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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 60th Year in Business! All Thanks to YOU!

Since opening our doors in 1957, Velde Ford has proudly served the Pekin community. During this time, we have been humbled by the continued business of our Ford customers – many of which return to us time and time again! It is these loyal customers that we have to thank for our success.

To learn more about how Velde Ford came to be and why we remain dedicated to our Ford customers, click the link below.

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Velde Ford Offers New and Used Cars and Great Customer Service in Pekin, IL.

Although Velde Ford is proud the offer a great inventory of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, we believe the thing that sets us apart from others is our fantastic customer service.

Throughout the entire Ford car buying process, we will remain committed to your complete satisfaction. After all, Velde Ford believes we are in the business of making lifelong friends as opposed to simply selling a car or truck and sending you on your way.

To learn more about our company culture and why Velde Ford is so unlike any Ford dealership you’ve ever visited, click the link.

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A Letter From Tim Saurs, President & General Manager of Velde Ford in Pekin, IL

As the owner of Velde Ford, I am extremely proud of my employees and their dedication to our customers. My father and Lynn founded this dealership on the idea that the customer’s satisfaction comes before the sale of the vehicle. I am proud to carry out this belief at Velde Ford today.

We believe our customer’s satisfaction should be our number one priority. It is because of this belief that we strive to provide unparalleled customer service. Only at Velde Ford will you be treated with such care and attention.

I guarantee you’ll enjoy your time spent at Velde Ford. When you stop by our dealership in Pekin, IL, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and say ‘hello’ to my family and myself.

I look forward to seeing you at Velde Ford soon.

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At Velde Ford, we are changing the Ford leasing experience and making it more enjoyable and beneficial to our customers. We offer unparalleled customer service, great Ford leasing deals, and knowledgeable Ford representatives that are on hand to walk you through the entire Ford leasing process.

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At Velde Ford, we are dedicated to providing you with a great experience – no matter the reason for your visit!

If you’re here for car or truck service, we encourage you to take advantage of our Velde Ford Service Center. We are proud of our ASE Certified Service Technicians and their ability to work quickly and efficiently.

Additionally, our Velde Ford Collision Center is full of experts that can take your totaled car and make it look like new once again.

No matter the service you require – oil change, tire rotation, full body repair – we are happy to serve you. We service all makes and models, both foreign and domestic. So please don’t hesitate to bring your car or truck to Velde Ford today!

We are proud to be the Ford dealership of choice for the Pekin, IL community. In addition to Pekin, we happily serve customers from Peoria, Tremont, Morton, Bartonville, Washington, Peoria Heights, East Peoria, Bellevue, Marquette Heights, Creve Coeur, and Canton.

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6 Kid Friendly Pets - 03/23/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Are your kids begging for a pet? If you're like most parents, you might feel apprehensive about getting your child their first pet. We came up with a list of 6 kid friendly, easy to manage pets that won't drive you crazy! Animals are a fun and rewarding addition to your family! Check out these fun critters to pick up from the pet store:


1. Hermit Crabs



Hermit crabs are probably the most low maintenance pets you can think of. They're a great first pet for kids learning responsibility and they're very inexpensive.


2. Hamsters



Hamsters are also a great low-maintenance pet for kids. They are relatively easy to care for and can be fun to play with and handle outside of their cages.

3. Guinea Pigs



Guinea pigs require a bit more space than their hamster friends as they grow to a larger size. They are also much more vocal and can be a great pet for kids.

4. Fish


Once you have their habitat set up, fresh water fish are probably the easiest and most visually appealing pets to care for. The hardest part is keeping the tank clean!

5. Tortoise



Tortoise are an easy to care for and fun pet for children. Be aware though, that they're lifespan is rather long so you could be in for a time commitment! 


6. Rabbits



Rabbits require a bit more attention and space than other small pets, but given the proper attention they can make cuddly companions! They can even be easily trained to use a litter box!

There are tons of other animals that would make great small additions to the family, but these 6 kid friendly pets are our favorite! We would like to encourage you to do a lot of research when choosing to bring an animal into your home! Always purchase pets from reputable stores and never remove an animal from the wild! To ensure your pets are receiving the best care possible, be sure to consult with professionals before bringing your new friend home! 

While you're getting your home ready for a new companion, be sure to take good care of your vehicle investment! Check out our routine maintenance pages and our seasonal maintenance pages to stay up to date on your vehicle service. Check out our spring car care pages for advice on spring cleaning for your vehicle! 

