Shipping a Car from Los Angeles to Hawaii

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Shipping a car from Los Angeles to Hawaii is very common given the proximity of the two destinations. Perhaps you’re relocating for a season or heading to the islands for a new job or adventure. 

As a top-rated auto transport company, we help vehicle owners easily navigate the car shipping process from the mainland to Hawaii—or anywhere else your vehicle may need to go! Shipping across the Pacific Ocean can be overwhelming, but with Montway on your team, you gain peace of mind knowing your car will reach Hawaii efficiently and at a cost that works for your budget. 

Get a custom Los Angeles to Hawaii car shipping quote using our free online calculator.  

Understanding the auto shipping process

If you’re thinking about shipping a car from Los Angeles to Hawaii, we’ve got you covered. Montway can arrange pickup from your home in LA or almost any other part of the country and transport your car to the local port. We call that door-to-port service! Your vehicle will arrive safely at the port in Hawaii to be picked up. Here’s how it works:

  1. Provide pickup and drop-off locations, as well as details about the vehicle for an instant quote.
  2. If the price looks good, book the service.
  3. On the designated date, a driver will pick up the car at your designated location and drive it to the port, where it will be loaded onto a boat. Alternatively, you can drive it to the Los Angeles port yourself.
  4. You will be alerted when your vehicle has arrived at the port in Hawaii and is available for pickup.

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

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

Even though the process is simple, it’s good to understand what factors influence the cost of shipping your car from Los Angeles to Hawaii.

  • Vehicle type and condition. Knowing the exact specifications of your car is important. Larger vehicles or those with modifications may require transport adjustments that could affect the cost. 
  • Transport type. The type of transport you choose to get your vehicle to the port plays a significant role in car shipping. The most popular and cost-effective method is open transport. However, for luxury or exotic cars, or those with low clearance, enclosed transport with a lower lift gate is often necessary, though this comes at a slightly higher price.
  • Time of year. Like many industries, auto transport experiences periods of higher and lower demand. When possible, plan your auto transport early and be flexible with your dates. 

Are you ready to enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of using our professional auto shipping services? Read what other customers say about their experiences with Montway. 

Shipping FromShipping ToPrice Estimate
Los Angeles, CAO’ahu (Honolulu)$1,599 ($1,800 for EV)
Los Angeles, CABig Island of Hawaii (Hilo)$2,349 ($2,649 for EV)
Los Angeles, CAMolokai (Kaunakakai)$2,349 (no EV service)
Los Angeles, CAKauai (Nawiliwili)$2,349 ($2,649 for EV)
Los Angeles, CAMaui (Kahului)$2,349 ($2,649 for EV)

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

Since the shipping process from Los Angeles to Hawaii requires transport across the Pacific Ocean, you can expect it to take 21 to 42 days. Spots on the ocean vessel are available on a first-come/first-served basis, which may cause delays, especially during peak season. Montway will provide an estimated delivery date upon dispatching your vehicle and you can always check in with us for updates once your car has been loaded. 

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How to prepare your vehicle for shipping from Los Angeles to Hawaii

Before your vehicle’s departure date, it’s important to prepare your car with the following steps:

  1. Wash your car before transport to make it easier for you and the driver to inspect it for dents, scratches or other damage. You will sign a Bill of Lading (BOL) with this inspection at both pickup and delivery.
  2. Keep your fuel tank about ¼ full. Ocean carrier vessels transporting cars and trucks require vehicles to have no more than a ¼ tank of gasoline for safety reasons. If you have an electric vehicle, keep it at a 45-65% battery charge and include the charging cables.
  3. Remove valuables and personal items from the inside of the car, including GPS systems and custom stereos. The only exceptions 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 on delivery

You will be responsible for picking your vehicle up when it arrives at the port in Hawaii. There, you’ll give it a final inspection before signing the Bill of Lading, which is also the receipt for service. If at any point you have questions about transport, speak to a Montway shipping expert. 

“I needed to move my 4Runner from California to Hawaii and chose Montway after reading many reviews. They were slightly more expensive than a couple of others I priced out, but the rave reviews persuaded me to pay a little extra for great service, and I’m so glad I did. The communication was consistent from the beginning. I knew where my car was at all times after it had been picked up. My car arrived on the island before I did! I was so excited. It took barely 2 weeks to arrive. The pickup process at the port was clear and the employees were very nice and helpful with every detail. I highly recommend Montway!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Shannon, 12/4/23

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Why choose Montway for your auto transport needs

When moving from Los Angeles to Hawaii, transporting your vehicle is an important item on your to-do list. Working with Montway Auto Transport makes it easy to arrange safe car shipping so you can focus on other elements of your life and move. 

We are a preferred auto transport provider across all 50 states. Here’s why you can trust us with your Los Angeles to Hawaii car shipping

  • 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 and relationships with Roll On/Roll Off shipping vessels to ensure safe and efficient transport 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 have a dedicated customer service team ready to assist you at any stage in the auto shipping process.

If you have questions about shipping your car from Los Angeles to Hawaii, chat with one of our advisors now. We’ve got reliable and budget-friendly services that meet your needs.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I ship a car from Los Angeles to Hawaii?

Shipping a car from Los Angeles to Hawaii involves choosing a reliable auto transport company, getting a quote, preparing your vehicle for shipping and picking it up at the port in the islands.

What is the most reliable Los Angeles to Hawaii 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-star average rating from customers. 

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

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 Los Angeles to Hawaii.

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

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.

How do I get a quote for shipping my car from Los Angeles to Hawaii?

We’ve got an easy-to-use instant quote calculator to help you get started quickly. Be ready with your pickup and delivery zip codes; vehicle year, make and model; first available date and contact details.

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