There are several options for breakdown cover - many insurance companies also offer good cover at competitive rates - but here we look at three of the most popular.
Price from 29
This offers assistance when you have broken down more than a quarter of a mile from your home. If your car can't be fixed at the roadside, the AA takes you and your car to the nearest garage or to an alternative local destination - provided this is no farther.
Price from 66.75
Home Start gives you help when you have broken down at home or within a quarter of a mile of it. If the AA can't arrange a prompt repair, it'll take you and your car to the nearest garage or another local destination - provided this is no farther.
Price from 72
If you break down at the roadside (and the AA can't arrange a prompt repair) it'll transport you, your car and up to seven passengers home, or to any mainland UK destination of your choice.
Price from 59.25
If you've broken down and the AA can't arrange a prompt local repair, you have several alternative travel options. Choose from a replacement car for up to 72 hours, public transport costs or overnight accommodation.
The AA does offer European cover, but you will need to get a tailored quote at www.theaa.com or by calling 0800 072 3279.
Price from 25
Rescue gives you roadside assistance away from home, as well as recovery to the nearest garage if your car can't be fixed where it is.
Price from 44
Like Rescue, but includes assistance if your car breaks down at home.
Price from 46
Like Rescue, but includes transportation of you and your car to your home or to a location of your choice within the UK.
Price from 57
Like Recovery, but includes assistance if your car breaks down at home. Also includes a hire car while yours is fixed, and options to continue your journey on alternative transport.
Price from 118.00
This is the same as Recovery Plus, but includes 90 days' free European cover for vehicles less than 16 years old.
Price from 33
Roadside offers assistance anywhere in the UK, provided you are at least a quarter of a mile away from home. Also includes towing to a garage within 10 miles if your car cannot be fixed at the roadside.
Price from 69
Same as Roadside, but also includes recovery for up to eight people to any UK destination and a replacement car for up to three days while yours is being repaired. Overnight accommodation or onward travel by train or plane is also available.
Price from 75
Same as Roadside, but also includes assistance if you breakdown at home.
Price from 102
Same as Solution 1, but also includes assistance within a quarter of a mile of your home.
Price from 128.25
Same as Solution 1, but also includes assistance within a quarter of a mile of your home and a replacement car for up to three days if a roadside repair is not possible.
The RAC does offer European cover, but you will need to get a tailored quote at www.therac.co.uk or by calling 0800 015 6000.