First Look at 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD/5500HD

First Look at 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD/5500HD | Bradshaw Automotive | Greer, SC

Chevy has given us a first look at the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, and it’s truly something to be excited about. The formidable truck looks beastly and impossibly strong, and its tough silhouette looks intimidating and ready to take on any challenge you place before it. Get ready, Chevy truck lovers, the Silverado Class 4 and Class 5 chassis cab trucks are coming your way.

If the shadowy photograph of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD has you chomping at the bit, don’t worry. You don’t have much longer to wait until this all-new truck is unveiled in full. A few weeks ago, Chevrolet announced that the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD would make their debut at The Work Truck Show 2018, which will take place March 6th through 9th in Indianapolis. The U.S. vice president of GM, Ed Peper, made the following announcement: “The Silverado 4500HD/5500HD trucks are the flagship of our full-line commercial truck portfolio and we’ve designed them to be among the best in the industry in maneuverability, serviceability, visibility, quietness and comfort, diesel fuel economy, and more.” You’re not going to find stronger, more formidable ally anywhere than in the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, as they will come with tough Duramax diesel engines alongside Allison transmissions.

We at Bradshaw Automotive are excited for what the new Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD are expected to offer. In the meantime, stay tuned for further information on this awe-inspiring truck.

New 2018 Volt Safety Features Win IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

2018 Volt safetyThe 2018 Chevrolet Volt is a noteworthy sedan, not just because it has an innovative powertrain, but also because it has extensive safety systems. The 2018 Volt safety features are so impressive that the vehicle recently won a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is a non-profit third-party organization that examines the safety features on most vehicles in the industry.

According to The News Wheel, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt has a 420-mile range thanks to a hybrid-electric engine that uses gasoline and electric power. It also has a 53-mile range on pure electricity, which makes the Volt a great vehicle for those looking to go green. Additionally, the Volt won the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick award when equipped with available Drive Confidence II Package.

Teen Driver is one of the great safety features offered on the new Volt. This helps new drivers learn positive habits behind the wheel by muting audio, giving audible and visible warnings when exceeding predetermined speeds, limiting music volume, and more.

Other features include Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Safety Awareness, and more. In fact, the Volt has 10 airbags around the cabin to keep you better protected in the event of a crash. Visit Bradshaw Automotive to learn more about the latest safety features available for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt.

Things to Do in Greer, SC During the Winter

While many people prefer warm weather for leisure activities, there are still many activities that you can engage in during the winter. For example, there are many things to do in Greer this time of year, from visiting local parks to driving around the countryside. Simply hop in your car and start exploring the area this winter season.

According to Trip Advisor, one of the top places to visit in Greer, SC is Greer City Park. While the weather is a bit chilly during the winter, there are still tons of things you can do outdoors. Additionally, Pelham Mill Park is another great place to visit. Pelham Mill Park has a dog park that’s great for walking your pets, and Greer City Park is itself a historical landmark that has walking trails for adults.

Winter weather and the holidays can cause a lot of stress, and some of you may still be trying to recover from the past few months. That’s why you should visit MG’s Grand Day Spa or Salutem Organic Massage for a relaxing massage or spa day. Stay out of the cold and let the stress melt away when you have your next spa day.

Finally, check out the BMW Performance Center near Greer. Even if you don’t have a BMW, you can take professional driving courses for teens, car control, performance driving, and more. You can tour the 64,000 sq ft facility or check out the 1.7 miles of paved tracks in various configurations. This performance center is great for any car lover.

things to do in GreerThese are just some of the few places to visit in Greer during the winter. Before you go, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Bradshaw Automotive. 

Car Decorations for the Holidays

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Want to make your car stand out for the Holiday season? Try one of these festive car decorations. They’re all inexpensive, easy to apply, and reusable for years of festive driving. You’ll be sure to bring jolly good spirit with you everywhere you go!