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Edge Brochure - 03/22/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn all about the 2017 Ford Edge! When you read the downloadable 2017 Ford Edge brochure from Velde Ford, you'll have access to all the things you need to know before you buy.


Downloadable 2017 Ford Edge Brochure

When you download the 2017 Ford Edge brochure from Velde Ford, you'll see tons of vehicle photos, and learn all about the awesome features, details, specifications, and more. Buying a new vehicle can be an intimidating process so we want to make sure you have all the information you need!

Get your research started by reading the downloadable 2017 Ford Edge brochure and view all of the various trim levels available for drivers! Once you've finished reading, you can start shopping online, all without ever leaving home.

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Edge or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford C-MAX Brochure - 03/22/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Get ready to learn all about Ford's latest small plug-in hybrid vehicle! The downloadable 2017 Ford C-MAX brochure from Velde Ford has all the information you need to get your vehicle buying process started!



Get your research started if you're interested in buying or leasing a 2017 Ford C-MAX! Check out all of the vehicle features and details, infotainment options, photos, and much more when you read the downloadable 2017 Ford C-MAX brochure from Velde Ford! Browse this comprehensive guide right from your smart device or computer!

Because driver needs and personality vary greatly, it's important to choose a trim level that will suit your life! View the many trim levels and model options when you download your 2017 Ford C-MAX brochure. After you read up on your new car, get started shopping online!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford C-MAX or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Taurus Brochure - 03/17/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Check out the 2017 Ford Taurus downloadable brochure from Velde Pekin to learn about Ford's full-size sedan! You're going to want to take a look for yourself!


Downloadable 2017 Ford Taurus Brochure

If you were thinking of buying or leasing a new 2017 Ford Taurus, start your research with the downloadable 2017 Taurus brochure! You can see vehicle photos, features, specifications, and more with just the click of a button.

Learn about all of the available trim levels of the 2017 Ford Taurus when you download the electronic brochure. The variety of options can cater to a variety of drivers, so get started searching for your new ride!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Taurus or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Ethisphere Names Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies - 03/13/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – For the eighth year in a row, Ford Motor Company has been named among Ethispere's list of World's Most Ethical Companies! Ford places emphasis on being what they call "a good corporate citizen" which is how they found themselves amongst companies such as Kellogg, GE, and many others.

Ethisphere Names Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies

It comes as no surprise to us that Ford has achieved this accomplishment for 8 years in a row, more than any other auto maker. With their commitment to their many community outreach programs on the local and global levels, Velde Ford is proud to support such an ethical company.

In addition to their programs directed at human rights and safe working conditions, Ford is also dedicated to sourcing conflict-free minerals and keeping our environment safe and clean!

Additionally, Ford is proud of its longstanding relationships with suppliers and its top-notch training and best practices.

In addition to this year's spot on Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies, Ford has also been recognized by numerous other third-party companies:


  • 2017 World's Most Admired Company by Fortune
  • 2016 The Just 100: America's Best Corporate Citizens by Forbes
  • 2016 America's Best Employer by Forbes
  • 2016 Top Green Company by Newsweek
  • 2016 World's Most Attractive Employer for Engineering and IT by Universum
  • 2016 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index

If you're interested in supporting one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, and you're also interested in seeing what it's like to be treated like family, come to Velde Ford of Pekin and check out our vast inventory of new and used vehicles. You can also take advantage of our broad range of vehicle services

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie! - 03/08/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Every year on March 14th, mathematicians rejoice as we celebrate National Pi Day. This year at Velde Ford, we're wondering if there is a proper way to celebrate this holiday. The best way we can think of to celebrate Pi Day is with a pie! Although pies have nothing to do with pi, who doesn't need an excuse to eat delicious baked goods? Check out the recipes below to bring Pi Day to your kitchen! 


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This chocolate lover's dream is basically a giant, gooey brownie. If that doesn't sound good to you, we don't know what will. Pair it with some ice cream and you're good to go.


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This classic favorite is fairly simple to make and delicious to eat! You could make the crust and pudding from scratch, or you could follow this recipe with the store bought goods.


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This easy eclair pie is to die for! The chocolatey swirl on the top is made from chocolate syrup, but if you're feeling ambitious, you could try melting chocolate and drizzling it on! 


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This cherry crumble pie has a delicious crumb topping rather than a traditional pie crust. It would go great with some vanilla ice cream! 


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

Blueberry sour cream pie is a little different than a traditional fruit pie, but it's just as good, if not better! 

