A Sprinter Van That’ll Convert Any Camper

Why would someone want to convert a sprinter van? That’s easy; they’re super portable, they’re small yet hold a lot of gear, and are extremely economical. They’re the perfect way to travel the Okanagan and beyond.

Camping in the Okanagan is a must! And if you want to ride in style, comfort plus economically, the Sprinter van converted into a camper might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Check out this Sprinter van camper decked out and ready to hit the road. 25 years since Sprinter vans were first introduced which means there are plenty of them out there if you’re thinking of purchasing one to convert.

Why would someone want to convert a sprinter van? That’s easy; they’re super portable, they’re small yet hold a lot of gear, and are extremely economical. They’re the perfect way to travel the Okanagan and beyond.

If you’ve already been converted into a Sprinter van camper lover, then you’re already well aware of all the benefits that come along with one. What you may NOT know is that Motor Werke services and repairs all Sprinter vans whether they’re for work or pleasure – like this one that was recently in our shop.

Before you head out in your own “home on wheels”, visit us at Motor Werke for a full inspection, service and even an interior/exterior detailing from Johnny’s Wax Shop!

We’re proud to offer:

  • Trusted, transparent and timely service
  • The latest in diagnostic technology
  • Shuttle service, courtesy cars, and vehicle pick-up & drop off
  • 3 year warranty on all parts and labour – the best in the industry
  • A service wash with every appointment

Regardless of what you drive, we are here when you need us.

Book an in-person tour of our facility or reserve a service appointment here.

We look forward to meeting you!

What Is Detailing and Why Is It Important?

You may think that detailing a vehicle is simply washing a car and vacuuming the inside. While these things are certainly a big part of detailing, there is a lot more involved.

You may think that detailing a vehicle is simply washing a car and vacuuming the inside. While these things are certainly a big part of detailing, there is a lot more involved.

What is Detailing?

There are many different levels of service that Kelowna detailing shops offer, with various packages and options, depending on where you go. A basic package can start around $100 for a simple hand wash, vacuum, and wipe down of the interior. More in-depth details that include paint decontamination and polishing can go into the thousands.

When considering a detail, it is important to know what services best fit your needs so that you can choose the appropriate package for your car. If all you want is a simple interior clean because you are too busy to do it yourself, then spending hundreds of dollars on a complete detail doesn’t make sense. Just the same as if you want your paint to be mirror-like, you won’t be happy with a single-stage polish and a sealant.

A decent detailing service will provide a quote on a vehicle to vehicle basis, performing an assessment on your car before giving a price. Every vehicle is different, and so your detailing package should be tailored for your specific needs.

What Services Can Be Expected?

It can seem like there is an overwhelming amount of services to choose at detailing shops, and how do you know how often to get them performed? Here is a list of some common detailing items and how often we recommend they are done.

Interior Detailing

Keeping the interior of your vehicle clean not only looks better and prolongs the life of the materials, but also can benefit your health. Do you clean your car as often as you clean your home? There are hundreds of different kinds of germs and bacteria living in your car, and according to an environmental microbiology laboratory in London, Ontario, the cup holder in your car has over 200% more bacteria than the average household toilet seat. Yikes.

  • Vacuuming – This is a very basic detailing service and should be included in any package. Vacuuming the interior helps keep the cabin clear of dust and debris. Leaving dirt and sand in your carpet can accelerate the deterioration of the fibers.
  • Carpet shampoo – shampooing your carpet and mats will help remove tough stains so that they will look (and smell) their best.
  • Cleaning the dash, console, and interior vinyl – not only will this help your interior look better and reduce the bacteria in your car, it also prolongs the life of your vinyl. Dirt and debris sitting on any surface is abrasive and will eventually wear down the material.
  • Leather cleaning – leather is a delicate, natural material that breaks down naturally. The best way to keep your leather in the best condition is to keep them free of dirt. Dirt is abrasive and will wear at the leather, causing fading and cracking.
  • Leather and vinyl conditioning – this will help protect your vinyl and leather from UV rays and prevent fading and cracking. Conditioning your leather will keep it soft and supple and looking its best. Depending on how much time your car spends in the heat, it is recommended to condition your leather at least twice a year.
  • Steam cleaning – cleaning with steam is an effective way to clean almost all surfaces and materials in your vehicle while using minimal chemicals. Because it can take longer and involves a lot of moisture and a specialized machine it may cost more, but it can be a more environmentally friendly option.

