Frequently Asked Questions About Shipping a Car to Hawaii

 

Here we answer common questions you may have about shipping a vehicle to Hawaii. Of course, if you do have a question that you cannot find the answer to or need further assistance with, please contact us right away. 

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How long does it take to ship a car to Hawaii? 

The total time will depend on where in the mainland your vehicle is coming from. Typically a carrier will travel 300-400 miles per day on land. Once it arrives to port, it will take on average 10 days from the sail date if going to Honolulu. If your vehicle’s destination is to any of the other Hawaiian islands, then it will take 7 more days as it goes by ferry to those other ports. More information on this can be found here.

 

How much does it cost to ship my car to Hawaii?

Port to port from the drop off locations in Long Beach, California or Seattle, Washington. there’s a flat price of $1075.00. We have detailed information on what it costs with sample pricing that can help you with pricing to and from different locations. In general if you want a carrier to pick up the vehicle from your door, then the price will vary depending on the distance, route, and type of vehicle.

 

How much does it cost to ship my car from Hawaii to the mainland?

This is very similar to the previous question, just reversed. You can ship from port to port going to Seattle or Long Beach for a special rate of only $1125. If you would like us to bring the vehicle to your door in the mainland, then then the additional cost will vary depending on the distance, route, and type of vehicle. We go over the cost in detail.

 

How long does it take to ship a car from Hawaii to the mainland?

The time and process is similar to the question above, just reversed. Once you drop of the vehicle at the port, it will leave and go to the mainland. It can take on average 10 days from the sail date if coming from Honolulu. If your vehicle’s port is in any of the other Hawaiian islands, then it will take 7 more days as it goes by ferry to from the other ports to Honolulu to then depart.

 

Is there shipping a car to Hawaii from the east coast?

Yes there is shipping from the east coast. We can bring your vehicle to Hawaii from anywhere in the U.S. mainland. You are definitely not alone. We see vehicles coming from this region constantly. Same for the reverse.

 

How does my car cross the Ocean? Is the ship yours?

There are only two popular shipping lines (ocean transporters) that own the ships.  We have teamed up with Matson. Since we have worked with them for some time now, we get a volume discount that is reflected in your rate.

 

Do you ship Household items?

No, only vehicles. This service is planned for the future, however.

 

What is the cheapest way to ship my car to Hawaii?

The best and cheapest option for Hawaii if you do not live near or in southern California is on an open carrier to the port. If you do live in California, you can drop off the vehicle yourself for only $1125.

 

Isn’t RORO (roll on, roll off) the cheapest?

We are aware some 3rd party websites mention this, but it is not accurate and actually more expensive. RORO only applies If the vehicle is over 7 feet tall and/or over 8 feet wide, weighing more than 6500 lbs. This is because it will not fit in the specially designed vehicle containers and will need to be boarded like other oversized and heavy equipment shipments.  If anything, you could consider this RORO but it rolls onto a container, not the cargo bay.

 

How much does it cost to register my car in Hawaii?

The average midsize sedan can be about $215. This is an average. This can change over time but expect it to be in that ballpark. We have a detailed breakdown of the costs and you can also visit the Hawaii County website for more information.

 

Can I have items in the car? Does the car AND the tank need to be Empty?

The vehicle must not have anything inside. Any items in the car will be removed unless part of the vehicle.  You cannot have more than a quarter tank of gas. They may charge a fee at the port to drain the excess fuel.

 

How long do I have to pick up my car when it arrives?

We know that moving to Hawaii is complicated as it is. So we include 5 days of free storage so you can make your way to the port and pick up the vehicle.

 

Is there some kind of import tax?

Hawaii is one of the 50 states, and therefore not considered import/export. Same with Alaska.

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