Shipping a Car to Hawaii – A Detailed Guide



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Shipping a car to Hawaii is not complicated. Many people think it is, but when you have the right information and the right logistics coordinator shipping is easy. Corsia Logistics team knows how auto transport to Hawaii works and we will help you every step of the way. Here you will find the most important information about car shipping to Hawaii.

How does shipping a car to Hawaii work?

Hawaii auto transport has its specifics and here we will discuss them all. First, you will be shipping the vehicle from either port of Long Beach (that is Los Angeles), port of Oakland, Seattle or port of Sand Diego.

Now, generally speaking there are two scenarios:

  1. If you are in or near Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles or San Diego, you can drop off your vehicle at the port.
  2. If you are anywhere else in the country the transportation will happen in two stages:
  • In the first state your vehicle will go on a car carrier from your home or office to the port.
  • Second stage is the loading of your vehicle on the vessel going to Hawaii.

As, you can see, car shipping to Hawaii from California is easier. It just requires good coordination and communication. After you have shipped the car to a port in Hawaii you have to go and pick it up from the port at your island. Customers have to track their vehicle and be able to pick it up on time otherwise there will be port storage fees assessed. For specific details on how many complimentary days you can keep the vehicle at the port, you have to call and ask. In case you want your car delivered at your door, we can make arrangements with local towing company to deliver your vehicle for an extra fee.

Car Shipping Hawaii – Insurance and Liability Limits

Your automobile will be fully insured while on the truck. On the vessel to Hawaii there is a limited liability in effect while in transit. This type of policy protects against damages from the time the cargo leaves the port until it reaches the final destination in Hawaii. This limited liability insurance will cover any damages sustained during transport, not to exceed the market value of your automobile. While on the car carrier, the vehicle is protected under an extension of the Marine Cargo Policy – the Inland Marin Cargo insurance policy. You don’t need to pay anything out of your pocket. While in transit on land, your vehicle is insured without any deductible on your side.

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

Shipping a car directly from the port in Los Angeles could cost about $1300. This price can change as it is an average ballpark. Below you will find some prices that we will be updating periodically. For accurate car shipping rates to Hawaii please request an auto shipping quote online. Additionally, if your vehicle is larger and has any modifications, this will contribute to a higher rate so please consult with us and disclose any modifications.

Auto transport prices depend on several factors. Specifics such as vehicle make and model, modifications, location, distance, transport type, how fast you need the vehicle, and supply and demand all affect the cost of shipping. They affect not only transport within continental US, but to Hawaii too.

When shipping a car to Hawaii this usually involves two different companies and two separate prices. One from your state and city to a port on the west coast, and the other price from the port to your island in Hawaii. Only when you are shipping from a city on the west coast, with a port servicing Hawaii, your rate will be one and the service in general cheaper.

Factors that affect the final cost of shipping

The vehicle make and model affect the price because larger and heavier cars take more space and weight from the total allowed to the carrier. Any modifications done to the vehicle additionally may contribute to a higher price. For example, when your vehicle is lifted or has any type of spoilers, this means more space and weight. Whether your  vehicle is running or not, this will certainly affect the price.

If you are shipping from any city other than the port cities on the west coast, you will have a choice between open and enclosed carrier. Enclosed is more expensive. Furthermore, distance and location affect the price of shipping a vehicle. However, usually the decisive factor is supply and demand fluctuation.

The number of trucks running your route affects the cost. Decreased supply, or higher demand both mean higher prices. Thus, this is an important factor our logistics consultant track. Our team follows supply and demand fluctuations daily and quotes accurate prices that will ship your vehicle in a timely manner.

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

The time to transport a car to Hawaii very much depends on your exact pick-up and delivery locations. From the Midwest (Chicago for example) to any of the ports on the west coast, takes about 5 to 7 days to deliver the vehicle. This excludes the pick-up time frame which is usually from 1 to 5 business days. Then from the port a ship leaves to Hawaii every week, and it takes about ten days to deliver the vehicle by water to any of the islands in Hawaii.

From the time the ship leaves the port you can count 10 days, but keep in mind that this is the open ocean and weather can delay transportation. The same applies to the ground transportation within continental US. The transit time to Oahu is 10 days and 17 days to Kauai and Maui. One or two days before your vehicle arrives at the port in Hawaii, a representative will contact you to let you know of the exact day and time you can come pick up your car.

How far in advance should I book my service?

When shipping a car to Hawaii it is advised that you schedule your shipment within a month of the planned moving date. The earlier you book the better, however, this cannot guarantee a price. Auto transport is an industry that very much depends on supply and demand fluctuations. A price can be guaranteed only for about 30 days, although usually within continental US prices are guaranteed only for a week. With shipping to Hawaii however, booking in advanced is desirable and thus pricing is different. Call for more details and to discuss your shipment and budget.

How to prepare your vehicle for shipping to Hawaii?
  1. Don’t fill up your tank with gas; have only ¼ of a tank.
  2. Don’t put anything inside your vehicle; it has to be completely empty.
  3. Disconnect car alarm systems because if it goes off it will drain your battery.
  4. Check your ground clearance – all vehicles must have six inches of ground clearance.
  5. Vehicle must be 7 feet in height, 8 feet width and 21 feet and 8 inches in length.
  6. Vehicle must be clean, free from leaking fluids and operable.
What the auto transport company needs:
  1. A copy of your car keys.
  2. Original vehicle registration and title or creditor / lessor notarized statement.
  3. Notarized authorization document from the vehicle owner for the person picking up the vehicle.
  4. Shipping company always requires a photo ID for pick-up and delivery of the car.

Note: If you are shipping a classic vehicle, it is a must that the car has an emergency / hand break. It is a requirement otherwise the car cannot be transported.

At delivery, the port personnel will inspect your vehicle and prepare a report you need to sign. This will be your confirmation that the auto transport process went smoothly, and your vehicle was delivered in the same condition. In the unlikely event of any damage, everything will be noted on the inspection report and you will be able to file a claim with the insurance. It will all be covered when filed properly and on time.

To learn more about shipping a car to Hawaii – cost and specifics – call us at (818) 850-5258 and we will answer all of your questions. Our logistics experts are on standby every day to help you transport your automobile from mainland to Hawaii or from Hawaii to any other state.