With over 80% roadside repair success rate and affordable premiums and products with 5 Star Ratings by Defaqto, thousands of UK motorists rely on car breakdown cover from Start Rescue.


Vehicle Breakdown Cover

From our budget One Star cover, through our Two, Three and Four Star options to our comprehensive Five Star insurance product, we have the perfect breakdown policy for your needs and budget.

This vehicle breakdown cover range covers every benefit you might need, from home cover (protecting against a breakdown within a quarter of a mile of your home address), to cover for theft, vandalism and illness.

Find out more about our breakdown cover options:


European Breakdown Cover

Along with car, motorcycle and van national recovery services, we provide cover for driving in over 40 European countries for cars and motorcycles too, with our Annual and Short Term European Cover.

As well as offering a European breakdown cover service, we also provide a wealth of handy driving tips such as advice on driving in France.


Personal Breakdown Cover

In the UK, in order to enjoy Start Rescue cover when travelling in somebody else’s vehicle should it suffer a breakdown, customers find our Personal Cover policies ideal.

Start Rescue's Personal Cover allows you and up to 3 others in the same household to be covered in the event of a breakdown, for whichever vehicle* you are using to travel; an ideal policy for a multi-car household!


Did you know, if you have an EU drivers licence, you can still benefit from our breakdown services.

Find out more about driving in the UK with an EU licence.


Breakdown Cover with 5 Star Ratings By Defaqto 

Start Rescue's Three Star Cover level (our customers' favourite) has been awarded a 5 Star Rating by Defaqto.

Top ratings from Defaqto show that the features and benefits of our Three Star Cover Level are of the highest quality on the market.

For more information on who Defaqto are and how our products are rated check out our Defaqto page.


Roadside Assistance for Almost Any Eventuality

We understand how stressful it can be when you have broken down. That's why our roadside assistance teams will work to get you quickly back on the road and driving again – no matter what the problem.

Flat tyres, diagnosing wrong fuel usage, as well as assistance with home emergency breakdowns, national recovery transport, onward travel arrangements and overnight accommodation – all these problems and more are dealt with on a daily basis by Start Rescue.

We can also advise on where and how to get car windscreen repairs undertaken.

And whether you find yourself broken down on the way to work, on holiday or enjoying a family day out, when you call us, our Recovery Agents will aim to get you moving again, fast.


24/7 UK-Wide Cover

Get a car breakdown cover insurance quote today and buy online quickly as well as securely.

If you suffer a breakdown you can contact us out anytime by contacting our Control Centre, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or by reporting your breakdown via our app.

If we cannot repair your vehicle by the roadside, we will recover it to a garage or your home – under the specific terms and conditions of your selected roadside assistance policy.

Read more about vehicle recovery.


The Latest Technology in Breakdown Assistance

As a national recovery breakdown organisation that embraces the latest technology in its operations, Start Rescue manages an advanced Control Centre that will get you the help you need fast.

We also harness a range of digital technologies such as our dedicated breakdown repair app that enables you to request assistance – without calling us by phone.


Motoring Advice

In addition, our regularly updated blog and motoring advice section offers advice and information about dealing with a breakdown, customer news and motoring repair advice.

We have tips on driving abroad, car body maintenance, replacement parts and car repairs, tyres car windscreen repairs, home cover for home emergencies and wrong fuel use.

We also have helpful motoring articles on choosing car accessories, licences, driving in adverse weather conditions, understating motoring terminology (such as what do Cat C and Cat D mean) – and much more.


What is Breakdown Cover?

Breakdown cover is a service which ensures that if your vehicle suffers a mechanical failure, you and your passengers will not be stranded at the roadside.

When a breakdown is reported, Start Rescue will send out a Vehicle Recovery Operator to repair your vehicle at the roadside, or if this is not possible, the vehicle will be towed to your home or to a local garage, dependent on your circumstances and policy cover level.

Motorcycle and car breakdown policies are available in five different levels which cover you at home, nationally and throughout Europe - it's important to read through each policy and decide which one is best for you.


FCA Regulated

Start Rescue is operated by Call Assist Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority).


Great Reviews

Our service has received many excellent breakdown cover reviews, so when you buy from us or renew your cover, you can, you can be sure you will be protected by one of the UK’s leading breakdown recovery services.


Get a Quote Today

Buying or renewing vehicle breakdown cover or personal breakdown insurance from Start Rescue is quick and easy.

Get a quote online for your ideal breakdown cover option then buy securely using your credit or debit card.

What's more, if you cover two or more vehicles on a vehicle breakdown policy an additional 10% discount on your multi-car policy. (Discount will automatically be applied at the checkout).

Enjoy first class breakdown assistance cover for a price that suits you.