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.
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!
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.
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 OnStar 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.
I purchased a certified used 2007 Chevy Tahoe on December 23rd. One of the great features, so I thought, was the OnStar feature. Today is January 10th and I have yet to take advantage of a single feature of OnStar. I spent a good 2 hours and many calls to OnStar, from both the system and my cellphone, but have yet to have working service.
A week after activating my service I was notified by OnStar that I need to contact their Tech Support in order to do an upgrade on my vehicle. After several tries and many minutes of listening to the beep while trying to connect to OnStar, I finally manage to get Tech Support and am informed that my system has been upgraded but I need to call back from the vehicle and have them verify my location. Even after the upgrade, this was a failure. I was told 3 more times to disconnect and call back again.
Finally another tech decides they need to do another check on my system. While I am put on hold, and the check is performed, various lights start flashing in my dashboard and I start hearing strange noises. Suddenly my vehicle loses all power and goes completely dead. The tech then comes back on the line to tell me she has fixed my issue. When I tell her what has happened, she instructs me to get someone to give me a jump and then attempt to contact her to make sure I can connect to OnStar. My husband gives me a jump, but now I have several service lights on in my vehicle.
I call back to speak with another representative explaining that the previous tech messed up something in my vehicle and she continues to tell me that she wants to make sure I can connect to OnStar. I spoke to about 5 different tech support people and they were all women with the same accent, I am assuming from India or something.
None of them really had a clue what they were doing either. I finally hang up on them before losing my cool and call the dealer. I will now have to take time off work to take my vehicle in so that they can fix whatever problems OnStar has caused.
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.
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 activate OnStar, I was given another 3 mos (total 9 now). I was continuously 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 ** 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.