Van Breakdown Cover from Start Rescue

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With a number of fantastic options available on van breakdown cover, we are sure to have the right policy for you here at Start Rescue, whether you are looking for breakdown cover for a personal van, used for non-commercial use or a business van or fleet of business vans.

If you require breakdown cover for a business vehicle please see our specially tailored business breakdown cover options.


The importance of having proper breakdown cover in place for your van cannot be understated, as vehicles sadly can and do breakdown.

Our roadside assistance and van recovery service offers you the assurance that help is at hand should you be unfortunate enough to experience a breakdown.

With our breakdown cover for vans, we will get you back on the road quickly and help alleviate the stressful experience breaking down can be.


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If our van roadside assistance can’t help you by the side of the road, depending on what level of van breakdown cover you have, we can get your van to a garage.

All our van breakdown policies offer van recovery up to 10 miles, whilst our 2 and 3 Star van breakdown cover policies come with the added benefit of nationwide recovery.


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Three Star van breakdown cover

With our most popular Three Star Cover level receiving a 5 Star Rating by Defaqto, you can be certain your van recovery product is of the highest quality in the market!


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*The final breakdown quote price will depend on the age of your vehicle.


What is van breakdown cover?

Van breakdown cover is a specialist roadside recovery insurance policy that ensures you and your passengers are able to complete your journey if your van happens to experience problems while travelling.

It is important to carefully read all the information available before making you choice of breakdown cover, to ensure you choose the correct policy for you.


Van breakdown policies offer different levels of cover

When deciding on breakdown cover for your van, you will need to choose whether you require:

  • A local van recovery service
  • Van breakdown recovery on a national basis within the UK, or;
  • Van breakdown cover at home (Home Assist) and whilst out on the roads nationwide within the UK.


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Why do I need van breakdown cover?

Having van breakdown cover isn’t a legal requirement in the UK. However, having suitable cover in place should your van breakdown provides you with the reassurance that someone will be on hand to help.

Having van breakdown insurance can also save you money – Avoiding the pitfalls of costly van recovery fees, should you not have a valid policy in place at the time your van breaks down.


What happens if I don’t have van breakdown cover?

If you don’t have a van recovery breakdown policy in place and you breakdown, not only could you face the costs associated with the van recovery, such as towing fees, but you may also have to arrange and pay for alternative transport to continue your journey. 


How do I know I need van breakdown cover rather than car breakdown cover?

Look in your log book and find the section on vehicle category or vehicle type approval. If the letter and number listed is M1 it's a car. Most vans are listed as N1 or N2.


What is the cost of van breakdown cover?

The cost of van breakdown cover can vary depending on the level of cover you have in place.

We are proud to provide affordable van roadside assistance.

We offer breakdown cover for vans for a wide variety of customers and budgets, with three levels of van cover available.

Our One Star policy offers our cheapest van breakdown cover, but still includes a vast range of benefits, whilst our Three Star policy offers our most comprehensive van breakdown recovery package.

Get a quote online today for one of our great value van breakdown cover policies.


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What is included in my van recovery breakdown policy?

Our non commercial van roadside assistance and recovery policies include a great range of benefits* as standard such as:

  • Unlimited call outs
  • Misfuel cover
  • Accident recovery

Depending on the level of van breakdown cover you opt for you can also benefit from additional services. For example, roadside assistance for your van is included in all three cover levels, but other features such as van cover for breakdowns at the registered home address or within 1/4 mile of home are optional.

This ensures you can find the van breakdown cover policy that best suits your needs.

A full breakdown of the features included in each level of cover can be found in the table above.

*Please see policy terms for full details. 


Is van recovery included in the breakdown cover?

All our van breakdown policies offer van recovery up to 10 miles. If you choose our 2 or 3 Star van breakdown cover, nationwide recovery is also included.


Am I covered if I breakdown in another vehicle?

