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Greer Goes Global International Festival

Spring is the perfect time of year to get out and explore Greer. And why not explore it with a citywide festival? We at Bradshaw Automotive love going to the Greer Goes Global International Festival, a yearly celebration of our city and all of our cultures.

This is Greer Goes Global’s fifth year as a festival, and it’ll be more exciting than ever before. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14th, you can check it out for yourself. The festival features booths from over 20 countries, each with its own representative from around the Greer area. You can learn about countries from Europe, South America, Africa, and more.

Aside from booths, there are also plenty of international dishes to enjoy. In the past, there have been Greek food trucks, Mexican food trucks, and food samples from other countries.

There is also plenty of entertainment. Multiple arts and crafts activities are available for kids, like crafting masks or getting henna tattoos. Dance and musical performances will give you a taste of entertainment in different countries.

If you love sports, then you’re in luck. There are multiple sports featured that you might never have heard of before, like Kubb, Hurling, and Gaelic Football.

Explore the world without ever leaving Greer at the upcoming Greer Goes Global International Festival.

Buick Regal Offers Great Value, Capability, and Advanced Features

2017 Buick Regal | Bradshaw Automotive | Greer, SC

Everyone wants the latest and greatest vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, and oftentimes you can get it at by choosing a vehicle a year or two older than the current model year. More likely than not, recent model years have nearly identical mechanical parts and advanced features but come at a reduced price, so your money goes further. Both the 2016 and 2017 Buick Regals are shining examples of this. These mid-size luxury sedans are just as stylish, graceful, and powerful as the current model year.

The 2017 Buick Regal boasts performance and sophistication. It comes equipped with a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that offers 182 horsepower as well as 30 mpg on the highway*. It also has a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety by NHTSA, so you can feel confident and comfortable behind the wheel of the Buick Regal.

The 2016 Buick Regal boasts that same standard engine, fuel efficiency, and many other identical mechanical components and premium features as the 2017 model. For the first time, the 2016 Regal features an advanced IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® smartphone compatibility.

Visit us at Bradshaw Automotive to see all the Buick Regal sedans we have on offer. Take one for a test drive to experience its luxury, superior performance, and value.

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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

Car decorations - Bradshaw Automotive

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

Christmas Parade - Bradshaw Automotive

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.”


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!