Reindeer Vehicle Costume

This is the classic Holiday-themed car costume. It’s fun, easy to put together, and it’s reusable. All you have to do is apply the reindeer nose (lighted versions are available, too) and the reindeer antlers to turn your car into a festive site each Holiday season.

 

Santa Window Cling

Santa doesn’t always have to travel via a reindeer-pulled sleigh. With the Santa window cling, you can bring santa with you in the back seat of your Buick from Bradshaw Automotive. If you don’t feel like driving a Santa mobile, other versions are also available, such as a snowman.

 

Large Wired Red Bow

You may not want to cover up the handsome grille of your Buick, but you may find that a dash of scarlet will actually enhance it during the Holiday season. This large red bow is easy to attach to your grille and can add a welcome dash of warm color to a dreary winter scene.

Greer Christmas Parade

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There are many reasons why the team at Bradshaw Automotive loves calling Greer, South Carolina our home. We love its proximity to gorgeous national forests like Chattahoochee National Forest and Pisgah National Forest, we love its friendly population, and this time of year we really love the Holiday spirit. One thing we always look forward to is the annual Greer Christmas Parade.

Christmas Theme

 Each year, the Greer Christmas Parade chooses a theme for its celebrations. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas at the Movies.” Participants are encouraged to dress as the characters from classic Christmas films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Home Alone,” “Elf,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

When

The 1.1-mile parade will start at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Participants such as local clubs, various organizations, and businesses will line up their festive floats. Marching bands, cheerleaders, and beauty queens will help to amp up the Holiday spirit. Bring the whole family and enjoy spotting your favorite, familiar, Christmas movie characters, like Snoopy, Rudolph, and the abominable snowman. The Greer Christmas Parade changes every year, but it always promises to be a new and exciting way to welcome in the Holiday season with family and friends. Get into the spirit of the season this year in Greer.

Have a Great Trip with Thanksgiving Road Trip Games

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In just a few short weeks, families all across the country will be climbing into the car to head out on the annual Thanksgiving road trip. If this is what you have planned for your family this year, you will need some Thanksgiving road trip games to keep everyone occupied.

  • Karaoke.

    Plan ahead and let everyone pick out a few of their favorite songs to add to a playlist or burned CD before you leave. Then, each person has to sing along to their songs in their own special way—most dramatic, loudest, and so on.

  • Two truths and a lie.

    Each person says three things about themselves, except one of them is a lie. Everyone else has to guess which one is the lie.

  • Alphabet game.

    This game is good for younger kids. Everyone looks at road signs, license plates, billboards, etc. to find each letter of the alphabet in order.

  • Picnic.

    This game is a good test of everyone’s memory. The first person starts out by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to take…” and then they name something that starts with A. The next person says the same thing and then adds to the list with the next letter. If you can’t remember the list, you lose.

If your car is in need of attention before you hit the road, or it is time for something new, come visit us at Bradshaw Automotive.

Winter Car Care Tips

Winter Car Care Tips

Now that November is here, winter weather is right around the corner. That means now is the time to prepare before the icy weather arrives, which it will, even here in South Carolina. Here are a few tips for winter car care.

Lights

As the days get shorter, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly. In addition, if there is snow on your car, brush off your lights before you start driving.

Antifreeze

This fluid is immensely important in the winter as it keeps your engine from freezing. Make sure your antifreeze level isn’t low and there are no leaks.

Gas

To prevent your fuel lines from freezing or to make sure you don’t run out of gas when stuck on the side of the road, keep your gas tank as full as you can.

HVAC

On cold, frosty winter mornings, you will want your heater. Make sure it and your air conditioning still work. Your A/C helps keep your windows clear of fog.

Tires

Make sure your tires have adequate tread depth. And, if you live in an area that routinely has winter weather below 45 degrees, consider switching to winter tires.

If you need any help with your winter car care, schedule a service appointment here at Bradshaw Automotive.