So whether you're excited about Pi Day because you have the first 100 digits memorized or because you just like to eat pie, we hope you celebrate Pi Day with a Pie and try out some of our favorite recipes! Why not treat yourself for this yearly event! We think your stomach will thank you! If you want your car to thank you, don't forget to stay up to date on your routine maintenance! You can schedule a service appointment online or give us a call at your convenience! 

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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F-150 Earns Dependability Award from J.D. Power - 02/28/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – The Ford F-Series has now been the top-selling truck in the United States for 40 years! Last week, the Ford F-150 Earned the Dependability Award from J.D. Power. This award was earned by the 2014 model year F-150, as the study is conducted when the vehicle is three years old.

Most truck shoppers listed the F-150's quality as a main reason for buying. This sets the F-150 apart from its competitors and is a definite attribute in earning the Dependability Award from J.D. Power.

F-150 Earns Dependability Award from J.D. Power

Since 1977, Ford has sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks. It's safe to say that the large light duty pickup truck is well loved, and for good reason.

F-150 Earns Dependability Award from J.D. Power

“All customers demand quality vehicles, and truck customers depend on toughness and reliability most of all,” Bennie Fowler, Ford group vice president for quality said of this distinction. “That’s why Built Ford Tough is much more than a slogan. It’s how we develop the F-150 and how we deliver on our promise to customers to continuously improve America’s favorite pickup truck.”

At Velde Ford, we're not surprised to hear that the F-150 earned the Dependability Award from J.D. Power. These long-lasting, well-loved, pickup trucks are a favorite across the board! If you'd like to get behind the wheel of one for yourself, schedule a test drive at Velde Ford! We think you'll love it, so start browsing models in our online inventory! We look forward to working with you soon!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Flex Brochure - 02/27/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Take a look at the 2017 Ford Flex downloadable brochure to learn all about Ford's flexible crossover! The Ford Flex is here to take your breath away!


Downloadable 2017 Ford Flex Brochure

If you're interested in driving a Ford crossover vehicle, take a look at the downloadable 2017 Ford Flex brochure to see if your next vehicle purchase or lease will lead you to drivers seat of a Flex! You can read all about the wide variety of trim levels an features offered in the 2017 Ford Flex!

Download the 2017 Ford Flex brochure to see photos, vehicle specifications, color options, and more! Wherever life takes you, the Ford Flex is ready for your adventures! Learn more by reading the downloadable 2017 Ford Flex brochure

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Flex or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Refreshing Salad Recipes - 02/23/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Since it feels like spring has sprung, we decided to gather some of our favorite refreshing salad recipes for you to try! As well as being refreshing for these strangely balmy days, salads are good for you and can help boost your immune system this time of year. Using fresh fruits and veggies with lots of antioxidants will help keep you out of the doctor's office.

Kale Caesar Salad



Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing













Crunchy Asian Rice Salad




Whether you're looking for a side dish to go with dinner, or a light meal for these unseasonably warm days, we hope you enjoy our favorite refreshing salad recipes! We made sure to share recipes that don't require any seasonal fruits or veggies so you should easily be able to find all of the necessary ingredients at the grocery store! For more delicious recipes, be sure to check out our Pinterest page where we regularly share our favorite meals, desserts, and more!

Even though it may not feel like winter, you should still be aware of your vehicles maintenance needs! With the temperatures so high, it's the perfect time to get a car wash to avoid corrosion from salt on the roads! Take a look at our helpful maintenance pages to give you an idea of what warning signs to look out for signs of wear!

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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Will Your Car Soon Become Your Personal Assistant? - 02/21/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – We already know that today's new vehicles are equipped with technologically advanced features like hands-free phone calls and voice-controlled GPS. These features make our lives more convenient and keep us safe while distracted driving is on the rise. With technology always improving around us we find ourselves asking will your car soon become your personal assistant? 

In collaboration with RWTH Aachen University, Ford is researching the use of microphones to improve speech processing in vehicles. This type of research has the potential to allow your vehicle to learn all about your preferences. In-car cameras could also be used to read facial expressions and create the "empathetic car," one that knows how you're feeling when you sit down.

As early as this summer, Ford vehicles will begin allowing drivers to access Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa through Ford SYNC 3. Alexa understands 23 different languages and is expected to bring drivers more convenient ways to navigate while operating their vehicle.


But with all of these technology advancements at our fingertips, and the idea that our cars may soon become more like personal assistants, we may find ourselves wondering if we've taken things a bit too far. Do cars really need to do more than take us from point a to point b? Do we need to be able to ask our vehicle's a question? What do you think of all of these proposed new features?

