Car breakdown & recovery cover £42.54 @ AutoAid
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Car breakdown & recovery cover £42.54 @ AutoAid

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Found 26th Mar 2017
This deal just gets better. Just renewed my policy through Groupon for £39 (£42.54 direct) It was always a good deal covering the policy holder & spouse or civil partner in any vehicle but now you no longer have to pay at the roadside then claim the money back from Autoaid. They now organise roadside assistance and recovery etc, just like the big boys do, the only payment you make is for the annual policy and if you need it, the hotel accommodation which you then claim back. Do read the small print. Hope this is of use to someone.
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Cut out **** Groupon and go through TBC for 12.6%, just an alternative.
Also, they will recover in the event of an accident. At least one, if not all, of the big companies don't.
I've never had breakdown cover before. Are these guy as good as the big boys? Any feedback from you guys would be most appreciated
wadz03

I've never had breakdown cover before. Are these guy as good as the big … I've never had breakdown cover before. Are these guy as good as the big boys? Any feedback from you guys would be most appreciated



I imagine the vast majority of breakdown callouts are flat batteries and tyres. The agents they use will fix that for you. Most of them won't do much parts replacement though. They'll relay you to your local garage from wherever.

This £40 cost, though, includes at-home service. The 'big-boys' usually charge extra.

We've had this cover for many years and never been let down when we've needed them.
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wadz03

I've never had breakdown cover before. Are these guy as good as the big … I've never had breakdown cover before. Are these guy as good as the big boys? Any feedback from you guys would be most appreciated



Never had to use them, hope I never have to, fingers crossed. Some good reviews around. Recommended as a bargain buy by Martin Lewis Money saving expert. Search Autoaid reviews or try review centre.
Just as good as AA and RAC?
millward84

Just as good as AA and RAC?



Depends what you want in a breakdown company. AA and RAC have mechanics employed by them to come out and try and fix your car, any other company out there pay fees to contract garages to attend, the contract garages will do the minimum they can to make the most from their fee I would think. The AA and RAC will also use contractors when a patrol is not available and increasingly their patrols targets are shifting towards quantity rather than quality. Personally I think if you just want to make sure you can get home if you do breakdown then this deal is really good.
I've used AutoAid on and off for years, I found them to be really good.
Some people may see this as the 'catch', but it never bothered me: unless they've changed the system since I last used them, you have to pay for any repairs/towing etc yourself, then claim back the cost from AutoAid afterwards.
I suppose they are so cheap because some people don't actually gat around to claiming their refund.
I had to claim a few times, there was never even any hint that they wouldn't pay out.
ScroopEgerton

I've used AutoAid on and off for years, I found them to be really good. … I've used AutoAid on and off for years, I found them to be really good. Some people may see this as the 'catch', but it never bothered me: unless they've changed the system since I last used them, you have to pay for any repairs/towing etc yourself, then claim back the cost from AutoAid afterwards. I suppose they are so cheap because some people don't actually gat around to claiming their refund.I had to claim a few times, there was never even any hint that they wouldn't pay out.



Did you read the OP?
12% Quidco.
Start Rescue all the way much better service
ScroopEgerton

I've used AutoAid on and off for years, I found them to be really good. … I've used AutoAid on and off for years, I found them to be really good. Some people may see this as the 'catch', but it never bothered me: unless they've changed the system since I last used them, you have to pay for any repairs/towing etc yourself, then claim back the cost from AutoAid afterwards. I suppose they are so cheap because some people don't actually gat around to claiming their refund.I had to claim a few times, there was never even any hint that they wouldn't pay out.



I'm amazed at how many people give their words of wisdom but don't actually bloody read the OP's post!
cliosport65

Start Rescue all the way much better service



Agreed. First class company
I've used start rescue, kwikfit, RAC, AA, And Greenflag who do recover after a crash for free bikes or cars.
Over all I think they are all the same, I now have 5 year AA full cover as part of my service contract with Peugeot . Works out at about £45.00 a year. Also interest free over 5 years. Hope I won't need it but who knows.
Bilbo1968

I'm amazed at how many people give their words of wisdom but don't … I'm amazed at how many people give their words of wisdom but don't actually bloody read the OP's post!


Thanks for calling me out like that. I'm amazed at how many people have plenty to say on other people's errors, but haven't ever posted a single deal for the benefit of the community. Keep up the good critique....
Brilliant company. I broke down at home. Attended, tried to repair, and when that failed took car to garage, all within one hour. Not asked to pay up front. Would heartily recommend.
I've been with Autoaid for a for a few years and had to use them last summer when my Suzuki died on me in the Northumberland countryside. They got someone to me in just over an hour and I was impressed by the fact that it was a proper bike specific repair service with a bike transport van.
I didn't have to pay anything; Autoaid took care of it all.
Happy to recommend them
Edited by: "aitchem" 27th Mar 2017
Do they offer to take you to your destination, instead of a local garage in the event of a breakdown? Or is it just to a local garage?
Just.Wondering

Do they offer to take you to your destination, instead of a local garage … Do they offer to take you to your destination, instead of a local garage in the event of a breakdown? Or is it just to a local garage?



I think you can choose. The guy couldn't fix my bike so he took us both home.
You say that you no longer need to pay and reclaim. Where do AutoAid state that?

