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.
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‘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.
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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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Technician and tyre specialist

Andrew has been a part of the 1st Choice Mechanical Repair team for several years. There isn’t anything about tyres Andrew doesn’t know, and he comes with over 10 years’ experience. He has a strong commitment to customer service and will do anything to help someone out. Andrew is also a keen fisherman and enjoys time out on the boat.
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Angus is the newest member of the team and loves everything that has to do with cars! He is a highly committed young person with a passion for learning and growing. We are excited to have him on our team and watch him develop into a fine motor technician.
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1st Choice Mechanical Repairs is a certified member of the MTA
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