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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!

GMC Earns Most Refined Brand Award by KBB.com

2016 GMC Lineup

For the third-consecutive year, GMC earned the Most Refined Brand Award from Kelley Blue Book.

This prestigious award was presented to the GMC brand at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The reason why the award is important is because it recognizes an automaker’s ability to create and maintain products that create excitement amongst prospective car buyers.

In order to determine each award winner, data from more than 12,000 KBB.com users was analyzed in the Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch study. This study focuses on what factors are important to consumers when purchasing a new vehicle, as well as the buyer’s familiarity and loyalty towards a particular brand.

GMC’s Denali sub-brand was credited by KBB.com as being a huge reason why GMC was honored as the Most Refined Brand. Denali models are known for their enhanced style and superior luxury features. In fact, Denali vehicles accounted for 23% of all GMC retail sales last year, which outsold Porsche’s full line of products.

If you are looking for an award winning brand like GMC, stop in to Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, South Carolina today to find out more about these GMC models and the Denali lineup as well!

Buick Announces New Enclave Sport Touring Edition

2016 Buick Enclave

Already available on the Encore, LaCrosse, Verano, and Regal models, Buick has recently announced that a special Enclave Sport Touring Edition will be offered for the 2017 model year, and we can’t wait to see it at Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac in Greer, SC.

The 2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition will come equipped with distinctive 20-inch wheels and a Satin Black Ice grille. Exterior color options for this new model include Ebony Twilight Metallic, White Frost Tricoat, and Crimson Red Metallic. Furthermore, the Enclave Sport Touring Edition will offer 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, tri-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel, as well as other luxury amenities.

Underneath its hood, the Buick Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated 288 horsepower. That motor is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission and consumers can pick between front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

According to a Buick press release, 33% of all Enclave sales in 2015 came from returning customers, which was the highest loyalty rate among all current Buick models. If you are looking for the new 2016 Buick Enclave or the 2017 Buick Enclave when it becomes available, stop by Bradshaw Automotive and we will find you the perfect one!

Chevrolet Creates #DayItForward Campaign to Celebrate Charity and Kindness

Chevrolet is using this Leap Year as an excuse to do some seriously cool charitable work. Under the banner of their #DayItForward campaign, Chevrolet helped make a difference in all sorts of different ways.

“Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet Vice President of Marketing. Edwards further states, “The Chevy team is going to take those extra hours and put them towards doing unexpected acts of kindness for people—something that we hope others will embrace and repeat.”

Here are just a few way’s the Chevrolet Day It Forward campaign helped out across the country.

  • Chevy teamed up with The Ellen Show for Ellen’s “Trunk of Dreams” event. The show gave away a Chevy Malibu to a hardworking college student.
  • In cahoots with the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show, Chevrolet helped provide teachers at Whaley Middle School in Los Angeles with much-needed school supplies.
  • Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Chevrolet gave Diontae Simpson, an aspiring actor, a grant so that he can study at a prestigious drama school.

How did you spend your Leap Day? Hopefully, it was as rewarding for you as it was for Chevy’s Day If Forward recipients! Tell us about it at Bradshaw Automotive today!

See below for our favorite video from Chevy’s #DayItForward:

2016 Chevy Volt Makes This Year’s ’10 Best Engines’ List

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The Ward’s Auto “10 Best Engines” list tends to celebrate traditional engines each year, listing the most innovative, powerful engines that have been created for the past year’s line-up.  However, this year there seems to be a different trend.

This year, Ward’s stretched the definition of engine by adding three hybrid models to their list, honoring the powertrains within: the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, and the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Of these three, the 2016 Chevy Volt is by far the most impressive, with the ability to run on electricity alone when charged. In fact, the current Chevy Volt can travel up to 53 miles on pure electricity.  That completely unheard of in the electric market!

It’s worth noting that by including these three models on their list, Ward’s is truly recognizing the power of hybrid powertrains. They may not be traditional engines, but they can still be remarkably powerful.  This may also show that perhaps hybrid engines are becoming increasingly popular.

If you’re interested in checking out an award-winning 2016 Chevy Volt model, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Bradshaw Automotive.  We are just as excited as you for the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt!

Could Keeping Gym Essentials in Your Car Work For You?

Working Out

If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is to hit the gym this year, we have one big recommendation for you: keep your gym essentials in your car. Many active, gym-goers find that getting ready to go is half the problem.

When your belongings are already stashed in the vehicle and ready to go, there’s almost no excuse not to get up and leave. And if you have enough equipment prepared – you can conduct an impromptu visit to the gym!

There’s no need to keep an entire separate gym bag in your car, but if you can keep as much as a change of clothes and sneakers in your vehicle, you can be ready at a moment’s notice.

Plus – shouldn’t you have a water bottle, a clean towel or two, and some healthy snacks ready in your in case of emergencies anyway?  So whether you head to the gym or you end up on the side of the road, you are prepared!

Whatever you do, don’t forget to take your smelly gym laundry out of the car when you get back home! Hopefully this helpful trick will help you to reach you New Year’s Resolution this year!  For more tips and tricks, visit us at Bradshaw Automotive.

Christmas Travel Tips

Airport

Many people absolutely loathe holiday travels and while you may be one of them, traveling doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of things you can do now to make your trip easier. Travel smarter this time around with these Christmas travel tips:

Plan Ahead. Pack a week in advance so you have time to remember anything you would otherwise forget. Book your flight weeks, if not a month, in advance to get the flight you want and maybe even save some money. Know the TSA’s rules on liquids and packaging so you aren’t stopped at security for something minor.  This will help you get through the preloading process quicker.

Avoid Crowds. Avoiding the traveling masses is easier said than done. A lot of the avoidance is a result at what time you choose to fly. Flying in the early morning or late at night will result in fewer crowds, allowing you to get to your gate faster. Early flights are also less likely to experience delays, due to them being the first flights of the day.

Ship via Mail. Send the luggage you don’t need for the flight to your destination via snail mail. Things like extra clothes and Christmas presents will slow you down and could result in baggage fees.

Tell us about some things you do to help better prepare for traveling during the holidays at Bradshaw Automotive!

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.

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:

GasBuddy

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.

Spotify

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.

XLR8

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

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!