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For months I have had the unlimited data plan for which I was paying $20 per month. Every month like clockwork OnStar would bill my VISA credit card. Suddenly, on December 9th I am no longer able to stream music and receive a message that my data plan has expired. I hit the blue OnStar button and the advisor tells me that VISA did not approve the December first payment. Now my credit card was not compromised in any way and I had no difficulty with any other transactions. In fact, I have the VISA with Bank of America who is great about texting me if there are ever any questions about the legitimacy of any charges to my account. The advisor tells me that if I want to sign up for the unlimited data plan again the new cost is $25 per month. I naturally balked at that and the advisor supposedly checked with a supervisor who approved the old $20 fee. As far as I was concerned I was going to tell them to stuff it had they not reinstated my old fee.
To me it appears that this is a ruse to force subscribers into a higher monthly cost. It also gives OnStar the opportunity to give you their sales pitch for a bunch of services we do not need. Justice was served because while I was hearing the sales pitch I drove through an area with bad signal strength and I was disconnected from OnStar. Beware of what appears to be a scam!
Let me start out by saying I have been a GM loyal customer since I was 17. Now I am 64. I have been paying for ONSTAR service faithfully in my GM Vehicles since 2006. But EVERY year they FORCE you to buy more airtime minutes on top of the yearly ONSTAR service charges or you LOSE the minutes you already PAID for! I was up to 600 minutes that I had paid for over the years (and BTW never used). And because I finally stopped being strong armed into buying more minutes they said I was forfeiting the minutes I ALREADY PAID FOR. What kind of contract gives any corporation the right to force you to buy something, then tell you if you don't use it you lose it? I don't understand how a class action suit has not been started yet. GM should be ashamed of itself. I would love to hear if there are any other people who have experienced the same ONSTAR ripoff scam.
If you live in Delaware and purchase a contract for OnStar beware because they will charge you tax. All the reps we have complained to do not have an answer on how to correct this problem. And, they will not connect you with a manager. We will think twice before we ever sign up for this service again. Poor customer service. Please note, we did try 3 long phone calls to get this issue resolved.
Wasted a lot of money and our time when they charged our card for unapproved charges. They refused to refund it all and sent an email basically say, "Oh well." After several years with OnStar we will be canceling.
I have been with OnStar since day one. You have some good days with OnStar Where they can get you to wherever you need to go. You have some days where the employees Seems as though they're too lazy to put the address in. Sometimes they just route you took the streets and you're on your own. Today is Monday November 19th 2018 the week of Thanksgiving. I live in Maryland. I push my OnStar Button. Asking for directions to the Baltimore airport. The OnStar advisor route it me to Virginia. I called In right away once I realize they had routed me the wrong way. Anyone that lives up in Maryland DC or Baltimore knows this traffic can be grueling.
At that point I called in. I told him that I needed help. It was the holiday we were going to see family for Thanksgiving. I was told there was nothing they can do for me. We had to turn around after we had made it all the way to the airport to see if we could get on the plane but as you know there's a window. Now the money that I had spent on a run a car waiting on me in New Orleans I got hit with a fee. With that I lost the tickets that I have pay for the money that I had sent ahead to family to help purchase food. Lost that then had to go try to buy food for me and my family for Thanksgiving.
This is not the 1st time this service has left me high and dry but this will be the last time. As I write this letter what tears in my eyes and disbelief of the customer service that was given to me and my family. The only thing they said to me was that we would have to see what we could do. We need to see all your receipts. I'm thinking I call it in. I asked to go to the airport. You listen to the message but yet you want me to prove to you where I was going as I felt as though they were saying to me, "You're lying."
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I would give no stars at all but not an option. I bought a vehicle in 8-2018 and my remote worked on the app for a month, which was my trial period. Apparently if you purchase a vehicle after May 2018 you will now have to pay a monthly fee to use options every other car manufacturer offers for free. Except GM now. Totally ridiculous!!!
