Start Rescue breakdown cover

Looking for breakdown cover? Find out if Start Rescue provides the right policy for you and your car.

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94% of Start Rescue customers in our 2024 customer satisfaction survey would recommend the brand to a friend
European cover only valid for trips up to 31 days

If you have ever been stranded due to a breakdown, you will know how valuable breakdown cover can be.

Read more to find out about Start Rescue, and to see if their cover is right for you.

Start Rescue
Get low cost breakdown cover
  • No costly excess to pay
  • 5 star rating by Defaqto
  • Fully insured and FCA regulated

Who are Start Rescue?

Start Rescue is an alternative insurance provider, providing customers with a new way to protect their assets. The company has insurance policies which cover car breakdowns.

The company has over 425 approved recovery operators throughout the UK, and an additional network in Europe.

What types of cover can I get?

You can get different levels of insurance for different types of vehicles and uses. Below we have listed the vehicles and uses you can insure with start rescue:

Start Rescue offer five levels of breakdown cover, allowing you to chose the policy that suits you.
There are three levels of cover for your van from Start Rescue, so you can be sure you can get the right policy for you.
Start Rescue have five different levels of cover for motorcycles, so you will be able to get the right amount of cover for you and your bike.
There are three levels of cover available for your classic car from Start Rescue, so you know you will be covered if your pride and joy breaks down.
Start Rescue’s personal options allow you and three others from the same household to be insured no matter what car you are driving.
You can get cover for up to 31 days from Start Rescue for a European road trip. The policy covers you in over 40 countries, and includes features such as overnight accommodation and key assist.

What levels of cover can I get?

Find out what features are included within each different level of car breakdown insurance at Start Rescue below:

Cover forOne StarTwo StarThree StarFour StarFive Star
Roadside assistance / Recover up to 10 miles
Local recovery up to 10 miles
Nationwide recovery
Accident recovery
Alternative transport
Overnight accommodation
Key assist
Message assist
Theft, vandalism, illness

How do I make a claim?

If you need to make a claim on your car breakdown insurance policy, you can call the Start Rescue claims department on: 01206 785999. If you cannot connect using that number, you can call them on: 0333 320 0975

If you are calling from Europe, you can call Start Rescue on: 0044 1206 785 999

All of the claim helplines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can also make a claim using the mobile app. All you need to do is download the app, register, and report the problem. The app will locate you, and you will presented with a list of common faults, once you have selected one the details will be sent to the rescue team, and they will be on their way.

Start rescue will require the following information:

  • Your return telephone number
  • Your policy number (found on your policy schedule)
  • Your vehicle registration number
  • Your location details
  • The problem with your vehicle

What is my excess?

An excess is the amount of money you contribute when you make a claim.

Fortunately, with Start Rescue there is no excess for any claims, so you will not be any more out of pocket if your vehicle does breakdown.

Start Rescue breakdown cover customer reviews

Start Rescue was the winner of Finder’s 2024 Breakdown Cover Customer Satisfaction Award, with 94% of customers we surveyed saying they would recommend it to a friend. Customers highlighted the brand’s excellent customer service, quick response times and great prices.

One customer we surveyed praised Start Rescue’s “great prices and quick response times”. While another put it very simply with their comment: “just good service” (in all caps).

On the reviews platform Trustpilot, Start Rescue has a very respectable score of 4.4 out of 5. Reviewers were super positive (echoing the sentiments of customers in our own survey) about the brand’s great customer service and speedy call-out times.

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