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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 58th 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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Your Velde Ford Dealership Offering New or Used Cars and Great Customer Service

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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Leasing New Ford Vehicles with the Velde Automotive Lease Experience | Coming in Spring 2015

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.

To learn more about the Velde Automotive Lease Experience at Velde Ford in Pekin, IL – coming in Spring of 2015 – click the button below!

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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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GMC Launches New "Precision" Multimedia Ad Campaign - 03/05/2015

GMC Launches New "Precision" Multimedia Ad Campaign
PEKIN, Illi. - For the first time since the launch of the 2000 "Professional Grade" tagline, GMC decided to use their marketing efforts to highlight the quality of the brand's entire lineup. This week GMC launched their new "Precision" multimedia ad campaign which hones in on their relentless attention to detail and represents a modern interpretation of the well-established GMC brand.

GMC's line of premium trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, including the ever popular Denali sub-brand, will be showcased throughout the campaign. The "Professional Grade" tagline was developed to demonstrate GMC's exact attention to detail and the fine craftsmanship behind everything they create. Now "Precision" will serve as a core attribute of the brand as they continue to build momentum.

GMC's new "Precision" multimedia ad campaign will include three TV ads that demonstrate the precision and accuracy practiced by professional athletes and how that can be compared to the hard-working GMC engineers and designers. The ultimate message here is that dozens of MLB pitchers can strike out a batter and dozens of automakers can produce a vehicle. However, it is the precision of the pitcher's throw and the precision of the vehicle that will set it apart from competitors. You can watch GMC's latest "Fastball" ad below –––


You can see the precision and exceptional quality that GMC offers when you visit your Pekin Area GMC Dealer! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Why Ford is the No. 1 Brand that Generation Z Considers - 03/03/2015

Why Ford is the No. 1 Brand that Generation Z Considers
PEKIN, Illi. - MartizCX, a customer experience software and research company based in Salt Lake City, recently released reports about the automotive market and which vehicle brand tends to draw in young people when they start car shopping. After surveying almost 1,100 people between the ages of 16-21, results showed that Ford is the number 1 brand that "Generation Z" considers when looking for a new vehicle.  

When Generation Z sets out to purchase a new vehicle, three "must have" elements sit at the top of their list: fuel economy, vehicle design, and vehicle value. At the end of the day, Gen Z wants a vehicle that looks good and that can take them far on one take of gas. Once this study was released, it was very understandable why young drivers gravitate towards Ford vehicles, especially since the brand has recently started to build more and more vehicles prioritized around these attributes

Another contributor to Ford being the number 1 brand that Generation Z considers is the automaker's exceptional lineup of small and midsize vehicles. The MartizCX study showed that a majority of Gen Z buyers preferred compact cars like the Ford Focus, midsize sedans like the Fusion, and subcompact cars like the Fiesta, over utility vehicles and trucks. With Generation Z having more financial limitations than older buyers, the car segment offers several more cost effective options than the utility or truck segments. 

Are you a Gen Z buyer in search of a great deal on a new Ford vehicle? Look no further than Velde FordAt Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Training for 2015 F-150 Production Begins at Kansas City Assembly Plant - 02/25/2015

Training for 2015 F-150 Production Begins at Kansas City Assembly Plant
PEKIN, Illi. - The all-new F-150 certainly started off the first month of the new year with a bang! As the 2015 F-150 flew off of dealership lots in the matter of days, Ford Motor Company realized it was crucial that they hire more employees to meet the demand for this best-in-class, quality pickup. Without a moment of hesitation, Ford Motor Company announced at the start of February that they would be adding 1,550 new jobs to help support the production of the all-new 2015 F-150.

With no time to waste, training for the 2015 F-150 production has begun at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford has developed a production training program to support the innovative method behind the all-new F-150's production. Since it's debut, the 2015 F-150 has been known as the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 of its kind and in order to effectively produce it, employees must understand the latest in advanced materials and technologies. These skilled trades will spend more than 400 hours participating in in-class and hands-on courses that cover everything from the installation of new equipment to the truck's advanced electrical control system. 


Training for 2015 F-150 Production Begins at Kansas City Assembly Plant

As employees work to complete their training for the 2015 F-150 production, they will undergo a special element of the program known as the "train the trainer" model. Here workers will be expected to be subject matter experts on the all of the new F-150 equipment, allowing them to train the crew they work with on a daily basis. Production of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will begin at the Kansas City Assembly Plant at the end of the first quarter of 2015. As soon as the newest Ford employees begin to get their stride, Kansas City Assembly Plant and the Dearborn Truck Plant will be able to produce at least 700,000 F-150s per year to be distributed throughout 90 markets globally. 

