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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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Explore Ford's Most Advanced Safety Features at Velde in Pekin, IL - 05/24/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– Family and friends are a priority for us at Velde Ford. We strive to offer the most dependable safety features to ensure our customers can get to their destinations safely. Our newest vehicles have state-of-the-art safety features that build on standard safety features like ABS brakes and traction controls, making our vehicles very reliable for the road ahead. Feel free to stop by Velde Ford to explore Ford's most advanced safety features

Explore Ford's Most Advanced Safety Features at Velde in Pekin, IL

Some of Ford's cutting edge features sound almost too good to be true. The Adaptive Cruise Control practically allows your car to drive on its own, combining cruise control and radar technology to adjust your speed and employ braking whenever you need. It works hand in hand with Lane Keeping technology to help with lane drifting and can alert a driver if they accidentally swerve into another lane. This technology improves safety on the road and helps to keep drivers away from danger!

Using the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and Cross-Traffic Alert system can also help with merging into different lanes. These driver assist features help to cover your blind spots, shining a small light on your side mirror to let you know if there are vehicles in your blind spot. The Cross-Traffic Alert helps to alert you of incoming vehicles when you're in reverse, keeping you aware of vehicles over 45 feet away. However, make sure you look over your shoulder to remain safe!

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The Rear View Camera and Enhanced Active Park Assist can make parking a much easier task. When you shift your car into reverse, your console screen will display a video feed of what's directly behind your vehicle and project guidelines to help you help you fit into sparking spaces. The Enhanced Active Park Assist scans the sides of your vehicles to find appropriate areas to park, showing them on your center display screen to help you find the best spot you can find while you park.

While these are only a few examples of Ford's most advanced safety features, there several other features that offer exclusive features to ensure maximum safety both on and off the road. If you have any safety questions or would like additional explanation about the features, feel free to contact us and our Service Team staff will be happy to assist you! At Velde Ford, we care about you and want to treat you like family. Learn more about us so we can help you with any automotive issues you may have!

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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What to Do This Week in Pekin - 05/24/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– It's finally summertime! The warm weather means that fun in the sun is a must! Pekin and the surrounding area have a lot of fun events going on through the weekend and into next week. There are lots of chances for you to enjoy some outdoor activities this week, with plenty of activities for both family and friends to experience! We have created a guide on what to do this week in Pekin for you to enjoy. We've included plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Take a look below!

Watch a Peoria Chiefs Game this Weekend


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Next week, the Peoria Chiefs play the Wisconsin Timber in Dozer Park at 7:30. Make a fun day out of watching some of Minor League Baseball's rising stars and take your family out for an affordable and exciting day in the ballpark! If you can't catch the game on May 30th, you can check out their schedule for other games as well!

Check Out Upcoming Concerts at the Peoria Civic Center


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Looking for live entertainment? The Peoria Civic Center is hosting tons of shows these next few months, from REO Speedwagon to Dancing With the Stars: Live! Tickets are going fast, so make sure you purchase them as quickly as possible! Plan a fun day for your friends or family and take in the wide range of events available for patrons.

Run in a 5K or Fun Run!

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The Common Ground Community Center is hosting a 5K Fun Run/1M Fun Run in Delavan, IL this Saturday at 8:00 AM. The proceeds raised will go towards renovations at the Common Ground, which will use the funds to create summer youth programs and fixing up the youth recreational center and kitchen cafe. Register for a fun 5K for a good cause! If you can't make it, there are plenty of other 5Ks that are happening throughout next month, as well!

Children's Storytime at Barnes and Noble in Bloomington

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This Saturday at 10:00 AM, the Barnes and Noble in Bloomington will be participating in their bi-weekly Children's Storytime event. Their newest book being read this week is written by New York Times bestselling author-team James and Kimberly Dean. In it, Pete the Cat is learning a cool new dance, the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities will also take place, so be sure to make it a fun day full of learning!

With so many activities going on around Pekin, there's sure to be fun for everyone of all ages! Make the most of the sunny days to come and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. We hope this guide on what to do this week in Perkin comes in handy when you begin planning your activities for the weekend. While you're out and active, follow a few tips to make sure your car is in good condition, and make refer to our FAQ if you have any questions or concerns!

