Find the best breakdown cover provider for you
When deciding on breakdown cover, it’s important to do your research to work out the right provider and level of cover for you.
The AA is the biggest direct breakdown cover provider in the UK1, followed by RAC. Below, we compare the breakdown cover options provided by the AA and RAC to help you decide which one is right for you.
The AA vs RAC – at a glance
When you compare breakdown cover providers, it's worth considering the price and flexibility of cover, as well as reviews and recommendations.
For example, the AA is the only major breakdown cover provider to be Which? recommended in 2021 and for 4 years in a row.2
The table below provides a quick summary of some of the key differences between the AA and RAC.
|Key points||The AA||RAC|
|Lowest rolling monthly price available||
£6 – Rolling monthly
£9.50 – 12 month plan
|Unlimited call-outs at all levels of cover3||
|Number of Patrols4||
2,550 – And all of our Patrols have received training in electric vehicles (EVs)
|Which? recommended breakdown services provider 2021||
✓ Yes – Which? recommended in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018
|Breakdown assistance at home at all levels of cover||
✗ No – We give you the freedom to choose whether you'd like to add cover within a 1/4 mile of home to your package, so we don't automatically include it in our starting level of cover
The prices shown above are based on what's available to new customers (these prices don't take into account any sales, offers or promotions).
Both the AA and RAC offer customers the option to upgrade their cover with different add-ons allowing you to access more services and benefits.
Get more details on how our breakdown products compare to RAC's below.
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What's included in AA breakdown cover compared to RAC?
When comparing our cover to the RAC, it’s useful to know what each provider includes in their starting levels of cover.
Our starting level of cover is called Roadside Assistance. The RAC calls theirs Standard. The main differences between them are:
- We offer a lower price with small replacement parts and free advice on garage or repair bills included.
- The RAC has a higher price which includes cover at home.
- We don’t include cover at home in our starting level of cover, giving you the freedom to choose whether you want to be covered at home. With us, you can easily add At Home cover, for a lower total monthly rolling price than the RAC's starting level of cover.
- The RAC doesn’t have free small replacement parts or advice on garage or repair bills included.
AA Roadside Assistance vs RAC Standard
Use the table below to compare AA Roadside assistance vs RAC Standard (prices shown are available to new customers and don't take into account sales, offers or promotions).
|Lowest monthly rolling price||
£6 – Rolling monthly
|£9.50 – 12 month plan|
|Breakdown assistance at the roadside||
|Unlimited call-outs||✓ Yes||
|Cover for any age of vehicle||✓ Yes||✓ Yes|
|Tow to a nearby garage||✓ Yes||✓ Yes|
|Breakdown assistance at home||
✗ No – We give you the freedom to choose whether you want covered at home with our At Home add-on
|Free small replacement parts||
✓ Yes – Up to £5 of replacement parts
|Free fuel top up||
✓ Yes – If you’ve run out of fuel, we’ll give you enough to get going again
✓ Yes – Discounts on restaurants, car care, days out and travel
✓ Yes – Discounts on car care, days out and travel
✓ Yes – Recovery of your car, and support through the insurance claim, including a hire car. Learn more about our Accident Assist service.
✓ Yes – Recovery of your car, and support through the insurance claim, including a hire car
|Free advice on garage or repair bills||✓ Yes||✗ No|
How much does the AA cost compared to the RAC?
We know that price can be an important factor when you’re choosing your breakdown cover. That’s why we’ll always offer the most flexible and best value for money option we can. Just our standard, reliable Roadside Assistance.
If you want more cover, you can always choose from our add-ons. Different providers might give their add-ons slightly different names, but ours include:
Learn more about different types of cover in our breakdown cover guide.
The tables below show price comparisons for the AA and RAC breakdown products (all prices are based on what's available to new customers and don't take into account any sales, offers or promotions).
Compare cover for 1 vehicle
These policies cover 1 vehicle, whoever’s driving it.
|You're looking for:||The AA (rolling monthly)||RAC (12 month plan)|
|Vehicle Cover: Roadside||£6||£9.50*|
|Vehicle: Roadside + At Home||£12||£9.50|
|Vehicle: Roadside + National Recovery||£12||£14.00|
|Vehicle: Roadside + Onward Travel||£12||£18|
Compare cover for 1 person
These policies cover you as a driver or passenger in any vehicle.
|You're looking for||The AA (rolling monthly)||RAC (12 month plan)|
|Personal Cover: Roadside||£8||£11.50*|
|Personal: Roadside + At Home||£14||£11.50|
|Personal: Roadside + National Recovery||£14||£16.00|
|Personal: Roadside + Onward Travel||£14||£20|
*RAC doesn't offer customers the option to take out breakdown cover without cover at home included.
Which? recommended breakdown services provider, 4 years running