Breakdown Cover http://www.breakdowncover.org Breakdown Cover Blog Mon, 01 Aug 2011 14:18:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Tesco Breakdown Service Guide & User Review http://www.breakdowncover.org/tesco/tesco-breakdown http://www.breakdowncover.org/tesco/tesco-breakdown#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2011 11:25:37 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1863

Tesco Breakdown Cover GuideTesco Breakdown is a cut-price version of RAC Breakdown.

The service offers three cover levels plus European breakdown cover at extra cost.

Tesco breakdown is attached to a vehicle, not the driver, so whoever drives the covered vehicle has breakdown cover – but more than one vehicle can go on a policy if the driver uses two or more vehicles.

Tesco breakdown also only covers vehicles less than 10 years old that have been serviced according to the maker’s advice.

Services

Tesco Breakdown Cover is a Tesco Bank service that also offers car insurance and other financial services.

Prices

Tesco Breakdown gives three cover levels for one or two cars at fixed prices.

Customer service

Tesco breakdown aims to get a technician to your car within 40 minutes 24/7, every day of the year.

Vulnerable drivers or passengers are given priority treatment.

The RAC claims to fix 4 out of 5 vehicles at the roadside.

Tesco Breakdown Options

Tesco Breakdown has three Uk breakdown cover options plus two European packages. Below is some information on each option along with details of the benefits and features:

Value cover

  • Roadside Assistance – Labour at the breakdown scene once the covered vehicle is more than 400 yards away from home
  • Recovery – The car is towed to the nearest garage or a destination of the driver’s choice within 10 miles of the breakdown

Standard Cover

  • Roadside Assistance – Labour at the breakdown scene once the covered vehicle is more than 400 yards away from home
  • Recovery – The car is towed to the nearest garage or a destination of the driver’s choice within 10 miles of the breakdown
  • At Home – Roadside assistance within 400 yards of home or on the drive.

Finest Cover

  • Roadside Assistance – Labour at the breakdown scene once the covered vehicle is more than 400 yards away from home
  • Recovery – The car is towed to the nearest garage or a destination of the driver’s choice within 10 miles of the breakdown
  • At Home – Roadside assistance within 400 yards of home or on the drive.
  • Recovery – Take your car and up to 8 people home or to a preferred destination
  • Onward Travel – Alternative transport costs or hotel accommodation

European Cover

  • Zoned Packages – Cover priced to match the breakdown requirements of the countries the driver intends to visit.
  • Cover – For the driver, vehicle and up to 16 passengers for trips lasting between 1 and 90 days starting from leaving home
  • Roadside and recovery
  • Temporary car replacement on way to port
  • Roadside assistance in Europe
  • Spare parts despatch in Europe
  • Additional accommodation expenses
  • Journey continuation
  • Replacement driver
  • Vehicle repatriation
  • Passenger repatriation
  • Collection of vehicle left abroad for repair
  • Motoring legal expenses insurance
  • Optional cover for caravans and trailers

 

Countries Covered

Zone 1 – Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland (plus Northern Ireland for residents of Great Britain travelling from the mainland), San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and offshore islands of above.

Zone 2 – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian mainland (west of Urals), Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakian Republic, Slovenia, Turkey (west of the Bosporus) and Ukraine.

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RAC European Breakdown Cover Guide http://www.breakdowncover.org/rac/rac-european-cover http://www.breakdowncover.org/rac/rac-european-cover#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:56:25 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1852

RAC European Breakdown Cover comes with two price options – cover for trips of up to five days or comprehensive cover for a longer time overseas.

Both options come with the backing of one of the world’s leading motoring organisations.

Formed in 1897 and with 7 million members, the business was recently sold for around £1 billion.

In 2010, the RAC’s 1,800 patrol fleet helped 2.5 million motorists involved in breakdowns or accidents.

RAC European Breakdown Cover is standalone fixed price assistance, drivers do not need to buy UK cover as well.

The vehicle covered must be roadworthy, and free from any defects with an up to date service record.

Services

The RAC has developed from a motoring club in to a patrol force specialising in breakdown repair and vehicle recovery. Other services include motor-related legal advice and claims management.

Prices

RAC European Breakdown Cover is personal cover for a motorist driving any vehicle less than six years old at the start of the journey.

