2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: OnStar Renewed
August 11, 2014
A few weeks back we got a letter from OnStar letting us know that our free service was ending on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. So, naturally, I shared this information with you and asked for input.
We were on the fence. There was some good discussion and some valid points, but ultimately one person swayed us to give OnStar another shot: OnStar themselves.
Shortly after that post went up a representative from OnStar contacted us to discuss the service and our use of it, which so far has been not at all. As you'd expect from an OnStar representative, they went through the various safety and convenience services that I skipped: hands-free, automatic crash response that can sense how severe a collision is and alert help; an OnStar "Command Center" to "help guide our customers along evacuation routes and to safety" in the event of a natural disaster; Stolen Vehicle Assistance with Stolen Vehicle Slowdown; and enhanced RemoteLink service that lets you remotely check tire pressures and vehicle diagnostics or send directions from your phone to the car.
They also fairly pointed out that in the original post I only mentioned the $29.99 Directions and Connections package as that's what we had. There is a $19.99 service available without turn-by-turn directions.
But their most convincing argument for getting us back into the OnStar family was that they were offering to pay for it for the remainder of our time with our Stingray. If we were dead-set against renewing we would have turned this down. If we were dead-set on re-upping we would have turned it down, too. We weren't, we were looking for a tipping point and this was it. Also, we'd done a similar thing back in May for Hyundai when they set us up with Blue Link for the remainder of our long-term Santa Fe test.
So, over the next few months with our Corvette we're going to have to try out a few of our newly renewed features. But not the crash response one. We'll trust that works.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 23,630 miles