Best Driving Apps for Trips, Traffic, and More

Whether you’re planning on taking a long road trip soon or just looking for apps to make your daily commute in Greer, SC easier, we’ve compiled some of the best driving apps for smartphones that tell you about traffic, the best stops to make on road trips, and more.

Waze is a great app to use if you’re in the middle of a traffic jam. It’s not perfect for longer-term driving because it tends to drain your battery, but it’s great when you’re in heavy traffic because it can suggest an alternate route to take that will get you to your destination faster.

For road trips, there’s no better app than Roadtrippers, which suggests places to eat, cool sights to see, the best hotels in the area, and even campgrounds. Plus, if you put your route into the app, it can estimate how much gas you’re going to buy.

RepairPal is great to have if you find yourself with car trouble while away from home or if you just don’t have a trusted mechanic in town. It gives you average prices charged by local mechanics and keeps you from overspending.

Electric car drivers have to get PlugShare, the app that lets you quickly find charging locations in the area, with more than 40,000 stations registered in the app across the US. With the still limited ranges of most electric cars on the market, PlugShare is a life saver.

 

These are just a few great apps that make driving more fun and stress-free. Find more here!

Best Back to School Cars for the 2016-2017 School Year

It definitely isn’t too late to look at back to school cars, even if school has already started for you. Labor Day weekend is the Black Friday of auto sales, so save your car shopping for that weekend and get a great deal on one of these perfect cars for students!

Chevy Spark Is Among the Best back to school cars
Head Back to School in a Chevy Spark!

A favorite for students is the 2016 Chevy Spark. A tiny subcompact car with great fuel economy, parents will be happy for their teen to drive something easy to maneuver and comes with a small sticker price. The Chevy Sonic also tends to pop up on back to school lists thanks to its small size, cool styling, and safety-oriented features like Siri Eyes Free.

Chevy is also integrating “Teen Mode” into some of its cars, so keep an eye out for that. The 2016 Chevy Malibu has Teen Mode, which lets parents use a PIN to give information to parents about how teens are driving as well as muting the sound system until seatbelts are buckled and even lowers the maximum speed the car can go.

If you want to spring for something a little more pricey, the Buick Encore is a fun choice for students. It’s spacious and has plenty of room for your athlete’s gear, but it’s still compact and easy to maneuver. These are just some of the great cars parents and teens can agree on, so if you’re still not sure, ask us more at Bradshaw Automotive!

Tips for Recovering a Stolen Vehicle

Recovering a stolen vehicleRecovering a stolen vehicle can be much easier if you follow specific steps, and if you take the necessary preventative measures. Although it can be especially stressful and frightening to have your car stolen, there are some important things to keep in mind.

Always stay calm. Vehicles are stolen every 44 seconds in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration. That means it’s not unlikely for your vehicle to be taken, especially depending on your location. Before you do anything else, take some deep breaths and make sure you are in a safe location.

Make sure it’s actually stolen. Though it might sound simple, Allstate notes that one of the first things to do when your car is missing is to check for “No Parking” signs. Also look for fire hydrants, private drives, or any other reason your car might have been towed. Your car may also have been repossessed, depending on whether or not you’ve been paying bills.

Call the police. Regardless of whether your vehicle was impounded or stolen, you’ll have to call the police. Most tow-truck drivers are required to inform the police when towing vehicles, so you can discover where your car is through a phone call. If it was stolen, a police report will be essential for insurance and warranty purposes.

You’ll need the following materials for the police:

  • A detailed description
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • License Plate
  • Registration
  • Driver’s License

Try and keep copies at home in a safe place at all times, that way you are prepared if your car is stolen.

Contact your insurance. Aside from getting cash for your policy, you should call insurance to know that you are not using your vehicle any more. If a thief uses your car for illegal activity, you can’t be held liable if you call beforehand and report your car stolen.

