Breakdown cover is a benefit or protection that gives motorists access to services should their vehicle suffer any malfunction or mechanical failure, thus leaving them stranded. Cover of this type includes a towing service to a repair shop and helping a driver to get transportation home. Services like this sometimes are provided via membership with motor associations or a benefit of the car insurance on the vehicle.
The concept behind breakdown cover is to help motorists who get stranded when their vehicle experiences an operational problem. For instance, should the transmission in a car fail, the cover will provide a towing service for free or at a discount.