You can read more about Ford's latest research project with RWTH Aachen University and see what features and improvements will soon become available in the Ford MediaCenter.

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Mustang Brochure - 02/21/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Are you ready to read all about the 2017 Ford Mustang? Download the electronic PDF brochure from Velde Ford to learn about all the details of Ford's famous pony car.



Downloadable 2017 Ford Mustang Brochure

Sports car fans will definitely want to take a look at the 2017 Ford Mustang brochure to learn all about the powerful design, improved performance features, and customizable add-ons. If you're interested in buying or leasing the latest Mustang from Velde Ford, this electronic brochure is a great place to start your research!

The 2017 Ford Mustang comes in multiple trim levels and a variety of interior and exterior color options. See which options are best for you when you read the downloadable 2017 Ford Mustang brochure from Velde Ford!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Mustang or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 Brochure - 02/20/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Get ready to learn all about the 2017 Ford F-150! Download the the electronic brochure from Velde Ford to see all the details of the safest F-150 ever!

Downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 Brochure



If you're interested in buying or leasing the latest F-150 from Velde Ford, you'll definitely want to take a look at the downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 brochure. You can read about its powerful towing capacities and safety features that earned it its 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. 

The 2017 Ford F-150 is available in many different trim levels and interior and exterior color packages. There's a reason that the Ford F-Series trucks have been the best selling trucks in America for 40 years! Find out why by reading the downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 brochure!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford F-150 or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Introducing New Ford Wind Tunnel Complex - 02/16/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – In an attempt to improve increased fuel efficiency in their vehicles and meet the demands of many consumers, Ford is happy to introduce their new wind tunnel complex to test new production and racing vehicles. The new facility will take up 13 acres of land next to Ford's current Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Michigan. Construction of the facility, which will will provide state-of-the-art testing simulations, will begin in 2017.

A five-belt conveyor system will be able to recreate drag and road conditions without the need to leave the facility! In order to improve fuel efficiency, each vehicle wheel will receive its own conveyor belt, simulating up to 155 mph airflow. The belts will allow the wheels to move at up to 200 mph!



 In addition to fuel efficiency, the wind tunnel complex will also be able to test for aerodynamic shielding, high-speed performance, and can reach temperatures between -40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These conditions will allow for extreme testing to take place without having to travel to extreme climates.

"This new wind tunnel facility will not only allow us to test our performance and racing vehicle line-up but will also enable us to share innovations across all our global Ford products,” Ford Performance global director, Dave Pericak said of the new facility.

Introducing New Ford Wind Tunnel Complex

We can't wait for the new Ford wind tunnel complex to begin construction, and we're excited to see what new advancements will come from this awesome test arena. If you want to read more details, check out the Ford MediaCenter press release! While we anxiously await this new arrival, you may want to schedule a test drive of your favorite Ford at Velde! Call to make an appointment so we can have it warmed up when you get here!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Happy Valentine's Day - What We Love - 02/14/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – It's Valentine's Day! People all across the country are celebrating with chocolate and heart shaped cards. At the risk of sounding cliché, we just wanted to say Happy Valentine's Day and share what we love with all of you! Even if Valentine's Day isn't really your thing, we think it's a nice opportunity talk about the things that make us happy!

Happy Valentine's Day - What We Love

1. Cars

This one is probably pretty obvious. We love cool cars and we love our Fords! We like selling cars, but most importantly, we love quality vehicles and getting our guests into something they love, too.

2. Our Employees

We think it's important to treat everyone like family! That's what we are, one big Velde Family. It's the reason we love coming to work everyday.

3. Our Guests

Just like we consider our employees family, we consider our guests to be family, too. No matter your reason for visiting, it's always our intention to make your dealership experience fantastic.

4. Our Support Systems

Whoever it may be, a spouse, friend, or other family member, we all love the people who support us on a daily basis. We couldn't be where we are without them backing us all the way.

5. Our Community

The community of Pekin and the surrounding areas are one of the biggest reasons we're able to continue doing what we do. We love showing our support for community events and we love all of the support we receive in return!


Thanks for reading about the things we love! We hope everyone has a happy Valentine's Day and get's to share what you love with people you care about! If you're feeling like your vehicle needs a little TLC, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Velde Ford!

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Ford Fusion and Fiesta Take Home New Awards - 02/10/2017

PEKIN, Ill., –  This week, the Ford Fusion and Fiesta took home new awards from Kelley Blue Book and MotorWeek. The 2017 Ford Fusion was named Best Family Sedan in the 2017 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards, while the 2017 Ford Fiesta won the award for Lowest Projected Five-Year Ownership Costs from Kelley Blue Book. Check out the reasons these cars are turning heads!

