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
Nothing this time, all smooth sailing
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Peter Cooper  |  26/01/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
I can’t find anything to criticise any anybody at John Darke. Everyone is very professional in there department, maintaining good contact with clients.
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Susan Grooby  |  21/01/2024
Sales  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Paul C from John Darke was a delight to deal with from first contact right through to delivery of my new car. He tried very hard to source the vehicle I needed with a very fast turnaround which was vital to me. He kept me up to date about progress the whole time, keeping my mind at rest. The vehicle arrived exactly when promised. All in all a very friendly, efficient and reliable service. Many thanks.
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Simon Pygott  |  23/01/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
everything was fine no improvement needed
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David Mather  |  21/01/2024
Service  |  4 out of 5 Star Rating
Did everything that needed to be done
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TERENCE EVISON & YOUNG  |  21/01/2024
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
I am more than happy with my recent service I just had to wait a little bit longer than planned to collect my car but apart from that everything was fine.
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Lisa Gilby  |  14/01/2023
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Excellent polite service as always
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John Rice  |  18/12/2023
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Always perfect. No hassle, very trustworthy
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Julie Wilson  |  18/12/2023
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Always great customer service. Especially from the man who works on the desk. Always looks for best options and is always competitive with prices. Has great knowledge of Ford cars especially the older ones like mine that need care
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Claire Melia Tompkins  |  14/12/2023
Service  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Friendly and courteous staff who talked me through the procedure and work involved, found the whole process easy to understand with their expert advice.
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Anonymous  |  12/12/2023

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