Transporter Werks - testimonials


What Others Have To Say

"Thanks so much to Transporter Werks for breathing a third life into Lazarus the 91 syncro! Powered by an Subaru SVX engine, we've made it to the pacific ocean and back once and are about to take off for a second go. It's been so good to have a team we can trust for anything Vanagon related, even to call up for advice when running into trouble thousands of miles away from NC. They're craftsmen, they're experts, and it's great."
Ben Mobley
1991 VW Vanagon, January 2019
“I wanted to thank you and your crew for taking care of my van so handily. It also was a relief for Stephen Weiler – the fact that you were able to get it shifting so well restored his confidence in the GT folks who rebuilt the transmission. It has never ran as well as it does now thanks to you!”
Ed Witkin
1987 VW Vanagon, January 2019
“Wow it’s been a year since you fixed our VW Van. We owe you a long overdue thanks for getting our VW van back in service. We had been to many other mechanics, both local and wherever we got stranded, and had about given up on ever having her run dependably again. That was sad to us, we had gone many a mile and had many wonderful camping adventures since we bought her off of ebay, for a steal, in 2002. But, no one could find the reason for the on again off again ability to start and the ability to start was more and more off; she had mostly set in the driveway or been in someones shop since August of 2011. We had been stranded too many times and the costs for trying to solve the problem had gone beyond reasonable, but we just couldn’t let go. So glad we heard good things about you from our “VW” friends and took their advice to get it to you way up in Raleigh. We are also very glad we took a leap of faith and had you restore the steering and suspension (and some other ‘touches’) in addition to the engine, fuel system work you recommended. We wrestled with spending additional money before we were sure you could get it ‘dependable.’ When you and the crew were done she had never run better or quieter and we had to hold her back on the highway; handled like we didn’t think possible.

For the first week we held our breath every time we started her up. The next week we stated to gradually transition to taking it for granted she would start. We meant to wait a few months to make sure our VW Van was still starting and running before we gave you our hearty and well deserved thanks (we had too many short lived “fixes” to thank you too soon). Time slipped away, we have had many great camping/backpacking trips in our ‘new’ van. It hit us that it has been a year and all is well.

Sorry this is so late, but thanks so much to you and the crew. We highly recommend you to all our fellow VW van enthusiasts. We would have saved money had we gotten her to you earlier.

Thanks again.”
Bob and Angela
1986 Vanagon Wolfsburg Weekender, June 2013
“Just wanted to say ‘thanks’ to all the guys at Transporter Werks for taking care of ‘Hermie,’ my 69 early bay bus. They are passionate about what they do, and committed to making sure I left with everything made right on the bus.

They work as a team, which ensures that the job is complete and thorough, adding a rare value to the service not easily found these days! I literally would have been stranded without you, thanks for all the hard work! I’ll be seeing you guys again soon! Your customer and friend – Joe”
Joe Mason
1969 VW Bus, January 2013
“When people ask me about Transporterwerks and Sean, I often reply with the following–‘Name a person or business that you would let hold thousands dollars without a concern. That is Transporterwerks.’–I have thousands of dollars invested in my vans not to mention an emotional attachment. Sean treats them better than his own.

He recommends solutions that work, and if there isn’t a solution readily available he works with you to figure one out. Try to find someone that can install a new TDI and 2 in lift kit in an ’87 Syncro and can turn around a do a custom 2100cc engine and disk brake package on a ’64 21 window! Thanks Sean!!”
Joe Costanzo
1987 Syncro and 1964 VW Bus
“I wanted to thank you and your crew for taking care of my van so handily. It also was a relief for Stephen Weiler – the fact that you were able to get it shifting so well restored his confidence in the GT folks who rebuilt the transmission. It has never ran as well as it does now thanks to you!”
David Harper
1984 Westfalia
“When our daughter Amy first moved to Raleigh NC she was living in a 1985 vanagon with a bad engine. Sean worked fast to get the engine replaced, upgraded the brakes, front suspension, and electrical system. We drove the van to Alaska last fall and had no problems with performance, it is amazing to power up mountain passes and not lag behind traffic. We appreciated Seans technical knowledge and his availability to answer questions. He gave lots of support to a daughter living far from her home.”
The Smith Family
Eagle River, Alaska
“After searching for many days to find a suitable shop to take my 1956 Beetle, I decided on Transporter Werks. Sean Fraser, owner/operator, and I spent many hours searching for the best route to restore my Beetle after its rear end collision. He was honest and his estimates were true. First class work at a price we can all afford, even in these times.

Since the restoration, the car has gone on to win multiple awards, including Judges’ Choice. Whether it’s a complete restoration, collision repair, or customization, Transporter Werks can do the job and do it right.”
R. Brooks
1956 Oval Beetle Rag Top
“Sean revived a 1985 Vanagon that I had bought sight-unseen off of Ebay. He guided us through the various options, broke out the cost of each, and patiently talked us through the reasons for each of his recommendations. When an injector went bad (parts supplier’s fault, not his), he did the replacement at no charge. Throughout the process I always felt that I could completely trust everything he said, in the sense of expertise as well as integrity.

The before-and-after difference in the car was night and day. Just took it on a 14 hour trip through the Ozarks without a hitch, a trip I probably wouldn’t have even considered had I not had complete confidence in Sean’s work.”
Mike South
1985 Vanagon
“The folks at Transporter Werks have cared for my ’73 VW Camper and my ’74 Porsche 914 as if they owned them for over nine years. From simple valve adjustments to full frame-up restorations, I know their recommendations, parts and service will be of the highest quality. Everyone at Transporter Werks has always bent over backwards to meet my needs, and I wouldn’t consider taking my vintage German vehicles anywhere else… despite living 50 miles away.”
Steve Snyder
1974 Porsche 914
“I just wanted to extend my thanks for repairing my Ghia. It’s running wonderfully and is such a pleasure on the commute to and from the cube. The TW experience was beyond splendid and I will definitely recommend and return. Many, many thanks!!!”
Scott Bahlavooni
1972 VW Karmann Ghia
“Thanks again for everything, I’m about to head out for SC to get the 500! You cannot imagine how big my smile is when I drive this thing around. Thank you guys for an amazing job.”
Stephen Williamson
1987 VW Vanagon
“Transporter Werks got my used Porsche road worthy again, taking the time to do the job right and make sure I was happy with the results. They found things even the expensive specialty shop missed and kept me informed every step of the way. Now I not only have a fun car, but one I can rely on for years to come!”
David Staudacher
1984 Porsche 911 Carrera
“Thank you Sean! I recommend Transporter Werks to everyone looking for an honest and knowledgeable shop. I have been impressed by their level of knowledge and expertise, but what makes them a truly great place to get work done in how they communicate with custumers. They did a lot of work on my Vanagon and all along the way brought me into the process and really took responsibility for looking at issues from all the angles to make sure that the job was getting done right.”
Thomas Kortus
1989 VW Vanagon GL
“We have been very pleased with the work that has been done on my ’74 Beetle, which is my very first car. Sean has worked with us on keeping this car road worthy. Now my son drives it to school and work. Sean also sold us a ’73 super beetle for our daughter to drive to school and around town. He has always been there to help with any crisis that arises.”
Bruce and Barbara Fraser
1974 Beetle
“Thanks for the tune-up this past June. I know you all were extremely busy that day, and it was just before the the TransporterWerks campout trip, so I appreciate the hard work. It’s running great still. I made my gig that night in Chapel Hill with about 2 minutes to spare, and my bandmates had my bass rig all set up!”
Greg Sipes
1986 VW Vanagon