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What You Need to Know About Shipping Your Car to Hawaii

Posted on 02/01/2023

Jump to section:
The difference the boat trip makes
Picking your car up at the port
After you pick your car up at the port
What does it cost to ship a car to Hawaii?
Can I ship a new car to Hawaii?
Military car shipping to Hawaii
Hawaii car shipping tips
Conclusion
 
Shipping a Car to Hawaii

The difference the boat trip makes

There is obviously no way for an auto transport truck to take your car the whole way to Hawaii. Your car will need to ship on the sea at some point in order for it to arrive at one of the ports in Hawaii. This will add a little bit of time to your vehicle’s overall shipping duration. Assuming you are shipping to the port at Honolulu, the following are the expected transit time ranges when you are shipping your car to Hawaii from the continental United States:

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Time to Hawaii
Los Angeles, California to Hawaii
Between 12 and 20 days
New York, New York to Hawaii
Between 15 and 30 days
Miami, Florida to Hawaii
Between 15 and 25 days
Dallas, Texas to Hawaii
Between 15 and 25 days

As you can see, when you ship to Hawaii you will be without your car for a bit. So, prepare to use alternate transportation to get around until you have your car with you in Hawaii. A few methods of alternate transportation available in Hawaii are:

  • Car rentals
  • Ride share apps like Uber and traditional taxis
  • Buses and trolleys
  • A bicycle or scooter which can be rented

Picking your car up at the port

There are multiple options in terms of which port your car can be shipped to. Regardless of the port that you choose to ship to, you will always have to go pick your car up at whichever port it was delivered to. There is unfortunately no option for door-to-door transport when shipping your car to Hawaii. This is because there is too much “red-tape” for an auto transporter to go get your car from the port. So, you must do it yourself.

RoadRunner Auto transport can deliver your car to the following ports in Hawaii:
 

  • Honolulu
  • Hilo
  • Kahului
  • Nawiliwili

What will I need to have with me to pick up my car at the port in Hawaii?

You can always call our car shipping division to see if there is flexibility to ship to any other ports at the current time or in the future. Regardless of which port you ship to, be prepared to have the following items with you when you pick your car up:

  • A copy of the up-to-date inspection
  • A copy of the current registration
  • A copy of the shipping receipt with the arrival date on it
  • The completed Permit for Vehicle application
  • Cash to pay the permit fee

hawaii-car-shipping-port-instructions

What do ports in Hawaii charge for storage after I ship my car there?

The following are the prices that you will be charged for the storage of your car once it is delivered at all of the ports in Hawaii:

Island Port
Number of Days Vehicles Stored Free of Charge
Storage Prices After Free Storage Period
Honolulu
Four
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25
Hilo
Three
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25
Kahului
Two
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25
Nawiliwili
Four
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25

 

Hawaiian port hours of operation and contact information

The ports in Hawaii keep certain hours of operation. You can only pick your car up during the hours that they are open and operating. The ports also close for about an hour for lunch, thus you cannot pick your car up during that time as well. The following is a list of the ports that you can ship your car to along with their hours of operation and addresses:

Port
Address
Hours of Operation
Honolulu
1411 Sand Island Pkwy, Honolulu, HI 96819
8 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Honolulu
938 Kohou Street Honolulu, HI 96817
Appointment Required; Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Hilo
Pier 1, Hilo Harbor, 55 Kahanu Street, Hilo, HI 96720
7:30 AM to 3 PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Hilo
32A Pohaku Street, Hilo HI 96720
Appointment required; Monday-Friday 8:00am to 11:30 am and 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Nawiliwili
Pier 2, Nawiliwili Harbor, Lihue, HI 96766
7:00 AM to 3 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Kahului
Pier 1, Kahului Harbor, Perimeter Road, Kahului, HI 96732
7:00 AM to 3 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Kahului
80 Hansen Road, Kahului, HI 96732
Appointment Required: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 11:00 am and 1:00pm to 3:00pm

After you pick your car up at the port

Hawaii vehicle registration

Once you have picked your vehicle up at the port, you will need to get it registered within 30 days of its arrival at the port. It is important to note that this is not 30 days from when you pick it up. So, if your car arrives at the port one day and you pick it up on the tenth day since its arrival at the port, you will only have 20 days to get that car registered in Hawaii.

