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vehicle breakdown recovery

Vehicle Recovery

With 25 years of experience in the field of vehicle recovery, our policies are now relied upon by thousands of UK motorists for fast, reliable roadside assistance – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our rescue and recovery network is well established to ensure our customers experience an efficient, timely and safe recovery.

Our network is contractually required to work to the highest standards and maintain industry certification for employees and equipment.

Proud to Serve Drivers Across the Country

Motorists from right across the United Kingdom can use our vehicle recovery services. Whether you live in the furthest north of Scotland or the very south of England, a large city such as London, Cardiff or Glasgow, or a small rural village – our expert Vehicle Recovery Operators are on hand to help get you and your vehicle back on the road, to a garage or your home, fast.

Whatever the weather, be it winter, spring, summer or autumn – our agents are ready to help you with roadside assistance 365 days a year.

Over a Century in the Making

We're proud to be at the forefront of UK breakdown assistance, having been part of its evolution over the last two decades; we’ve become something of a household name in the process.

The industry has changed a great deal since the first associations emerged in the 1910s, which were able to carry out limited mechanical work or tow a broken down vehicle to a local garage or to an owner's home.

Highly Experienced Vehicle Recovery Agents

Today, however, British drivers can expect far more from Vehicle Recovery Operators, such as those who work with Start Rescue.

Thanks to this expertise, Start Rescue is able to boast an excellent roadside repair rate with our vehicle recovery services. 

Modern Assistance Service from our Roadside Teams

While older motoring organisations invested in fleets of assistance vehicles and equipment – and retained their own mechanics – in the 1970s a fresh, innovative assistance model was developed.

A new wave of breakdown cover firms employed breakdown technicians from the best independent UK vehicle workshops and garages to undertake repairs and recoveries.

This efficient model is the one used by Start Rescue today.

As well as covering cars, specialist networks are able to assist with different vehicle and incident types.


With a specialist network of motorcycle rescue and recovery companies in the main populated areas of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each comprising of trained Vehicle Recovery Operators in the safe movement of motorcycles, we are well equipped to attend to your motorcycle and scooter breakdown needs.

Find out more about Motorcycle breakdown cover

Cars/Classic Cars/Prestige Cars & Vans

Our network of Vehicle Recovery Operators has many years of experience in roadside repair and safe vehicle recovery of cars, classic cars, prestige cars and vans.

Find out more about Classic Car breakdown cover

Network Coverage

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • The Channel Islands
  • Republic of Ireland
  • & Over 40 other European countries

With many years of experience our network of vehicle Recovery Operators is under constant review ensuring first class service performance.

From Flat Batteries to Wrong Fuel Use…

If you break down simply call us or use our free breakdown app to request assistance.

Our agents will quickly respond and upon arrival at the scene the Recovery Operator will carry out an inspection, then diagnose the issue quickly to provide auto care and get you back on the road.

From solving issues with car batteries to providing wrong fuel recoveries, it is very likely we will get you driving to your destination in no time by assisting your car's recovery.

If a mechanical repair is not possible, we will take you to a garage or your home, or provide alternative transport or accommodation, based on the conditions of your chosen policy.

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 a dedicated breakdown repair app that enables you to request assistance - without calling us by phone.

Information, News, Advice and Vehicle Reviews

Across the Start Rescue news section you will find auto and motorbike news, tips and advice for your information and entertainment.

From family cars to sports cars, traffic news to route planning, sourcing car parts to choosing screen wash and digital maps to driver safety – we post on these subjects regularly. We also deliver content on classic van and automobile collections, new transport services, MOT testing, tyre checks, replacing your windscreen wipers – and much more info besides.

Across our website you’ll find clear, comprehensive information on topics such as breakdown policy details and areas covered.

The Right Breakdown Cover Package for Your Needs and Budget

Wherever you and your vehicle are based in the UK, we have the right policy for you with our vehicle recovery services. Choose from our cost-effective One Star cover, our popular Two, Three and Four Star packages, or our comprehensive Five Star policy, which are all backed up with testimonials from happy customers. And don’t forget, our Four and Five Star packages include cover for Europe, too.

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No matter what service level you need, we’ll give you a highly competitive quote. Recovery vehicles from across our nationwide recovery network will be ready to serve you as soon as you buy your Start Rescue breakdown cover insurance policy.

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