D&L Cummins gets you back on track
D&L Cummins has been providing a 24/7 recovery service to car and commercial vehicle owners in the greater Dublin area since 2010. The family-run business also caters for all towing requirements to and from Dublin.
In 2010, Darren bought his first DAF recovery truck and over the years has built up not only his fleet, but also his client base. In fact in January of this year, Darren took over Dublin City Recovery (DCR), and while not only purchasing the company he also bought many of their trucks and equipment. He built his business from living with his parents, moving to a site in Donaghmede and finally purchasing a property in Malahide Road.
D&L has continued through the hard times. Starting up this business in 2010 was no easy task as Ireland was coming out of a very hard time, but Darren and his team continued with pure determination, not only beginning at the end of a recession, but also numerous lockdowns. This is a thriving company and continues to grow with the support of all around him.
Based on the site of the old Kinsealy Garden Centre on Dublin’s Malahide Road, Darren is joined by his partner Cathriona, parents, brothers Dean and Robert, son Lewis and staff. After D&L purchased Dublin City Recovery, Darren decided Dean would be managing the day-to-day operation as he has been involved since the outset, while Lewis recently joined on a full-time basis after finishing school. Darren hopes that one day his other son Alex will also join the team as like himself he has a keen interest in cars since a very young age.
D&L Cummins offers the complete breakdown and accident management service. Whether you have run out of fuel, locked your keys in the vehicle or just can’t get that flat tyre changed, they can help. In the event of a breakdown or road traffic accident, they provide a prompt and efficient service. The company is trusted by all major insurance companies and boasts a large and loyal client-base consisting of rental, insurance and private clients.
In addition, D&L Cummins can carry out all necessary repairs to your vehicle at their state-of-the-art, AA-approved three-bay workshop which is constantly being upgraded and features a wide range of diagnostics for all makes and models. The garage prides itself on its top-class, cost-effective and friendly repair and maintenance service.
From servicing and inspections to diagnostics, recovery and repairs, D&L Cummins provides the full range of proactive and reactive solutions to ensure that downtime is kept to an absolute minimum and vehicle owners can get back on the road as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible.
“We try our best and will always go the extra mile for our customers. While we repair and service cars and vans, the breakdown service always gets priority,” Dean stresses.
“That’s what we’re best known for and has seen us build up a steady flow of business from satisfied customers and also through positive referrals and recommendations. The first thing we do when we tend to a breakdown is to ask the driver if they’re okay. A reassuring voice can mean a lot to people who are stranded on the side of the road.
“We take the stress out of the situation for them and get them back on the road as quickly as possible. We don’t keep them waiting.
"Our close proximity to Dublin Airport, the M50 and all the major routes is one of our biggest selling points. We have lots of private customers too. While we deliver and collect vehicles all over Ireland, we also provide repair services for some of our clients throughout Ireland and in some cases we have built a good relationship with other breakdown operators across the country whilst requiring their services to ensure the customer is looked after in an efficient time."
The Cummins’ run a top-class fleet of recovery vehicles. They have seven DAF tilt and slides, one Mitsubishi Canter tilt and slide, a Mitsubishi spec lift, beaver tale sprinter, a Toyota car park unit and two mobile roadside vans (Volkswagen Transporter and Renault Master) covering the Dublin region. They are also awaiting a new arrival in January 2024 of a new DAF recovery truck.
The main services they offer are: 24/7 breakdown assistance; 24/7 towing; 24/7 accident recovery; wheel changes; jumpstarts (batteries, charging system tested); lockouts (keys locked in car); vehicle diagnostic equipment; vehicle insurance; vehicle storage; re-fuel (plus price of fuel); next day re-deliveries; key cutting; body repair; tyre changes; windscreen repair.
“Our workshop has everything we need, including two ramps for cars and light commercials
as well as full diagnostics. We can regenerate Adblue software and programme car keys.”
Dean is full of praise for the D&L Cummins team who are professional, highly-trained, helpful and courteous.
“Our people are our greatest asset. Everyone has a job to do and they do it very well. We’re committed to offering safe and reliable breakdown recovery and roadside assistance services. We cover both the Northside and Southside of Dublin and the surrounding areas. Our service facilitates all your towing and breakdown needs,” concludes Dean, who would like to take this opportunity to thank the company’s clients and suppliers for their continued support.
So if you’re after breaking down and need a helping hand fast, call D&L Cummins now.
Kinsealy Garden Centre,
Telephone: 087 7543000
Email: [email protected]
First published in Irish Trucker magazine Vol 26 No 6, October/November 2023