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    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    If you want to move your car to or from Hawaii, you need help from a car shipping company. Look for a licensed, bonded and insured auto transporter with proven reliability, on-time delivery and competitive rates. Keep reading to find and compare the best car transport in Hawaii.

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      Thanks to its year-round warm weather and low unemployment rate, Honolulu has an influx of new residents, including families and retirees. Honolulu is also home to Fort Shafter and a U.S. Coast Guard base, so many military families relocate to Hawaii for station assignments. Whether moving here or leaving, you need help from professionals to ship a car to Hawaii. Luckily, Hawaii car transport companies navigate this process to make it simple and convenient.

      Car shipping cost in Hawaii

      The cost of auto transport varies, but shipping a car to or from Hawaii ranges from $1,000 to $3,000. Car transport costs vary by the vehicle type, the carrier type and the distance traveled. It usually costs about $1,200 to get a car from the West Coast to Hawaii, but you pay extra if you want your car shipped farther inland.

      Your carrier type also influences how much you pay. The table below lists your main options for shipping overseas and cross-country.

      Carrier typeCheaper optionSafer option
      TruckOpen carrierEnclosed carrier
      ShipRORO (roll-on/roll-off)Container shipping

      For a midsize SUV going to Hawaii in an open carrier, transport costs range from $1,300 to $2,500, assuming standard insurance and 30 days of notice.

      ToFromEstimated price
      San Francisco, CAHonolulu, HI$1,969
      Scottsdale, AZHonolulu, HI$2,039
      Tacoma, WAHonolulu, HI$2,449
      Salt Lake City, UTHonolulu, HI$2,219
      Honolulu, HIPortland, OR$2,059
      Honolulu, HILos Angeles, CA$1,319
      Honolulu, HIPhoenix, AZ$1,699
      Honolulu, HIBellevue, WA$2,269

      If you're shipping a car to Hawaii on a budget, consider the following tips to save money:

      • Shipping a car to Hawaii is cheaper than moving one from Hawaii to the continental U.S.
      • Booking in advance usually gets you lower rates.
      • Larger, heavier cars and trucks are more expensive to ship than smaller cars.
      • Specialty vehicles, like classic cars, luxury cars, motorcycles or RVs, cost more to ship than normal cars.
      • Shipping a car to Hawaii port-to-port costs less than port-to-door delivery.
      • Some auto shippers offer military discounts. If you or your spouse is a member of the military, be sure to inquire about any deals or savings.

      How to choose a Hawaii auto transport company

      Car transport to or from Honolulu is different than similar services offered in the continental United States. Many domestic car shipping companies don’t even offer delivery outside the Lower 48, so it’s essential to find a licensed and bonded company that specializes in shipping cars to Hawaii. If your destination is outside the U.S., look for international auto transport companies.

      Before booking:

      • Gather quotes from different car shipping companies in Hawaii
      • Read customer reviews
      • Review company policies on vehicle damage
      • Understand the difference between auto transporters and auto brokers

      To ensure you’re scheduling services with a legitimate auto transporter, make sure that the company you’ve selected is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Check to see if the company can provide testimonials from consumers who have used their services as well.

      To get an accurate quote for transit, you need to know the size and weight of your vehicle, the delivery location and whether you wish to pack your vehicle with personal belongings. Some companies in Hawaii authorize customers to pack personal belongings inside vehicles, but most strictly enforce weight limits, particularly when moving vehicles across the ocean.

      Not all Hawaii car transport companies move motorcycles, RVs, luxury cars or inoperable vehicles, so check with the company you’ve selected for specialty shipping options and rates.

      What to do before shipping your car in Honolulu

      Once you’ve hired an auto shipping company in Hawaii and set up a pickup date, there are several things to do to prepare your vehicle for safe and easy transport.

      1. Clean the interior and exterior, then check for existing damage. Take pictures and create a written report of dings, dents and scratches already present.
      2. Check tire pressure and ensure there aren’t any leaks.
      3. Remove custom parts and exterior accessories to prevent damage during transit.
      4. Disable the vehicle’s alarm.
      5. Leave your gas tank about one-quarter full.