In order to get your car registered in Hawaii you will need to:

  1. Purchase car insurance that covers you in Hawaii. Your old auto insurance will not.
  2. Have your car inspected in Hawaii by bringing it to a Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection station along with proof of insurance.
  3. Decide whether you want to register it officially with new Hawaiian plates and a Hawaiian registration or you want to get an out-of-state permit. An out-of-state permit will allow you to use your current plates and registration for up to a year at which point you will have to register the car in Hawaii with Hawaiian plates anyway.
  4. Go to your local Hawaiian DMV with your inspection certificate, proof of insurance, license (non-Hawaii license is fine as long as it is valid) and car shipping receipt.
  5. Finalize your registration at the DMV and pay the applicable fees with cash or check only.

how-to-register-your-car-in-hawaii

Hawaii residency and driver’s license requirements

Once you are considered to be an official resident of Hawaii, you will need to get a Hawaiian driver’s license.

You can get a Hawaii state license by:

  1. Bringing your current and unexpired license and proof of residency (utility bill, etc) to your local DMV in Hawaii
  2. Passing an eye and written test
  3. Paying the applicable fee

In Hawaii, you are officially considered to be a resident when you have spent more than 200 days there in any given year. The only exception is if you can prove that you were living there temporarily or as a part of some sort of transition. For example, if you became the spouse of a military member in Hawaii during their last year of deployment there. Otherwise, you must have a Hawaii state license once you are considered a resident.

How driving in Hawaii is different

You should also be prepared for the way that driving will be noticeably different in Hawaii as soon as your tires hit the pavement. In Hawaii, unlike in many mainland city areas, drivers tend to drive under the speed limit rather than over it. You will also notice that drivers in Hawaii tend to be much easier going than mainland drivers. This means honking in Hawaii is considered extremely rude and people often give other drivers the right-of-way rather than refuse to let them in or aggressively race to a stop sign at an intersection. Be prepared for your trips to take a bit longer but to be less tension-filled.

What does it cost to ship a car to Hawaii?

The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii will vary due to several factors. These factors are the time of year during which you are shipping, how much notice you gave for your shipment, which port you are shipping to, the distance of your shipment and the shipping options that you select. In 2023 and beyond, the cost of shipping a car to any port in Hawaii will likely fall between $2,000 and $3,000 with the final cost possibly being a bit higher or lower than that range.

In order to keep your cost as low as possible, plan to give your car shipper at least a month’s notice of your shipment. You should also do what you can to ship your car in the fall or early spring if possible. Finally, avoid selecting any upgraded shipping options such as enclosed transport or top loading as these options will always cost more money.

Is it cheaper to ship a car to Hawaii or buy one there?

The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii will likely fall between $2,000 and $3,000. The average cost of a used car in Hawaii in 2022 was just over $32,000. So, shipping your car to Hawaii will likely be about ten times cheaper than buying a car once you arrive there.

Can I ship a new car to Hawaii?

Hawaii will unfortunately have a limited supply of new cars to choose from. There might not be the color or model that you are looking for. Thus, you might want to buy a car online and ship it to yourself in Hawaii. Thankfully, doing so is no more complicated than it would be to typically ship a car. The only difference will be that you will need to talk to the dealer or seller that you are buying the car from and see when it will be convenient for them to have your auto transporter come and pick up the car. Otherwise, it will be a typical car shipment to Hawaii.

Military car shipping to Hawaii

If you are in the military and you will be making a PCS move to Hawaii, you should give serious consideration to shipping your car there rather than renting one or buying one. The overall cost will be much cheaper in the long run. Again, it will not be possible to get your car shipped directly to your base as you will need to pick it up at the port.

You might be wondering “Will the military pay to ship my car?” and the answer is that it depends on your particular situation. The military could cover the entire cost of shipping your car, part of the cost or none of the cost. Your best bet to see if you qualify for any assistance is to speak to your commanding officer and ask them.

