ChassisCab Expands into Cambridge

ChassisCab acquires DAF franchise for Cambridgeshire 

ChassisCab – the Suffolk, North Essex and Cambridgeshire-based family-owned DAF dealership  – has acquired the Marshall DAF Truck franchise for Cambridge maintaining the dealership’s status as the only HGV commercial franchise located within Cambridge. 

With bases in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Isleham – ChassisCab has now added the facility at 699 Newmarket Road, Cambridge to its core group of truck sales and service locations to expand its activities as the main DAF Truck franchise holder for East Anglia.  It will continue to offer DAF Truck Sales (New and Used), Truck Servicing and Repair, the supply of DAF and TRP Parts, Commercial Vehicle Paint and Body Shop, Chassis Straightening, Tachograph and HGV MOT testing services.

All 35 staff have been transferred to the newly relaunched ChassisCab dealership which now gives a combined trading experience of over 80 years within the commercial vehicle sector in East Anglia.

Being situated just off Junction 34 of the A14, means it is ideally positioned to service businesses clustered around the A14 including, the M11 and M25.  The dealership covers an area from Thrapston in the west to Felixstowe on the East coast – the UKs largest container port and most direct link to mainland Europe. 

The new dealership will engage with all companies from small owner-managed businesses to large national fleet operations. 

ChassisCab now employs over 145 members of staff between its four separate locations.

Speaking about the acquisition of the franchise Robert Baxter, Dealer Principal, at ChassisCab, said: ‘We are extremely proud that ChassisCab is now operating in the city of Cambridge.  We have been working with truck businesses in Cambridgeshire since 2006 when we acquired a DAF Trucks site in Isleham but this move takes us into the mainstream business community where business is encouragingly buoyant .’

‘The transfer of the business has been seamless because there is almost complete synergy between the two dealerships. Our customers want quality trucks like the DAF Euro 6 LF, CF and XF that are high-performing, image-conscious and emissions-friendly.  We supply the optimum trucks for the job and that’s what keeps our customers where they want to be – at the top of their game. ‘

‘We are looking forward to developing new business in and around Cambridge, helping local, national and international companies to prosper and grow.’

DAF Trucks further strengthened its position within the European truck market last year (2013) – a market share of 16.2% was achieved, a record in the 85 year history of the company.

ChassisCab is a family owned business that has been the main DAF dealer for Suffolk since the early 1990s and a DAF Service Dealer for Cambridgeshire since 2006.  ChassisCab was formed in 1982 by David Ruffles who set up a body repair business in Bury St Edmunds.  It has grown to become one of the premier dealers for DAF and a leading supplier of trucks in the region. 

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ChassisCab Company Chronology

Chassis Cab was formed in 1982 by Mr David Ruffles.
Started as body repairer in Bury St Edmunds.
Appointed as Parts and Service Dealership in late 1980’s

Appointed Leyland-DAF main dealer in Ipswich in 1993.
Moved to new purpose built premises in Great Blakenham in October 1998.
Massive improvements to Bury St Edmunds facility between 2003 and 2005.
Tachograph testing bay installed at Ipswich Site in 2006.
Acquired Universal Garage, a DAF Service Dealer since 1975, in Cambridgeshire in 2006.

Acquires DAF Trucks franchise for Cambridge from Marshall Motor Group 2014.

Robert Baxter or Sally Ruffles @ ChassisCab on tel (Cambridge) 01223 377900 or (Ipswich) 01473 833003, or email robert.baxter@chassis-cab.co.uk

Alison Baker @ Madhouse PR on tel 01284 830321, or email madhousepr@aol.com

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‘We are extremely proud that ChassisCab is now operating in the city of Cambridge. We have been working with truck businesses in Cambridgeshire since 2006 when we acquired a DAF Trucks site in Isleham but this move takes us into the mainstream business community where business is encouragingly buoyant .’ ‘The transfer of the business has been seamless because there is almost complete synergy between the two dealerships. Our customers want quality trucks like the DAF Euro 6 LF, CF and XF that are high-performing, image-conscious and emissions-friendly. We supply the optimum trucks for the job and that’s what keeps our customers where they want to be – at the top of their game. ‘ ‘We are looking forward to developing new business in and around Cambridge, helping local, national and international companies to prosper and grow.’
Robert Baxter, Dealer Principal, at ChassisCab