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Unreliable and Waste of Time in Emergencies
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Rating: 1/51
MINNESOTA -- As a 911 dispatcher, I have not had a single positive experience with OnStar. The troubles we run into are endless! What little information is relayed to us through their service less than half of it is reliable. Incorrect locations, type of call (illness, injury, crime) limited information of occupants of the vehicle and if they are injured.

My last call I took from OnStar, they would not patch me direct to the occupants to get important information first hand. Locations, nature of the accident, how many occupants and how severe the injuries are all questions that are VERY important when responding to emergencies. OnStar fails at obtaining all. When asked if the vehicle occupant can call back on 911 or be transferred to us so we can get a good GPS reading or correct info the operator says that the caller is talking to a different operator and they don't have that information.

It is a waste of time when dealing with life or death, minutes and seconds could be crucial! Maybe its different and service is better if you have a flat tire but I strongly doubt it.
     
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On-Star Is Horrible. Buyer Beware!
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I wanted to stop my subscription because I was laid off as a federal contractor. The customer service representative told me that because of my situation I could get 3 free months of On-Star. When I told him that I usually just use it during the spring and summer months he said I could just put it on hold and I wouldn't get billed until May since I was caught up and didn't owe any money. Imagine my surprise when two weeks later my checking account got debited out for another month's service.

I tried calling the number at my work desk to complain and was on hold for at least 15 minutes when all of a sudden I get a dial tone. I called the number again only for the same thing to happen. I had to go TO MY CAR to get an On-Star representative. The customer service representative told me he saw what the problem was but I needed to give him my bank account and routing number for them to put the money back in my checking account. I find it interesting that they were able to take it out without my account numbers but NOW they need it to put it back in? RIDICULOUS! Obviously I didn't have my check book with me so I waited to get home.

The customer service representative directed me to the billing department who promptly was going to explain to me how I was not going to get my money back. I told her I better get my money back or I would call every day and raise hell. She told me she would put the money back and needed my account information which I gave her. I had to jump through hoops to get money back that never should have been taken out of my account to begin with. I will never deal with On-Star again and if anyone ever reads this I highly recommend that you run as far away from this company as possible.

Oh, one other point. There were times when I used my On-Star to get directions and the lines were too tied up to help me. They suck all the way around. Beware!
     
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OnStar Doesn't Know What Vehicles They Will Support
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NATIONAL, NEW YORK -- I just got off the phone (hung up on) the most unpleasant customer service representative, Orlando. I am looking to buy a 2003 Subaru Outback Legacy that is ALREADY equipped with Onstar in the dash. I need to know if it will work and be supported by Onstar if I purchase the vehicle. I was also going to ask if the three buttons function the same as the newer model Onstar, since they are different looking and there is no support for 2003 models on your website. Unfortunately, I never got to ask that, since he kept interrupting me and telling me to push the button. He repeatedly tried to tell me that Onstar supports an Onstar mirror that I can buy for the vehicle. I don't want to buy a second Onstar system. I want to know if the system that is already there will work. He kept repeating to push the button and if I got a live representative, the system was working. The car is not in my driveway-I am looking at it to purchase. I told him that when I was in the vehicle, I did push the button, but I got a recording of a commercial for Onstar services.

Finally, he says that I should have pushed it twice. And that he cannot tell me anything about if you support that age system or if it might work or be able to be renewed. He kept telling me to go back to the car lot and make them get the car and start it and push the button twice and see if someone answers. I do not believe that nobody at Onstar knows whether or not you support systems that were installed in 2003 Subarus. I asked for technical support and he would not transfer me. Even if I DID but that car, I wouldn't activate that system now.
     
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OnStar Broken Promises
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WARREN, MICHIGAN -- I purchased a new car on 4/17/12, and OnStar was unable to activate the system. After several calls, I was told that my complementary 3 mos subscription would be extended by 3 mos. After several more attempts & failures to activiate OnStar, I was given another 3 mos (total 9 now). I was continuiously told that Level 1 support would call me, but never did. Finally, on 7/19 (after over 3 mos) I received a call from OnStar stating that they were still working on my issue. Meanwhile, I now start getting phone calls & letters advising me that my subscription is about to expire. IT DOESN'T EVEN WORK YET! Finally today (9/4/12), I receive a letter from OnStar advising me that the issue has been resolved, and OnStar now works.

I called OnStar expecting to get 9 mos of complimentary service, and they tell me they have no record of the extensions I was promised. I spoke to a Supervisor (Chris) who advised me there was nothing he could do. Nothing he could do after it took them 4 1/2 mos to get it working. I have no further use for OnStar.
     
