1. You’ll save money

Running into a breakdown without cover is like any other accident without insurance: costly. Often, the price before repairs is more than a year’s breakdown cover, so it’s always worth looking for a comprehensive deal that best covers you, your vehicle and the type of journey you’ll be making ahead of your travels.

2. Avoid ‘lost in translation’ moments

Of course we recommend mastering basic French – but you’d be forgiven for struggling to navigate the nitty gritty of a roadside breakdown. One of the many benefits of using an English-speaking breakdown cover provider is that you can get straight to the heart of the problem without all the hair-tearing stress of language barriers. Not only does the AA provide an English-speaking service, but its helpline operates 24/7, so you’ll never be left floundering.

3. Cut out the hassle

There are myriads of questions when your car takes a turn for the worse. How will you get it off the road? When and where will it be repaired? How will it get home? Can you reach your destination? With the right breakdown cover, you’ll already have all the answers. The AA’s full cover provides alternative accommodation, travel arrangements, recovery of your vehicle back to the UK and up to £50,000 in legal costs.

4. Peace of mind for the year ahead

Most breakdown cover specialists offer a number of policies, so you can pick one tailored to your needs. As a prospective homebuyer, the likelihood is that you’ll be making several journeys to la belle France, so annual cover might be your best bet. There are often sub-categories as well, depending on whether you’ll be making several short visits or spending longer periods abroad. Rather than jumping on the cheapest deal out there, it’s well worth researching your options thoroughly and finding a balanced package that meets all your criteria.

5. Your vehicle is essential

It might sound obvious, but a house hunter’s car is his steed. Particularly for those viewing properties in deep, rural France, you’ll need a vehicle to get from place to place and tackle those winding country lanes. Nobody expects a breakdown, but it’s better to be prepared – just in case you and your trusty old banger are put out of action and you need to get back on the road ASAP!

European Breakdown Cover from the AA

Driving from the UK to France, or anywhere else in Europe? The AA provide breakdown cover which starts from the moment you leave home to the moment you get back.

Whether you’re making a one-off trip to Europe or planning to drive to Europe several times within a 12-month period, we’ve got you covered.

  • Our cover gives you access to over 40,000 trusted partners – including garages, repairers and recovery operators. We even have 12 of our own AA mechanics out in France over the Summer holidays.
  • Our 24/7 English-speaking helpline and team of multilingual operators mean there’s no need to reach for the phrase book
  • We cover vehicles of any age – from motorhomes and minibuses, to motorbikes and classic cars
  • We won’t leave you stranded. Our full cover gives you alternative accommodation and travel arrangements, recovery of your vehicle back to the UK, and up to £50,000 in legal costs.

For more information visit our website.

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