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Doing some spot cleaning yourself
Detailing and other cleaning services
Conclusion
 
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Doing some spot cleaning yourself

If you have stains on your car’s upholstery, you should get the stains cleaned and removed because it can affect the resale value of your vehicle as well as make your passengers feel less comfortable. If the stain is small and fairly recent, you should consider cleaning it yourself. This will be both cheaper and quicker.

In order to attempt to clean your own upholstery, you should start by identifying whether your car has cloth or leather seats. For leather seats, you will have a few options. You can use nail polish remover on a rag and blot the stain until it dissipates. Then use warm water and dish soap to get rid of the excess nail polish remover. Another option for cleaning a leather seat would be to put some non-gel toothpaste on a new toothbrush then carefully and gently scrub the stain.

If you have cloth seats your first option for cleaning a stain yourself will be to use laundry detergent with hot water and apply that mixture to a cloth. Then, use the cloth to make the stained area damp. Then, after a bit use a towel with cold water to remove the mixture. You can also use a baking soda solution that is baking soda mixed with warm water. Apply the solution to the stains using a clean toothbrush and let it sit for about a half an hour. Then, wipe off the excess with a cloth.
 

Detailing and other cleaning services

If cleaning your car’s upholstery, yourself does not work, or you just want to skip that effort altogether, you can always take your car in to get the stains professionally removed. This will take more time and definitely cost more but it is easily the most effective option. Typically, when you get your car detailed, it will take an hour or two and will cost between seventy-five and two hundred dollars depending on what is included in the detailing and the size of your vehicle. Obviously, larger vehicles such as SUVs will cost more. Most car washes offer a detailing service of some kind.
 

Conclusion

Getting your car’s upholstery cleaned will entail you either putting in some elbow grease yourself or spending some money to get it detailed. Attempting to remove any stains yourself will be quicker and be much less costly but it is typically less effective than getting your car detailed. Do your very best to prevent stains on your car’s interior in the first place but if you do end up with stains on your upholstery, you still have a few options.

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Maximizing trunk space
Trailers
Wrapping up
 
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Maximizing trunk space

When you transport large items in a typically sized car, it will take a bit of preparation and planning. This will entail maximizing the space that is available in your car’s trunk area. There are a few pretty simple ways that you can accomplish this. You should start by cleaning out your trunk and getting rid of any junk as well as putting anything inside your home that is not essential to you driving. If you have an SUV or larger vehicle, odds are that you will be able to put your back seats down in order to create more space. Check your owner’s manual to see how you will be able to do this.

Next, you should make any use of built-in spaces that exist in your car to hold smaller things so you will not need to store them in your trunk. Finally, when you are loading larger items, be sure you load them first. Whatever items, large or small, that you do store in your trunk, be sure they are secure and will not be sliding around before you start driving.
 

Trailers

You also have the option of using a trailer to transport large items with your car so long as your vehicle has the capacity to tow a trailer. You can either buy or rent a trailer. If you are just moving large items once or twice, it only makes sense to rent a trailer. If you are going to be regularly moving items that are too large to put in your car, you should consider buying a trailer.

When you are driving with a trailer, be sure that you drive with even more caution then usual. Make sure that the trailer is safely and securely attached to your car before you leave. You also must be sure to keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you as the trailer will make it take slightly longer to reach a complete stop due to the extra weight. Be sure wherever you are traveling with the trailer, there will be enough and legal space for you to park at least for the time that you will spend unloading it.
 

Wrapping up

Using your car to transport large items in Hawaii will take some extra prep work. You will either need to clear out extra room in your car via trunk space and by possibly putting your back seats down or else you will need to get a trailer. If you do choose to get a trailer, be sure to drive with extra caution. Either way, be sure that those large items are secure before you start your drive.

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Car shipping windows
The value of booking early
Conclusion
 
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Car shipping windows

When you ship your car to or from Hawaii, there will be two dates that you will have to concern yourself with. However, these will both be small windows of two or three days. There will be a “pickup window” and a “delivery window”. During these windows, your delivery driver will pickup or deliver your vehicle at any time the same way cable repair can arrive at any time during their six-hour windows. Fortunately, your auto transport driver will call you with at least an hour’s notice before they arrive.

