questionsdid you keep onstar past the free trial date…

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I have an onstar like service.

I have a 2012 Sonata with Hyundai's new BlueLink service.

I like you received a 3 and 6 month trial for the 3 different tiers of features and was faced with the same dilemma when the trial ran out. For me it comes to $279 a year for the top package, most noted in it is the call up GPS, updated traffic, POI search, weather, gas stations, diner look ups etc.

I used to use it mainly to remote unlock my car from my phone, but I had a remote starter put in with cell phone starting ability so it takes over that benefit. Now I mostly use it for the GPS feature. Mind you I own a GPS, but the ability to simply call up a number and give it a name or a place and have it download the directions to your car, show them on the side console displays, and tell you over the radio when you need to turn. It is totally worth it. I usually listen to books as I make my trips and this pauses them before telling me to turn and then resumes the same place. I love mine.

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@darkinc: Thanks for your information. While I didn't really have the car rentals long enough, or drove far enough to try out the OnStar features I will have enough time to "play around" with it. I've seen some deals that, if I decide to keep it, should keep the cost way down.

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Buy a Bluetooth Garmin for GPS, traffic and phone.
Save the money to pay for your XM subscription.

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@hottubrf: I actually have a Garmin, plus I can use my smartphone for directions as well. The Suburban has Bluetooth built in.

With that said, is there anything else that OnStar is good for (other than unlocking your doors for you)?

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If used the call and unlock your vehicle function twice in one day! I was in West Virgina... spare key in Michigan. If you have an iPhone there's an app you can use for free to unlock your vehicle, even start it.

A couple other good features are: if your car is stolen they can work with police to retrieve it and if you get in a wreck they will call 911 if you don't respond because you are unconscious or anything.

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@jnissel: Their automatic crash notification may be the best feature if you drive in rural areas a lot. In the big city, maybe not so much.

Years back, my boss was involved in an wreck that knocked her unconscious; she came to in the back of an ambulance. Thankfully, bystanders were able to call 911 quickly and the one who hit her car and was trying to run didn't get very far.

This was in an urban area in a busy intersection; in a rural area, no one would've been there to help her.

I would approach it as an insurance policy, and weigh your needs like one. You hope you never need to use it, but if something does happen, you're glad you have it.

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my brother doesn't really notice cost type things, so when the car he got his wife had it, they just kept it. she had just dropped their son off one afternoon and was headed back from the grocery store when someone t-boned her. she wasn't hurt but her car was totaled. the cops were there by the time the other car's occupants came too and thought to try to run. and brother knew about it within minutes so he could give her a ride home.

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@moosezilla: and @narfcake: You both make a good argument for keeping it.

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I also remember that they were able to remotely turn off a car some thieves had stolen. I think the story is that the police were in pursuit and someone had a hunch it had Onstar so they contacted them and had them remotely turn off the car. In the end, what could have turned into a long chase with damage to property, including the car, and injury was somewhat peacefully resolved.

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@first2summit: I wasn't aware of that. Thank you.