Effortlessly shipping vehicles & heavy haul equipment to/from any location in Hawaii
Hawaii Vehicle Shipping & Heavy Haul Transport Experts
SAC is a full service freight transport broker with direct access to the largest network of carriers. One simple call does it all. When you choose Ship A Car, we deliver not only your vehicle(s) and freight, but peace of mind as well.
Ship a Car, Inc. delivers first-class shipping services to people relocating their vehicles, businesses moving their general freight and transporting heavy equipment, in addition to volume relocation services for all vehicle dealers and organizations.
Contact a Ship A Car transport adviser now at (866) 821-4555 for straightforward vehicle transport service to/from any residential or business location in the state of Hawaii.
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We provide direct service to and from any location in Hawaii - above is a list of the most popular car shipping locations that we service.
Everything You Need to Know About the State of Hawaii (HI)
Hawaii (Hawaiian: Hawai‘i), affluence of natural beauty and serenity, is a group of volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The islands were annexed by the United States in 1900, and as a U.S. territory saw population expansion and the establishment of a plantation system for growing sugarcane and pineapples. On the fateful morning of December 7, 1941, during World War 2, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu. The surprise attack destroyed nearly 20 vessels, killed more than 2,000 American soldiers, and propelled the United States into war. Hawaii was instated into the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959.
The islands lie 2,397 miles from San Francisco, California, to the east and 5,293 miles from Manila, in the Philippines, to the west. The capital is Honolulu, located on the island of Oahu.
The state is widely known as the ‘Aloha State’ with the Pua Aloalo (Yellow Hibiscus) considered the state flower. ‘Ua Mau Ke Ea o ka ʻĀina I ka Pono (“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”)’- is the state motto.
With rich volcanic soil and ideal farming conditions, Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee. In 2006, Kona coffee was named by Forbes.com as one of the world’s top 10 most expensive brews at around $34 per pound.
Before the arrival of British Captain James Cook in 1778, the Hawaiian language was strictly oral. Natives were taught by missionaries to read their language so that they could communicate the scriptures of the Bible. Banned in 1898 when Hawaii became a U.S. Territory and then resurrected as the official language in 1978, Hawaiian contains only 13 letters: five vowels and eight consonants.
Mount Waialeale on Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth. It receives an average of around 460 inches of rain each year.
Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on earth, with a height of over 30,000 feet from its base—on the floor of the Pacific Ocean—to its peak.
Standing 13,796 feet above sea level, Mauna Kea is Hawaii’s tallest volcano. But it stretches an additional 19,680 feet below the surface of the water, making Mauna Kea the tallest mountain in the world at 33,476 feet. Mount Everest’s elevation, measured from sea level, is 29,035 feet.
Hawaii’s population center is the most isolated on Earth—more than 2,300 miles from the United States, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China, and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
Car Shipping To Hawaii
Hawaii is one of the most beautiful states in the US, with heavenly sceneries and a great atmosphere. Whether you are moving to Hawaii permanently or you just visiting for pleasure, you would want to have your car with you to get around. The thought of transporting your vehicle can be discouraging especially when you don’t know what to do. It is highly recommended that you hire a reliable shipping company to make this entire process a lot easier.
What Influences the Cost of shipping?
The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii is a bit higher than average because it involves crossing the ocean. The following are the major facts that influence the cost of shipping a car to Hawaii:
Time of the year
Auto transport companies usually have a lot of business during certain seasons of the year. For example, during summer shipping companies are always fully booked and slots on the trucks cost more due to the high demand. Everyone wants to travel during good weather conditions because it is safer and families tend to relocate during the summer to take advantage of the new school year. Shipping during harsh weather conditions such as winter is not an attractive option for both customers and shipping companies. However, it is cheaper to transport your car during the winter than in summer. Hawaii generally has good weather but you have to consider the climate of the origin of the car.
Distance and Location of Pick-up and Delivery
Longer distances attract higher costs. The farther the initial location of your car to Hawaii, the more you’ll have to pay for shipping.
