Car insurance claims

Make a car insurance claim

Make a vehicle claim

Be sure to make your claim as soon after an incident as possible. We're here for you 24/7.

It's quick to make a claim online:

  • Easy to follow steps
  • Save yourself a phone call

Make a claim online

Please have your policy number handy – you can find it on your Statement of Fact.

Need accident recovery now?

If you're in an unsafe location and you need vehicle recovery, call 0330 053 0322

Make a windscreen or glass claim

You can book a replacement or repair for damaged windscreens and windows right away.

Book an appointment online

You'll need your policy number, start date and name of insurer - you'll find these all on your Statement of Fact. 

You have pay the excess shown in the endorsements section of your Certificate of Insurance, but your no claims discount won't be affected.

The excess for repair or replacement varies with a Silver, Gold or Platinum policy, but there is no excess for a windscreen repair with Platinum.

What should I do after an accident?


Here's our advice if you've had an accident


The accident

How can I be ready for an accident?

Be prepared for the worst by keeping a pen and paper, a first aid kit and a torch in your car.

And if you do call to make a car insurance claim, we'll need your personal details, description of the accident, where you are, and contact details of any third party, including passengers and witnesses.

What should I do straight after an accident?

  • Try and pull into a safe place and put on the hazard warning lights.

  • If you're on a motorway and can pull on to the hard shoulder or into an emergency area, turn your front wheels towards the verge and get out of your car on the passenger side.

  • Keep your sidelights on if it's dark or visibility is poor.

  • Attend to anyone that has been hurt and call an ambulance if necessary.

  • Call the police and obtain an incident number. If you're on a motorway hard shoulder and don't have a mobile phone, follow the posts at the edge of the hard shoulder to an emergency phone, which calls directly to the police.

  • Assess the damage to your car.

The accident involved a collision with another driver

In a collision with one or more drivers, stay calm and don't admit fault or liability – if another driver admits fault, then tell us.

  • Exchange details with the other driver(s): name, address, phone number, car registration number, insurance company details and policy number.

  • Record names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses.

  • Write down how the accident happened, including sketches if it helps. If you have a phone or camera – and if it's safe to do so – take photos of the scene, the road layout and the damage to the vehicles involved.

Then report the accident to the 24-hour AA Accident Assist team as soon as possible on 0330 053 0322 or report it online.

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Following the accident

Who will deal with my claim?

Your AA Accident Assist claim advisor will record the details of your claim and explain all the available options. They'll tell you what your policy covers, including the use of a replacement vehicle.

The claim advisor will also check if you have any optional upgrades, and make sure you benefit from these where applicable.

If you're unable to continue your journey, we'll tell you if your policy covers travelling expenses to reach your destination, or if necessary hotel accommodation for one night.

If you or your passengers suffer injury as a result of the accident and it wasn't your fault, we can put you in touch with our expert panel of solicitors to deal with your injury claim.

Your AA Accident Assist claim advisor will be on hand if you have any questions about the claims process. And they'll contact you during the claims process to make sure everything is progressing well.

What happens to my car if it's repairable

AA Accident Assist has a network of approved repairers throughout the UK. They'll contact you to arrange repairs to your vehicle, and provide a replacement vehicle for the duration of the work.

All of our approved repairers are audited by the AA, and the repairs are guaranteed for a minimum of 3 years and use only high quality approved parts. We'll collect and return your car to you, and even clean it inside and out.

Your approved repairer will tell you when the work has been done, and the policy excess must be paid directly to the repairer.

If you want to use your own repair bodyshop, this must be discussed with AA Accident Assist or your insurer before you proceed. If approved by them, the repairs won't be guaranteed by the AA and a replacement vehicle for the duration of the repairs won't be provided.

The compulsory excess for repairs due to accidental or malicious damage varies for Silver, Gold and Platinum car insurance, and there is an additional excess for using a non-approved repairer.

What happens to my car if it's written off

A write-off is also known as a total loss. If it's uneconomic to repair your car, then your insurer will pay you its fair market value before the accident.

The insurer's engineer will determine the vehicle's market value by checking motor trade guides and its retail value, taking into account the model, age, mileage and condition, and any extras that are fitted.

We'll replace the vehicle with a new one if you're the first and only registered keeper, and your car is less than 13 months old.

