If you've never shipped a car before, shipping one overseas from Seattle to Hawaii may feel quite daunting. The truth is, shipping a car overseas to Hawaii is really no different from sending one from Idaho to Tennessee.
Let's talk about how shippers transport vehicles to Hawaii from the mainland.
Shipping to Hawaii is generally handled by boat through RORO transport. RORO simply alludes to the fact that the cargo is Rolled On and then Rolled Off – like cars, for example. Other types of transport use cranes to Lift On and Lift Off cargo (LOLO).
Shipping a car to Hawaii from Seattle, Washington
Here are the steps you need to follow to ship a vehicle from Seattle, WA to Hawaii.
1. Get a quote
On the website, you can complete a brief form to get a quote. The form asks you for the departure city and destination city, the year, make and model of your vehicle, and primary contact information, we can also provide quotes for moving to Hawaii. Just a few seconds will get you started.
Don't hesitate to reach out to ask specific questions about your situation.
2. Book your Date
Once you have booked your date, you can begin preparing your vehicle, which we will talk about in the next step. On average, shipping a vehicle from Seattle to Hawaii will take between 7-14 days. Keep this in mind as you choose your dates.
When your vehicle departs, you will receive an estimated date of arrival, which is contingent on weather conditions, traffic, and other factors. Ultimately, safety considerations will determine whether delays or diversions are necessary.
3. Prepare your vehicle
You don't have to do anything special to prepare your vehicle for shipping to Hawaii. Here are the things you need to know about getting your car ready to ship.
- Clean your vehicle inside and out, removing all dirt.
- Ensure that your vehicle is operable and has a working emergency brake.
- The car must have no chips or cracks in the windshield.
- Ensure that there are no cracks or chips in any of the vehicle glass.
- No personal items other than child car seats and interior items such as floor mats
- Make sure your car has less than ¼ tank of gas.
4. Drop off your vehicle or have it picked up.
We offer door-to-door service for a fee, in which we both pick up your vehicle from your door and deliver your vehicle directly to its destination. This service gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your vehicle will be handled by professionals from your door to the destination of your choice. It's cheaper than you may think. Mention it when you give us a call.
If you want to save on your shipping costs, you can choose to drop your vehicle off at the port and pick it up at one of the four major ports in Hawaii (Kauai, O'ahu, Maui, and Big Island of Hawaii) once it has cleared customs.
5. Pick up your vehicle or have it dropped off.
We will give you satellite tracking updates as your vehicle is en route. You can keep an "eye" on your car as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean, allowing you to predict the time of arrival better.
Again, we can arrange to have your vehicle delivered from port to its final destination, for an additional fee.
We will ensure that you have all the information you need to pick up your vehicle at the port of your choice.
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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.