GREAT NEWS! The wait is finally over and you can get behind the wheel of your very own 2015 Ford F-150 with help from Velde Ford. At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.


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Cadillac Gives Oscar Viewers a Sneak Peek of All-New CT6 - 02/24/2015

Cadillac Gives Oscar Viewers a Sneak Peek of All-New CT6
PEKIN, Illi. - You may have had to do a double take or even rewind the DVR, but Cadillac did in fact give viewers a sneak peek of the all-new CT6 during the broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards this past Sunday. The spot entitled "The Daring: No Regrets" was one of three all-new Cadillac advertisements that premiered during the Oscars ceremony. The automaker slowly built up the anticipation in the start of the commercial, waiting until almost the very end of the spot to give us all a crystal clear shot of the upcoming CT6 flagship sedan.

Roughly a month before its expected debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Cadillac gave Oscar viewers a sneak peek of the all-new CT6. It was subtle and sleek, you almost didn't realize that it was the LED lights on the Cadillac CT6 that were surfacing from the fog. Right when your mind starts to race with curiosity, it hits you....BAM! The Cadillac CT6 sedan - featuring what appears to be a modernly enhanced body structure - slowly emerges and drives past the camera while Cadillac's "only those who dare drive the world forward" slogan graces the screen.

As quickly as we realized it was happening, the CT6 was gone, now forcing us all to wait patiently for the great unveiling on March 31st. Cadillac said that the sedan uses advanced mixed-material manufacturing techniques and will have an available plug-in electric option that is expected to deliver an industry-leading fuel economy of at least 70 mpg. Customers will be able to enjoy the Cadillac CT6's state-of-the-art technology, efficiency, and performance when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Did you miss Cadillac's sneak peek of the all-new CT6? Watch the commercial below ––



At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards - 02/18/2015

Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards
PEKIN, Illi. - Nicely done, Buick! For the second year running, the automaker came out on top of the annual Kelley Blue Book (KBB) awards for long term vehicle savings and had three Buick vehicles receive KBB "Five-Year Cost to Own" awards. The Buick Verano, Encore, and Enclave each earned an award in the best entry-level luxury vehicle, luxury compact SUV/crossover, and luxury full-size SUV/crossover categories.  


Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards

Buick has certainly developed a knack for creating attractive luxury vehicles and for providing consumers with a vehicle that serves as a great long-term investment. Three Buick vehicles received KBB "Five-Year Cost to Own" awards because of their ability to offer customers the lowest projected depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state registration fees. 

To obtain these results, Kelley Blue Book calculated total ownership costs using a specific algorithm with third-party data from owners and consumers. Once the scores came in, it was clear to see that the Buick Verano, Encore, and Enclave were able to save owners significantly more money in the long run over their competitors.

Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN! - 02/16/2015

Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN!
PEKIN, Illi. - Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN! This top-of-the-line car wash is the cherry on top of all of the awesome services that we offer our customers and will completely round out your entire experience with us here at Velde Ford.

After many months of planning and hard work, the Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN and is sure to be the perfect "finishing touch" to your experience with us. At Velde Ford, we strive to provide our customers and employees with an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere. As a family owned and operated business, we treat our customers like members of the family and our employees will always give you their undivided attention because they genuinely care for you and your vehicle. As our customer, you can also always count on our factory-trained and certified technicians to give you the best possible price for their service. 

Go ahead and schedule your next service appointment with us online, then keep your vehicle so fresh 'n so clean with Velde Ford's BRAND NEW car wash! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2015 Ford Mustang Earns Five-Star Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA - 02/11/2015

2015 Ford Mustang Earns Five-Star Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA
PEKIN, Illi. - It was just over a year ago that Ford Motor Company unveiled the "creme de la creme" of Mustangs. It was built from the ground up with a redefined structure to provide Ford drivers with even more power and capability. Now naturally when it came to safety features, Ford wouldn't dare to equip the most advanced Mustang of all time with anything but the very best!

The 2015 Ford Mustang earned a five-star vehicle safety rating from the NHTSA in the New Car Assessment Program testing. Ford's all-new Mustang was put through an intense evaluation program to test its performance against different safety threats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration quickly learned that this pony car was no joke as it earned five-star scores in the front, side, and rollover crash tests! 

