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2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray Named MotorTrend Car of the Year

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Greer, SC

The 2020 model year marks a momentous occasion for the Chevy Corvette line — for the first time, the Corvette Stingray is being built as a mid-engine production model, making it the fastest and most potent entry-level Corvette since the sports car launched over 65 years ago.

To add to the celebration, the new Corvette Stingray was recently named the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year.

“It’s an honor for the Corvette team to receive this coveted award from MotorTrend against the best the industry has to offer,” commented Tadge Juechter, the Corvette executive chief engineer. “Our design and engineering teams spent several years sweating the details to deliver the first mid-engine Corvette. To have a third party validate our hard work makes it all worthwhile.”

The new impressive Chevy Corvette Stingray can sprint from 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package. Its 6.2-liter Small Block V8 LT2 engine unleashes 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

Ready to drive home in your own 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from Bradshaw Automotive? You’ll have to wait a little bit longer. Production is slated to begin in February 2020 at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky.

Chevy Silverado Earns Truck of the Year Title at SEMA

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Greer, SC

The new Chevy Silverado earned a high honor at the 2019 SEMA Show. The iconic Silverado was named Truck of the Year by SEMA judges. They graded trucks based on their business opportunities for aftermarket accessorizing using five different categories for scoring.

The new Silverado 1500, which boasts a wide range of engines — including a new diesel engine — and the redesigned Durabed that offers more cargo space than any other truck in the industry, earned the Truck of the Year title on November 4, right before the SEMA Show officially kicked off.

“The SEMA Show is where the newest and most innovative aftermarket products are seen first,” remarked Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development. “SEMA Show exhibitors are the innovators and experts who drive the $45 billion industry. Knowing what they believe are the best vehicles for accessorization helps to forecast trends.”

At the show, Chevy brought along multiple Silverado models from across its generations to demonstrate how customizable the model has always been. For the current model year, Chevy also brought the Silverado HD Z71 Sport Package and Silverado Redline Edition models to showcase possible variants of the Silverado truck.

Want to get your own Silverado to customize? Check out this award-winning truck at Bradshaw Automotive.

Helpful Sports Car Storage Tips for Winter

Sports Car Storage Tips for Winter | Greer, SC

Winter can be a harsh time of the year for any vehicle, but when you have a shiny new sports car, you definitely want to shelter it from winter’s worst. Fortunately, you can protect your prized possession from the ice and snow with these helpful sports car storage tips for winter.

Step #1: Complete routine maintenance

It could be quite some time before you’re behind the wheel of your sports car if you’re storing it for winter, so be sure to complete routine maintenance like an oil change before you store it away for months on end.

Step #2: Find a place to store your vehicle

This step is usually pretty easy if you have a garage or shed, but can be harder if you only have a driveway. If the latter scenario applies to you, try to place it in a spot where it will be most protected from ice and snow, but don’t place it under a tree, as ice can cause tree limbs to fall right onto your car.

Step #3: Raise your sports car with jacks

The last thing you want to encounter after storing your sports car all winter is flat tires. Prevent this by raising the vehicle off the ground using jacks.

Step #4: Block any openings

Little rodents and birds might be looking for warm places to rest during winter, and the various openings on your sports car can make for a desirable venue. Prevent them from entering these spaces by blocking them during winter.

For more tips on how to store your sports car during winter, feel free to speak with the Bradshaw Chevrolet staff.

2020 Chevy Silverado Special Editions Available

2020 Silverado Midnight Edition | Greer, SC

It’s the capable country truck vs. the sporty and aggressive urban ride — 2020 Chevy Silverado Special Editions are now available. Chevrolet recently unveiled the Midnight and Rally Editions of the 2020 Silverado, and the one you choose will depend upon where you spend your time.

