Shipping Cars to Hawaii and Saving Money, Honey

Need to Ship A Car To Hawaii?

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As an overseas car shipping company, we are often asked if we can ship cars to Hawaii. Since we consider Hawaii local US, we do not ship there. Instead, we refer many people to companies that ship a car to Hawaii. We love to save people money even if they choose to do business with someone else. Here are a few ways to save money when shipping a car to Hawaii. If you live on the West Coast USA near one of these ports (San Francisco, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and San Diego), then you can take the car yourself and save the money of having a transport truck deliver it for you. If you live far from any of these ports, then you will have two choices.

Shipping Car To Hawaii From the East Coast

One is to have a transport trucker pickup your car and take it to one of these ports and the other is doing it yourself. BOTH scenarios will cost money. Depending on how far your vehicle is from these shipping ports, it will determine the out of pocket expenses and the decision of which option to choose. A fully loaded open transport truck will get about 5-7 miles per gallon and with rising gas prices, car shipping prices are likely to increase. The good thing is the cost is normally split between 9-10 cars so it spreads the cost among everyone else.

If your vehicle is on the East Coast, then shipping a car across the US using a transport truck would probably be best. You don’t have to spend money on food, hotel, gas, wear and tear, vacation days, and a possible return flight. Many people who are only one or two states away for the aforementioned shipping ports drive their car to the port and simply catch a Greyhound back to their home. The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii is really cheap “if” you can get your car to one of the shipping ports. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it higher than $1000, but then again, we don’t ship cars to Hawaii.

Cheapest Way To Ship A Car To Hawaii

The CHEAPEST way to get a car there is by using a RoRo ship. Your car must be in good working order and must be able to Roll On and Roll Off (RoRo) the ship. The picture above is what a RoRo ship looks like. There are many container ships that transport cars to Hawaii to, but then offloading fees are much higher because a crane must be used vs. someone jumping in the car and driving it onto the pier.

Many people who ship a car to Hawaii are in the military. The military will ship the 1st car for free. The 2nd car, usually a spouse, doesn’t qualify for free shipping to Hawaii.

If this has helped you in any way or you have a question, please leave a comment below. Thank you and Happy Car Shipping!

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