When it comes to the location of pick-up and delivery, there are two options which are terminal-to-terminal and door-to-door. With the terminal-to-terminal option, you’ll drop off your car at the terminal and pick it up when it gets delivered to the shipping terminal in Hawaii. This option is more economical than the door-to-door option.
If you want the shipping company to pick up your car from your address and have it delivered to your doorstep in Hawaii, order the door-to-door delivery. This will be more costly as your vehicle will have 2 -3 transport legs (i.e. doorstep to port, port to port, and port to doorstep).
The Time Frame of the Shipping
Shipping your vehicle to Hawaii can be expensive depending on where you are shipping from. Ordering expedited shipping services can make the process even more expensive, having a flexible delivery date is a major way to reduce the cost of shipping.
Type of Auto Carrier Transport Used
The type of auto transport you order determines the shipping quote you get. Open carrier transport is the standard type of carrier used; most auto shipping companies have it. It can transport several vehicles at once and it is cheaper than the enclosed carrier. The downside is that your car might be exposed to bad weather conditions and road debris. Most luxury and classic car owners prefer enclosed carrier transport because it protects their cars better. Enclosed carriers are usually driven by experienced drivers that have the expertise to handle high-end cars. It is more expensive than open carrier transport.
Size of Vehicle
Heavier trucks cost more to transport than smaller cars. Larger vehicles occupy more space on the carrier and affect fuel consumption.
Tips on How to Choose an Auto shipping company
Do your Research
There are several auto shipping companies you can hire. Go online and search extensively for reliable companies. Check the reviews from previous customers; you can also get recommendations from family and friends. Reviews from customers will give you an idea of their customer relations and how companies handle negative comments. Look into the experience level of the company. It is safer to hire a company with a successful track record of delivery.
Get Quotes from Different Companies
Most companies have quote generators on their websites. Compare quotes from the companies you are thinking of hiring to ship your car to Hawaii. This would give you an idea of the average cost of shipping.
Ensure the Company Prioritizes Safety
There are safety precautions the company is supposed to follow for the protection of human life and property. The auto shipping company should not cut corners or use faulty equipment in a bid to save money.
Make Sure the Company is Licensed to Operate
The company you decide to use should have all the documents to operate in Hawaii. The company you decide to use must have all the permits to ship vehicles in most states in the US.
Sometimes accidents happen during transit which might be due to bad weather or other road hazards. Find out about the kind of coverage the insurance policy of the company offers. You can also purchase additional insurance for an extra charge to get total coverage
Steps to Take Before Shipping your Vehicle
Take out all your stuff from your vehicle.
Make sure your gas tank is only about a quarter full to reduce the weight.
Inspect your car and take note of preexisting damage.
Clean your vehicle. This helps you observe minor scratches and debts on your car.
You can take a picture of your car to have substantial evidence.
Have all your vehicle paperwork work complete and ready.
You should have a spare key that you would give to the truck driver.
Note: Shipping to Hawaii also requires that your vehicle windshield is free of cracks.
SAC offers nationwide delivery of any type of vehicle you want to transport. We have been shipping cars across the United States for years. You can always trust us for prompt and reliable services. Visit our transport calculator page to get a free shipping quote or give us a call at (866) 821-4555 for more info.
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Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL), which shares runways with the adjacent Hickam Field (IATA: HIK), is the major commercial aviation hub of Hawaii. The commercial aviation airport offers intercontinental service to North America, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele Airlines and go! use jets to provide services between the large airports in Honolulu, Līhuʻe, Kahului, Kona, and Hilo. Island Air and Pacific Wings serve smaller airports. These airlines also provide air freight services between the islands. On May 30, 2017, the airport was officially renamed the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), after U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) maintains the smallest state-maintained system of state highways in the country. It consists of interstate, state highways, and secondary state highways, totaling approximately 1,013 miles (1,630 km).