I called and canceled my OnStar over a month prior to the end of the trial period. They bill me anyway. I call and call (during their stated hours) and get left on endless hold. There's no way to contact them via e-mail. They are trying to rip me off so I am going to go through my credit card company but this is B.S.!!
They left me broken down on one of the state's busiest highways and paid for the towing myself. Scam. I put in for a reimbursement and they told me they wouldn't because it was a toll road. I'm not paying $20 a months for this garbage.
Once they have your credit card good luck trying to cancel this service. OnStar doesn’t offer any valuable service to the average everyday consumer. They can’t get free through their cell phones. Worst case of consumer rip off - if you ask to speak to a manager they hang up on you. I had to have my credit card canceled and reissued to stop them from charging me any more.
I liked having OnStar and have had it for years but now they INSIST they must store your credit card information even when you are renewing for a year. So they refused to renew my subscription. Just because I didn't want them to store my information so it can be stolen. AAA here I come! Not as good but they don't require me to give them all my personal information.
I live in St. Louis but was visiting Hardinsburg KY to see family. At approximately 4:30 pm contacted OnStar for directions to the Kohl’s store in Elizabethtown (about an hour away). I am disabled, already pretty tired from driving in that morning but wanted to have a one on one visit with my 10 year old great niece. It was still daylight when we pulled out but raining. For almost an hour and a half I drive on some of the worst country backroads I have ever seen in pitch black and rain. Finally I’m sitting in the middle of nowhere and OnStar announces “you have arrived at your destination”. I can see fields, 3 dark houses here and there and a tiny church up ahead. I pull into the church parking lot and I admit I was mad and screaming because I am scared to death...low on gas, know I can’t walk far, responsible for a kid and no idea where I am.
So I repeatedly say “where have you sent me. I should be at Kohl’s in Elizabethtown “. They say nothing. Finally I say, “How far to Kohl’s in Elizabethtown?” They say an hour and 7 minutes (further away than I was originally). So now my one hour trip just got 2.5 hours longer and night is closing in and so is our ability to shop, eat, go to a movie...whatever. So I keep saying, “Where did that guy send me”. Now the person is no longer responding and is pretending to have hung up because when I press the OnStar button it reacts like I’m already in an active call so I say “I know you can hear me. If you don’t respond I’m suing OnStar”. Still nothing. So they have abandoned a disabled person with a child in the middle of nowhere a place they sent me and now they just abandon me. Unbelievable!
So I press the button until it disconnects then I press to activate and when I say to the person the last person abandoned us and that we’re in the middle of nowhere and need help she makes a sound indicating that the other rep had complained to others around her and now this second rep is like omg now I’ve got this woman. I told her, “Listen you guys send me over an hour to goodness knows where. I’m disabled, low on gas with a child in my car and I need help getting back to civilization.” At this point it’s clear they are never going to tell me where they sent me so I ask for directions to Kohl’s in Elizabethtown and I provide an address which they repeat back. I cannot safely use my phone as my charger is in the suitcase where I’ll be staying and the battery is low. So they send me directions and I finally after another 28 minutes of driving get on roads that are a little more civilized and I fill up with gas as soon as I can.
They finally get me to Kohl’s but by now it’s 9 pm and we’ve not even had dinner. So we shop and go to dinner and call OnStar to get back to her house. It sends us the name of a road but nothing to indicate right/left or east west north south...so I call OnStar again and ask the lady to at least give me a hint. So a couple minutes later she tells me which way to turn. I told her OnStar was the worst ever. So when I got back to St. Louis I called and spoke to a rep and told her my expectations. That was Sunday today is Tuesday so far not a word. I told her I wasn’t super upset with first guy. He clearly had poor listening skills and lacked common sense because I finally found out he sent us to a Coles Supersave grocery store (which by the way was not on that road either) but hey mistakes happen. But the woman who knew I was lost because of them, knew I was scared, knew I was low on gas at night in the rain and had a kid with me.
