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Re: What a con... [Automobile Club de Suisse not attending breakdown due to British c

This was the most dazzlingly succinct and useful post on the thread. I've just signed up with ADAC for 89 Euro per year, giving me Europe-wide breakdown cover. The Uk equivalent through the AA was 355!! Thanks Rob!
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Re: What a con... [Automobile Club de Suisse not attending breakdown due to British c

Just for knowledge of you all. We had bought what we thought was "full" TCS coverage for our Swiss registered car.

The beast broke down in southern France. Easter weekend, 50 km from nearest village with a garage.

We had up until that point been blissfully unaware that the policy we had taken out was for breakdowns in Switzerland ONLY! TCS refused to let us buy the additionally coverage for Europe, until such time as we were back in Switzerland. (although if I'd phoned a day later claiming to be back in Switzerland I wonder how they would have known.....hmmmmm)

We got the beastie sorted out (thank you kind French farming family) and arrived back in Swissy to call the TCS again and purchase the European wide policy. It could only be posted to us along with payment details (no phone purchase, so that answered the question of upgrading the policy whilst we were out of the country)

I'm not complaining about the TCS, they've been very helpful for the other times that the beastie has had issues. It was our fault that we'd assumed auto breakdown services here would cover multiple countries as happens for the UK clubs.

I simply urge all EF'ers to check they have the right policies in place for their travel circumstances!
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Old 19.05.2016, 10:17
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I'm not complaining about the TCS, they've been very helpful for the other times that the beastie has had issues. It was our fault that we'd assumed auto breakdown services here would cover multiple countries as happens for the UK clubs.
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I have just checked the AA & RAC website & european cover is not standard & is more expensive in the UK. Various levels of cover with both organisations.
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I have just checked the AA & RAC website & european cover is not standard & is more expensive in the UK. Various levels of cover with both organisations.
TCS ETI is in theory very good cover - in that it covers a huge area. The only downside is that they'll struggle to find an appropriate tow vehicle if that is what has been crashed into!

(Which actually goes for insurance companies too )
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its got nothing to do with insurance.. its breakdown cover
surely breakdown cover is insurance against breaking down?
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I've just signed up with ADAC for 89 Euro per year, giving me Europe-wide breakdown cover.
Are you (all) aware that some insurance companies offer an optional "assistance" package as part of their package?

Case in point: https://www.elvia.ch (formerly Allianz24, i.e. the online branch of Allianz) offer that package at CHF 45/year.
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Are you (all) aware that some insurance companies offer an optional "assistance" package as part of their package?

Case in point: https://www.elvia.ch (formerly Allianz24, i.e. the online branch of Allianz) offer that package at CHF 45/year.
And Allianz themselves include it in their insurance
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I have just checked the AA & RAC website & european cover is not standard & is more expensive in the UK. Various levels of cover with both organisations.
I had top of the range cover with AA & RAC on separate occasions within UK only. Both firms awful when breakdowns happened about 40 miles / 60 kms from home. Each time kept waiting for hours.
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Old 19.05.2016, 19:28
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Just for knowledge of you all. We had bought what we thought was "full" TCS coverage for our Swiss registered car.

The beast broke down in southern France. Easter weekend, 50 km from nearest village with a garage.

We had up until that point been blissfully unaware that the policy we had taken out was for breakdowns in Switzerland ONLY! TCS refused to let us buy the additionally coverage for Europe, until such time as we were back in Switzerland. (although if I'd phoned a day later claiming to be back in Switzerland I wonder how they would have known.....hmmmmm)

We got the beastie sorted out (thank you kind French farming family) and arrived back in Swissy to call the TCS again and purchase the European wide policy. It could only be posted to us along with payment details (no phone purchase, so that answered the question of upgrading the policy whilst we were out of the country)

I'm not complaining about the TCS, they've been very helpful for the other times that the beastie has had issues. It was our fault that we'd assumed auto breakdown services here would cover multiple countries as happens for the UK clubs.

