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Express your individuality with the new Volvo XC40 small SUV

21/07/2017

With dozens of possible exterior and interior colour combinations, the choice of the individual is at the centre with the new colourful Volvo XC40, Volvo Cars’ first ever entry in the small premium SUV segment.

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Trust more important than price for used car buyers

18/07/2017

Consumers rate trust in the dealer ahead of price when it comes to buying a used car, according to a survey of 18,000 AA members on the most important purchase considerations.

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Experience the evolution of the dynamic Swedish SUV at Donalds Volvo Ipswich’s XC60 launch event

18/07/2017

Having recently been crowned 'Best Premium SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017, Donalds Volvo Ipswich will be hosting a two-day customer reveal event to mark the arrival of the stunning new Volvo XC60 at its dealership.

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New ‘do not disturb while driving’ feature for iPhones

18/07/2017

Apple has announced that its iOS 11 software update will include a new Do Not Disturb While Driving mode for iPhones.

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Back-seat drivers cause the most in-car arguments

18/07/2017

With the great summer getaway just around the corner, a YouGov survey has found that 38% of drivers regard the unwanted comments of back-seat drivers as the main cause of in-car arguments.

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How to drive safely around horses

18/07/2017

Horses are powerful animals and have extremely heightened senses. They are also ‘flight’ animals, and can revert to their natural instincts at any time. The outcome of this can be extremely challenging for riders and other road users.

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Medicines warning as hay fever season approaches

18/07/2017

Hay fever sufferers should check their medicines carefully before getting behind the wheel, and be aware of the possible effects these drugs can have on their driving.

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London Mayor unveils transport strategy

18/07/2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out wide-ranging plans to transform London’s transport network.

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Volvo XC60 crowned 'Best Premium SUV' at Auto Express Awards

28/06/2017

The Volvo XC60 has been voted 'Best Premium SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017.

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All-new Mazda MX-5 RF named Roadster of the Year at the 2017 Auto Express New Car Awards

28/06/2017

The all-new Mazda MX-5 RF has been named Roadster of the Year by Auto Express in their annual awards. With the MX-5 convertible having taken the title for the last two years, the current generation of MX-5 has claimed this coveted title at the Auto Express New Car Awards for the third year in succession.

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Donald’s Garage Ipswich sponsors motorsport challenge day for local school

22/06/2017

Ipswich-based Volvo dealership, Donald’s Garage, is sponsoring Orwell Park School’s Motorsport School Team Challenge later this month as part of a focus on bridging the gap between local businesses and schools.

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Be aware of current European motoring laws this summer

07/06/2017

Driving abroad poses a number of risks and not just because it is likely to involve on the other side of the road. Many people lack a general awareness of current European motoring laws.

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How to get the most out of your sat nav

07/06/2017

Satellite navigation systems are a must have these days, but many road users fail to use this travel companion correctly or safely.

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Take extra care with your dog in the car this summer

07/06/2017

It is dangerous and illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle. So how can owners ensure their pets are safe and comfortable on car journeys this summer?

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Sharp rise in use of online vehicle recalls tool

07/06/2017

The Motor Ombudsman has recorded a substantial rise in the use of its online Vehicle Recalls tool.

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New littering rules put the onus on vehicle owners

07/06/2017

Litter louts could be hit with £150 fines as part of new plans to tackle rubbish in England, almost double the current £80 penalty.

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Poorly fitted child car seats put 8 out of 10 kinds in danger

07/06/2017

More than eight out of ten drivers may be putting children’s safety at risk by failing to correctly fit child car seats, a new study has found.

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Volvo Cars Partners with Google to build android into next-generation connected cars

17/05/2017

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced a close partnership with Google, one of the world’s largest technology companies, to develop the next generation of its award-winning in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. It will launch on new Volvo models within two years.

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Younger drivers prioritise comfort over safety

15/05/2017

When it comes to their cars, under-35s appear to be prioritising comfort over safety. That’s according to a survey of more than 1,000 car owners about the items they keep in their vehicles and their knowledge of car maintenance and safety, which revealed a huge disparity between younger and older drivers.

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Spring is in the air – get your car ‘beach body’ ready

10/05/2017

It’s time to get your car hale, hearty and ‘beach body ready’ in preparation for the longer summer days and warmer weather.

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Car owners choose peace of mind over MOT money saving

10/05/2017

Motorists have put their support firmly behind keeping the first MOT test for cars at three years, according to new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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Major shake-up for driving test this yea

10/05/2017

The driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from 4 December 2017, to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

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KIA MOTORS REVEALS ALL-NEW STINGER, PICANTO AND TWO PLUG-IN HYBRIDS IN GENEVA

14/03/2017

Kia have unveiled four new models at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car. Advanced powertrain technology features in two other new Kia models on show for the first time – the Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid.

