Hawaii Auto TransportationAre you interested in Hawaii auto transportation services, but unsure of how it works? That’s okay – shipping a car overseas, whether domestic or internationally, is a bit more involved than shipping on the mainland. As such, it’s important to understand the differences and what you’ll be facing when you ship your car. Hawaii and Alaska, along with the other overseas U.S. territories, are places most car transporters can ship to and from. So it’s not going to be difficult – just more time-consuming, and more expensive. This is because your auto transporter has to contract not only with a domestic shipper (to get the car to the port in the mainland), but also an overseas shipping company to get your car to whichever island it’s going to. Read on to learn more about Hawaii auto shipping services and how Affordable Auto Transportation can help you get your car shipped.

Quick Facts About Hawaii

Population: 1.42 million
Capital: Honolulu
Largest City: Honolulu
Largest Metro Area: Island of Oahu
Governor: David Ige

Hawaii Auto Transportation Information

Shipping a car to Hawaii is typically done in stages. You start by getting quotes and finding your shipper. From there, you book your order, and then your shipper searches for a domestic company to ship to the port. Most shipments to Hawaii go out of the port in Long Beach, though some can go to Seattle or Tacoma (though that’s usually more expensive). They’ll find a carrier to pick your car up and transport it to the port. From there, your vehicle will be put on an overseas transportation barge, typically in one of those massive metal containers you see, and then shipped to whichever port in Hawaii you booked your shipment to.

There are numerous ports in the state but not all of them handle auto transportation services, so be sure to check with your agent which port is best for you. You need to keep in mind that Hawaii car shipping services are going to be a lot more expensive than your standard domestic shipment. Why? Because you essentially have to pay for two different shipments. This is why most every car transport company that ships to Hawaii takes payment up front. Getting the entire shipment paid for up front usually isn’t the best idea, but for overseas shipping it’s pretty much required. This allows your agent to pay each shipper along the way, as well as being able to collect their own fee up front.

About Popular Hawaii Auto Transportation Locations

Honolulu is easily the largest city in the state as well as its capital and largest port. And the port makes all the difference. Typically, Honolulu is the main car shipping location either to or from the state, so you can’t go wrong with it. Most auto transporters who ship overseas to Hawaii will ship to the port in Honolulu.

Hilo is the second-busiest port in the state of Hawaii and one of the top car shipping destinations as well. Though it may be a bit more expensive to ship to Hilo, some companies may go there instead of Honolulu. That could help your price. Of course, overseas shipping anywhere is going to cost more than interstate transport in the contiguous U.S. But still, Hilo is a popular car shipping hub for the island chain, so you shouldn’t have any issues getting there.

Kahului is another port that many auto shippers will go to, but it’s not near as popular as the first two locations. You’ll want to discuss your shipment to Kahului with your agent, though. Why? Well, they can give you the going rates and wait times. This is important when shipping overseas – since it’s a longer distance, wait times are increased and prices do go up. If you’re shipping to Hawaii on a budget, Kahului may not be the best port to go to unless you absolutely have to ship your car there.

Interested in Hawaii Auto Transportation Services?

If you’re trying to ship a car to or from Hawaii, let us at Affordable Auto Transportation help you out! We work with carriers across the country to get your vehicle moved from and to wherever you need. Whether you’re shipping to Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului, or elsewhere, we will calculate the right quote for your needs. If you’d like, you can fill out our free form and get a free, custom quote emailed to you within minutes. Or, you can contact us over the phone any time to speak to a live agent. Both methods have their benefits, but either will get you a quality quote to ship your car. Let us know how we can help! Just fill out our form or contact us at 800-805-5194 today.


  • "Being a rather large SUV that needed shipped from California to Nebraska, there were a few challenges. The first truck that arrived refused to pickup the vehicle due to it's size. However, Mike worked diligently and within one week he had a hotshot lined up. The operators of the hotshot were incredibly communicative and accommodating. The vehicle arrived withing 3 days with no damage at all. Although there was the one hiccup, in the end the service received was top notch. I would be happy to ship with Mike in the future." - Miles/California
  • "Never needing to use an auto transport service, I was a bit nervous and overwhelmed with all of the different company/broker options. After reading tons of reviews and visiting the Better Business Bureau website, I contacted Affordable Auto Transportation. The stars aligned and Jared Z. was my main point of contact. He made this experience super easy and relaxed my anxieties. I would highly recommend this company for my family and friends. " - Jared Z/Washington