A dead battery is never convenient. If you’re starting to notice signs that your car’s battery is failing, stop by 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs for a battery test. 

Based in Wollongong, our family-owned and -operated business has served our community for over 10 years. From inspecting batteries to replacing brakes and fitting new tires, our auto shop does it all.

Allow us to show you what superior auto repair looks like.

Why Do Batteries Fail?

Batteries fail when the active material composed of red lead and sulphuric acid begins to disintegrate. This process occurs inevitably from repeated charging and discharging.

Car batteries will last around three to five years, depending on your driving habits and the climate in your area. Fortunately, the climate in Wollongong is relatively mild, so your battery will likely last longer than one that is exposed to extreme temperatures.

What Are the Signs of a Dead Battery?

While we’re happy to replace dead batteries, things will go more smoothly for you if you catch a dying battery before it fails. Here are some signs to watch out for:

  • Check engine light
  • Sluggish start
  • Swollen battery case
  • Low battery fluid level
  • Leaking battery
  • Corroded battery terminals

If you notice any of these signs, your car battery may need to be replaced soon.

How Can You Prevent Breakdowns?

The best way to avoid being stranded with a car that won’t start is to get your car’s battery inspected regularly. At 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs, we offer battery testing free of charge so you have nothing to lose by taking your car in.

Learn More

To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us on 02 4228 7949. If your car has broken down in Wollongong because of a dead battery or another problem, dial our breakdown mobile number ( 0435 808 380) for low-cost towing to our workshop.


To avoid a breakdown situation, it is important to have your battery tested frequently. 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs provides fast and accurate test results whilst you wait and can identify any potential problems.

Our battery testing is free of charge and uses the best equipment available, so there is no excuse not to get your vehicle batteries tested straight away.


1st Choice Mechanical Repairs is proud to be trusted by the leading Australian battery manufacturer, Century. We stock an extensive range of their top quality products. When your car battery fails, we guarantee that our selection of Century batteries will soon get you on your way.Our range of batteries cover all types of vehicles, including small, mid-range, large, 4×4, SUV, petrol, diesel, commercial, off-road and European.

All batteries we stock are at a minimum of the heavy-duty range, and we offer at least a two-year national warranty on all batteries sold.

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Regularly see Andrew and Ray at the service interval for my high end European vehicle servicing needs... When I bought the car I was worried about who could service it in Wollongong, I spoke to Andrew and I have never looked back. I have recommended all my friends to Andrew for the service and their pricing.
- John Carr


I have used 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs for the last 2 years. The service I have received is outstanding. The staff are immensely helpful and friendly and provide great advice and assistance. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Andrew and his team to anybody requiring mechanical repairs or servicing.
- Jeremy Barnett


Every time I have had to take my car in they are quick, professional and honest. I regularly recommend them to anyone looking for a good mechanic. I won’t go anywhere else.
- Kathleen Andrews


Not only can 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs book you in quicker than a car dealership can, they also will NOT rip you off like a car dealership does. Good service from Andrew and the team at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?
- Simon Kierse


Not only can 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs book you in quicker than a car dealership can, they also will NOT rip you off like a car dealership does. Good service from Andrew and the team at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?
- Simon Kierse


A great local business which provide excellent old fashioned customer service. I have been using Andrew for many years and find him most reliable and friendly.
- Rick Davies


Awesome service! Really great people that get the job done right!
- Jack Tibbitts


Fast, friendly, reliable and affordable service. I highly recommend Andrew and his team for any of your mechanical needs.
- Andres B


Quick, reliable, cost effective and extremely helpful staff. I would recommend 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs for any type of mechanical repair.
- Rex Hone


Andrew and crew are the most effective, helpful, considerate and expert team around. I have relied on 1st Choice Mechanical for more than 5 years. I have moved out of Wollongong (1.5 hours drive away) but I still take both my family's cars to them.
- A Thomson-Ko


Wonderful team of professionals that provide exceptional mechanical services, they go above and beyond with their services and genuinely care for you and your car. They constantly assess your vehicle to ensure safety and provide recommendations and time frames for future repairs.
-Andre van der Merwe


Pinnacle of customer service. Friendly and polite staff. Highly recommended.
-Abdul Abdullah


Andrew managed to squeeze my car in for service and tyres on Saturday morning. Great job and service as always. Thanks again guys!
- Brett Anderson


Best mechanic in Wollongong! Very trustworthy and reliable. They offer competitive prices and excellent workmanship. The staff are very friendly and offer good advice to ensure your vehicle's longevity.
- Jerald


The team was very helpful and honest. Service was great with reasonable price.
- Jane Embernate


These guys are honest top quality mechanics with outstanding customer service. They take the time to explain things to you, and they are true professionals. They really are 1st choice, definitely worth going to.
- Jasper M


The best mechanical servicing of a car I have ever had. Car service like it should be.
- Edward Bryant


Great work, friendly staff, they were very straightforward and let me know the parts that would need to be replaced eventually. Service price was competitive too. A+
- Benjamin O'Brien


Great service, fast and professional, and very competitive pricing.
Will definitely be taking my car here again.
- Daniel Kennedy


Need great mechanics? Don't go past 1st Choice. Great people, great service. It's good to see smiling, friendly faces when you drop your car off.
- Sharon Paterson


Getting to drive a performance Commodore is great, but it's crucial to know consistent, knowledgeable, honest and reliable people who can maintain the vehicle at an affordable price. I am so glad to have found 1st Choice Mechanical Repairs more than 2 years ago and have trusted them with the vehicle since.
- A Thomson-Ko

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Contact Us : 02 4228 7949

Licence. No: MVRL31591

1st Choice Mechanical Repairs, Tyres and Auto Electrical Services & 1st Choice Tyres


7/30 Swan Street
Wollongong, NSW 2500


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