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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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New video shows the dangers of low tyre tread depth

01/11/2016

A new 360° video from TyreSafe shows the startling difference in braking distances between tyres just below the legal limit and those with full tread.

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Take care on country roads as deer mating season approaches

01/11/2016

Drivers are being advised to take extra care in areas where deer are common as their breeding season gets underway.

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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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DONALDS KIA TO END THE YEAR WITH A HOST OF NEW Q4 OFFERS

11/10/2016

Donalds Kia offers £1,000 off when you take a test drive plus a chance to go to the Australian Open, improved finance deals for the Picanto and Sportage, £500 towards Kia accessories for Caravan Club members

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Ten easy ways to safeguard your car

07/10/2016

Two in five car owners appear to not think twice about leaving their car keys with a stranger, despite the potential security risk, according to the results of a YouGov consumer survey.

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Motor Codes launches vehicle sales Code of Practice

01/10/2016

Motor Codes, the leading provider of Codes of Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution for the automotive industry, has launched a new Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Sales.

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Brexit won’t stop people buying cars

01/10/2016

UK car buyers do not believe the country’s decision to leave the European Union has affected when they will make their next purchase, according to new consumer research from Motors.co.uk.

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Points to double for drivers using mobile phones

01/10/2016

Drivers caught using a handheld mobile phone will, from early next year, get six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

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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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Survey reveals male and female perspectives on car buying and driving

07/09/2016

A survey of motorists has revealed some intriguing differences in male and female perspectives on motoring.

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New Kia model releases along with '66 plate release

07/09/2016

Donalds Kia welcomes new models to the existing lineup, including the new Niro hybrid crossover and two new Optima models.

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Safety tips for the school run

07/09/2016

Regardless of the amount of years you have been on the road, early morning starts see a lot of drivers distracted and in a hurry. This poses additional risks for students and others who are walking, cycling or driving in the area.

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Do your homework before buying a new car

07/09/2016

September is one of the busiest months of the year for buying new cars. Choosing a car is an exciting time, and it’s easy to get carried away when seeing new models in the showroom.

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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 SPORTSWAGON JOINS KIA OPTIMA LINE-UP

25/08/2016

Kia's first D-segment estate car is available at Donalds Kia. Powered by an efficient and refined 1.7-litre diesel engine. Up to 64.2mpg fuel economy, with CO2 emissions as low as 113g/km

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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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The All-New Kia Niro, out now

12/08/2016

Kia is shaking up the world of hybrid vehicles with the launch of the all-new Niro, available at Donalds in Bury St Edmunds priced from just £21,295 with an on-sale date of August 8.

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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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Black is the new white for car colour

11/08/2016

For consumers buying a petrol or diesel car, the bottom line is that middle of the road colours make the safest investment and it would appear that this has never been truer than at present.

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Changes proposed for driving test

11/08/2016

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency wants the public to give their views on plans to improve the car driving test by making it a better assessment of the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions.

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Keep your dog safe in the summer

11/08/2016

GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging dog owners to ensure their animals are safe and comfortable on car journeys, and has assembled a selection of practical and sensible information that will ensure travelling pets stay happy and healthy.

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What’s the best in-car entertainment for kids on holiday?

11/08/2016

Observational games such as ‘I-Spy’ top the list of activities to occupy children on a long journey, followed by listening to music, singing and reading.

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Summer driving safety tips

11/08/2016

From music festivals to garden BBQs, the UK summer season offers something for everybody. In many cases, that’s booze. So follow these summer driving tips from IAM RoadSmart to stay safe on the road.

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Two-thirds of ‘future’ car technology is here today already

11/08/2016

Many of the features that the British public expect to have in their cars in the future are actually already on offer today, a new survey has found.

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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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Sound advice for summer holiday driving

08/07/2016

Now that the summer is here, Motor Codes, the Government-backed consumer watchdog for the car industry, has published some useful tips for drivers to stay safe in the holiday season.

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Study highlights danger of hands-free phones

08/07/2016

New research from psychologists at the University of Sussex has that found driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be just as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile.

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British cars among the world’s best-kept vehicles

08/07/2016

British cars are among the best maintained in the world, with motorists spending a collective £21.1 billion a year on servicing and repair.

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Electric cars to ‘dominate’ market by 2027

08/07/2016

Electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3m electric cars registered each year by then.

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Learner drivers given wrong steer by parents

08/07/2016

One in two learner drivers are given tuition by their parents – yet many mums and dads show a worrying lack of knowledge of basic driving best practice.

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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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Where do you put your sat nav?

06/06/2016

The thoughtless positioning of sat nav devices on windscreens is posing a threat to road safety, road safety experts have warned.

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Motorists wary of black box technology

06/06/2016

Nearly seven in ten drivers don’t trust ‘black box’ technology to lower their insurance premiums by proving they are a better driver, a new survey has found.

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Meet the Donalds Ipswich team - on the Westeros Catwalk!

26/05/2016

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to star in new Volvo V90 marketing campaign

26/05/2016

Volvo Cars is set to launch a new V90 marketing campaign featuring global footballing star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Game of Thrones fans flock to Donalds Volvo

20/05/2016

Fans of the popular Sky Atlantic fantasy drama Game of Thrones were treated to a special event at Donalds Volvo last weekend at the dealership's showroom on West End Road in Ipswich.

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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

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

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