Customer service

The RAC European Breakdown Service is provided by English speaking agents, not directly by the RAC via two call centres on the Continent.

RAC European Cover Options

The RAC offers motorists two overseas breakdown cover options – one for short trips and the other for unlimited trips in the period of cover lasting up to 90 days each. Check out the comprehensive package if the plan is to take two short trips in a year – the package can work out cheaper:

Basic European Breakdown Cover

  • For single trips up to five days
  • Europe roadside assistance up to £300
  • Spare part despatch
  • Vehicle repatriation – with £250 excess
  • Passenger repatriation
  • Motoring legal expenses – Up to £50,000

Comprehensive European Breakdown Cover

  • For single trips of more than five days or annual cover
  • UK roadside assistance and recovery – Cover up to £300. Incidents within a quarter of a mile from home are excluded – and assistance is only offered if trips have started or up to a maximum of 48 hours prior to any ferry/tunnel crossing.
  • Temporary car replacement on the way to port – £40 per day up to £1,500
  • Europe roadside assistance up to £300
  • Spare part despatch
  • Overnight accommodation – £40 a day up to £400
  • Replacement driver
  • Journey continuation – £40 a day up to £1,500
  • Vehicle repatriation – with £250 excess
  • Passenger repatriation
  • Collection of vehicle from overseas – Up to £500
  • Motoring legal expenses – Up to £50,000

Countries covered:

Both RAC European Breakdown Cover packages are available in both zones.

Republic of Ireland – For trips to the Republic of Ireland only

Zone 1

Covers the countries below plus the Republic of Ireland:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the offshore islands of all the countries within the zone.

Zone 2

This zone covers the Republic of Ireland, all Zone 1 countries plus:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russian mainland (west of Urals), Serbia, Slovakian Republic, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine

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Asda Breakdown Service & Customer Reviews http://www.breakdowncover.org/asda/asda-breakdown http://www.breakdowncover.org/asda/asda-breakdown#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:47:30 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1834

Asda Breakdown Services GuideAsda Breakdown Cover offers a typical budget no-frills service that the store’s customers have come to expect – low prices for a branded product.

The Asda service is provided by Britannia Rescue, one of the LV= group of companies, at a lower rate than buying direct.

Average response times from the 450-strong recovery service is 40 minutes for roadside recovery – but home assistance is not an option as the car for drivers with basic cover. The vehicle has to be at least 400 yards from home to qualify for a repair or tow.

Home assistance and European cover is included in more expensive packages – as well as useful help with caravan and trailer problems if they are on tow.

Services

Asda provides home and roadside repair and recovery. Drivers can also buy car, van and motorbike insurance.

Prices

Asda Breakdown Cover quotes are either based on a vehicle or a driver, which gives cover for more than one vehicle.

Quotes are based on:

  • Your address
  • Your car

Strangely, one of the questions involves the car colour.

Customer service

Drivers who break down on a motorway, are in a vulnerable position or travelling with children are treat as a priority.

If callers do not know their location, Asda breakdown vehicles can lock in on a mobile phone signal to find them.

Asda Breakdown Service Options

Asda Breakdown offers three levels of service to drivers. Below is some information on each of the options along with some benefits and features:

Roadside Cover

Roadside assistance

As long as the car is more than 400 yards from home, a mechanic will try and fix the vehicle on the road. If repair is not possible, the car is towed to a garage or a destination of the driver’s choice within 10 miles of the breakdown.

Caravans and Trailers

Covered if they are on tow at the time of the breakdown

No Call Out Charges

But Roadside Cover is limited to 6 call outs per year and if a driver pays monthly, the minimum contract period is six months.

UK Breakdown Cover

Roadside and Home Assistance

A mechanic will try and fix the vehicle on the road. If repair is not possible, the car is towed to a garage or a destination of the driver’s choice within 10 miles of the breakdown.

UK and Republic of Ireland Recovery

If no suitable repair is completed on the day of breakdown, the driver and up to seven passengers will be transported to any UK or Republic of Ireland destination they were heading to when assistance was called.

Relief Driver

If the only driver cannot take the wheel due to a medical condition, then Asda breakdown will make sure the driver and passengers get home

Hire Car

Other transport or somewhere to stay overnight – If no suitable repair is completed on the day of breakdown and the driver and passengers choose to continue their journey, a hire car or overnight accommodation is available

Onward Travel

If the car was homeward bound, Asda Breakdown will take the driver and passengers all the way home.

