Prepare Your Car

Transporting your car or truck between the USA and Hawaii is simple. South Beach Transport is proud to offer the most frequent, reliable service in the transport industry. We’re the auto transport specialists, we treat your vehicle as if it was ours and our logistic specialists will walk you though the complete process, step by step.

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Please review the Shipping Instructions before booking your auto.

Prepare Your Car: 

The following important information will help speed your move along:   Vehicles must be in operating condition when tendered for shipment, with a working emergency brake, and must either be licensed or qualified to be licensed for operation on public streets or highways.   Matson reserves the right to reject receipt of cargo if the cargo does not meet the requirements for safe auto transport & handling by our logistic specialists or our vessel operations.

Wash Vehicle:

All cars must have a clean exterior, so that a vehicle survey may be conducted at the load port. Dirty vehicles will not be accepted.

Example: – Vehicles are subject to stringent inspections by the USDA. It is the responsibility of the shipper to have the interior and exterior of the vehicle thoroughly cleaned. Example: The USDA looks for clumps of dirt in wheel wells or under the vehicle’s carriage, under the hood of vehicles is also inspected, the USDA also looks for dirt, grass, plant seeds in the interior as well as the exterior and for anything that they consider invasive. If your car does NOT pass the USDA inspection at pick up, South Beach Transport will not be able to ship your vehicle until the vehicle has been properly cleaned at your expense and re-inspected by the USDA. If your vehicle fails a USDA inspection at destination, Matson will be unable to release your vehicle to you until the vehicle has been properly cleaned at your expense and re-inspected by the USDA.

Note: South Beach Transport cannot ship vehicles with cracked or broken windshields or windows.

Remove All Personal Belongings

The only items allowed for shipment in your vehicle are accessories that come attached to the car from the factory, or permanently installed in the dash, doors, rear deck, or console.

For example, if not bolted in, the following items should be removed:

•loose radios


•tape players and tapes

• compact disc players and discs

•portable telephones of any type

•power boosters


•radar scanners

•extra speakers

•decorative ornaments

•vehicle protective covers/car bras

•truck tailgate nets

•auto roof racks if not factory installed

•theft alarm systems (if you choose to leave the car alarm in your vehicle, make sure that the system is disengaged prior to shipment)

Gas and Antifreeze

Gas Please deliver your vehicle to Matson with 1/4 tank or less fuel.  Our port personnel will do the rest, and make sure your vehicle is ready to go when it reaches its destination. If you are shipping a vehicle powered by an alternative fuel -propane, electric, natural gas, etc. – please contact our Customer Service 1-888-505-SHIP (7447) for special shipping instructions. Antifreeze Automobiles shipped between Seattle and Hawaii, especially during the fall and winter months, should be delivered to us with antifreeze. We are not responsible for providing this protection nor liable for damage resulting from low temperatures.

Fire Extinguishers and Propane Tanks Fire Extinguishers

Must be removed. Federal regulations do not permit fire extinguishers to be shipped with your automobile.    Propane tanks  Vehicles with propane tanks for auxiliary uses must be delivered for shipment with the propane tanks empty of any liquid or fumes. The empty tank must be tagged and certified as “gas free” by an authorized propane dealer or service company. We recommend that you verify the cost of emptying and certifying propane tanks. It may be less costly to purchase a new tank at your destination.