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Old 05-05-2014, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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I will be visiting Denver in June for 4-5 days and want to rent a car. I probably will use the toll roads too. I read somewhere I can pay this through the company I rent the car from but they charge admin fees. What is the best way to go about this without paying unnecessary fees? Any suggestions on which car rental companies are good / bad ?

thanks!

Forgot to mention I live in Canada and have no address or car registration in US.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:20 PM
 
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I rented from Avis and they had a package where the tolls were included...this was just last month.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Read this from Avis's website re tolls in Colorado,
at e-Toll from Avis | electronic toll payment | electronic toll collection program | car rental toll payment program
"State of Colorado
In the state of Colorado customers automatically opt-in to use Avis e-Toll when they use the Express Toll or Go-Pass toll lanes. The toll sticker is located on the windshield above the inspection sticker. If you use e-Toll, you will be charged a $3.95 convenience fee for each day of the rental, including any days on which e-Toll is not used, up to a maximum of $16.75 per rental month, plus incurred tolls at the cash rate. Toll charges will be billed separately to the same credit card used for the rental. There is no charge for Avis e-Toll unless you use it."

It appears that Avis and several others use the same 3rd party to do the e-tolling process. See http://www.htallc.com/AboutUs.aspx

Per HTA, "Our customer roster includes ACO Rent A Car, Alamo Rent-A-Car, Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Carl’s Van Rentals, Enterprise Rent A Car, National Car Rental, Payless Car Rental and dozens of independents, as well as franchisees, such as those of U-Save Car and Truck Rental. We often operate under the brands of our customers; for example, Avis eToll and EHI’s TollPass Automatic."

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Old 05-05-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I probably will use the toll roads too.
What do you mean be "the toll roads" (plural)? E-470? Because there aren't a whole lot of other toll roads around Denver. It's mostly freeways and surface streets or state/county highway routes. As for E-470, it's great in a pinch, but I have a hard time seeing many situations where it's worst the cost of the toll PLUS that $4 "convenience" fee per day. Granted, if you're driving that way all day and your company or someone else is paying for it, it would make sense. Otherwise it's pretty easy to bypass it without spending a bunch of extra time on the road so $4/day isn't very convenient for anyone except the car company in most cases. In any case, you'll need to let the car company know ahead of time if there's a chance you'll be taking the toll roads because it's more of a hassle to figure it out after the fact before incurring a significant fee. It sounds like you have nothing to lose if you sign up and don't use it.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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What do you mean be "the toll roads" (plural)? E-470? Because there aren't a whole lot of other toll roads around Denver. It's mostly freeways and surface streets or state/county highway routes. As for E-470, it's great in a pinch, but I have a hard time seeing many situations where it's worst the cost of the toll PLUS that $4 "convenience" fee per day. Granted, if you're driving that way all day and your company or someone else is paying for it, it would make sense. Otherwise it's pretty easy to bypass it without spending a bunch of extra time on the road so $4/day isn't very convenient for anyone except the car company in most cases. In any case, you'll need to let the car company know ahead of time if there's a chance you'll be taking the toll roads because it's more of a hassle to figure it out after the fact before incurring a significant fee. It sounds like you have nothing to lose if you sign up and don't use it.
Agreed. There's only 1 toll road (managed by two entities) - E-470/Northwest Parkway. They're pretty easy to avoid. The per-mile toll rate is fairly high, and the convenience fee on top of that is highway robbery.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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I was not sure if there were more toll roads than just E-470.

What are I-25 Express Lanes? Who can drive there and is it free? Sorry if I am asking lame questions but we do not have these here.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I was not sure if there were more toll roads than just E-470.

What are I-25 Express Lanes? Who can drive there and is it free? Sorry if I am asking lame questions but we do not have these here.
Those are HOV lanes that are tolled for cars with single occupants.
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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Thank you everyone! This is very helpful information.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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I would just avoid the toll roads. I never use them.
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I only use them if I have to.

That being said, you shouldn't have to use it for anything.
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