When you are planning a move to or from Hawaii, you may not want to deal with selling your vehicle and buying a new one when you arrive at your destination. Car shipping is a cost-effective solution that eliminates the hassle of dealing with no-show buyers, transferring the title or negotiating with a salesperson.
Vehicle shipping also saves you money over the costs of fees, taxes, title and registration when selling a vehicle and buying a replacement upon arrival at your destination. Here is what you need to know about using a shipping company to transport your vehicle to or from the Aloha state.
How to Ship Your Car to or From Hawaii
There are a few ways you can ship your car to or from Hawaii. One way is to arrange transit yourself. You drive it to the port and drop it off. The car is loaded onto a ship and unloaded at the port you selected. You pick it up from the final port once it arrives.
If you like to drive, have a lot of spare time and do not mind possible delays, this is a low-cost, barebones service that could work well for your needs. This is a good choice if you already live in a port city.
You may prefer a more convenient option for transporting your car to or from Hawaii. The process of shipping your car is simple and straightforward when you choose our shipping company. We tailor our services to meet your specific needs.
We offer service to and from several ports along the West Coast, giving you more options to get your car to where you want it to be. We will ship your car from or to any part of the United States. If you live on the East Coast and need to ship your vehicle to Hawaii, the typical amount of time to allow for its arrival is 25 days. If you are on the West Coast, plan for 16 to 18 days of transit time.
To get started with the process of shipping your car to or from Hawaii, first determine which port you want to use. Next, decide when you want it to be shipped. Depending on the port you select, each drop-off time is different. The drop-off deadline gives you most of the day to get your car to the specified location.
You will need to contact your insurance company in order to get a rider for the vehicle shipping services. We will tell you what the pickup time is for the arrival port you have selected. If you choose to have your car picked up from your home, we will communicate with you about the driver's arrival time.
Tips for Preparing Your Car for Auto Shipping
When you decide to do port-to-port, door-to-port, or door-to-door vehicle shipping to or from Hawaii, you will need to spend some time preparing your vehicle for shipping. Drain your gas tank so that it is no more than one-quarter full.
Disconnect or disable any car alarms. If a car alarm goes off during shipping, it could drain your vehicle's battery. Remove any accessories that are not directly bolted to the car. You can leave bolted roof racks, trailer hitches or luggage racks on the vehicle.
Remove personal items from your vehicle.
Keep in mind that a car's large size and weight will take up a lot of the space in a cargo container. If you are moving an entire home's worth of belongings, this will leave you with less space for your other things.
Required Documentation for Vehicle Shipping to and From Hawaii
No matter whether you drive your vehicle to the port or you have someone else drive it there for you, some documentation is required for transporting it to or from Hawaii.
Current vehicle registration from the state in which you drive is required. You must also have proof of insurance and your current photo ID in order to ship your car to or from Hawaii.
Why You Should Hire Someone to Transport Your Vehicle to the Port
It may be more cost-effective and convenient for you to hire someone to transport your car to and from the port. If you live in the middle of the United States or in the Northeast where there are not any ports with direct shipping to Hawaii, it could take you a week to drive your vehicle to the West Coast. You would have to pay for fuel and lodging costs, then you would need to fly back home.
By hiring someone to transport it for you, there is no need to deal with the hassle of a cross-country trip. You can use your time doing relaxing things, wrapping up tasks at work, closing on the sale of your home or saying goodbye to your neighbors, coworkers and friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.