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How to ship your car to Hawaii?

Moving to a new place is not easy especially when you have a lot of things with you, not to mention the trouble of securing new documents such as a driver’s license and bank account, and changing your postal address. Additionally, you need to make new friends in the new place to enjoy your new locale and get help in case you need something at any time.

If there’s one thing that can make your life easier in a new place: it’s having a car to get around and know the place. But, car shipping to Hawaii can be difficult if you don’t know How to Ship your Car do it the right way. Let’s ease your trouble by telling you everything you need to know in order to ship your car to Hawaii.

But, before we dive into the details of car shipping to Hawaii, let’s first know if you should ship your car and other things that cannot be overlooked if you’re eager to ship your car to Hawaii.

What kind of Car do You need in Hawaii?

Being an Island, Hawaii demands various things in a car. The car you might be using on the Mainland won’t serve better on islands like Hawaii. The state’s road is well maintained so I don’t think you’ll need a 4WD capability for everyday lives. Moreover, Hawaii does offer a lot of 4-wheel driving adventures especially if you plan to visit the nearby tourist spots.

Also, keep in mind that the price of gas on an island is generally more than on the Mainland. So you might be considering taking a car that’s more fuel-efficient and if you have an old car that requires too much fuel than a new one, you should consider leaving your car behind. As you must know, people in Hawaii prefer electric cars more than fuel cars because there’s plenty of sunlight in most areas of the island.

That’s enough. Now let’s have a look at how you can ship your car to Hawaii.

Shipping your car to Hawaii from the US

If you’ve decided that you want to take your car with you to Hawaii, let me tell you there are only three shipping carriers that transport vehicles overseas from the U.S. Mainland to Hawaii. These three shipping carriers are:

  • Pasha Hawaii
  • Horizon Lines
  • Matson

All the other companies who claim to ship your car from the U.S. Mainland to Hawaii are the middlemen (brokers) and you’ll end up paying more than you would if you go directly to any of these three companies.

But yeah, going through a broker has its own benefits. You will save your time verifying documents of the car and you won’t have to drive it all the way to the port, and a few more.

If you’re looking to ship your carrier from one Hawaiian island to another, you have only two options.

  • Pasha Hawaii
  • Young Brothers

Procedure for Shipping your Car to Hawaii

No matter which car you have or which carrier you choose, the procedure for shipping is the same.

  1. Make a reservation to drop off your vehicle at the port beforehand.
  2. Make sure that your car is in good condition (clean, not leaking any fluids) before you bring it to the port.
  3. You are not allowed to keep anything in your car that’s not factory-installed which includes your speaker/subwoofer too. However, you can keep a spare tire and a jack in the car.
  4. Bring these things along with your car:
  • Proof of booking reservation
  • Valid Driving license of the car owner
  • Vehicle registration papers
  • Bill of sale or other proof of ownership
  • Loan holder’s permission to ship a vehicle, if you’re leasing or financing the vehicle
  • Proof of insurance (required by Young Brothers only)
  • Copies of your keys to all parts of the vehicle. Keep the original ones with you.
  • Contact info of the person who will be picking up the vehicle
  1. When picking up your car from Hawaii’s port, bring these things:
  • Proof of vehicle’s arrival
  • Driver license of the owner
  • Your Shipping receipt

In order to prevent your car from any rust damage from exposure to salty air and water, you must consider waxing your vehicle’s exteriors. Also, you should consider disconnecting your car’s alarm (if you have one) in order to save your car’s battery.

Cost of shipping your car to Hawaii

Well, to be honest, it depends on a lot of factors including the size of your vehicle, departure and arrival port, and more. Consider looking at all three options to choose the cheapest ones.


No matter which car you want to ship or which carrier you choose, there are only three carriers for you. Consider all the options before you finalize one. Moreover, keep all the documents with you until you get your car back from the Hawaiian port.

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Kanisha is an all-around geek who loves learning new stuff every day. With a background in computer science and a passion for web-based technologies and Gadgets, she focuses on writing about Web Trends, Smartphones and Tablets. You can contact her at kanisha@pc-tablet.com.