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I have towed caravans and trailers with my last three Motabilty cars.
The RAC even offered a “towing-top-up” for Motability customers wanting to extend breakdown coverage when a caravan or trailer is attached.
In March this year, I called and arranged a towing-top-up. At the time, I didn’t know for certain that I was driving abroad so I paid the £40 extra and left it.
Earlier this week, I called again to extend the coverage for mainland Europe. However, I was told that the towing-top-up extension has been removed from the cover offered to Motability customers. I was not able to pay another £20-30 to extend the coverage.
The option was removed at the end of March.
There are not any plans to reintroduce the towing-top-ups.
I called Motability and they informed me that any extra breakdown cover would need to be a private arrangement. In other words, “Tough luck matey, we’re not doing owt about it.”
I have spent the last few days trying to find decent cover for taking the caravan abroad. The best price I found was via, [drum roll please] the RAC! However, it has meant that I had to buy full European breakdown cover for the car and caravan. No one offers pure caravan cover. The other downside is that this only covers mainland Europe. When my existing UK towing-top-up expires next March, I will have to buy another package just to tow around Blighty.
Please be reassured that I’m not having a rant [maybe a little dummy spit] as it is my choice to tow a caravan. However, I do feel that someone at the RAC and/or Motability has just found another way to screw more money from conscientious drivers.