When shipping a vehicle to Hawaii from the east coast an additional step will have to be made before the car is loaded onto a boat and moved to a port in Hawaii, that’s transporting it to a west-coast shipping port. Generally, it's fastest and cheapest to transport a vehicle overland to California where it will be sent from a port somewhere like San Diego toward its destination in Hawaii.
Drive to Port or Factor in Port Delivery
When paying to ship your vehicle from the east coast to Hawaii it’s important to factor in the cost of transport to a port in California and to decide if you want to have the vehicle delivered there or if you want to drive it to the port for shipping out of California.
While it is a bit more expensive, most people opt to have their vehicle transported to port and then shipped from there. Doing so saves you a substantial amount of time and often isn’t too much more expensive than doing all the work yourself. After factoring in things like hotel stays and travel costs it’s very comparable to pay for shipping to the west coast rather than handling all the work yourself. That’s why for most people it’s a no-brainer to pay for the shipping.
Shipping Times Vary
Depending on what part of the east coast you live on your shipping times will vary. Overland transit often takes between 5 days and 7 days to go from the east coast to a west coast port, so it’s important that you factor that time into the trip.
Prepare Your Vehicle for Transport
Before you can have your vehicle transported to Hawaii, you must get it ready to make the trip. That means making sure that it’s mechanically sound and won’t have any trouble when being loaded on the ship. It also means clearing out all your personal belongings before handing over the keys to the transport company. Most transport companies do not allow you to pack your belongings into a vehicle that’s being transported, so clean it out completely other than the necessary paperwork for transport.
Shipping a vehicle from the east coast to Hawaii is a bit more expensive than shipping from the west coast, but there are companies that will do the work and it’s certainly possible. Take the time to hire a reputable company and you will be enjoying a relaxing drive in Hawaii soon enough.
No matter where you need to ship from, A-1 Auto Transport has you covered. For fast service, you can contact an agent at (800) 452-2880.
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.
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