In this blog post, we take a look at military car shipping to and from Hawaii. For members of the armed services, there are certain restrictions and limitations on what types of privately owned vehicles can be shipped, and in what circumstances. If you have questions that are not addressed here, we encourage our readers to contact us at the number at the top of the page or send us an email using our online contact form.
Leased POVs - If you have a leased vehicle that you’d like to ship, you’ll need to get approval from the lien holder, which must be provided on the leasing company’s letterhead. This document should contain complete information about the vehicle, including the VIN, as well as name and contact information for both parties.
Timeline: Depending on which port you’re shipping your POV from, it can between two to four weeks for it to arrive in Hawaii, which also applies when shipping to the mainland from Hawaii. Another factor that affects the timeline for delivery is when the ship is scheduled to leave port. Make sure to keep these things in mind and plan accordingly!
Hawaii Car Shipping For Military: Registration & Discounts.
Registration - Once your vehicle arrives in Hawaii, you will have to register it locally. To do this, you must contact the Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicle Registration, which is run by each county rather than through the state. There is a 30 day window to register a POV in Hawaii that starts on the day of your arrival (see timeline information above).
Discounts - Many commercial auto transport companies offer discounts to members of the military, both active duty and retired. When you contact a prospective shipping company to get a cost estimate, make sure to mention your affiliation and inquire about available price reductions. They are not always advertised!
Preparation - Before your POV can be shipped, it should be cleaned and checked for any fluid leaks. Any POV that is transported needs to be operational and have a functioning emergency brake. If there are cracks in the windshield or the vehicle is otherwise not safe to operate, it will not be eligible for shipment.
If you have specific questions that are related to entitlement, the possibility of shipping a POV at government expense, or limitations as to which type of vehicle can be shipped, contact your sponsor and/or transportation office. As a general rule, only passenger vehicles that are used as a primary method of transportation may be considered for military car shipping.
Do you have questions about shipping a POV to or from Hawaii? Call us today at the number at the top of the page to learn how we can help! We are proud to be a preferred shipping agent for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard! All POV shipping estimates are 100% FREE!
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.