The following is a list of all the military bases located in Hawaii that you could possibly end up PCSing to:

  • Wheeler Army Airfield
  • Tripler Medical Center
  • Station Maui
  • USCG Base Honolulu
  • KR-SOCK
  • Pohakuloa Training Center
  • Schofield Barracks
  • NCTAMS PAC
  • Barking Sands Missile Range
  • Fort Shafter
  • MCB Hawaii
  • NS Pearl Harbor

Hawaii car shipping tips

When you are shipping your car to Hawaii you will need to plan and prepare correctly. You will need to be available during the pickup window of your vehicle so that you can give the keys to the driver and sign the bill of lading. If for any reason you cannot be there, someone you trust who is eighteen or older with a valid driver’s license must be there to do this. You will also have to have the outside of your vehicle cleaned before your driver arrives to pick up your car. This is simply so that they can conduct a visual inspection of the car for damage that existed prior to shipping for insurance purposes.

Avoid trying to ship anything with the vehicle. The car shipping insurance does not cover anything but the vehicle itself. Thus, if you try to ship some small furniture inside your car and it happens to end up damaged while in transit, the car shipping insurance will not cover any of that cost.

Plan to be without your car for at least two to three weeks. If it is estimated that your shipment will take two weeks, be prepared to be without your car for three. This will work as a fail-safe and contingency in case your vehicle gets held up at the port, for example.

hawaii-auto-transport

Conclusion

Shipping your car to Hawaii, regardless of the port destination, is much easier than most people think. Your car shipping company will handle your vehicle’s transport from your front doorstep all the way to the port at Hawaii. Your entire involvement will be planning, preparing and picking up your car at the port in Hawaii. Keep in mind that there will not be an exact drop off date at the port for your car. Instead, there will be a window of several days when it can arrive and be picked up. When it does arrive at the port, be sure to pick it up promptly with the proper documentation otherwise you could end up paying unnecessary storage fees.

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What You Need to Know About Shipping Your Car to Hawaii

Posted on 02/01/2023

Jump to section:
The difference the boat trip makes
Picking your car up at the port
After you pick your car up at the port
What does it cost to ship a car to Hawaii?
Can I ship a new car to Hawaii?
Military car shipping to Hawaii
Hawaii car shipping tips
Conclusion
 
Shipping a Car to Hawaii

The difference the boat trip makes

There is obviously no way for an auto transport truck to take your car the whole way to Hawaii. Your car will need to ship on the sea at some point in order for it to arrive at one of the ports in Hawaii. This will add a little bit of time to your vehicle’s overall shipping duration. Assuming you are shipping to the port at Honolulu, the following are the expected transit time ranges when you are shipping your car to Hawaii from the continental United States:

Shipping Route
Estimated Shipping Time to Hawaii
Los Angeles, California to Hawaii
Between 12 and 20 days
New York, New York to Hawaii
Between 15 and 30 days
Miami, Florida to Hawaii
Between 15 and 25 days
Dallas, Texas to Hawaii
Between 15 and 25 days

As you can see, when you ship to Hawaii you will be without your car for a bit. So, prepare to use alternate transportation to get around until you have your car with you in Hawaii. A few methods of alternate transportation available in Hawaii are:

  • Car rentals
  • Ride share apps like Uber and traditional taxis
  • Buses and trolleys
  • A bicycle or scooter which can be rented

Picking your car up at the port

There are multiple options in terms of which port your car can be shipped to. Regardless of the port that you choose to ship to, you will always have to go pick your car up at whichever port it was delivered to. There is unfortunately no option for door-to-door transport when shipping your car to Hawaii. This is because there is too much “red-tape” for an auto transporter to go get your car from the port. So, you must do it yourself.

RoadRunner Auto transport can deliver your car to the following ports in Hawaii:
 

  • Honolulu
  • Hilo
  • Kahului
  • Nawiliwili

What will I need to have with me to pick up my car at the port in Hawaii?

You can always call our car shipping division to see if there is flexibility to ship to any other ports at the current time or in the future. Regardless of which port you ship to, be prepared to have the following items with you when you pick your car up:

  • A copy of the up-to-date inspection
  • A copy of the current registration
  • A copy of the shipping receipt with the arrival date on it
  • The completed Permit for Vehicle application
  • Cash to pay the permit fee

hawaii-car-shipping-port-instructions

What do ports in Hawaii charge for storage after I ship my car there?

