by Raymond Stoklosa

Cheektowaga, NY – When most people hear the word OnStar, they often think about those radio commercials with OnStar calling for help after an accident.  But OnStar is so much more.

Are you old enough to remember things like locking your keys in your car?  ‘getting into a cold car in the winter, or a hot car in the summer? Remember a time when you had to memorize a color or number posted on a mall parking lot light fixture to remember where you parked your car?  There was even a time when you had to keep track of your car’s mileage, just to make sure you changed the oil on time. Let’s not even talk about paper maps!

All of that is gone, thanks to the technology of OnStar.


Have you ever locked your keys in your car?  You can unlock your doors with your OnStar App.  Even if grandma locks herself out of her Malibu in Buffalo while you’re on vacation in Malibu, California, you can still unlock her car (or any car linked to your app) from anywhere in the world.  In fact, you can remote start her car for her, and even sound the horn and lights if she can’t find it in the mall parking lot, all from the comfort of wherever you happen to be.


Your GM vehicle will even send you monthly diagnostic reports.  These comprehensive reports will let you know if anything needs attention (immediately, or in the future), including engine and transmission, emissions system, air bag system, StabiliTrak, anti-lock braking system, oil changes and tire pressures just to name a few.

And let’s say for a moment that you may have a teenage son or daughter who has borrowed your car to go to the movies.  In the vein of, “trust, but verify,” your OnStar App can tell you exactly where your car is parked at any given moment in time.  In the more nefarious world, if your car were stolen, you could tell the police exactly where it was. In fact, if law enforcement were following your stolen vehicle, OnStar can shut down the engine so that the thieves would roll to a stop and be apprehended by the authorities.


If you are interested in learning more about OnStar, or General Motors vehicles in general, I would suggest a conversation with your local GM dealer!

Happy motoring!

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