Midnight Edition

The Midnight Edition is black on black: from grille to badges to bumpers, exhaust tips and the off-road assistance steps with just a bit of red on the recovery hooks. The LT Trail Boss and Custom Trail Boss trims both offer the Midnight Edition, which comes with a lift and off road package, as well. The Midnight Edition can be ordered on the Custom Trail Boss trim when powered by either the 5.3-liter V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission or the 6.2-liter V8 engine with 10-speed automatic transmission. To get the Midnight Edition on the LT Trail Boss, drivers will need the 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission.

Rally Edition

The sporty and sophisticated Rally Edition rules the streets. It is available in several striking exterior paint colors that feature black accents: BIack, Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic or Summit White. The Rally Edition is available on the Custom and RST trims.

Visit Bradshaw Chevrolet to learn more about the Midnight and Rally Editions of the 2020 Chevy Silverado.

Active Suite of Safety Technology Now Standard on 2020 Chevy Equinox

2020 Chevy Equinox | Greer, SC

The Chevrolet Equinox, the well-equipped, family-friendly and stylish compact SUV, is offering drivers greater peace of mind behind the wheel by upping its game in terms of active safety features for the 2020 model year. Many of the automaker’s advanced safety features, which were previously available as options, are now standard on the 2020 Chevy Equinox.

Included in the now standard suite of safety technology are systems such as:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking automatically applies the brakes if an obstacle is detected in front of the car and a collision is about to happen.
  • Forward Collision Alert warns the driver to an impending impact.
  • Following Distance Indicator lets the driver know if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver if the car drifts out of its lane.
  • Forward Automatic Braking applies the brakes when necessary.
  • IntelliBeam headlamps automatically dim the headlamps from high to low beam when an oncoming car is identified.

Today’s drivers are embracing driver assistance technology more and more, and Chevy is keeping up with the demand, as evidenced by the safety-equipped 2020 Chevy Equinox, available at four trim levels — L, LS, LT and Premier.

Test-drive the 2020 Chevy Equinox at Bradshaw Chevrolet.

Auto Maintenance Tips for Back-To-School

Auto Maintenence Tips | Greer, SC

The following auto maintenance tips will help you prepare for the back-to-school season.

Check your brakes

The worst thing about driving to school is the traffic. Often, there will be other drivers dropping off students (or students driving themselves), as well as students crossing the street and parking lot. To help keep everyone safe, it’s good to have brakes that respond quickly. Have your brakes checked to make sure everything’s in working order.

Inspect tires

How long have you had your tires? An underinflated or worn tire can be a hazard in a school parking lot. Not only do worn tires have less traction, increasing stopping distance when you put on the brakes, but underinflated tires are at a higher risk of a blowout. Want to check if your tire tread has good traction at home? Just do the Penny Test; take a penny and place it upside-down in one of your tire’s grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Optimize visibility

Summer is ending, which means days will be getting shorter, so driving to school in the morning will require functioning headlights. Check to make sure all your exterior lights are in working order. Plus, you should also swap those wipers and make sure the wiper fluid reservoirs are full.

Contact Bradshaw Automotive for all your auto maintenance needs.

Simple Tips For Maximizing Road Trip Comfort

Simple Tips for Maximizing Road Trip Comfort | Greer, SC

Nothing beats discovering something new on a summer road trip. But long drives can do a number on your body if you don’t have some steps to prevent aches and pains. Follow these tips for maximizing road trip comfort.

Take a break

While it can be tempting to drives for as long as possible without taking a break to shorten the drive, it’s best to pull over and take a break every two or three hours. This gives you time to stretch your body and will significantly reduce road trip-related fatigue.

Stretch your back and legs

Every time you take a break, perform some simple shoulder rolls and back stretches to give your back a needed reset.  Regularly stretch your upper and lower legs when you take a break. Your legs tend to remain in the same position for extended periods of time while driving, which can lead to cramping.

Relax the shoulders

For many, it’s difficult to maintain perfect posture while driving long distances, and the shoulders tend to hunch forward eventually. This can strain the shoulders and neck so make a point of relaxing the shoulders while driving and give them a stretch every time you stop.