You will need to be available during these windows in order to be present for the pickup/delivery processes which will both include an inspection and giving over/receiving the keys. However, it does not have to be you who needs to be present. It can be anyone that you trust with valid photo identification over the age of eighteen. You or whoever you trust to be present will also be responsible for signing the bill of lading. Due to the fact that someone you trust can be there, you can take shifts waiting or have them wait at your house while you run errands during these windows. So, the pickup/delivery windows really should not limit you in any considerable way.
 

The value of booking early

In order to get the pickup/delivery windows that you most prefer, you should book your shipment as early as possible. Typically, to get your preferred pickup/delivery dates, you will need to book your shipment at least a month in advanced. If you want to be completely sure that you get specific dates/windows, book your shipment at least two months in advanced. By booking early, you can also end up saving a few dollars but this is not guaranteed.
 

Conclusion

The dates for the pickup and delivery of your vehicle are arranged when your originally book your shipment. The earlier you book your shipment the higher the chances will be that you get the exact dates that you want. Keep in mind that these “dates” will actually be two-to-three-day windows. During these windows, your driver will give you a call when they are one or two hours away. When they arrive to pickup or deliver your vehicle, you or someone you trust will have to be present in order to sign for it, the inspection and to give or receive the keys. If you have any questions about car shipping dates in Hawaii or are ready to schedule your shipment give Hawaii Car Transport a call anytime at (808) 445-6695.

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The best time of the year to buy a car
Use sales
Dealing with a car salesman
Conclusion

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Buying a car from a dealership in Hawaii can be a difficult and intimidating experience. Especially with pushy salesmen breathing down your neck. You need to prepare to shop for a car so that you end up getting a good deal. Use this guide to make your life easier when you are in the process of buying a car and dealing with a car salesman.
 

The best time of the year to buy a car

Believe it or not, the best time of the year to buy a car is the end of the year. November and December are the months during the year when multiple sales quotas begin to come together for salesmen. This is when salesmen might get a little more desperate and willing to cut you a slightly better deal in order to close your sale. So, if you are thinking about buying a new car over the summer just try and hold off for a few months, you will likely end up getting a better deal as a result.
 

Use sales

Be sure that you take advantage of sales and promotions at dealerships too. Many dealerships have many sales that run throughout the year. The best plan of action is to call them before you even go to the dealership and ask them exactly what sales they have going on at that particular time. If they prompt you to come into the dealership in-person to find out, avoid that dealership.
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Year-end-sales-events are actually a perfect opportunity to combine this strategy with the above strategy of waiting until the end of the year to take advantage of the sales quotas.
 

Dealing with a car salesman

Dealing with a car salesman is not always the best experience. In general, they can seem pushy and untrustworthy. When you are buying a car, you can use the following tips to negotiate with a car salesman to make sure that you get the best deal possible:

  • Remind them of your offer when they are desperate – Car salesmen are much more inclined to give you a deal or break if they are in absolute need of a sale. Times that they might be desperate might be before the dealership closes on Saturday or Sunday, the last day of the month or right after a major weather event when business is likely slow.
  • Know how much the vehicle that you want is actually worth – Be sure that you know what the true value of the car you are looking to buy actually is. Car salesmen can smell when someone hasn’t done their research. Use sites like Edmunds.com to find out how much a car is actually worth before you even think about stepping foot on the lot.
  • Always shop around – Use all of these tips at multiple dealers. See who can come in at the lowest price for you.
  • The monthly payment is not as important as the total cost of the car – Many people end up getting bogged down by the thought of a lower monthly payment. However, what you should really be using to compare deals between dealerships is the total cost of the car. The total cost of the car is all the monthly payments plus whatever extra fees or add-ons you have to pay for. Also, the length of time that you are making monthly payments should not greatly exceed the length of the warranty.
  • Do your best to avoid expensive extras – Many salespeople will do whatever it takes to get you to agree to as many (completely unnecessary) add-ons as possible. Use your head and only agree to what you need.

