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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: July 10, 2019

Bought a new Chevy Silverado. With the vehicle came a free trial period. When the trial period ended I called to cancel. Didn't happen. Called again, they couldn't find account active so they said it had to be cancelled. Then 10 months later they are still billing me from an account I barely use. I just caught the, charge. They are only giving me 3 months credit. What a rip-off. If you cancel make sure you get a date, name, and confirmation number. Or best yet write a letter and certify mail it to cancel service. Because they are going to continue to bill you. What a rip off. Shady.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: June 25, 2019

We have an unauthorized charge on our credit card from OnStar. Called 4 times. Three callers denied they can see the charge. Then two days later we received 2 letters (same letters) in the mail stating OnStar has updated our credit card and is now using the card for OnStar services we requested. Except we haven't requested the services.

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Original review: June 24, 2019

OnStar came "free" with my Volt for a while. I tried the turn by turn navigation once and it sucked. My phone does much better. That was over a year ago. Suddenly, I started getting charged $35/month for it. Called on Sunday to complain and they said their cancellation department was open Mon-Sat. Probably my last Chevrolet.

3 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 11, 2019

We never subscribed nor used the “free” subscription offered with purchase of used Chevy Suburban. Ignoring and unsubscribing hasn’t worked. Now I’m receiving Marketplace labeled emails with my email and vehicle VIN number in the 3rd party advertiser. OnStar is branded in the marketing email for product other than OnStar services.

3 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 1, 2019

What a scam. When your year is up they automatically charge your credit card, and when you call to cancel they start reading disclaimers and take up so much time. And if you have American Express and call them to cancel they have an agreement with OnStar and will not cancel! What a ridiculous scam. I think I’ll stop using both companies!

5 people found this review helpful
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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: June 1, 2019

Lost internet connection. Called OnStar and they passed me on to tech support. They told me all the steps of troubleshooting they were doing. Tech could not get internet connected. Told me he would forward my case and someone would get in touch with me in next 4 or 5 days. Later in day I called back. Got different techs and he told me a trouble chit had been created and they would look at it on Monday. Today is Friday. He even said it takes sometimes 5 days to fix a problem. Asked about refund for not having internet service. Said once it started working again they might be able to give me some credit but not sure since they don't know how long it was not working... what a bunch of crap. I canceled all OnStar service at that point.

7 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: May 25, 2019

Had the free 30 days of service when I purchased my vehicle. Tried to set it up the day of purchase, OnStar said they were having system problems and I would have to call back another day. I called back 5 days later. They started my free month from the day of purchase, not the day of activation. When my data was running low in the vehicle wifi, I subscribed for the unlimited plan. Soon as my data ran out, it cut off. I checked my CC and OnStar had billed me for the plan, and had not bothered to activate it. When I contacted their tech support they told me it was an issue with the vehicle and not their service, and I would have to take it to the dealership despite it working fine previously. Their tech support just tells you troubleshooting steps and can't actually do anything on their end to address issues. I am done with them.

7 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: May 14, 2019

GM/OnStar you are going to make a lot of owners very unhappy. Just paid $60K plus for a new 2018 GMC last month. Traded a 2016 Chevy that I used only the basic remote access features in for three years for free. Like another poster mentioned, I feel OnStar has been a convenience selling feature of GM vehicles since inception. Now not so much. Not only can you track/know my location and who knows what else anytime you want, but you now want to charge me for the simplest basic features that I've grown accustom too and was a big part of my decision to buy another GM vehicle. Not anymore.

I locked my keys in my new truck at work today and guess what, couldn't open it remotely and had to call the wife to bring the extra key so I could access. I'm lucky to be in a position where I didn't have to finance a mortgage on my purchase. But I know there are many that borrow amounts requiring $1,000 a month plus payments. Do you really feel that individuals forking over this kind of money every month to own a GM vehicle are going to want to give you another $15 more a month for basic convenience feature connectivity? On top of this, you want my bank information so you can automatically withdraw the payment directly from my account every month. No thank you GM. Extremely disappointed. Last GM I will own. You've put yourself, your vehicles and your customer service on the same if not a lower level of your competitors and of which I am not opposed to owning.

