Home start car breakdown cover for holder and spouse £42.50 per year @ Autoaid
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Home start car breakdown cover for holder and spouse £42.50 per year @ Autoaid

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Found 3rd Jan 2015
Just renewed mine for 12 months, this has been posted many times but is great value.
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anyone used them in action?
This is the standard price so not really a 'deal' but much better value than the big name rescue firms offer.
Madhatchetman11

anyone used them in action?



Yeah my dad has all very efficient and quick to pay out once you put a claim in.

Also useful to point out that it covers the person not a specific car. Although I think you have to be driving it rather than a passenger.
Madhatchetman11

anyone used them in action?


Yes, a couple of times over the years. You phone them and they organise a roadside repair or rescue/recovery. You pay the bill yourself, which potentially could be £100s for a big recovery including hotel. Claim back the bill and get the money in about a week. If you paid on credit card you won't even be missing any money. No hassle at all in my experience.
Madhatchetman11

anyone used them in action?


Yes, several times over the years....

Since with Autoaid I have had my car transported home, and the company said they have contracts to provide exactly the same service for all the main breakdown companies...... who charge you higher fees than Autoaid.
I used to be with the AA, and could always negotiate a lower fee over the phone with them.
About 5 years ago they suddenly wouldn't offer a lower premium (had been with them for decades) so moved to Autoaid.
I have not regretted the move yet.
Edited by: "Her_Indoors" 3rd Jan 2015
Any cashback or referral offers anywhere?
used and not had a problem. No cashback etc.
Madhatchetman11

anyone used them in action?



I used them once to get my car back to my local garage from 40 miles away, no problem at all. My brother in law once used them to get his car recoverred home while on holiday in Scotland, the recovery cost about £500 and they paid him the money within a coupld of weeks no problem at all.

They can often have better covourage than the RAC or AA as they just use whatever local recovery firm is available anywhere in the UK.
Used these for 4 years now and I would highly recommend. The policy covers my wife also. Claimed once during that time and it's really straightforward. Can't understand why anyone would pay for AA or RAC etc
They are brilliant. We had a wheel fall off our caravan 140 miles from home. They sorted it and trailered the caravan home for us after making sure we were OK. No messing getting the money back. Used them several times over several years and would never go anywhere else!
Worth looking at nationwide bank account, recovery, 12 months worldwide travel insurance and mobile cover for a tenner a month
Shame that they won't cover me driving my transit van as I wanted to move over to these, phoned them up to check just in case i got it wrong but alas I didn't
Edited by: "illy1965" 3rd Jan 2015
Ive had this policy for a few years but on this New Years day was the first time i had to call them out.

Hit my car on the kerb when parking and got a flat tyre. Which i was unable to get off my self. Called Auto Aid and they said they would get someone out to me within the hour.

The recovery guy turns up 40 mins later and we were able to change my tyre (put the spare on) and i went on my way. Have to say it was a brilliant service from start to finish. From the call centre person i initially spoke to the recovery guy who turned up.

I didnt even pay anything to the recovery person. I was told on the phone that i wouldn't need to pay the recovery person and that the cost would be dealt with by them - was a little surprised having read all the comments about recovering the cost yourself afterwards directly with Auto Aid.

I even had a courtesy call from Auto Aid a few hours to later ensure everything went OK.

First class service and highly recommended to those considering Auto Aid.



Edited by: "king132" 3rd Jan 2015
I've been with them for years and used them a couple of times. I can honestly say I've never read any negative comments about them.

This is DEFINITELY a deal when compared to the other rip-off merchants.
Sounds like a good service to me, I visited the website and it seems very genuine. At that cost it seems like a no brainier especially as the missus is included. I am now in so heat added.
Used them twice over the years and both times has been a breeze and the last time, a couple of months ago, I didn't even have to pay, they took care of it and followed up afterwards to make sure I was happy with the service, great company to deal with.
Broke down twice last year, no questions asked I got picked up and dropped home.
Have been with Autoaid for a few years now & used them for a couple of call outs. Quite happy with the service.
king132

Ive had this policy for a few years but on this New Years day was the … Ive had this policy for a few years but on this New Years day was the first time i had to call them out.Hit my car on the kerb when parking and got a flat tyre. Which i was unable to get off my self. Called Auto Aid and they said they would get someone out to me within the hour.The recovery guy turns up 40 mins later and we were able to change my tyre (put the spare on) and i went on my way. Have to say it was a brilliant service from start to finish. From the call centre person i initially spoke to the recovery guy who turned up.I didnt even pay anything to the recovery person. I was told on the phone that i wouldn't need to pay the recovery person and that the cost would be dealt with by them - was a little surprised having read all the comments about recovering the cost yourself afterwards directly with Auto Aid.I even had a courtesy call from Auto Aid a few hours to later ensure everything went OK.First class service and highly recommended to those considering Auto Aid.