2017 Ford Fusion


Ford Fusion and Fiesta Take Home New Awards

This Ford sedan is the first Ford vehicle in North America to provide adaptive cruise control to its drivers. The stop-and-go functionality means a safer driving experience. It also has available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. The Fusion Sport comes with 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine and All-Wheel-Drive, earning its place as the Best Family Sedan.

2017 Ford Fiesta


Ford Fusion and Fiesta Take Home New Awards

Kelley Blue Book gave the Ford Fiesta a Fair Purchase Price rating, referencing its low maintenance costs, earning its place as best 5-Year Cost to Own Award for sporty compact cars. The Ford Fiesta gets an impressive 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The ST model comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine.

Velde Ford is proud to present the Ford Fusion and Fiesta as they take home new awards this week! If you're interested in learning more about these great Ford vehicles, you can take a look at our Ford Car Comparison page! Check out our online inventory of Ford Fusions or Ford Fiestas and then schedule a test drive at the dealership! You can always give us a call with any questions!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart - 02/08/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Valentine's Day is always a fun way to show the people in your life that you care about them. Valentine's Day parties at school are an exciting opportunity for kids to share treats and cards with classmates! So whether you're looking for some creative ways to share the love at work, or your kids need to hand out cards to their friends at school, these DIY Valentines are perfect for the kids or kids at heart! 

Valentine's Day Mice


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

Hershey's Kisses make perfect little mice when combined with a few crafting supplies! Your kids or coworkers will appreciate these cute treats.

Starburst Candy Valentines


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

These printable Valentines can be paired with Starburst candy for a nice message and tasty morsel!

Dino Cards


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

We think no matter your age, your friends will love these awesome dinosaur cards, complete with equally as awesome dinosaur puns.

Owl Craft


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

The puns are pretty awesome with this little guy too. Any heart shaped candy will make for perfect Valentine's Day owl eyes!

Star Wars Pixie Stix Lightsabers 


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

These are awesome for your Star Wars loving kid (or co-workers). You can easily print the cards and add the pixie stix as lightsabers! 

Goldfish Fishbowl 


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

Let everyone know you're happy to be in the same "school" with these cute Goldfish bowls.

Bouncy Ball Solar System


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

These are a super fun and creative way to use a bouncy ball in your valentines! No candy, but still a fun alternative to regular cards.


Cereal Valentines


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

We love these cereal box valentines! They're so unique and clever!

If you have a Valentine's Day party to attend this year, use these DIY Valentines for the kids or kids at heart to inspire you! Many of the projects above include free printables for your convenience. Don't forget to treat your vehicle to a little Valentine's Day love this year with our coupons page to save you money!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Super Bowl Recipes to Kick Up Your Party - 02/03/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – This weekend the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI! If you're like the majority of Americans, you're probably hosting or attending a viewing of this annual sporting event! Even if you're not, everyone loves a good snack! Check out these Super Bowl recipes to kick up your party

1. Loaded Tater Tot Skewers




Potatoes, cheese, and bacon, all on a handy skewer. What could be better? Convenient and delicious, a snack your friends will love!

2. French Onion Beef Sliders




Give your guests a hearty sandwich to satisfy their hunger during the game. These sliders are easy to prepare in large quantities, making them the perfect party food.

3. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups




Jalapeno poppers in perfect finger-food fashion. These spicy appetizers will definitely disappear quickly! 

4. Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Football Cups




You can't have a football party without a treat that looks like a football, right? These bite-sized desserts are great for game day!

5. Soft Pretzel Bites




Pretzels are a staple at any gathering with snacks. Step it up a notch by making your own soft pretzel bites with a delicious cheese dip.

6. Cowboy Corn Dip




This stuff is addicting! The best part is how easy it is to make. Just throw all the ingredients in a bowl, stir, and watch it vanish before your eyes!


7. Mozzarella Bites




Warm cheese, do we need to say anything else? The spicy mayo dip to accompany these morsels is to die for!

Whether you're planning a spread or looking for a dish to pass, these Super Bowl recipes to kick up your party will definitely have your friends feeling full! While you're getting geared up to watch the football game, don't forget to check out our new webpages! If you're looking for a new Ford Sedan, you'll want to take a look at our Ford Car Comparison page to help you decide on a model!

