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European breakdown cover
« on: March 18, 2015, 07:44:02 pm »
Possible trip over to Europe with the wife this year..something I have always wanted to do....any tips on the best breakdown service..perhaps through experience....I have recovery with my insurance but its just the UK....cheers

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Re: European breakdown cover
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 07:47:02 pm »
If you already have UK  breakdown then just contact them and ask for a European extension is usually the simplest way...

There are normally reciprocal arrangements with recovery agencies across Europe.
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Re: European breakdown cover
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 07:54:31 pm »
Good point.  I think I'd better make similar inquiries before making my next trip into Canada.
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Re: European breakdown cover
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 07:57:18 pm »
Depends on who you use for your current cover.  You have 2 choices

1.  Go through your current provider, if they do UK cover Im sure will do European

2. There are specialist companies who can cover you just for the 2 couple of weeks you are in Europe, expensive for 2 weeks cover but as a one off cheaper than upgrading with your current provider.

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Re: European breakdown cover
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2015, 08:24:44 pm »
Yes.... the specialist company route is good too.

Our last European trip in 2013 we used a company http://www.qdosinsurance.co.uk

very competitive rates
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Re: European breakdown cover
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2015, 09:30:50 pm »
Best not to go just on price, find out how good a service is provided. Have had good experience with AA 3 years ago, silly little problem with Rocket left us stuck in Spain, problems at work ment we had to get home ASAP, one phone call and bike was picked up, flights were orgainised for next day with decent baggage allowance on Ryanair, bike was re-patriated one week sooner than quoted and undamaged. total cost would have been approx. £2500, making the years premium of £115 seem well worth it!!

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Re: European breakdown cover
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2015, 09:40:53 pm »
Agreed.... Price alone is not the only measure to go on!
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Re: European breakdown cover
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 08:12:40 pm »
Have also used AA 5 star before with great success.

My ST1100 had a bad puncture near Dijon a good few years back and we were pretty much stranded , as it happpened late on a Sunday afternoon. As luck would have it the Monday was a public holiday and so we were unable to get the tyre repaired before Tuesday.

AA 5 star got us recovered from the Autotoute, arranged a hotel for the night and a hire car for the rest of the week as we'd got a place booked in the South of France and wanted to continue our journey.

When, on the day before we were due to drive back to Dijon, my wife wrote off the hire car (that's another story.......), they arranged another car for us to get back to the repaired bike!

I'm in the same process of looking for European Breakdown Insurance at the moment prior to my trip in May and am considering both AA and RAC options - although the RAC website is the only one who recognises my bike from its' registration number as a Trophy.

Anyway, for peace of mind, I think it's worth having, but as ever, read the small print.

 



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