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12 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 11, 2019

I kept getting e-mails one after the other get to Chevy dealer for oil change. Low pressure etc. This even though I never signed up for their service. I declined when I bought the truck new. When I would get a e-mail about tire pressure being low on left rear wheel. Guess what, the wheels had been rotated and this wheel was on left front. These people are idiots. GM can't even make software that will pickup the location of a pressure sensor location. Somebody is going to killed over inflating a tire because they send them the wrong location of the wheel. Needs to be a class action suit filed against them for harrasment reporting false information. They are sending false information and it is a safety hazard. Oh, that's right it's all about marketing. It's about supporting GM dealerships with false information.

10 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 10, 2019

Hello. So purchased a vehicle. Got OnStar free trial. My husband and I loved it. So when the free trial was up I called to see how much it was and I thought it was pretty expensive especially because we will have 2 vehicles on it. They wouldn’t give us a better deal and they were so rude. Love the OnStar, but as far as the customer service it’s horrible. Even talked to a manager and he was rude.

13 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: May 8, 2019

I signed up for OnStar through my dealership and was told I would get free service for two years on. OnStar started charging me after year one. I tried to get it resolved with their customer service, I got transferred over to six different departments, got hung up on three times and never got refunded for the charges that they billed me for services I never requested. Stay away, worst service ever. Stay away. Use your cell phone. It’s free.

6 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 4, 2019

I have had OnStar in 8 cars over 12 years. I currently have multiple vehicles with their service. I am not sure why, because my iPhone provides a better WiFi, and more accurate turn by turn directions. However, last Friday was the last straw. I was in a serious rear-end collision where I was rear-ended at a stop light. OnStar did not even contact me with their BS Accident Dynamic.

I contacted them today, a week later, and after I waded through their offshore Mexican support personnel, I asked for an American rep. This moron claimed that OnStar only functions in an accident where there is danger of serious bodily injury. This is totally false. From their television commercial, where the deer walked out in front of the woman’s SUV, and she had minor damage, and there is no indication of level of accident in any description of their service. They are a total scam, and I have cancelled their service in all of my current vehicles. Total garbage.

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21 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 29, 2019

I bought a brand new 2018 Silverado this past November and had the included 3-month free trial, including the myChevrolet mobile app with key fob. 2 months ago the app was not working and displayed an error message which was coincidentally after my free trial had expired. After attempting to re-login and several phone calls with rude customer service associates and supervisors, I found out that the myChevrolet mobile app key fob is no longer a free included benefit as of May 2018 when GM decided to charge a subscription fee for $11.99/month. Both my previous 2017 Silverado and 2013 Tahoe had the free basic service even with the cancellation of OnStar. This a bunch of b.s. and extortion from GM! Like someone else had previously commented on here, a large number of other automakers provide a phone app with key fob for FREE. So much for customer/brand loyalty! I will never think again of ever patronizing OnStar...

13 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: April 26, 2019

I have had GM OnStar for over 5 years and it worked very well until GM allowed Google to control the access by limiting the type of cell phone users can use. The update stated users could go to the Google store and download the new version. When trying to login to the Google store you get a message the cell phone is not supported. Google only supports new Android cell phones and will not allow older cell phones to access the site. Well this essentially LOCKS out any user without the latest Android phone. Google own Android OS and for GM to allow such control is very sad. They "claim" only new Android OS will work. BULL, Google is trying to sell phones and GM is going to lose users unless they wake up.

8 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: April 23, 2019

I will never use OnStar for any services. I have never had to use it before and the first time I used the service it was the worst service I ever received. I got a flat and when I called I told the person I didn't think my 2019 Q50 Sport had a spare. She said she would check and came back saying I had a spare and would dispatch out to have someone come put my spare on. When the person arrived he verified there was no spare because I have run flats. He was extremely angry because he wasn't getting paid for coming out. OnStar called me once they heard from him and dispatched a tow truck. I got a text saying another 60 minutes.