The state highways encircle each main island. Only Oʻahu has federal highways and is the only area outside the contiguous 48 states to have signed Interstate highways. Narrow, winding roads and congestion in populated places can slow traffic. Each major island has a public bus system.
The routes are:
Route 11, Hawaii Belt Road, Intersection with Route 19 to Kailua Kona
Route 19, Hawaii Belt Road, Hilo Harbor to Kailua Kona
Route 130, Keaau-Pahoa Road, Intersection with Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11) at Keaau towards Kalapana
Route 190, Palani Highway and Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua Kona to Intersection with Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in Waimea
Route 220, Akaka Falls Road, Intersection with Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) to Akaka Falls Park
Route 240, Honokaa Waipio Road, Intersection with Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) to Waipio Valley
Route 250, Kohala Mountain Road, Intersection with Hawaii Belt Road in Waimea to Hawi
Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL), which shares runways with the adjacent Hickam Field (IATA: HIK), is the major commercial aviation hub of Hawaii. The commercial aviation airport offers intercontinental service to North America, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele Airlines and go! Use jets to provide services between the large airports in Honolulu, Līhuʻe, Kahului, Kona, and Hilo. Island Air and Pacific Wings serve smaller airports. These airlines also provide air freight services between the islands. On May 30, 2017, the airport was officially renamed the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), after U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
Currently, there is a passenger ferry service in Maui County between Lanaʻi and Maui, which does not take vehicles; a passenger ferry to Molokai ended in 2016. Now, the Norwegian Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises provide passenger cruise ship services between the larger islands.
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We had a great experience with Quinten all the way from the initial call through some communication hold ups with the dealership we purchased through and all the way to the delivery. I would recommend them without reserve.
Rick S. Fort Collins, CO
I had excellent service from them, I'm about to use them again & would recommend them 100%.
I called Ship a Car, inc for a quote to ship a motorcycle from Central California to Southeastern Texas. Willie D. quickly responded to my RFQ with a decent bid with a 7 - 9 day transit time. We easily came to terms over the phone, a truck arrived the following day. Willie offered same day pickup but that didn't work for me. As it went, the bike was delivered in 4 days! Needless to say that I'm delighted with the company's service and efficiency. Willie D. kept in touch until I was satisfied. I should mention that Ship a Car, inc is a broker who contracts to shippers.
I had a little longer wait due to truck issues and the road. However, Bob Moran was beyond useful and helped me in more than one way. His customer service let alone human compassion for the things i was or might have been going through was very much appreciated during this huge transition in my life. I would recommend ship a car inc. And ask for Bob!
I must say I was amazed at the service I received from SHIP A CAR INC....especially their customer service rep J. Meigs.... a sure asset to this company. I was in a bind ..my car was not going anywhere and he made it happen for me. There was constant communication... and any time I had a question my calls and emails were returned. My car was picked up on time....delivered safely... and the person who brought the car out also did a wonderful job. Would highly recommend and use this company again.
Tina S. Llano, CA
Steve Goodman what can I say this man tell me Aaron hall I got u a driver ok he will pick your car up on Friday the 8th not really the driver just now Saturday picking my car up sad no communication then I paid I extra $50 so it could be here earlier I just want my car and I will never use this company please don't respond with call this number like y'all do just get in touch with the driver and find out when will my car be here since y'all lack communication What happen to my $50 you called and said u would reimburse me 3 days ago and still nothing bad business .
My car was shipped so incredibly fast from California to Nashville. It actually arrived even one day before I was scheduled to arrive in Nashville but the driver was able to accommodate me and stay an extra night until I arrived. Great service and my car arrived in perfect condition. Very much worth the price!
Excellent service all around, highly recommend, handled quickly on short notice, worry free pickup and deliver, customer service/communication excellent..!
Contacted Ship-A-Car in early May 2018 and spoke with Steve Goodman. He answered almost all of my questions immediately about shipping my new BMW to east coast. Those he couldn't answer he got back to me in less than a day with all the information I needed. A few weeks later my car was at the port on Maui and in less than one month it was safely sitting in my garage in North Carolina and in the exact same, excellent condition. I will ship other cars in the future and I will use Ship-A-Car and Steve.