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Volvo Cars reveals new XC60 premium SUV

07/03/2017

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.

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More Car buyers are turning to dealerships for finance

03/03/2017

Car finance at the point of sale is becoming increasingly popular with car buyers. The market grew 12% by value to £31.6 billion and 8% by volume last year, new official figures show, with Personal Contract Hire products showing especially strong growth.

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Ombudsman calls for more fairness over parking fines

03/03/2017

Councils in England should do more to make parking fines fairer, the Local Government Ombudsman has said.

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‘Not indicating clearly’ voted as the most inconsiderate driving behaviour

03/03/2017

Not indicating clearly has been named as the most inconsiderate driving behaviour on UK roads, according to an RAC Insurance poll of more than 2,100 motorists. Nearly six in ten of the drivers surveyed said not signalling clearly, or failing to indicate at all, was their top inconsiderate action at the wheel, ahead of hogging the middle lane of a motorway and driving too close to the car in front.

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Mobile phone penalties for drivers have doubled

03/03/2017

Young and inexperienced drivers are being warned that one mistake could cost them their licence, now that new rules on mobile phone punishments have come into force.

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London Mayor calls for diesel scrappage scheme

03/03/2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on the government to implement his new proposals for a national diesel scrappage fund.

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CO2 exhaust emissions fall to all-time low

03/03/2017

The UK motor industry has once again beaten its CO2 targets, with average new car emissions down for the 19th consecutive year.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

I and my partner are here in the UK for a brief visit? from Belgium. Yesterday my car, a Mazda Premacy, began to make a very strange rattling sound. Enough to cause me concern. I first looked on your website yesterday and found you have a garage in Ipswich which, being my home town, I contacted by phone. I explained the situation, saying also that Saturday 24th June we return to Antwerp in Belgium a driving journey of at least 6.5 hours not including the ferry. The man with whom I spoke could not have been more helpful and, after much searching online (my Premacy is LHD) said to bring it in this morning at 9AM. Early this afternoon he contacted me to say the car was ready. Luckily the problem was not drastic and he took the time and trouble to explain what had happened. It gave me great peace of mind knowing that everything was OK. Unfortunately I am unable to give you his name but can best describe him as red-headed with a beard. I would like to express my thanks to him through your offices. Although car repairs are never an experience we wish for he made it extremely bearable. Once again my thanks to him.

KS - June 2017 - Ipswich

You are the first person to greet me when I bring my MX-5 for its service and your helpful attitude is much appreciated and is experienced by me from all the Mazda staff I have contact with. Steve, the mechanic, Drew, the valet and John on car cleaning. They were all helpful and nothing was to much trouble - for instance I did not know how to clean inside the roof chamber so Drew took the time to explain how to do it whilst Steve went to fetch the hoover and then cleaned that area - marvellous! Top marks to all of them.

MC - September 2016 - Ipswich

The car is amazing. So smooth and a great drive.
Living where we do I do not want to use it as it will not stay so perfectly clean for long!
We had a lovely time in Melton Mowbray and went for a nice Italian meal in the evening. Was a good idea to break the journey home after the train journey.
Thanks for sorting out the plates. 
Thank you so much for all your help. It is so much better dealing with a nice person rather than a pushy sales person. You were lovely with us both and we really appreciated that. I do hope Donalds appreciate what they have!
 

GS - September 2016 - Peterborough

We live in a day and age where everyone seems very quick to complain and berate people, well I can take delight in the fact that I am not doing either! 

Having purchased a car from your company at the weekend, my partner and I received nothing short of exceptional service from your sales executive, Melvin Paul. From our initial enquiry by email, we were pleasantly surprised to receive a personalised video tour of the car followed by a courtesy call. The video was a huge deciding factor in our purchase and despite the heavy rain in which the video was filmed, Melvin was professional and knowledgable throughout. We swiftly came to view the car in the rain, so not ideal conditions but Melvin was on hand with umbrella’s - trying to help keep us as dry as possible! Sadly, the vehicle couldn’t be test driven on the day as the brakes were decided to be not adequate and needing replacement. Deciding that the car looked like what we were after, Melvin arranged for the car to be serviced, MOT’d and set to have to minor agreed details rectified.
Having dealt with him now several times throughout the week prior to the purchase, he was always exceptionally helpful, impeccably presented and polite. Upon collection of the car, despite turning up in his last hour of work on Saturday and a whole day early! He had checked over the vehicle and took us on a comprehensive test drive prior to us agreeing to purchase. With only one minor item to be addressed (a replacement rear badge) which is on back order from Ford, I can say that my partner and I are very happy with our purchase and would happily recommend the Donald’s groups to our friends and colleagues.

