Ship a Car from Hawaii to California with Montway Auto Transport

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Are you looking to ship a car from Hawaii to California? Whether you’re relocating for a new job, going to school on the mainland or moving to be near family, a big question will be how to transport your vehicle overseas. At Montway Auto Transport, we offer affordable and reliable car shipping services between Hawaii and the mainland. 

Let Montway be your trusted partner, simplifying the process of transporting your car across the Pacific Ocean. With our dedicated service, you can rest assured that your vehicle will reach its California destination as planned and at a reasonable cost. You can get a Hawaii to California car shipping price using our online quote calculator.

Understanding the auto shipping process

Transporting your vehicle from Hawaii to California may seem complicated, but we make it simple. Montway can arrange transport from your port in Hawaii to the mainland port in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or Sacramento and then even right to your door!

First, get a quote by providing pickup and drop-off locations, details about the car and the first available shipping date. If you’re satisfied with the price, book the order. The last step is to drop off your vehicle at the Hawaii port. 

How much does it cost to ship a car from Hawaii to California?

Factors that influence the cost of shipping a car from Hawaii to California

  • Vehicle type and condition: Be as specific as possible about your car for the most accurate estimate. Include modifications and whether the vehicle is inoperable, as these may require special accommodations for loading and unloading.
  • Transport type: Once on the mainland open transport is the most common and budget-friendly option for port-to-door hauling, while enclosed transport comes at a higher price tag, it is recommended for exotic, luxury or low-clearance vehicles.
  • Supply and demand: Auto transport experiences periods of higher and lower demand, like other industries. When possible, plan your auto transport early and be flexible with your dates. 

How long does it take to ship a car from Hawaii to California?

The process of shipping a vehicle from Hawaii to California involves many steps that can impact how long it will take. Between dropping the vehicle at the port, loading it onto a cargo ship, then crossing the Pacific Ocean and docking at a California port, you can expect between 21 and 42 days. Spots on the ocean vessel are on a first-come/first-served basis, which may cause delays, especially during peak season. Montway will provide an estimated delivery date upon dispatching and you can always check in with us for updates once your car has been loaded. 

How to prepare your vehicle for shipping from Hawaii to California

Once you’ve booked auto transport, there are a few things you can do to make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip:

  • Clean your vehicle. The interior and exterior must be thoroughly cleaned before shipping a car from Hawaii to the mainland. This also helps the vehicle inspection process go smoothly at both loading and unloading.
  • Fuel levels. All cars and trucks being transported over the ocean are required by carrier vessels to have no more than a ¼ tank of gasoline for safety reasons. Electric vehicles must have a 45-65% battery charge along with charging cables.
  • Remove all personal items. The only exceptions for personal items are infant car seats (limit of 2) that are securely mounted per manufacturer specifications in your vehicle, a spare tire, a jack, floor mats and a set of jumper cables.
  • Ensure your car is operational. Your vehicle must be in good operating condition. Your car MUST have fully functional brakes, including the emergency brake. The tires must be fully inflated and all windows should be intact. There should be no fluid leakage and no cracks, chips or damage to the vehicle. Lastly, ensure that all doors and windows can be completely closed.
  • Disable your vehicle’s alarm or include the remote. If the vehicle has a factory or aftermarket alarm, the remote must be provided at the port or the alarm will need to be disconnected.

What to expect at port drop off

Review the information on our Hawaii shipping page to be prepared for dropping your vehicle at port. After you have booked your order with Montway, you will receive your order confirmation, including all detailed information on the shipping process. Make sure to review this email in its entirety. At a high level, you’ll need to bring the following items to the port:

  • Your Montway Order Confirmation and Vessel Booking Number (received after your vehicle has been dispatched to the oceanic shipper).
  • A set of keys and if your vehicle has an alarm, the remote to unlock it and turn it on and off.
  • Copy of the vehicle title or lien holder transport authorization letter (power of attorney) if your vehicle is financed or leased.
  • The current registration unless the vehicle is brand new.
  • A government-issued picture ID.

What to expect on delivery

If you have arranged for port-to-port service, you can pick up your vehicle from the California port once it has been cleared for pick up. If you’ve arranged for port-to-door service, we will bring your vehicle to your final destination on the mainland. 

If you have any remaining questions, contact Montway customer service to speak to one of our shipping experts. We strive to consistently deliver 5-star service throughout the shipping process and have earned nearly 100,000 online reviews.

“Montway was professional and easy to work with. If we ship to/from Hawaii again I know who we will call. Thank you!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Michael Ballard, 1/19/2024

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Why choose Montway for your auto transport needs?

When planning a move from Hawaii to California, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is how to transport your vehicle. Cross that off your to-do list by choosing a professional car shipping service like Montway Auto Transport. 

As a preferred provider for shipping vehicles across all 50 states, Montway has a wealth of experience—offering quality service for every customer. Here’s why you should ship your car from Hawaii to California with us:

  • Licensed and insured: As a fully licensed and insured auto transport company, we will keep your vehicle safe during transit.
  • Reliable delivery: We’ve got an extensive carrier network to ensure timely pickup and delivery of your vehicle.
  • Affordable rates: We offer some of the industry’s most competitive prices for car shipping while maintaining high-quality service.
  • Satisfied customers: We’ve got a dedicated customer service team ready to assist you at any stage in the auto-shipping process.

Ready to ship your car from Hawaii to California? Get an instant quote today. Montway offers affordable, dependable and fast auto transport services tailored to your needs, preferences and budget.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I buy a car in Hawaii and ship it to California? 

Yes. Montway Auto Transport has experience arranging car shipping from Hawaii to California as well as other mainland states. Whether it’s a newly purchased SUV, luxury car or an older used car, we make car shipping from Hawaii easy. 

What is the cheapest way to ship a car from Hawaii to the mainland?

While cost is an important factor, it’s also crucial to consider the company’s reliability, reputation and customer service. To save money, schedule your auto transport well in advance and choose an open trailer for any ground transport if needed. Montway Auto Transport offers competitive rates without compromising on service.

What is the most reliable Hawaii to California car transport company?

In 2023, we arranged shipping for over 4,000 vehicles to and from the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Montway Auto Transport is known for its reliability and high-quality service. We have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and a 4.7/5-star average rating from customers. 

Can you ship personal items in your car from Hawaii to the mainland? 

Due to regulatory requirements, personal items must be removed from your vehicle. The only exceptions are installed infant car seats, spare tire, jack, floor mats and a set of jumper cables. 

How long does it take to ship a car from Hawaii to California?

The transit time can vary based on the distance, seasonality, weather and other factors. On average, it can take between 21 and 42 days to ship a car from Hawaii to California.

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