I wanted that woman fired after she wrote me a letter of apology. Apparently the OnStar people don’t understand the gravity of what they do that customers put their lives in the hands of OnStar. I have never in my life felt so abandoned or afraid. I will never rely on OnStar again. They have failed at every possible level to provide service, or good customer care. It’s like I told the rep Sunday if what I experienced is typical of the service you provide you need to close the business before you cause a death. If I had known they were this bad and this unreliable I would not have left at night in the rain and I would have had some other means of navigation available. Based on my own experience and reviews I’ve read I hope an attorney contacts me for a class action suit. I don’t care about money but I would like to see them put out of business. They get an F.
On Oct. 22, 2018, my 2018 Equinox was broken into, and I did not get any notifications. I pushed the blue button after calling the local police to inquire why I did not receive such service as promised. The first representative told me that the notification was enabled and then stated that the system was probably backlogged. He then started made a change to the system because I received an email. I was not satisfied with that response, so I pushed the blue button again and got another representative.
She put me on hold for several minutes and then told me that her supervisor stated that it depends on how the vehicle was broken into before an alert is triggered. I asked if my key fob was not in the vicinity of the car and the door was opened shouldn't the alert happened? Her response was that the vehicle must not have the feature, and transferred me to the dealership where I purchased the car. They failed to alert me, and after some research GM owns Onstar as well as Chevrolet. I am contacting my legal team to find out if I can sue them. After reading all the other complaints I know that I am in for a battle.
When we bought our 2015 Chevy Tahoe we subscribed to OnStar service thinking it was a good idea, particularly for emergencies. Two years ago, I inadvertently locked my keys in the car and when I called OnStar I provided them the appropriate answers and code word and they unlocked my car and I was able to retrieve my keys. Please note here, AT NO TIME, did they ask if I was the subscriber, but only asked for a description of the vehicle and the code word, and I believe my wife’s cell phone number as she is the main subscriber. Today October 17, 2018, my wife was unable to locate the Tahoe in a multilevel public garage. Her cell phone was inoperable, however, she was able to ask a complete stranger if she could borrow his phone whereupon she called me and advised me of her situation.
I called OnStar and asked if there was something they could do to help my wife locate the Tahoe. I was told they could actually sound the alarm where the lights will flash and the horn would sound for approximately 15 minutes. Again, I provided them with the code word, a description of the Tahoe, as well as the telephone number of the main subscriber, my wife. Unable to locate the Tahoe, my wife again found another complete stranger and using their phone, called me to advise she could not find the Tahoe.
I told her I would again call OnStar and have them activate the alarm as they did the last time. This time however I spoke to a rather smug young lady who, despite my telling her I had no way to contact my wife and was unable to locate the Tahoe, thereby placing her in a rather unsafe position. And this rather and incompassionate and insensitive person refused to turn on the vehicles alarm because I was not the main subscriber, even though it was previously done approximately 20 minutes earlier.
Since she was thick-headed, I asked to speak with a supervisor, who in turn, was no better than the smug lady I had just spoken to. When I explained to this so-called supervisor that my wife was in a public garage, all alone with no cell phone, and unable to locate the Tahoe and was now in a very unsafe and vulnerable position, This supervisor coldly informed me that my wife would just have to find a way to call OnStar herself since she was the main subscriber and asked for assistance herself. I asked the supervisor what was my wife supposed to use to call OnStar when she had no cell phone? Her response was just basically she’d have to find another way to contact OnStar.
So despite me having the same last name, knowing the code word, the description of the vehicle, my wife’s cell phone number, this woman did not care enough about my wife’s safety to simply sound an alarm - nothing more, nothing less. As a cop was 34 years experience this was the most asinine response from a company that is supposed to provide security and assistance. They had done it twice earlier, but apparently these two women either do not like men, or just wanted to be hard-nosed and be indifferent about my wife’s safety. As soon as possible, we will no longer be a part of OnStar, and will never recommend them to anyone because of such an inane policy and response when we needed some help.
