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Breakdown Cover

Post by andyd » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:36 am

Hi all,
Just recieved this email from Start Rescue Breakdown;

"Policy Renewal

Dear Mr Down,

This is a reminder that your Vehicle Breakdown policy is due to expire in 30 days time.

startrescue.co.uk are unable to offer you a renewal on the vehicle(s) listed on your policy due to either the age of the vehicle(s) or the vehicle classification. Therefore, all cover under this policy will expire on 01/10/2020 at 00:01:00."


So can anyone recommend a breakdown company for the Capri? Home Start, Roadside and Relay is all I require :cool:

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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Paul G » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:46 am

I've got the RAC personal cover whereby I'm covered on anything I drive or am a passenger in. Just have roadside and recovery, not homestart.

It's quite expensive at about £140.

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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by andyd » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:01 am

Thanks Paul,
The Mrs has our Focus covered with Start Rescue, they obviously think old cars are going to be a hassle but the Capri gets better care than the Focus :lol:

My insurers don't offer breakdown, I'm half tempted not to bother considering the mileage I cover, but I know if I haven't got it I'll need it :doh:


Got this quote; £87.36 Green Flag Recovery Plus

Roadside assistance Get 24/7 help if you ever breakdown, including a tow to a nearby garage if we can’t repair your vehicle on the road.
Unlimited callouts You can call us out as many times as you need. Please note, we may charge you for multiple callouts for the same problem.
Cover at home We’ll come to the rescue if you breakdown at your home, or within ¼ mile from it.
National recovery We’ll take you, your passengers, and your vehicle to a place of your choice in the UK. If your breakdown is caused by a flat or damaged tyre, a 10-mile limit will apply. With Recovery Plus, there’s a 20-mile limit if you breakdown at home.
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:30 am

Hi Andy,
That's a bit of a blow. Presumably, if you're already been covered with Start they must have recently changed their terms and conditions to exclude cars over a certain age.
Like Paul, I've got personal cover with the AA but I've got a package that includes relay and homestart. It is relatively expensive when compared with some of the lesser known providers, however, from my experience their service is very good. I recognise that with the AA you have to pay extra for going with a recognised brand, but I think it's worth it for peace of mind. I suppose what you decide to do depends on your own circumstances.
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by andyd » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:41 am

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:30 am
Hi Andy,
That's a bit of a blow. Presumably, if you're already been covered with Start they must have recently changed their terms and conditions to exclude cars over a certain age.
Like Paul, I've got personal cover with the AA but I've got a package that includes relay and homestart. It is relatively expensive when compared with some of the lesser known providers, however, from my experience their service is very good. I recognise that with the AA you have to pay extra for going with a recognised brand, but I think it's worth it for peace of mind. I suppose what you decide to do depends on your own circumstances.
:goodluck:

Andrew.
Hi Adrew,
I checked the renewal price a couple of months ago and it was around £100 up from £48 :o :o So I was expecting some sort of change to be around the corner.

I joined the AA several years ago after they brought me and a mate home from Santa Pod when his RS Escort broke down, but the price increase was quite high so went elsewhere. You almost want to breakdown to get your money worth :lol:

Found another company for just under £60, so might give that a go. As with insurance you never know how good thy are until required!

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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by andyd » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:58 pm

Another email received;

"Whoops, sorry for the email!

Some of our customers received the wrong renewal email communication today.

You will receive an email with the correct renewal information within the next 24 hours.


Thanks for all your support.

The startrescue.co.uk Team"

The plot thickens :headscratch:

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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Major_Tom » Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:44 am

You can buy a cheap cover from Halfords for £20. Don't know why you'd put it on a broken down car though :whistle:
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by andyd » Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:11 am

Major_Tom wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:44 am
You can buy a cheap cover from Halfords for £20. Don't know why you'd put it on a broken down car though :whistle:
OHHHH, we have a comedian :wave:

:sorry: to anyone that cares for the delay in my update ;
Had a renewal quote from Start Rescue of just over £56, so I will get that sorted soon :cool:

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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Major_Tom » Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:17 pm

andyd wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:11 am

OHHHH, we have a comedian :wave:
:lol: :lol: :lol: you "sounded" just like my older brother then.
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:55 am

andyd wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:11 am
Had a renewal quote from Start Rescue of just over £56, so I will get that sorted soon :cool:
Funny name for a breakdown company... START then Rescue. Jesus if they were chasing Tom down the motorway trying to rescue him from his started capri they'd stand no bleedin chance :lol: :lol: :wave: :sorry:

Seriously though Andy that's a very decent price mate. And this is for National Relay too.?? Very good :)
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by andyd » Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:19 am

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:55 am
Seriously though Andy that's a very decent price mate. And this is for National Relay too.?? Very good :)
Hi Nick,
It's the 3 star cover for £54 (My email says £56.97 so will confirm that) that covers;

Roadside Assistance

Local Recovery up to 10 miles

Nationwide Recovery

Home Assist

Free Legal Expenses Policy

Accident Recovery

Alternative Travel

Emergency Overnight Accommodation

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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:53 pm

That's very good Andy. Nice find mate.
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Major_Tom » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:38 pm

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:55 am
Jesus if they were chasing Tom down the motorway trying to rescue him from his started capri they'd stand no bleedin chance :lol: :lol: :wave: :sorry:
Broke down today actually, ran out of electricity again! Turned off the engine at a level crossing and didn't have the amps to start up again! Really must sort this alternator wiring out :lol:
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:39 pm

Major_Tom wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:38 pm

Broke down today actually, ran out of electricity again! Turned off the engine at a level crossing and didn't have the amps to start up again! Really must sort this alternator wiring out :lol:
Oh dear Tom. Hope you got it started up OK mate. This put a stop to your 'charge' home and AMP-lified your frustration... :lol: :sorry: :wave:
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Major_Tom » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:54 pm

Fordoholic Nick wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:39 pm

Oh dear Tom. Hope you got it started up OK mate. This put a stop to your 'charge' home and AMP-lified your frustration... :lol: :sorry: :wave:
:lol: :lol:

I always carry jump leads and fortunately my mate wasn't too far away, was moving again 20min later. Got some right dirty looks from one or two people that clearly assumed I had just pulled up for a rest or something :lol:
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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:16 am

Glad you got it sorted Andy. Great renewal price too.

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Re: Breakdown Cover

Post by andyd » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:17 am

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:16 am
Glad you got it sorted Andy. Great renewal price too.

Andrew.
Renewed this morning for £51.24 :D

Also insured for another year too :cool:

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