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A Few Great Camping Spots In Upstate South Carolina

hiking in the mountains - camping spots in upstate South Carolina

The camping spots in upstate South Carolina are numerous and choice. There are opportunities for fishing, swimming, hiking and just plain soaking up some of the most beautiful landscapes this fair land has to offer. We here at Bradshaw Automotive have thrown together a few of our favorites for you just as summer approaches.

 

Devil’s Fork State Park – Salem

 The campgrounds at Devil’s Fork State Park are situated on the banks of the pretty and placid Lake Jocassee. Anglers will find the spot to their liking as the lake features both trophy trout and smallmouth bass. Kayak rentals are available and make for a wonderful way to get around the lake. Camping facilities feature restrooms with hot showers in case you decide to stay for a few more days.

King Mountain Park – Blacksburg, SC

 A wonderful place to camp for both tent campers and RV owners, King Mountain Park features two beautiful lakes, tranquil thanks to motor restrictions. In fact, non-motorized boats are available for slow perusing of the calm waters and intense watching of bobbers.

Croft State Park – Spartanburg

 Croft State Park is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, even casual birdwatchers will delight in knowing that all sorts of species can be spotted there, including different varieties of hawks, bald eagles, and wood ducks. Secondly, the park features a skeet shooting park just outside its gates!

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

traveling with pets

Finding a dog sitter or kenneling your dog while you go on vacation can seem like a hassle, and who wants to be separated from their best friend for that long anyway? Taking your dog with you on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your pet, but make sure you’re following these safety tips for traveling with pets!

Before you leave, get your dog used to riding in the car for longer and longer periods of time. This will help keep them calm when you leave, and they won’t notice the long distance as much. If your dog has trouble going to the bathroom anywhere but your backyard, get them used to going other places as well.

When you’re on the road, stop every few hours so your dog can go to the bathroom. Always give them access to clean water, and feed them according to their usual schedule. Bring toys for them to occupy themselves to keep their stress levels to a minimum.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This is dangerous! You should also avoid letting them stick their head out of the car window for safety reasons.

Remember the most important thing is to have a great vacation for you and your family, including your furry companions.  Also, feel free to bring your car into our service department before you head out on your trip!

Things to Do Around Greer

Things to do Around Greer

It’s that time of year again where the weather turns nice, and with it, many places and opportunities open for us to explore and see all the Greer has to offer.   Check out these few things to do around Greer, South Carolina.

We at Bradshaw Automotive love to visit the Greenville Zoo. This summer has even more opportunities available for fun times at the zoo, as there are multiple summer camps for kids of all ages.

Some of the camps for younger kids focus on concepts such as colors at the zoo, while the older kids may learn more about the animals that come out at night. There are many opportunities for kids ages 3-14. For more information on specific zoo camp options, or to plan your own day at the zoo, be sure to check out the Greenville Zoo website.

If you prefer to stay inside during the summer, you should definitely check out the Greer Heritage Museum. The museum has a library for historical and genealogical research and interactive displays throughout the exhibits. There are volunteer guides who would love to talk with you about the rich history of Greer. In addition, there is no charge to get into the Greer Heritage Museum, so you can visit all summer long!

If you are looking for things to do this summer around Greer, there are even more options! These two places to visit are just a few of the great things going on in Greer, SC.  Be sure to see what other great things our community has to offer!

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.

Do You Know the Best Month to Buy a New Car?

If you had to guess, when would you say is the best month to buy a new car? If you said December, you’re not alone. However, according to new data published by TrueCar.com, August reports the lowest average car prices of the year.

The study calculated the average price per transaction per month for the past five years. During August, new cars sold for an average of $29,296, while December defied popular belief with the highest average of the year at $31,146.

TrueCar.com attributes August’s lower prices to the exchange of older inventory for the new models which often debut around this time.

2015 Chevy Tahoe
August is the best time to buy a new car, like the 2015 Chevy Tahoe!

“This is a great example of the power of data, which shows dealers are clearing out older inventory in August,” said Scott Painter, TrueCar founder and CEO.

With only a few days left in August, the only other question we have for you is this: Why aren’t you on your way to Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac yet? Bradshaw offers plenty of new 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars for Upstate South Carolina buyers! We’ll see you soon!

New SUV Spotlight: 2015 GMC Yukon

The completely redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon SUV is available for test drive and purchase right now at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Greer, South Carolina!

2015 GMC Yukon
Test drive a redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon today at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac!

The all-new GMC Yukon, for years a great choice in a powerful and spacious full-size SUV, has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year. The redesigned Yukon is improved in all the right ways: it has a better fuel economy, more intuitive and useful technology, a reshaped exterior and a more powerful engine. Available in a great selection of trim levels, including the top-of-the-line Yukon Denali, the 2015 GMC Yukon is sure to impress all full-size SUV drivers!