Martin K. Paia, HI
They are seriously the best in the business. They responded to my question immediately. They will give you the best service for a very good price. They ensured the car was towed even if we had the most challenging circumstances. And promises and delivers! I highly recommend this company!! 5 stars for sure!
Awesome Company and would recommend to others. Extremely professional Staff.
Kristina at Ship A Car, Inc. is the person to reach out to, if you want to ship a car. She provided me information about shipping a vehicle, which I had no knowledge of. She helped me get the best price possible, while finding a very good driver. She truly cared about my experience.
I just wanted to say thank you SO much for making my car shipping experience painless and simple!! After dealing with so many companies who were fairly sketch and wouldn't return my calls, you made it so simple and answered every question I had about the process. My car arrived earlier than the expected date and arrived in the same condition it left.
Thank you so much again!!!
Virginia P. Lorton, VA
Really excellent service. Despite contacting them last minute on a Saturday afternoon, I was still able to have the car towed the next Monday morning. I highly recommend them. Thank you for the good service!
Excellent. Cody was my contact and the service was great. He helped me understand the process and followed up every day on my situation including checking in after delivery to make sure everything was ok. Would recommend this company to anyone.
Very professional shipping dispatch service. Darius answered all my questions, and found an amazing and professional vehicle transport driver. Pricing was reasonable. My car arrived on the day I requested.
Thank You Danny, for your honesty. when I called for an estimate this man told me that he could have my car picked up in Ma. on Monday, and have it delivered to me in Pa. the next day, which is exactly what he did. The price was a little more than I wanted to pay, but it was well worth it. Thanks Again.
Bill W. Selinsgrove, PA
Best shipping service I ever had. They are really professional and really take care of your car. I highly recommend them to all!
I just had three cars shipped from the Dallas area to the Nashville area. My experience was amazing from the moment I called and spoke with Kristina to my cars being delivered. I can’t stress enough what an amazing experience I had.
Will D. shipped our car from Cincinnati, OH to Alabama. He was very professional. His custom service was second to none, and the car arrived in Alabama in perfect condition. We will definitely use Ship A Car and request Will D. again. He made our move worry free. Thanks again.
Great job by ship a car and their rep. Bob Moran. First time user and I would definitely use them again.
I travel quite a bit for work and instead of towing my fifth wheel myself I rely on others. In a google search I found Ship A Car and am so glad I did. Transport Coordinator Cameron B. paid attention to each detail of my move, and communicated with me every step of the way. The paperwork was simple, the price competitive, and the service impeccable. Pick-up and delivery was ahead of schedule, and I couldn't be more please with the company, as well as Cameron's attention. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SHIP A CAR, AND ASK FOR CAMERON!!!
Bettina K. Las Vegas, NM
Made a car shipment happen in 24 hours that was taking forever with other company. I was willing to pay a few bucks extra. Other company kept delaying and making excuses, this guy made it happen literally overnight and was excellent returning calls and follow up. Cool guy and fun to talk to as well.
We needed a last minute car pickup out of state, and Bob wasted no time to call out and find us a driver, and have our car delivered safely and promptly.He was courteous, reassuring, and efficient. We Will definitely use this company in the future, and certainly refer others to them.
I can't say enough good things about this company and specifically Bob Moran. Bob has now helped me with shipping two of my family's vehicles (MI to CA in 2016 and CA to NY). The first time I worked with him he was saving me because another company never showed up. And today when I worked with him he helped me get our car to NY where my fiancé has just started his new job. I spoke to him for the first time about it this morning and we have the car getting picked up at my home tomorrow morning. He made me feel like family and made something (shipping your car across the country), that I consider being stressful, so simple and easy. I am beyond impressed with Bob's customer service and the work he does. Any time I hear that someone needs to ship a car I will be throwing Bob's information at them and maybe even offer to set it up for them because it was that pleasant of an experience. Thank you so much, Bob! Looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Our golf cart business called Ship A Car Inc to send some vehicles to Florida from Mississippi. The process was real easy and there weren't any hiccups. I'd use them again!