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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Ford's Sporty Car Offering Remains Desirable Amongst Millennials - 05/17/2017

PEKIN, Ill., ––Despite the change in market towards SUVs and crossovers, Ford is still attracting young buyers thanks to their strong offering in sporty cars. Ford recently saw a steep decline in car sales in the past month because of the market shift, but remain optimistic for the future with their performance variants. Ford's sporty car offering, which includes the Ford Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS, and Fusion Sport models, remains desirable amongst millennials.

Ford's Sporty Car Offering Remains Desirable Amongst Millennials


Stock performance variants of Ford's current car offering has been sought after for a while, and now they're a reality, and one of Ford's best chances at making a connection with the millennial market. The customer's you would expect to buy these cars are "not just young at heart; they're actually younger on average" according to Ford.

The most popular sporty car of the bunch is the Ford Fiesta ST, which holds an average buyer's age of 35 years. In fact, the standard variant of the Fiesta holds an average buyer's age of 45 years. Second in line, the Focus RS, sells to 41 year olds, while the Focus sells to 46 year olds. The younger buyers also hold higher household incomes, which might make them more eligible or interested to step into the sporty car market in the first place. Within the first three months of 2017, millennial buyers have contributed to a 45% increase in sporty car sales for Ford.

“With repeat customers making up around half of industry sales, capturing younger buyers while they still have many vehicle purchases remaining in their lives is good for business,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager.


With Ford's sporty car offering remaining desirable amongst millenials, we hope to see the trend continue across even more models. At Velde Ford, we want to help you find your dream vehicle regardless of your age, budget, or wants. If you're interested in the 2017 Fiesta, Focus or Fusion, you can stop by our dealership in Pekin to take a closer look, or shop our new vehicle inventory online! 

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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Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids - 05/15/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,––If you haven't checked the weather yet, it's time you knew we've got some gorgeous weather ahead of us, which makes it a great time to get outside and spend time together as a family! Some great ways to get outdoors and enjoy the weather includes taking walks, playing with your favorite doggo in the backyard, and lounging on the deck with the ones you love, but maybe it's time to mix it up? We've got some great ideas on fun activities to do outside with the kids this week.

1. Color Scavenger Hunt

Color a few blocks on a white paper bag and set out to find objects that match that color! 
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids

2. Sidewalk Chalk Pops

Make and use these sidewalk chalk pops together! The handles make it easy for little ones to hold without as much mess. 

3. Rainbow Bubble Snakes

Honestly, who doesn't love blowing bubbles?! All the supplies you need for this are probably already in your house, too. 
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids


4. Leaf Rubbing Collage 

Take a walk around the park, or head to the woods if you have a spot nearby to collect different types of leaves - just watch out for poison ivy! Then do the coloring outside!
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids

5. Tin Can Bowling

Classic bowling can be done in your backyard easily with some empty tin cans and a small ball. 
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids

6. Marshmallow Shooters

You can create a target-based game in the yard with these fun little shooters!
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids



We hope you get outside this week to enjoy the awesome weather with your family and loved ones. Are there any fun activities you like to do outside with the kids during the Spring and Summer months? Let us know on social media! We're a big family at Velde Ford Pekin and aim to service each and every customer as if they're family, too. Learn more about our team online and let us know how we can help you with finding a new car, finding a used car, or servicing your Ford


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9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes - 05/09/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,––Mother's Day is this weekend! Have you gotten your mom a gift yet? If you haven't decided what to do, or are planning on having guests over for a Mother's Day meal, we've got some great ideas! Check out these 9 Mother's Day brunch recipes that you can use to cook your mom something she'll love. We've broken down these ideas into a few categories to help you get it right for your special lady. Just remember to do the dishes, too!


For the Mother that loves eggs...

Eggs Benedict Quiche

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Eggs in Clouds

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Breakfast Pizza with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes



For the Mother with a sweet tooth...

Blueberry Croissant Puff

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes


Maple Bacon Pancake Bites

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes



For the Mother who likes bacon and ham...

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Crispy Cheese and Bacon Potatoes

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes


Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes


Whether you choose to make these 9 Mother's Day brunch recipes or not, we hope you enjoy spending time with family this weekend! Family is such an important thing to us at Velde Ford Pekin. We want to help you, your Mom, and the rest of your family stay safe on the road with routine maintenance, get a great deal on vehicle detailing services, and drive a reliable and affordable Ford vehicle. See what Velde Ford is all about on our website, and stop by for a refreshing and positive dealership experience! 