The 2015 Mustang actually contains more airbags, peripheral crash sensors, and pretensioning safety belt technology compared to previous models, making it one of the safest vehicles out on the road. There are some additional driver-assist features that contribute to the 2015 Ford Mustang earning a five-star vehicle safety rating from NHTSA. Along with the myriad of standard safety features already available on Ford Mustangs, this particular pony car offers some new innovative technologies like Adaptive Cruise Control, BLIS® Cross-Traffic Alert, and SYNC 911 Assist to provide drivers and occupants with even more protection while out on the road. 

You can easily get behind of the wheel of your very own 2015 Ford Mustang with help from Velde Ford, just stop by the dealership for a test drive today! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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OnStar RemoteLink Offers Customers New User Experience - 02/10/2015

OnStar RemoteLink Offers Customers New User Experience
PEKIN, Illi. - The 1.3 million OnStar customers using the RemoteLink mobile application have spoken and OnStar was certainly listening. Years of customer feedback helped OnStar optimize their RemoteLink application and offer customers a more intuitive, simpler user experience. 

OnStar RemoteLink Offers Customers New User ExperienceIf you are familiar with the OnStar RemoteLink application, you know first hand that it offers a variety of great features. As usage of the app began to grow throughout 2014 with nearly 7 million total requests, OnStar quickly started to develop enhancements that would improve functionality for their customers. Now after a year of diligent work, OnStar RemoteLink will offer customers a new user experience that allows them to easily navigate and access all of the application's most useful features.

While the updated app still offers remote access to information like vehicle diagnostics, it has additional convenience components including remote start, unlocking/locking of vehicle doors, and a vehicle locate feature that allows drivers to pinpoint the location of their car on a map. There are also several practical additions to the app that OnStar users didn't even realize they needed! Now OnStar RemoteLink can provide users with access to OnStar account details that previously could only be retrieved by phone or OnStar.com, it offers users easy management of data consumption, and it even has the ability to turn WiFi hotspot settings on or off.

Currently OnStar RemoteLink is only offering iPhone and Android customers a new user experience, but it will soon be available for download for Windows Phone and Blackberry users within the next few weeks.  

To learn more about all that OnStar has to offer their customers, visit us at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids! - 02/04/2015

PEKIN, Illi. - Say goodbye to traditional paper valentines and try something new this Valentine's Day! We are helping you and your child kick things up a notch this year by offering you some fun and creative ways to spice up valentines at an affordable price! With these Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids, you and your little one can spend some quality time together creating personalized treats for their friends and classmates

1. "I Dig You!"
Fill a clear plastic bag with your child's favorite Valentine's Day candy, then insert a small plastic shovel. Seal it with an "I Dig You" tag and your child's name! 
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

2. "Just Popping in to say, Happy Valentine's Day"
Valentines do not always have to include candy! Bubbles are not only inexpensive for you, but they're also a blast for the kids!
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

3. Flower Tootsie Pops
Are you feeling extra "crafty" today? With a few muffin cups and some tape, you can make these adorable Flower Tootsie Pops in just a matter of minutes! You will find the complete tutorial here.
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

4. Valentine S'mores in a Jar
If you choose to do this project for a large group, we suggest using a festive bag as opposed to a mason jar for each valentine. You can easily find all of the contents for a "Valentine S'mores in a Jar" - Valentine's Day marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers - at your local grocery store!
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

5. "Valentine, You RULE!"
Rulers are a great valentine alternative. This is a gift that your child's classmates can store in their desks and use for the rest of the school year!
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

 6. "Sip, sip HOORAY! It's Valentine's Day!"
This is a healthier Valentine's Day treat. Attach a festive Valentine's Day straw to a juice box or bottle of water with a packet of flavoring! 
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

If you liked these Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids, then you are going to love all of the other Valentine's Day fun that we have waiting for you on our Pinterest page! 

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is HIRING! - 02/02/2015

Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is HIRING!
PEKIN, Illi. - Are you a personable and professional individual who enjoys working in an encouraging and positive environment? If so, we want to hear from you because Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is HIRING! We are currently searching for Sales & Leasing Consultants to join our team. Head to VeldeGM.com/Careers to apply!

