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.
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Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. 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.