The following are the prices that you will be charged for the storage of your car once it is delivered at all of the ports in Hawaii:

Island Port
Number of Days Vehicles Stored Free of Charge
Storage Prices After Free Storage Period
Honolulu
Four
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25
Hilo
Three
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25
Kahului
Two
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25
Nawiliwili
Four
  • Day 5: Approximately $7
  • Day 6-10: Approximately $10
  • Day 11 and beyond: $19.25

 

Hawaiian port hours of operation and contact information

The ports in Hawaii keep certain hours of operation. You can only pick your car up during the hours that they are open and operating. The ports also close for about an hour for lunch, thus you cannot pick your car up during that time as well. The following is a list of the ports that you can ship your car to along with their hours of operation and addresses:

Port
Address
Hours of Operation
Honolulu
1411 Sand Island Pkwy, Honolulu, HI 96819
8 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Honolulu
938 Kohou Street Honolulu, HI 96817
Appointment Required; Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Hilo
Pier 1, Hilo Harbor, 55 Kahanu Street, Hilo, HI 96720
7:30 AM to 3 PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Hilo
32A Pohaku Street, Hilo HI 96720
Appointment required; Monday-Friday 8:00am to 11:30 am and 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Nawiliwili
Pier 2, Nawiliwili Harbor, Lihue, HI 96766
7:00 AM to 3 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Kahului
Pier 1, Kahului Harbor, Perimeter Road, Kahului, HI 96732
7:00 AM to 3 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, closed for lunch from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Kahului
80 Hansen Road, Kahului, HI 96732
Appointment Required: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 11:00 am and 1:00pm to 3:00pm

After you pick your car up at the port

Hawaii vehicle registration

Once you have picked your vehicle up at the port, you will need to get it registered within 30 days of its arrival at the port. It is important to note that this is not 30 days from when you pick it up. So, if your car arrives at the port one day and you pick it up on the tenth day since its arrival at the port, you will only have 20 days to get that car registered in Hawaii.

In order to get your car registered in Hawaii you will need to:

  1. Purchase car insurance that covers you in Hawaii. Your old auto insurance will not.
  2. Have your car inspected in Hawaii by bringing it to a Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection station along with proof of insurance.
  3. Decide whether you want to register it officially with new Hawaiian plates and a Hawaiian registration or you want to get an out-of-state permit. An out-of-state permit will allow you to use your current plates and registration for up to a year at which point you will have to register the car in Hawaii with Hawaiian plates anyway.
  4. Go to your local Hawaiian DMV with your inspection certificate, proof of insurance, license (non-Hawaii license is fine as long as it is valid) and car shipping receipt.
  5. Finalize your registration at the DMV and pay the applicable fees with cash or check only.

how-to-register-your-car-in-hawaii

Hawaii residency and driver’s license requirements

Once you are considered to be an official resident of Hawaii, you will need to get a Hawaiian driver’s license.

You can get a Hawaii state license by:

  1. Bringing your current and unexpired license and proof of residency (utility bill, etc) to your local DMV in Hawaii
  2. Passing an eye and written test
  3. Paying the applicable fee

In Hawaii, you are officially considered to be a resident when you have spent more than 200 days there in any given year. The only exception is if you can prove that you were living there temporarily or as a part of some sort of transition. For example, if you became the spouse of a military member in Hawaii during their last year of deployment there. Otherwise, you must have a Hawaii state license once you are considered a resident.

How driving in Hawaii is different

You should also be prepared for the way that driving will be noticeably different in Hawaii as soon as your tires hit the pavement. In Hawaii, unlike in many mainland city areas, drivers tend to drive under the speed limit rather than over it. You will also notice that drivers in Hawaii tend to be much easier going than mainland drivers. This means honking in Hawaii is considered extremely rude and people often give other drivers the right-of-way rather than refuse to let them in or aggressively race to a stop sign at an intersection. Be prepared for your trips to take a bit longer but to be less tension-filled.

What does it cost to ship a car to Hawaii?

The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii will vary due to several factors. These factors are the time of year during which you are shipping, how much notice you gave for your shipment, which port you are shipping to, the distance of your shipment and the shipping options that you select. In 2023 and beyond, the cost of shipping a car to any port in Hawaii will likely fall between $2,000 and $3,000 with the final cost possibly being a bit higher or lower than that range.

In order to keep your cost as low as possible, plan to give your car shipper at least a month’s notice of your shipment. You should also do what you can to ship your car in the fall or early spring if possible. Finally, avoid selecting any upgraded shipping options such as enclosed transport or top loading as these options will always cost more money.

Is it cheaper to ship a car to Hawaii or buy one there?