I called OnStar to see if I could activate my Internet Hotspot in my vehicle after not having it for 6 mos. When I was told yes but that there having technical difficulties and wouldn't have it for 9 days I told them I did not want it. I was told ok, they would not activate it. 8 days later a charge showed up on my credit card for the services I told them not to activate. When I called them they said it wasn't their problem and I would have to call the AT&T billing. I told them I thought they should take care of it since I had told them not to install it. After a few more calls they still did not resolve my issue and now I have to dispute it with my credit card company. I will never try to do business with OnStar again.
Terrible customer service and terrible partnership with AT&T. Their “unlimited” data plan IS limited to 22G. At 22 they then slow your service so much, it’s unusable but they still make sure to charge full price! The limit/slow for data was not disclosed. Unlimited means truly not limited. Not limited then cut off. Customer service reads from a script, no floor managers available to speak with and no credits/refunds for the poor service or complete lack of service. Fraud!
Do not be in a hurry to get service from OnStar. I thought they were great and they are with directions so I just found out I am paying $40 a month for a high priced GPS because that is all they are good at doing. My husband called and was told in 20 minutes they would get him. That was at 4:00 pm. We are now at 8:04 and they are saying it will be 9:30 pm before they can tow him. Very unacceptable!!! Don't waste your money for a high priced GPS System. To boot this is Chevy's fault anyway because they just fixed my 2018. Yes I said 2018 EQUINOX 3 days ago and now it doesn't run. Isn't that called INSULT TO INJURY.
We purchased a new 2018 Sierra Truck that came with the 'free' 3 month subscription to OnStar. It is NOT free!!! We were charged immediately for the data on the service! When I called to cancel, they told me they canceled the service but then charged me again the very next month! I called my credit card company (Chase) & asked why this went through again since we had BLOCKED ONSTAR when they charged us before!?! Chase said OnStar had billed differently/changed it slightly so it would go through the block!!! How DISHONEST is that!!! STAY AWAY from this 'free' service!!!
I have called back 6 times now!!! Their explanation was that if you get the "free" subscription you still have to pay for data. It is all billed as "OnStar" to the consumer, AT&T is the data service apparently (I was told that by an OnStar representative today when they tried to back peddle as to WHY they changed the way they filed AFTER I CANCELED. (They automatically signed me up for 6 MONTH trial AFTER I had called them to cancel on August 27th!) Now here we are in September & they have billed me AGAIN but DIFFERENTLY so it would go through my block on my credit card. (The charge still says OnStar!!! DISHONEST scam!!!)
I have demanded that they REMOVE my CARD # from their system! Hopefully no more charges! But I STILL have to call back to get them to refund the 3 MONTHS of NOT FREE OnStar charges that she said today she "can't remove past charges! Lie! She just removed August!! That wasn't current! I gave up! I'm not a yeller or complainer typically. So now I have to CALL BACK AGAIN on Monday!!! UUURRRGGGHHH!!! I think I will talk to Chase instead to make sure the charges are gone for good from the "free trial". CONSUMER BEWARE!!!
Okay so I bought my brand new 2108 last year. Comes with 3 months free OnStar and WiFi, so I had my credit card information changed with them once. They pulled money to pay for the WiFi out my new account and turned around and sent my refund to a dead account that had been cancelled. Now they say that can't give me back my refund as it was sent somewhere else... so thanks OnStar for stealing my $100.00. Do not do business with them and cancel as you'll never get your refund back! If I could give them no??? I would! Garbage, even that WiFi hotspot in the car kept going out! Sad company! Worthless to me!
I feel so embarrassed but I hope y'all get a good laugh outta this. My new car is equipped with OnStar which has all the bells and whistles when it comes to safety and security. Well, I was trying to adjust my rearview mirror, while I was driving so I could see a little bit better out of it and my fat thumb hit the lovely SOS button and I couldn’t hit the cancel button fast enough to be able to cancel call. So, I sat there contemplating to myself for a couple of minutes if the thing even works and what I should do. I then panicked and tried calling OnStar on my phone to tell them it was an accident and I had just pulled up to Starbucks. As I was stepping out of my car, there was 3 cop cars behind me and I stood there thinking, "Oh heck, what did you do."
