About Us

GDL Automotive is a mechanical repair business operating on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Owner/Manager Dannie Lyman has more than a decade of experience in the automotive trade including experience on European, Asian and Australian vehicles.  Dannie built GDL Automotive with one main focus; convenience for you, the client.


About Dannie

Before running the business Dannie was found behind the wheel of high performance cars, a passion that saw him establish and manage a car enthusiast club for seven years. Outside of the auto world Dannie is either reading fantasy books along the lines of The Lord of the Rings, screaming for the Sea Eagles (local football team), drumming, enjoying good food in some of Northern Sydney’s amazing restaurants or getting into video games.

However, if you call him and his phone is off you can bet he is in a cinema. Aside from cars, film is Dannie’s great passion. The passion for film is so strong that his sister Miriam and him play guess the film. One will say a line and the other must guess the film.

Meet Our Specialists

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Landrover Master Tech

Harith was head hunted by our team for his decades of experience with Land Rover and Range Rover. Harith is of Iraqi descent but grew up in the Netherlands. He migrated to Australia in the early days of his career. Harith worked for the local Land Rover dealership for many years before joining our team. His extensive experience with troublesome European vehicles makes him the go to man for electrical diagnostic work. Harith plans to join the team in a managerial capacity in the coming years.


European Car Specialist

Lois joins our team after almost ten years experience with Audi. He started his trade when he was just fifteen years old. Lois was born and grew up in France. Aside from cars Lois is crazy about road bikes. He has owned a few loud bikes in the time he has worked with us. His knowledge with VW and Audi has aided the GDl team in catering our clients needs surrounding these vehicles.



Chris is a young man that we met through a client of GDL’s. He had completed his training with Volvo North Shore when we offered to take him under our wing. Chris is currently based out our Hornsby Store and has family up the central coast. Chris is currently undergoing training to take over as the store manager in the future at our Hornsby store.



Brenden joins our team after seven years at Honda. Brenden grew up in Forster he moved to Sydney to get work in the mechanical trade. Once in Sydney, he met Emma and lined up an apprenticeship at Honda. He has developed a passion for dirt bikes. Two stoke death machines are one of his great passions in life, along with cars, 4-wheel driving outback adventure type behaviour and of course his lady friend. Brenden hopes to get his foot in the property market soon, he may not yet be aware that this means he will probably have to give up the bikes in order to afford this.


Apprentice Mechanic

Vince came for a job interview, couldn’t drive manual and was told to come back when he could. He landed six lessons in the next two weeks and proceed to hound Dannie until he gave in. Vince joins our Hornsby team as an apprentice who can now drive manual. He’s picked it up super quickly and has a sensational attitude. He does drive a Dodge Neon (we will remedy this). Vince resides on the Central Coast and uses the train to get to work… Whatever it takes to start your career.



Ethan currently works for GDL part-time while he finishes high school. Ethan carries out many of the yard hand duties at our Warriewood site. In the coming years, it is expected that Ethan will join the GDL team permanently. In what capacity is yet to be determined, but this young man has the potential to do great things in our company.



Sara is the wife of GDL owner Dannie. She has an administration role at GDL Automotive, keeping the well oiled machine that is GDL functioning. Outside the company, her primary passion is children and is qualified as a diploma trained childcare educator. She has grown up on the Northern beaches and loves going to the beach. She is also enthusiastic about cooking, baking, reading and craft.



Tracey joins the GDL team in an advisory role. She is a cofounder of The real Business Group and is working with the management team of GDL in a strategist capacity. Bringing Tracey on board will allow the team to expand the business to reach its dreams by implementing measurable goals and a level of accountability to the management staff.


Store Manager - Warriewood

Brent joins the team as Store Manager at our Warriewood site. Brent has a long history in the automotive world, with the previous ten years spent working at Mercedes Benz G Brothers in a sales capacity. Before that, he was involved in Woolworths and BP in operational capacities. Brent brings his years of experience and wisdom to our most established site and has the goal of growing and expanding GDL further.

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