One aspect of Hawaii life that I do not enjoy, is the car situation. Not the traffic, which isn’t any better than anywhere else in my opinion, but actually having and owning a car.
First, before we moved here, we sold are awesome, brand new Mazda because the Army would only pay for 1 car to be shipped. My lucky-duck brother got a brand new car for pretty much half off. We chose to ship my car, which was the bigger of the two, because of the kids.
Shipping it here wasn’t bad. It arrived within the 30 day limit and was undamaged, no big deal. It was ideal because we were able to bring it over instead of worrying about getting a new car. I’d recommend you to have a look if you need your car shipping, but a good starting point would be to have a look at Shiply. When we managed to get the car over to Hawaii, we drove it around for a couple months but then the registration was about to expire. We could have renewed it online with Kentucky but we missed the window and had to register it in Hawaii. No big deal right?
First of all, they do registration by weight so unless you get a paper from the Army saying you’re stationed here, the prices are ridiculous. Second, you need a vehicle inspection. I have never in my adult, car-owning life needed a vehicle inspection. I paid for the registration and that was that. I see the point behind them but there are some junky cars on the road here who still pass inspection so I don’t get it. It’s also an additional fee, that you have to pay even if you fail.
Well, we passed our first inspection and it was from Dec 2014-Dec 2015. And then we took that to the registration office because making them in the same place would be too easy. We got a Hawaii license plate no problem, except instead of going off Hubs birth month for expiration purposes (like every other damn place in America) they went off the month it arrived on island. Which was July. And at the time it was December. So now our stuff expires in different months. It makes no damn sense.
Hubs went to go renew our safety inspection and got turned away the first time. Luckily, he didn’t charge us the fee. Why did we get turned away? Because the insurance cards that pretty much every company allows you to print offline for convenience aren’t good enough. Even though, we got stopped by a cop the other day and the insurance card was good enough then. No, you need watermarked insurance cards. USAA has a place downtown that prints them and mails them but for some reason, when you call the number and explain what you need, we always get someone who doesn’t quite “get it.”
But, we got the cards and passed inspection, first time go! I was worried because Alex had mentioned she failed because of windshield wiper leaks and I was worried we’d get some random failure too. We are also leasing a vehicle while we’re here which needs to get inspected in March, because why should any of these cars be synced up?
I will be glad when we live in a state that doesn’t have all this nonsense and lets you prepay for more than a year at a time.