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Donald’s Garage Ipswich named as one of Volvo’s top performers

17/02/2017

First awarded the accolade in 2014, Ipswich-based Donald’s Garage has again scooped a Volvo Regional Dealer of the Year award, acknowledging the dealership as one of the top performers in the UK.

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Free videos for volunteer drivers

14/02/2017

Volunteer drivers are being encouraged to take a few moments to ensure they put safety first on their journeys in 2017.

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Driverless cars could cut traffic delays

14/02/2017

Driverless cars could significantly reduce traffic delays, according to a new study by the Department for Transport.

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Four out of ten go camping or caravanning

14/02/2017

Just under four out of ten UK adults have been camping or caravanning in the past three years, says a new report from Mintel.

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Driverless cars could cut traffic delays

14/02/2017

Driverless cars could significantly reduce traffic delays, according to a new study by the Department for Transport.

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Poor driving habits could be costing you £500+ a year

14/02/2017

Poor driving habits like aggressive braking or acceleration can cost motorists an extra £562 a year in added fuel bills, new research has revealed.

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Motorists don’t trust new ways to search and pay for parking

14/02/2017

Around half of UK motorists still prefer to use traditional cash at pay and display machines when paying for parking, research commissioned by the British Parking Association has found.

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Consumers in the dark about April’s car tax changes

14/02/2017

Consumers appear to be largely unaware of the road tax changes that will affect all new cars sold from April and which could see hundreds of pounds being added to some motorists' annual tax bills.

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Government proposes no MOT for first four years

14/02/2017

New proposals have been unveiled which would extend the period before the first MOT is needed from three to four years.

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Another record year for UK new car sales

14/02/2017

The UK new car market hit a new record level in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth year in a row to almost 2.7 million vehicles.

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Double win for Kia motors UK in the 2017 Awards

13/02/2017

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd is proud to announce that it excelled in two areas of the 2017 Automotive Management Awards, winning two prestigious awards for Used Car of the Year and Best Franchise Partner.

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Donalds Mazda Stamford hosts sneak preview of all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at stylish new showroom

08/02/2017

Donalds Mazda Stamford has officially opened its stylish new showroom on West Street in Stamford. To celebrate, the Lincolnshire dealer will host an exclusive VIP preview event of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) on Friday 10 February.

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Family chosen to test autonomous Volvo

01/02/2017

The Hain family, from Gothenburg in Sweden, are the first people chosen to take part in a real-life autonomous drive research program using real cars, in real traffic.

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Volvo wants you to rediscover your passion in life with the V90 Cross Country

01/02/2017

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, is challenging people to rediscover their passion in life with the new V90 Cross Country campaign.

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Mazda MX-5 Arctic blows into Donalds Mazda

01/02/2017

Customers visiting Donalds Mazda are now able to pre-order the latest special edition convertible - Mazda MX-5 Arctic.

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2018 KIA STINGER MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT NORTHERN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

12/01/2017

Powerful all-new fastback sport saloon redefines the Kia brand. Designed in Frankfurt, developed on the Nurburgring, industry-leading quality by Kia.

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KIA RELEASES FIRST IMAGES OF ALL-NEW PICANTO

12/01/2017

Kia reveals youthful and energetic design of all-new Picanto, global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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Killer drivers to face to life sentences

09/01/2017

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by government ministers.

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Electric car charge points will be central to future neighbourhoods

09/01/2017

New research indicates that home charging points for electric cars will be one of the most desirable features of neighbourhoods in 20 years’ time.

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Competent learners to be allowed on motorways

09/01/2017

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways with a driving instructor, under new plans set out by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

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More sunshine… more glare time

09/01/2017

While any amount of sunshine is welcomed at this time of year, the glaring low winter sun is taking no prisoners. So how can you make sure you stay safe on the road?

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Boom in early 2017 new car sales predicted

09/01/2017

A boom in car sales is on the cards for early 2017 if buyers are to beat new car tax rules that will raise the cost of owning some of Britain’s most popular models from April.

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OPTIMA PLUG-IN HYBRID WINS LARGE FAMILY CAR SEGMENT IN NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS 2016

13/12/2016

All- new Optima PHEV wins the large family car segment, all-new Niro is commended in the Crossover category, and a first win for Kia from Next Green Car.

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DVSA launches towing safety campaign

13/12/2016

Drivers who tow trailers are being urged to carry out basic safety checks following the tragic death of a three year-old boy.

