Posted on 07/05/22

Auto Transport Hawaii In A Nutshell

Auto Transport Hawaii In A Nutshell

Hawaii auto transport doesn't have to be as difficult as you might think.

The make and model of your vehicle (or truck) will affect the price. Also, the entry and departure ports. Contact us to get a free quote to find out how much it costs to ship your car to Hawaii or how much to ship your car from Hawaii to the mainland.

Move Car Auto Transport transports over 85,000 cars each year and takes care of each one. We can ship your car from Hawaii on the mainland or mainland to Hawaii.

You're here if you want to find out more about Hawaii auto transport. We'll explain how shipping a vehicle to Hawaii works, what it costs, and how long it takes. Keep reading.

We offer Door-to Port service when shipping vehicles to Hawaii. We will come to your home as soon as legal and safe as possible to pick up your vehicle. We will also deliver your vehicle to any port in Hawaii that you choose.

Port-to-Port service is a great option if you live in the Long Beach area. If you are looking for an economical way to ship a car from Hawaii, this could be a great option.

Ship a Car to Hawaii

First, get a quote to ship your car to Hawaii. Then book your order.

Get an instant price quote, and then book your order online, by phone, or via live chat.

Next, prepare your vehicle for shipping. Here are some things to do in order to get started. You can contact us by phone or live chat if you have any questions. Move Car is always available to assist you.

Things you may need to do before:

  • Personal items are not allowed (can ship spare tire and jack, floor mats, car seats for children, driver's manual).
  • Clean your vehicle (inside and outside, with no dirt or debris if at all possible).
  • The vehicle must be in good operating condition. (See the note above regarding inoperable cars).
  • The vehicle must have an emergency brake that works.
  • There are no cracks or chips on the windshield or windows.
  • A car should have no more than 1/4 tank of gasoline. The law requires that your car have a minimum of 1/4 tank of gasoline, because gasoline is considered dangerous material at the port.

These are the two final steps to shipping a car from Hawaii.

After your vehicle passes inspection and customs, we pick up your vehicle. You will only need the Matson booking number to pick up your truck or car. This will be provided by Move Car representatives after the port has scheduled the appointment.

Ship a Car to Hawaii

The shipping of a car from Hawaii process is very similar to that of shipping a car to Hawaii. The final steps are different so make sure you keep that in mind.

First, get a quote for shipping your car to Hawaii. Next, book your order. Next, prepare your vehicle for shipping. This is the same as if you were shipping to Hawaii. Next, drop your vehicle off at the port.

You might need these things:

  • Your Move Car Order Confirmation Number and Vessel Booking No.
  • A set of keys, and if your car has an alarm, the remote control to unlock it and turn it off.
  • If your vehicle is financed, leased, or rented, the vehicle title or lien holder authorization (power of attorney).
  • Current registration
  • A government-issued picture ID.
  • If a vehicle is being shipped from Hawaii to the mainland, and the owner is not there at drop-off, the drop-off person must provide proof of power of attorney.
  • If you are shipping a car from Hawaii to the mainland that is still being repaid, the drop-off person must show proof of power of attorney from the lien holder to allow the vehicle to ship.

The last step? We deliver your vehicle. You have two options when shipping your vehicle from Hawaii to the mainland:

Here are some ways to get your car picked up:

Move Car offers Port-to-Door services. Simply drop off your vehicle at the port and we'll bring it to you on the mainland. We handle all the hassle. All you need to do is ensure that someone is available at the delivery address on the mainland for your vehicle (on the scheduled dropoff date).

Here's how the Port-to-Port service works. Your vehicle will be picked up at the port. Depending on your location, you might be able to pick up your vehicle at one of our mainland ports.


No additional paperwork is required when a vehicle is being shipped to Hawaii from the mainland.

Owners must submit the following documentation if a vehicle is being shipped from Hawaii to the mainland.

  • If the vehicle is financed, or a lease, the drop-off party must have a letter signed by the lien holder authorizing the vehicle to be transported to the mainland. This letter must be on official letterhead. Notarized letters are only valid for 30 days after the date of issue.
  • To ship cars or trucks that are not owned, you must have a copy of the title and current registration. The shipper must be listed on the vehicle's title. They will need to present a photo ID and proof that they are the owner.
  • Two owners must be listed on the title. Both owners must present a photo ID or notarized permission from the other owner.

Personal Items

Personal items are not allowed in the vehicle on its journey.

This is to protect your vehicle from liability. The port will inspect your truck or car before the shipping and remove personal items. Your vehicle will be refused entry if it contains any personal items.

Only the following items may be left in your car:

  • Spare tire
  • Jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Safety seats for children should be installed


Hawaii is warm all year. Daytime temperatures range from 78F during the colder months to 88F during the warmer months. Although the ports aren't covered, your vehicle will remain underneath the deck of a vessel for the duration of the journey.

Ports will not send out shipments if there is severe weather at sea. This is usually only in the rare event that the waters are calm and the coast is clear. Your shipment may need to be reinspected if it is delayed due to weather conditions.

Tropical storms

The islands are not affected by hurricanes or tropical storms. The hurricane season in Hawaii is between June and November. However, most of the hurricane activity is from July to September. These islands rarely see any significant hurricane activity.

The weather is not a factor in shipping a vehicle to Hawaii or from Hawaii. It should be easy if you choose the right car transporter company.