Admiral breakdown cover review

Find out about the 3 options for Admiral breakdown cover, including Admiral's pros and cons.

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93% of Admiral customers we surveyed would recommend the brand to a friend
Only available to Admiral car insurance customers

Admiral offers breakdown cover as an add-on to its motor insurance policies – you can’t get breakdown as a standalone policy. We’ve looked at the benefits of Admiral breakdown cover and which policy options are available.

What types of policies are on offer?

Admiral offers 3 types of breakdown cover policies:

  • Roadside assistance cover. With this policy, recovery is limited to 10 miles from your breakdown.
  • National cover. With this policy, recovery is available to any UK destination. Home breakdown call-outs (less than a quarter-mile from your home) are included.
  • European cover. With this policy, recovery is available throughout most of Europe.

Cover limits

You’ll be covered for the call-out charges and the costs of repairing your car. If necessary, you’ll be provided with a hire car or overnight accommodation so you can complete your journey.

Caravan, trailers and broken keys are also covered.

Claims process

If you need assistance from the breakdown team, call 0330 102 0804 (cars) or 0330 102 0808 (vans).

You’ll need your insurance policy number, your car registration number, your location and your phone number.

Managing your policy online

You can manage your Admiral account by clicking the “My Account” button at the top of the Admiral website.

Admiral breakdown cover customer reviews

In our 2024 customer satisfaction survey, Admiral came in hot on the heels of our winner Start Rescue, with a massive 93% of customers we spoke to saying they would recommend the brand to a friend – feedback that earned Admiral our highly commended award.

One customer commented: “Their services are clear and apparent. Wait times are low.” While another spoke to the brands “good service and communication”. Another reflected that Admiral was “expensive, but worth it”.

On the reviews platform Trustpilot, Admiral has a score of 4.4 out of 5. With reviewers praising the brand’s excellent customer service and competitive prices.

Pros and cons


  • You’re covered for unlimited call-outs
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Alternative transport and overnight accommodation is available
  • European cover is available


  • Only available to Admiral car insurance customers
  • When adding breakdown cover to an existing policy, you have to wait 48 hours for the policy to start

Our verdict

If you have already decided that Admiral motor insurance is the best option for you, its breakdown cover is also likely to be suitable.

Get started by visiting Admiral’s website and sign up for a policy. If you have read this review and decided that Admiral breakdown cover is not for you, you can also compare other breakdown cover policies on the market.

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