Caravans and Trailers

Covered if they are on tow at the time of the breakdown

No Call Out Charges

Cover is limited to 6 call outs per year and if a driver pays monthly, the minimum contract period is six months.

European Breakdown Cover

Cars are towed to the nearest garage if a roadside repair is not practical.

They’ll arrange for you, your vehicle and up to seven passengers to be repatriated to the UK if necessary

Roadside and Home Assistance

A mechanic will try and fix the vehicle on the road. If repair is not possible, the car is towed to a garage or a destination of the driver’s choice within 10 miles of the breakdown.

European and UK Recovery

If no suitable repair is completed on the day of breakdown, the driver and up to seven passengers will be transported to any European or UK destination they were heading to when assistance was called.

Relief Driver

If the only driver cannot take the wheel due to a medical condition, then Asda breakdown will make sure the driver and passengers get home

Hire Car

Other transport or somewhere to stay overnight – If no suitable repair is completed on the day of breakdown and the driver and passengers choose to continue their journey, a hire car or overnight accommodation is available

Onward Travel

If the car was homeward bound, Asda Breakdown will take the driver and passengers all the way home.

Caravans and Trailers

Covered if they are on tow at the time of the breakdown

No Call Out Charges

Cover is limited to 6 call outs per year and if a driver pays monthly, the minimum contract period is six months.

Cover lasts up to 180 days

On condition Asda European Breakdown Cover is in place seven days before the journey.

Countries Covered

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia (West of the Urals), San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey in Europe and Ukraine.

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Sainsbury’s Announce Plans To Begin Offer Their Customers Car Insurance http://www.breakdowncover.org/news/sainsburys-announce-car-insurance http://www.breakdowncover.org/news/sainsburys-announce-car-insurance#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:06:20 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1820

Car InsuranceSainsbury’s have this week unveiled plans to start offering their supermarket customers car insurance cover as the popular retailer begins a “major push” into this sector.

Following in the footsteps of supermarket giant Tesco (who already provide a wide range of insurance and financial services), Sainsbury’s will offer customers car insurance as part of their wider strategy of bolstering and expanding the Sainsbury’s Finance division.

Sainsbury’s car insurance is underwritten and backed by RBS insurance, with Sainsbury’s offering potential customers a 15% discount on their car insurance premiums alongside double Nectar points on their shopping for 2 years.

Here’s what Sainsbury’s Finance chief exec, David Fisher, had to say following the announcement:

“Not only will we deliver competitive premiums, through our double Nectar points initiative, we’re also giving motorists the ability to save money in store and at the forecourt. Our aim is to significantly grow our insurance business over the next five years and motor insurance is key to this strategy”.

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The 10 Commandments Of Jeremy Clarkson http://www.breakdowncover.org/blog/jeremy-clarkson-10-commandments http://www.breakdowncover.org/blog/jeremy-clarkson-10-commandments#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:31:56 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1799

The 10 Commandments of Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson, the enormously tall, bouffant-haired presenter of Top Gear is a simple man.

Loved by millions, he is guided only by Ten Commandments. No, not the Old Testament Commandments; something far more relevant that he probably wrote on the back of a fag packet, and keeps in the back pocket of his stone-washed jeans.

Luckily we managed to get hold of a copy of them, so read on if you want to live your life according to the rules of Clarkson!

1. Thou Shalt Not Walk Anywhere

A simple one. You must always drive wherever you are going. Walking is for Guardian-readers, public transport is for poor people and cycling is for people like Richard Hammond, and you don’t want to be like him, do you?

If your route is blocked by, say, a pavement or a doorway, then just buy a micro-car like an old Messerschmitt. Yes, it’s very small, and no, it hasn’t got a stonking great V8 engine in it, but it’s small enough to fit into your office lift and if it means that you’ll never have to walk again…

2. Thou Shalt Not Use The Devil’s Fluid

No, not that; I mean diesel. Not only do diesel-powered cars smell funny and make a horrid noise, they are too slow.

