The History of John Darke Ltd

Mr John Darke worked for the Bristol Aeroplane Company as an aircraft engineer.  It was this role that brought him to the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire area.

Always immaculately presented Mr Darke had a great interest in anything with an engineering connection, especially cars and motorcycles.

It all began in 1946

Mr John Darke began his business at Red Garage in Marshchapel, Lincolnshire in 1946.



Goggomobils, Hillmans, Humbers and Sunbeams

The business moved to the Wolds market town of Louth, Lincolnshire in 1956 occupying the same site the business operates from today. 

The Louth site initially started by selling Goggomobils along with Hillmans, Humbers and Sunbeams from the Rootes Group which later became Chrysler Talbot.


Fuel Forecourt...

Situated on the original A16, John Darke Ltd has sold fuel to both locals and commuters from our forecourt, working with some of the worlds biggest fuel suppliers. The company vision has stood the test of time, "to offer a first class product, using the latest technology, while delivering the best level of customer service". 

1982 Volvo Arrives...

In 1982 the company took the Volvo franchise and became known nationwide for delivering the very best levels of customer service.

John Darke Ltd operated the Volvo franchise at its sites in Grimsby Road Louth and Cheshire Road Lincoln. 

2008, Ford Comes To Louth...

In 2008 the business was awarded the Ford Retail Franchise and now offers a full range of new Ford cars, an extensive stock of Ford and Volvo used vehicles, alongside a Ford Approved Service Centre, Volvo Specialist Service Centre, insurance approved bodyshop and vehicle hire.

Trading for over 75 years

In 2021 John Darke Ltd celebrated 75 years of trading. We remain an independent family-run company that prides itself on offering a fair, open and personal approach to doing business. With many loyal customers following along the way, John Darke Ltd is the name that you can trust.

Customer Reviews
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Very happy with the service received
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Derkina Turner  |  19/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Kept me abreast as to what was going on. Helped me regarding my replacement Ford hire car when I had an unknown caller. Helped me when I had to return the hire car
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Peter Britcliffe  |  14/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Everything was done professionally, the service was completed in good time and the car was even washed and vacuumed. When I collected it the service book was stamped and it’s the first time I could tell that the car had been serviced, the car felt more responsive and drove much quieter. I will not be returning to my local Hartwell Ford. Excellent service all round.
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Gavin Austwick  |  07/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Dan is a great guy always looks after myself and would recommend a pay rise for the chap haha
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Aaron Watson  |  07/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Did what you planned when you said you would
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Carolyn Hill  |  07/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Overall very satisfied. Picked car up for Air Con fault i.e. not working and was returned the next day. Also sorted Sat Nav out for me thanks . As it hasn't been working for a while. Was told it was the battery at fault for Air Con fault as an Agricultural Engineer I do quite a bit with Air Con on agricultural machinery and have never come across that but I suppose Car technology is different.
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Henry Earey  |  03/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
During the time that my vehicle was with John Darke's, I can say that the level of service was outstanding, Dan, Andy, Vicki, Conner and Ethan were always helpful and gave me regular updates regarding the delivery of spares and when it was estimated that my car would be ready, Vicki was exceptional in contacting and liasing with Ford and she showed an extremely professional and competent manner both in her dealings with me and also with Ford UK, The level of customer service was, in my opinion, second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending John Darke especially if you want a dedicated team, that puts its customers first. I will certainly be visiting John Darke's again
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Phil Clarkson  |  03/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Fantastic customer service polite staff even had the car washed as part of the service
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Paul Dawson  |  03/06/24
Sales  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Really good communication explained it all to me and went through stuff
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Richard Villiers  |  03/06/24
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
I received a first class approach and service as always. Can't think of any way this can be improved. The garage is first rate.
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Jayne Filbey  |  01/06/24
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