Update: While Florida toll roads now all accept E-ZPass, I have found that the roads don’t always charge the E-ZPass in the car, resulting in usurious rental car agency fees.
Additionally, I have not able to register my rental cars to my E-ZPass account.
Instead, I’ve still been using my Sunpass account by registering the rental car plates for the duration of the rental, which has been working perfectly.
Originally posted on 1/24/21:
Related: South Florida Master Thread on DDF
Flying from Miami Airport and renting a car means taking multiple trains and long walks, but it also means dealing with Sunpass tolls. Those were supposed to have been interoperable with E-ZPass years ago, but they are still not.
In general I fly into Fort Lauderdale and avoid the toll roads, but due to reduced flight schedules I’ve had to fly out of Miami in order to catch an evening flight back home.
With Silvercar abandoning their airport locations, there are no rental car agencies without usurious fees for using their built in toll transponders, so I went looking into a solution for a last minute day trip into Miami last month.
On the Sunpass website they sell a “mini transponder” for $4.99 shipped. Officially that must be permanently adhered to the windshield, though people report being able to move it from car to car. The bigger problem was that I wouldn’t actually get it on time.
But I bought it, and then had a Sunpass account. From my Sunpass account I saw that I could add additional vehicles and even assign when they would start and end:
So once I got my rental car, I logged into the Sunpass site and set the car to expire that night when I would return the car.
I never used a transponder, but sure enough, the system billed all my charges to my Sunpass account as I drove from Fort Lauderdale up to my grandparents in Boynton Beach and then back down to Miami. Taking the tollroads saved me half an hour of driving to Boynton and allowed me to return the car to Miami without being slammed by car rental toll fees. It took about 5 days for all of the tolls to show up in my account and they were debited from the $10 balance that I initially funded my account with.
Maybe this was all obvious, but luckily we don’t have tolls to pay in Cleveland and it’s only a challenge that I face when traveling!
But just to make sure, I shared this tip with several DDF members and they were thrilled with it and have used it on their trips to Miami this month.
What’s your Miami toll strategy? Have you tried just entering your rental car’s license plate number on the Sunpass site?