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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Volvo provides the first look at its new range of smaller cars

20/05/2016

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today unveiled two new concept cars that move the Swedish brand in an audacious new direction and mark the official launch of its global small-car strategy.

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Jan 14th 1980 - Evening Telegraph: Century break in a garage match

03/05/2016

About 250 people gathered at Sycamore Stamford, to see a best-of-seven-frames challenge between world champion Terry Griffiths and Peterborough star Markham Wildman. Wildman won 4-2 and notched the highest break of the evening, a splendid 113.

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Volvo S90 Excellence interior concept is a piece of art

25/04/2016

Volvo Cars has unveiled a unique piece of art, based on the interior of the new S90 Excellence sedan, Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line variant of the S90.

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Volvo Cars announces new target of one million electrified cars sold by 2025

22/04/2016

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025.

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World Darts champion hits bullseye at Donalds Mazda

08/04/2016

Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, has handed over the keys to a new Mazda CX-5 mid-size SUV to a very special customer - former Darts World Champion Keith Deller.

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Mazda3 Sport Black special edition on sale from 1st April 2016

30/03/2016

The popular Mazda3 range has been boosted with the launch of the Mazda3 Sport Black special edition. Delivering an appealing blend of increased specification and sporty styling enhancements, the Sport Black arrives in dealerships from the 1st April 2016.

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New Mazda MX-5 RF revealed at New York Motor Show

29/03/2016

Mazda revealed the Mazda MX-5 RF (“retractable fastback”) today on the eve of the New York International Auto Show. The latest version of the legendary sports car offers a new dimension of open-top driving fun while at the same time staying true to the purpose of Mazda’s previous retractable hardtop MX-5: Making the roadster experience accessible to a broader range of drivers.

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Volvo Cars’ S60 and V60 Edition add design to driving pleasure

23/03/2016

Volvo Cars is set to begin production of special editions of the S60, Volvo’s premium mid-size four-door sedan and its expressive sibling, the five-door V60 estate. The cars will come with a range of attractive exterior and interior updates that add an additional splash of dynamism.

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Donalds Mazda sponsors Speedway racer Joe Jacobs

22/03/2016

Donalds Mazda, on West End Road in Ipswich, has renewed its sponsorship of Suffolk-based Speedway rider Joe Jacobs.

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WELCOME TO SYCAMORE VAUXHALL

Sycamore Vauxhall are the authorised Vauxhall repairer for Stamford in Lincolnshire and surround areas.

We can carry out your routine service, repairs, MOTs and also stock a large choice of previously owned Vauxhall. We aim to not only meet our customers expectations, but also to exceed them by providing an exceptional level of customer service. The technicians who carry out the work to your vehicle are trained and accredited by Vauxhall so you can be confident that the work being done to your vehicle is in the hands of those who know it best.

Below are some of the towns and villages that we cover in Lincolnshire: Grantham, Oakham, Great Casterton, Ryhall, Barnack, Helpston, Wittering, Exton, North Luffenham, Manton, Barleythorpe, Langham, Morcott, North Luffenham, Helpston, Glinton, Marholm, Wittering.

Testimonials

A browse on the "net" to see what we could find.
A visit the next day to view and test drive, Ryan
And Richard were so kind.
A good deal with extras and service with a smile,
We bought a super car that was fuel efficient and
had plenty of "style".
Great customer service is the name of the game
So visit "Donalds, Peterborough" and you will get the same.
Well done to Ryan and Richard, very polite, understanding and
Helpful men.
Nothing was too much trouble, give yourselves 10/10!


R&K K - March 2017 - Peterborough

Staff listened carefully and offered good advice. Ryan valued our opinions and
was able to explain the different packages with confidence. He checked throughout the whole
process that we were happy with the deal and was available via phone or email to answer any
queries. I highly recommend Ryan as he was professional but friendly from the initial visit right
through collecting my car on March 1st. I was very surprised by the bouquet of flowers I
received when I collected my new car and all the staff in the showroom were polite and
welcoming.  The whole sales team should be congratulated on their professionalism.

RB - March 2017 - Peterborough

I would like to thank Mr Mark love and his service team for the great support and service they have given me and my car over the past three years with my last Mazda 6, not once was I made to feel anything was too much effort,  in fact I was left with the feeling that Mark was always willing to go the extra mile to ensure my experience with Donald's at Peterborough was unforgettable and of a very  high standard.

That has then encouraged me to look at buying another new Mazda 6 and on that subject I would like to thank Michael Hill and his sales team. I was shown with great knowledge and enthusiasm, all the new and better features of the 2017 Mazda 6, the service was great ensuring I received what I required even having cars made available for me to view the colours of the exterior and interior in person instead of just from the magazines.

Many thanks to all at Donald's Mazda at Peterborough but especially Mark and Michael for a wonderful experience, and don't tell the wife but I'll be back in three years.

CM - March 2017 - Peterborough

I felt it appropriate that I drop you a line, which I am more than happy for you to share with the Donalds General Manager, of the garage and the group.


I know it was a used car, so not a mega sale, but I felt I was treated very professionally, and had the care even a new buyer would receive.


Firstly the car: well prepared, drives well, and I fitted inside! I drove / went the long way home. It may be odd that I only first sat in the car today (!),
effectively buying on trust and my memories of my father who bought a 323 from your Peterborough branch many, many yrs ago. 


Only complaint: you didn't arrange the best weather to get accustomed to the car!


Sales Team: All I have dealt with, especially Richard, have been a pleasure to deal with. Accommodating to my working patterns; early starts on a Friday and prompt (thorough)
responses to questions and stuff. Good old fashioned customer service.


Service Ladies: for being friendly and helpful (coffee most welcome). Preparing so promptly and arranging the service plan. Opening the gate, amusing last week when it was cold and got stuck: so entertainment too. 
Again excellent customer service. You must be proud of the team you have.


Mechanics: one who made a coffee today and the chap with the Passat. Both polite and helpful/ friendly too. If the guy with the Passat can be thanked for guiding me on parking last Friday as well as being a good ambassador for Donald's.


Cleaner (showroom): For being friendly and welcoming and pointing out where the looks and bins were. Hope I didn't get in her way. Again a credit, being polite and helpful.


Cleaner (car): Brilliant job, well presented. Shame today's weather has spoiled someone's hard work.


Mazda: Warranty turn round, and hopefully a reliable little cracker of a car; that is as easy to drive (once in) as a family hatchback. And was / seems to be a pleasure to drive.


The only scary part of proceedings was parking at the showroom!


Thank you all for your patience, understanding and truly excellent customer service. Thank you.

MH - March 2017 - Stamford

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