European Breakdown Cover is something that we’d always recommend you consider taking out and is a policy to cover your vehicle in the event of a breakdown whilst travelling in a foreign country.
There are a whole range of different breakdown polices currently available which vary considerably from company to company.
To find out more about what to do if you breakdown in France, please click on the link which will take you to our page specifically on breakdowns.
If there’s one thing we want to make you aware of before you read on is that breakdown recovery in France is very similar as in the UK apart from one major difference. In the UK recovery companies such as the AA and RAC will happily recover you from motorways. In France however they do not have this option. As the Autoroutes in France are run by individual companies, breakdown agents such as the AA and RAC are not permitted to recover people from them. Instead you will have to use the roadside phone and recovery to a safe place will be arranged by the Autoroute designated company. You will then be charged for this with the rate dependent upon the time of day.
Although policies will vary the general purpose is that if you breakdown whilst in France your policy allow your vehicle to be either fixed at the roadside or taken to a nearby garage where it can be fixed.
Some policies also will help cover the cost of labour, parts and a replacement vehicle under certain circumstance so choosing the right policy to meet your needs is extremely important.