Had pretty much the same experience with them. Nothing to pay for the wheel change in the pouring rain. Courtesy call to check all was well. Would recommend.
And I believe they have no excess charges to be paid in the eventuality of a call-out,breakdown or repairs?
RAC asks roughly 140 for the same cover - agree there is a potential £58 of quidco Cashback and a £50 Amazon gift voucher - which could make it 32 for a year - but then there are so many ifs and buts there !
Excellent service. Needed a tow home - 80 miles in total. Recovery arrived within 40mins. Didn't need to pay anything. Super impressed!
Used them twice previously . Both times arrived in under an hour straight to the garage and reimbursed in under a week . Would recommend
Looks like I'll have to sign up. So if the mechanic fixes the car on the roadside you pay him and AUTOAID pay you back. Otherwise they tow the car to where you want, you pay the recovery guy and then auto aid pays you back?
+1 to recommend. Ive been relying on them for last few years and costs fraction in comparison to similar level cover from RAC or AA. I did had few callouts at home (puncture and flat battery) and once off motorway but they always arranged local recovery company without long wait and subsequently paid the claim without any fuss.
EN1GMA

Looks like I'll have to sign up. So if the mechanic fixes the car on the … Looks like I'll have to sign up. So if the mechanic fixes the car on the roadside you pay him and AUTOAID pay you back. Otherwise they tow the car to where you want, you pay the recovery guy and then auto aid pays you back?



That's correct, in some cases they work with a specific local partner and you don't pay anything.
Will they cover VW and Audi models, even though it will cost them a fortune?
I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all of europe which covers both me and my wife for pennies compared to this and it covers home breakdowns, etc. I have a nationwide flex plus account.

For £10 per month I get:

phone insurance for 4 mobiles (yes you read that right 4 mobiles) and the excess was only £25 for my xperia z3 last year when it took a tumble.

travel insurance for the 2 of us (joint account) which covers the full world including all the things which usually cost extra like US and canada and water sports, etc.

car breakdown cover throughout europe for the both of us in any car plus the extras which all usually cost extra.

1 year additional warranty on anything electrical we buy.

that's £10 a month and if you stick £2500 in the account you get about £5 worth of interest every month, so it only costs you £5 per month for all of the above. so £60 a year for all of that.
PsychoSonny

I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all … I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all of europe which covers both me and my wife for pennies compared to this and it covers home breakdowns, etc. I have a nationwide flex plus account.For £10 per month I get: phone insurance for 4 mobiles (yes you read that right 4 mobiles) and the excess was only £25 for my xperia z3 last year when it took a tumble.travel insurance for the 2 of us (joint account) which covers the full world including all the things which usually cost extra like US and canada and water sports, etc.car breakdown cover throughout europe for the both of us in any car plus the extras which all usually cost extra.1 year additional warranty on anything electrical we buy.that's £10 a month and if you stick £2500 in the account you get about £5 worth of interest every month, so it only costs you £5 per month for all of the above. so £60 a year for all of that.



This works out at £3.54 p/m. If I have no need for all those extras you've just quoted in my eyes i've just saved £6.46 p/m =)

Although i am with the AA, and i pay an extortionate £18 p/m... Haha... I do get everything though.
Edited by: "KSauce" 3rd Jan 2015
Many years ago using Autoaid I had to pay with card then claim back which was promptly done. Last time (clutch went) more recently, Autoaid paid the recovery for me like several posts above mention. Has Autoaid changed the way it works I wonder?
Edited by: "buglawton" 3rd Jan 2015
PsychoSonny

I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all … I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all of europe which covers both me and my wife for pennies compared to this and it covers home breakdowns, etc. I have a nationwide flex plus account.For £10 per month I get: phone insurance for 4 mobiles (yes you read that right 4 mobiles) and the excess was only £25 for my xperia z3 last year when it took a tumble.travel insurance for the 2 of us (joint account) which covers the full world including all the things which usually cost extra like US and canada and water sports, etc.car breakdown cover throughout europe for the both of us in any car plus the extras which all usually cost extra.1 year additional warranty on anything electrical we buy.that's £10 a month and if you stick £2500 in the account you get about £5 worth of interest every month, so it only costs you £5 per month for all of the above. so £60 a year for all of that.


craps , ive got flex account for last few years didnt know they had that deal !
Madhatchetman11

anyone used them in action?



