Buick AudioBook Integration Coming Soon

Students Reading

Phone connectivity is a relatively new innovation in the auto industry, but introduction of smartphone compatibility such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have opened a realm of new possibilities to car manufacturers. Buick is one manufacturer that has jumped at the opportunity for further expanding integration of online apps. The company’s latest innovation is Buick AudioBook integration, allowing drivers to “read” while they’re driving.

This feat was accomplished through the inclusion of both Apple CarPlay and OnStar 4G LTE wireless connectivity in newer Buick models, in addition to the IntelliLink infotainment system that comes standard to the company’s lineup. General Motors has plans to roll out the feature across all GM vehicles, but studies show that Buick drivers are 30-percent more likely to read for pleasure.

Buick AudioBook integration begins in the 2016 LaCrosse and Regal, which allows iPhone users to access the Audiobooks.com app through the vehicles’ Apple CarPlay connectivity. The app will then allow users to stream their favorite book in the comfort of their own car.  Which book would you want to stream to your vehicle while you are driving?  Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive if you would use this new AudioBook feature in your next vehicle!

Chevrolet Red Line Concepts Debut Before SEMA

Chevrolet Family Line-Up

Chevrolet brought their series of Red Line concept cars to SEMA, but released images and details on the vehicles beforehand to build up excitement and anticipation for the lineup. The diverse concepts include the Trax, Malibu, Camaro, Colorado, and Silverado 1500, in addition to the upcoming Chevrolet Spark RS concept. The Chevrolet Red Line concepts debuted November 3rd at SEMA.

The Red Line series was designed to show off the customization and personalization capabilities of Chevrolet’s 2016 lineup, and the Red Line upgrades will be available for vehicles in that lineup. The Red Line series upgrades include a new Enhanced Silver Metallic color palette option, Charcoal roof panel, and accents in red and Satin Graphite. Most of the changes will be purely cosmetic, so while the price has not yet been announced, they are expected to be rather affordable.

The 2015 SEMA Motor Show takes place in Las Vegas from November 3rd through 6th, drawing a crowd of over 60,000. Chevy is using SEMA to gauge interest in the Chevrolet Red Line concepts, but are confident that Chevrolet Accessories will become a quality alternative to aftermarket parts when it comes to personalizing their vehicles.  Share with us your thoughts about Chevy’s line up for the SEMA show!

Let GMC Help Manage your Chaos with a Spacious Crossover

By now, the school year is in full swing. For many parents this also means their lives are in constant go mode with soccer practice, dance classes, football games, after school band marching band rehearsals, and more. It can be hard to manage your chaos, but GMC wants to help.

GMC’s lineup of modern, capable, and spacious crossovers and SUVs may just be the perfect solution for controlling all the after school madness.

2016 GMC Terrain

On the small end of the spectrum, there is the GMC Terrain. It offers seating for up to five passengers and has exclusive MultiFlex sliding seating that allows you to expand the cargo space when you need it and give passengers extra leg room when you don’t. Behind the rear seat, you can have as much as 31.6 cubic feet of space, more than enough for a saxophone case, a pair of dance shoes, and a bag with all your soccer equipment.

2015 GMC Acadia

Step up a notch to the GMC Acadia, and you’ll get seating for seven or eight passengers. With the SmartSlide seating in the second row, passengers can easily access the third row of seats. And, with the third row folded, you gain 70.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

2015 GMC Yukon

At the top of the scale is the Yukon. You’ll be able to squeeze up to eight passengers inside—enough for a basketball team, a coach, and two reserve players. And, with the spacious interior, nobody will feel cramped and you’ll still have lots of cargo space behind the third row.

Stop by Bradshaw Automotive to see which GMC crossover or SUV will be the perfect fit for your family’s busy lifestyle and all the gear that goes along with it.

Fall Car Care Tips

Fall Road

Fall is officially here—the temperatures are cooling off, the leaves are starting to change, and you can finally wear your favorite sweatshirts again. While you’re enjoying all your pumpkin-flavored food and putting out your Halloween decorations, don’t forget to take care of your car.