Exterior Detailing

Many people don’t consider the fact that the paint on their car is one of the most expensive components on the whole vehicle. Neglecting proper paint care will eventually result in peeling paint and rust. Once the paint and clearcoat have failed, repainting your car is sometimes the only option to bring it back to what it was. A quality paint job that includes sanding, body repair, removal of trim and glass, a basecoat, and a clearcoat can cost in the range of 5 to 10 thousand dollars. Routinely maintaining your paint is a much easier and cost-effective option.

  • Hand wash – using brushes or going through the car wash is not ideal for the paint. The bristles on brushes at the carwash will leave millions of tiny scratches in your clearcoat, making your paint look dull and have a “spiderweb” effect in direct light. Touchless car washes are also trouble. The chemicals used to compensate for the lack of physical agitation are very strong and will strip away any wax or sealant, leaving the paint exposed to environmental contaminations. Hand washing with a dedicated car soap and a microfiber wash mitt is the best way to keep your paint clean and healthy.
  • Paint decontamination – tiny particles from the environment get stuck in your clearcoat and eat away at it, and eventually the paint. If you have red spots on your paint (most commonly starts behind the wheels and on the rear), then you have paint contamination. This will eventually lead to clearcoat failure and rust. Using a paint correction mitt or detailing clay will remove contaminants from the paint. The frequency this is done depends on your environment, how often you drive your car, and what kind of paint protection you use.
  • Polishing – this removes scratches in the clearcoat or paint. Deep scratches that go through the clear coat and the base paint cannot be polished out. Some scratches require several stages of polishing, using different levels of compounds and pads. All cars are unique in that they have different kinds of paint and thickness of clear coats. Some paints can be very hard and difficult to polish while others are softer and scratches buff out easily.
  • Paint protection (wax or sealant) – applying a protective layer to your paint after decontaminating and/or polishing it prevents contamination and even scratches (to a point) by creating a slippery and hydrophobic surface that deflects items from sticking to it. There are different kinds of paint protection with the most common being carnauba wax or a synthetic sealant. Carnauba wax is an organic material and while it provides a deep and wet looking finish on the paint, it needs to be re-applied frequently, usually only lasting approximately 3 months. Synthetic sealant is a more effective form of protection that will can go 6-12 months in between applications. Ceramic coatings are also becoming more and more popular; although the products are more costly and the prep work more intensive, some can last up to 10 years.

5 Reasons to Detail Your Car Regularly

Even if you aren’t a clean freak and don’t really care how your car looks, it is still a good idea to keep up on regular detailing. Just like other regular maintenance items, it can help prolong the life of your car.

  1. Increase the resale value. Maintaining the interior and exterior of your car can help you get more when it comes time to sell. Detailing before selling can increase its value by hundreds of dollars. A visually clean and maintained car gives the impression that it has been taken care of mechanically as well.
  2. Extend the life of your paint. Keeping your paint clean, decontaminated, and sealed will protect the metal underneath the paint and keep rust at bay.
  3. Safety. Getting your headlights polished once they become oxidized helps visibility at night, which means safer driving. Headlight restorations are a much more inexpensive option than replacement. Glass treatments also improve driving in rain or snow. Much like a paint protection, glass treatments make the windshield hydrophobic and slippery, slowing water to bead off quickly, and your windshield wipers to work more efficiently.
  4. Health. As mentioned above, your car is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Just like you would clean your kitchen regularly to keep things sanitary, so should you clean your car. This can help fight illness and allergy symptoms.
  5. Pride of ownership. You may have saved up a lot of money to get the exact car you wanted. Or it might just be a means of transportation to you. Either way, detailing will help protect your investment and get more life out of it. Not to mention, it’s easier to take pride in something that has been well maintained. Whether it’s a Porsche 911 or a Toyota Corolla, clean and shiny looks good.

Excellence Is in the Details

Many dealerships and shops won’t present detailing as a necessary part of maintenance, but regularly investing in the health of your paint and interior materials is worth it in the long run. There are benefits whether you plan on keeping the car forever or plan to trade it in or sell it eventually. When it comes to keeping your car clean, there are many things you can do yourself, with lots of tutorials online. For specialty detailing shops that offer services like cut polishing and steam cleaning, bring your car to a professional who will take the time to assess your car individually and discuss the options that work for you.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Car Detailing

Curious about the benefits of detailing? There are many reasons to have your car detailed, which include making it a cleaner space for you to spend your time, and protecting the exterior finish from outdoor elements. We’ve got the lowdown on reasons to avoid the carwash, and ways to help care for your vehicle after your next detailing appointment.