Yes, called AutoAid, they sent a local firm to collect the car. We weren't billed or provided with a receipt there and then, so had to pay the local company on the phone and they said they would send a receipt. It took about 6 calls and 6 apologies, but they still never sent the receipt, in the end we had to send a bank statement to Autoaid, who promptly paid us back.

It all rather depends on the local company who is sent out to you, but it took many hours of effort and eventually months for us to get the money back.

Autoaid themselves were fine.
Another happy customer here. My wife had to call a guy out to give her a seeing to after some exhaust problems. Needless to say she was very impressed, and we got our money back fairly quickly.
Madhatchetman11

anyone used them in action?


Yes twice. They just call someone local out to you so you need to pay that person and keep the receipts to claim your money back from autoaid. It means you can't really review autoaid as how good the service you receive is, is based on who is called out to help you when you breakdown.
anthony69

My wife had to call a guy out to give her a seeing to after some exhaust … My wife had to call a guy out to give her a seeing to after some exhaust problems



That reads like the storyline for an adult flick.

Will be taking out a policy with them this week.
when people say it covers partner as well is that in their own car or the same car?
Also I can see the benefits of using a cashback credit card as any refund by Auto aid will be the full amount.
PsychoSonny

I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all … I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all of europe which covers both me and my wife for pennies compared to this and it covers home breakdowns, etc. I have a nationwide flex plus account.For £10 per month I get: phone insurance for 4 mobiles (yes you read that right 4 mobiles) and the excess was only £25 for my xperia z3 last year when it took a tumble.travel insurance for the 2 of us (joint account) which covers the full world including all the things which usually cost extra like US and canada and water sports, etc.car breakdown cover throughout europe for the both of us in any car plus the extras which all usually cost extra.1 year additional warranty on anything electrical we buy.that's £10 a month and if you stick £2500 in the account you get about £5 worth of interest every month, so it only costs you £5 per month for all of the above. so £60 a year for all of that.


That seems like a decent policy as it appears to include post-accident / incident recovery, which some "breakdown" policies exclude and may otherwise involving using car ins policy at risk of NCD loss, loading, etc.
For those wondering about AutoAid's definition of breakdown cover:
"Breakdown – mechanical or electrical breakdown (failures or breakages), flat batteries, punctures, lack of fuel, lost ignition keys or damage which is caused by an accident, vandalism or theft and results in you not being able to drive your vehicle..."
AutoAid's policy can be viewed in browser here.
Nationwide's Flexplus Breakdown policy can be viewed in browser here.
PsychoSonny

I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all … I cannot believe this is hot. I have car breakdown cover throughout all of europe which covers both me and my wife for pennies compared to this and it covers home breakdowns, etc. I have a nationwide flex plus account.For £10 per month I get: phone insurance for 4 mobiles (yes you read that right 4 mobiles) and the excess was only £25 for my xperia z3 last year when it took a tumble.travel insurance for the 2 of us (joint account) which covers the full world including all the things which usually cost extra like US and canada and water sports, etc.car breakdown cover throughout europe for the both of us in any car plus the extras which all usually cost extra.1 year additional warranty on anything electrical we buy.that's £10 a month and if you stick £2500 in the account you get about £5 worth of interest every month, so it only costs you £5 per month for all of the above. so £60 a year for all of that.


Thanks. £35+ cashback for opening a FlexPlus account. topcashback.co.uk/nat…us/
Been using them for years . Only had need of one claim which was paid in days. It is a good price for what one gets and I get my caravan covered as well.
I work for a recovery company (independent), and we work for all the breakdown clubs, the service you get from us is the same across all companies. There may be different levels of cover to bear in mind like home start, or only local recovery , which you need to look into closely, but apart from that , the service is exactly the same for all breakdown clubs except for the AA and RAC, who generally keep you waiting for three hours and then decide to use us anyway....
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