Here are a few fall car care tips to get you through this season and prepare you for the next.

  1. Wiper blades. Fall weather usually means more rain. You don’t want to be caught in a storm with ineffective wipers blades, so make sure they aren’t cracked or torn. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
  2. You don’t want your brakes to fail when you’re trying to stop on a slick road. Have them inspected to make sure the pads aren’t overly worn and everything works properly.
  3. HVAC system. Make sure everything in the heating and cooling systems in your car works. Even when it’s cold outside, air conditioning is important when it comes to removing moisture from the inside of your windows.
  4. As the temperatures drop, so will the pressure in your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure regularly and check for any signs of excessive wear, like bulges or bald spots on your tires. You also want to make sure the tread is deep enough so you have enough traction to navigate over wet roads.
  5. Check your battery to make sure all the connectors are corrosion-free. It is also a good idea to have the battery and charging system checked to make sure they are ready for the cold weather ahead. If your battery is older than 3, it may be time to replace it.

Schedule a service appointment at Bradshaw Automotive and we’ll make sure your car is ready for the colder weather ahead.

Tips to Help You Drive Safely at Night

2016 Chevy Impala

While driving is dangerous in general, it can be truly so when night falls. Vehicles already impair our vision with their structures, creating blind spots, but these blind spots get significantly worse when you drive at night. To help make up for our lack of sight when the sun sets, here are a few tips to help your night driving:

Dim your interior lights. While it’s important to know how fast you are going and your engine temperature, it’s okay to dim your dash lights. For some reason, this never occurs to many people. The glare from the dash lights can dramatically diminish your view of the road.

Keep your windshield clean. Clean your windshield regularly clean, both inside and out! Make it part of a weekly maintenance routine.

Aim your headlights. A lot of people also don’t know that they can aim their headlights. Do your research to find the adjustment screw and park about twenty feet from a flat white surface, like a closed garage door. It takes some finesse to get them properly aimed. You’ll know if you’ve got them aimed too high because everyone will be flipping their brights at you!

See if you need glasses. Get your eyes checked! Occasionally, a person may have fine sight and only need glasses to drive at night.

In the end, if you don’t particularly like driving at night or you are not comfortable with it, try to do all of your driving during the day! At Bradshaw Automotive, we want you to be safe while driving on the road, day or night!

New GM Safety Technologies Get New Testing Ground

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

Unlike consumers, automakers often don’t have instruction manuals when it comes to figuring out their new technologies. Instead, they have to rely on their own innovative thinking. When an automaker is developing advanced safety features, like General Motors, then you need plenty of room and resources to ensure everything works perfectly.

To ensure that GM safety technology is the best, the American carmaker has made a $14 million investment on a new 52-acre research facility. In this facility, they will test their new, cool safety gadgets. The new testing ground is an addition to GM’s Milford Proving Ground. This testing ground will provide plenty of space and resources to significantly change the way safety technology is tested.

An observation building is outfitted with technology allowing engineers to remotely control vehicles as they maneuver around a 16-acre testing area, allowing GM engineers to basically turn real cars into the remote-controlled toys of your childhood dreams. There is also a tunnel simulator and areas designated to test parking and pedestrian technologies.

The new GM safety technologies that will be tested at the new GM testing grounds include automated braking and pedestrian recognition. Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what you think of GM’s new investment in the testing of safety technologies below in the comments!

Why Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

Oil Change

Oil plays a key role in the life of your vehicle, affecting everything from lifespan to fuel efficiency. 50 years ago, you would have needed an oil change every 500 miles. Fortunately, that isn’t the case today but you still need to change your oil on a regular basis. Today, many automakers suggest changing the oil every 7,500 to 15,000 miles, just to ensure your car keeps running smoothly

Oil does three major things within the engine block. First, it lubricates the metal parts that are constantly grinding together to create motion. Second, it draws away some of the heat produced by friction between metal parts. Third, it carries away shavings, dirt, and grime, preventing carbon and varnishes from building up.