 

Conclusion

Buying a car can be a frustrating process if you aren’t ready to deal with a salesman. However, if you prepare yourself properly, it will be a lot easier and more tolerable. Use the tips and tricks we mentioned here to give yourself a bit of an edge in the car buying process so you can get the best possible deal on your new car.
If you bought your car from a dealership located a considerable distance from your location, you can always ship your car wherever you need it! Contact the car shipping experts at Hawaii Car Transport today!

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The cost of renting a car in Hawaii
Restrictions on driving a rental car in Hawaii
Other Hawaiian driving options
Final word
 
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The cost of renting a car in Hawaii

If you travel to Hawaii for a few days or a couple of weeks, renting a car probably will not break the bank. However, if you stay there much longer than that, the price of renting a car will quickly show its downside as it will get quite costly.

Generally, it will cost you about $25 per day to rent a car in Hawaii. After two weeks that is $350. So, it will run you $700 per month to rent a car in Hawaii. That price does not even include gas which is typically more expensive in Hawaii than anywhere else in the United States.

This price also does not factor in the price of rental insurance either. That can cost an additional $10 to $20 per day. So, that could bring your potential $700 per month rental cost to $900 per month. If you skip the insurance, you risk quite a hefty bill if you happen to damage the car. This will be hundreds or even thousands of dollars in addition to the regular rental cost.
 

Restrictions on driving a rental car in Hawaii

On top of being expensive, renting a car in Hawaii comes with restrictions. The most infamous of these restrictions in Hawaii is that you can not take the vast majority of the rental vehicles off-roading. This will considerably limit where you can take the car.

If you do so and you end up damaging the car in anyway, you will be responsible for one hundred percent of the cost of the damage, even if you purchased the rental insurance.
 

Other Hawaiian driving options

If you have decided that you do not want to deal with the headache of renting a car in Hawaii, you do have a few other options.

  • Shipping – You can always ship your current car to Hawaii. On average, if you were to ship your car to Hawaii from Los Angeles it will cost about $1,750. So, you can have your very own car in Hawaii with no driving restrictions.
  • Selling/Buying – You can also sell your current car and then buy a new one when you get to Hawaii. However, this will require a lot more work than any of the other options and it will likely be the costliest options in terms of value.
  • Ride-share apps – Much like renting a car, you can use ride-share apps as a temporary or stop-gap option. It will likely be cheaper than renting a car because you only get charged when you use a ride-share app, not per-day. Uber and Lyft are available for use in Hawaii.

 

Final word

Renting a car in Hawaii is a fine option if you are only doing it for a short period. Otherwise it can get very expensive, plus, you will have several restrictions on where and how you can drive. Your other options are to ship your current car, sell your current car and buy a new one, as well as use ride share apps.

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Car seat laws in Hawaii
How car seats will help save lives
Conclusion
 
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Car seat laws in Hawaii

In Hawaii, car seats are required by law for kids under four years old. For children that are four through seven years old, they must be in either a booster seat or a child passenger restraint. You can also determine whether you need to use either a car seat or booster seat by a child’s weight. If your child weighs under forty pounds they need to be in a car seat. If they are over forty pounds and under eighty-five pounds, they must be in a booster seat.

If you allow children to ride in your vehicles without these and you are pulled over, you will need to go to court and you will be forced to take a four-hour course as well as pay a fine of up to five hundred dollars. It is also quite important that you make sure that you install the car or booster seats correctly. If you do not and you end up getting into an accident the safety that those seats could provide would be compromised. You should always put a car or booster seat in the back seats because it is statistically safer back there in case of a front-end collision.
 

How car seats will help save lives

Car seats increase safety for children riding in a vehicle by allowing them to be securely strapped into a seat that is fitted for them. This would never be the case with a regular adult-sized seat belt. Booster seats simply increase the heights of older kids while they are sitting so that the shoulder belts are not too high.

There is a ton of statistical evidence out there that points to how much car and booster seats increase safety for children riding in a car. First, traffic accidents are unfortunately the leading cause of death for children over one year of age in the United States. However, child passenger restraints end up reducing child fatalities in car accidents by over fifty percent each year.
 

