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The fully electric XC40 SUV – Volvo’s first electric car and one of the safest on the road

25/09/2019

The advance of electric cars constitutes the biggest change in the history of the automobile. For the first time in over a century, cars move without a petrol or diesel engine in the engine bay and have a battery in the floor, changing the car at its core.

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Volvo Cars releases armoured cars for people needing heightened protection

26/06/2019

With the release of the Volvo XC90 Armoured, Volvo Cars takes another step as a manufacturer of armoured vehicles. The cars are designed and built to provide safe and comfortable travel with a high level of personal protection for the occupants.

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Dash cam ‘parking mode’ could record vital evidence

14/06/2019

A dash cam feature that many vehicle owners are unaware of could record crucial evidence if someone damages your vehicle while it’s parked and protect you against theft.

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£100 fine if you ignore the red X

12/06/2019

From 10 June, road users who ignore the red X warning sign on smart motorways will be liable for a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice and three points on their licence.

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Company car drivers pick-up on tax advantages of 4x4 lifestyle vehicles

12/06/2019

For drivers considering switching their company car for tax reasons, new insight from automotive data experts CAP HPI shows that lifestyle 4x4 vehicles present an increasingly popular tax-efficient purchase.

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Four great tips for early days of new car ownership

12/06/2019

Buying a new car is an exciting experience, but there are a few things to bear in mind in the initial ownership period.

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Stay safe on your caravan road trip

12/06/2019

Caravan and trailer roadworthiness is just as important as your car’s, and particular care is needed for that first summer outing as many are parked up and unused over the winter.

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Roadside breath tests set to soar in June

12/06/2019

Road users have been warned that the number of roadside breath tests carried out in June is 50% higher than any other month apart from December.

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Cost of car insurance falls to two-year low

22/05/2019

At £466, the average cost of a motor insurance premium has fallen to its lowest level for two years, according to the ABI’s latest Motor Insurance Premium Tracker.

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Don’t get hit with a £1,000 caravan fine

22/05/2019

Caravan owners who passed their driving test after 1997 could be liable for a fine of up to £1,000, if they fail to observe the towing restrictions on their licence.

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Motorists switch to shorter car deals

22/05/2019

Personal contract hire and leasing plans are becoming increasingly popular with new car buyers, who seem to be turning to shorter contract periods with less money upfront, new data from Leasing.com has revealed.

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Record number of plug-in cars as ownership surges by three quarters

22/05/2019

The number of plug-in electric cars on our roads grew by 76% last year, according to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

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Research predicts the high-tech garage of the future

15/05/2019

Holographic and Augmented Reality technology, advanced robotics and 3D printing of car parts are just some of the high-tech innovations that experts predict will become a feature of car body repair shops in the future.

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How to drive safely when a truck is nearby

15/03/2019

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

15/03/2019

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

15/03/2019

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

15/03/2019

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

15/03/2019

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

15/03/2019

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

15/03/2019

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 HonestJohn.co.uk.

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

06/02/2019

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?

06/02/2019

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

06/02/2019

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

06/02/2019

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

06/02/2019

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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Volvo retailer in Ipswich backs the county’s cricket team

16/07/2018

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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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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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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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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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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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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Meet the Donalds Ipswich team - on the Westeros Catwalk!

26/05/2016

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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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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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WELCOME TO DONALDS VOLVO IPSWICH

We are the authorised Volvo car franchise for Ipswich in Suffolk and surrounding areas.

With a dedicated showroom displaying the latest new models from the Volvo range, we offer the complete package of new and used sales, parts, service and MOT from our premises located at Futura Park in Ipswich.

As your local Volvo dealership, the following are just some of the towns and surrounding villages that we cover: Ipswich, Wherstead, Washbrook, Capel, Bramford, Felixstowe, Tattingstone, Shotley, Felixstowe, Trimley St Martin, Waldringfield, Rushmere, Claydon, Levington, Martlesham, Woodbridge, Grundisburgh, Melton, Ufford, Hollesley, Wickham Market, Framlingham, Badingham, Otley, Stonham Aspal, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Elmswell, Woolpit, Sudbury, Hadleigh.

We can offer a collection and delivery for your vehicle servicing – ask our service department for further details.

Testimonials

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