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    • MSE Tony
    • By MSE Tony 27th Mar 12, 4:48 PM
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    Car Breakdown Discussion
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    • 27th Mar 12, 4:48 PM
    Car Breakdown Discussion 27th Mar 12 at 4:48 PM

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    • elsien
    • By elsien 30th Oct 17, 12:35 PM
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    Haggle with RAC result.
    2 year cover with homestart, onward travel etc knocked down from £180 odd to 121.56, now costing me just over £60 a year.
    I'm happy with that. Never thought to haggle it before now.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • 1230EX
    • By 1230EX 2nd Nov 17, 12:42 PM
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    My first European road trip recently. The thought of breaking down terrified me the whole way through Europe. I'd consider European breakdown cover an essential purchase for anyone considering it - the premiums aren't that high - particularly as they are annual - compared to the faff of not being covered.

    Was able to get what I'd consider a fantastic price of around £70. I didn't need it in the end but in this instance it helped me enjoy the holiday that much more.
    • Inforapennyinforapound
    • By Inforapennyinforapound 22nd Nov 17, 1:36 PM
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    Superb and cheap
    Yes why does the weekly email recommend autoaid (+ RAC/AA) but ignore

    I've just spent the last week looking at all the alternatives and Start comes out highly on service as well as on cost. (No, I don't work for them!).

    Which? Consumer Association rate them in top 3 (above AA & RAC for speed of response, customer service etc. And it costs just £28 (£35 for cars older than 5 years) and that's for Roadside, National Recovery, Onward Travel, and Homestart.

    Far cheaper than the big 4 (AA, RAC, Green Flag, Brittania).

    Saga was highly rated too, but much more expensive.

    Only thing I noticed missing is StartRescue won't cover you if you run out of fuel, though they will if you put diesel in a petrol tank.....
    Originally posted by G_M

    Totally agree with this. Why is this company not even mentioned on this website(MSE)?

    I have only needed them once and they were very efficient and price is unbeatable for everything quoted above.
    So,why do they not rate a mention in the weekly email? Call me cynical.
    I recommend that people should take a look at the startrescue website. It costs nothing to look,and no, i have no connection to them and am about to renew for me and partner for £55 for 2 cars full cover.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 22nd Nov 17, 2:00 PM
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    Autoaid is cheaper than that though, especially if your married and have lots of vehicles.
    • den169
    • By den169 23rd Nov 17, 10:48 AM
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    Autoaid is cheaper than that though, especially if your married and have lots of vehicles.
    Originally posted by lisyloo
    Yes Autoaid is the best used them for years called them out this year at peak time they were there in 45 minutes.Brought the car home and didn't even want paying they get there money from Autoaid now.
    I only paid £30 through a groupon voucher this year.And they now cover commercials up to 3.5 tons which means it covers my car and my pickup saving me even more money.
    • kalpo1
    • By kalpo1 11th Dec 17, 9:13 PM
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    First Time Buyer
    Does anyone have any feedback for - they offer cover from £12.75 (£17 if you include national cover)... which is a lot less than anything in the MSE breakdown cover guide which talks about £21+

    What am I missing?
    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 11th Dec 17, 9:29 PM
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    Maybe do a quote on line and see if you can get cover for £17!!

    (Note that unlike most competitors you either pay £40 per callout or much more for your premium with nil excess!)
    • kalpo1
    • By kalpo1 12th Dec 17, 6:31 AM
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    Maybe do a quote on line and see if you can get cover for £17!!

    (Note that unlike most competitors you either pay £40 per callout or much more for your premium with nil excess!)
    Originally posted by Quentin
    £18.60 without excess... they donít cover tyres if you donít have a spare but they do cover fuel and have unlimited call outs.

    Should cover include parts/ labour costs towards the repair?
    • Scooterman
    • By Scooterman 13th Dec 17, 9:36 AM
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    i agree that Autoaid is fantastic value
    I've been a member of Autoaid for years (after many years with the GEM scheme - which I joined after huge annoyance at AA hike in 2nd year rates). I didn't realise until today (thanks Martin) that they have dropped the `pay-up-front-and-then-claim-reimbursement' policy: that makes it even better value for money.
    Twice used for my big motor scooter and help arrived very quickly.
    • zenshi
    • By zenshi 29th Dec 17, 9:58 AM
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    Iím just about to start searching for breakdown cover but thought Iíd ask about the lesser known companies. Iíve only ever used the big two before

    My circumstances have changed since I last had cover. I donít do many miles but when I do itís long distance so home recovery is essential. I am also a single female, sadly without the know how to simply change a tyre, of which I am annoyed with myself. New car to me about two months ago and itís 7 Yearís old

    Any recommendations?
    LBM.....sometime in 2013 £27,056. 10 creditors
    Oct 17......£18,076.....7 creditors left 33% paid

    £26,200 on interest only part of mortgage (July 16)...will chip away £23,543
    £49,200 repayment mortgage ( July 16) £45,599
    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 29th Dec 17, 11:03 AM
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    We’ve used Autoaid for years now, it covers my husband and I in any car. We’ve had to call them out three times, they use a firm local to where you break down so help arrives very quickly (they asked if I was on my own when I called). The first time I had to pay up front, forgot to reclaim for 6 months But was paid promptly when I sent in receipt. Lately I didn’t need to do that, they were paid directly by Autoaid. Thoroughly recommended.
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    • Scr00ge
    • By Scr00ge 2nd Jan 18, 10:49 PM
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    AutoAid exclusions for old cars?
    Looks like AutoAid is highly recommended. I'm thinking of taking out a policy with them but our two cars are more than 10 years old.

    Does anyone know if they have any exclusions for old cars?

    • geoffplus
    • By geoffplus 11th Jan 18, 12:56 PM
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    38 Years of RAC Renewals
    Been with the RAC since 1980. In the last 10 years or so I have had to haggle each year to get a reasonable deal. Always been prepared to switch to another supplier's 'New Member' deal then back for the RAC's 'New Member' deal the following year, but so far have managed to get a competitive price out of them before having to.

    This year they moved my premium from £138 to £159.99. No reason given for this 15% hike at all. Checked the AA and even better cover than I currently have with the RAC available at £125 for new members. Presented this to RAC and sure enough deal matched.

    They do this because they know not everyone bothers to check alternative suppliers and just renew each year.
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