There are a few challenges that are specific to shipping a non-running car, and there are a few other challenges that come with shipping from Hawaii. In this article, we’ll take a look at both sides of the equation to explain to details of what’s involved with transporting a nonoperational vehicle from Hawaii to the mainland U.S.
The first thing you should know about shipping a vehicle to or from Hawaii, and it may be fairly obvious, is that transport must be done by boat. It’s important to keep in mind that this is a service that not every auto shipper will offer. Because this is the case, you must be discerning when assessing shippers and make sure they have the requisite experience and equipment to get the job done right.
When it comes to shipping a car from Hawaii by boat, there are two main methods of transport. (There may be limitations that come along with non running cars that limit which methods are available to you.) Non running cars are often moved in a shipping container, largely because it’s easier than moving the vehicle into the cargo area that’s typically used for “RORO” (roll on, roll off) transport.
Inoperable Vehicle Shipping To Or From Hawaii
In terms of pricing, most shipments from Hawaii to the mainland can be done, at least at the most basic level, at around $1,000 for a non-running car. This may fluctuate based on the time of year and relative business of the company you choose to do business with.
The price mentioned above refers to shipment to the West Coast of the U.S., most typically Los Angeles or San Francisco, though there are other options. If you need transport from there to another part of the country, that can often be arranged by the same shipping company, but keep in mind it will carry an additional charge with it. Transport from one coast of the U.S. to the other can run anywhere from $1,600 to $2,500 depending on the distances and locations involved.
Another option that’s available when shipping an inoperable vehicle (or just about any vehicle, for that matter) is air freight. Basically, the car is loaded onto a transport plane and flown to its destination. As you might expect, this method costs substantially more than the standard ways, but it is an available option if convenience is at the top of your priority list. Air freight costs typically start out at several thousand dollars.
Do you have a non-running car you need shipped from Hawaii? Call us today at the number at the top of the page for a FREE cost estimate to any location! We’re happy to answer your questions and offer advice if you’re a first time shipper!
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.