If you’re on a deadline when shipping your vehicle to Hawaii and you need access to your vehicle after arriving it’s important to know exactly how long it’s going to take to get it there. The trouble is that times vary quite a bit depending on where you are coming from and what service you rely on. while some providers are very fast, others take more time to get the job done.
Consider Drive Time
There is drive time to consider if you’ll be shipping a vehicle to Hawaii that isn’t nearby to one of the California ports that are usually used for shipping purposes. For instance, it can take as long as a week to get the vehicle down from somewhere like Seattle, and even longer times are expected from a northeastern state like New York.
When speaking with a representative from the shipping company that you plan on using, be sure to ask about transit time to the port and how long the total shipping time is going to be. These times will only be an estimate, but they are generally very accurate and reliable.
Consider the Section of Hawaii
Shipping times vary depending on the section of Hawaii you want your vehicle shipped to. For instance, transport from San Diego to Honolulu generally takes about 5 days to complete. Going to Kahului adds a day to that time and Hilo generally takes about 7 days from port to port. Always factor in the area in Hawaii that the vehicle is going to arrive because it makes a very big difference.
Ask for a Quote
It makes sense to try and calculate transport times for your vehicle by looking at other transport cases from the past, but it’s important to speak with the shipping company that you are going to use for a more accurate time quote. Ask how long it will take to move your car from the mainland to Hawaii. Try to get the company to give you a specific date if possible, but if not find out an approximation so you have an idea of how long you’ll be waiting and when you need to have the company come out and pick up your vehicle.
Factor in Extra Time
No matter what transport quote you get, always add in a few additional days just to be safe if it’s very important that you get your vehicle on a certain day. Try and have your vehicle shipped a few days or even a week sooner than you absolutely need it there if possible. This ensures that it will arrive on time and that you’ll have access to it the moment you do need your car.
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Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.