Schedule a maintenance check at Bradshaw Automotive to make sure your car is ready for your road trip.

Road Trip Maintenance: What to Do Before You Leave

Road Trip Maintenance

Road trips are a great way to bond with your family and friends, and in the area, there are a number of ideal destinations such as the Smoky Mountains, Myrtle Beach and Atlanta. But before you hit the highway, it’s important to bring your vehicle to the auto experts for road trip maintenance and any necessary repairs.

The first things to do, according to Popular Mechanics writer Alex Leanse, is to check and top off your car’s six essential fluids. This includes the oil, which should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles to reduce friction in the engine. Also check the coolant/antifreeze levels, power steering fluid, transmission oil and wiper fluid. Be sure to check the brake fluid as well — if it’s low, it’s a sign you may need new brake pads or rotors.

Next, check the tires. You’ll want to check the air pressure every 1,000 miles (see your owner’s manual for details on proper psi). Rotate the tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to redistribute wear, and replace the tires when the tread begins to go or if you notice cracking.

Belts and hoses should also be inspected for integrity and tightness, and if you notice leaks from the hoses or squeaking belts, it may be time for replacements. Also be sure to visually inspect the lights and change the air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles to ensure proper performance and fuel economy. You don’t want to be on a road trip and get bad gas mileage.

Before you set out on your road trip, schedule a maintenance check with our service department at Bradshaw Automotive.

All-New Three-Row Blazer XL: A Big SUV Without the Bulk

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

At the Guangzhou Motor Show, Chevrolet unveiled an all-new three-row crossover that looked both familiar and new. While the new crossover resembled the two-row Chevrolet Blazer that has already gained popularity in the States, the new crossover boasted an additional row of seating.

Now we have confirmation that the concept will soon become a reality, and we have a name for it: the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer XL. While the three-row Blazer XL will be available in China starting in 2020, it leaves plenty of room for speculation about a forthcoming US variant.

The all-new Blazer XL might look simply like a Blazer with an extra row of seats, but the Blazer XL is actually 5.5 inches longer than the current 2019 Blazer. Although Chevrolet already has a three-row SUV in the form of the Chevrolet Traverse, the Blazer XL serves as a middle ground, offering three rows of seating without being as large and bulky as the Traverse.

The Blazer XL answers the call for a downsized three-row crossover that doesn’t give up too much interior space making it the perfect SUV for the Chinese market, where the Traverse isn’t sold because of its large size.

We hope to have the Blazer XL at Bradshaw Chevrolet when and if it becomes available in the United States. For now, check out the 2019 Blazer and 2019 Traverse here at Bradshaw Chevrolet.

2019 Silverado Trail Boss Is Designed for Off-Road Adventure

2019 Silverado Trail Boss

Pickup trucks are more popular than ever. After 2018 saw record-breaking purchases of over 2 million trucks in the USA, General Motors aims to gain more of the market share. The 2019 Silverado Trail Boss aims to do that by impressing buyers with its off-roading prowess and powerful engines.

Powered by a potent engine, the Trail Boss features a 5.3-liter DFM V8 generating 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque regulated by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Using this powertrain, the Silverado Trail Boss can accelerate like few other trucks can, going from 0-60 mph in a swift 6.1 seconds. An optional 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel I6 engine is on its way, but official specs have not been announced yet.

The Silverado’s look shows it’s ready for action, with a two-inch lift, 18-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires, skid plates, Rancho shock absorbers, and other exterior enhancements.

When it comes to the rougher roads ahead, the 2019 Silverado Trail Boss glides with control and ease. Chevy has optimized its steering particularly for challenging terrains, giving you the option to switch between modes for better control.

When the road turns to dust, the Trail Boss really shows off. Bradshaw Chevrolet will have the 2019 Silverado Trail Boss soon, and we can’t wait to have this adventure machine on our lot.