If you are career minded and looking for a position that offers unlimited earning potential, then you will love all that Velde Cadillac Buick GMC has to offer. We treat our customers and employees like family, which is why so many of our employees have stayed with us for 10 or more years! Below you will find the responsibilities and requirements for the Sales & Leasing Consultant position ––

Responsibilities

- Determining customer needs and wants 
- Demonstrating and selling new and used vehicles 
- Deliver excellent Customer Service

Requirements

- A proven employment track record
- Sales experience, preferred but not required
- Excellent communication and listening skills
- Strong work ethic with a tremendous desire to succeed
- A valid driver's license and good driving record

Compensation

- An excellent work environment
- Paid training
- Guaranteed pay
- No travel
- An outstanding performance bonus plan
- 401(k) plan, profit sharing, and a health/hospitalization plan

**Average Sales Person earns $30-$40,000 yearly, but you have unlimited earning potential.

Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is HIRING and we want to hear what you can bring to the table! Simply visit VeldeGM.com/Careers and apply online. We look forward to hearing from you. 

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2015 Ford Expedition Receives 5-Star Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA - 01/26/2015

2015 Ford Expedition Receives 5-Star Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA
PEKIN, Illi. - It's powerful, it's efficient, and it's one of the safest vehicles out on the road according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2015 Ford Expedition received a five-star vehicle safety rating from the NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program. This evaluation program was created to test new automobile's performance levels against various safety threats.

With help from safety upgrades and newly added driver-assist technology, the 2015 Ford Expedition received a five-star vehicle safety rating from the NHTSA. The 2015 Expedition still contains the standard safety features that Ford customers rely on, including AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Safety Canopy® side-curtain airbags, a SOS Post-Crash Alert System, a tire pressure monitoring system, and traction control.

Ford customers will be pleased to know that the 2015 Expedition's trendy design and interior is accompanied by some of the latest driver-assist technologies. This includes the radar-based Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, keyless entry with push-button start, and front and rear parking sensors.

You can get behind the wheel of one of the safest vehicles out on the road with help from Velde Ford! Stop by the dealership and test drive the 2015 Ford Expedition today! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday - 01/26/2015

PEKIN, Illi. - Are you ready for a showdown between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday? While the teams prepare to take on each other at Super Bowl XLIX, we are preparing to take on the kitchen! It is no secret that a majority of Super Bowl menus revolve around the pre-game appetizers, so we are here to provide you with some Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Make one or make them all! These appetizers are easy, delicious, and will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy the game with your family and friends. From hot 'n spicy to sugary 'n sweet , we have a little something that will satisfy just about any set of taste buds. All right, get those game faces on and let's get cooking!


Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday! 

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday


Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday


Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Don't forget, you will find these recipes and dozens of other tasty dishes when you visit our Pinterest page!  

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Pricing for the 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition - 01/21/2015

Pricing for the 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition
PEKIN, Illi. - GMC will soon offer consumers a dynamic duo of refinement and connectivity at a value price with the 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition. This stylish vehicle was developed for GMC customers who want the perfect combination of the latest trends and technologies without having to break the bank. Pricing for the 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition is as follows:

  • $34,865 for a 2WD model with the EcoTec3 4.3L V-6 engine
  • $35,960 for a 2WD model with the EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 engine
  • $38,795 for a 4WD model with the EcoTec3 4.3L V-6 engine
  • $39,890 for a 4WD model with the EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 engine

Now that we have the pricing down, let's talk about power. The standard EcoTec3 4.3L V-6 is SAE certified at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, while the available EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 engine is rated at 335 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Of the two, the 5.3L offers the best V-8 fuel economy in the segment with 23 miles per gallon on the highway!

Are you curious as to what else can you expect to get for the price of your 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition? For starters, you will have the choice between four exterior colors - Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic, Sonoma Red Metallic, and Summit White. The 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition also includes 20-inch black-painted wheels, fog lamps, and projector-beam headlamps with LED lighting. As far as connectivity goes, the full-size truck is equipped with its own OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with a three-month/3GB trial, GMC IntelliLink with color display, and Bluetooth wireless technology for select smartphones. 

If you have additional questions about the 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition or any other GMC vehicle, feel free to contact us at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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The Ford Mustang Has Gone Global - 01/20/2015

The Ford Mustang Has Gone Global
PEKIN, Illi. - It's official, the Ford Mustang has gone global! For the first time in the iconic pony car's 50-year history, the Mustang will be available to customers worldwide in more than 100 markets. The pony car will be available in both left-and right-hand-drive configurations to meet the needs of customers in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa. The first shipments of the Ford Mustang are currently en route to Asia and are expected to arrive in Europe midyear. 

Make way, make way, the Ford Mustang has gone global! The all-new Mustang is officially joining the other Ford and Lincoln vehicles that have been exported abroad. Not only is this exciting for customers, but also for Ford Motor Company as they are now able employ approximately 3,000 employees at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. In addition, another 100 jobs have been added to the Port of Portland to support Ford's exports to the Asia Pacific and other markets.