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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Turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for Off-Road Excellence - 05/08/2017

Turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for Off-Road Excellence

PEKIN, Ill.,––Are you someone who craves adventure? Who wants to take themselves off the road and into the sandy dunes, muddy trails, or rocky hills? If so, you can turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for off-road excellence. The comeback kid, the Raptor, is here with a cutting-edge terrain management system thanks to the AWD/4WD transfer case. Let's take a look at what makes this pickup truck unique.

When Ford first announced a new Raptor, the new design and powerful engines were the big selling points; however, as many have discovered, the terrain management system and transfer case have become the focus. The goal of Ford's innovative team was to improve the daily driving experience, while cohesively offering the ultimate off-road experience.



The terrain management system is enabled by the dual-mode transfer case that uses both AWD and 4WD systems and electronic lockers that is able to more intelligently distribute power to the front and rear wheels in response to the terrain it's experiencing.

"With the clutch-based feature of the transfer case, drivers can travel on-road using the 4x4 auto setting, which delivers the benefit of four-wheel drive without the repercussions of component damage or driveline binding – something that can occur when drivers try to use mechanically locked systems on high-traction surfaces like pavement."

Ford specifically calibrated the automatic 4WD to specific road surface conditions, so the transfer case can alter the clutch torque to best fit the environment. With the terrain management system, drivers can select weather modes to finely tune their driving experience, or rely on the Raptor's default electronic shift-on-the-fly system.

If you're interested in a better 4x4 experience, you can turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for off-road excellence. If you simply need a great driving experience and strong towing capabilities, we recommend taking a look at the 2017 Ford F-150. We'd be happy to show you how an F-150 pickup can provide just what you need on the road and on the worksite at Velde Ford! Learn all about the F-150 on our website, and get in contact with us


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Sustainable Bamboo Materials for Ford's Vehicle Interiors - 05/03/2017

Sustainable Bamboo Materials for Ford's Vehicle Interiors

PEKIN, Ill.,––Ford is thankfully a company that puts a lot of work into the design of their vehicles. From the shape of the car, to the ergonomic shape of the seats, right down to the wearability of the interior materials, Ford has it all covered. Ford consistently researches user habits, material options, etc. to provide their customers the best and longest lasting solution. The most recent topic of research is sustainable bamboo materials for Ford's vehicle interiors.

Bamboo has been touted as one of the world's strongest naturally occurring materials. Even Thomas Edison was smart enough to use this miracle material in the testing process while making the first ever light bulb! You might have experienced bamboo flooring or bamboo in a dish, but maybe not in a vehicle. Bamboo is a material that has been used and tested for many applications for centuries and now it's making its way into textiles that are vehicle-interior ready.


Ford has actually been working with bamboo for several years now to test and evaluate the tensile strength. This simply means how resistant the material is to being pulled apart. In testing, the bamboo has been combined with some plastics to increase the strength. It's been found to be a stronger and more comprehensive material in comparison to natural and synthetic fiber materials.

Because of the quick growing rate of bamboo, which is typically two to five years to maturity, this is a material that is even more sustainable and ready for mass production. While tests on bamboo materials continue, it may not be long before we see bamboo in the interior of Ford vehicles! It might not surprise you, but Ford is already using other sustainable materials such as post-consumer cotton for interior padding, recycled plastic bottles for floor carpeting, recycled tires for seals and gaskets, etc.

If you're a fan of keeping emissions low and using sustainable materials, Ford is the brand to look out for when you're out to purchase a car. Ford has many vehicles in the current model year lineup that provide great gas mileage, with electric or hybrid options as well. You can explore all the Ford models available at Velde Ford Pekin online! If you're curious as to how they perform on the road, we'd be happy to set you up with a test drive.


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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Downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect Brochure from Velde Ford - 05/02/2017

PEKIN, Ill. –– The 2017 Ford Transit Connect provides a versatile answer for the business owner who needs a vehicle for delivery services, on-call maintenance, etc. The Ford Transit Connect combines flexibility, functionality, and reliability into three available trim levels, XL, XLT, and Titanium with a long or short wheelbase option - all of which you can read about in the downloadable brochure from Velde Ford!

Downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect Brochure

Downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect Brochure from Velde Ford


Become familiar the 2017 Ford Transit Connect, a standout in the small commercial van segment, in the digital brochure. There you can see plenty of photos, available trim options, and details about the various features like the Quickclear electric windshield defroster, 180 degree swing rear cargo doors, and rugged vinyl flooring. Get your free downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect brochure from Velde Ford today and don't hesitate to contact our helpful team with any questions you might have.

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Spring Cleaning and Vehicle Detail Tips - 04/25/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – For many people, the arrival of spring means out with the old and in with the new. If you're getting ready to tackle your spring cleaning list, don't forget about your vehicle! Your ride could probably use a little TLC, inside and out, after a long winter. We gathered our favorite Spring cleaning and vehicle detail tips you can use this season to make your car feel brand new again! Don't forget, we offer many affordable vehicle detailing packages to help in your Spring car care efforts.


Spring Cleaning and Vehicle Detail Tips


1. Clear the Trash & Junk

Unless you're an unbelievably neat person, odds are you have some junk in your car. You can make your car feel new again by removing all items from the center console, glove box, and other storage areas first. Then clean out or wipe down those areas, and sort through all the items you removed. Carefully organize the necessary items back into those freshly cleaned storage areas!


2. Vacuum Your Interior

Head to the carwash to use the industrial vacuum cleaners or hook up the Shop Vac if you have one at home and rid your vehicle of dirt, leaves, gravel, and whatever else has accumulated in the nooks and crannies. You can use a small brush or compressed air to get in the hard to reach areas.


3. Wipe Down Interior Surfaces

Use cleaning wipes, Armor All, or all purpose cleaning spray to wipe down your interior surfaces like your dashboard, steering wheel, console, and cup holders. Be sure to use the appropriate type of cleaning product for your vehicle's upholstery or leather, so you don't damage your interior!


4. Clean the Windows

Wipe down the inside of your windows with Windex or a vinegar-based solution and a microfiber towel. Be sure to get the inside of your front and rear windshield, and your moon or sun roof if you have one. This not only makes your car look good, but gets rid of those pesky window streaks you might have so you can see better.


5. Wash the Exterior

Hand wash your vehicle at home, or head over to Velde Ford in Pekin for a vehicle detail! Make sure to only use soap intended for vehicles, as dish detergent can be too harsh, and avoid scratchy sponges or tough brushes. Remember to hand dry your vehicle afterwards with a microfiber towel, as air drying can leave spots on the paint.


6. Treat Your Tires/Wheels to a Brush

Your tires and wheels collect all sorts of gunk from the road, including road salt, dirty water residue, etc., which can lead to a build up of grime. Give your wheels a nice brush treatment with soap and water to make them shine again.



Keep your car clean all year long with these additional car care hacks:

Spring Cleaning and Vehicle Detail Tips

  • Use silicone cupcake liners inside of your cup holders. They are easy to pop in the dishwasher when they get dirty and save you from having to scrape the grime out of your center console.
  • Wipe down your wiper blades with rubbing alcohol to prevent streaking.
  • Keep a small container or bag for trash to keep it from building up throughout the year.
  • Keep tissues in a to-go cup
Spring Cleaning and Vehicle Detail Tips

We hope you can use these Spring cleaning and vehicle detail tips to keep your vehicle in great shape for the coming seasons! For more advice and ways to keep your car looking fabulous in the seasons to come, check out our Spring Car Care pages. Here we have more maintenance advice and spring cleaning tips for your car. If you'd like to skip the car cleaning all together, we can help! See our full vehicle detail menu and schedule an appointment to have your car professionally cleaned and protected at Velde Ford. 

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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Downloadable 2017 Ford Fiesta Brochure - 04/24/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Read the new downloadable 2017 Ford Fiesta brochure from Velde Pekin to check out all the details on the responsive Ford Fiesta! With three different engine sizes available, the Ford Fiesta is the ultimate package in efficiency. You'll want to take a look at the brochure to see what style works best for you!



Interested in making the Ford Fiesta your next vehicle purchase? Download the 2017 Ford Fiesta brochure to get updated information on vehicle specifications, features, and more! Start your research to make sure the Ford Fiesta is the right fit for you!