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Onstar Promises Not to Keep Credit Card on File, but Illegally Charge After Cancellation.
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Onstar would be in jail for theft if they were an smaller organization. While at my dealer, after purchasing a new GMC, the salesman said he was required to call OnStar. During the call, they said they wanted to know if I needed additional minutes for the telephone feature. It seemed reasonable so I said yes. They then asked for a credit card number. I told them that I was unwilling to give them my cc number because I did not want to extend their service past the free trial and was afraid that once they had my cc number, they would do this(I had the same bad experience with Dish Network.)The representative said that they absolutely would not do this or keep the card on file, and the salesman witnessed this. Three months later, I called ONSTAR to make sure the service was cancelled, and told them I do not intend to ever use this service again, and do not want to even have the capability of "pinging" my vehicle for consumer research, etcetera. They said the service was officially over. After 3 months, when checking my debit card balance, I noticed they were still charging me almost $30 a month for something I never wanted and cancelled. But they obviously kept my cc number on file and illegally charged more than $100 to me. Yes they are crooks and dishonest slime, and I believe they still can listen to conversations, turn off your ignition and keep record of how fast you drive and where you go and how often, so they can sell the info, even after you discontinue the service. I wish I could tear this junk out of my car!
     
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Failed to Help Me When in a Bad Wreck
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I was in a wreck where my car rolled twice and hit a tree. The air bags were deployed. I was trapped in the car and when I regained my senses I realized OnStar had not responded. I called them and they asked what the could do for me. I told them about the wreck and they wanted to know where I was as they couldn't find me. I asked how they were talking to me. All I could tell them was the hwy number and in the country. she kept telling me they couldn't find me and after awhile I told her to forget it ambulance and help was there. She said if there was anything she could do for me to call her. I have had OnStar several times and the first time I needed them they failed me. I will never have OnStar again. this happened Oct 23, 2014
     
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OnStar Service Billing
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Last December I purchased a 2014 Chevy Silverado which by default came equipped with OnStar even though I did not want the service. At the time of purchase, I declined to provide credit card, etc. for the service. In August of this year, my wife who originally had an OnStar account for her 2011 Impala but had cancelled it after a year, had a charge from OnStar appear on her credit card. In researching the charge, we were told that the charge was for the OnStar account for the 2014 Silverado. In talking to OnStar they told us that they had send a notice in the mail that the account on my 2014 Silverado would be activated unless I declined the service. First, I never read the information from OnStar as I did not want the service. Second, I find it very disturbing that their policy is to activate inactive accounts without customer involvement. It is bad enough that they are still keeping tabs on my location and driving habit even though I do not want the service. OnStar should change their policy.
     
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They Had My New Bank Card Number. I Never Gave It to Them!
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UNKNOWN -- I was debating about cancelling Onstar since I have a hearing problem and the one time I did use it, I couldn't understand a word! I was lucky to have someone that could hear them and even they had problems. So, I was issued a new bank card with a new number and expiration date...figured - well, at least now they can't take $ out of my account since they don't have my new card info.....WHAT THE - they had that new card info!!! I just got a new car and went on line to cancel - but NOOOO - you had to call for "security reasons" It's all bullcrap! Calling was a total joke. First woman I talked to just stopped talking or hung up - so I had to call back - the 2nd one was nice enough.
     
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Horrible Customer Service for Inferior Product
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- Worst company ever and I don't recommend them at all. I had their service for 2 years. Much of the time, when you press the OnStar button in your car, you get a busy signal--you wait, wait and wait. They upgrade your service without your knowledge and you don't realize it until you receive your credit card statement. On the other end of the spectrum, they've cancelled my service, again without my knowledge and left me stranded in the middle of nowhere without the ability to get directions. Getting these types of issues straightened out is a nightmare and they actually make matters worse when you call them! Everything that this overpriced service does can be done with your Smartphone or with a GPS. I purchased a GPS with voice commands that works 10x better than OnStar and it only cost me $129 compared to a high priced $33+ a month.
Resolution Update 08/15/2013:
It was resolved, in my favor because I disputed the charge on my credit card. OnStar was found to be in the wrong!
     
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Nightmare Not worth the Trouble
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I would never use this company again. 2 months ago I purchased a vehicle that is not On Star capable. I called to discontinue the service and was told that my credit card and Bank info would be permanently removed from their system, well guess what? The very next month I was billed again but when I called this time I had to "squint" to understand the person that was on the phone. I asked where my call ended up and I was told the Philippines. That upset me a lot as I do not like giving my money to companies that outsource. Sorry I am American and spend my money on American products. Anyway, they sent me a check in the mail and the almost non English speaking CSR apologized over and over again and I thought that I would never have to hear from On Star again right? Wrong!!! While checking my Bank account online today one month later I saw that On Star had charged me again. I called and of course got the non English speaking CSR again who apologized over and over and then had to transfer me to a Female CSR who I understood as little as the first person. She tried to tell me that I had been charged a prorated fee for August 1 through August 9th. After numerous attempts of trying to make the CSR understand that I cancelled my service in June almost two months ago I asked if I could be transferred to someone in America. I was put on hold for about 5 mins. and got someone I could understand but was very condescending and almost rude. She did however promise to send me a check for the money that was taken from my account and promised me for the third time that On Star would not charge my account again. Well let's see what happens next month>
     
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