Hawaii Auto Transport (In a Nutshell)

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Hawaii auto transport isn’t the massive hassle you might imagine.

Your quote will depend on a variety of factors, from the make and model of your car (or truck) to the ports of departure and entry. The best way to find out how much it is to ship a car to Hawaii (or how much to ship a car from Hawaii to the mainland) is to contact us for a free quote.

Montway Auto Transport ships over 85,000 cars per year and takes special care of each one of them. If you’re looking to ship your car from Hawaii to the mainland, or from the mainland to Hawaii, give us a shout.

If you’re just looking for additional info on everything Hawaii auto transport, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll tell you a little bit more about how shipping a car to or from Hawaii works, how much it costs, how long it takes and more. So, keep reading.

When shipping your vehicle to Hawaii, we offer Door-to-Port service. We will pick up your vehicle as close to your door as legally and safely as possible. And we will deliver your vehicle to the port of your choosing in Hawaii.

If you live close to the Long Beach area, however, definitely consider Port-to-Port service. This could save you some dough if you’re looking for a more economical way of shipping a car to Hawaii.

Shipping a car to Hawaii

The first step in shipping your car to Hawaii is getting a quote and booking your order.

You can get an instant price quote and book your order directly through our online calculator, phone or live chat.

Next, you’ll need to prepare your vehicle for shipping. To help get you started, here are a few things you’ll need to do. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via live chat or phone! Montway is here to help.

Things you might need to do beforehand:

  • No personal items (can ship spare tire, jack, floor mats, child car seats, drivers owner manual).
  • Vehicle must be clean (inside and out, no dirt if possible).
  • The vehicle should be in operating condition (see the note above about inoperable cars)
  • Vehicle must have a working emergency brake.
  • No cracks or chips in windows or windshield.
  • The car must have less than a ¼ tank of gas. Having ¼ tank of gasoline or less in your car is required by law, as gasoline is considered hazardous material at the port.

The final two steps in shipping a car to Hawaii are pretty self-explanatory.

We pick up your vehicle, and when we deliver your vehicle to Hawaii, you’ll be required to pick it up from the port, once the vehicle has cleared inspection and customs. All you’ll need to pick up your car or truck is the Matson booking number, which will be provided by a Montway representative post-booking, once scheduled with the port.

Shipping a car from Hawaii

You’ll see that the first two steps for shipping a car from Hawaii are relatively similar to the process of shipping a car to Hawaii. However, the final two steps are quite different, so be sure to keep this in mind.

The first step in shipping your car to Hawaii is getting a quote and booking your order. Next, you’ll need to prepare your vehicle for shipping, no different than if you were shipping from Hawaii.  The next step is for you to drop off your vehicle at the port. 

Things you might need to bring:

  • Your Montway Order Confirmation and Vessel Booking Number.
  • A set of keys and if your vehicle has an alarm, the remote to unlock it and turn it on and off.
  • The vehicle title or lien holder authorization letter (power of attorney) if your vehicle is financed or leased.
  • The current registration.
  • A government-issued picture ID.
  • When shipping a car from Hawaii to the mainland and the owner of the vehicle is not present at drop off, the drop-off party must show proof of power of attorney from the owner allowing the vehicle to be shipped.
  • When shipping car from Hawaii to the mainland that is still being paid off, the drop-off party must have proof of power of attorney from the lien holder allowing the vehicle to be shipped.

The final step? We deliver your vehicle. And when you are shipping your vehicle from Hawaii to the mainland, you have the following two options.

Ways to pick up your vehicle:

Here at Montway, we offer Port-to-Door service. You simply drop your vehicle off at the port, and we will bring your vehicle to your location on the mainland. We deal with the hassle, and all you have to do is make sure somebody is at the delivery location on the mainland to receive your vehicle (on the estimated dropoff date).

If you prefer Port-to-Port service, here’s how it would work. You pick up your vehicle at the port. Then, depending on where you live, you may have the option to pick up the vehicle from one of our mainland ports.  


When a vehicle is shipped TO Hawaii from the mainland, no extra paperwork is required

However, when a vehicle is shipped FROM Hawaii to the mainland, owners must provide the following paperwork:

  • If the vehicle is financed or a lease, the drop-off party must have a letter from the lien holder releasing the vehicle for transportation to the mainland on official letterhead and this must be notarized. Note: All notarized letters will only be valid for up to 30 days from the issue stamp date.
  • For cars and trucks that are owned outright, a copy of the title and current registration must be with the vehicle for it to ship. The owner listed on the title of the vehicle must be the shipper, and they will be required to show a photo ID and proof of ownership. 
  • If there are two owners listed on the title of the vehicle, both of the vehicle owners must be present with a photo ID or notarized consent from the owner who is not present.

Personal items

You may not leave any personal items in your vehicle during its journey.

This is for liability reasons, and please note that the port will conduct a thorough inspection of your car or truck before it ships and remove any personal items before it is loaded. If there are personal items that can’t be removed, your vehicle will be rejected at the port.

The only items that may remain in your vehicle are:

  • A spare tire
  • Jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Installed child safety seats.


It’s warm in Hawaii all year round —  with daytime high temperatures ranging from 78F in the colder months to 88F in the hotter months. While the ports are not covered, your vehicle will be underneath the deck of a ship for the duration of its journey.

In the rare chance that there is severe weather out at sea, ports will likely hold off sending out shipments until the coast is clear (and waters are calm). If your shipment is delayed as a weather precaution, it might have to undergo reinspection.

Tropical storms

Tropical storms or hurricanes don’t necessarily affect the islands that much. Hurricane season in Hawaii falls between June and November. Almost all of the actual hurricane activity occurs from July through September, however. The islands themselves rarely experience significant effects.

All in all, the weather doesn’t play a major factor when shipping a car to Hawaii or shipping a car from Hawaii. And when you work with the right car transporter company, it should be pretty smooth sailing.  

Ready to transport your car with Montway?

Our car shipping advisors are available by calling (888) 666-8929 to answer all your questions.

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