Prevent theft in the first place. Always park in well-lit locations, and be sure to lock your car. Keep your windows closed, and be sure to hide any valuables. If possible, get a LoJack or OnStar system to keep track of your car in the event it is lost or stolen. This will help police find your car before it’s lost forever. Finally, purchase comprehensive or GAP (Guaranteed Asset Protection) coverage to keep you protected financially if your car is stolen.

Having your vehicle stolen is a very stressful time and we at Bradshaw Greer hope it never happens to you!

Chevy Awards MLB All-Star Vehicle to Eric Hosmer

Chevy has been the Official Vehicle Sponsor of Major League Baseball® since 2005, frequently supporting the league and its various charitable programs. The automaker recently awarded the MLB All-Star vehicle to Eric Hosmer—a Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition—during the award ceremony.

Hosmer went two-for-three with a home run during the All-Star Game, helping to score a total of three runs. According to Chevy, he was able to choose between a 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro Convertible or the Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition. He chose the rugged pickup, which was better suited for his taste.

“Hosmer’s spectacular on-field performance tonight demonstrates to all baseball fans and especially our kids that hard work, determination and teamwork is what wins, and that is why Chevrolet is proud to present the MVP award,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet.

This is just one of the ways Chevy supports the MLB. The brand has also helped to raise more than $28 million for youth programs associated with the MLB, helping more than 5.2 million young people. More than 1,500 Chevrolet dealers are involved in programs like Chevrolet Youth Baseball, helping kids to see the value of hard work. Hosmer’s hard work serves as a great example to aspiring kids, one of the major reasons Chevy was thrilled to award him a brand-new Colorado.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

traveling with pets

Finding a dog sitter or kenneling your dog while you go on vacation can seem like a hassle, and who wants to be separated from their best friend for that long anyway? Taking your dog with you on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your pet, but make sure you’re following these safety tips for traveling with pets!

Before you leave, get your dog used to riding in the car for longer and longer periods of time. This will help keep them calm when you leave, and they won’t notice the long distance as much. If your dog has trouble going to the bathroom anywhere but your backyard, get them used to going other places as well.

When you’re on the road, stop every few hours so your dog can go to the bathroom. Always give them access to clean water, and feed them according to their usual schedule. Bring toys for them to occupy themselves to keep their stress levels to a minimum.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This is dangerous! You should also avoid letting them stick their head out of the car window for safety reasons.

Remember the most important thing is to have a great vacation for you and your family, including your furry companions.  Also, feel free to bring your car into our service department before you head out on your trip!

Chevy Leads 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study for Fourth Consecutive Year

2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

For the fourth year in a row, Chevrolet led more categories than any other brand in the 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study. The study, which JD Power has been conducting for three decades, surveys over 80,000 new vehicle owners and lessees to determine their satisfaction with their vehicles.

Chevrolet led five categories, sweeping the full-size truck category with a win for both the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD. It also won both the compact and large SUV segments with the Equinox and the Tahoe. The Spark, which saw a big design refresh in 2016, beat the rest of the city car segment by a whopping 48 points, while the others only led by 10 to 15 points.

This is another big win for Chevy, who also swept the JD Power Dependability Survey earlier this year. Chevy has already seen a rise in sales by 3% just since the beginning of 2016 and expects more thanks to the JD Power studies, which they expect will draw in more new customers. We sure hope this trend continues, and Chevy continues to produce award-winning cars!

To find out more about the award-winning lineup of Chevy cars, stop by and check out our new car inventory at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!

Things to Do Around Greer

Things to do Around Greer

It’s that time of year again where the weather turns nice, and with it, many places and opportunities open for us to explore and see all the Greer has to offer.   Check out these few things to do around Greer, South Carolina.

We at Bradshaw Automotive love to visit the Greenville Zoo. This summer has even more opportunities available for fun times at the zoo, as there are multiple summer camps for kids of all ages.

Some of the camps for younger kids focus on concepts such as colors at the zoo, while the older kids may learn more about the animals that come out at night. There are many opportunities for kids ages 3-14. For more information on specific zoo camp options, or to plan your own day at the zoo, be sure to check out the Greenville Zoo website.

