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Old 04-28-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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Default Price to ship car from san diego to hawaii?

I am looking to go to san diego and purchase a new 2013 explorer, and I was wondering how much does it cost to ship a vehicle to hilo?
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Pasha quotes $1,074

Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines - Ships Automobile, Vehicle, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Oversized Cargo to Hawaii

Matson and Horizon are the same
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Why not buy one in Hilo? Gas is running about $5 a gallon these days. Explorers don't get such good gas mileage.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:24 PM
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Location: Kailua
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Why not buy one in Hilo? Gas is running about $5 a gallon these days. Explorers don't get such good gas mileage.
I don't know about Hilo markups and Explorers - but went car shopping for my wife in Honolulu and all of the Honda's on the lot were marked up $2,400 each above MSRP. One phone call to a dealer in LA - starting negotiation on Civic's were $1,800 below MSRP or a $4,200 difference - so even with the flight, a night of hotel, and shipping you are ahead even on a lower priced car depending on the dealership. Looking for a Lexus or a BMW in Honolulu - the deals are much better on the mainland.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:31 PM
 
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I don't know about Hilo markups and Explorers - but went car shopping for my wife in Honolulu and all of the Honda's on the lot were marked up $2,400 each above MSRP. One phone call to a dealer in LA - starting negotiation on Civic's were $1,800 below MSRP or a $4,200 difference - so even with the flight, a night of hotel, and shipping you are ahead even on a lower priced car depending on the dealership. Looking for a Lexus or a BMW in Honolulu - the deals are much better on the mainland.
Don't forget the sales tax, which will run you roughly double in California. In San Diego a $35,000 car will cost about $1,300 in additional taxes, over buying in Hilo.

Sure, it's still a better deal, but that supposed $4,200 difference is really more like a $1,000 difference when it all shakes out.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:38 PM
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Location: Kailua
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Don't forget the sales tax, which will run you roughly double in California.
Sales tax works differently for cars - it is based on where you live. Otherwise I'd buy it in Oregon and no sales tax. You pay the Hawaii sales tax. No CA sales tax for the car. I've bought a lot of cars out state. When you buy a car in Oregon and if you are from Washington - they collect Washington tax at time of purchase. Cars are an exception.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Sales tax works differently for cars - it is based on where you live. Otherwise I'd buy it in Oregon and no sales tax. You pay the Hawaii sales tax. No CA sales tax for the car. I've bought a lot of cars out state. When you buy a car in Oregon and if you are from Washington - they collect Washington tax at time of purchase. Cars are an exception.
OK, so I learned something new today...

Not that it affects me, because I have no interest in doing that in any case. New cars depreciate too much, and with used cars I want to be able to reach out and touch the seller if there's a problem.

But as the saying goes, different strokes for different folks... in different places... at different times. On the mainland I liked cars that zoomed, but on the BI a rusty old pickup suits me fine. On the mainland I had an Explorer for a second car, to go camping in the mountains, but on the BI I wouldn't own one because the gas usage sucks.

It's all about what you find to be important.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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I don't know about Hilo markups and Explorers - but went car shopping for my wife in Honolulu and all of the Honda's on the lot were marked up $2,400 each above MSRP. One phone call to a dealer in LA - starting negotiation on Civic's were $1,800 below MSRP or a $4,200 difference - so even with the flight, a night of hotel, and shipping you are ahead even on a lower priced car depending on the dealership. Looking for a Lexus or a BMW in Honolulu - the deals are much better on the mainland.
Why even bother going there to purchase it? You can do it over the phone and sign papers delivered via FedEx, etc. They can arrange to have it dropped off at the dock too. It's a Civic. Other than color and LX or EX, etc, there is no difference. I wouldn't buy a California spec one anyway. Buy a 49 state version. As the other person mentioned, Oregon might be a good choice.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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There are 3 auto shippers (the rest are just brokers - avoid them) who ship to Hawaii.
Matson
Pasha
Horizon

The prices will be within a dollar or two of each other. Use the one that matches your ship from port to the schedule you need. No sense in having your vehicle sit on the dock for 2+ weeks while you wait for the ship to return.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:21 PM
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Location: Kailua
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Why even bother going there to purchase it? You can do it over the phone and sign papers delivered via FedEx, etc. They can arrange to have it dropped off at the dock too. It's a Civic. Other than color and LX or EX, etc, there is no difference. I wouldn't buy a California spec one anyway. Buy a 49 state version. As the other person mentioned, Oregon might be a good choice.
Yes, I believe you can avoid making the trip entirely. Regarding the "California spec" - that is the old days of the special California only emission certified cars - cars like the Civic and most cars today are 50 state certified since so many states made emission rules that matched California. LA is usually a good option for a new car since they seem to discount the price of the care the most - as opposed to the Bay Area or Seattle where the other launch points to Hawaii are. I don't think Oregon would be a good option since they'd have to ship the car to Seattle to get it to Hawaii.

For me - there is something about taking possesion of the car and taking it to the dock myself that gives me a better piece of mind.
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