      Taking time to document preexisting damage helps if you must dispute any damage caused by the transporter. When you receive your car at its destination, examine it just as closely and address any concerns immediately.

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        Honolulu car shipping company information

        Auto Shipping Group Honolulu

        Auto Shipping Group transports cars, motorcycles, boats and military equipment in open and enclosed carriers throughout the U.S. Inoperable vehicles are eligible for shipping with an additional fee of $150. Personal insurance is not required, and each hauling vehicle carries a $100,000 insurance policy for its cargo.

        • Address: 1050 Queen St., Ste. 100, Honolulu, HI 96814
        • Phone: (808) 465-2272
        • Hours: M - Sun: 8am - 11pm
        • Website: autoshippinggroup.com
        Budget Auto Transport Honolulu

        Budget Auto Transport provides cross-country shipping for cars, trucks, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. The company offers car hauling services every day of the week. Budget prides itself on friendly service, affordable rates and on-time deliveries.

        • Address: 1311 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814
        • Phone: (808) 400-9621
        • Hours: M - F: 6am - 10pm; Sat: 6am - 9pm
        • Website: budgetautotransports.com
        Hawaii Auto Transportation

        Hawaii Auto Transportation is an overseas logistics company that handles car and boat hauling with its 20,000-foot metal container carriers. Vehicles are braced and lashed inside the container for safekeeping. Personal belongings weighing up to 100 pounds may be stored in each vehicle, but the company is not liable for them. RORO services are available.

        • Address: 238 Sand Island Access Road, Ste. R-10, Honolulu, HI 96819
        • Phone: (808) 518-6000
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: hawaiiautotransportation.com
        Coastal Auto Shipping

        Coastal Auto Shipping hauls vehicles of all types domestically and internationally using open and enclosed containers. The company is licensed, bonded and insured, and customers’ vehicles are insured during transit up to $100,000. Personal property may be packed in the vehicle. Free quotes are available online, and customers can pay via cash, money order or major credit card.

        • Address: 1888 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
        • Phone: (888) 207-3176
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: coastalautoshipping.com
        Pasha Hawaii

        Since 1947, Pasha Hawaii has provided total logistics management for cars, motorcycles, boats and oversized cargo. The company has a full range of ocean container capabilities, and customers can have their vehicles and cargo moved between Hawaii and the continental U.S. at rates that match budget.

        • Address: Serves Honolulu residents
        • Phone: (866) 363-7485
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: pashahawaii.com
        Matson

        Matson provides vehicle transit throughout Hawaii and across the Pacific. Perks of booking with Matson include customizable scheduling, transit tracking and its maritime security program.

        • Address: 1411 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819
        • Phone: (800) 462-8766
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: matson.com
        Young Brothers

        Young Brothers is a freight handling and transportation company that has been serving Hawaii and its residents since 1900. With a fleet of eight barges and a combined capacity of more than 60,000 tons, the company has solutions for almost every type of cargo, including refrigerated items and hazardous materials. Rates are based on origin, destination and route of shipment. Check its website for pricing info.

        • Address: 1331 N. Nimitz Highway, Ste. 39, Honolulu, HI 96817
        • Phone: (808) 543-9311
        • Hours: M - F: 7:30am - 3:30pm
        • Website: htbyb.com
        Schumacher Cargo Logistics

        Schumacher Cargo Logistics ships vehicles and motorcycles to and from Hawaii to California, Washington and major international hubs like Belgium and Singapore. Additional services include boat and yacht shipping, air freight, oversized container shipping and moving services. Online tracking is available for shipped vehicles and cargo.

        • Address: Serves Honolulu residents
        • Phone: (800) 599-0190
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: schumachercargo.com
        Experienced Auto Transport

        Experienced Auto Transport offers a different experience than other car transport companies. Customers can pack personal belongings up to 100 pounds in their cars. The company also provides status checks on all vehicles so consumers know where their vehicle is throughout the transport process. For an additional $150, the company ships inoperable vehicles. Most of its cross-country transports take between seven and 10 business days.

        • Address: 4929 Balboa Blvd., Ste. 105, Honolulu, HI 96815
        • Phone: (888) 259-9630
        • Hours: Call for hours
        • Website: experiencedautotransport.com
        by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

        Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.

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