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Motorists urged to ‘brighten up behind’

13/12/2016

Drivers may be inadvertently making themselves harder to spot from behind when daytime visibility is reduced, if they rely on automatic lighting systems and front-only daytime running lights.

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Women increasingly enter classic car market

13/12/2016

Women are increasingly entering the classic car market and becoming savvier investors in the process, according to new research by classic car insurance broker Footman James.

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Franchised dealers seen as more convenient

13/12/2016

Franchised dealers are viewed by the motoring public as more convenient than they were six months ago.

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Car tax to change in 2017

13/12/2016

The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for cars and some motor homes that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.

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Demand for used cars continues to boom

13/12/2016

UK buyers snapped up a record 2,148,050 used cars in the third quarter of this year, 7.9% up on the same period of 2015.

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How to keep your pet safe when you’re driving

01/11/2016

Many of us take to the road with our pets, but now and again they can pose a few challenges when we’re driving.

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Car park security fears for one in three motorists

01/11/2016

As the darker evenings set in, a new survey has revealed that more than one in three motorists have felt unsafe while in a car park.

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Silver still tops the car colour podium

01/11/2016

Silver is still the most popular colour among the 30m-plus cars on the UK’s roads, but may be starting to lose its place as the nation’s favourite choice as white becomes ever more prevalent.

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Why smoking can seriously damage your car’s resale health

01/11/2016

Any smokers needing further incentive to quit should be aware that their habit will drag down the value of their vehicle – by up to £2,000.

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Don’t let your lunch be a ‘crash diet’

01/11/2016

Drivers who eat and drink at the wheel are twice as likely to crash, and the risk may be even higher if the food is hot, messy or you have to unwrap it yourself.

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Safety tips for the daily commute

17/10/2016

The daily commute can often get repetitive and it’s easy to get distracted. A favourite song may come to mind, or even the thought of calling someone from a hand-held mobile phone to pass time.

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Donalds Volvo announces new dealership for Ipswich

11/10/2016

East Anglia car dealer The Donalds Group has taken the first steps towards the opening of a flagship Volvo outlet, in one of Ipswich’s newest and most sought-after retail parks. Scheduled to open late 2017 or early 2018, the dealership at Futura Park, Nacton, will be the region’s first designed and built to the brand’s state-of-the-art Volvo Retail Experience standard.

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QUALITY HAT-TRICK – KIA SPORTAGE SCORES ANOTHER ENDURANCE TEST TRIUMPH

15/09/2016

The compact SUV completes Auto Bild magazine’s 100,000- kilometre endurance test with highest possible score. Third quality victory in three months

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Cars switched ‘more often than mattresses and mobiles’

07/09/2016

In recent years, the length of time motorists own a car has plummeted and they are now likely to change their car more often than they change their mobile phone or their bedding, according to automotive experts.

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Parking spaces drive up property values

07/09/2016

Homeowners could add up to 10% to the value of their property and generate an additional income of up to £1,500 a year by adding a parking space to their home.

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When was the last time you checked your tyres?

07/09/2016

Millions of UK motorists could be driving with an illegal and dangerous tyre, according to results of the most comprehensive survey of its kind.

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New Polestar performance package now available for the Volvo S90 and V90

06/09/2016

Polestar has launched the new generation of its performance package for the new Volvo S90 and V90. Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, the package upgrades the entire drivetrain and further improves driving dynamics.

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Volvo puts people first with Human Made Stories in partnership with Sky Atlantic

06/09/2016

Volvo Car UK has today announced Human Made Stories, a series of short films in partnership with Sky Atlantic, to mark its new 90 series range of cars.

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Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

18/08/2016

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars. The Swedish premium car maker, and Uber, the world’s leading ride-sharing company, are to join forces to develop next generation autonomous driving cars.

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Survey reveals what drivers hate most on the road

11/08/2016

Car litter louts are the biggest bugbear for drivers, a new AA Populus poll has found, followed by large groups of cyclists and dodgy parkers.

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Stylish new showroom for Donalds Mazda Peterborough

29/07/2016

Donalds Mazda Peterborough has officially re-opened its stylish new showroom on Burghley Road in Peterborough, after an extensive refurbishment.

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VOLVO XC90 WINS AUTO EXPRESS 'BEST LARGE SUV' AWARD FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING

06/07/2016

The Volvo XC90 has been named 'Best Large SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards – for the second year in a row.