I simply urge all EF'ers to check they have the right policies in place for their travel circumstances!
The European coverage of TCS is called ETI and costs extra. I find it kind of normal that they wouldn't update it for you while having a case. LOL. You can't call the insurance "my house is on fire, can I insure it" (well you can ofcourse but will have the same result).
TCS is really good (always driving old - not vintage - cars I needed them often), abroad I usually used the local ones when I was driving all over Europe and England (gosh, I do it too .... separating the two, LOL). I remember ADAC once got me back on the road at 3 a.m. in the morning when my starter didn't want as I did. When I asked what I owe him, he said nothing but they do take donations (which I gave him). No, it was not because I was a girl Had I called ETI I suppose I would have had breakfast at the spot I broke down. But I don't know if ADAC still works like that.
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Re: What a con... [Automobile Club de Suisse not attending breakdown due to British c

What's the cost of TCS with euro cover?

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What's the cost of TCS with euro cover?
https://www.tcs.ch/de/produkte/reise...und-preise.php

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https://www.tcs.ch/de/produkte/reise...und-preise.php

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I had top of the range cover with AA & RAC on separate occasions within UK only. Both firms awful when breakdowns happened about 40 miles / 60 kms from home. Each time kept waiting for hours.
The AA guy wouldn't even help me get the wheel nuts of one wheel until I practically begged him to lend me a extender bar.
At 4.00am in the dark - on a motorway. With two wheels busted after hitting debris from a lorry - we needed to have two good wheels on the back so the AA guy could tow us home.

An RAC chap helped us once and we weren't even members.

To be honest I've had more help from lorry drivers and other fellow road users but I tend to stop and help other people too.


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PLUS the EF standard fee of 50chf for failing to find the answer themselves!
I just couldn't be arsed to search for it... one of the rare times though.

Go on please please give me a groan
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Old 20.05.2016, 10:35
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I just couldn't be arsed to search for it... one of the rare times though.

Go on please please give me a groan
Don't beat yourself up about it - I blame this git for not putting in the original post mentioning it. What an arse?



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Don't beat yourself up about it - I blame this git for not putting in the original post mentioning it. What an arse?



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Just for knowledge of you all. We had bought what we thought was "full" TCS coverage for our Swiss registered car.

The beast broke down in southern France. Easter weekend, 50 km from nearest village with a garage.

We had up until that point been blissfully unaware that the policy we had taken out was for breakdowns in Switzerland ONLY! TCS refused to let us buy the additionally coverage for Europe, until such time as we were back in Switzerland. (although if I'd phoned a day later claiming to be back in Switzerland I wonder how they would have known.....hmmmmm)

We got the beastie sorted out (thank you kind French farming family) and arrived back in Swissy to call the TCS again and purchase the European wide policy. It could only be posted to us along with payment details (no phone purchase, so that answered the question of upgrading the policy whilst we were out of the country)

I'm not complaining about the TCS, they've been very helpful for the other times that the beastie has had issues. It was our fault that we'd assumed auto breakdown services here would cover multiple countries as happens for the UK clubs.

I simply urge all EF'ers to check they have the right policies in place for their travel circumstances!
We also learned that if you breakdown on the French motorway the TCS (or whoever they will call) will not provide assistance - apparently you have to contact the motorway services, or I suppose get off the motorway if you can and call again. Our car manufacturer also provides similar coverage to the TCS for free, and when we've called it's been the TCS that has arrived
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Old 23.05.2016, 23:06
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Re: What a con... [Automobile Club de Suisse not attending breakdown due to British c

I still have AAbreakdown from the UK for my UK registered car here in CH....mainly because I get breakdown repair cover...which has allowed me to have a new turbo and DCI unit when they failed....but also to cover me from Dover to Devon when I hit the UK.......however, the risk is I am not covered in Euro land as I need to inform them when I travel and then there's a limit on time.....and they'd want proof of my ferry crossing should I call them out. It's risk, but I'll take it for now...
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