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The Advantages of Going Directly to a Breakdown Cover Provider over Price Comparison Sites

Any safe and responsible driver will understand the importance of having breakdown cover. Whether you are driving in the UK or planning to drive abroad in Europe, the cost of getting yourself covered not only provides you with protection, but also peace of mind when driving. So where is the best place to find this cover?

It’s a slight misconception that price comparison websites are the best way to find breakdown cover. Yes, many people use them and they are many in number, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting the best deal. If you are in the market for breakdown cover then there is the option of going directly to a provider, rather than going through price comparison sites. What follows are some of the advantages of this:

Dedicated Expertise

First and foremost, with this approach you are communicating directly with a company that specialises in breakdown cover. More importantly, they should be dedicated to providing you with all of the information you need to be fully informed about your policy, rather than a simple series of filters that you may get from price comparison sites that don’t always offer you full detail. A reliable policy provider will tell you what exactly your cover involves, as well as explaining how important it is and why you need this protection.

Up-front and Honest

Recent investigations from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have revealed that some price comparison sites were failing to provide the full amount of information to consumers. Important aspects such as the costs of the excess on some policies were not made clear, while at the same time, a number of these sites provide sponsored policies rather than the most cost-effective. If you choose to go direct you won’t have any of these issues and companies will be honest and up-front about what your expenses are, giving you a comprehensive breakdown of the price and your cover – which is hugely important if you were to breakdown abroad.

Data Protection

With price comparison sites you can be asked to enter personal details which can be stored on their database and remain there, even if you do not find a deal. By going direct, you have the advantage and peace of mind in knowing exactly who you are giving your personal information to.

So, if you are looking for breakdown cover, don’t get suckered into the price comparison pitfalls, do a little more research and go direct for the best deals and savings.

The Hidden Cost of Comparison Sites

A lot of people now use comparison sites to purchase their breakdown cover: last year, 30 million quotes were supplied, and four out of ten motor policies were bought through comparison sites.

If we don’t buy through them, we at least use them to see whether or not the price we’ve been quoted seems fair. We have a tendency to manipulate our findings into regulatory standards of fairness, awarding those who come out on top with our custom – but who regulates the regulators? Who ensures that their quotations are accurate? That we pay what we think we’re signing up to pay?

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