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KIA GETS TOP RATING BY US CAR QUALITY CONSULTANCY J.D POWER

06/07/2016

Kia comes first out of 33 on the US car quality ranking consultancy JD Power. First time in 27 years that a non-premium brand topped the survey.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to Swedish national football team in new Volvo V90 film

27/06/2016

One era ends and another begins as Zlatan Ibrahimovic says goodbye to the Swedish national football team in new Volvo V90 film.

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Volvo Cars wins Brand Design language award

23/06/2016

The international Car Design Award jury has recognised Volvo Cars’ contributions to automotive design, with the Swedish car maker winning the coveted Brand Design Language Award 2016.

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A wise choice for Donalds Mazda driving instructor

21/06/2016

Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, recently handed over an all-new Mazda CX 3 to local driving instructor Christopher Wise. The 1.5-litre diesel all-new Mazda CX-3 SE-L Nav has 2WD, dual controls and supplementary speedometer, allowing Wise to use the car for his driving school One Wise Learner (OWL).

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WELCOME TO THE DONALDS GROUP

New and Used Car Sales, Parts and Service throughout the east of England since 1950

The Donalds Group are one of East Anglia’s longest servicing car dealerships, serving the region for all automotive requirements from our four branches located in Peterborough, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Stamford. Whether you are looking to purchase a new or used car, or take advantage of our comprehensive aftersales departments – our primary focus is to deliver outstanding levels of customer service and ensure your complete satisfaction.

Choose from a brand new Mazda, Volvo, Kia or Alfa Romeo from one of our four branches, or browse our second hand stock which also includes comprehensive selection of non-franchise cars including a large choice of Vauxhall.

Our aftercare services including manufacturer servicing, repairs and parts in addition to an all makes and models MOT station. Here is a selection of just some of the towns that we cover throughout Cambrideshire, Suffolk and Lincolnshire: Peterborough, Corby, Huntingdon, Godmanchester, Wisbech, Oundle, March, Bourne, Stamford, Oakham, Grantham, Market Deeping, March, Spalding, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Melton, Orford, Rendlesham, Framlingham, Debenham, Elmswell, Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, Hadleigh, Diss, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Woolpit, Ixworth, Eye, Holbrook, Nacton, Capel St Mary, Wherstead, Gruindisburgh, Otley, Stonham Aspal.

Testimonials

Staff were extremely courteous and helpful. They were also very knowledgeable and recommended a car that would suit our needs (which was not the car we actually went to the garage to look at). We also needed to complete the purchase very quickly and this was organised to suit our timescale. It was a pleasure buying a vehicle from Donalds. It was an excellent service all round. I cannot add anything further. I have already told friends/family how impressed we have been with Mazda and Donalds in particular. I know
another family is looking to buy the same vehicle in the future.

FJ - February 2017 - Peterborough

Once again nothing but praise for your staff I have a 2001 mx5, I have virtually rebuilt the car but have had a couple of issues I could not sort out so contacted your company 
and they sorted me out no problem, but it was the efficient way it was done absolute magic I would recommend your garage to any body with true confidence.

AW - January 2017 - Peterborough

Just thought I would comment on my past experience of my current Mazda which I am about to sell.

I currently own a 2008 Mazda 3 Sport which I bought in 2009.

I am amazed at my time with this wonderful car as the ONLY things I have had to replace is a Battery and a Headlight Bulb! (and tyres)
Certainly as far as I know this car is still running on the original Brakes and Exhaust!

Whilst the exterior (which always looks nice and shiny) has obvious signs of daily use, the interior is like new.
Everything works as it should and the upholstery has been easy to keep clean.

To be able to tell you that this car has run like a dream for the past 8 years can only reflect on the great Mazda Workmanship and materials used.

This is my 3rd Mazda and my Wife (ex) is currently still running her MX5

So I think you can see I rather like Mazda's !!

But now, and only due to my personal circumstances, I have had to downsize somewhat and bought a used Mazda 2 from you on Saturday, trading in my lovely Mazda 3

I would like you to know that I had a very good sales transaction with Ryan Albone, who kept to the job in hand, feel he did the best he could do with my requirements
and budget (with your assistance no doubt) and I feel happy with my overall purchase experience.