If you added our Car Hire cover to a Silver or Gold car insurance policy, and haven't already spoken to AA Accident Assist to arrange a hire vehicle, call us on 0330 053 0322.

Car Hire is included with Platinum car insurance.

Once arranged, your claim advisor will keep you informed on the progress of your claim, and confirm when the hire vehicle will need to be returned.

What if I were injured in the accident?

If you or your passengers suffered any form of injury as a result of the accident, which you don't believe to be your fault, we may be able to provide you with a solicitor.

They'll make a claim for compensation on your behalf, which will include any other losses that you may have incurred, for example your policy excess or loss of earnings.

If you added Motor Accident Plan to a Silver or Gold car insurance policy, this significantly improves on the personal injury cover included in our comprehensive policy.

Motor Acident Plan is included with Platinum car insurance.

For example, Motor Accident Plan pays up to £100,000 each if you or a named driver on your policy, and up to 4 passengers are injured or die as a result of a car crash. Back to top


Finding fault

What if the accident wasn't my fault?

If you've been involved in an accident which is 100% not your fault, AA Accident Assist may be able to:

  • Authorise repairs to your vehicle directly without you having to pay the policy excess, and your no claim discount may not be affected.

  • Provide a replacement car similar to your own for the duration of repairs, or for up to 7 days after a settlement from your insurer, if your vehicle is deemed a total loss.

AA Accident Assist will recover all the costs incurred directly from the third-party insurer.

If you decide not to use the AA Accident Assist service, your insurer will arrange the repairs to your vehicle. However, you'll have to pay your policy excess, and your no claim discount will be affected until the insurer successfully recovers their financial outlay.

To find out more, call us on 0330 053 0322.

What if the accident was my fault?

If you have comprehensive cover, your insurer will arrange repairs to your vehicle or negotiate a settlement if the vehicle is a total loss. The insurer will also meet the cost of the third-party claim.

What should I do if the other party contacts me?

If you receive any correspondence from the third party, their insurer or solicitor, forward it unanswered immediately to your own insurer. They'll respond on your behalf.

And if you're contacted by phone, ask the caller to contact us on 0330 053 0322.

Don't agree to any services offered without talking to us first – they may not be in your best interest.

What if the other driver disputes the accident circumstances?

Your insurer will always do their very best to obtain an admission of liability from the other driver or their insurer.

They'll do this by providing evidence and the information you've given them. If the evidence provided does not fully support either driver's version of events, then both insurers may need to take some responsibility.

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Policy excesses explained

What is the excess?

This is the amount of money you must pay towards the cost of a claim.

The amount is the combination of a compulsory and a voluntary excess, and this is shown on your Statement of Fact.

Compulsory excess – this is the amount the insurer says you have to pay towards a claim.

Voluntary excess – this is a variable amount you choose to pay on top of the compulsory excess, usually up to £500.

The compulsory excess varies between Silver, Gold and Platinum car insurance for certain claims.

If you purchased the optional Excess Protection with your car insurance, you can claim back your policy excess on a claim where you're at fault or the other party involved can't be identified.

Who do I pay my excess to?

If your vehicle is repairable, you pay the excess directly to the repairer.

In the event your vehicle is a total loss, stolen or not recovered, your insurer will deduct any applicable excesses from the settlement issued to you.

If you were involved in an accident that wasn't your fault and you added Motor Legal Assistance to a Silver car insurance policy, we may be able to recover the excess fee from the third-party's insurer.

Motor Legal Assistance is included with Gold and Platinum car insurance.

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Motor Legal Assistance claim

Reporting a Motor Legal Assistance claim

If you've not spoken already to AA Accident Assist about claiming for your uninsured losses, please call us on 0370 566 3663.

We'll tell what you need to document in order to keep any losses to a minimum and to recover these losses.

Recovery of uninsured losses

If you added Motor Legal Assistance to a Silver car insurance policy, you'll be covered for up to £100,000 of legal costs to recover losses from the party at fault that can't be claimed from any other insurance policy.

Motor Legal Assistance is included with Gold and Platinum car insurance.

We can help you recover those losses and get legal assistance to reclaim:

  • Car insurance policy excess

  • Alternative transport costs

  • Loss of earnings

  • Compensation for injuries received in an accident

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