ABS Exotic Repair, Inc.
Meet Angela, The Auto Repair Lady
Woman Owned and Operated Since 1992
“We make auto repairs a pleasure.”
Welcome to ABS Exotic Repair! For over 23 years, Angela, “The Auto Repair Lady”, has been showing up the boys when it comes to making sure your vehicle not only runs smoothly, but heads back out on the road feeling sleek and stylish. Specializing in repairs, service & full restoration for Mercedes Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Porsche, Rolls Royce.
Her shop has all the latest in diagnostic computers and scanning equipment to serve the needs of cars of yesterday & today. We strive to provide our customers with factory quality, fair pricing and excellent service. Angela’s shop has been featured in dozens of newspaper, magazine & TV feature stories.
You can be sure that your car is in excellent hands. Call us today to book an appointment, if you’re in Fort Lauderdale, just stop on by & say hello. We look forward to meeting you and getting you back on the road.
Our forte is:
Angela’s Photo Gallery
By Angela on April 1, 2016
Mercedes-Benz 560 SL
This car was purchased by one of our favorite customers and he was never a “Mercedes man,” in fact never in his wildest dreams that you’d think he would come to love this car. This gentleman owns many, many, many cars–has collected for over 40 years–this car has become his favorite daily driver in a class of its own.
He enjoys the car for the classic lines design, the ride, and everything. He enjoys every mile he drives it, that makes me feel so good because I thought that he may feel that way about the car, and he purchased the car directly from me out of my collection.
He purchased the car last year and when he did I told him in six months he would be dropping the subframe and doing the suspension and that’s what you’re seeing in these pictures. We even polished the subframe so it looks brand-new. We also replaced the rear muffler with the stainless steel update and as you can see, it looks absolutely sensational.
By Angela on March 31, 2016
1984 Porsche Motor Rebuild
She is torn down and here is what we know: One head stud broke in the removal process, which is quite common in this car. Our customer will decide if they would like to replace the full set of head bolts. Of course that is best choice at this time, and will be up to our customer. The cylinder heads are off to machine shop & cams will be sent out for rebuild. We are also replacing the clutch. We also showed client blow by, seen in picture number 1100. We will see how the cylinder head bolts cooperate and what machine shop evaluation is. Also client wants engine compartment detailed and cleaned and shielding replaced. This will make for more great photos.
Update 3/14/16: Porsche Cylinder heads are back. Came out great!
Update 3/21/16: New tubes & cylinder heads back in place.
Update 3/31/16: Intake disassembled cleaned reassembled all parts replaced and updated.
Final Update 3/31/16
The motor is put back together installed in the car & test driven. Test drive was flawless and ready for pick up tomorrow, April 1, exactly on time as requested by out client.
Everything came out sensational and we were able to get every part that we wanted from the factory & from Germany and our stock. This is a great ending to this project.
Our customer was very very good to work with extremely knowledgeable & was happy to show up at every in person visit request we made, so we can stay in communication & that enabled us to make all decisions together. Throughout the process our client stayed consistent and understood the scope of the project. When you find out expected things, they knew that was part of the process. They respected us and our expertise and opinions, and knew we were very hard at work for them.
If my 20+ years in this industry has taught me one thing, it is that when you have great clients to work with who appreciate your talent, your expertise & respect, those are the projects that turn out the best.
This car was a total pleasure to work on, it was very good to take the time to bring it back to life. My hope is that my client gets to enjoy this car for many years to come & many miles!
By Angela on February 11, 2015
Here is an example of how an oil change is not just an oil change…
The oil service is perhaps one of the most undervalued concept of most car owners. When you shop the service by price you’re truly getting what you pay for, and unfortunately 90% of drivers shop for oil changes simply by price.
Oil is truly the lifeblood of your car, so are filters…and you get what you pay for! Do you know the difference between paper and fleece? Do you know what is in your car? That low cost oil change. What type of quality oil and filter do you really think is included with it?
Also, during and oil service it’s a great time for someone of skill and experience to perform safety and vital inspections of your car. An inspection that can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars, and maybe even your life.
What is your confidence level in the skill and expertise of the person performing your oil change?
By Angela on September 20, 2013
Angela Andreola, owner of ABS Exotic Repair and Ask The Auto Lady was recently awarded the 2013 Golden Mouse Award for Non Traditional Marketing by the Women in Ecommerce Organization, a trade organization to help women better promote their online businesses. You can read more about Angela’s award here.
By Angela on June 28, 2013
That is just it – you need to know why. These days you cannot afford not to know. You need to know what to ask. Not knowing what to ask during an expensive repair procedure can be very expensive in the future.
This is why I have finally decided the time has come for “Ask The Auto Lady”. I am now offering expert 3rd party advice to YOU. No agenda, just expert advice so you can make informed auto repair decisions. This new and exciting consulting service is about you feeling good about spending your money on auto repairs.
Here is how it works:
Visit my Ask the Auto Lady Page and submit the estimate of repairs that your dealer or service provider, even a trusted mechanic is suggesting you need. I will review your estimate and vehicle history, and call you to advise you. And the best part, I will even call your mechanic or dealer either to understand better to advise you or even speak on your behalf!
The intent of this service is not to be negative to the repair industry, the intent of this service to offer an independent 3rd party to advise good people to make good auto repair decisions. Even if you have a trusted mechanic you love, The Auto Lady can be of help by looking at job scope and perhaps suggesting a small part that would not cost labor but prevent future repairs because something small was overlooked. A win for you and for your trusted mechanic.
Mechanics that will not speak to the Auto Lady are maybe someone you should not speak to either!
Imagine next time you need an auto repair you can feel informed & that you are getting a quality job at a fair price.
Don’t make any auto repair decision alone, Ask The Auto Lady!
By Angela on April 5, 2012
If you are going to love and drive the car that you’ve paid for, be sure your timing chain does not look like the example in the video. This timing chain is from a 1986 Mercedes Benz 300 diesel that my shop restored eleven years ago. The new owner had brought her in, having just purchased the vehicle. What a small world!
I knew her in an instant, as I had personally picked out the leather pumpkin-colored seats. The seats, oddly enough, still looked new. The rest of the car was in bad shape. She had been sold many times over and had not been cared for well.
Unfortunately, she was about to take her last breath. In the video, you can see that I am holding the timing chain, which is much like the human heart. I sent this video to the owner of the car to explain why I wouldn’t start his car until he came by himself or approved the replacement of the timing chain.
If he didn’t replace the chain immediately, it would break, which is like a human having a heart attack. Sudden death or a lot of preventable engine damage would occur.
Some cars have timing chains; others have timing belts. Educate yourself so you know which one you have. And don’t wait until the timing chain breaks to have it inspected—your owners manual should contain the factory recommended times. Inspections will help you avoid timing chain failure, which is the most important and often most overlooked preventable demise of cars over a certain age and mileage.
Make sure to discuss whether or not to use factory parts—they may cost a bit more, but they are worth it in the long run if you plan on keeping your car for a while.