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How to drive safely when a truck is nearby


Driving in front of, or even behind, a large lorry can be daunting. But there’s no need to panic if you follow the advice from the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ RoadSmart division.

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Motorists are driving fewer miles


Motorists are driving 21% fewer miles than they did ten years ago an analysis by automotive data experts at CAP HPI has found.

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Three keys to safer senior driving


Older drivers can stay safer on the road for longer by reflecting on their driving and being honest about the tasks they are starting to find more difficult.

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Seven tips for motorists to stay safe online


With new online scams cropping up all the time, motorists have increasingly become a target for fraudsters.

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7.9 million used cars sold last year


The used car market in 2018 was slightly down on the previous 12 months, dropping 2.1% to 7,945,040 transactions, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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Why part-exchanging could be the way to get the best deal


To secure the best deal, car buyers should look to part-exchange their current car when buying a new or used vehicle

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34% of motorists flunk MOT by not making basic checks


As many as one third of MOT failures could be avoided if drivers just made some simple and basic checks to their car, according to Government figures obtained by motoring website

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Used diesels hold value in 2018, but petrol was best performer


Despite a drop in new diesel car registrations of almost 30% last year, the value of second-hand diesels remained buoyant.

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Should driving be taught in schools?


44% of drivers aged under 25 think learning to drive should be added to the school curriculum.

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Electric vehicle drivers say they wouldn’t switch back


The UK’s biggest ever survey of ‘cleantech enthusiasts’ has found that around nine out of ten plug-in car drivers would never go back to petrol or diesel.

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Put safety first when fixing new satnav


The poor positioning of satnav devices on windscreens can pose a significant threat to road safety.

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Grey overtakes black as No 1 car colour


Grey overtook black as the UK’s most popular new car colour in 2018, according to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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All-New Kia e-Niro


Kia’s new, all-electric version of Niro is coming soon. Learn more about the What Car? Electric Car of the Year 2019 here.

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Volvo Cars’ new 360c autonomous concept: why fly when you can be driven?


Volvo Cars’ new 360c autonomous concept: reimagining the work-life balance and the future of cities

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Diesels ‘best choice’ for long distance driving


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling believes that diesel cars may still be the best choice for many motorists and families who drive long distances.

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Polestar software upgrade delivers more rear-wheel torque in all-wheel-drive Volvos


Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has introduced a new Polestar-developed software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of Volvo cars equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), for more dynamic driving.

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Volvo retailer in Ipswich backs the county’s cricket team


Donalds Volvo has announced a sponsorship partnership with Suffolk Cricket, who deliver and support programmes to grow cricket within the county.

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Kia Picanto GT-Line gains new engine and equipment upgrades


The latest engine to join the Picanto range is available now at Donalds and exclusively in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades - further broadening the appeal of Kia’s city car.

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Volvo Car Mobility launches mobility brand M


Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, today launches M, a new brand that will expand the company’s global mobility operations by providing dependable, on-demand access to cars and services through an intuitive app.

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New laws pave way for remote control parking


New laws just introduced mean that drivers will be able to use remote control parking and other high-tech assistance systems on British roads.

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Huge leap forward in road safety


Developments in road safety have taken a huge leap forward with a landmark EU proposal to mandate the fitting of lifesaving technologies, including Advanced Emergency Braking and Intelligent Speed Assistance, in all new cars.

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Volvo XC90 is a genuine life-saver


Not a single Volvo XC90 occupant has died in a car-to-car accident in the UK, according to official Government crash figures.

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The Volvo S90 Ambience Concept – a car that connects with your senses


Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today reveals the S90 Ambience Concept, an industry-first sensory experience that synchronises visuals, sound and scent to redefine in-car luxury.

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Ipswich Volvo retailer and accident and repair centre wins manufacturer’s regional award


Donalds of Ipswich & DJ Mackenzies have scooped a regional award at the Volvo Bodyshop & Retailer High Achiever Recognition Awards 2017.

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Donalds Group breaks ground on exciting double dealership plan


Bosses at high-flying Donalds Group went ‘digging for victory’ when they marked the start of construction on a development set to revolutionise car sales in East Anglia.

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Trust more important than price for used car buyers


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


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


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

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


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


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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Donalds Volvo announces new dealership for Ipswich


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


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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Meet the Donalds Ipswich team - on the Westeros Catwalk!



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Game of Thrones fans flock to Donalds Volvo


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


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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World Darts champion hits bullseye at Donalds Mazda


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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Donalds Mazda sponsors Speedway racer Joe Jacobs


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

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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 or Kia 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.


