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
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Good value and service
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Garry Mison  |  19/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
A good job done thanks. No improvement needed.
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Ron Forward  |  16/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Efficient, polite and informative
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Carolyn Hill  |  09/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Booked a service, car collected and returned at correct times. Can't fault really. Good all round service. Thankyou
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Mark Cottam  |  09/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Every one is very polite and very professional
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Malcolm Frost Olivers Fish Merchant  |  03/02/2024
Sales  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Very helpful, explained everything
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Ian Leo  |  05/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Always great service at John Darke. Everything is explained to you and they keep you informed. From picking up my car to delivering it back, 100% customer value
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Harry Taylor  |  02/02/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Service and car up dates were excellent
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Rosalind Nuttall Zenith  |  28/01/2024
Sales  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Excellent service, friendly, and courteous, fully explained
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Mary Hope  |  27/01/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Really helpful and thorough. Polite staff who ensured that everything was completed to an excellent standard
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Anonymous  |  27/01/2024

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