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Post by Alan SS1 » Wed May 02, 2018 6:57 pm

probably been asked before but what are suggestions for a suitable company doing breakdown & recovery for 'older cars'?

we got a price of £155 this year up from £125 last year so before i spend hours getting nowhere, any suggestions? (AA for two >50 folk, any car)


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Post by PeteMac » Wed May 02, 2018 7:43 pm

There's www.startrescue.co.uk
I've seen them mentioned on here before - which probably led to me using them this year for my daily driver. Never had to call them out though. :|
Just enter your reg to get a quote.



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Post by peter freeman » Wed May 02, 2018 8:12 pm

Mine is done via Nationwide Bank - if you have the platinum card its built in plus medical cover on holiday - I think the card is £10 or so a month so its cheaper than travel insurance and breakdown cover. Their breakdown cover is done by Britannia Rescue - I was with them before getting the Nationwide cover and was happy with their service. Win win.



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Post by peter freeman » Wed May 02, 2018 8:31 pm

Just had a look at the card fee and its £13.



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Post by ScimmyMike » Wed May 02, 2018 8:45 pm

Britannia for myself, great service and they don't appear to bump up premiums should you need to use the services we use their personal cover for me and wife which covers us for any car we are in and our eldest daughter's car as the registered car on the policy which covers her as well that way, they actually told me to do it that way to give her cover


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Post by drcdb15 » Wed May 02, 2018 9:01 pm

PeteMac wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 7:43 pm
There's www.startrescue.co.uk
I've seen them mentioned on here before - which probably led to me using them this year for my daily driver. Never had to call them out though. :|
Just enter your reg to get a quote.
I was with Start Rescue last year, and it was OK (£72)(never called them, though many folks on Trustpilot etc who did were a bit underwhelmed with the service) but the second year they did just the same as the insurance companies - not surprising, since apart from genuine clubs like the RAC and AA *used* to be (so long since I used them I don't know what they are these days) they *are* insurance companies.

Anyway, when I renewed for MB61 it was with Lancaster, mainly on price, but they threw in roadside Axa Service as I recall, whether I wanted it or not. I didn't, as I still had Start Rescue. Whatever, that started me looking around again, as for my other cars I really didn't want to be tied to a different recovery service for each one. With Start as I recall, to get the best price you need to specify each vehicle. To my surprise, I found the solution in MoneySavingExpert, with AutoAid - this was an MSE special which seems no longer available, but AutoAid is available direct. I paid £43 but what I got will now cost you a colossal .... £48 !!

It's PERSONAL cover, so you can drive any car, no age or mileage limits, your partner/spouse etc is included too whether you want it or not (at that price, who cares?) and there is no hassle if you change your car. What's not to like? It is now cheaper to get comprehensive roadside recovery than it is to belong to RSSOC ... :w :lol:

PS just to be clear, that £48 covers recovery, roadside, home start, all your cars, either you or spouse/partner driving, trailers, caravans, etc etc. If money is *really* tight, they also do car-specific cover starting at £29!


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Post by Gillsfan » Wed May 02, 2018 9:13 pm

Not sure how up-to-date my info is but I've always had either AA or RAC who in my opinion are pretty much the same and have always tried to help me fix and fault I had where as when I had green flag many moons ago it was always someone from a local garage who turned up and where only interested in towing me.

I swap between AA and RAC depending on the deal I cam get.


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Post by ScimmyMike » Wed May 02, 2018 9:28 pm

Gillsfan wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 9:13 pm
Not sure how up-to-date my info is but I've always had either AA or RAC who in my opinion are pretty much the same and have always tried to help me fix and fault I had where as when I had green flag many moons ago it was always someone from a local garage who turned up and where only interested in towing me.

I swap between AA and RAC depending on the deal I cam get.
Problem with those two as I found out after 10 years of no call outs, once I had the audacity to call on their services it went up from £120 to £280 for the same service cheeky buggers, so I walked. :boxer:


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Post by scimmy ben » Thu May 03, 2018 6:36 am

drcdb15 wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 9:01 pm
PS just to be clear, that £48 covers recovery, roadside, home start, all your cars, either you or spouse/partner driving, trailers, caravans, etc etc. If money is *really* tight, they also do car-specific cover starting at £29!
I have also had autoaid before - the one difference is that it is reimbursable - you have the work done and pay for it and they refund. Reports are that they refund quickly but it does mean you need your own pot of gold or a credit agreement.



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Post by willholderogri » Thu May 03, 2018 7:36 am

RAC would never use the AA


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Post by Ian Lock » Thu May 03, 2018 7:58 am

I had green flag once and called them out for a flat battery ( silly me left lights on ) , wouldn't jump start it said I had to have a new battery as I was stuck and had no choice payed the £60 . Told the guy to keep the booster connected as the airbag warning light would come on , didn't listen light came on had to take it to the dealers to get it turned off cost £50 . They wouldn't refund my £50 so canceled with them and went to AA , Called them out a while ago they to use local garages to save time because modern cars have plug in fault finder so AA man or local man can tell you what is wrong with it . Not tried it on my classics but I think none of them could fix a classic by the roadside most of them would only know how to use the fault finder .



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Post by Rattling » Thu May 03, 2018 8:07 am

Had RAC for many years fixed my Rover P5 on the motorway very well ,but refused a home start once a few years later ,so went to the AA who have been excellent on the 2 times I've used them .


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Post by roymck » Thu May 03, 2018 8:35 am

2 things . Autoaid have changed there policy so you no longer pay for the breakdown and claim back from them .

Also when the front wheel bearing went on the SE5 RAC wouldn’t recover using the onboard towing bogey as they didn’t know the weight of a SE5 , not on the system so had to wait for recovery truck extra 2 hours wait . They are not clued up on old cars. Also they would not recover if it was not taxed , that was a problem as again they could not find the vehicle on the system . It was registered as Scimitar not Reliant .



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Post by reliant-reviver » Thu May 03, 2018 9:34 am

I would stick with one of the main two. As a family we were with the RAC for years and dare I say it "got our money's worth" with those services on several occasions, e.g my brother's heap of a BMW 325 needing repeated help with a charging fault whilst at uni in Falmouth, and eventually being relayed back due to a failed H/G.

However, the RAC on one occasion had some communication breakdown in their call centre and left Mrs RR and I stuck at the side of the road (failed coreplug on SS1) for some 4 hours having made repeated calls and drained both our phones whilst being told not to leave the vehicle as "help was on it's way!". Turns out that once you have fallen off the 1 hour target time they don't seem to give a toss. Never going back for that alone.

Since then we've been AA silver members. 2016 they got us back from North Yorkshire to Berkshire after engine failure in the SS1, a 3 part dolly relay mind, with each driver only allowed to go so far before handing to next patrol, but understandable and no problem with that.
Last winter they attended a starting issue at home on the Hyundai, diagnosed the issue and relayed the car to the garage of my choice some distance away.
The AA phone app is also excellent in my opinion. Switch on your GPS location, report your problem with a few taps and you get a real-time track on where your patrol-man is once summoned!

As with all these things be prepared to shop about if renewals come up more expensive. Ours came through cheaper last year IIRC.


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Post by Nick » Thu May 03, 2018 9:46 am

Often included in classic car insurance. Worth checking


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