Dealing with Donalds before I would expect this to continue if for some reason I need any after sales issues resolving, but hopefully this car will be as good as my Mazda 3 !

Hopefully one day I will be able to upgrade again!

Thanks for your time....Just thought I would offer some positive comments regarding Mazda/Donalds........
Credit where credit is due I say...

PB - January 2017 - Peterborough

From the initial enquiry, prompt response, very professional approach to this sale from start to finish, Donalds represent an industry standard in the Volvo dealer network.
I have spent my working life (54 years) either in or connected with the Motor Trade. My game plan on buying this car , our third Volvo, was to select a number of dealers
in certain areas of the UK where I was travelling to provide details of available new stock . Sadly, some did not respond at all, others not for several days and one who
took a deposit and then informed me the car was not available! Donalds' staff had clearly read the 'salesman's handbook' and processed this sale without fault.

SP - January 2017 - Ipswich

I am just emailing you (Ryan) to say thank you for the instruction book for my Mito's radio that you sent to me so quickly a few weeks ago.  I have been meaning to email you ever 
since I got it.  Sorry it's taken me so long!
 
Thank you for the excellent customer service.  This is my first Alfa Romeo and first dealing with the Donalds group and  I have been really impressed by the positive
and helpful responses to all my enquiries.  Please pass my comments to your senior management. 

GV - December 2016 - Peterborough

In a job where I am dealing with large teams who interact directly with the public, complaints unfortunately are always a part of the job. Compliments in writing however are not so easy to come by. I'm happily sending a compliment to pretty much everyone who works in your Ipswich Dealership as I have crossed paths with them on numerous occasions in the last couple of years. Today was the pinnacle of it when I had my beloved Mazda 6 returned, an expensive Turbo fault repaired.  This was all due to the fantastic efforts of Richard and Gavin in the Service Department liaising with Mazda UK.   I say pretty much everyone as from the initial purchase with Luke, to the guys in the service bay explaining the issue (Steve I think) to the ladies and gents upstairs in the 'waiting' area who always offer to make me a brew when I'm sitting working while waiting for my service to be complete and on 77k miles  that's pretty often! Thank you. It will be no surprise that my next purchase will be from your dealership and not just because the 6 is such a great car but the great customer experience is all part of the package and you guys have that in abundance!  Thank you once again and have a fantastic Christmas all. With respect, I hope not to see you before then!

JF - December 2016 - Ipswich

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for being helpful in getting my MX-5 repaired so fast and in a very competent manner, young Louise in parts and service was magic.
Also the cleaning of my car was great many thanks again.

AW - December 2016 - Peterborough

For the second year running I have brought my Mazda MX5 to your garage for servicing.For the second year running I have been delighted with the complete experience. 
I choose to come to your garage,which is not the nearest Mazda dealership, because of the staff who make it a very nice experience.A special thank you should go to Louise who 
really looked after my wife and I. 
Please thank all your staff on our behalf and note we will be returning next year. 
Happy Christmas to you and all your staff.

AK - December 2016 - Peterborough

A little thank you for all your help with the grand reveal of my lovely new car! Brilliant customer service! 

NB - December 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

I wish to thank you for all your assistance in repairing my V70 following a sudden clutch failure.
Daniel, who looked after the repair was both professional and supportive in seeking solutions to undertake the repair.  I was kept fully informed during the process.  Also thanks to Tom who became involved and offered meaningful advice.
Please pass on my gratitude.

Thanks and regards

RS - November 2016 - Ipswich

I wish to thank you for all your assistance in repairing my V70 following a sudden clutch failure.  Daniel, who looked after the repair was both professional and supportive in seeking solutions to undertake the repair.  I was kept fully informed during the process.  Also thanks to Tom who became involved and offered meaningful advice.

RS - November 2016 - Ipswich

I am writing to commend the outstanding service received from your parts department - especially Tom Whymark.  I have an old V70 estate, which has obviously been around the block a bit, and suddenly got a bout of dementia causing the radio to go on the blink and demand a code, which i did not have.

Nothing has been too much trouble and over the course of a few weeks and a lot of tenacity, Tom was finally successful in getting my radio to work again. Bliss!  We were treated with kindess and courtesy, offered coffee by very likeable staff, and if i ever get tired of my old friendly estate and gather the funds together i shall surely be back.  Thank you again for your the of courteous service that is all too hard to find these days.

AB - November 2016 - Ipswich