If you prefer to stay inside during the summer, you should definitely check out the Greer Heritage Museum. The museum has a library for historical and genealogical research and interactive displays throughout the exhibits. There are volunteer guides who would love to talk with you about the rich history of Greer. In addition, there is no charge to get into the Greer Heritage Museum, so you can visit all summer long!

If you are looking for things to do this summer around Greer, there are even more options! These two places to visit are just a few of the great things going on in Greer, SC.  Be sure to see what other great things our community has to offer!

Buick Avista Exterior Color Design and Designer

Buick Avista Exterior Color

When you think of jobs that are in the automobile business, usually the person who ‘colors’ the car doesn’t come to mind. At Buick, there is a “Lead Exterior Color Development Designer” named Krysti Murphy who was in charge of selecting the color for the Avista concept vehicle.

Pursuitist Autos interviewed Krysti Murphy, and it was extremely interesting to learn about this job field and designer herself. Murphy previously worked for Hasbro toys designing My Little Ponies. She would pick out the colors for the ponies and work on the transitions of the colors and styled tattoos.

Murphy mentioned that her work on the coloring of toys helped her transition into the world of automobiles. Both fields require market research; it’s just for different demographics is all. She still looks at color trends, but now focuses on finding colors pleasing to adults that also have favorable longevity.

In regards to the Avista, Murphy really enjoyed working on the sculptural surfaces as it allowed for dual tone colors. She explained that she prefers working on a show car color because it allows for more experimentation of different pigments and color varieties. For the Avista concept, Murphy pulled inspiration from water, as she created a beautiful blue with multiple pigments that change color tones in different lighting.

A lot of research and experimenting goes into selecting the perfect color for a new vehicle. To read the full interview with Krysti Murphy, click here. You’ll be amazed at how many coats of paint it takes just to get one perfect color!

To learn more about the Buick Avista or any of our current Buick vehicles, stop by and see us at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC

Wards 10 Best Interiors Includes 2017 Cadillac XT5

2017 Cadillac XT5

While you may love how your car looks on the outside, it’s the inside that matters the most. Recently, the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5 was included as one of Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2016. As a brand new model to the Cadillac line-up, this shows great things to come!

WardsAuto editors were impressed with the XT5’s “first-rate materials” along with its advanced technology. Cadillac implemented a whole-new design for the XT5, which incorporates authentic, high-end materials, decorative trims. This is best exemplified on the XT5 Platinum Edition.

To be included in this list, vehicle interiors have to be all-new or significantly redesigned. The 10 winners, including the XT5, were chosen from a total of 47 interiors. WardsAuto editors spend two months evaluating all the designs. Each vehicle is judged based on its design harmony, aesthetics, materials, ergonomics, safety, value, comfort, fit-and-finish, and user-friendliness of the technology.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 heads into production this month and for most dealers will go on sale later this year.

Here at Bradshaw Automotive we have already received our shipment of the 2017 Cadillac XT5, so stop in to experience the all-new XT5 for yourself and see what makes its interior so noteworthy.

Enjoy National Biking Month with These Great Cycling Trails Near Greer

National Biking Month

Warm weather is finally here, which means it is a great time to head outdoors. For many people, riding their bicycles is the best way to spend a beautiful day. And, it’s a great form of exercise, too. If you’re looking to go exploring on your bike here in South Carolina, here are some great cycling trails near Greer.

  • Lyman Lake. Just north of Greer is this beautiful lake. Ride just a part of the trail, or cruise the whole thing for a total of 20 miles.
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail. Head to nearby Greenville and ride on the nearly 20-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail.
  • Spartanburg County Parks. Spartanburg County has numerous trail systems available to cyclists. These range from paved paths through dirt forest trails.

This May encourage your whole family to go biking together. You’ll get to explore the beautiful scenery in and around Greer while becoming active as a family.  Before you know it, your kids might be begging you to head out on the trails with them.

Where is your favorite cycling spot near Greer? Do you prefer paved trails or more off-road cycling?  Tell us about your favorite places to go biking at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!