For more information on the 2015 GMC Yukon, including specs, features and trim level options, visit GMC’s official website.

You can also head over to Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac’s website or stop by our Upstate South Carolina dealership to learn about our growing selection of 2015 GM cars, which now includes the Yukon, Suburban, Tahoe and Silverado 2500! Our wide new and used car inventory also includes many 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs! Visit us today for a test drive.

Stay tuned to Bradshaw’s blog and Facebook page for more information on upcoming 2015 cars!

Transformers: Age of Extinction Stars Chevy Once More

Fans of Michael Bay’s Transformers are no strangers to Chevy-turned-Autobots, and the legend will live on in the fourth installment of the saga, Transformers: Age of Extinction, which hits theaters on June 27. The star Autobot, Bumblebee, will of course be back in its Camaro flesh, but we’ll also be seeing some other exciting Chevys join the cast.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
A custom Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction this summer.

For starters, the multiple award-winning Corvette Stingray will be making an appearance, converting to Crosshairs. Along with the iconic Stingray, a Chevy Trax and a Sonic Rally Car will take to the big screen.

Chevy has been involved with the Transformers franchise since the beginning. The Camaro form of Bumblebee was featured in Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). This next chapter features a modified vintage ’67 Camaro SS, as well as a futuristic imagining of the Camaro.

“The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”

LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures, added, “The Chevrolet partnership with this iconic Michael Bay movie franchise has become one of the longest-running and most innovative movie-brand relationships in film history. This new Chevy campaign will definitely bring new and exciting elements to a global audience of Transformers movie fans around the world.”

In addition to providing the vehicles, General Motors also provided several filming locations, including the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, the Milford Proving Ground, and the Warren Technical Center.

How excited are you to see Transformers: Age of Extiction? Be sure to come in and discuss it with all of us at your favorite Greer, South Carolina GM dealership once you’ve seen it this summer!

Buick Encore Turns One

There’s almost nothing cuter than watching a one-year-old demolish a cake on his or her birthday. And General Motors is now celebrating the first birthday of the Buick Encore. Though unless you’re planning on smearing cake all over your Encore (which we don’t recommend) we won’t see any messy cake-face pictures.

This first year has been a remarkable one for the Encore. It has changed many people’s perceptions of the Buick brand and has become a successful conquest vehicle—nearly half of all Encore buyers are coming from a non-GM brand.

2014 Buick Encore
The Buick Encore is now 1 year old!

In its first year, the Encore sold 97,311 vehicles worldwide. What made it so successful was its ability to stand on its own. It filled a void in the crossover segment by being one of the first luxury compact crossovers available.

“Right out of the gate, demand for the Encore was high,” Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing, said in a statement. “It accounted for most of the segment’s growth last year and that’s because it offers the right safety, technology, and features in the right-sized vehicle for many customers.”

Want to join in the Encore celebration? Come down to Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and give the Buick Encore a try.

10% Better Mileage in New Chevy and GMC SUVs

GMC and Chevrolet are injecting a healthy dose of power and fuel economy in their new 2015 models, including the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV
The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of several GM vehicles receiving upgrades to power and fuel economy this year.

Each model has taken on a new and improved standard 5.3-liter engine, returning an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with two-wheel drive. This marks a hefty 7 percent city mileage improvement and an incredible 10 percent highway mileage increase, proving that even full-size SUVs can deliver on the fuel economy front.

For consumers who desire even more power from their big machines on wheels, the GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali now feature an exclusive 6.2-liter V8 that produces a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque! You won’t find higher numbers in a full-size SUV anywhere on the market. In two-wheel drive mode, that engine offers 15 city and 21 highway miles to the gallon. Considering the power, that’s quite good!

Find all of the vehicles mentioned above, plus other great new Chevy and GMC SUVs at Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac in Upstate South Carolina!

New Luxury Sedan Profile: 2014 Cadillac CTS

The fully redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sport sedan is available now in Upstate South Carolina from Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac!

2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan
You can find the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan right now at Bradshaw Automotive!

A top competitor in the mid-size luxury sedan vehicle segment, the 2014 CTS Sedan gets a full makeover with a bold new design that help it outperform European competitors like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Available with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can be upgraded to a 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 6.2-liter V8 engine on CTS-V models and offering the latest Cadillac safety and entertainment technologies, the brand new CTS is a top-performing vehicle that is both distinct and customizable to drivers’ preferences.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is also available in Coupe and Wagon body styles. For more information about the 2014 CTS, including specs, safety features and other options, visit Cadillac’s website.

Visit Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac today to test drive an all new Cadillac CTS! We also offer a great selection of new Chevy, Buick and GMC vehicles like the 2014 Chevy Malibu and the GMC Terrain, as well as a huge inventory of used cars at affordable prices for shoppers in Upstate South Carolina. For more information, check out our dealership online!

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