In his book Born to be Riled he says of a diesel driver: “he drops a cog to get that hideously inefficient engine into the upper echelons of its miserable power band … it’s hard to tell he’s done this because, obviously, there’s no discernible change in pace.” ‘Nuff said?

3. Thou shalt Not Visit Norfolk

I’m not sure why he detests Norfolk so much but it might have something to do with it having no motorways, hardly any petrol stations and being impossible to get to. You’d think that being home to Lotus Cars would have changed his mind, wouldn’t you?

But no, even being the home to the Elise and Exige isn’t enough to stop him from saying that you should avoid it unless you like “orgies and the ritual slaying of farmyard animals”.

4. Thou Shall Worship Bob Segar

Clarkson is famous for his love of dodgy 1970s prog-rock but when asked what six CDs he’d have in his autochanger for a drive across Europe five out of the six were Bob Segar. (The sixth was the Doobie Brothers, in case you were wondering.)

5. Thou Shalt Not Drive Front-Wheel Drive Cars

Clarkson loves his rear-wheel drive cars and won’t drive anything else – unless, of course, it’s an Alfa Romeo, or a Peugeot 205 GTI, or a VW Polo GTi, all of which can be forgiven for their inability to shred their rear tyres while doing doughnuts…

6. Thou Shall Worship The Range Rover

A big V8 petrol engine, British-made (just), go-anywhere ability, and the eco-mentalists hate them. He dedicated his book Driven to Distraction to “Everyone who made my Range Rover” and went on to say “Well done chaps. It’s brilliant.”

7. Thou Shall Be As Offensive As Possible About Foreigners

If you go to America then you must refer to it as the “Land of the brave … home of the dim”, in Vietnam you must remind them of the war and in Holland you must assume that everyone takes drugs and indulges in man-love.

Germans are “Nazis”, Koreans all eat dogs and the Mexicans are “lazy” and Mexico “doesn’t have an Olympic team… because anyone who can run, jump or swim is already across the border”.

His most offensive comment, though, was reserved for Ethiopia, when he said that a particular car: “should be avoided like unprotected sex with an Ethiopian transvestite.”

8. Thou Shall Worship The Toyota Hilux

As well as getting him, James May and half-a-dozen Quail’s eggs to the magnetic North Pole (and beating Hammond there, which was the best bit) Clarkson also tested another Hilux by crashing it, burning it, drowning it and dropping it off a tower block, none of which could kill it.

The remains (still capable of being driven) are displayed in the Top Gear studio.

9. Thou Shall Run A Dictatorship

The Top Gear “Cool Wall” is the very model of good taste. The test “would Kristin Scott Thomas be impressed if you picked her up in it?” (although Kristin has been replaced recently by Fiona Bruce after she displayed some odd attitudes towards cars and said that she owned a Honda Civic…) is rigorously applied and Hammond and Clarkson generally agree on what’s cool and what isn’t.

However, if they disagree then Clarkson has the casting vote as he claims that he never said that Top Gear was a democracy. (He will also put the cards high up to stop Hammond moving them too!)

10. Thou Must Hate Piers Morgan

Piers ran two pictures in The Mirror showing Jeremy allegedly kissing a woman. Jeremy responded by punching him in the face at the British Press Awards and throwing water over him during Concorde’s last flight. Mind you, doesn’t hitting Piers just make us love him even more?

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Think You Can Save The World With A Toyota Prius? Think Again… http://www.breakdowncover.org/features/stop-being-pious-with-your-toyota-prius http://www.breakdowncover.org/features/stop-being-pious-with-your-toyota-prius#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:16:12 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1762

Hybrid Heaven Or Nickel Plated Nightmare

Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum. Sting, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron. Tom Hanks and Robin Williams. Talk to an A-list celebrity and the chances are that they will tell you that they drive a Toyota Prius.

The same goes for the Guardian-reading chattering classes. And if they don’t drive one now then the chances are they sold it when they changed it for something that is newer and even greener.

This reflected glory ensured that thousands flocked to buy one too, either to tout their green credentials in the most conspicuous way possible – or even because they genuinely believed that they were helping the planet by doing so.

But were they?

No, of course not.

The Prius pollutes the environment, just like every other car. In fact when you look at its whole life rather than just the running costs then the results are startling.