One of the officers proceeded towards me asking me a few questions and if I was alright. I was very embarrassed at this point due to a few people standing around, watching. I kept apologizing to the officers, repeating "I'm alright. It was an accident." I do, however, have to give props to C.P.D. for responding so quickly and being very respectful towards me. I know if I was in a situation where I needed to push the SOS, that help would be on the way. Moral of my story: Your SOS button on your rear view mirror does work.
I had OnStar on two vehicles, my daughter's car and my new truck. My daughter wrecked her car, so I request (via online chat) to de-activate and remove the 2012 Cruze. The CS verified via chat the 2012 Chevy Cruze to be de-activate and then in 24 hrs I could remove it from my mobile app and website account. This request was made on a Friday. I waited until the following Monday to go back online and remove it. When I did I found the CS de-activated my brand new 2017 GMC Canyon instead. And the Cruze was still active.
So I had to contact OnStar from my truck and re-activate service on my 2017 GMC. While on the phone with them I explained the error and they assured me it would be corrected, told me to check back in 24 hr to remove the 2012 Cruze from my website account. But guess what? It's still active and I can't remove it. I don't even own the car anymore. I don't want my account information left attached to a car that I no longer have possession of. You only had 1 job OnStar!!! De-activate the 2012 Chevy Cruze!!! That was it! I am afraid if I call back, the will screw something else up.
The system could be good. I am not sure. The sales representative who was speaking to me was beyond rude. He told me I am Indian. I politely told him no I am not. He repeatedly said, "You are Indian", I kept telling him politely I am not, I am from East Africa. He kept insisting that I am Indian and I am lying. I asked what does my ethnicity (even if I am Indian) matter for this purchase? Tell me I am lying and I will NEVER even think of buying your system. This guy is either racist towards Indians or other ethnicities - not sure the rationale. But OnStar - you lost me and my friends!
OnStar, You guys really suck at what you're paid to do. Yesterday around 3pm, I started my car, and I hear thru my radio OnStar telling me “I'm gonna lose service at the end of the month, and that I need to renew” all done with a recording. But, yesterday at about 6:45 am I was in a hard accident. I rear ended another car. Although my airbags didn’t deploy, another screw up by GM, but I was jolted real good. GUESS WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN??? You did not respond in any way to see if I was hurt or needed Assistance in any way. Not one word. Frank, do you need a band-aid??? Nothing. But, at 3 pm you knew how to beg me to renew. Guess what, I’m not.
I called for directions to a place and was told there were a lot of people using the service and I would have to wait for an operator to get back to me. I didn't mind that, but when I did get the operator she told me the directions were on the way to my vehicle, but they never made it to my vehicle. That happened three different times that same day. I was extremely disappointed in the service and will not renew my subscription when my contract is up.
I just got an email saying that I need to renew my account. The GMC and OnStar app both indicate that my login is no longer valid... they replaced my username with my email address. Finally get that all corrected and now it wants me to re-enter ALL my information, including the VIN on my truck. Okay, I understand you changing usernames, but why delete all the information on an active account? I enter the VIN and it comes up with my vehicle, and then the system reports that it can't add that vehicle because it is registered to someone else. Won't let me get past that point. Call customer service... the person speaks HORRIBLE ENGLISH and tells me that I will have to keep calling back until their systems are running correctly... Actually, I don't. Your services are overpriced and for the benefit I get, you can keep it... and I'll keep my money.
Called OnStar today to cancel my service as of the free end of my trial period. First off you can't understand a single word their team says and then had to listen to their sales pitch twice! Finally got frustrated and told the customer support idiot to cancel my service! This idiot then said I can even cancel your free service if you want and I said do it. He then hung up on me. OnStar has some of the worst customer service people I have ever dealt with. Stay AWAY!
I just found out that the myChevrolet mobile app key fob is no longer free with purchase of a new vehicle. All of my new Chevrolets I have owned have received the key fob app free. They just now started charging for it. I am very disappointed with this service being removed.