Curious about the benefits of detailing? There are many reasons to have your car detailed, which include making it a cleaner space for you to spend your time, and protecting the exterior finish from outdoor elements. We’ve got the lowdown on reasons to avoid the carwash, and ways to help care for your vehicle after your next car detailing appointment.

What’s So Bad About the Car Wash?

When you go through a car wash, the brushes of a tunnel car wash damage the vehicle’s finish by putting hundreds of fine scratches in it, leaving it with a paint condition called “spider webbing.” This problem isn’t avoided by using a touchless wash because, without the agitation of brushes, it is impossible to remove ALL of the dirt from your car.

Instead, touchless washes use high-pressure jets and harsh chemicals to remove as much dirt as possible. These chemicals strip the paint and any other protection that has been applied, thus leaving your paint vulnerable to industrial fallout and other contaminants. Furthermore, the high-pressure jets are hard on rubber seals on cabriolets, which causes premature wear and can lead to leaks in the cab.

Coin-op bays come with their own set of problems. The bristles of foaming scrub brushes are general too stiff for the firm-but-gentle cleaning your car needs. They’re also probably loaded with dirt and sand from previous customers. Picture the dirtiest vehicle you have ever seen on the road, and ask yourself if you really want to scratch your paint with whatever was on that car!

When Does My Car Need To Be Detailed?

Detailing is more than a fancy word for a thorough car wash. Yes, your car comes out as clean as it was on the day that it rolled off the lot, but it is also freed of bonded contaminants that damage the finish and wear down your vehicle’s paint over time.

Sap, tar and rail dust are the most common bonded contaminants. They’re not always easy to see, but they are easy to feel by covering your hand in some thin plastic and gently running your hand over a clean car’s finish.

If you feel small catches and bumps on the paint, bonded contaminants are the likely culprit. The most frequently affected areas are the hood, the roof, the trunk, and behind the wheel wells. Removing bonded contaminants requires detailing clay and/or a paint correction mitt.

How Does Polishing Work?

Polishing removes scratches by removing the adjacent paint and clear coat until the scratch is no longer visible. This is fine for surface-level scratches, but for deeper ones, this could end up removing nearly the entire clear coat. Not a good idea!

The rule of thumb is that if you can feel a scratch with a fingernail, it is too deep to be removed by polish. In this case, intervention from a car detailing technician is required to avoid further damage to the vehicle’s paint.

Protect the Paint

Speaking of paint, after car detailing, there are aftercare steps you can take to protect and maintain the finish. Using a microfiber or lamb’s wool mitt, wash your vehicle regularly with a dedicated car wash product. Car wash products are milder than household cleaners, and they’re specifically designed for automotive paint. Be sure to remove bird droppings, tar and bugs as soon as possible. Yes, because it looks gross, but also because they will strip away wax/sealant and eventually eat into the cars’ clear coat and paint.

After Car Detailing Don’ts

There is something very satisfying about washing the car in the driveway on a hot summer’s day, but washing the car when the paint is hot to the touch is terrible for the finish. There is a misconception that you should move the mitt in circles when washing, but that can actually leave visible swirls on the car’s finish.

Once you’ve gone to all the trouble of washing the car, it may be tempting to take a break and let it air-dry. That’s a problem because of the mineral deposits hard water can leave behind. To prevent water spots, be sure to remove water before it has the opportunity to dry. A good coat of wax or sealant after washing and drying will also be helpful.

If there are water spots left after letting the car dry, whether or not you can easily remove them depends on how long the water spot has been there, and the overall water hardness. If detailing clay, a paint correction mitt, and/or bug and tar remover does not work, the water spot may be etched into the finish. In some cases, it may be so deep that even polishing won’t remove the spot. In fact, some hard water spots can only be removed after a trip to a body shop.

That seems like a lot more trouble than taking the time to dry, doesn’t it?

Now that you understand when car detailing is appropriate and how it protects your vehicle, it’s time to schedule your appointment! Be sure to ask your Motor Werke detailing technician for more tips to keep your newly detailed car beautiful between visits.