The summer is now fast approaching, and more of us are thinking about planning our holidays. Many people may be tightening their belts, and finding one of the great holiday deals to be had right here in the UK. But, have you budgeted for breakdown cover?
A survey conducted by PetrolPrices.com out today, reveals that more than 6.5 million vehicles broke down in 2008.
Of these breakdowns, the most common problem was the battery not starting. This was closely followed by tyre punctures.
The figures were provided by The AA, RAC, ETA, BreakdownDirect and Europ Assitance.
You might be tempted to skimp on breakdown cover and hope for the best, but with prices starting at as little as the cost of a meal for two, why risk it? Gemma, 24 from Hampshire thought she didn’t need it, until it happened to her.
“I was on my way home after a great weekend but with less than 10 miles to go, I lost control of the car. I managed to pull into the hard shoulder and just sat, really shaken, for a few minutes. I phoned my step dad and he arranged a recovery van to tow my car to the nearest garage.”
“It cost me more than £150 to be towed to a garage, plus the repairs. I bought breakdown cover the next day because I wouldn’t want to go through the experience again. I now know that next time I breakdown unexpectedly I’ll know what to do and it won’t cost me the earth.”
PetrolPrices.com compare the leading breakdown cover providers in the UK, to help drivers find the most suitable breakdown cover – from basic roadside assistance to comprehensive cover including car hire, overnight accommodation costs, or even European breakdown cover.
Have you ever broken down without breakdown cover? Are you planning a self drive holiday in the UK or Europe this summer? Or perhaps you think breakdown cover is a waste of money? Let us know your thoughts and experiences.