The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii will likely fall between $2,000 and $3,000. The average cost of a used car in Hawaii in 2022 was just over $32,000. So, shipping your car to Hawaii will likely be about ten times cheaper than buying a car once you arrive there.

Can I ship a new car to Hawaii?

Hawaii will unfortunately have a limited supply of new cars to choose from. There might not be the color or model that you are looking for. Thus, you might want to buy a car online and ship it to yourself in Hawaii. Thankfully, doing so is no more complicated than it would be to typically ship a car. The only difference will be that you will need to talk to the dealer or seller that you are buying the car from and see when it will be convenient for them to have your auto transporter come and pick up the car. Otherwise, it will be a typical car shipment to Hawaii.

Military car shipping to Hawaii

If you are in the military and you will be making a PCS move to Hawaii, you should give serious consideration to shipping your car there rather than renting one or buying one. The overall cost will be much cheaper in the long run. Again, it will not be possible to get your car shipped directly to your base as you will need to pick it up at the port.

You might be wondering “Will the military pay to ship my car?” and the answer is that it depends on your particular situation. The military could cover the entire cost of shipping your car, part of the cost or none of the cost. Your best bet to see if you qualify for any assistance is to speak to your commanding officer and ask them.

The following is a list of all the military bases located in Hawaii that you could possibly end up PCSing to:

  • Wheeler Army Airfield
  • Tripler Medical Center
  • Station Maui
  • USCG Base Honolulu
  • KR-SOCK
  • Pohakuloa Training Center
  • Schofield Barracks
  • NCTAMS PAC
  • Barking Sands Missile Range
  • Fort Shafter
  • MCB Hawaii
  • NS Pearl Harbor

Hawaii car shipping tips

When you are shipping your car to Hawaii you will need to plan and prepare correctly. You will need to be available during the pickup window of your vehicle so that you can give the keys to the driver and sign the bill of lading. If for any reason you cannot be there, someone you trust who is eighteen or older with a valid driver’s license must be there to do this. You will also have to have the outside of your vehicle cleaned before your driver arrives to pick up your car. This is simply so that they can conduct a visual inspection of the car for damage that existed prior to shipping for insurance purposes.

Avoid trying to ship anything with the vehicle. The car shipping insurance does not cover anything but the vehicle itself. Thus, if you try to ship some small furniture inside your car and it happens to end up damaged while in transit, the car shipping insurance will not cover any of that cost.

Plan to be without your car for at least two to three weeks. If it is estimated that your shipment will take two weeks, be prepared to be without your car for three. This will work as a fail-safe and contingency in case your vehicle gets held up at the port, for example.

hawaii-auto-transport

Conclusion

Shipping your car to Hawaii, regardless of the port destination, is much easier than most people think. Your car shipping company will handle your vehicle’s transport from your front doorstep all the way to the port at Hawaii. Your entire involvement will be planning, preparing and picking up your car at the port in Hawaii. Keep in mind that there will not be an exact drop off date at the port for your car. Instead, there will be a window of several days when it can arrive and be picked up. When it does arrive at the port, be sure to pick it up promptly with the proper documentation otherwise you could end up paying unnecessary storage fees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the vehicle shipping process.


When determining your car shipping cost, there are a few factors that we take into account in order to provide you with an accurate price quote. The mileage between the origin and destination is the biggest factor that contributes to your total rate. In addition to the distance of your relocation, another factor is the type and condition of the vehicle being shipped. The final factor is the date that your vehicle will be ready for transport. Read more about how much it costs to ship a car.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator above or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The transit time for your shipment is based mostly on the mileage between the pickup and delivery location. Generally, every five hundred miles will add one day to the transit time - so for a 1,000 mile transport, the transit time would be 2-3 days. Check out our estimated transit times for a detailed view of approximate delivery times.

Yes, online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online. Your tracking portal will also give you the ability to live chat with a shipping agent that can answer any questions you may have regarding the status of your shipment.

All shipments include basic liability coverage during transit. Comprehensive insurance options are available for an elevated level of shipment coverage during transit. You will be able to select a level of coverage during the booking process. If you have further questions regarding insurance options give us a call.

We accept all major credit cards, electronic transfer, postal money order, and bank/certified check for the deposit or full pre-payment of your shipment. If a balance is due upon delivery, it can be paid directly to the driver and can be paid in either cash, bank/certified check, or postal money order.

