Make Sure to Pay Your Tolls with a Rental Car

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There are a lot of ways to get “nickeled and dimed” by extra rental car charges when you travel, but most of them can be avoided with a little planning and knowledge. One of the less common but sometimes expensive one is unpaid tolls and traffic violations. With state and local governments struggling to rein in spending, tolls roads have been popping up all over the country and that trend doesn’t figure to slow down anytime soon. So if you are driving your rental car on a toll road, it can be tempting to just cruise through the EZ-Pass lane (it might be called something different depending on the state) and just let the rental car company take care any charges. After all, can the rental car company really track down who was driving the car when the toll was incurred? Well, the answer is often yes.

While it’s certainly possible you will get off scot-free, you need to consider whether it’s really worth taking that chance to save a few dollars. The reason is that the rental car companies will often tack on a hefty charge in addition to the toll – sometimes as much as $25 or $50 as an “administrative fee” for each toll. The same problem applies to running through a red light at an intersection that is patrolled by cameras. Chances are that the violation will eventually catch up to you, and that it won’t be cheap. So the best advice is to stop and pay the tolls and to not run through red lights, and if you do suspect that the rental car company will be receiving a bill for anything that happened while you had the car, you should at least inform them when you return the vehicle and see what can be done to eliminate any extra fees. Hopefully that will help you hang on to the money you saved by reserving your car at

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