I've just been to the AutoAid website where it says "5. Does AutoAid cover home breakdowns?
Yes. If your breakdown occurs at your home, AutoAid Breakdown will arrange help and reimburse any call-out fees and labour charges needed to get you on your way. If your car can’t be repaired quickly, we will reimburse the cost of taking the car to the nearest available garage. "
Yup, dont have to pay up front anymore.......I renewed recently (been with em quite a few years) and on my renewal letter it stated as much.
I also went through TCB and it tracked at £5.61 and was payable within a couple of months.
Biker.Jeff I'm not saying you're wrong but it would be better if AutoAid themselves made it clear on their website rather than saying pay first, then reclaim.
Been in autoaid for more than 5 years and have always been good, claimed about 4 time, i never realised that you didn't have to pay out now, thanks OP for mentioning that, bonus!
loades

Biker.Jeff I'm not saying you're wrong but it would be better if AutoAid … Biker.Jeff I'm not saying you're wrong but it would be better if AutoAid themselves made it clear on their website rather than saying pay first, then reclaim.



They only recently changed the conditions about not having to pay & claim now. Dont know why they haven't updated their website yet.
Do they come out if you have had an accident? Im with start rescue but preimium has gone up despite not using it, I notice that auto aid doesnt have legal protection.
Autoaid are great - been with them for many years and used them a few times.
such a good deal. thanks op.
If I'm a named driver on my mothers car, would this cover the both of us or just one?
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ukting

If I'm a named driver on my mothers car, would this cover the both of us … If I'm a named driver on my mothers car, would this cover the both of us or just one?



Sorry don't think this one is for you as it's for spouse & partners. If you only have the one car then maybe a vehicle dependant cover type is best for you.
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katya1971

Do they come out if you have had an accident? Im with start rescue but … Do they come out if you have had an accident? Im with start rescue but preimium has gone up despite not using it, I notice that auto aid doesnt have legal protection.



"SpragClutch" says they do so you might want to confirm before buying as I can't see it
teddyedward1

"SpragClutch" says they do so you might want to confirm before buying as … "SpragClutch" says they do so you might want to confirm before buying as I can't see it


Yes I cant see it either
ScroopEgerton

Thanks for calling me out like that. I'm amazed at how many people have … Thanks for calling me out like that. I'm amazed at how many people have plenty to say on other people's errors, but haven't ever posted a single deal for the benefit of the community. Keep up the good critique....



Whether I've posted a deal or not doesn't change the fact you never bothered to read the post.
Edited by: "Bilbo1968" 27th Mar 2017
Bilbo1968

Whether I've posted a deal or not doesn't change the fact you never … Whether I've posted a deal or not doesn't change the fact you never bothered to read the post.



But the website doesn't state you don't need to claim from them anymore.....
qazitory

But the website doesn't state you don't need to claim from them … But the website doesn't state you don't need to claim from them anymore.....



I'm referring to the OP's post - and Biker Jeff has also confirmed you don't have to pay up front now as well.

They only recently changed the conditions about not having to pay & claim … They only recently changed the conditions about not having to pay & claim now. Dont know why they haven't updated their website yet.



Yup, dont have to pay up front anymore.......I renewed recently (been … Yup, dont have to pay up front anymore.......I renewed recently (been with em quite a few years) and on my renewal letter it stated as much.I also went through TCB and it tracked at £5.61 and was payable within a couple of months.


Edited by: "Bilbo1968" 27th Mar 2017
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qazitory

But the website doesn't state you don't need to claim from them … But the website doesn't state you don't need to claim from them anymore.....



It just states to ring them up and they will arrange emergency assistance. That's it now, just the same as the big boys do: AA, RAC, Greenflag etc. I only found out when I renewed and they sent me my documents with an 'important changes' : "with immediate effect you are no longer required to pay for the breakdown assistance services provided by this policy and then reclaim them from Autoaid" nuff said.
loades

Biker.Jeff I'm not saying you're wrong but it would be better if AutoAid … Biker.Jeff I'm not saying you're wrong but it would be better if AutoAid themselves made it clear on their website rather than saying pay first, then reclaim.



See Important Notes link: on the right hand side:

"Important changes to your AutoAid policy
With immediate effect you are no longer required to pay for the breakdown assistance services provided by this policy and then reclaim them from AutoAid.
If you require breakdown assistance please call our 24 hour helpline on 0800 328 4439 or 01277 720700. AutoAid will deal directly with the recovery agent regarding any costs and you will not be required to pay the recovery agent at the roadside.
The procedure described on Page 8 of your Policy Booklet (Claims Procedure) no longer applies to breakdown assistance services."
Edited by: "HUKDWatcher0309" 27th Mar 2017
Used them for the first time last month or so. No need to pay and reclaim that's all changed. Reasonably quick service, local firm got to me in aporox 40mins.
sotonguy

You say that you no longer need to pay and reclaim. Where do AutoAid … You say that you no longer need to pay and reclaim. Where do AutoAid state that?I've just been to the AutoAid website where it says "5. Does AutoAid cover home breakdowns?Yes. If your breakdown occurs at your home, AutoAid Breakdown will arrange help and reimburse any call-out fees and labour charges needed to get you on your way. If your car can’t be repaired quickly, we will reimburse the cost of taking the car to the nearest available garage. "


I've used it twice in the last couple of years. Never once had to pay anything and then re-imburse despite all the documentation saying I should...
Only had to use them once for a none starter from home. They arranged a local recovery firm to come out. I suppose it will be hit and miss the quality of service you will receive from the company they send out.
cliosport65

Start Rescue all the way much better service



​2nd that
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