In some locations with toll roads, rental companies offer toll packages for renters. These can sometimes end up being almost mandatory.
Many locations now have toll roads without toll booths relying strictly on electronic means for paying the tolls. This creates a sticky situation for renters.
There are two ways in which these tolls are usually collected — a transponder or paying by plate. In many cases, even if you want to pay for the tolls on your own, you may be forced into having them go through the rental company which will gladly tack on additional fees for the service.
In places where there are tolls that are charged to the owner of the car by the license plate, you will be passed on the tolls by the rental company in addition to an administrative fee.
In places where there are electronic transponders, you can choose to rent one from the rental company for an additional fee. Many also offer packages that include unlimited tolls.
In many locations, you can turn these transponders off and use your own if you have one. In some locations, it's possible to register the license plate of the vehicle and pay online thereby not going through the rental company.
However, there are a few places where you are almost forced to take the rental company's toll package — Florida
being the most popular of them. Many rental vehicles there are equipped with transponders that can not be turned off or removed. And even if you happen to pay tolls in cash, it will still register electronically and you will be charged a hefty fee by the rental company if you had not taken their toll package.
So in these locations, be sure to calculate the price of the toll package into the final price you expect to pay. You can find this information in the Rate Excludes section of the Rental Conditions.
Of course, there is one sure-fire way to not have to worry about tolls and fees at all and that is to avoid toll roads altogether, though this is not always possible.