Conclusion

If you drive with children in your car in Hawaii, they must be securely buckled into either a car seat or booster seat depending on their weight and age. You must make sure, whether it is a car seat or a booster seat, that they are properly and securely installed. If you allow a child to ride in your vehicle as a passenger and you get caught, you will face a court date and penalties. What is worse is that you are risking that child’s life in a big way by doing that. If you are shipping your car to Hawaii, be sure to remove any child or booster seats before the vehicle gets picked up as the cost of the child/booster seats will not be covered by the car shipping insurance if they end up getting damaged in transit.

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A donut is only a temporary solution
Permanent solutions for your tire
Conclusion
 
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A donut is only a temporary solution

If your tire goes flat and you need to drive on a donut you should be aware that doing so is only a stop-gap solution until you can get your tire repaired or get a new tire. Typically, you can only drive up to a hundred miles on a donut, at the very most. If you want to play it safe, you should not drive more than seventy miles on a donut.

You also should not drive too fast on a donut. Do not go over fifty miles an hour while you are driving with a donut on. Finally, avoid any hasty maneuvering while you are using a donut on your vehicle. If you do exceed these limits, your donut could go flat or blow out which will leave you with no options other than to get towed and or call AAA.
 

Permanent solutions for your tire

As we said, the only permanent solutions for your tire are getting it repaired or buying a new or used tire to replace the last one. Getting your tire repaired will ultimately be the cheaper option. However, a repaired or patched tire will quite likely not last as long as a new or used replacement.

So, you should weigh the risk to benefit by considering how frequently you drive as well as how far you drive. If you do drive frequently and longer distances when you do, a repaired tire might not last that long. In that case you should just get a replacement tire because getting a tire repaired several times could end up costing more than just replacing it in the first place.
 

Conclusion

When you are put in a situation where you must drive on a donut, do so at an absolute minimum. Your donut is only meant for a maximum of one hundred miles of driving. Any more driving than that on a donut and it could blow out or go flat too, leaving you stranded. Make sure you get the tire in question repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If you need any time of vehicle large or small, transported to Hawaii give Hawaii Car Transport a call at (808) 445-6695.

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When you should get your car serviced normally
Signs that you might need unexpected service
Wrapping up
 
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When you should get your car serviced normally

Typically, you should get your car serviced after every five thousand miles of driving. A 2017 survey showed that, on average, US drivers drove 25.9 miles per day. This comes out to just under 10,000 miles per year. If that is about what you drive in Hawaii, you should be getting routine service for your car about twice a year. The 5,000-mile number is not a hard limit though. For example, if you drove 6,200 miles in a year, getting routine service once that year would likely be fine depending on how old your car was.

“Routine service” could include a bunch of different things. However, routine service for your vehicle will typically include getting your oil changed, your brakes being checked and serviced, your wiper blades being checked, tire pressure being checked, other fluids such as transmission fluid being changed and more. All of that combined would be quite a large undertaking for the layperson but for your mechanic, it will likely just be a couple of hours in the shop.
 

Signs that you might need unexpected service

There will also be the times that your car will need repairs and/or unexpected service. The problem is that you might not know what the signs of such necessity for maintenance will be. Fortunately, most of these cases will be brought to your attention by the “check engine” light. However, that is not always the case.

You should also be on the look out for things such as weird vibrations that last more than a few seconds or occur when your car is at rest. You should also take your car in for service if you ever see smoke coming from your car or smell something out of the ordinary coming from your car. Finally, if you have trouble starting your car on any sort of a consistent basis, it is time for it to be serviced.
 

Wrapping up

How often you get routine maintenance for your car depends on how much you drive it. Odds are that you will need to get your car serviced about twice a year based on national averages. There will also likely be the times you will need to take your car in for maintenance for unexpected issues. Any time your check engine light goes on, you should take your vehicle in for service. You should always be on the look out for abnormal activity from your vehicle such as smoking, odors or trouble with the engine turning over as those all could be signs that it is time for maintenance.