Tow truck never showed. I called the tow company and they said I wasn't on the route and was hung up on. I called again and was told I was on the route and told me I never called 3 times. I had OnStar dispatch another tow company that was gonna be over another hour. I ended up calling my own tow which was there in 15 minutes. This occurred at 11 in the afternoon. I made it home at 7pm because I couldn't get a run flat in and had to buy 4 conventional tires to get homes. If OnStar did their job properly my car would have been towed to the dealership and I would of only had to buy one tire not 4.

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13 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 20, 2019

Over eight years I tried to deal with their customer service to improve their navigation to no avail. I was ignored, lied to, and finally with the last customer service rep I dealt with... just not listened to. I’m not renewing my service.

5 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 16, 2019

CAUTION: OnStar will ONLY cancel service with the primary driver. FACTS I (husband and additional dirver was the one who set up the account.) I was able to give the rep the acct number, the PIN associated with the account, I am listed as a driver on the vehicle, AND the OnStar subscription bills TO MY credit card. DO NOT SUBSCRIBE to OnStar... NEXT STOP for me is the Better Business Bureau.

6 people found this review helpful
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Original review: March 29, 2019

Surprised by a sudden winter storm in Wyoming causing I-80 to be shut down 40 miles ahead of us. Approaching a slow moving semi-truck in the right lane and just before moving to the left to pass, the semi quickly changed lanes to avoid hitting another slower moving semi in front of him. With both lanes blocked, on black ice and unable to slow fast enough to avoid hitting the slower of the two rigs, went off the right side of the road to avoid a collision and became stuck in the high snow in the ditch.

All three of our cell phones with different providers were unable to keep a signal. Luckily I had OnStar in my GMC Yukon XL Denali. Seeing the damage to the right bumper from hitting the high snow and assuming the worst since the vehicle was stuck, I thought we would have to be towed to the nearest dealer. OnStar was able to pinpoint our exact location and arrange for a tow truck to assist who arrived in only 15 minutes (Impressive!!!). During my brief conversation with OnStar's GMC Roadside Assist, I paid for the 40 mile tow thinking we would need it.

After being pulled out, we realized the damage was absolutely minimal so we continued on our way. I immediately notified GMC Roadside Assist the tow was unnecessary and asked for a refund of the mileage charge. GMC Roadside Assist agreed and said they would take care of it. 16 days, 4 follow-up calls, a supervisor and a department manager later, I'm being told the department who handles refunds must be backed up. I'm really disappointed with the service I spoke so highly about to friends and family. It's unfortunate that all the accolades were quickly squandered by their inability to follow through.

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5 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 17, 2019

My car is locked with the keys inside...which is not supposed to be possible... But it happened. So I called OnStar because their big selling point is they can electronically unlock. Guess what? THEIR NUMBER IS NO LONGER IN SERVICE. IN OTHER WORDS I CANNOT CONTACT THEM AT ALL. Well they don't say that when they sell it to you. I sure as heck hope Triple A can get in. I would have a second set of keys but they cost $400 bucks. I hate electronic schemes and this is looking like a sucker punch I bought when I got my new car. I love my new Sonic. But this OnStar service is at present a load of cr...p!

10 people found this review helpful
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Original review: March 17, 2019

Since late fall of 2018 I have been experiencing a complete interruption of my OnStar app (now my Chevrolet app). Error 216. Long story short green light means module is fine. I have installed my app in multiple devices. I have taken it to the dealership as per OnStar's request...it's been there a month. Somehow a Chevy Spark has been added to my account which I have never owned. They say they will call back which I have to call them except the one time the advanced technology team called me and said for me to reinstall my app!!! Are you kidding me?! I am really getting sick of this crap. I am an OnStar subscription holder that paid a year in advance!!! I bought this car brand new and never had a problem till the app change. I am pretty sure it's a problem with my account but no one can figure it out.