Mustangs that are exported from the United States must undergo a series of steps to ensure that they are compliant with the vehicle standards of the other countries. After specific engineering work is completed at the respective plant, the vehicle receives the finishing touches at their port's homologation center. The vehicles also undergo proper customs documentation and tracking to ensure that Ford can track their progress and delivery to their final destination. 

If you're ready to get behind the wheel of your very own 2015 Ford Mustang, visit us at Velde Ford and take one for a spin! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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New Ford GT is the Best Production Vehicle at 2015 NAIAS - 01/14/2015

New Ford GT is the Best Production Vehicle at 2015 NAIAS
PEKIN, Illi. - Talk about starting things off with a bang! Ford Motor Company didn't waste a second of time at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, immediately showcasing a hot new trio of performance vehicles! Surely everyone can agree that the highlight of their presentation was without a doubt, the all-new, ultra-high-performance, Ford GT supercar. 

It only took a mere 24 hours to pass before this bad boy earned an award. The Ford GT was quickly recognized by EyesOn Design as the best production vehicle at the 2015 NAIAS. EyesOn Design are the official design awards for the NAIAS and is responsible for honoring the best production and concept vehicles that make their global debuts at the show. The judges are made up of current and former design leaders from global automakers and transportation departments at top art schools.


New Ford GT is the Best Production Vehicle at 2015 NAIAS

Honestly, why wouldn't the new Ford GT be the Best Production Vehicle at the 2015 NAIAS? It is the perfect representation of Ford's commitment to innovation through performance. The GT is an efficient and lightweight supercar, with a 600-plus-horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. It contains a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle that allows the gears to change almost instantly and helps the driver to maintain exceptional control. 

The GT was perfectly crafted to provide aerodynamic efficiency. Every single slope and shape on the vehicle was strategically designed to minimize drag. Ford even added an active rear spoiler that is keyed to speed and driver input, adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on the conditions. We can expect to see the new Ford GT on sale in 2016 with a $250,000 to $300,000 price tag. 


New Ford GT is the Best Production Vehicle at 2015 NAIAS

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Meet the 2015 Buick Avenir Concept Vehicle - 01/12/2015

Meet the 2015 Buick Avenir Concept Vehicle
PEKIN, Illi. - The most exciting week of the year for automakers and automotive fanatics is finally upon us. It is time for the 2015 North American International Auto Show! Yesterday at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Buick decided that there was no better time than the present to get the show rolling. The automaker chose to unveil the 2015 Buick Avenir concept vehicle a day early, giving the public a glimpse into the future of Buick sedans.

Meet the 2015 Buick Avenir concept vehicle; a premium, sporty, and expressive sedan that portrays new interpretations of Buick's traditional cues of beauty and presence without pretense. The sedan features a long hood, sloping rear deck, a new modern grille, and a wheels-at-the-corners stance, allowing for short overhangs and cab-rearward proportions. The VP of General Motors Global Design, Ed Welburn, stated that the Buick Avenir perfectly demonstrates the company's growing international reach and offers a vision of where their vehicles are headed in the future. Welburn also mentioned how the Buick Avenir's technology has been seamlessly integrated with the features that have become hallmarks for today's production models. He believes that these technological enhancements will drive a new generation of customers to the Buick brand.

Meet the 2015 Buick Avenir Concept Vehicle

Buick's design inside of the cabin was developed with both the driver and passenger's well-being in mind. The interior surfaces, inspired by nature and sea waves, are covered in rich, premium materials and warm colors. The color palette of the Buick Avenir concept contains light and natural tones, oiled and buffed wood trim, and Galvano satin-chrome accents. The Buick Avenir's cabin also allows for easy management of all of the vehicle's incredible technologies and integrated features. 

Some additional features on the Buick Avenir concept include: 
  • Personal seating for four
  • Full light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting
  • Twenty-one-inch wheels
  • Next-generation direct-injected V-6 engine with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and stop/start technology
  • Nine-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
  • Driver-selectable suspension damping
  • Twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system
  • Next-generation Buick IntelliLink infotainment with large, 12-inch-diagonal color touch screen
  • Driver-recognition features that automatically sync infotainment preferences
  • Ionic cabin air filtration
  • Mobile device wireless charging
  • OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot

Meet the 2015 Buick Avenir Concept Vehicle

Stay tuned! The Velde Voice will have many more exciting details on the Buick Avenir concept vehicle and the 2015 North American International Auto Show! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Coming to Velde Ford in January 2015.... - 01/07/2015

Coming to Velde Ford in January 2015....
PEKIN, Illi. - Rub-a-dub-dub, you can't put your car the tub, so what is one to do? Well, coming to Velde Ford in January 2015 is a BIG surprise for you! Velde Ford is starting off the new year SO FRESH 'n SO CLEAN, but we don't want to spoil the surprise just yet! For now, just trust us when we say that you're going to love the newest addition to our dealership!