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What to do when your car gets scratched
How to avoid scratches on your vehicle
Final word
 
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What to do when your car gets scratched

When you get a scratch on your car, the overall look and value can easily diminish a notable amount depending on the severity and location of the scratch. That is why you need to get the scratch repaired. However, many people think that they can wait and do that whenever they want. That is actually not the case because waiting to get a scratch repaired can actually lead to further damage. This is because when your car gets scratched, the clear coating that protects the paint gets removed and then that area is much more susceptible to rust.

Another mistake people make is they try and fix the scratch with touch up paint themselves. The problem with this is that there is a specific process that, if not done correctly, could lead to visible dirt being trapped underneath the touch up paint and/or an uneven look. That is precisely why you should take your car into the auto body shop as soon as you get any scratches.
 

How to avoid scratches on your vehicle

An even better option than getting any scratches on your vehicle repaired right away would be to avoid getting any scratches altogether. This obviously is not always possible as sometimes it will be completely out of your power. However, there are a few simple things you can do to avoid getting any scratches on your car in Hawaii.

First, you should always make sure you park where there is more than enough space next to you for other drivers not to scratch your car by opening their own doors. Next, you should consider skipping driving on dirt or gravel roads. Micro debris such as pebbles can kick up and scratch your car when you do drive on these types of roads. Also, do not park in or near heavily wooded areas because small branches that you might not be able to see as you drive past them can easily cause a scratch. Finally, whenever you can, take the opportunity to park your car in a garage.
 

Final word

Getting a scratch on your car is not the end of the world but it can lower the value and overall look of your vehicle. If you do not get a scratch repaired in a timely enough manner, rust can occur as a result. So, when you do get a scratch or scratches on your car get it repaired right away and do so by taking it to a body shop not by touching it up yourself. Finally, the best way to get a scratch fixed is by not getting any scratches in the first place so do whatever you can to avoid them.

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We ship much more than cars
What else you need to know about shipping a specialty vehicle
Conclusion
 
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We ship much more than cars

Hawaii Car Transport ships tons of cars every year. What you might not know is that we ship all types of vehicles, not just typical passenger cars. Hawaii Car Transport also has the ability to ship trucks, SUVs, vans, motorcycles, limos, heavy construction equipment such as tractors and more. If you have a question about a particular vehicle’s ability to be shipped, you can always just call us and speak to one of our representatives about it at (808) 445-6695.
 

What else you need to know about shipping a specialty vehicle

The process for shipping a specialty vehicle could possibly be a bit different depending on what you are shipping exactly. Typical cars get shipped on either open-air carrier or an enclosed carrier. Larger vehicles such as a bus, limo or tractor will be shipped on a flatbed carrier. If you are shipping something like a motorcycle or scooter, your vehicle will be shipped on a pallet inside of a special enclosed carrier. Regardless, your auto transport company will take care of all of this, you will just need to worry about the preparation prior to the shipment.

Let’s say that you are shipping something like an RV. Your preparation will be the same as someone shipping a car, there will just be more of it. When you are shipping a typical car, you will need to do two primary things in preparation: remove any personal items and get the exterior of the car cleaned. This is the same for an RV, but it will take you considerably longer to remove all of your personal effects. It will also take you much longer to wash it because you will likely need to do it yourself and an RV is much bigger than a typical car.

Now, if you were shipping something like a combine harvester (a certain type of farm equipment), you would likely have the extra step of removing the tires so that it can be properly placed on the flatbed carrier. As we said, every specialty vehicle will likely have a slightly different preparation process and shipping process. All you need to do in order to know what needs to be done for your specific vehicle is to talk to your car shipping representative prior to booking your shipment.
 

Conclusion

There are very few vehicles out there that you will not be able to ship to or from Hawaii. You can ship motorcycles, scooters, limos, Humvees, RVs, tractors and much more. There will be some differences from typical car shipping, but your auto transport company will take care of most of that. You will just need to take care of the preparation for the shipment. If you have any questions about shipping a particular vehicle, you can always give Hawaii Car Transport a call at (808) 445-6695.

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