Breakdown Cover France
There are numerous reasons why you might want to take your own vehicle abroad when travelling to France; cost, convenience, flexibility amongst others however there are certainly some considerations and apprehensions that need to borne in mind. Driving on the right hand side, continental driving styles, language barriers, distance from home etc, all of this can be quite daunting.
Best price guarantee
We are so confident about our levels of cover and price that we will beat anyones price on like for like cover. (2)
One thing you won't have to worry about is finding a comprehensive european breakdown cover for France which will provide 24/7 support throughout your trip no matter what the problem.
Our European breakdown cover policies have been designed for those looking to explore France and most of Europe and they cover a wide variety of vehicles. From cars, 4x4s and SUVs to motorbikes, campervans and motorhomes, you can be sure to find a suitable breakdown insurance for your vehicle.
Types of car we cover:
Privately registered cars, Estate cars, Company cars, Lease cars, Hire cars, Motability cars
With all you will be safe in the knowledge that should you need roadside assistance, a replacement car, help dealing with a stolen vehicle or legal funds whilst travelling in France, you'll be covered by our European breakdown cover policies.
Did you know?
We cover towed caravans and trailers up to 8m long
What we offer
Our European breakdown policies cover single trips to France up to a maximum duration of 120 days, and prices start from as little as £8.54, with a week's cover from £24.69 and 2 weeks cover from only £33.24. Our annual European breakdown cover policies cover unlimited trips to Europe with a maximum duration of 31 days per trip, and prices from £56.99. No excesses, no limits in the number of callouts, 24/7 support, option to cover repairs, UK car hire.. You can read below about this and all we offer you with our breakdown cover for France.
Book for immediate cover
Many breakdown providers will not provide assistance in the first 48 to 72 hours after a policy has been issued in order to combat potentially fraudulent claims. This is not ideal if your need is genuine and your on your way abroad. This could then result in you potentially driving in France uninsured until this "no claim" period has passed.
If you need to "book and go", our Eurobreakdown policies will provide instant cover provided you have not left the UK and you have not had an incident and intend to claim.
Whenever you book online or via the call centre, the policy certificate, wording and emergency contact details are emailed to you instantly.
Everything that you require for emergency assistance during your trip in France will be contained within these emailed documents.
No callout limits per trip
The Eurobreakdown policies set no limits on the number of times you can call for assistance during your trip. So if you need help, call and will provide whatever assistance is required to get you on your way again in the shortest possible timeframe.
Area of European breakdown cover
You are covered in the direct journeys between your home and your international departure point from the UK and on into Europe until such time as you complete your journey back to your home address in the UK.
For the purpose of defining the area of cover, Europe is defined as: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Balearics, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Corsica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Sicicly, Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican City.
Max vehicle occupants
Our policies cover up to 8 passengers including the driver. Assistance will be provided to each individual for onward travel to their destination including the option for car hire or local accommodation costs if they lose the use of their vehicle for more than 8 hours.
Max vehicle dimensions
If your vehicle needs recovering from the side of a road and taken to a garage or a safe storage area then it will need to be winched onto a recovery vehicle. In order to do this safely we need to ensure that the overall maximum dimensions of any vehicle recovered are: 7 metres or less in length, 3 metres or less in height, 2.3 metres or less in width and 3,500 kg or less in weight. Anything longer may cause instability and cause a potential accident.
Towed vehicle length
If your caravan or trailer needs recovering from the side of a road and taken to a garage or a safe storage area then it will need to be winched onto a recovery vehicle. In order to do this safely we need to ensure that the overall maximum length of any towed vehicle recovered is 8 metres or less. Anything longer may cause instability and cause a potential accident.
24/7 emergency breakdown cover France support
Following an incident either in the UK or abroad which results in you needing assistance you have unlimited access to an English speaking call centre with multi lingual translation assistance services. Support services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the centre is open all year round.
UK breakdown assistance before the trip
In the event of a breakdown occurring in the United Kingdom to the insured vehicle within the 7 days before your journey begins (but not before the date your policy was issued) we will do the following;
- • Arrange assistance at your home or the roadside and recovery to the nearest repairer (if required).
We will also arrange and pay up to the amount shown in the benefits schedule for a replacement vehicle if;
- • the insured vehicle cannot be repaired or recovered prior to the start of your journey, or
- • the insured vehicle is stolen within 7 days before your journey begins (but not before the date your policy was issued) and not recovered or replaced prior to your journey
If your vehicle has a breakdown
The policy will arrange and pay for labour and call out charges involved in providing roadside assistance and in making the vehicle fit to either drive or to arrange for the vehicle to be taken to a garage or safe storage area after the event.
If your vehicle has been in an accident
The policy will arrange and pay for labour and call out charges involved in providing roadside assistance in arranging for the vehicle to be taken to a garage or safe storage area after the accident if the vehicle is undriveable.