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Ford Car Comparison from Velde Ford - 02/01/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – We know that choosing a new vehicle can seem like a ton of work. That's why we've created our Ford car comparison page from Velde Ford! We take the guesswork and research out of the new car buying process, so you can focus on making the right decision! Take a look at the latest Ford car comparison page before you buy your next new vehicle!

Ford Car Comparison from Velde Ford

If you've already decided on a Ford Sedan, then you're well on your way to choosing a new car. On the new Velde Ford car comparison page, you can see vehicle specs, size comparisons, fuel capacities, photos, and more of the 2017 Ford Focus, 2017 Ford Fusion, and the 2016 Ford Taurus. If you're still up in the air about what type of car you'd like to purchase, you may want to consider taking a look at our Ford crossover comparison page as well!

For any details you may need to make your vehicle purchasing decision, be sure to take a look at the Ford car comparison from Velde Ford! You may also want to check out the Winter Car Care pages to keep your existing vehicle in good condition for as long as possible.

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Ford SmartLink Technology - Upgrade Your Ford - 01/30/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – If you have purchased a new Ford vehicle in the past 6-7 years, and you're feeling a little out of the loop as far as technology goes, you're in luck! You will soon be able to upgrade your Ford with Ford SmartLink technology! If you own a 2010-2016 model-year Ford that is not equipped with the latest Ford technology features, you can upgrade your vehicle! We know technology is always changing, and it can be frustrating trying to keep up. This is Ford's solution!

Ford SmartLink Technology - Upgrade Your Ford

If your Ford vehicle is not equipped with a modem access, Ford SmartLink technology will enable connectivity features using a device that plugs into the OBD II port below your steering wheel. This will allow Ford owners access to a number of features, including:


  • Smartphone-based remote start, lock, and unlock.
  • 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Vehicle health and security alerts.
  • Vehicle location assistance.
Starting this summer, Ford SmartLink will be easily attainable at Ford dealerships. This technology upgrade is made available with help from Ford engineers who worked with Delphi Automotive and Verizon Telematics for more than two years. Through extensive testing and research, Ford is excited to offer this new convenient option to its loyal customers! 

At Velde Ford, we think this technology update is so exciting! Upgrade your ford with Ford SmartLink technology! This opportunity will allow countless Ford owners to continue loving their Ford and all it has to offer! Don't forget to stop by the dealership anytime to take care of your car's Winter Car Care needs, like tire maintenance, battery replacement, and much more! 

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Easy, Fun, At-Home Workouts - 01/26/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Do the winter blues have you feeling down? Did you resolve to exercise more in 2017? Whatever the reason for wanting to exercise, we know it can be tough to make time to go to the gym. It's easy to feel lazy and unmotivated during the cold months, especially if you're someone who likes to run or walk outside. We found some easy, fun, at-home workouts and shared them on our Pinterest page in hopes that they'll help get you up off of the couch for a few minutes! 

Cardio

Easy, Fun, At-Home Workouts

Cardio can be a killer, but you can do this workout at your own pace, right in your living room. The best part, it's only ten minutes long so if you don't have much time you can still get in a quick sweat sesh! 

Easy, Fun, At-Home Workouts

Don't let the name fool you. There's nothing lazy about this arm workout, and it's not just for girls! You'll need some hand weights and a yoga mat to complete these exercises at home. Our favorite part about at home workouts is the ability to customize the time you spend on each exercise and each muscle group.

Easy, Fun, At-Home Workouts

Don't skip leg day! You don't necessarily need the weights for these exercises to be effective. Go at your own pace and do what feels good for you! Repeat as many times as you need to get a good workout in! 

Easy, Fun, At-Home Workouts

All of these exercises are great for toning your back muscles. Set a goal of how many reps you want to do in a certain time limit and make your workout into a fun game. If you can't seem to ditch the kids, have them join you and make it a contest (safely, of course)! Have them guess how many swimmies they can do in a minute and then try to match their score. You might be surprised!

Easy, Fun, At-Home Workouts


This ab workout is quick and effective and can be altered to make it more difficult or less difficult depending on what you're looking for! 

Mix and match any of these workouts to get your exercise in for the day! Try to hit all of the major muscle groups every week and you're sure to feel more energetic! Because these easy, fun, at-home workouts are fairly short, try not to make excuses not to do them! If you have 10 minutes to watch tv, you have 10 minutes to exercise! Or do both at the same time! That's the beauty of working out at home! While you're busy keeping yourself in good shape, don't forget to take care of your car! You can use our coupons page to save on your next service appointment at Velde Ford Pekin! 