Sid N. Jackson , MS
I have used Ship-a-Car for several years now, and they have arranged for professional transport services who delivered our vehicle, always as promised. Their service and follow-up have always been great (thanks Bob).
I recently purchased a Cutlass Supreme and initially used another carrier. I called my initial carrier to get a status and was told it would take 4 weeks to have my car picked up. I cancelled my order and I contacted Ship a Car. I spoke to Willie and made arrangements to have my car transported via an enclosed carrier. Within an hour, Willie called me back and my car was picked up that night and arrived in NY in 2 days. The car arrived with no issues. Willie was responsive and communicated all the steps the entire way. I would highly recommend them.
The first issue I had with this shipment was when the Ship A Car sales rep called after we had agreed and on a price, I signed an order confirmation, paid the deposit by credit card and got a dispatch notice. About an hour later, the sales rep called me back to inform me that the driver wanted $200 more for the transport. At this point, I suppose I should have told him to find another driver, but I was anxious to get the car delivered in a timely manner. The second issue came on the Saturday my vehicle was to be delivered in the morning. I texted the driver who said he would be to my residence (in NY State) that evening and he included a picture of a Google map which included the Shiawasee River. I looked this up and found that it was in Michigan. I understand that you have to be a bit flexible, but later that late afternoon I got another text expressing that they would arrive at 3:00 am Sunday morning and would it be OK to take the delivery then. Again, I suppose I could have postponed delivery, but by this time I just wanted to be through with this process and said OK. They arrived at 4:15 am on Sunday and delivered the vehicle with no damage. It was not the worst experience, but it certainly would not merit a 5 star review.
The car arrived today and I could not be happier with the shipping service (Sema Logistics). They were always there to answer my questions on the phone and the driver was the best. Very efficient, friendly and professional. I am having another car shipped sometime in June and I will definitely be using your services again ! I have used other companies before and yours is the best of all !
Neal R. Westlake Village, CA
The rep knew what he was doing and his cognitive process. The delivery was smooth. They showed up on time as discussed. They were responsive to phone calls and communication was perfect. The condition of the vehicle was good when it arrived.
Job of Bellevue, NE
Great service! They were the only shipper who quoted me and delivered on transport in less than 3 days. Would use their service again.
Company was very professional and got our car to its destination in a very timely manner. Communication could be a little tighter but overall a good company to work with.
I've been dealing with Danny at Ship A Car INC for years. They transported some vehicles for me just this last week. I buy a lot of vehicles. So I do business with him all the time. I'm totally satisfied. They're a licensed broker who uses several means of transportation, such as a truck and trailer. They've been working fine for me so far. And they're reliable. So I will keep using them. If someone were interested in moving a lot of vehicles, give Danny a call. And I'm good with scheduling. Danny makes it easy. And he's professional and friendly. Danny and I are like friends! I would recommend Ship A Car INC to family and friends. Actually, I already have. I've stirred up a lot of business for them.
Ray M. Dallas, TX
I just had my car delivered and my experience with Ship A Car couldn't have been more pleasurable. The coordinator, Janet Rinella was extremely knowledgeable and courteous. She kept me informed of what to expect all the way, until the car was delivered to my front door. She was the BEST!
Great experience, First time user Everything went like close work.
Ship a Car was fantastic, and Willie D. provided extraordinary customer service. I have had numerous items shipped across the county in the past. However, this transaction with Willie D. and Ship-a-Car has clearly been the most trouble free and professional. I would use them again, and completely recommend them to other users.
I worked with Danny and he helped me with figuring out how we will ship my trailer. At first I asked if we could put the trailer on a trailer I didnt get any responce to that untill the day before shipping it. We had a little hickup but it all worked out in the end. Danny did an awesome job finding the right person to get my trailer to me. The guys who brought my trailer were awesome they put it right where I wanted it. That was no picknick for them. lol. But I am very happy they got it here. If I ever need anything moved or if I know of anyone who needs something moved I will tell them who I used. Thank you Danny for all your hard work. And to the two guys who brought it. Awesome job. Thank you so much.
