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28 June, 2006 - 17:16 By Staff Reporter

DAF dealers join forces to strengthen eastern presence

Two East of England DAF dealers have joined forces. Ipswich based Chassis Cab, the DAF truck and LDV commercial vehicle dealership for Suffolk and north Essex, has finalised a buy-out deal with Universal Garage of Isleham in Cambridgeshire. Two East of England DAF dealers have joined forces. Ipswich based Chassis Cab, the DAF truck and LDV commercial vehicle dealership for Suffolk and north Essex, has finalised a buy-out deal with Universal Garage of Isleham in Cambridgeshire.

The new company will continue operations at the Hall Barn Road, Isleham, site where Universal Garage has enjoyed success since 1974.

Universal’s former managing director, Rowland Wells, who started the business in Exning, near Newmarket, in 1972, with his wife and parents, said: "This is a very good move for both operations.

"Universal Garage has always been a family-run business and it was very important to me that that tradition should continue.

"I am pleased to say Robert Baxter and Sally Ruffles and their team at Chassis Cab have the same core business values as we do."

Family-owned ChassisCab has been the main DAF dealer for Suffolk and north Essex since the early 1990s.

Starting out as a commercial vehicle accident repair centre, ChassisCab has grown to become one of the premier dealers for DAF and a leading supplier of trucks in the region.

The LDV dealership was introduced during 2001 to broaden the range of commercial vehicles on offer to businesses in the region.

Until the takeover, Universal Garage Isleham Ltd remained the oldest independent DAFService dealership in the UK having gained a franchise 31 years ago.

The business, which today employs a 16-strong staff, worked under Ben Cooper Ltd based at Clayden, near Ipswich, for nine years until Cooper’s ceased trading in 1986.

After that it began working with a Cambridge-based DAF Dealer until 2002/3 when it signed a contract with DAF Trucks direct.

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