breakdown cover - Is it worth the extra cost?If you're considering
the costs involved with taking out European
car breakdown cover, you first must ask the question
"do I need it". If you're not traveling to Europe by car
then the answers is no. Even if you are considering it but aren't
quite sure, you could always change your level of cover to include
European break downs at a later date.
breakdown cover is a must then you should also consider it
against other options, for example car hire. The only real
alternative is car hire which is significantly more expensive and is
only advisable if the other benefits are of interest (for example;
reasonably new reliable car).
There are cheap options available to
you if you want to take out European car breakdown cover. Besides
the all year cover, most providers will allow you to take European
cover and pay a daily or weekly rate. Although if you will be in
Europe a lot it would be cheaper in the long run to take out a
How does European
car breakdown cover work?European car breakdown
cover works more or less as it does in the UK. Cover providers from
the UK obviously do not have their own fleets which span the length
and breadth of Europe so they will rely on the services of
partnering organisations. Your breakdown provider will give you the
relevant telephone numbers to call while in Europe, should you need
their services. The call centre's will employ English speaking staff
so don't worry about speaking the local lingo.
At extra cost to your policy you can
get added extra's, as you can in the UK such as onward travel.
How do I find the
best value deal?When trying to get the
best value deal to cover your car throughout Europe we recommend
making a list of features that you need to have included, do this
before you start looking. Don't end up paying over the odds
for features you don't need or want, there's a lot of competition in
the market place, you just need to find the plan that matches your
Next work out if it's going to be
cheaper for you to add short term cover to an existing plan (or
indeed a new plan) or plump for the annual cover. Please also bear
in mind that there is maximum number of days of European cover
included the these plans, it's generally around 100 which is good
enough for most peoples needs but pointless if your spending a year
traveling in your car.
If you have (or are planning to) a
more expensive UK policy, it may well already cover you for limited
travel in Europe, so you can have your cake and eat it.
Once you know what you
want, shop around for the best, and most suitable plan for yourself.
Why not read our provider
reviews or compare
the latest car breakdown plans.