Coming to Velde Ford in January 2015 is a HUGE surprise that will completely round out your entire experience with us! Have you ever had your vehicle serviced at Velde Ford? Well, our newest addition will be the cherry on top of all of the great things we currently offer our customers. The good news is, we are adding the finishing touches to our latest addition as we speak, so we will be making our BIG announcement SOON!

At Velde Ford, we provide our customers with a comfortable atmosphere that both our customers and employees enjoy. As a family owned and operated business, we treat our customers like members of the family! The employees at Velde Ford are always attentive because they genuinely care for you and your vehicle. Our customers can always count on our factory-trained and certified technicians to give them the best possible price for their service. 

Start off 2015 in a brand-new car with help from Velde Ford! From the 2014 Ford Escape to the 2014 Ford Focus, we have something on our lot that can meet any driver's needs! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 to Feature Revolutionary Camera-Based Rearview Mirror - 01/05/2015

2016 Cadillac CT6 to Feature Revolutionary Camera-Based Rearview Mirror
PEKIN, Illi. - Cadillac customers will never look into their rearview mirrors the same way again! General Motors has recently announced that the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will feature a revolutionary camera-based rearview mirror, a system that will clear up a driver's field of vision by 300 percent. This advanced technology is replacing the traditional rearview mirror with streaming digital video that will not only show what is behind the vehicle, but will also remove any obstructions such as passengers, headrests, and even the vehicle's roof and rear pillars. 

Drivers of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be seeing things differently with help from a revolutionary camera-based rearview mirror. According the Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer Travis Hester, the only thing comparable to this kind of rear vision is the view you would have while driving a convertible with the top down! Cadillac CT6 customers will say goodbye to blind spots and glare because the camera's video feed has a high dynamic range, providing drivers with a clear-cut image of the lanes behind them during any hour of the day. The system's HD camera is also covered by a water-shedding hydrophobic coating to help keep it clean during even the toughest of driving conditions. 
2016 Cadillac CT6 to Feature Revolutionary Camera-Based Rearview Mirror
GM researchers and engineers working on the new video mirror have already been awarded 10 different patents for this technology - one for the streaming mirror and nine for the video processing capabilities like de-warping, glare reduction, and image calibration. Consumers will be able to see the new rearview camera feed and the 2016 CT6 at the New York Auto Show in March 2015.

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Illinois Auto Lease Tax Law Changes for 2015 - 12/29/2014

Illinois Auto Lease Tax Law Changes for 2015
PEKIN, Illi. - Out with the old, in with the new! As of January 1, 2015, the state of Illinois will be doing away with its former Auto Tax Law and will put a new law into effect that will help our customers save money! The Illinois Auto Lease Tax Law is changing for 2015 and will require customers to only pay tax on the value of the lease duration, unlike the previous law where lessors paid use tax on the entire value of the leased vehicle. With this tax change, customers will find that their monthly lease payment will be lower, making it much more beneficial to lease a vehicle. 

With the Illinois Auto Lease Tax Law changing in 2015, leasing a brand-new vehicle at Velde just got that much better! We want you to know the benefits of leasing under the new tax law, which is why as soon as we heard about the changes, we began to research and train our employees to ensure that they are able to help you in the best way possible. At both our Velde Ford and Velde Cadillac Buick GMC stores, we go above and beyond to make sure that our customers have all of the information they need before they lease or purchase a vehicle.

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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First Shelby GT350 Mustang to be Sold at Barrett Jackson Auction - 12/23/2014

First Shelby GT350 Mustang to be Sold at Barrett Jackson Auction
PEKIN, Illi. - Ford Motor Company will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the infamous Shelby GT350 Mustang at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday, January 17th in Scottsdale, Arizona. In light of five successful decades, the first Shelby GT350 Mustang will be sold at the auction with all proceeds benefiting JDRF.

The very first retail production unit of the Shelby GT350 will go home with the winning bidder; customized with the package and color of their choice. Not only will the winner be taking home this world-class vehicle, but they will also be making a major contribution to the country's leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Ford Motor Company has been a supporter of JDRF since 1983 and will show their appreciation for the donation by having team members involved in the Shelby GT350's design and development sign the pony car. 