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Our Favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS - 01/23/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – As the North American International Auto Show in Detroit wrapped up yesterday, many car enthusiasts went home with visions of the Ford Mustang racing through their heads. For more than a century, Detroit, the home of Ford, has been the host of this prestigious event, bringing the latest in auto technology and concepts to the public eye. This year boasted many impressive new concept vehicles, technology improvements, and fun exhibits. Here are a few of our favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS:





Ford GT

Our Favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS

Ford's aerodynamic supercar brought a large crowd. The same model, as seen below, brought victory to Ford Racing at the 2016 Le Mans race.

Ford Fiesta

Our Favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS

The fun, small hatchback appeared at the auto show this year with its sporty, red brake calipers, proudly holding its place in the Ford Performance Family.

Ford F-150

Our Favorite Ford Displays from NAIASOur Favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS

The well known, and well loved Ford F-150 wowed auto show-goers. This heavy-duty crowd favorite has been part of the best selling family of trucks for 40 years! 

Ford Escape

Our Favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS

Ford's Five-Star Safety rated SUV attracted show visitors with its sleek design and updated technology features.


Ford Mustang

Our Favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS

The #1 sports car for 45 years, was not surprisingly, a crowd favorite at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 


Ford Le Mans Race Car 

Our Favorite Ford Displays from NAIAS

The real-life, Ford supercar that brought Ford Racing its latest win at the 24 hour Le Mans race in 2016 attracted an audience.

The NAIAS is always an exciting event for car lovers, and we're happy to share our favorite Ford displays from NAIAS! Be sure to check out our inventory of 2017 Ford vehicles and utilize our coupons page before your next service appointment

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang - 01/18/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – For more than 50 years, the Ford Mustang has been an icon of power and performance. Today, it remains the worlds best-selling sports coupe. So what do you do when you have something historically great on your hands? If you're Ford, you take that thing and make it better! Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang, the most customizable, advanced Mustang to date.

Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang




Design


The new Mustang was designed to look more athletic and refined. The entire line of 2018 Mustangs will include all-LED lights for the first time, and a dual tip exhaust comes standard with the EcoBoost model, while the GT gets a standard quad tip. Customize your wheel design by choosing from 12 different styles and colors and you can also choose from a new line of interior design palettes to match your taste.

Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang


Technology


A 12-inch digital screen in the dashboard and Mustang MyMode with memory are few features buyers can look forward to. MyMode allows drivers to save their favorite drive preferences and store them in the vehicle's hard drive. Ford SYNC Connect with FordPass will be available for the first time in a Mustang, allowing drivers to start, lock, unlock, and locate their car remotely. Also for the first time, the 2018 Ford Mustang will come with Ford driver-assist technology features, like Pre-Collision Assist and lane-departure warning.

Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang


Performance


New shock absorbers on all models provide better ride control, and stabilizer bars offer better response and handling for drivers. A new performance package called MagneRide damper technology will be available to enhance handling and the GT model 5.0-liter V8 engine has been redesigned. It revs higher than any of it's predecessors and the manual transmission system has been updated to provide better torque.

Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang

The 2018 Ford Mustang will become available for purchase in the fall of 2017. If you can't wait until then, you can read more about the most advanced Mustang yet on the Ford Motor Company media page. Or, you can stop by Velde Ford and test drive one of our in-stock 2017 Ford Mustangs! Don't forget to take care of your current vehicle by utilizing our coupons to save on service!

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information. Be sure to check out all of our latest videos on YouTube, where you can learn about our visions and values and meet our staff!

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Ways to Live Your Best Life in 2017 - 01/17/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – We're a little more than two weeks into the New Year. Enough time has passed to make (and potentially break) resolutions, and sometimes that means feeling down on yourself. But we're here to tell you that you can make 2017 great, without all of the "New Year, new me" type of talk. Here are some ways to live your best life in 2017.

Ways to Live Your Best Life in 2017

1. Don't take your health for granted

If you're lucky enough to have relatively good health, you're not living with a chronic illness or pain, then don't it for granted! This can mean different things for different people. Whether it's going for a daily walk, traveling to a place you've never been, or exercising more often, use this year to take advantage of your physical health.


2. Eat good food

Life is way too short to be spent eating bad food! This doesn't mean you have to take your diet to the extreme. Allow some space for indulgence, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, prepare your own meals, and try to spend less time in the drive through.


3. Keep your mind active

Pick up that book you've been meaning to read or set aside some time to write down your thoughts each day. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Do a crossword puzzle or read the newspaper. Your brain will thank you.


