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 Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
From arrival the attention to me was first class everyone involved we went through any problems with the car which was minimal and then went through details on securing the courtesy car. Everyone in all departments from the receptionist through service manager even Mr Darkes usual welcome was appreciated A service well worth the effort of a 340 mile round journey.
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Geoffrey Marshall  |  27/05/2019
Sales Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Helpful and knowledgeable salesman. Pleasing transaction
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Dennis Mellor  |  16/05/2019
Service Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Efficient service and professional. They gave me a call about 30mins before it was ready which was useful
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Jonathan Keay  |  08/05/2019
Service Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Amazing service. Curiosity car made our lives a lot easier.
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Georgina S  |  06/05/2019
Sales Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
salesman was great kept me up dated with all the information regarding car and delivery service
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Colin H  |  30/04/2019
Sales Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
The wait time for my car was longer than expected but I know this is not directly John Darkes issue. The service received from Andy yet again was amazing. I always feel I am in safe experienced hands. This is my 2nd purchase from Andy and without doubt if I will be making a 3rd I will be back to see him!
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Becky Grant  |  29/04/2019
Sales Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
As a disabled person got lots of help from the salels man Andy
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Ian Leak  |  29/04/2019
Sales Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
Very helpful from moment walked through the door. Great local business. Paul went above and beyond as soon as we walked through the door as always, nothing was too much trouble.
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Ed F  |  25/04/2019
Sales Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
The staff are very helpful , made us feel welcome.
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Jayne  |  15/04/2019
Service Department  |  5 out of 5 Star Rating
staff are all very helpful when you walk in
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David Parkinson  |  04/04/2019

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