Yes, there must be someone present to release and accept the vehicle, provide keys to the driver and sign the initial and final inspection reports. This person can be anyone over the age of 18 that you trust with releasing or accepting your vehicle.

You may transport personal belongings in your car, as long as their total weight does not exceed 100 pounds and they are stored in the trunk or back seat (below the window line). Please keep in mind that personal belongings are not covered by insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator above or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The further in advance you schedule your shipment, the more likely we will be able to meet the time requirements you desire. For best results, we suggest scheduling your transport at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Expedited shipping options are available in order to accomodate shipments that require . You can always give us a call and ask one of our car shipping experts what your options are in terms of the schedule for your car transport.

The driver will get the car transporter as close to your door as he can legally and safely get. In most cases, the driver will be able to pickup and deliver directly at your door. Some cities may have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into residential areas. Auto transport trucks are large and need lots of room to maneuver and turn around, so if access to the pickup or delivery location is restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees or tight turns, the driver may ask that you meet at a location nearby with a large parking lot, such as a grocery store.

Open transport is the most common car shipping method. There are two types of open-air transporters. Majority of shipments are be made with 8-10 car carriers. Smaller carriers which hold 2-3 cars are used for shorter more local moves. There is broader network of carrier availability for open-air carriers since they are used more often. We suggest choosing enclosed shipping methods when shipping classic, luxury or exotic vehicles. Enclosed transporters guarantee maximum protection from exposure to any open-air elements on the road. We suggest booking your enclosed transport in advance since there is limited carrier availability.

RoadRunner Auto Transport specializes in shipping all types of vehicles such as sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans, oversized vehicles, antiques, classic cars, motorcycles, construction vehicles, inoperable cars and boats. If you are not sure whether or not we can ship your vehicle, you can give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

You should have about a quarter of a tank of gas in your car at the time of shipment. This leaves enough for the car to be loaded and unloaded but doesn't add much additional weight.

The Bill of Lading is a very important document used by car shipping companies that documents any pre-existing damage on the vehicle during the time of pickup. It also serves as a record of your contact info and the official agreement for transport. If you want to file any insurance claim regarding your shipment you will need the Bill of Lading.

Top load service is when your car is placed on the higher deck or level of an open auto transport trailer. This is considered to be preferable to the bottom load because the cars on the lower deck are at risk of possibly having fluid from the cars above leak on them.

Make sure your car has been completely cleaned, both inside and outside. This is particularly important because this will help the driver conduct their inspection in order to assess any pre-existing damage on your vehicle. You will also want to make there are no additional personal items in the vehicle unless you intend to ship those with the vehicle (remember those items must total less than 100 pounds combined and be kept below the window-line of the vehicle). Be sure to inform the driver of any special circumstances concerning the vehicle. Finally, make sure there is a quarter tank of gas in the car at the time it is picked up for shipment.

Yes, we can ship vehicles that are in non-running/inoperable condition. When inoperable cars are shipped, a special auto carrier is required that makes use of a winch which is connected to your car and slowly and safely pulls your vehicle onto the carrier. There is an additional fee for inpoerable vehicles because of the special equipment and extra work involved with securing the vehicle onto the transporter. You can select the inoperable option on the online booking form or inform your shipping agent if you make your reservation by phone so that the proper arrangements can be made to accomodate a non-running vehicle.

We offer open car shipping and enclosed car shipping services. Open car shipping is used much more frequently and is the type of auto transport that you see on the highway where carriers are hauling vehicles on two decks that are exposed. Enclosed car shipping is when your vehicle is shipped in a trailer which has walls and a roof, they look like a larger version of a regular eighteen-wheeler. This method is recommended for luxury, exotic or classic cars.

Door-to-door car transport is the full service delivery of your vehicle directly from the door at the pickup location to the door at the delivery location. Our drivers do their best to get as close as physically and legally possible to the pickup and delivery locations, but in certain instances there may be restrictions preventing them from being able to safely reach your door. Our transporters need ample space to maneuver and load/unload your vehicle. If your street is too narrow, or if there are hazards such as low lining trees or power lines, drivers may ask that you meet them at a location nearby where they can safely load or unload your vehicle, such as a large parking lot or shopping center nearby.