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Shipping a car to Hawaii

Here are the steps to ship a personal vehicle to the state of Hawaii:

  1. Research shipping companies: Research different auto shipping companies to compare prices and services. Look for companies that have experience shipping vehicles to Hawaii and have a good reputation.

  2. Obtain a quote: Contact the shipping companies you are interested in and obtain a quote for the cost of shipping your vehicle. The cost will depend on several factors, including the make and model of the vehicle, the distance to Hawaii, and the shipping method (e.g., enclosed or open transport).

  3. Schedule the shipment: Once you have selected a shipping company, schedule the shipment and confirm the details of the pick-up and delivery dates.

  4. Prepare the vehicle: Clean the vehicle and remove all personal items from it. 

  5. Arrange for pick-up: The shipping company will arrange for the vehicle to be picked up from its current location and loaded onto the transport. The vehicle will be inspected and any damage will be documented before it is shipped.

  6. Monitoring the shipment: The shipping company will provide updates on the status of the shipment, including its location and estimated time of arrival in Hawaii.

  7. Delivery in Hawaii: The vehicle will be delivered to the agreed-upon location in Hawaii, typically at a port or terminal. You will be required to pay the shipping costs and any applicable taxes or fees.

  8. Register the vehicle in Hawaii: Once the vehicle has been delivered, you will need to register it in Hawaii and obtain a Hawaii license plate. You will need to provide proof of ownership, and proof of insurance, and pass a safety inspection.


It is important to work with a reputable auto shipping company to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.

From Matson Shipping Provider;

From Matson Shipping Provider;

  • The cost to ship a car to Hawaii from U.S. Mainland starts at $1,597.

  • The cost to ship a car to U.S. Mainland from Hawaii starts at $970.

  • View Matson's pricing page for more details on the cost to ship a car to or from Hawaii by origin and destination port.

  • Contact Matson Customer Service at 1-800-4MATSON to get a quote on oversized vehicles, boats, or RVs moving to or from Hawaii.

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