The main problem is the 30lbs of nickel used in the batteries. It’s mined in Canada (causing environmental pollution there) and then shipped to Wales to be refined. From there it goes to China to be further processed before finally being shipped to Japan to be made into batteries. After that, of course, the completed cars have to be transported all over the world to be sold. It is estimated that the environmental cost of manufacturing the whole car is the equivalent of burning 100,000 miles-worth of petrol so it starts with a handicap from the beginning.

But let’s write off the initial environmental costs of manufacturing the batteries as the cost of doing business at the cutting edge of environmentalism.

Gotta be greener to run though, hasn’t it?

Er, well, that depends. There are three main causes of environmental pollution by cars: sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide and particulates and all are produced when fossil fuels are burnt. The Prius produces fewer of all three when it’s being driven because the battery is used to supplement the petrol engine for much of the driving or even used by itself for as the sole power supply for low-speed, short journeys.

(Critics point out that the silent electric motor can confuse pedestrians as they don’t hear it coming and so are more likely to step out in front of it – but heh, what’s a human life compared to saving the planet? Can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, can you?)

However, you don’t get anything for nothing as so its batteries must be charged from the car’s petrol engine or, in the case of newer hybrids, the electricity grid and therein lies another problem; this energy must come from somewhere and the majority of the UK’s power stations are still fossil fuel powered, so the environmental pollution is just displaced away from the point of use to the point of production.

So, the Prius won’t help you save the planet. If you want to do that (always assuming, of course, that you believe that man-made climate change is a fact…) then you must do something different. Walk more, ride a bike and use public transport.

Or just buy a second-hand car. If it is ten years old and does 35 miles per gallon – and you’d struggle to buy a family car that doesn’t manage that these days while still being reasonably dependable and reliable – then a new Prius would need to have been used for 100,000 miles before it catches up.

Better still, if you buy something like a small diesel hatchback on the second-hand market when it’s about five years old then the Prius will never catch up. Toyota might dispute this but despite being asked by the UK’s Government Car Service they didn’t produce any evidence to support their claim that lower fuel consumption of the Prius means that the lifetime carbon costs are lower than comparator cars. And in 2007 the Advertising Standards Authority rapped them for misleading advertisements and banned them from ever showing the adverts again in the same form…

So, the Prius might not be a green car but is it a bad car? Well, no. It isn’t. It’ll never be the enthusiasts’ choice because it’s too boring to drive with stodgy handling and uninspiring performance. But it is very reliable, relatively cheap to run and has solid residual values.

It has also been useful in stimulating motorists to think about alternative fuels, which is essential for environmental, fiscal and logistical reasons. After all, if more people use alternative fuels then this will leave more lovely petrol for the rest of us to use in our V8-engined sports cars.

So buy one if you must but don’t do it just to demonstrate your green credentials. Every car says something about its owner and you don’t want your car to scream lazy, herd-mentality, pompous, pious fool, do you?

Oh, and remember. Actors, pop stars and celebrities have many, many talents. They are rich, famous and adored by millions for a reason. It doesn’t mean that they are that bright though, does it?

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AA MOT, Service & Repair Review http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-service-repair http://www.breakdowncover.org/aa/aa-service-repair#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:48:04 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1754

AA Service and Repair is one of the latest in a long line of innovations that the AA has brought to the motor industry over the last 106 years. It is a service borne out of all the AA traditions of trust, integrity, quality and value.

The AA believe that the service will offer a convenient solution for customers when their vehicles need service/repair work, tyres replaced or even an MOT.

The AA has previously been involved with activities that have gone beyond the emergency breakdown with AA Service Centres and AA Tyrefit, and have now decided to re-enter this sector as research shows that their members believe that their breakdown doesn’t finish when they get home – it finishes when their car is fixed and back on the road.

MOT/Servicing and Repairs Explained

With AA Service and Repair, car maintenance no longer needs to be a hassle. Regular servicing intervals makes for trouble free motoring and the AA can service and repair most makes and models of cars.

Utilising either AA Mobile Technicians or AA Approved independent garages, the AA offer annual MOT inspections and full or interim menu-based servicing. When a car breaks down, this too can cause major issues, lost appointments and inconvenience.

