New Chevrolet Traverse to Debut in Detroit

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

January means the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is almost here. As one of the largest auto shows in the world, the NAIAS in Detroit is typically reserved for brands looking to reveal one of their big, upcoming nameplates to the public to generate hype. One of these nameplates is the new Chevrolet Traverse for the 2018 model year. Chevy has been dropping hints about the vehicle, even teasing us with images, but fans will get their first full look at the overhauled Traverse at the auto show.

 The Traverse has long been a popular model in Chevrolet’s lineup, which is why the best-seller has changed very little in the past ten years. However, it’s time for a new generation. Judging from teaser images, the 2018 Traverse model will be taking cues from other SUVs in the same lineup—namely, the Chevrolet Equinox and newly-redesigned GMC Acadia.

 Besides that, most of what we know about the new Chevrolet Traverse is this: it will have a possible eight-passenger seating configuration, best-in-class cargo accommodation, and a rumored 3.6-liter V6 engine. None of the details will be set in stone until the curtains are drawn at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Pricing

Chevrolet Cruze SedanAutomakers have had something of a falling out with diesel sedans amid the recent scandal, but Chevrolet isn’t one to back down. The American automaker recognizes potential when they see it, which is why we’ve been hearing rumors of a diesel-powered Cruze coming to the market over the past few months. Well, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel is now an official model following a pricing announcement.

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan will start at $24,670 with a six-speed manual transmission. Drivers who opt for the nine-speed automatic transmission can expect to pay at least $26,270. The automaker hasn’t announced pricing for the Cruze hatchback just yet.

The first-generation Chevrolet Cruze diesel started at nearly $26,000, making the pricing of the latest model a welcome relief. All Chevrolet Cruze diesel models come with two years of SiriusXM satellite radio and OnStar with two years of 24 GB of data for the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

The base Cruze diesel comes with the LT trim and Convenience package that adds an eight-way power driver’s seat, keyless entry, heated front seats, and more. That package normally tacks on $850 to the price of a conventional Cruze.

We here at Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac can’t wait for the latest arrival in the Cruze lineup!

How to Pick the Best Christmas Tree

How to Pick the Best Christmas TreePicking out a Christmas tree that fits into your home and livens up the holidays is a high point of the season. While heading to the nearest tree farm and grabbing the first tree in sight sounds ideal, it could be disastrous for your holiday. Home damage and a dead tree are two possible outcomes that can come from a carelessly chosen tree, so here are a few tips to help you pick the best Christmas tree and avoid any major problems!

  • Plan – Measure your ceiling height from the floor and take note of it. A tree that’s too tall could do some damage over the holiday season. Make sure there’s plenty of room around where the tree will go as well. Move any furniture before the tree arrives.
  • Purchase – Before making a purchase, check the tree’s height to ensure it fits into your home without hitting the ceiling. Shake the tree and take note of how many needles hit the ground. If it’s quite a few, it might be best to find a different tree.
  • Care – Taking care of the tree is arguably the easiest part of the whole ordeal. Start by setting the tree up in a tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water. Fill the stand often to ensure the tree gets all the water it needs. Doing so ensures fresh needles all season long.

Have a very merry Christmas from all of us here at Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel TipsHalloween has come and gone, which means November is already here. Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means it’s time to make travel arrangements, if you haven’t already. Traveling during the holidays can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to reduce your stress levels. Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Bradshaw Automotive to help streamline your holiday season!

  • Packing – Take the time to create a packing list and go over it several times before leaving the house. Instead of throwing everything into random suitcases, take the time to organize this year as well. Consider shipping some of your nonessential items to your destination through the mail. Doing so can reduce baggage costs at the airport and prevent the hassle of struggling to fit everything into the car.
  • Technology – Use technology to your advantage this holiday season. Many airlines have apps that provide passengers with pertinent information about their flight, such as tickets, locations, and more. Some apps even have airport layouts to help passengers make their flight on time. Drivers should use a navigation app that updates with real-time directions. Doing so means avoiding common road hazards and arriving at your destination as quickly as possible.
  • Call Ahead – Call your family or friends before you arrive. A 15-minute window gives them plenty of time to finish up whatever it is they’re doing and greet you rather than trying to multitask.

Chevrolet’s Blue Line Concepts

Chevrolet’s Blue Line ConceptsSome automakers use the annual SEMA show to put their performance-driven foot forward or reveal outrageous concepts. Chevrolet went a different way for the 2016 SEMA Show, forgoing the power-packed models and staying the course instead. Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts showcased a set of vehicles designed for the public.

Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts included the Cruze and Malibu and showed off parts that were readily available to the public, or will be by the middle of 2017. Even better, adding the parts to a vehicle with an existing warranty won’t void the warranty.

The first of the two cars is a Cruze Hatch RS, a sportier version of the Cruze hatchback drivers have come to love. To show off the Blue Line name, Chevrolet added a Genesis White paintjob and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. Performance upgrades included a lowered suspension, performance brakes, and an upgraded intake and exhaust system.

The second model in the Blue Line was a Malibu. Like the Cruze Hatch RS, the Malibu saw a lowered suspension, a ground effects kit, sportier pedals, and illuminated doorsills. A performance brake kit also made it to the show, but that won’t be available to the public.

We here at Bradshaw Automotive are pumped to see such simple changes making great cars even better!

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween Safety TipsHalloween is fun for all, whether you’re passing out candy or taking the kids trick-or-treating in their costumes. However, it’s crucial to take extra steps preparing to keep everyone involved as safe as possible. Here are some Halloween safety tips for when you and your kids are out and about on the evening of October 31st.

Practice Walking Safely

Keep your eyes on the sidewalk and not on your phone, make use of crosswalks where possible, only cross at street corners, and walk on designated paths or sidewalks. Stepping into the road causes a driving hazard and could endanger your life.

Have a Safe Costume

Make sure kids’ costumes fit correctly and are of a proper length so that they don’t trip. If the costume is black or otherwise dark in color, consider giving them glowsticks or putting reflective tape on them.

Supervision is Important

Kids should have an adult with them at all times if they are 12 or under.

For Adults: Drive Cautiously

If you have to be driving on Halloween, keep an eye out for children and drive slowly and defensively. Be careful when entering or exiting driveways.

Following these Halloween safety tips ensures you and your kids will be safe and happy while trick or treating, which will make your evening more fun and less scary – even on the scariest night of the year!

Take a Peek at the Future Chevrolet Equinox

Appropriately on the day of the autumnal equinox, Chevrolet unveiled the future Chevrolet Equinox. The 2018 Equinox will be an all-new design with fresh styling, advanced technology, comprehensive safety, and powerful engine options.

Starting from the outside, the new Equinox will have a lean, muscular design that follows Chevrolet’s global design cues. In addition, it features chrome trim on all trim levels to enhance its Malibu-inspired design. The Equinox will come with standard projector-beam headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Inside, Chevrolet is incorporating numerous unique enhancements, including a low windshield base for greater visibility and “kneeling” rear seats that fold down flat for easier loading. Buyers may also like the new available denim-style seat fabric for a unique look.

Keeping passengers connected will be the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi system that allows up to seven devices to connect at once. Buyers will be able to choose between a 7- and 8-inch MyLink touchscreen system.

With a range of three turbocharged engines, customers will be able to find the ideal balance of power and efficiency. The lineup will also include North America’s first turbo-diesel.

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will go on sale here at Bradshaw Automotive in the first quarter of 2017.

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!