Think you're covered with OnStar roadside assistance all the time? I just discovered, after a tire blow out, you are out of luck if you need OnStar Roadside Assistance on a turnpike or a toll road. Did they ever tell me that – NO! Not in all the years we have had OnStar. We have the basic OnStar package which include roadside assistance. We had a sudden tire blowout on the Pa. turnpike (476) on 8/11/18 and called OnStar. The OnStar operator, who seemed to have a language and/or hearing problem finally, after repeated tries, got all the info. She promised we would be receiving a text confirming help had been dispatched. After several minutes, no text.
We then called 911 and they said call *11. We did and within minutes All Points Towing showed up and in no time had our spare on (which is stowed under our truck). It took longer to complete the paperwork. We are retired so for us this was a scary situation being on the side of the road with trucks and cars zipping past at 70+ mph only feet away. Cost was $62.40.
On 8-13-18 I called OnStar to complain about this dismal experience. BTW, we never received a text as promised even after 48 hours. After going through three OnStar reps, the final one being a supervisor, she tells me OnStar does NOT provide roadside assistance on restricted roads (i.e. toll roads and turnpikes). I said, "Why weren’t we told that on the initial call and why isn’t that stated clearly in the OnStar literature." Clearly, this reeks of duplicity, false advertising and creating a false sense of security.
She told me if I wanted OnStar to cover a disablement then turnpike road assistance would have to tow us, at our own expense, to an area off the turnpike that was not “restricted”. You got to be kidding! Pay someone out of pocket just to get to an area where OnStar assistance is available. Ridiculous! OnStar won’t even reimburse the $62.40 charge (although I am challenging this).
I wonder what would happen if you had OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response and had an noninjurious accident on a restricted road and OnStar called home automatically. What would be their response? "GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PROBLEM!" Clearly, I have come to find out OnStar is a joke. Tip: If you add Towing and Labor Costs to your auto insurance policy they will cover up to a $50 reimbursement for each disablement. Costs a little over a buck a month. I added it today to my Allstate policy.
Do not assume you're safe with ONSTAR. I waited 2.5hr for a tow truck yesterday only to find they sent it to the wrong city. The dispatcher was not listening well and did not obviously take down the right information. Then, they organized another tow truck which didn't arrive until another 2.5hrs later. They continually told me it would be there in 20, or 25min only to extend the arrival time each time I called to check. Their information on file for me was wrong so I had to give them all of the details of my VIN number, name, phone, address, etc. each time I called. The whole ordeal was a study in inefficiency and incompetence. Some dispatchers were very nice. All I can say to them is that I hope they find another more rewarding company to work for. I will be cancelling my membership as soon as I can.
I was charged two $36.00 charges and disputed them and it was removed. I went onto my credit card statement and discovered on June 13, OnStar charged my card $143.26. This is a new credit card. I am having to dispute that as well. I don't know what is going on with them. I do not have an account.
After receiving an offer in the mail to re-up my ONSTAR, which I had never had, I called ONSTAR. I was given an offer, for free, and they added an extra 2 or 3 months (forget which), but I knew it was coming due in August on the 23rd. I called them on July 25th to tell them to cancel the account on August 21, and they said I would have to call back in. I asked them to cancel it today instead. I also had purchased extra minutes, being unsure how much time I might use. I was informed today that those minutes had not been used at all. I requested a refund but was told, "We do not do refunds." WHAT!!??
I see similar complaints, except for false billing after cancellation on this site, so I will be watching my card info closely on August 23-25, and if I get a billing I will call my attorney and see if a class action lawsuit from any interested, might be possible. Their staff member was happy, friendly, and outgoing, in a valley girl kind of manner, BUT was not helpful at all. It is all about their profits and screw the buyer, in a nice manner, if they can. ON-STAR is OFF-BASE, and almost FRAUDULENT in behavior. Their advertising does not meet up with their service and the use of their product. GOOD RIDDANCE!
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