Posted on 07/04/22

Transporting A Car From Los Angeles To Hawaii

Transporting A Car From Los Angeles To Hawaii

Due to the close proximity of both destinations, shipping a car from Los Angeles is quite common. Shipping a car from Hawaii back to Los Angeles is another popular option. However, there are additional steps due to oceanic cargo rules.

Continue reading to find out why you may want to ship a car from Los Angeles to Hawaii, rather than renting or purchasing one when you arrive in the Aloha State.

Car Shipping 101: LA To/From Hawaii

Hawaii is fun! There are many things to do in Hawaii.

This article will help you ship your car from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Don't worry if you are thinking of shipping a car to Los Angeles from Hawaii.

Shipping to Hawaii vs. purchasing a new car in Hawaii

Living in Hawaii comes with some compromises. The cost of living in Hawaii can be higher.

According to AAA.com, Hawaii's gas prices are also among the highest in all 50 states. You might consider purchasing an economical vehicle to combat the high gas prices. If this is your intention, you can also ship a car from Los Angeles to So-Cal.

When deciding on the best way to ship your car to Hawaii, you'll need to take into account all factors. According to the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the average cost of a new car to Hawaii is $31,000.00. This amount will be sufficient to finance most of your purchase.

How do you ship a car from Los Angeles, California to Hawaii

Here's how to ship a vehicle from Hawaii or to Hawaii.

1. Book a quote

To ship a car from Los Angeles, California to Hawaii, the first step is to get a quote and book your order. Our online calculator, phone number, or live chat will provide you with an instant price quote. You can also book your order and get a confirmation email.

2. Get ready to drive

Next, prepare your vehicle to ship. Here are some things to do before you start:

  • Personal items are not allowed (can ship spare tire and jack, floor mats, car seats for children, driver's manual).
  • You must keep your vehicle clean, both inside and outside.
  • The vehicle must be in good operating condition with no leaks.
  • A working emergency brake must be installed in the vehicle.
  • There are no cracks or chips on windshields or windows.
  • You must only have 1/4 tank of gasoline in your vehicle. Important: If your vehicle has more than 1/4 tank of gasoline, the port will refuse to allow you to drive it.
  • Only electric vehicles require that the battery be fully charged.

3. The vehicle is taken to the garage

We will arrange for your vehicle's pickup from the mainland. After your vehicle arrives in Hawaii, it will be cleared by customs and inspections. You can then pick it up at the port.

You can ship your car from Los Angeles to Hawaii to any of the following ports: Kauai O'ahu Maui or Big Island of Hawaii. Move Car Auto Transport will provide you with the vessel number once your shipment has been scheduled with the oceanic carrier.

NOTE: Although we can help you ship to smaller islands in Hawaii, it is important that you understand the steps involved. For more information, call our team today. We are happy to assist you.

How do you ship a car from Hawaii to Los Angeles

You will need to drop your car off at the port if you plan to transport your car from Hawaii to Los Angeles. You can ship your car from Hawaii to Los Angeles using the following ports: Kauai, O'ahu(Honolulu), Maui/Kahului, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Keep in mind that this is a different process than transporting a car from Los Angeles, California to Hawaii. In Hawaii, you would collect your car at the port. Instead, you will drop it off at one of these ports and choose between port-to-port or door-to-door shipping.

1. Book your vehicle and get it ready

To ship a car from Hawaii or Los Angeles, the first thing you need to do is get a quote and book your order. These are some things that you will need to keep in mind:

  • Year of vehicle
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • Car color
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN), in full
  • If applicable, license plate number

Next, prepare your vehicle for shipping. This is the same as if you were shipping it to Hawaii (see checklist above).

2. Drop your vehicle at the port

Next, drop your vehicle off at any of the following ports: Kauai/Lihue, O'ahu/Honolulu, Maui/Kahului, and the Big Island of Hawaii/Hilo.

These are some things that you will likely need:

  • The order confirmation number from the auto transport company that you booked with, and the vessel booking number.
  • A set of keys. A set of keys.
  • If your vehicle was financed or leased, this is the vehicle title or lien holder authorization. This document allows you to transport your vehicle overseas.
  • You will need a power of attorney if the owner (on the title of the vehicle) is not the one who drops the vehicle off at the port.
  • Current registration
  • A government-issued picture ID.

3. Delivery

Delivery is the final step. You have two options for shipping a car from Hawaii to Los Angeles.

A. Port-to-door

If you need to transport a vehicle from Hawaii to Los Angeles, we offer Port-to-Door. Your vehicle will be delivered to you on the mainland by simply dropping it off at the port. The driver will bring the vehicle to your door as quickly and legally as possible. However, if you are unable to access the location with a large truck, the driver will ask you to meet up at another location.

We take care of the hassle. All you need to do is ensure that someone is there to deliver your vehicle to the delivery address on the mainland.

B. Port-to-port

Here's how the Port-to-Port service works. Drop off your vehicle at any of the Hawaii ports. Depending on your location, you might be able to pick up the vehicle at one of our mainland ports. This option is only recommended if you are close to the ports.

If you are shipping a car from Los Angeles, California to Hawaii, there is no additional paperwork. You will need to complete additional paperwork and procedures if you wish to ship your car from Hawaii to Los Angeles.

Shipping costs to Hawaii

What is the difference between shipping a car from Los Angeles to Hawaii and shipping a car from Hawaii to Los Angeles? Good question.

Costs to ship a car to Hawaii vary depending on when you book it and how far ahead you make your booking. Additional factors include trip distance, car size (sedan, pickup truck, SUV, etc. If your vehicle has modifications or must be in good condition for shipping to Hawaii, these are additional factors.

For all information about Hawaii auto shipping, particularly if you are planning to ship a vehicle from Hawaii to San Diego (where there are additional rules and regulations for oceanic transport).