I just had my first experience trading in my previous GM model car and trading it in for a new one. And I want to share something I learned! Last weekend, I traded my 2014 Cruze LT for a 2016 Chevy Cruze LT.
I got out of my lease a year early, but I decided it was worth it for a few perks I wanted to have in my life. In my new car, I’ve got Apple Car Play and 24/7. I wrote a separate post about how awesome my new Cruze. But what I want to talk about in this post is about what I learned logging into Chevrolet Owner Center.
Create an Onstar Account: I didn’t need to do this, because I had an Onstar account I had created with my previous Cruze. But, if you didn’t create an Onstar account with your previous GM vehicle at Onstar.Com or via your Onstar Remote Link app, then you will need to use your new Onstar account number to do so. (Your Onstar advisor can give this to you during the Welcome Call, or it will come in your first Onstar email.) Create a user name and password.
Login to the Chevrolet Owner Center: Visit My.Chevrolet.com and use your Onstar username and password to login. I took delivery of my new Cruze 6 days ago and finally got around to logging in today. To my delight, a window popped up with a picture of my new car titled “Welcome to MyChevrolet Owner SetUp.”
Click on “Get started” to customize your Wi-Fi hotspot username and password and ensure your advanced diagnostic notifications.
Learn to pair (or re-pair) your bluetooth device
Practice sending a navigation route to your car via Onstar Guidance.
Discover ways to use the MyChevrolet app.
Track your vehicle’s warranty, as well as be notified if your vehicle has a recall and keep all your service records in one place.
There’s so much more you can do and learn at your Chevrolet Owner Center, such as watch how to videos about your vehicle’s features, flip through your owner’s manual.
Once your account is set up, you’re going to be able to push the “blue button” and ask for directions. Your Onstar advisor will then download a Turn-by-Turn Navigation route into your vehicle. This includes At Your Service offers from Onstar, i.e. coupons and offers in your area.
You’ll get Emergency Services, including Automatic Crash Response and Crisis Assist (in case of severe weather or natural disasters).
If your Chevy is a 2013 or newer model, you’ll get full access to the Onstar Remote Link app, which allows you to lock or unlock your doors, turn on your horn and lights and start your vehicle from your phone (if factory equipped.) From the app, you’ll also be able to send directions to your vehicle, view advanced diagnostics and manage your Wifi Hotspot (equipped in most 2015 and newer Chevy vehicles).
With the Onstar trial, you’ll also get access to Connections, Hands-Free-Calling (in which Onstar assigns you a separate phone number to use with the Onstar system in case you are in a low-coverage area for your cell phone.) You also get a 4G LTE Wifi Hotspot (equipped in most 2015 and newer Chevy vehicles).
But wait! There’s more! If your car is a 2011 or newer, you also get three years free of the OnStar Basic Plan — including Advanced Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, and limited access the Remote Link mobile app features. For Chevy vehicles 2014 and newer, OnStar Basic Plan, sometimes referred to as RemoteLink Key Fob Services, is available for up to 5 years from the original delivery date and is transferable.
Is your previously owned vehicle equipped with XM? Then you can enjoy three months of SiriusXM Radio. XM gives you 175+ channels of commercial-free radio via Satellite. That means no more static and losing a radio station when you’re on a road trip. Listen to your favorite genre of music, comedy, talk radio, sports and more.
Here, all the vehicles in your household associated with your Onstar account will populate in your Chevy Owner Center “garage.” You can also add any other GM vehicles in your household, so you have everything in one place.
From the Chevrolet Owner Center, you will be able to access service records, read your owner’s manual, see how-to videos about your vehicle, be alerted to recall notices and even link to your SiriusXM, GM Rewards cards and Onstar accounts.
You can also view your warranty information and scheduled maintenance, i.e. when the next oil change and tire rotation is recommended.
Even if your “new-to-you” Chevy wasn’t certified, here’s still what is available to you:
Chevy models 2013-2015 come with three years or 36,000 bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and 5 years or 100,000 miles powertrain warranty. (The powertrain is affected by anything that touches oil. That’s usually how explain it to my customers. But that’s not an entirely correct or comprehensive explanation.) Learn more about Chevrolet warranties.
Chevy models 2013-2015 come with complimentary Chevy Roadside Assistance within 5 years from the original new-car purchase date or up until there are 100,000 miles on the vehicle.
Run out of gas? Dead battery? Flat tire? Need a tow? You’ve got FREE roadside assistance! I have AAA insurance, but I call Chevy Roadside, because, in my experience, they send someone quick and it’s so easy to use.
Save this number to your phone contacts right now: Chevy Roadside, (800) 243-8872
If you’re an active Onstar Subscriber or are using the Onstar trial, roadside is also free. You can push the blue button and Onstar send Chevy Roadside to your exactl location. But bewar, if you push the blue button to ask for roadside service after your Onstar trial has expired, you might be charged. So, if you no longer have Onstar active in your car, call Chevy Roadside directly.