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Moving to Hawaii? Should you ship your car or buy a car?

Moving to Hawaii? Should you ship your car or buy a car?

So, you’re planning to move to Hawaii, and relocating to one of the most beautiful states requires some unique planning. One of the things you need to consider is your vehicle (assuming you’ll need transportation to get around). Undoubtedly, with all the other expenses that come with moving to Hawaii, you’re probably running through the numbers and making sure that every decision will be worth the expense.

One of the questions you might be thinking: Is it better to buy or ship your car to Hawaii?

Here’s a couple of questions that may help you decide what’s the best option for you.

How long will you stay in Hawaii?

Is your move to Hawaii for the short term or the long term? It’s important to note that Hawaii is, overall, an expensive state where everything from food to car ownership is expensive due to its geographical location. If your stay is only for a couple of months, you might want to investigate renting a car or leasing it. Some, not all, dealerships allow you to lease a car for six months. But you’ll want to compare prices between leasing, renting a car or shipping your car before making your decision.

In case you’re planning to live in Hawaii for an extended period or maybe a couple of years, the decision to either buy a car or ship it becomes more interesting. That’s why the next question you need to ask yourself is…

Is your car in good condition?

If you’ve got a lot of love for your car, then you have likely taken care of it. The reward that comes with that is lower maintenance expenses over the long run. On the other hand, if you’ve neglected the maintenance of your vehicle, you might find trouble ahead with the accumulations of pricy repairs. If you’re not sure about the condition, check out this video which explains a couple of formulas that you can use to help you arrive at a good financial decision.

Another aspect you can consider is: are you willing to invest in your vehicle before moving to Hawaii to reduce your costs? Are you the type of individual who can fix something yourself before you ship it off to Hawaii? If so, that may be the smartest choice. In addition to repairing it on the mainland, it may also be good to clean it before shipping it to Hawaii and apply a layer of wax coating on your vehicle will prolong its life on the islands. Generally, you’ll want to do this more frequently once you move to Hawaii since the salt particles in the air accelerate the rusting of the vehicles.

In the end, you need to trust your instinct. If you find yourself in need to move on because your vehicle is too problematic, it may be time to do so.

Should you buy a new car before moving to Hawaii?

As everyone knows, purchasing and owning a car is costly, and if you purchased it brand new, the biggest part of depreciation of the vehicle happens in the first couple of years. While eventually every car will need to be repaired or need some type of maintenance, a new car should have a few years where those repairs are either covered by warranty or very minimal. Also, the benefits of owning a new car not only include lower maintenance cost in the first few years but also the ability to put an unlimited number of miles on the vehicle. If you’re looking for a long-term relationship with a vehicle, with the lowest expected maintenance costs, then this is a good option for you.

Should you lease a car before you move to Hawaii?

You don’t have to necessarily “buy” a new car. Have you thought about leasing? Leasing a car before you move to Hawaii can have a lot of benefits including:

  • You get to drive the latest and newest vehicle models
  • Lower monthly payment (Why? Because you’re basically making payments for the depreciation of the vehicle, not the whole cost of it.)

What’s the best part about leasing a car before you move to Hawaii? You’re going to live on the Aloha Island! So, there are not many places where you could roam to and worry about going over your miles (most leases are usually between 10,000 – 15,000 miles per year).

How valuable is your vehicle to you?

If you skipped the last two options (buying or leasing) and have a strong sentimental attachment to your vehicle, then your vehicle’s value is far greater than what most would understand. We get it, lots of people become emotionally attached to their vehicles. It may seem silly but keeping your car and shipping it to your new place in Hawaii can help you cope with the overwhelming situation of moving into a different environment. In the least, it is one less thing you need to worry about when you transport it with a trustworthy company and, apart from some of the pocket-friendly advantages, you’ve got consolation thanks to the familiarity factor of keeping your car.

Whether you lease, purchase or keep your car…

You’ll need someone who understands your needs and will help you ship it safely. AutoStar Transport Express has over 12 years of experience shipping cars to and from Hawaii.





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