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
My car was collected and delivered back on the day of service. Telephone contact was made as to any works that needed to be done. A great service.
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Carol Flynn  |  03/03/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Great personal and friendly service
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Claire Darby  |  01/03/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
By installing wheel alignment checking equipment at all Ford dealerships. The increasing number of potholes on all UK roads is increasing yearly and it is not always possible to avoid them.
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Colin Kirman  |  01/03/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
I was very pleased with the service I received. Very efficient, good communication from all and a lovely clean car returned to me. Thank you!
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Hannah Sargent  |  01/03/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
I was very happy, as always, with the service received from John Darke. This time around, it was the annual service plus MOT for my KA+ and everything went smoothly. My two front tyres needed replacing but because I do so few miles annually, John Darke recommended 'budget' ones and I am satisfied with the cost and quality. I have bought my last two Ford KAs from John Darke and would do so again should I need to replace my current car.
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Sally Heavens  |  01/03/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
The service I receive from Ford is very good and I cannot think of any improvements at this time I believe that the size of he organisation in Louth makes it easier for the staff to know all their customers hence the great customer service!!!
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Sue Fiddies  |  26/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Nothing further
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Joan Stephens  |  23/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
John Darke were excellent. I can't think of anything that could be improved. My problem was not resolved as satnav was not an available option on my car. This was an acceptable outcome.
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John Cavill  |  21/02/2024
Sales  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Excellent service
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Wendy Neve  |  21/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
As always good customer service all round
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Diane Jackson  |  19/02/2024
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