CLEVELAND, OHIO -- My last three (3) automobiles covering a period of 9 years have come equipped with OnStar. I've only used it twice. In both instances I was satisfied with the results. Neither of the times were an emergency but I was given adequate suggestions. One had to do the an airbag problem that had developed which would render the air bag useless in a crash situation. The second had to do with a fuel pump that had failed. During an emergency I surely would like to think that there would be some level of cooperation between OnStar operators and the 911 folks. I have my fingers crossed that I never have to find out.
OHIO -- OnStar keeps fraudulently charging my credit card account. I'll get 2 charges in one month, then a refund then randomly another charge. I never even gave them that credit number! I called Customer Service and they said there was another $95 charge about to go through. When I told them they were not authorized to charge my account, they basically said "too bad there's nothing we can do"! WOW! Beware of giving them any information about your accounts. Now I'm having to go through the fraud department of my bank.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Every time I have call this company they have been nice and very professional towards me. Even when they did debit my account for more than my monthly payment. They were very welcoming and provided me compensation in addition to taking my monthly payment. This company have worked with me when I didn't have a job for a duration of 6 months. Every experience I had with OnStar since 2013 has been wonderful. When I needed roadside assistance they came immediately.
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 everyday 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!
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 it's different and service is better if you have a flat tire but I strongly doubt it.
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.
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.
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 they 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
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA -- I have Onstar on my H3. I agreed to accept a promotion for phone mins. I called back to cancel, Nov of 2012, and the representative ask if I wanted to participate in some other service. I said yes, if it's free. She didn't say to call back to cancel it. I rec'd a call on Onstar to update my account mos later, end of July, 14. When I called back, long story short, I found out they had charged my card 500.00, 29.00 a month.
After a dozen calls, they refunded 2 mos. Granted, my wife didn't catch the charges. But, I didn't want the service, didn't need it, and didn't know I even had it. They claimed too bad, I agreed to it someplace. 400.00 out the window! Onstar is despicable. I recommend that people run to get away from them.
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 online 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.