4. Put the phone down

How much time do you spend staring at a screen? If you work on a computer all day, odds are you're spending at least 8 hours looking at an electronic device. Add in the time spent scrolling social media on your cell phone and most of your waking hours are gone. Set aside some time each day to disconnect from your electronics.


5. Spend time with yourself

It's important to have time to reflect on your inner thoughts. This can be tough with a busy work schedule or family life, but even a few minutes a day spent completely alone is enough to make you feel reenergized and ready to take on the world. Set aside time to do things you love and don't feel bad about it!


6. Spend time with people who are important to you

This can mean different things for different people, but if you can't remember the last time you saw your best friend or your parents, maybe it's time to focus on the people in your life rather than your work or household duties.

If all of these things sound a little overwhelming when combined, that's okay! Take it one step at a time and start by focusing on little things. Baby steps will lead the way to living your best life in 2017. Does your car need a little TLC in 2017 as well? Be sure to take a look at our Winter Car Care pages to help you keep up with your routine vehicle maintenance!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes - 01/11/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – What better time than the middle of winter to whip up some delicious homemade soup? There's nothing better than a house filled with the aroma of chicken noodle soup simmering on the stove! Warm your belly and and your kitchen with these hearty and filling winter soup recipes to try this season!

French Onion Soup


Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes

If you're looking for an easy, throw it in the pot, kind of soup, this is NOT it. But you'll definitely be satisfied with the reward if you're willing to put in the work.

Roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Soup


Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes

This soup is perfectly hearty and creamy, great for a chilly winter day! You'll need to have an inversion blender or food processor on hand to blend the ingredients!

One-Pot Tomato Tortellini Soup


Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes

One-pot soup means way less clean up for you! This soup is simple and delicious, and would go great with a grilled cheese sandwich!

Chipotle Chicken & Corn Chowder


Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes

Really warm up with this chipotle chowder! The potatoes make it filling and you can leave out the hot peppers if you're not a fan of spice.

Smoked Sausage, Kale, & Potato Soup


Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes

Everything you need in a meal, get your protein, carbs, and veggies all in one delicious soup! The smoked sausage gives the broth a great flavor, as well. 

Hearty Barley Soup


Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes

This soup is the epitome of filling and hearty! The barley will keep you full, and the veggies are deliciously healthy! 

One-Pot Chicken Orzo Soup


Hearty and Filling Winter Soup Recipes

No list of soup recipes would be complete without a chicken noodle variety! The orzo is a nice change from regular pasta and the chicken broth will certainly warm you up!

Give these hearty and filling winter soup recipes a try this season to help stay warm! We think you and your family will love how they taste and how they make you feel, too! Make sure your car is getting some TLC during these cold months by taking a look at our Winter Car Care pages! We have tips to help you with things like tire care, windshield wiper replacement, oil changes, batteries, and brakes

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Big News from Ford Motor Company - 01/09/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – In the midst of the North American International Auto Show comes multiple exciting news announcements from Ford Motor Company. We learned of the revival of two popular Ford vehicles and were introduced to Ford's "City of Tomorrow." It also appears that the Ford-owned ride sharing app, Chariot, will continue to grow during 2017. We're happy to report on the big news for Ford Motor company, and are excited to see what the next few years have in store!

The Ford Bronco fell off the map in the late nineties and has been rumored for a revamp in the past few years. With little details to share, we can officially confirm, the Ford Bronco will be back in 2020! It was introduced at the auto show as "a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality, with the space and versatility of an SUV."

Big News from Ford Motor Company

Another sorely missed Ford vehicle will make its return in 2019, the Ford Ranger will be back on the market! This midsize truck promises affordability, functionality, and maneuverability for drivers.

Ride sharing applications have been on the rise in cities across the world. Ford announced that their Chariot app will continue to expand this year. It is already available in San Francisco and Austin, Texas, and is expected to reach 8 more cities in 2017.

Probably the biggest and most exciting news from Ford this week has been the introduction of Ford's "City of Tomorrow." In an attempt to address the growing concerns of mobility across the globe, Ford City Solutions team is working to combat challenges seen in urban settings. This includes solutions for things like gridlock and air pollution, utilizing green space and fully autonomous vehicles. This very futuristic seeming concept plan is not so far off, as Ford expects to introduce autonomous vehicles by 2021.


All of these exciting news announcements from Ford Motor Company come during the North American International Auto Show, happening in Detroit, MI now through January 22nd. You can view more details on Ford's Youtube page, and stay up to date on more exciting things to come at www.NAIAS.com!

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