GM makes the OnStar add-on mandatory, including a $1,500 fee. • The Register

Drivers in the US and Canada are in for a bit of sticker shock as General Motors has made three years of its OnStar subscription service mandatory on many new vehicles, priced at $1,500.

The little noticed change took place at the beginning of June, the Detroit FreePress reportedwhen new GMC and Buick vehicles sold in North America added the aforementioned line item to the sticker prices under “Options and Pricing”.

According to a GM spokesman who spoke to the free pressthe fee will be charged regardless of whether the customer activates or not Connected OnStar Services. After the three years, customers have the option to renew the service, but there are no automatic fees.

The registry has reached out to GM for confirmation and additional details, but we don’t have a response yet.

OnStar, owned by GM, provides a variety of security services for the automaker’s and its subsidiaries’ vehicles. According to GM, the mandatory OnStar plan offers remote key fob access, unlimited data, vehicle diagnostics, Wi-Fi hotspots and access to the OnStar Guardian app, which is available for GM and Non-GM Vehicles.

GM authoritythe reported first The change provided a table of specific price surcharges for various Buick and GMC models, showing the attached fee ranging from $0 in the GMC Hummer EV pickup to $1,675 in the GMC Canyon and Sierra HD. The last two vehicles have a separate $175 GMC Connected Service Capability fee. GMA no connection to other vehicles. GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra 1500 buyers will be charged $905; other models retain the $1,500 fee, as shown in the table.

In our email to GM, The registry asked the automaker to look into this GMA Table.

The accelerating crawl of a la carte cars

Automakers have been planning to implement subscription services in their vehicles for several years, and chipmakers have done so as well drove alongwho see such features as a way to make more money from auto contracts.

consumer reports written down By the end of 2020, Audi, BMW, Cadillac (a GM subsidiary), Porsche, and Tesla all had plans to add subscription functionality for certain services.

GM’s $1,500, three-year “add-on” is making headlines for its cost and lack of flexibility, but it’s hardly the only real-world example — or the most expensive. Tesla, for example, is charging $12,000 upfront (or $199/month) to access the Full Self-Driving Beta.

BMW recently launched an online add-on store for its vehicles in several countries including Germany and South Korea. BMW’s options include enabling heated seats for $18 per month, $8.50 for automatic high beam switching, and more. These microtransactions only unlock access to skills already present in the vehicle.

The registry has attempted to get responses from GM dealers but has been unable to find anyone willing to comment. Speaking of free pressSam Slaughter, the owner of Sellers Buick GMC in Farmington, MI, said customers didn’t push the change back much, but he expressed dissatisfaction with GM designating its now-standard OnStar add-on as an option.

“I don’t know why they did that, they should have just put that in the EIA. We had a few people say, ‘I don’t want this.’ But it’s a forced option,” said Slaughter. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/11/gm_makes_onstar_addon_mandatory/ GM makes the OnStar add-on mandatory, including a $1,500 fee. • The Register

Laura Coffey

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