One of the main reasons that vehicles are shipped out from the mainland to Hawaii is for the military. Members of the Navy are often placed at a base on Hawaii, and when that happens it’s nice to have a personal vehicle throughout the duration of the time spent on Hawaii. For this reason, it’s important to find out what shipping services are available, whether the Navy will cover shipping costs to get a car out to Hawaii and what sort of wait times there are when transporting a vehicle for military personnel.
Is Vehicle Transportation Covered by the Navy?
Yes and no. If you’re enlisted in the Navy and are sent to Hawaii to serve, the military will cover the cost of shipping a single car to that location. This is enough for many sailors, but not always for members of the military with a family. While a single sailor would be happy to have the one car for personal use around the island, a family would likely want to have two vehicles for driving purposes. If that’s the case, the second vehicle would have to be paid for out of pocket, because the Navy will only cover the cost of shipping for one vehicle per sailor.
How Long Does Shipping Take?
When shipping from a port in California to a port in Hawaii times usually vary between 5 days and 8 days depending on the end location and what shipping service you are going with. It’s important to ask about specific time frames when choosing a shipping company to go with if you are covering the cost of the shipment yourself. Different companies will offer different timeframes and you’ll want to evaluate the shipping times to decide which one you want to go with. Overall, shipping a car to Hawaii is quick and easy to do.
What are Military Shipping Costs Like?
Generally, it’s affordable to ship a single vehicle from the mainland over to Hawaii, and that’s especially true for most sailors in the Navy. That’s because they generally are stationed right near a port in Hawaii. That means that shipping only needs to bring the vehicle to the port and it will be nearby to where it needs to go. Inter Hawaiian shipping is not necessary which cuts down costs some.
Most members of the military will want to ship out their vehicle to Hawaii, but they will have to consider whether they want to ship out multiple vehicles or not. Either way shipping is affordable and worth it for the benefit of having personal transportation on the island.
For more than 20 years, A-1 Auto Transport has been here for our military men and women. Whether you are active duty or retired, all you need to do for reliable shipping service is fill out the easy, no hassle quote form on this page. We will have your car delivered fast to your location in Hawaii.
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.