5 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 16, 2019

One time was in Canada. Was in a rush, and asked advisor for directions to a theater in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada. Gave them the name of the Point of Interest as well as the address. They sent me to the town about 10 miles away. Of course not knowing the area I didn't realize it until I got there. Like talking to a dummy, advisor just wasn't getting the problem. You'd think they should be able to locate a point of interest, this being their "bread and butter". Second time in Detroit, in a rush to get somewhere. Kept calling for directions, was unable to get through as apparently the system has problems connecting if you go under a lot of overpasses. After about 6 tries, gave up, found my way myself.

2 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 14, 2019

Horrible customer service. I have a new GMC/Chevy terrain for 4 months now and they can’t get it off demo mode. They said give them 3 days, I call on the 4th day they said they have 3 to 5 days. This has been going on since December, I have been a GMC owner for over 25 years. I am ready to trade both of my GMCs in and go with a company that does not lie.

3 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 10, 2019

I bought a vehicle with OnStar. I received an email saying it was disabled and to call OnStar if I did not authorize this. I called within 20 minutes and they noted they could not turn it back on without me being in the car. The car was taken by the other party of the relationship. I told them I was the primary and title holder. They told me there was nothing they could do. When asked if I could hop into the parked vehicle next to me and disable their OnStar and take the car with no fear of OnStar location services being restated I was told “that would be on your conscience”.

9 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 21, 2019

I signed up for a 3 month free trial for the OnStar services. I called them several weeks before the automatic renewal charge of $34.99. I’m self employed and winter time is our toughest time of year. So they charged me anyways and I was left negative in my account. I call them and told them I called them several weeks ago to cancel and now all of a sudden they have “no record” of me calling! What happens to “this call is monitored for quality assurance”? Now they won’t expedite my funds and I’ll get charged a $32.50 overdraft fee. They left me screwed because now I can’t even go get myself a little bit of groceries to get by till my next job. Thanks OnStar.

15 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Feb. 7, 2019

I call OnStar about 12 a.m. because my car stopped on the side of the turnpike. They sent a text message stating someone will be there by 1 then they send another one stating someone will be there by 2:02 a.m. I called because I never received an update. No one ever showed up. They tell me, "Oh they will be in at 3:11." 311 has come and gone. I called them back. They tell me, "Oh you're in a restricted area so we're not going to be able to pick your car up. You need to contact the highway patrol." What kind of bullcrap is that's why they didn't tell somebody that's in the beginning. This company is a bunch of crap. This company is not even worthy of a one-star. They need a 0 star.

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Original review: Jan. 23, 2019

I was charged after my free trial service even though I did not want the service at that time. So I was charged for services that were not rendered. They offered no comparable compromise regarding refund. I decided to give it a go again, I asked for a decrease in service, the agent did not do so, therefore I was charged full price. When I called and asked for a partial refund they wanted to give me the run around. I did not like this ethic so I cancelled. They would not refund the money, they want to carry out the rest of the month. They are a rip and do not care about the customers, just the money!

13 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 21, 2019

The trial period ended up costing me an activation fee and unlimited data plan fees through AT&T (Remind you, still trial period). Called OnStar, two different representative told me that OnStar was NOT going to pay!!! Had called one week earlier and cancelled my trial period so it had nothing to do with an actual contract. I would not have considered a contract as I never use the service in any of my vehicles. Mind you it took them 1 1/2 weeks to get the service working correctly to begin with (they had it confused with my Son's account). Lol. They are a joke.

11 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 11, 2019

I was conned into signing up for a free "trial" at the time I purchased the vehicle. Six months later, I don't recall the details of that brief phone conversation, but I would never sign up for an automatic renewal unless they promise that I will be notified before they begin charging. I discovered that they had been charging my account $37 a month. I called to cancel and they gave me a hard time, warning me of all the problems that I might have if I would cancel. They finally canceled, but no refund.