When oil goes unchanged, it can lose its viscosity, increasing the chances of engine damage. Because of this, not changing your oil can be costly in the long run. Carbon deposits and sludge can come out of old oil, as a result of carbon buildup around the cooler parts of the engine. When this occurs, it can only be solved through an expensive engine cleaning or replacing worn piston rings.

If you go too long without changing your oil, the pistons could seize entirely and the camshafts could take damage. That would lead to some hefty bills for replacement parts that no driver wants to pay, so make sure you change your oil on a routine basis. Let our service department help you with any of your service related needs here at Bradshaw Automotive, including getting your oil changed!

GM Announces 2016 GMC Sierra Updates

2016 GMC Sierra

It wasn’t long ago that General Motors unveiled what updates the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado would see. Now, the American automaker is unveiling updates for the Silverado’s sibling—the 2016 GMC Sierra. These GMC Sierra updates are subtle throughout the model, but come together to make yet another fantastic pickup truck.

Most of the changes subtly make the Sierra more attractive in terms of its exterior design. Small improvements to its already sleek design can increase sales even more. The most noticeable changes include redesigned bumpers, grille, and front fascia. LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, and LED taillights now come standard, while the Sierra SLT and Denali will pack on more chrome.

Inside, the pickup will receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities by the end of 2015. Both systems operate through GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system. Models with a seven-inch touchscreen will see the options first.  These technological features will make the 2016 GMC Sierra even more appealing!

The 2016 GMC Sierra is sure to make a lasting impression, thanks to these interior and exterior updates. Make sure you check back to the Bradshaw Automotive Group soon to learn more information about the newly redesigned pickup truck!  We will anxiously be awaiting its arrival!

Awesome Smartphone Driving Apps

Man texting while driving
Don’t Text and Drive!

While it is never a good idea to use your smartphone while you are driving, there are a handful of smartphone apps that can greatly improve your driving experience. Here are a few:


Ever fill up at a gas station and head down the road to see another gas station offering considerably cheaper gas? Say goodbye to that horrifying experience with Gasbuddy, an app that will easily help you find the cheapest gas in your area.


There are a lot of music streaming apps out there, such as Pandora and Google Play, but Spotify is one of the best. The free version permits shuffled streaming, while the Premium version costs $10 a month and allows you stream pretty much any music you want.


Does your neighbor speed by your house often in his loud sports car? Why not get some revenge (in a fun, safe way)? The XLR8 app connects to your car stereo and uses the accelerometer of your vehicle. As you accelerate, you’ll hear engine sounds from your favorite sports car.


Waze is a “community-based traffic and navigation app.” Users log the site of traffic jams, allowing other users to avoid them. Users also constantly update maps, meaning that Waze offers the most up-to-date navigation.

Summer is here and these awesome smartphone driving apps can really enhance your road trip!  Tell us about some of the best apps you’ve used to help your driving here at Bradshaw Automotive!

Staying Ahead Of The Curve: Cadillac Smartphone Integration

2016 Cadillac ATS
2016 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac has always been ahead of the curve. Just last year, you could find wireless charging capability as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity featured broadly across the Cadillac lineup. This was before many other luxury brands had done so. Now, Cadillac is continuing to blaze the way for new technology by improving many of the Cadillac smartphone integration systems.

This feature is growing more and more important as smartphones become absolutely integral to daily life. David Leone, Executive Chief Engineer for Cadillac reports that the automaker is “moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance.”

This means that 2016 model year vehicles from Cadillac featuring the CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen will boast functionality in Apple CarPlay. A press release from Cadillac reports, “Android Auto is expected to be phased into 2016 production at a later date.” Not only will Cadillac vehicles connect to both iPhones and Androids, it will also be a lot easier and more intuitive to access smartphone features.

If that wasn’t enough, Cadillac is making the processor in their CUE systems much more powerful for 2016. Users will enjoy faster boot-up times and improved voice recognition. Tell us what you think of Cadillac latest technology here at Bradshaw Automotive in the comments below!