traffic accident with our Accident Assist service.

 

Once we’ve had the all-clear from any emergency services, we’ll do our best to make repairs to your vehicle so it’s safe to drive away from the scene. If that’s not possible, we’ll recover your vehicle and tow it to a nearby garage.

 

Find out more on what to do if you’ve been in an accident

With Roadside Assistance, if we can’t get you going again, we’ll tow you to a nearby garage – where you'll need to cover the cost of any repair work.

 

If you add Parts and Garage Cover, we’ll help cover the costs of garage repairs, which might work out cheaper.

 

We can’t be called out for routine maintenance or running repairs.

Along with cheap breakdown cover, membership gives you extra perks such as restaurant deals and offers on car hire, added incentives the longer you're with us, and discounts on our other services.

We provide car breakdown cover and our policies also include vehicles such as vans and motorbikes, as long as they each weigh less than 3.5 tonnes (3,500kg) and are no wider than 8ft 3in (2.55m, excluding mirrors). The same maximum weight and width separately apply to any caravans and trailers you’re towing.

 

These weight and width limits are to make sure our vehicles and equipment can recover your vehicle.

 

It doesn’t matter how old your vehicle is or the amount of mileage it's clocked up. However, if it's used for work – such as a taxi, limo or delivery vehicle – we can't offer the optional Parts and Garage Cover.

 

Learn more about our cover for different types of vehicles:

 

If we’re unable to fix your vehicle at the roadside and need to tow you and your passengers, we do our best to welcome pets wherever possible. If we can't take your pet, we'll do what we can to help get them home.

 

We recommend you use suitable travel carriers for your pet or restraints that you can use on any vehicle – so we can take your pet where they need to go safely.

 

Find out more on what happens to your pets when you break down

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

Yes – if you use your vehicle for work, we can help. Whether you have one vehicle or a whole fleet, we've got you covered with business breakdown cover.

 

Our business breakdown cover includes cars, vans, minibuses, taxis and more specialist vehicles.

After you buy

Follow these four steps if you break down:

 

1 – Make sure you’re in a safe place. Move your vehicle off the road if possible, or pull up onto the hard shoulder if you’re on the motorway.

 

2 – Stay well away from moving traffic – it’s usually safest to get out of your car (using the doors facing away from passing traffic) and wait behind a barrier.

 

3 – Put your hazard warning lights on and wear a reflective jacket, if you have one.

 

4 – Once you’re safe, give us a call on 03330 046 046. We’ll come and rescue you, even if you’re not a Member yet.

 

If you’re already with us, you can also report a breakdown and pinpoint your location using our app. It's the fastest way to ask us for help and track our arrival.

 

Find out more on what to do if your car breaks down

You only need to let us know if you have vehicle cover. Tell us as soon as you can, so we can update your membership details – and check your new vehicle is eligible (T&Cs apply). Once you've updated us, you’ll be covered in 24 hours.

Additional Support

Call our free helpline on 0800 262 050.

 

If you need information in large print, audio or Braille, just ask – you can email our customer services team at [email protected], 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 add 18001 at the start of any of our numbers.

If you require any additional adjustments (e.g. documents in large print, audio or Braille) or you need us to tailor our service to your specific requirements in the event of a breakdown, call us on 0800 262 050.

 

Textphone users can prefix this number with 18001.

If your current situation is affecting how you manage your finances and you require additional help or support, call us on 0800 262 050.

Legal and privacy information

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

 

They are split into two parts:

 

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

 

AA Breakdown Membership

 

AA Breakdown Membership Terms and Conditions Booklet – September 2022

 

 

AA Parts and Garage Cover (AA Breakdown Repair Cover)

 

AA Parts and Garage Cover Terms and Conditions Booklet – November 2021

 

 

Member Extras

 

Member Extras Terms and Conditions Booklet – November 2021

About the price

 

Prices shown include insurance premiums payable to the insurer(s) and a fee payable under a separate contract between you and Automobile Association Insurance Services Limited (AAIS) for arranging and administering your cover. Please see the terms and conditions for more information.

 

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 online. Registered office: Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA. Registered in England and Wales number 2414212.

 

How do you use my data?

 

To find out how we use your data, please read our website privacy notice and our specific roadside product privacy notice.

 

For more information, there's also our cookie policy and website terms and conditions.

 

What does the Which? endorsement mean?

 

The AA is the only major breakdown service provider to be Which? recommended in 2022 and for the last 5 years in a row. The Which? recommended provider endorsement is only awarded to companies that score highly in their category and based on Which?’s assessment benchmarks, plus customer scores and star ratings gathered through their regular surveys.

1 What Car? Reliability Survey, November 2020

2 More mobile mechanics

The AA uses a fleet of dedicated vehicles – which means we own and manage them, and they are driven 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. Sometimes we may use garages to reduce wait times, but only when necessary. We’ll always let you know in advance.

We have more highly skilled mobile mechanics than anyone else. And they’re all absolutely lovely. The AA is the largest UK breakdown provider, with over 2,500 patrols compared to around 1,600 patrols for the second-largest provider in the UK.

Source: AA Staff List (2,550, October 2021) and RAC website (1,600, October 2021).

3 Unlimited call-outs

Repeat call-outs for the same fault, within 28 days, will not be covered.

4 What vehicles do we cover?

Our breakdown cover includes most cars of any age (including classic cars), vans, motorbikes, caravans, and campervans. Your vehicle must be under 3.5 tonnes and 8ft 3in (2.55m) wide.

 

About the price

Prices shown include insurance premiums payable to the insurer(s) and a fee payable under a separate contract between you and Automobile Association Insurance Services Limited (AAIS) for arranging and administering your cover. Please see the terms and conditions for more information.

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 online. Registered office: Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA. Registered in England and Wales number 2414212."

 

How do you use my data?

To find out how we use your data, please read our website privacy notice and our specific roadside product privacy notice.

For more information, there's also our cookie policy and website terms and conditions.

 

What does the Which? endorsement mean?

The AA is the only major breakdown service provider to be Which? recommended in 2021 and for the last 4 years in a row. The Which? recommended provider endorsement is only awarded to companies that score highly in their category and based on Which?’s assessment benchmarks, plus customer scores and star ratings gathered through their regular surveys.

 

1What Car? Reliability Survey, November 2020

2Source: AA Annual Report 2021 (2,500 Patrols) and RAC Annual Report 2021 (1,600 Patrols). Verify at theaa.com/Best

3Repeat callouts for the same fault within 28 days will not be covered. Your callout levels may affect future renewals.

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