Breakdown Cover

Adding Breakdown couldn’t be easier

Call our friendly Customer Services team and your cover will start 48 hours later

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What’s covered

Why choose Breakdown Cover from Admiral?

Unlimited UK Roadside Callouts

Misfuelling Cover

24hr Rescue Services

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Three cover options to suit your needs but whichever you choose, unlimited roadside recoveries (breakdowns more than ¼ mile from home) is included as standard.




Unlimited UK roadside recoveries

Recovery limited 10 miles from breakdown

Recovery to any UK destination

Home breakdown call outs

Unlimited European roadside recoveries

In some countries we may be unable to assist you immediately and you may need to obtain assistance via the SOS phones first

What's included in Admiral Breakdown Cover?

No matter which level of cover you choose, these benefits are included as standard when you choose Admiral as your breakdown provider:

Named Drivers

We cover the car shown on your Admiral policy, whether you or any of your named drivers are driving.

Message Service

Don't worry if you need to let someone know you're running late, we're always happy to pass on a message or two for you.

Caravan and Trailer Cover

We recover caravan and trailers up to 8ft 3in wide and 3.5t in weight.

Lost or broken keys

If your keys are lost or broken we’ll transport your vehicle to the nearest garage or an alternative destination of your choice, if no further than 10 miles away from the breakdown.

Misfuel Assist

We'll either drain the fuel or recover your vehicle to the nearest suitable repairer. You'll also get 10 litres of fuel so you can continue your journey.

Alternative Transport

You'll get a hire car (up to 1600cc) for up to three days to allow you to complete your journey.

Overnight Accommodation

We’ll arrange overnight accommodation including breakfast for you and your passengers up to £150 per person (£600 total) while your vehicle is being repaired.

Electric Vehicles

Includes cover for electric vehicles.

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European Travels

European Breakdown Cover

Includes all the same benefits as our National Cover but with added European assistance.

If you need European assistance call us on 0044 (0)2920 943 111 and we'll send help to you within the territorial limits of Europe.

We'll cover the callout fees and mileage charges needed to repair or assist with your car. If it can't be fixed within 48 hours, or by your departure date, we'll arrange for you, your car and passengers to be taken to your home address.

Alternative Transport Abroad

If you breakdown within the territorial limits (Europe), we’ll provide a hire car (up to 1600cc) for up to three days, allowing you to continue your trip in the territorial limits (Europe) while your vehicle remains unroadworthy.

We’ll also pay up to £150 towards the reasonable cost of alternative transport for an insured person to return and collect the repaired vehicle.

Emergency Overnight Accommodation

If you breakdown within the territorial limits (Europe) and your car can’t be repaired the same working day and you can’t get to your pre-booked accommodation, we'll arrange overnight accommodation and breakfast for you and your passengers up to £150 per person (£600 in total).

Did you know?

Your safety is important to us; we prioritise drivers who have broken down in a vulnerable situation.

How the breakdown service works

Once you've added breakdown cover to your insurance, it couldn't be easier to use. When you call for breakdown assistance, you'll be asked for your:

  • Policy number
  • Car registration, make and model
  • Location
  • Phone number
    We need your number to tell you who's coming to you and how long they'll be.

How to buy Breakdown Cover

If you're an Admiral customer, call our customer services team and your cover will start 48 hours later. Or you can buy our Breakdown Cover when you get your car insurance quote.

Policy documents

Choose the PDF linked to your cover's start date. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files. You can download it for free from the Adobe website.

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Your questions answered

Can my dog (or other animal) come with me in the patrol vehicle?

Dogs, and other domestic pets, can join you in the patrol vehicle if they are secured and the attending breakdown mechanic thinks that it is safe to transport the animal.

If larger animals, such as horses or sheep, have to be transported then alterative, specialised equipment will have to be arranged for additional cost at the customer's expense.

Would a flat tyre be covered by my breakdown policy?

Our roadside mechanics aims to fix a customer’s vehicle at the roadside and get them back on the road as quickly as possible.

If a customer has a puncture, but the tyre can be repaired, they’ll attempt to do this at the roadside. If the tyre is unrepairable but the customer has a spare, they’ll change the wheel at the side of the road. 

Because some vehicles don’t carry a spare tyre these days, our mechanics can also provide you with a universal wheel as a temporary fix to get you mobile again. 

Universal tyres are supposed to be a short measure until the driver can get a permanent replacement. 

Depending on the time of day, the patrol vehicle will either follow you to a nearest garage (if within working hours), or home (if outside working hours) to make sure you reach your destination safely.

Will you still provide breakdown cover if I extend my 90 days European cover on my main policy?

Yes, if you have European breakdown cover on your main policy then it will automatically provide cover for the additional time you extend it by on your main policy. 

What do I need to know about driving in Europe?

We will continue to provide breakdown cover through our providers operating with the European Union (EU).

Always check the latest Government advice before you go.

How do I report a breakdown if I’m hard of hearing?

Customers with hearing difficulties can contact us by text on 0786 002 7999

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