Next month, the first Shelby GT350 Mustang will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Auction and will offer one lucky driver a whole new experience behind the wheel. To create the Shelby GT350, Ford took the best Mustang yet and primped every aspect of the car that contributes to the performance driving experience. The Shelby is powered by Ford's very first V8 5.2-liter engine with a flat-plane crankshaft, a design that is typically reserved for racing applications and exotic European sports cars. This engine puts out more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most robust and naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever!

Along with the auction of the all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, Ford will also be sponsoring a ride-and-drive at the event with a full lineup of 2015 vehicles. Not only will attendees have the opportunity to take the new Mustang, Expedition, and F-150 for a spin, but they will also be offered a "hot lap" experience with professional drivers in the Shelby American-built GT500 Super Snake and the Shelby Focus ST!

If you've got a need for speed, check out the 2014 Ford Mustang at Velde Ford! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2015 Cadillac CTS Earns 5-Star Safety Rating from NHTSA - 12/17/2014

2015 Cadillac CTS Earns 5-Star Safety Rating from NHTSA
PEKIN, Illi. - Crafted from pure excellence, not a single detail of the 2015 Cadillac CTS was overlooked by designers and engineers. From its signature LED lighting to an ultra-high-strength steel foundation, the 2015 CTS provides customers with new characteristics and options that enhance their overall experience out on the road. With all of these exciting additions, Cadillac was sure to put a great deal of their focus on equipping the CTS with top notch safety features. 

Cadillac's attention to detail certainly paid off because the 2015 Cadillac CTS earned a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Cadillac's rear and all-wheel drive CTS models perfect five star scores in the front, side, and rollover crash tests. How did the 2015 Cadillac CTS do it? All thanks to its traction control, anti-lock brake systems, 10 standard airbags, and optional Driver Awareness package with Lane Change Alert and Lane Keep Assist. 

Safe, stylish, and reliable, the Cadillac brand offers everything a driver could ever need out on the road. You can get behind the wheel of your very own Cadillac with help from Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford SYNC® 3 Enhances How Customers Stay Connected on the Road - 12/15/2014

Ford SYNC® 3 Enhances How Customers Stay Connected on the Road
PEKIN, Illi. - Last week, Ford Motor Company introduced SYNC® 3 to the world - a faster, more intuitive, and easier to use communication and entertainment system. Ford SYNC® 3 Enhances How Customers Stay Connected on the Road by providing drivers with more conversational voice recognition technology, a smartphone-like touch screen, and easy-to-read graphics.

Ford took a customer-centric approach when developing the SYNC 3 system. After sifting through 22,000 customer comments and suggestions, insights from research clinics, market surveys, and tech industry benchmarking, Ford Motor Company was able to rebuild a system that improves connectivity and gives customers what they want most.

While SYNC 3 is intended for hands-free use, the all-new touch screen provides customers with a similar experience to that of a smartphone or tablet. The screen now has a quicker response to touch, voice commands, and smartphone-like gestures like pinch-to-zoom and swipe. SYNC 3 has reduced on-screen complexity and itemized the control options that drivers use the most - Navigation, Audio, and Phone. Not only does reducing the amount of things on the screen make control easier, it also reduces the number of times a driver will need to glance at the screen.


Ford SYNC® 3 Enhances How Customers Stay Connected on the Road


The next-generation system has also mitigated the voice command process for users. When using SYNC 3, users can simply say something as vague as "play <song, artist, or album>" and the system automatically prompts to play that song, artist, or album. SYNC 3 is also equipped to better understand how consumers refer to businesses and points of interest. Drivers do not have to know the exact name; they can simply search "Detroit Airport" rather than using the official name "Detroit Metropolitan Airport".

Ford SYNC® 3 Enhances How Customers Stay Connected on the Road by improving the way customers connect their smartphones to their vehicle. AppLink is now faster and more responsive than ever before, making it easier for drivers to access their apps. All in all, SYNC 3's enhancements will make for a top-notch, user-friendly experience for Ford customers.