Lynda S. Golden, CO
Excellent service. Vehicle was delivered quickly and safely. Jocelyn was very attentive and represented the company well. Will definitely use them on next transport need!
I was a little nervous transporting my mother in laws Altima from Dallas to Plymouth. I called Ship a car and spoke with Bob M. He took the time to answer all my questions and was able to get a driver for me that day. The driver Vlad called me within the hour and picked up her car that night and it was even delivered a day early. When we are ready to transport her car back to Dallas I will definitely be calling Bob. Thanks again!
Nicole “Nikki” Marino
Company has follow thru. Even when things go wonkie they are there to fix the situation quickly and resolve any issues. Janet was great!!!
My experience with DANA was amazing. She was very profesional from the first phone call. I will give her 10/10 in keeping up with communication when I was concerned with the Truck driver and his lack of communication. Car was picked up on time and delivery was on time. (PA to CA move was done in 4 days). I did have some issue with the truck driver regarding pickup and delivery timings but Dana kept good communication with me. I have a new 2019 model of luxury car and it was delivered in very good condition. Please ask for Dana when you call.
Willie was my transport advisor. He arranged enclose shipping for a 1966 Ford Thunderbird to be picked up in Plantation, Florida and delivered 3000 miles later in Seattle, Washington. It was a first class experience and the car was delivered on-time and in perfect condition. Thank you Ship A Car and Willie.
Jack M. Cliniton, WA
I was very satisfied with Justen and SHIP A CAR for moving my car from Virginia to LA and back. I saw some other people had their prices go up than originally planned for when they signed the first contract. The first price is just an estimate, and the extra ~10% added is to have a more competent driver, which I was fine with knowing that they will take extra care for my car. Overall, I was impressed with their work, and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a car mover.
Used Ship a Car Inc. to bring a vehicle from Pennsylvania to Indiana. Raymond the driver was awesome, very professional and kept in communication with me throughout the transport to let me know time of arrival. I was grateful that the shipper car representative kept in touch with me as well, I would definitely recommend them and use them in the future!
Transporting a vehicle is very important so that is why I chose Ship a Car they are rated Number 1. Fernanda was my representative, she was very professional, courteous and her communication was GREAT! She was very helpful with the whole process, she made it a great experience, NO STRESS. And very quick service. My transporter Radu was very courteous and professional, he was able to deliver my car a day early! He notified me a time he would be at my home and then notified me again that he would be 20 minutes later and he was sorry. Then when he arrived he apologized again that he was a little late--GREAT COMMUNICATION. Wonderful people.
I was very apprehensive about choosing a company to ship my sons car from NC to Wa. There are so many options out there. As soon as I spoke to Pepper Long, I knew that I would choose her company. She was friendly, helpful, and reassuring during the entire experience. She continuously checked on the progress of the shipment and kept me updated about where the car was and when I could expect it to be delivered. She even checked in on me in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend using this service to anyone who is looking to ship a car.
Deborah B. Fayetteville, NC
Len went above and beyond for my car shipping experience. Great follow up and 100% transparency. 10/10 highly recommend dealing with him. He will find you the best pricing and extravagant service.
Len Rosen Review
Willie is the Man! All commitments were honored beyond expectations. Our car arrived within 10 minutes of our arrival to our new location. Beyond luck - I say!
Joseph Gorfien at shipacarinc was a pleasure to work with. He was very responsive each step of the shipment of my four seater golf car from picking it up on Marco Island to delivery in Roswell Ga. - picked up on the 4th and delivered on the 5th just as quoted which was a reasonable price. Thank you Joseph!
I wanted to let you know the truck was delivered in fine shape, and on time. We really appreciate your effort on our behalf. Free free to use us as an endorsement of your superior service.