How to ship a car to Hawaii
A cousin of mine is preparing to move to Hawaii, and she asked me if I had any recommendations on how to get her minivan shipped over the islands. "Is it worth it to ship a car to Hawaii," she asked. "Should I instead just sell it and buy a new vehicle when I get to Honolulu?"
Well, the answer to those questions really depends on the type of car we're talking about. For example, if the vehicle in question is a clunker that already is on its last legs, then it would be wise to leave it (or sell it) and then just buy a vehicle once you arrive to Hawaii.
On the other hand, of the vehicle is a new minivan, like my sister's, then it very well might be worth your while to have it shipped to Hawaii.
Here are some pointers on how to ship a car to Hawaii
- Find a reliable Ocean shipping service, like Matson.
- Determine if the shipping company ships to the correct Hawaiian island
- Plan ahead so you have someone there to pick it up upon arrival, which might take up to 24 days after leaving port in Los Angeles.
Shipping a car isn't hard if you're connected with the right service. Depending on the company, e.g. Matson, you'll have different costs and different time-tables. However, with a high-value item, such as a vehicle or a Steinway piano, you definitely don't want to be a penny-pincher. You'll be grateful you did your due-diligence when your car arrives safely to the Hawaiian Islands.