Best Car Breakdown Companies 2019

What are the best breakdown cover providers according to the users of this site?

We collected almost 7,500 of your experiences from breakdowns, whether they were a provider you chose yourself or manufacturer-supplied cover, and your ratings included not only the quality of the service provided but also value for money.

Thanks to your input we have ratings on 35 breakdown providers, with the top ten independent providers all scoring over 8.1 out of 10 and even the lowest-rated breakdown service provider scoring more than 7.1 out of 10.

1. GEM Motoring Assist Gem

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.74

Placed first in our ranking table, even if by a small margin, was GEM Motoring Assist, with a score of 8.74 from 141 responses. GEM policies offer personal cover so there is assistance available in any of your vehicles or if you are driving a hired or borrowed vehicle, and there are membership benefits such as discounted motor and travel insurance too. 

How much does Breakdown Cover cost with GEM?

GEM's cover is fullly comprehensive (aside from European Cover), with costs varying for the number of people that are included on the policy

Number of People Price
Single  £96.66*
Two people £129.21
Three People £184.69*
Four People £184.69*

2. Rescue My Car Rescue -my -car -logo

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.68

Finishing just a whisker behind the first placed GEM Motoring Assist, Rescue My Car scored an impressive 8.68 out of 10 from 25 respondents. Although this is a relatively low number Rescue My Car is one of the newer breakdown providers and will likely be scored by more users in the next poll. Rescue My Car gives the option of four different levels of cover including some with an excess, helping to keep the cost low unless you really need to use it. 

How much does Breakdown Cover cost with Rescue My Car?

Recovery Type Price
Local recovery with excess  £16*
National & home breakdown cover with excess  £19.99*
National & home breakdown cover wihtout excess  £31.85*
European breakdown cover £35.27*

3. Britannia Dj B9ily X0AASVB8

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.64

Britannia Rescue is part of the LV insurance group, so it is no surprise to see it ranked so highly in this list. Ranked third overall based on 239 responses, Britannia scored 10 out of 10 with a large number of users. Anyone with an LV car insurance policy can add Britannia breakdown cover easily, with five levels of cover available. Britannia also claims an impressive average response time of 47.90 minutes to callouts.

How much does Breakdown Cover cost with Britannia?

Recovery Type  Cost
Roadside Assist  £30
Roadside & Home Assist  £61
UK Recovery £67
UK Recovery & Home Assist  £93
UK & European Assist £134

4. Auto AidAuto Aid Logo _thumb

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.61

Auto Aid is part of a group of companies including Auto National Rescue and Euro Rescue all owned by Right Choice Insurance Brokers, but its strong showing here is based only on customers of Auto Aid. Its impressive score of 8.61 is based on 198 respondents, putting it in fourth place. Auto Aid's policies are based on covering an individual rather than a car but your spouse is automatically included at no extra cost.

How much does Breakdown Cover cost with Auto Aid?

Recovery Type Price
Roadside Only £34*
Roadside & Recovery  £66*
Total UK £78*

5. Start RescueStart -rescue -jpg -1

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.60

Start Rescue is one of the newer breakdown cover providers in the market, operating through Call Assist Ltd and recording an impressive score of 8.60 out of 10 based on 126 respondents. Start Rescue offers five levels of cover with prices starting from £16.45 for local roadside cover, making it a popular choice for anyone looking to keep costs as low as possible.

How much does Breakdown Cover cost with Start Rescue?

Recovery Type Price
Roadside assistance, local recovery £26.90*
Roadside assistance, national recovery and home start £28.95*
European roadside assistance in 42 countries £68.95*
Four cars, roadside assistance, national recovery, home start  £106.52*

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6. Nationwide Download (5)

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.57

This breakdown cover is offered by Nationwide Building Society as a part of its FlexPlus current account, so it is not available to those who are not customers. However, it received a rating of 8.57 out of 10 from 198 respondents, indicating a good level of service as well as impressive value for money. Because the breakdown cover is provided in a bundle of insurance products, the effective cost is currently £13 per month if you have a FlexPlus current account.

7. AA Logo -aa (3)

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.33

The first of the breakdown giants, the AA finished in a respectable seventh place, scoring 8.33 out of 10 from 1451 users to make it the provider receiving the greatest number of responses in our index. Thanks to a strong reputation the AA has tradtionally been one of the most popular breakdown cover providers, but has increased its range of products to compete with newer rivals. Three types of cover are available with monthly or one-off annual payment plans.

How much does Breakdown Cover cost with The AA?

Recovery Type Price
Roadside assistance, national recovery and home start  £89*
Roadside assistance, national recovery, home start and onward travel  £125*
Roadside assistance in 44 European countries £125*
Four cars, roadside assistance, national recovery, home start £209*

 

8. Green Flag 0ay 0QFH1_400x 400

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.24

Close behind the AA in eighth place is Green Flag, another of the better-known breakdown cover providers. Rated 8.24 out of 10 by 1081 respondents, Green Flag received the second-largest number of ratings in our survey, proving its popularity. Green Flag offers a choice of cover policies specifically for your cars or you as an individual, with a tailored quote based on your circumstances. Unlike its main rivals, Green Flag uses a network of independent providers rather than branded vehicles and mechanics.

How much does cover cost with Green Flag?

Recovery Type Price
Roadside assistance, national recovery £39
Roadside assistance, national recovery and home start £35.84
Roadside assistance, national recovery, home start and onward travel £44.80
Roadside assistance in 39 European countries £71.68

9. RAC Download (5) (1)

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.19

Completing the big three breakdown providers is RAC in ninth place, scoring 8.19 out of 10 based on 1,345 respondents which puts it just fractions behind its key competitors. The RAC offers a choice of personal breakdown cover or vehicle breakdown cover, and builds a price depending on the options you add in, with the cheapest form of vehicle cover costing £40 for 12 months.

How much does Breakdown Cover cost with the RAC?

Recovery Type Price
Roadside assistance, national recovery and home start £115*
Roadside assistance, national recovery, home start and onward travel £124*
Roadside assistance in 48 countries £125.18*

10. AXA 2000px -AXA_Logo .svg

Breakdown Cover Satisfaction Score 8.11

Rounding out the top ten is AXA, who offer breakdown cover as a part of their comprehensive car insurance policies with four levels of cover including European coverage. As one of the newer providers its score of 8.11 was based on less than 50 respondents, but bodes well for anyone who currently has an insurance policy with the firm.

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