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In Summary:  Budget is committed to providing renters with great deals on quality vehicles. The company has launched a variety of best-in-class solutions to enhance the great value that Budget customers have come to rely on and appreciate.  

Budget where2® GPS Navigation

 

History

 
  • In 2006, Budget introduces where2, its new portable GPS navigation system, based on Garmin’s popular new StreetPilot c550, to give customers turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic alerts and alternate routes, Bluetooth® hands-free calling capability, MP3 compatibility and much more.
 

Use

  • where2 is available in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.  Pricing is $13.95 per day or $69.75 per week.

Budget eToll Electronic Toll Collection

 

History

  • In December 2003, Budget begins pilot program for electronic toll collection devices in rental cars at its Newark, N.J. location, making it the first car rental company to test electronic toll collection. During the 18-month evaluation, Budget customers rented vehicles equipped with transponder collection devices more than 25,000 times.
  • In 2006, Budget launches eToll on the E-ZPassSM network. The service is available in the Northeast United States, from Maine to Virginia. Vehicles are equipped with transponders.
  • Budget introduces eToll in the metropolitan Houston area (in 2006) and in Florida and Colorado (in 2007). The service uses video tolling (e.g. PlatePass┬«) and does not require a vehicle transponder.
  • In 2007, Budget debuts eToll on the I-Pass network, in the Chicago metropolitan area. Vehicles are equipped with transponders.
  • In September 2007, Budget brings eToll availability to Puerto Rico with AutoExpreso service. Vehicles are equipped with transponders.

Use:

  • eToll is available for $2.50 per day for the length of the rental (with a maximum charge of $10.00 per week), plus toll charges.
  • Toll charges and daily fees for the service are additional and processed as a separate charge to the credit or debit card presented at the time of rental.
  • eToll is administered by Highway Toll Administration, LLC (HTA).

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