If you are a frequent traveler like I am and renting cars everywhere you go, you are probably heading to places that have toll roads, and if your extended family lives in a state that has tolls galore, be sure to look into toll transponders and buy one. California has a monthly fee – I used to travel there a lot and got one, but the $2.00 a month minimum charge is a turn off, if you are traveling infrequently.
Regarding transponders, I can speak for Colorado, California, and Florida. If you go more than once a year to a place that has toll roads, and there are no fees (Colorado and Florida have no minimums or fees), it’s wise to get a transponder or look into the rules for the toll roads where you go. Here is what I discovered:
For the past few years we travel to and from central Florida a lot and each time e went, the rental care companies got super rich off of us- even if we used the toll roads for 2 out of our 5 day rental, we got charged $3.95 per day no matter what IF we used even one toll road – this is maxed at like $20.00 generally but that adds up. Plus you pay all your tolls too! So, at $20 per trip (convenience charge), it is better to just buy your own transponder at Walgreens, Turnpike Service Centers, or Publix stores. You reload them, add your rental vehicles as you rent them, and you can also share the transponder among family members and friends. So, it can go in any vehicle in the state. In Florida and Colorado, there are no monthly minimums or service charges, making the transponder a must have! And, in Colorado, your toll rates are discounted if you have the E-470 pass, so it is certainly worth having, just get the one that you can move from vehicle to vehicle, unless you live there, of course.