Owner / director

Andrew has been in the trade as a mechanic for over 20 years. In 1996, he began an apprenticeship at a country workshop where he worked on all makes and models of vehicles, including petrol, diesel, LPG, light vehicles, small trucks and machinery. 

Andrew moved to the Illawarra in 1999 and bought into a workshop in 2000, which he then took over complete ownership. With an absolute focus on customers and an extreme level of service on a personable and approachable level, the business has grown. This combined with high-quality repairs has led to one of the leading reputations acquired in the mechanical repair industry in the Illawarra.

Mandy at mechanic repair and service workshop in wollongong

‘My belief is that honesty should be the number one priority. Building a repour with our customers is paramount to trusting a business with the service work or repairs on your vehicle. In establishing a relationship with the customer and involving them in the repair process from start to finish, we have achieved what I believe to be the most reputable and approachable business that the customer will return to’. 

1st Choice Mechanical Repairs has been situated in the unit complex at 30 Swan Street, Wollongong since 2011, and under the direction and guidance of Andrew and his wife Mandy continues to grow. The workshop currently hosts five vehicle hoists, two electronic scan tool devices, state-of-the-art wheel aligning machines, tyre changers and electronic balancers, petrol and diesel fuel injection diagnostic and fuel servicing equipment, manufacturer specification reference programs and diagnostic programming tools.

Andrew is committed to taking the business forward and keeping up to date with the required tools and equipment to complete all types of servicing and repairs on today’s vehicles. 


Owner / director

Mandy is Andrews’s wife and joined the business around 3 years ago. She is a people person and loves a chat. Mandy’s role in the business is managing the office, and customer service is her focus.

Mandy at mechanical repair and service workshop in wollongong


Leading mechanic

Scott has been working in the business for some time and his knowledge about cars is second to none. He has over 30 years’ experience in the mechanical trade with extensive and highly qualified specific knowledge of Volkswagen and Audi. He is also a keen fisherman and family man.

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Shane has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge with all makes and models of vehicles. Shane has specific training and knowledge in Hyundai vehicles and is an accredited blue slip examiner. Shane has a keen eye and extreme interest in 4 x 4 and off-road vehicles, and their suspension and upgraded capabilities. Shane is a family man and loves the great outdoors!

Shane Expert wollongong Mechanic


Sam is our apprentice who has an absolute passion for everything mechanical. Sam is very polite and efficient, who has a strong work ethic and being surrounded by 3 other technicians in the workshop with a combined nearly 100 year’s experience will no doubt achieve excellence in the automotive industry.

Wollongong Expert Mechanic
Wollongong Expert Mechanical Team



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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1st Choice Mechanical Repairs is a certified member of the MTA



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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