So I called back after I successfully got it canceled and demanded that they provide me with a copy of the agreement regarding the trial period and the automatic charge. They said there was no agreement like that, but that I had agreed to it. ?? So I said if there is no agreement, then I want a refund. After checking with the supervisor, she said she could give me a partial refund. I said, "No, since there is no agreements, I want the refund in full, or else provide me with a copy of the agreement." She spoke with her supervisor again, and said she could give me two free months of the service, which I didn't want and don't use. Again, I said no, a refund in full or a copy of the agreement. Again she spoke to the supervisor and this time agreed to give me a refund in full. Don't get angry, don't curse at them. Just politely persist in your demand, they will eventually give in. Bottom line though, this is a shady operation to say the least!

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10 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Jan. 3, 2019

Bought our truck with all the bells and whistles, OnStar, WiFi, navigation system, the works!! We went down to Dallas for a wedding and our truck was stolen. We called the police and have a video recording of the people stealing the car. Everything would have been great if OnStar would have ACTUALLY WORKED!!! They couldn’t locate it. They even sent us an email that the “theft alarm” had been set off and yet they STILL COULDNT LOCATE OUR TRUCK and literally gave up. What a JOKE.

17 people found this review helpful
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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 28, 2018

I've paid for OnStar since I purchased my car in 2011. On Dec. 6, 2018, I needed the service for the first and only time. I was involved in an early morning 13-car pileup accident. I pushed the OnStar button. Nothing happened. No response. I pushed the button several times. Nothing happened. After several minutes I received a phone call from OnStar on my cell phone. I knew my car was seriously damaged and I asked the OnStar Advisor about a tow truck. I was advised by OnStar that I needed to wait for the police to complete their assessment of the accident before requesting a tow truck. This call is logged on my cell phone.

After the police arrived and completed their report, I pushed the OnStar button again to request a tow truck. Again, no response. More pushing of the button... I finally called OnStar on my cell phone. While discussing the situation with the OnStar Advisor, tow trucks arranged by the Highway Patrol arrived and those of us engaged in the accident were urged to "clear the highway". This phone call with OnStar is also logged on my cell phone.

I later attempted to get OnStar to cover the cost of towing my car. OnStar refused because I had "never notified OnStar of the accident". The truth is I, repeatedly, pushed the OnStar button to no avail and the phone calls are logged on my cell phone. In summary, in an emergency the button doesn't work and OnStar does not stand behind their service promises. Don't waste your money.

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OnStar expert review by Lauren Fix

This roadside assistance service comes bundled with GM vehicles. However, consumers can also buy the service separately for their vehicles through OnStar's For My Vehicle (FMV) service.

  • Flexible payment options: Consumers can buy annual plans, pay monthly or even pay upfront for several years at a time.

  • GPS tracking: OnStar FMV comes with a GPS-enabled tracker to help the company locate your vehicle quickly in cases of breakdown.

  • Convenient mobile app: The service comes with a mobile app that tells real-time fuel information and lets car owners control their vehicles remotely.

  • On-road real-time support: OnStar's navigation service comes with real-time support from a customer-rep who helps members locate the nearest gas station and lodgings.

  • Free three-month trial: The service is available on a three-month trial basis for eligible, pre-owned vehicles.

  • Maintenance Reminders: OnStar offers maintenance reminders and helps book appointments.

  • Concierge Service: For an extra fee they can book travel, hotels and concert tickets when you purchase the full plan.

  • Emergency Service: OnStar has the ability to know if you've been in an accident and can send help after trying to reach the driver. Their state of the art call center can detect your exact location.

  • Unlock Service: OnStar has the ability to know if you've been in an accident and can send help after trying to reach the driver. Their state of the art call center can detect your exact location.

  • Best for: OnStar is best for adventurers, family travel and multiple drivers.

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OnStar Company Information

Company Name:
OnStar
Year Founded:
1995
Address:
400 Renaissance Center
City:
Detroit
State/Province:
MI
Postal Code:
48265
Country:
United States
Phone:
(248) 588-6050
Website:
www.onstar.com
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