The AA offer their members

A full set of competitive service, maintenance and repair products and pricing which include:

  • MOT
  • Vehicle Servicing
  • General vehicle repairs and maintenance
  • Post breakdown repairs
  • Tyres
  • 12,000 miles or 12 month national guarantee on parts and workmanship
  • UK coverage for most makes and models of cars
  • 15% discount for AA Members
  • Simple internet or dedicated telephone booking service

A high quality service delivered by:

  • Mobile AA option where available geographically, provided by AA employed Technicians.
  • AA inspected independent garage network working to a AA standards.

AA Service & Repair Member Benefits

  • Collection and re-delivery
  • Wash and vacuum
  • End-to-end members’ management processes
  • Continuous contact by a variety of channels, for example, text and phone
  • No additional repairs are carried out without prior authorisation with the member
  • Dedicated complaint resolution process

Examples of repair work routinely carried out by AA Service and Repair:

  • Clutch replacement
  • Shock absorbers
  • Alternators
  • Ignition leads
  • Radiators
  • Coil spring replacements
  • Timing belt replacements
  • Steering rack replacements
  • Brake wheel cylinders
  • Thermostats
  • Starter motors
  • Water pumps
  • Brake pad/disc replacements
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Green Flag European Cover Guide & User Reviews http://www.breakdowncover.org/green-flag/green-flag-europe http://www.breakdowncover.org/green-flag/green-flag-europe#comments Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:49:34 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1841

Green Flag European CoverGreen Flag European Breakdown Cover gives drivers the benefit of the top features of the best UK cover plus extra protection will motoring in Europe.
Starting in 1971 as National Breakdown, Green Flag is a network of local garages offering a genuine alternative to the AA and RAC.

Breakdown cover in Europe is an added option to the Green Flag Breakdown Recovery Plus package, with over 6,000 independent vehicle technicians on call in the UK, and around 15,000 bilingual agents across the Continent.

Services

Green Flag provides roadside repair and recovery.

Prices

Green Flag gives a personal quote based on:

  • Your age
  • Address
  • Job
  • Car
  • Annual mileage
  • How often you use the car

Customer service

Vulnerable drivers get priority treatment and the call centre will send a text to tell you someone’s on the way plus three messages to anyone you choose during the breakdown.

Green Flag Breakdown Service Options

Green Flag offer their customers driving in Europe long and short term breakdown cover as an annual policy for drivers spending a lot of time overseas or a short-term package for holiday trips. Below is some information on each of the cover options along with their benefits and features.

Euro Plus

  • English-speaking help – Available 24-hours a day
  • Pre-departure cover – Protects against incidents during the 7 days prior to a trip
  • Short-term cover – from 1 to 38 days plus additional weeks
  • Roadside assistance – 24/7 roadside assistance every day
  • Local vehicle recovery – If a car is not fixed at the roadside, then Green Flag will take the vehicle to either a destination of your choice or a suitable repairer, both within 10 miles of the breakdown
  • No callout charges
  • Message service – Three free text messages to colleagues, friends or family letting them know about the breakdown Roadside assistance
  • Long distance recovery – Transport home or to another destination for you and your vehicle
  • Cover at home – Help if your car breaks down on the drive
  • Options if it can’t be fixed – If your vehicle can’t be repaired locally that day, this cover offers other options, like a hire car or alternatives, alternative transport or somewhere to stay overnight.
  • Cash to collect your vehicle – Single standard rail fare to collect your car.
  • European cover – 90 days European cover for vehicles less than 16 years old.

Countries Covered

Andorra, Austria, Balearics, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Isles, Channel Islands, Corsica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey in Europe plus Üsküdar.

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Drivers Warned About Clearing Snow From Their Vehicles http://www.breakdowncover.org/news/car-snow-hazards http://www.breakdowncover.org/news/car-snow-hazards#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 14:41:54 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1684

Hazard Of Snow On Car RoofsWith many parts of the UK still struggling with heavy snowfall and icy conditions, the RAC is warning motorists that they could fall foul of the law should they fail to properly clear snow off their vehicles.

RAC patrolman ambassador of the year Alan Wilcock added: ”If you do have to travel, it’s important that all snow is cleared off the car as this can be very dangerous for yourself, pedestrians and other drivers.

”We’re still seeing cars on the road looking like portable snowdrifts, which could also see drivers falling foul of the law.”