If you also drive other vehicles for non commercial purposes, you may want to look at purchasing personal breakdown cover, rather than insuring the van specifically.

Our Start Rescue personal cover breakdown cover policies provide UK roadside assistance and recovery for the policyholder(s) in any vehicle** they are travelling in.

Alternatively, it is also possible to add multiple vehicles to your Start Rescue breakdown policy.

**Personal cover covers you when travelling in cars, motorcycles and vans of any age as a driver or passenger. All vehicle types must not exceed 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight.


Can I add van breakdown cover to my existing breakdown policy?

If you already have an existing Start Rescue policy, you will receive a 10% discount when you add an additional vehicle, including for example, adding van breakdown cover to your existing policy via our Customer Lounge


Exclusive offers for Start Rescue customers

What’s more, when you take out a breakdown policy for your van, you’ll gain access to deals and offers exclusive to our customers.


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What if you can't fix my van at the roadside?

To help minimise delays in recovery, if the symptom you report is deemed unlikely to be repaired at the roadside and requires a recovery, we will look to send out the correct resource straight away.

In instances where an attempt is made to repair your van, if, in the opinion of the Recovery Operator, they are unable to repair the vehicle within 60 minutes at the roadside, we will arrange for your van, you and your passengers to be recovered to the nearest suitable garage which is able to undertake the repair or a destination of your choice, within 10 miles from the scene of the breakdown.

Opt for our 2 or 3 star van breakdown cover options, and you will also be covered for nationwide van recovery.

With our 2 and 3 star van breakdown cover options, if in the opinion of the Recovery Operator, your van can not be fixed at the roadside or at a local garage on the same day, we will arrange for you and your passengers to be recovered to your home or if you would prefer and it is closer, your original destination.


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Are there any vehicle weight and size limits that apply to van breakdown cover policies?

Our non-commercial van breakdown recovery policies cover vans of any age, but within these policies we cannot cover vehicles:

  • In excess of 3,500 kg (3.5 tonnes) or;
  • Vehicles used for business purposes such as hire or deliveries

For larger vehicles and/or hire vehicles you will require a business breakdown cover policy.


Do Start Rescue offer commercial vehicle breakdown cover for vans?

Plumber or electrician? Painter and decorator? Courier delivery driver? We understand your vans are your lifeblood. A moment off the road is time that could be spent at work, which is why we have you covered with our business breakdown cover for vans.

Our business breakdown cover, offering roadside assistance and recovery, is available across all 3 levels of van breakdown cover, for vans of any age, for tradesman, haulage companies, private hire companies and more! We can even cover you in Europe for vehicles under 3.5 tonnes.

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Please note: we cannot provide breakdown cover for vans used for for livestock, agricultural, hazardous chemicals or refrigerated goods.


5 Star Defaqto Rated UK motor breakdown cover

Start Rescue’s Three Star van breakdown cover, our customers’ favourite, has been awarded a 5 Star Rating by Defaqto!

Receiving the top rating from Defaqto means that if you choose Three Star cover, you can be safe in the knowledge that the policy is of the highest quality across the whole breakdown insurance market.


What is Defaqto?

Defaqto is a leading independent financial services research company that aims to help the consumer make important purchasing decisions.

They analyse and assess thousands of pieces of information to generate their Star Ratings guides.

A Star Rating of 1 to 5 is given to each financial services company's products and is used by consumers as a reference to compare companies when making their buying choice.


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Invest in van breakdown cover today

Setting your van breakdown recovery policy up has never been easier thanks to the quick, secure and efficient online payment system we use.

Renewals for breakdown cover for vans can also be easily managed online and we can be contacted by phone or email, or via our online web chat facility, should you have any questions or queries you need answering regarding our breakdown services.

So be sure to purchase your bespoke van breakdown cover policy from Start Rescue today.

When you do, you will be joining the thousands of other UK van drivers who benefit from the support and peace of mind we provide every day.


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