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Old 27th August 2013, 05:25   #3061
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He drove through automated toll booths. How will they know to contact him? Would they have pictured the car and plate details? Is there anyway he can pay it now, like online transaction?
They can't contact him directly as he was driving a rental car. They would've sent the fine ticket to the rental company. Rental company may contact him to pay up the fine + any additional charge they may levy due to the inconvenience caused to them.

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Can you elaborate on this? If the person is driving a rental car, will the toll invoice sent to him? Or will the rental company charge this from his credit card?

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I believe different rental agencies would handle it differently. I have such experience with Enterprise. 3 years back, I was on a business visit for few weeks and got a $30 ticket for no-parking violation. I just torn off the ticket and ignored it.

Later I got a letter from Enterprise to my India address (that's what they had on file) about this. They had paid the fine to the authority themselves and asked me to pay up the fine + $10 service fee.

I think that's how all rental agencies would handle such cases.

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They can't contact him directly as he was driving a rental car. They would've sent the fine ticket to the rental company. Rental company may contact him to pay up the fine + any additional charge they may levy due to the inconvenience caused to them.
That means I must wait for a mail/invoice from Hertz to pay the money.

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He drove through automated toll booths. How will they know to contact him? Would they have pictured the car and plate details? Is there anyway he can pay it now, like online transaction?
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Is there a way to verify if my payment is pending?
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That means I must wait for a mail/invoice from Hertz to pay the money.

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Yes, they'll have a picture of the license plate.

You can call the rental car location to see if they've received the invoice, or call the toll company directly if you really want to pay it off that fast .

JMaruru, ask your friend not to worry - it won't affect his driving record.

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Old 27th August 2013, 06:55   #3064
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He drove through automated toll booths. How will they know to contact him? Would they have pictured the car and plate details? Is there anyway he can pay it now, like online transaction?
For Illinois its pretty easy, tell him to go online and pay the toll if its within 7 days. He needs to know the toll#, which can be found from the site based on the freeway he was driving through.
Check the link for paying missed tolls
and this link shows which toll number you want to pay for.
I have missed a lot of time while in Chicago, and got back home and paid it online.

Else like other mentioned, you will be charged on your card by the rental company with a $25 fine + Toll Fee + service charge.
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Wouldn't he have an EZ Pass type reader attached to his car? In which case the bill should arrive to his address.

How does it work in IL automated Tolls??
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Old 27th August 2013, 23:35   #3066
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Wouldn't he have an EZ Pass type reader attached to his car? In which case the bill should arrive to his address.

How does it work in IL automated Tolls??
Ya they have both the manned tolls and the ones where you have to put coins(which is a pain)
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Ya they have both the manned tolls and the ones where you have to put coins(which is a pain)
Aha, so they dont have an auto pay kind of setup like EZ Pass.
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Old 28th August 2013, 00:45   #3068
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Aha, so they dont have an auto pay kind of setup like EZ Pass.
Oops No no they do have the plate pass I think its $35 or $45 annually. I thought you asked what type of toll they have

And the best is, even if you don't have the Ez pass, you can jus go online and pay up within 7 days. I used to do that most of the time since I hardly had quarters in the car.

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Can you elaborate on this? If the person is driving a rental car, will the toll invoice sent to him? Or will the rental company charge this from his credit card?

I'm also in the same situation. Rented a car during July 4 and did not pay the toll (I wasn't aware of the new system). I haven't received any toll invoice nor I see any money deducted by the rental agency.

One of my friend who passed the same toll in is personal vehicle received the toll invoice in this mail.

Is there a way to verify if my payment is pending?

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Yes. In case of rented cars, they typically charge the amount to the rental company who in turn ask you to pay or charge your credit card. If the rental company is unable to recover the money from your card, they will send the invoice directly to your mailing address as per the rental company records. This may take some time, sometimes up to 45 days after you returned the car.

Most rental companies use PlatePass as the toll aggregator service nationwide. In that case, you can go online enter the rental details and check if there are any payments pending. I have done this many times. Some of the sensors at toll booths fail to read the on-car device. See the link below.

https://www.platepass.com/receipt/receipt.aspx

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Need a bit of advice. This is a kind of uncharted territory for me.

My uncle is planning to upgrade his sedan and has eyes set on either Acura TL/ 335i/ Infinity G37x. Coupes are ruled out and he wants only Sedan.
Requirements
- Good Handling/Power
- Reliability and Maintenance

He already has an MDX and is inclined towards the TL.
I have only driven the 335 before and have no idea about the other 2. Could you guys kindly chip in with the best option that he should be upgrading to.
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Hey guys, I installed an Alpine INE-S920hd in dash navigation in my Jetta last weekend and replaced the useless OEM head unit. It was my first major DIY based on complexity and cost involved. I am quite happy with the end results.
The head unit has everything namely Bluetooth, nav, HD radio, Sirius and back up camera compatibility, DVD etc etc. Also installed the PAC TR7 module to bypass the hand brake and foot brake restriction to use nav and DVD. I did it only to be able to use nav while on the move.

Detailed installation report coming up soon.
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Hey guys, I installed an Alpine INE-S920hd in dash navigation in my Jetta last weekend and replaced the useless OEM head unit. It was my first major DIY based on complexity and cost involved. I am quite happy with the end results.
The head unit has everything namely Bluetooth, nav, HD radio, Sirius and back up camera compatibility, DVD etc etc. Also installed the PAC TR7 module to bypass the hand brake and foot brake restriction to use nav and DVD. I did it only to be able to use nav while on the move.

Detailed installation report coming up soon.
This looks very neat, professional job!

BTW, where in Edison, I am in the same area.
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Need a bit of advice. This is a kind of uncharted territory for me.

My uncle is planning to upgrade his sedan and has eyes set on either Acura TL/ 335i/ Infinity G37x. Coupes are ruled out and he wants only Sedan.
Requirements
- Good Handling/Power
- Reliability and Maintenance

He already has an MDX and is inclined towards the TL.
I have only driven the 335 before and have no idea about the other 2. Could you guys kindly chip in with the best option that he should be upgrading to.
Acura TL and G37X are about to get new models. There are some excellent deals on them right Now.

I'm thinking of going for a TSX. The lease offers are like $225 per month with 2750 Down, for the special edition.

I sold my s2000. Got 14k for it. I had bought that for 16.6k In jan 2011 with 50k miles. When I sold it, It had 73k miles.
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This looks very neat, professional job!

BTW, where in Edison, I am in the same area.
Thanks. I live in Iselin, close to Metropark station.
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Acura TL and G37X are about to get new models. There are some excellent deals on them right Now.

I'm thinking of going for a TSX. The lease offers are like $225 per month with 2750 Down, for the special edition.

I sold my s2000. Got 14k for it. I had bought that for 16.6k In jan 2011 with 50k miles. When I sold it, It had 73k miles.
Ask him to test drive the new Avalon. Car looks good and its fun to drive too. The fully loaded version would match with the comfort levels of Acura.

Acura's are more porne to have transmission problems, IMHO. Honda's V6 engines are awesome, but transmissions are not IMHO.
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