Ford SYNC® 3 Enhances How Customers Stay Connected on the Road


SYNC 3 will begin to arrive on new vehicles next year! If you can barely wait to take advantage of all that Ford SYNC has to offer, stop by Velde Ford and check out the 2015 Ford Fiesta or 2015 Ford TaurusAt Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Recent Testing Shows Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor Remains as the Top Performer - 12/09/2014

Recent Testing Shows Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor Remains as the Top Performer
PEKIN, Illi. - The best-selling police vehicle since 1996 lives on and continued to blow its competitors out of the water during recent accelerating testings conducted by both the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The EcoBoost®-powered interceptor took all of its contenders by storm, out-accelerating every one of the all-new V8-equipped utility and base V6-powered sedans. 

Recent testing has shown that the 2015 Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor remains as the top performer in its segment. After being tested by the Michigan State Police, the all-wheel drive 2015 Ford Police Interceptor proved to be the fastest of the fast. The sedan posted a 0-60 mph time of 5.85 seconds, compared to the 6.31 seconds for the another 5.7-liter V8 sedan with all-wheel drive. Ford's 2015 Police Interceptor also beat a competing 6.0-liter V8-equipped sedan, reaching 0-60 mph in only 6.17 seconds.

If you can believe it, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department testing results were even more dominate! Even after the department conducted testing with a "key on and drive" policy for the first time - which means the stability and traction control settings were in default mode just as when the vehicles are initially turned on - the Ford Interceptor came out on top. The sedan repeatedly earned the quickest-accelerating results, reaching 0-60 mph in only 5.9 seconds. Ford's Interceptor not only smoked its competition, but even beat all of the V6-powered base model sedans.

After 17 consecutive years of segment sales leadership and recent testing showing the 2015 Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor remains as the top performer, we can only assume that the sedan will continue to be a leader in the market.


You too can get behind the wheel of one of the best vehicles in the industry! From the 2014 Ford Edge to the 2015 Ford Explorer, there is something for everyone at Velde Ford. At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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HUGE Savings on 2014 Cadillacs at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! - 12/08/2014

PEKIN, Illi. - You've heard about them, read about them, and dreamed about them. Cadillac's 2014 lineup has been nothing short of spectacular and now with the final weeks of the year upon us, we thought it was only appropriate to help you end the year in a BIG way. This month we are offering HUGE savings on 2014 Cadillacs at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC!

If you have had thoughts about getting behind the wheel of the 2014 Cadillac CTS, ATS, or XTS, now is the time to do it! Each of these models feature a striking design both inside and out and contain some of the most advanced technology to enhance your overall safety, convenience, and entertainment. By offering customers an exhilarating performance level and three top-notch powertrain options, the Cadillac CTS, ATS, and XTS have undoubtably taken the benchmark for luxury sport sedans to an entirely new level. 

HUGE Savings on 2014 Cadillacs at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC!

HUGE Savings on 2014 Cadillacs at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC!

HUGE Savings on 2014 Cadillacs at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC!

If you are ready to take advantage of the HUGE savings on 2014 Cadillacs at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC, start shopping from the comfort of your own home by viewing our inventory at VeldeGM.com

At Velde Autos, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready? - 12/03/2014

Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?
PEKIN, Illi. - Alright, so we technically haven't had our "first day of winter" just yet. However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't prepare ourselves AND our vehicles, right? We have had a taste of the snow and the cold already, but before we completely dive into the brutal months that lie ahead, we have to ensure that our vehicles are primped, packed, and ready to go!

Now we have to ask, is your vehicle winter ready? If not, don't stress! We have a great checklist for you to use to prepare for anything that Old Man Winter may have in store ––

  • Purchase new windshield wiper blades and refill your washer fluid. Your windshield is prone to ice, snow, and slush during this time of the year. Keep your vehicle at its best and you'll have a crystal clear view!
  • Line the floor of your vehicle with rubber mats. Not only will they keep moisture out of your carpet, but they help to prevent those terrible white salt stains. 
  • Check those lights. Alright, so this may seem like common sense, but many times this tends to slip people's minds. Since our days are getting shorter (and darker), ensure that all of your lights are in prime condition and working properly.
  • Really, we are not trying to be pessimistic, but this time of the year we all need to look at the tank as half empty. Below zero temperatures and a low fuel tank are not a good mix and can cause your gas tank to freeze up! No one wants to run out of fuel in the dead of winter, do they?
  • So if you do happen to forget our previous tip and you end up stranded out in the cold, we suggest that you keep a Winter Safety Kit in your vehicle at all times. This should include things like a first-aid kit, a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, non-perishable snacks like granola bars, booster cables, and a windshield scraper.
  • You can also keep your vehicle winter ready by taking it in for regular routine maintenance at the Velde Ford or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC Service Center. With the help of our technicians, your vehicle will continue to run at its best all winter long! 

At Velde Autos, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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