Chevrolet’s “Wheels and Wings” Statue Pays Tribute to Strength and Innovation at Red Wings’ New Little Caesars Arena

Chevrolet Wheels and Wings Statue at Little Caesars Arena

Chevrolet and the Detroit Red Wings are a perfect match. Both are based in the Motor City and share the same commitment to innovation and excellence. So, it was a no-brainer when Chevrolet became the official vehicle of the Detroit Red Wings hockey team in 2015. Chevrolet has stepped up their support of their home team, though, with a new Wheels and Wings statue at the team’s new home: Little Caesars Arena.

Set to be permanently displayed at the arena’s northeast entrance, Chevrolet’s “Wheels and Wings” is a celebration of tradition, strength, unity, and invention.

The Statue

Measuring 9-feet 5-inches tall, the sculpture makes a bold statement at the entrance of the new arena. The massive work of art was crafted by former motorcycle stunt rider Tomas Vitanovsky and is partially constructed from disused Chevrolet parts, including a hubcap from 1918. The statue joins the old with the new, and you’ll also find parts from the 2018 Suburban, Tahoe, and Spark, the 2009 Kodiak, the 1996 Caprice, and more.

The Making

Vitanovsky, a Czech Republic native, worked more than 700 hours creating the stunning industrial statue and used 186 parts from various Chevrolet vehicles. The result is a breathtaking work of art that pays proper tribute to an excellent team, an incredible community, and an innovative automaker.

 

To learn more about Chevrolet’s ongoing commitment to excellence, come by Bradshaw Automotive today and take a test drive!

Fun Car Costume Ideas for the Spookiest Halloween Ever

Fun Car Costume Ideas

So you’ve already decorated your home, finished the kids’ costumes, and loaded up on candy to hand out to excited trick or treaters. You forgot one thing though: a costume for your car! Don’t panic. Check out these easy car costume ideas to really step up your game this Halloween.

Scary Teeth

A great car costume doesn’t have to be complicated in order to be spooky. If your car has a trunk, craft teeth out of paper or cardboard and attach them to transform your vehicle into a scary monster with a ferocious bite.

Nerd Glasses

Halloween is all about being someone else for a night. While the Buick Encore is the model of refinement and sophistication, a pair of oversized glasses makes this smart SUV hilariously nerdy.

Eye Lashes

If you’re on a time crunch, no car costume is simpler than attaching some headlamp eyelashes. Throw these on a Chevrolet Equinox for a funny, flirty car costume.

Carriage

Fashion carriage wheels to fit over your vehicles wheel openings and end up with a rustic car costume perfect for pickups. Slap four of these on a GMC Sierra to create a carriage for any Halloween princess or knight.

 

Who says dress up is for children? Rediscover the fun of playing pretend this Halloween with one of these car costume ideas. And for the perfect car to dress up, stop by Bradshaw Automotive today!

Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC

2017 Oktoberfest in Greer, SC

Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC

At Bradshaw Automotive, we love being located in Greer, SC. We’re close to the beach, close to the mountains, and surrounded by nice folks. Plus, there’s always something going on in the area, like the upcoming Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC.

The popular annual Countybank Greer Station Oktoberfest will be held this year on October 21, 2017. It’s everything that any experienced festival attendee would expect from a solid Oktoberfest—deliciously bubbly German beer, a mouth-watering menu of German foods and desserts, and fun live entertainment. Pick up a beer from Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately-owned brewery, and then fill up on fresh pretzels, bratwursts, kettle corn, Black forest cake, and much more. With that in mind, be sure to come hungry!

The Greer, SC festival will feature a performance by German oompah bands, but it will also showcase non-German artwork from local artists. You’ll find local vendors selling anything from handmade jewelry to oil paintings and photography. It’s the perfect setting to get an early start on your Christmas shopping and support the local community at the same time.

The Oktoberfest in Greer, SC is sure to be an excellent time as always. Become a sponsor, volunteer, or just head over with friends and family for a fun day of food, art, and plenty of culture.