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The Cheapest Way to Ship a Car to Hawaii

Published by Joe Webster.

Hawaii (HI), USA

The Cheapest Way to Ship a Car to Hawaii

If you’re planning an extended trip to the Aloha state of Hawaii or want to move to the islands for the long term, it’s an excellent idea to ship your car before when you move. Having your own vehicle out on the islands makes travel much more convenient and it’s much more affordable than buying something new at your arrival. The trick is finding an affordable shipping method or transport type to get your vehicle out to Hawaii. Here are some steps to follow to save cost on the shipping process.

Choose Between Large Carrier or Small Private Boat

There are generally two ways to send a car from the mainland or west coast over to Hawaii. The first is by placing it on a large cargo ship along with many other cars and sending it over. The second is trusting a smaller car shipping company with a more limited ship that’s carrying just a few cars. Both options work well if you take care to choose a reliable auto transport company, but generally the large ship is much more affordable.

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Why Ship Using a Large Carrier

A large carrier ship will position your vehicle in a way that it’s not exposed to the elements, especially when the car is in a container, and you’ll receive a more discounted rate since many other vehicles are making the journey at the same time. Generally, you’ll need to travel to California to send the vehicle out, or you’ll need to arrange for your vehicle to be transported to a port in California. It’s cheapest to drive the vehicle to the port yourself and then have it shipped from there though.

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Roll on and Roll off Shipping

If you decide to go with a large ship, make sure that you rely on a RORO ship or roll-on roll-off the ship if possible. With this type of shipping, your car must be drivable and it will be driven onto the ship or pulled onto it using a special winch, and then rolled back off at the end of the trip. This is far more affordable than shipping that crane loads cars into position.

If you’re trying to figure out how to get your vehicle over to Hawaii as cheaply as possible, there are many factors to consider. However, it’s best to do all the driving that you can and only pay for transport across the ocean itself. Go with a large company that uses a boat that will transport many cars at the same time. You may have to be more patient when dealing with a larger company because they typically only head out once a week to make trips across the ocean. That means you’ll want to schedule your transport date and make sure your car is there in time to be shipped out.

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Shipping a car this way is surprisingly affordable and the best method out of other shipping options to go with if you want your vehicle on the island with you. Stick with a large roll on and roll off the ship and you’ll enjoy some of the lowest rates available.

When you need reliable Hawaii car shipping services, A-1 Auto Transport is here to help. With more than 20 years of Hawaii transport experience assisting customers in handling and shipping their vehicles (cars, sedans, SUVs, and trucks). We will help you ship on budget, conserve your resources, and monitor everything for you from the origin port to the destination port. We have cargo insurance coverage so you can be rest assured that your items are safe with us. You can contact us at (888) 230-9116 for fast car shipping quotes, and answers to your Hawaii car transport questions.

Relevant Statistics

  • Shipping a car to Hawaii via shared container transport can save up to $900 compared to exclusive container shipping.
  • Approximately 85% of car shipments to Hawaii are done using roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels.
  • The average cost of shipping a standard-sized vehicle from the West Coast to Hawaii is around $1,400.
  • By choosing a reputable car shipping company, customers can benefit from an average discount of 10% on shipping rates.
  • Utilizing an open-air carrier instead of an enclosed carrier can result in savings of up to 30% when shipping a car to Hawaii.

General Facts

  • The cheapest way to ship a car to Hawaii is typically through roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) service.
  • RoRo service involves driving the car onto a specialized ship that transports vehicles.
  • Another affordable option is sharing a shipping container with other vehicles in a consolidated shipment.
  • Prices may vary based on factors such as the size and weight of the car, departure port, and time of year.
  • It is recommended to compare quotes from different shipping companies to find the most cost-effective option.
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Hawaii to New York
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Hilo to New York
Kaneohe to New York
Waipahu to New York
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Kailua to New York
Pearl City to New York
Mililani to New York
Kapolei to New York
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Makakilo to New York
Honolulu to New York
Ewa Gentry to New York
Hawaii to Los Angeles
Honolulu to Los Angeles
Hilo to Los Angeles
Kaneohe to Los Angeles
Waipahu to Los Angeles
Kahului to Los Angeles
Kailua to Los Angeles
Pearl City to Los Angeles
Mililani to Los Angeles
Kapolei to Los Angeles
Schofield Barracks to Los Angeles
Kihei to Los Angeles
Makakilo to Los Angeles
Honolulu to Los Angeles
Ewa Gentry to Los Angeles
Hawaii to Chicago
Honolulu to Chicago
Hilo to Chicago
Kaneohe to Chicago
Waipahu to Chicago
Kahului to Chicago
Kailua to Chicago
Pearl City to Chicago
Mililani to Chicago
Kapolei to Chicago
Schofield Barracks to Chicago
Kihei to Chicago
Makakilo to Chicago
Honolulu to Chicago
Ewa Gentry to Chicago
Hawaii to Houston
Honolulu to Houston
Hilo to Houston
Kaneohe to Houston
Waipahu to Houston
Kahului to Houston
Kailua to Houston
Pearl City to Houston
Mililani to Houston
Kapolei to Houston
Schofield Barracks to Houston
Kihei to Houston
Makakilo to Houston
Honolulu to Houston
Ewa Gentry to Houston
Hawaii to Phoenix
Honolulu to Phoenix
Hilo to Phoenix
Kaneohe to Phoenix
Waipahu to Phoenix
Kahului to Phoenix
Kailua to Phoenix
Pearl City to Phoenix
Mililani to Phoenix
Kapolei to Phoenix
Schofield Barracks to Phoenix
Kihei to Phoenix
Makakilo to Phoenix
Honolulu to Phoenix
Ewa Gentry to Phoenix
Hawaii to Philadelphia
Honolulu to Philadelphia
Hilo to Philadelphia
Kaneohe to Philadelphia
Waipahu to Philadelphia
Kahului to Philadelphia
Kailua to Philadelphia
Pearl City to Philadelphia
Mililani to Philadelphia
Kapolei to Philadelphia
Schofield Barracks to Philadelphia
Kihei to Philadelphia
Makakilo to Philadelphia
Honolulu to Philadelphia
Ewa Gentry to Philadelphia
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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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