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Old 23 Nov 17, 10:01 PM  
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Weve had two issues with them on this trip.

On arrival, we pulled in at the first toll to pay and the attendant told us we didnt need to pay as our SunPass was switched on. We switched it off and paid cash but have never had this happen before. Our fault for not checking, but the default has always been for it to be switched off before. There was a piece of paper on the seat telling us what the SunPass charges would be, which weve never had before, but nothing telling us to switch it off if we didnt want to use it. Something else to remember to check on arrival.

When we returned the car, they claimed we had not prepaid for fuel and tried to charge us $10 per gallon for not bringing it back full. I went to the Avis office to battle with them. First the lady said we hadnt prepaid, then she said it was because the car wasnt full when we took it out (w.t.f?) I explained that she could check and see that we ALWAYS prepay and also told her that when we did this at the security barrier, we were told it was $2.49 per gallon/$33.17 total. Eventually she backed down, but in a manner which suggested she was doing us a favour rather than because she knew she was in the wrong.
I would be surprised if you had been charged for using the sunpass if you went to a manned booth, usually you would need to go through the sunpass enabled toll barriers. Anyway doesn't Avis /toll roads now use number plate recognition to charge and not the old sunpass transponders?
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I would be surprised if you had been charged for using the sunpass if you went to a manned booth, usually you would need to go through the sunpass enabled toll barriers. Anyway doesn't Avis /toll roads now use number plate recognition to charge and not the old sunpass transponders?
Many of the Budget / Avis vehicles have the transponder but as I mentioned earlier, I think they're all registered to toll by plate. They'll activate in order to avoid fines so I would imagine driving through a cash only lane without paying would also activate it. This is all just assumption though.
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We drove through the cash lanes with the transponder turned to off on 27th Oct. Booth attendant told us that we had already been charged when we went to hand him the cash! All lanes were Sunpass only or Sunpass/cash, there were no cash only lanes. Waiting to see what has come through from Avis charge wise.
And to top it all off, they didn't even have us on the board for Avis Preferred, in fact they couldn't find our booking! Not impressed .
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Many of the Budget / Avis vehicles have the transponder but as I mentioned earlier, I think they're all registered to toll by plate. They'll activate in order to avoid fines so I would imagine driving through a cash only lane without paying would also activate it. This is all just assumption though.
It was a cash only lane and we paid cash. The attendant gave us a receipt, which Im guarding with my life. I know were not talking vast sums of money for any one individual, but it all adds up and theres a principle involved. Im so angry about the way theyre trying to rip people off.
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I think Im just going to pay the $22 and go through the sun pass lanes
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I think Im just going to pay the $22 and go through the sun pass lanes
$19.75 admin fee plus tolls. If you're doing a bit of driving on toll roads then it can be worth it. If you're just staying in Orlando then it's not. Just get a receipt from the attendant to be sure.
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Thanks for the telephone number. I may need it if Avis don't answer my email in a few days.
Can I just ask - Is that a UK number or US? does it need a prefix?

Thanks Katie
Its a UK number. I then took option 4, got cut off the first time so just called back.

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$19.75 admin fee plus tolls. If you're doing a bit of driving on toll roads then it can be worth it. If you're just staying in Orlando then it's not. Just get a receipt from the attendant to be sure.
Only going to use it to and from airport but for the sake of a few quid worth not having to worry about needing change etc.
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Apparently whether a dedicated Sunpass non-stop lane or manned booth all have cams to record number plate/tag, hence why many who pay at a manned booths are still being charged.

At manned booths I take a receipt, same with top up petrol receipts, retaining them for circa 5 month. That backfires if you're mistakenly charged, as I was, for a toll, that's when you do not let the supplier off the hook and demand photographic evidence, as is your right. In my instance they couldn't produce [imagine that, no surprise as the car was 150 miles SW of the Orlando violation!] and refunded the admin and toll charge.

As hornetgirl said, it's not so much about the money, it's the principal, and until all stand up against these charges it'll never end.
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In 20 years of using manned booth's I have never been offered a receipt. Having said that I have never asked for one & wasn't sure they existed. We have had occasions where we have handed over a $5 note and waited quite a while for change to be offered.

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