I’m sure you and your company are well aware of his positive attributes and will agree that he is a shining example of how car salesmen should be.

MT - September 2016 - Peterborough

Just to give you an update on MY CAR quite frankly its awesome Ryan ! 
I love it, everything about it, is just perfect inside out – front and rear. 
The look of the car and drive is totally amazing, Mazda have truly exceled themselves and have truly done a good job on the interior and exterior, a well-rounded cleverly sexy put together car. The shape of the bonnet is my favourite along with the rear, love the soft top, and the wheels, it’s a great exciting car to drive, and is getting loads of looks and comments.
 
Thank you so much for your help. 

ALM - September 20116 - Peterborough

My wife and I recently purchased a Mini at your dealership; We wanted to feedback that we were very impressed with the service and communication we received from Chris Webb. I had been looking at Minis for a number of weeks and Chris was able to provide us with a written detailed description of the car, features and pictures within an hour. We travelled for two hours from Oxfordshire and we were not disappointed.  We think he is a great asset to the dealership and we will be using and recommending your dealership to friends and family.


MR - August 2016 - Stamford

I am writing to express my thanks to your staff when, on holiday in Suffolk i had a problem with my old Volvo V70 when the door over the petrol cap became locked and immovable.  I arrived on your premises last week, and explained the problem to reception desk.  Immediately a mechanic came out to the forecourt and diagnosed the problem and explained it very clearly.  He was most helpful and i thank him.

He then passed us back to the reception where an appointment was made for the work by on Thursday and Daniel arranged a life to Ipswich center and told us which bus to get for the return and also provided some very useful information about Ipswich and the area - all of this helped us to enjoy our holiday which could have been messed up.  Volvo's cannot go very far without petrol!  Excellent and outstanding service so again, many thanks to Daniel and other contributors!

AG - Aug 2016 - Ipswich

Thank you so much for your help with getting my new car. I love her!

Beth - July 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

I recently purchased a Mazda 3 Sport Nav [demonstrator] from your Ipswich showroom.  The initial enquiry commenced with the Sales Manager, Luke, . The car I bought wasn't available at the time.  However the way in which I was treated encouraged me to enquire later. Subsequent sale negotiations on a revisit were handled by Donnie Cabrera, whom is I understand is a new member of your staff.   Having managed a very large group of personnel in my long career in public service I am aware how easily some people complain, however thanks and compliments are less often made.  I have to say I was very impressed with Donnie's communication skills, pleasant manner and gracious aspect as we moved to finalize the deal which included the  part-exchange of my Toyota  car.  He was well mannered to me and charming towards my wife.

Luke and Paul Cox were also very helpful to in assisting in the change of the cherished registered number of my former car to the new one.  They both tactfully mentored Donnie, when needed, in ensuring all went smoothly.  I have bought many cars over the last fifty years, mainly from Main Dealers and can say without doubt that your team were the most efficient and pleasant I have before experienced.  They were professional and knowledgeable and I feel Donnie is to be commended for his performance, especially due to his relatively new time in your company.

PG - July 2016 - Ipswich

I recently purchased a Mazda 3 Sport Nav from your Ipswich showroom. The initial enquiry commenced with the Sales Manager, Luke The car I bought wasn't available at the time.  However the way in which I was treated encouraged me to enquire later. Subsequent sale negotiations on a revisit were handled by Donnie Cabrera, whom is I understand is a new member of your staff.   Having managed a very large group of personnel in my long career in public service I am aware how easily some people complain, however thanks and compliments are less often made.  I have to say I was very impressed with Donnie's communication skills, pleasant manner and gracious aspect as we moved to finalize the deal which included the  part-exchange of my Toyota  car.  He was well mannered to me and charming towards my wife.  Luke and Paul Cox were also very helpful to in assisting in the change of the cherished registered number of my former car to the new one.  They both tactfully mentored Donnie, when needed, in ensuring all went smoothly.  I have bought many cars over the last fifty years, mainly from Main Dealers and can say without doubt that your team were the most efficient and pleasant I have before experienced.  They were professional and knowledgeable and I feel Donnie is to be commended for his performance, especially due to his relatively new time in your company.


PG - June 2016 - Ipswich

Dear Ian, thank you for all your help with purchasing my new car. You made it such an easy and pleasant experience and explained everything in such detail. Thank you. 

S - June 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

Just a quick 'Thank You' to a sales person called 'Mike' and Alex Talbot for being so helpful and professional whilst negotiating my recent purchase of a Mazda CX 5. Their help and sound advice proved invaluable.

GC - June 2016 - Bury St Edmunds