Many people are happy to have their vehicles shipped right to the nearest port in Hawaii from the mainland, but for some people it makes more sense to rely on an inter-island shipping service that will deliver the vehicle even closer to home. If you’re having your vehicle shipped to Hawaii, take the time to consider whether you want to pick your car up from the nearest port or if you would prefer that it’s closer to home. There are some reasons that inter island shipping is necessary, for instance if the vehicle isn’t drivable, but most of the time it’s simply a preference that you’ll need to decide on.
Why Use Inter Island Shipping
Many people decide to go with inter island shipping over picking up their vehicle at the port. For some people, it’s a matter of time and they don’t have the time to pick up the vehicle and drive it out to their home location. For others, it’s a matter of logistics. It can be costly to travel from the airport out to the port without your own personal vehicle, and for the price of making the trip it’s often worth it to just have the car delivered to your location.
Is Inter Island Shipping More Expensive?
Before deciding to ship your vehicle to port or to use an inter-island shipping service it makes sense to consider the cost difference. Many top-rated shipping companies offer both port shipping and inter island shipping, but the fees for the services will be different. Inter-island shipping is more expensive because it requires the use of a truck to finish the trip, and that means unloading and loading time as well as additional fuel to transport the car.
Does Inter Island Shipping Take Longer?
Yes, you can expect inter island shipping to take longer because once the car arrives in port it must be packaged up and shipped out from there to the destination farther away. The added time on the trip depends on the total additional distance from the port though. The only way to get a truly accurate time for inter-island shipping is to speak with the company that’s going to do the work and find out from them the expected wait time for the vehicle to show up.
There are absolutely services available that can ship your vehicle to the inter Hawaiian Islands and it can be a great value and much more convenient to pick up your vehicle at a closer location, but there will be added costs associated with the service. Consider both port-based shipping and inter island shipping and go with the option that works best for you.
A-1 Auto Transport is your best resource for Inter-Island car shipping to Hawaii. For fast service, be sure to fill out the easy quote form on this page.
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.