My experience at Donalds Stamford was highly professional & pleasant from the beginning.  It is gratifying to find a sales manager who went through the entire aspects of the car form price to full technical information and also the Mazda support services & continued to assist me with the questions I had once I purchased the vehicle. Your handling of the entire sale was both positive & professional & also your ability to listen to your customers puts minds at ease straight away.  You’re a great asset to Donalds and I thank you for this.  Obviously your team have also been excellent, friendly and helpful.  Thank you again and you can be assured that I will be spreading the word. 

BD - December 2018 - Stamford

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you've done for us.  Michael Wildig, the sales colleague we dealt with was professional, friendly and extremley knowledgeable.  We should mention that everyone we came into contact with was polite and courteous and we are looking forward to continued relationship with Donalds!

SM + NM - Ipswich

Thank you so much to everyone in the service and aftersales department for looking after me and going above and beyond.

LF - Peterborough

My wife and I just want to commend the exemplary efficiency and first class customer care of Paul Cox. Every little step was covered with perfect smoothness and the whole process was faultless. Mr Cox was easy to contact, quick to respond and kept us fully informed throughout. Nothing was neglected or overlooked and we are delighted with our new Mazda. Many thanks indeed from both of us.

BS - Ipswich

Ref my recent visits to Volvo, just wanted to say “WOW” service with a smile, bags of enthusiasm and nothing to much trouble, even when I didn’t have my NI Number to hand for the courtesy car, Leanne called the DVLA  to confirm my details.  Regular progress updates throughout and my car returned all shinny and clean!  Well done to you and please pass on my appreciation, great to witness really good customer service!

IT - Ipswich

The new car is superb, we were impressed with the previous two Volvo XC60’s, but this one is such a step up in quality and is so smooth and quiet.  I have just completed the first wash, and the changes to the bodywork and fittings are really noticeable.  I did e-mail Michael to thank him for his professionalism once again in his dealings with us in this changeover - we certainly did not expect to be driving the new XC60 so soon, but are so pleased that we are!  Also, we just want to compliment you on your whole team in Ipswich, everybody is so friendly and approachable whenever we come into the building.

KW - November - Ipswich

Nowadays, we are all very quick to moan but not so forthcoming with praise. I therefore felt it important to email you to praise your staff at the Bury St Edmunds showroom and in particular Alex Talbot. 

I was looking for a new company car and had narrowed my choice down to four. I can honestly tell you that the final decision was not because of the actual vehicle (although I am delighted with my Kia Sportage) but because of Alex. He really is an excellent salesman without being pushy and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. We are leasing the car but as we are a relatively new company, you cannot imagine the problems we faced at every turn with various forms and paperwork, but Alex never faltered in keeping calm, keeping me informed and doing his utmost to help. I would also add that on any occasion I phoned the showroom to speak to Alex and he was unavailable, without exception, every member of staff I spoke to was courteous, did their utmost to help and always passed on messages.

Even when I collected the car, Alex painstakingly went through all the controls with me (I am not the most technological person) in a manner that was easy to understand but not at any time condescending.

I congratulate you on the calibre of staff you employ, they are an absolute credit to the company and you should be very proud of them. The vehicle has also received many compliments for the way it looks and I am impressed with it as the driver.

KB - October 2017 - Bury St Edmunds

Just a brief note to thank you for your help on purchasing our new car. 
By nature some people in the car industry give the trade a bad name but we are genuinely really pleased with the service from yourself, Michael & The Donalds Group. 
Buying a new car at a good price, and finding somewhere you trust is always daunting task. This task was made simple with you guys. 
Many thanks again, it’s much appreciated. 

AH - September - Peterborough

I was very impressed with not only the quality of the work done and the speed with which it was completed, but also with the positive attitude that you and your staff had to providing me with the best support throughout the time my car was with you. Going 'the extra mile' really made me feel like a valued customer,and I would have no hesitation in fully recommending you to anyone. 

DW - October - Stamford

Had great customer service from Melvin. Helped me find a solution to what budget I could fit. Very caring and attentive, I have heard a lot of bad things about car dealerships in general from any brand/garage/group from friends around me. As a first time - dealership customer I was impressed and very happy with everything!
thanks again Melvin! Helped me get my dream car! CX-3!

Mr J - September 2017 - Peterborough

From the first moment of walking into the dealership the sales executive Alex Talbot introduced himself. He was as a good sales exec. Hhe was not at all [pushy] and answered all of my questions.I have been in the sales side of the motor trade and have worked with sales executives [good and bad] in the past. Alex is up there with the best!!!.

BB - September 2017 - Bury St Edmunds

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