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.
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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
Your car needs to be road-ready before it can be sent to Hawaii. This includes ensuring sure the ship can load it without any mechanical issues. In addition, before giving over the keys to the transport firm, you should remove all of your own items from the vehicle. Most shipping firms won't let you keep anything in your car during transit, so make sure it's empty other than the required documents.
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 (888) 230-9116.