If your vehicle has caught fire
The policy will arrange and pay for labour and call out charges involved in providing roadside assistance in arranging for the vehicle to be taken to a garage or safe storage area after the fire.
If your vehicle has been stolen
If you vehicle has been stolen and the breakdown cover provider believes that the vehicle will not be recovered in less than 8 hours, then they will arrange for you, your party to be transported by any means suitable including car hire to your destination and then return you, the principal driver to the insured vehicle after it has been found.
If your vehicle has a flat tyre or wheel issues
Following an issue with a tyre or wheel that you cannot fix yourself then the assistance provider will either provide roadside assistance or arrange for the vehicle to be taken to a garage or safe storage area after the incident. Your vehicle must be fitted with a spare tyre or other such system such as foam injection or run flat tyres so that the roadside assistance team can provide help. You must also be in possession of all the relevant equipment including security locking nuts in order that the wheels can be removed.
Loss of Keys
The policy will arrange and pay for labour and call out charges involved in providing assistance to gain entry to a vehicle following a lock out or a loss of keys.
In addition the policy will also pay for courier costs if required if replacement keys are not available locally. (1)
Paying your Garage bill (Gold level of cover)
Following the recovery of your vehicle from the roadside following an electrical or mechanical failure the policy will pay up to £250 towards parts and labour costs in a garage in order to fix your vehicle. (4)
Costs we pay if there are no spare parts for your vehicle
We will help arrange and pay to send the spare parts, including keys that are lost or stolen, to a specialist repairer, if the insured vehicle has a breakdown in France and the parts that are needed to repair the insured vehicle are not available locally. (3)
Costs to repair theft damages
If any other person other than you or your party damages the insured vehicle in the course of a theft or attempted theft then the breakdown provider will pay up to £100, in order to repair this damage. (1)
Local accommodation costs
Following the loss of use of your vehicle following an event and if the breakdown cover provider believes that the vehicle will be out of use for more than 8 hours and provided you're have not been offered alternative travel costs or vehicle hire, then local accommodation will be paid on a per day basis of £45 per person per day (£30 Bronze) whilst the insured vehicle is being repaired. The maximum claimable amount per person is £450 (£180 Bronze) and the overall maximum claim limit for the group is £3,600 (£1,440 Bronze).
Onward travel including car hire
The levels above also show the limit under the policy if the breakdown cover provider believes that the vehicle will be out of use for more than 8 hours and arrange for you, your party to be transported by any means suitable including car hire to your destination and then return you, the principal driver to the insured vehicle after it has been repaired (provided you have not chosen the alternative accommodation option).
Getting your vehicle home
If following an event you cannot use your vehicle and it cannot be repaired in the time to make your original planned return to the UK, the breakdown cover provider will arrange to take your vehicle to your home address or to a repairer of your choice in the UK. * Note the maximum amount payable is limited to the vehicles current market value. (1)
UK car hire if your vehicle is left in France
In the event that you return home without the insured vehicle because it is being repatriated, we will pay up to the amount shown in the benefits schedule for necessary car hire expenses in the United Kingdom until the insured vehicle is repaired and returned. (1)
Costs we pay to pick up your vehicle from France
If you have left the insured vehicle abroad for repairs and have returned to the UK and you choose to return to pick up the vehicle rather than wait for it to be repatriated, then the breakdown cover provider will pay expenses for you to collect the insured vehicle in order to allow you to continue with your return journey.
Been injured or too ill to drive
If there is an accidental injury, sudden or unforeseen illness or death which means no one can drive the vehicle, then the breakdown cover provider will provide alternative transportation for your vehicle and your party back to the UK. During this return journey the policy will pay for accommodation expenses. (1)
The breakdown provider will pay up to the amount shown in the benefits schedule for legal costs for legal action if an insured event occurs during your journey.
If it is necessary for you to attend a judicial hearing for an offence, or alleged offence, covered under this policy, we will pay for necessary travel costs (but not board and lodging) for you to attend such a hearing up to the amounts shown in the benefits schedule. (1)
Assistance for your caravan or trailer if it breaks down
The breakdown provider will arrange and pay for labour and call out charges involved in roadside assistance and in making the caravan/trailer fit to drive or arranging for the caravan/trailer to be taken to a garage or safe storage area after the event.
Trailer or Caravan taken to UK if it can't be fixed
If following an event you cannot use your caravan/trailer and it cannot be repaired in the time to make your original planned return to the UK, the breakdown cover provider will arrange to take your caravan/trailer to your home address or to a repairer of your choice in the UK. * Note the maximum amount payable is limited to the caravan/trailers current market value. (1)
(1) Applicable to Silver and Gold Policies only
(2) Based on like for like cover. Terms and Conditions apply
(3) In certain autoroutes in some European countries you must use the official SOS boxes at the side of the road in order to arrange initial recovery because the roads are privatised and we are prevented from assisting on them. Any costs incurred for recovery from the autoroute can be claimed back from us. Sorry but that applies to all UK operators as well as ourselves.
(4) Gold only
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