Toll Roads & Personal Transponders

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It is worthwhile to check neighboring states to see if they have a free transponder option that will work in the state you are visiting. I see that North Carolina has a free transponder option that works in Florida, but the North Carolina website does not give any guidance to using the their system in a rental car so that might be a catch. In my case, I got an EZ-Pass transponder for the Northeast USA area and chose a state toll system that didn't charge for a transponder rather than the state I was actually visiting.
I have the NC transponder. The NC transponder is not free. You have to purchase it and add funds.

Pros:
Compatibility with BOTH Sunpass (Florida) and EZ pass (northeast + IL)
As long as there is activity in the past month, there is no monthly service fee
You can add and remove a license plate online.

Cons:
Customer service for NC is horrible
Customer service for NC is non-existent if you have an issue
 
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I have the NC transponder. The NC transponder is not free. You have to purchase it and add funds.

Pros:
Compatibility with BOTH Sunpass (Florida) and EZ pass (northeast + IL)
As long as there is activity in the past month, there is no monthly service fee
You can add and remove a license plate online.

Cons:
Customer service for NC is horrible
Customer service for NC is non-existent if you have an issue
A MONTHLY service fee? That’s a first. Give me my EZ Pass and SunPass. I should be thankful to pay $20 for the transponder vs. paying if I don’t use it for a month.
 
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A MONTHLY service fee? That’s a first. Give me my EZ Pass and SunPass. I should be thankful to pay $20 for the transponder vs. paying if I don’t use it for a month.
Neil, sorry.... I misspoke... if there is no activity in 1 year, there is a $5 monthly service fee.

Some of the EZ passes issued by the northeast states do charge a monthly fee of like $1-1.50/month.
 
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I have the NC transponder. The NC transponder is not free. You have to purchase it and add funds.
The NC website seemed to indicate the NC transponder that was not EZPass did not require payment beyond the prepaid tolls. But your post brings up a related issue. Looking around the various state's website to get toll transponders many are not real clear as to what the fees are, and in some cases that information is only available after you create a user account on the site. Seems to me the toll agencies could do a better job of disclosing costs and fees to consumers.
 
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Neil, sorry.... I misspoke... if there is no activity in 1 year, there is a $5 monthly service fee.

Some of the EZ passes issued by the northeast states do charge a monthly fee of like $1-1.50/month.
I recall New Jersey is one of those states. Or at least it was. I used to visit NJ regularly when my parents were alive, and needed to drive the Garden State Parkway. That had 50¢ tolls every ten miles or so. (Or something like that -- a lot of coins, regularly.) I considered getting an EZ Pass for the rentals, until I saw the monthly fee. Based on my use it would have doubled the tolls.

Ironic story -- I used to go to the bank before the trip to get a roll of quarters and a roll of half dollar coins for the toll booths. On one trip, I noted the half dollar coin seemed to have a different shine to it... When I next stopped, I looked at the roll, and discovered it was entirely silver half-dollar coins from as early as 1930.
 
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