“If it slips over the windscreen, or flies into the path of another car, it could leave the driver open to being penalised for driving without due care and attention or careless or inconsiderate driving,” North Yorkshire Police said in a statement on their web site.

“Any snow left on vehicle bodywork, such as the bonnet or roof, could slide onto lights or windows causing dangerous obstruction to vision of the driver or signals to other road users.

“Snow could also slide from a moving vehicle and onto a footpath or roadway possibly causing danger or injury to other road users or pedestrians.”

Whilst there isn’t any specific law in regards to snow on cars, motorists may find themselves responsible should an accident occur as a result.

With more snow on the way the Highways Agency are advising motorists to not travel unless necessary.

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Sheila’s Wheels Car Insurance Review http://www.breakdowncover.org/car-insurance/sheilas-wheels http://www.breakdowncover.org/car-insurance/sheilas-wheels#comments Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:07:58 +0000 admin http://www.breakdowncover.org/?p=1734

Sheila's Wheels Car Insurance ReviewsSheila’s Wheels car insurance, which is also well known by the title of Sheila’s Wheels motor insurance, may be most famous in the United Kingdom for the catchy jingle it uses in its advertising campaign.

However, Sheelas Wheels is actually based completely in the United Kingdom and does not have any links to Australia. Rather, the company’s name Sheila is simply a reference to a slang term for women in Australian English. The company is part of the large insurance corporation Esure.

However, it has a specific focus of catering to female clients and customers, as prior research conducted by insurance companies has indicated that female drivers are less likely to be involved in driving accidents and less likely to receive driving convictions on their records in comparison to male drivers, who are more likely to experience accidents and suffer convictions.

The goal of Sheilas’ Wheels, therefore, is to take advantage of the reduced number of claims its customers put forth and pass on the resultant savings.

Sheela’s Wheels car insurance benefits

One incentive Sheilas’ Wheels offers its customers to drive in a safe manner is the possibility of reducing their car insurance premiums over time through avoidance of posting claims. When you keep from posting claims over an extended period of time, you can potentially save up to 75% off your existing premium rate.

If you can drive for 5 or more years without filing a claim, you become eligible for the baseline no claim discount, which is 70% off your premium rate immediately.

This discount will rise by 1% for every additional year without claims in which you choose to renew the Sheilas’ Wheels car insurance policy you are enrolled in. These discounts, as mentioned earlier, will extend to a maximum of 75%.

Are female drivers the only ones who can benefit from Sheilas’ Wheels offers?

Although Sheilas’ Wheels is predominantly focused on female drivers, and as a result, offers numerous benefits exclusively toward female drivers, male drivers are still allowed to take out policies related to Sheilas’ Wheels.

Additionally, female drivers are free to add significant male figures in their lives, such as husbands, partners, brothers, and sons as extra drivers on their vehicles and policies.

What are some of the other benefits offered by Sheilas’ Wheels to its client base?

There are numerous other benefits of being a customer of Sheilas’ Wheels besides the no claims savings described above. For example, you can choose among several different levels of cover, such as comprehensive cover, third party fire and theft cover, and third party only cover.

If you choose to enroll in the comprehensive level of car insurance cover, you will be able to drive a courtesy car if your vehicle is ever damaged and requires a repair by a mechanic approved by the insurance company.

Additionally, members enrolled at the comprehensive level of car insurance cover can also receive handbag cover worth up to 300 pounds.

This will assist you if your handbag or the contents of your handbag are stolen or damaged while your handbag is in your vehicle. You will also have access to call centres that are based only in the United Kingdom. You can additionally benefit from an insurance claims line that stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This claims line is confidential and free and is designed to assist callers with any issues they have, whether or not they are related to driving. Other options you can sign up for are motor breakdown assistance with Greenflag, which means you will receive help in the form of road side assistance if your vehicle ever experiences a break down on the motorway. Additionally, you can also sign up for motor legal protection that is valued at up to 50,000 pounds.

1/3 Off Car Insurance For Women

Some of the benefits of Sheela’s Wheels car insurance include:

  • New customers save a third when you buy online
  • 75% no claims discount (with at least 5 years of no claims)
  • Courtesy car available whilst yours is at a recommended repairer
  • Optional cover for handbags and contents worth up to £300
  • 24hr helpline for conifdential counselling on any issue
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