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Breakdown Cover for older Cars

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  • Unlimited call outs breakdown cover for classic cars
  • Vehicle Home Start Available Cars over 15 years
  • No Excess or Callout Charges
  • Covers the Driver and Up To 7 Passengers
  • Up to 1 Hour Roadside Assistance
  • Cover for Cars, Vans, Motorbikes & Fleets

Breakdown Cover for Older Vehicles

Breakdown cover for older vehicles is available to help those in need on the side of the road, but the coverage is slightly different than what is available for new cars. One of the most notable differences is the availability of parts. Another is the higher cost since older vehicles are known to breakdown more often than newer models. This type of cover will also provide breakdown cover for classic cars

Breakdown cover for older cars

What is classified as an older vehicle?

From most roadside assistance firms vehicles, 0 to 15 years of age with less than 150K miles on the odometer for coverage in Europe are considered new cars. There are also companies in the UK that consider vehicles 20 years of age as newer cars. All other vehicles are classified as older vehicles.

What types of repairs are covered for older vehicles?

The same types of repairs a roadside mechanic can do for younger cars are available for older cars. The biggest restriction is the availability of spare parts. Many of the mechanics coming to the aid of a driver who is broken down on the roadside will have the most common spare parts for modern cars. These spare parts do not normally line up with what is needed with older vehicles.

What types of repairs are covered for older vehicles?

The same types of repairs a roadside mechanic can do for younger cars are available for older cars. The biggest restriction is the availability of spare parts. Many of the mechanics coming to the aid of a driver who is broken down on the roadside will have the most common spare parts for modern cars. These spare parts do not normally line up with what is needed with older vehicles.

What types of repairs are made to older vehicles regularly by the roadside mechanics?


The most common repairs are also the easiest to fix on the roadside. The following list includes many of them, but is not limited to only those on this list.

  • Blown fuse
  • Dead Battery 
  • Loose wire
  • Wrong Fuel
  • No Fuel

What happens when the mechanic can’t repair the vehicle where it was broken down?

Depending on the level of coverage a person has on the vehicle it will be towed either to the closes repair shop or the repair shop of the owners choice.

If the vehicle breakdown in Europe then an additional option of having the vehicle towed back to the UK is available in some policies.

What is not included in the breakdown cover for older vehicles?

Just like for newer vehicles, the cost of replacement parts and the labor to install them is not part of the breakdown policy. Because of the age of the vehicle, these replacement parts might also be difficult to locate so the repair can be made.

Is it advantageous to have breakdown cover for older vehicles?

Yes, this type of protection is advantageous to have in terms of cost efficiency. Some breakdown cover can be for as little as £7.50 a month. Without this cover, just one time to have the vehicle towed can cost upwards of £160 or more. To have a mechanic come to your aid without coverage can be £90 or more.

By having breakdown cover for older vehicles the driver can rest assured help is just a phone call away if their vehicle is disabled. Drivers who might be hesitant to take this type of policy out are those that can change a tire on the roadside even if it is raining. 


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