The downloadable 2017 Ford Fiesta brochure is full of vehicle photos that show the Ford Fiesta's interior and exterior options available! You can also research the various trim levels available through the electronic brochure!

We want you to make the right vehicle purchase for your 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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Downloadable 2017 Ford Focus Brochure - 04/24/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – It's the perfect time to check out the downloadable 2017 Ford Focus brochure from Velde Ford of Pekin to learn about Ford's dynamic and eco-friendly Ford Focus! With multiple body styles available, it's the perfect choice to suit anyone's taste!



If you are ready to buy or lease a new vehicle, start your research with the 2017 Ford Focus! The downloadable 2017 Ford Focus brochure is full of vehicle photos, specifications, features, and more. The brochure has plenty of information to get you educated on everything you need to know about the 2017 Ford Focus!

Once you've finished reading, there is no need to get off the couch! You can check out our inventory and shop for your next vehicle all online to find the 2017 Ford Focus that is the right match for you!

We want you to make the right vehicle purchase for your needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Focus 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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Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle - 04/20/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – With spring in full effect, it is time to get a jump start on new recipes that are both healthy and easy to make! Warm weather is on the horizon, making outdoor activities favorable for the season! To make the outdoors more enjoyable, try these quick springtime recipes for a healthy lifestyle to suit your needs!


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

If you are looking for that perfect party snack, this recipe is sure to be a hit with all of your party guests. It's very simple to make and the perfect meal to add to your outdoor festivities!



Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle


Have you gone wild yet this spring? This recipe is a blast full of exquisite flavor mixing both tasty venison and fresh crab meat! 


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

Peppers and cheese both make for a savory sandwich you are sure to love! With five simple steps, this recipe is the perfect choice to satisfy your taste buds!


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle


This delicious salad is a both healthy and easy alternative to your daily routine. The watermelon and cucumber flavors really complement each other well, creating the perfect combination!


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

When you are ready for dessert, look no further than this scrumptious chocolate zucchini bread recipe! With a marvelous blend of flavor, it's the perfect sweet to top off your favorite meal!

As you enjoy this spring season, indulge in these quick springtime recipes for a healthy lifestyle! Mixing bold new flavors is an exciting and fresh way to enjoy the warm weather. With winter in the past, it's time to freshen up your car! Check out our spring car care tips to learn about preparing your vehicle for the spring season.

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Ford EcoSport - Official Vehicle of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - 04/12/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – The all-new Ford EcoSport compact crossover has been named the official vehicle of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the the Galaxy Vol.2!"Fans can enter the "Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy" sweepstakes to win a Ford EcoSport, a hometown screening of the movie, and more cool prizes!

Ford EcoSport - Official Vehicle of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Ford EcoSport joins the ranks of the well known and popular Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, and Ford Expedition in the Ford SUV lineup. The EcoSport is Ford's smallest crossover and only compact crossover vehicle available. The new Ford EcoSport comes complete with a variety of customizable options, including 8-inch touch screen, SYNC 3, Wi-Fi hotspot, FordPass, and multiple engine options.

The EcoSport is available in 10 different colors, seven lighting options, and four trim levels! It's the perfect vehicle to take you on all of your adventures so you can be the Guardian of Your Galaxy!

Ford EcoSport - Official Vehicle of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

“Teaming up with Marvel is a perfect way to share how EcoSport turns every drive into a chance to live big, enabling our Earth-bound customers to experience as many adventures as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ offers,” said Chantel Lenard, executive director, Ford U.S. marketing.

At Velde Ford, we think it's pretty exciting that the Ford EcoSport is the official vehicle of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!" The EcoSport will become available for purchase in early 2018, so stay tuned for updates on our social media! In the meantime, browse our available Ford inventory online and feel free to schedule a test drive at Velde Ford Pekin!

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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5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts - 04/10/2017

PEKIN, Ill. –  Get the kids together, or even the whole family and have some fun making these 5 kid-friendly spring crafts! Welcome the sunshine with your masterpiece when you’re done and put them in the window or around the house. With the weather warming up, the flower pots are a fun way to introduce your kids to plants and gardening, and the other crafts can easily be created using items from around the house! Add a splash of color to home with these cute crafts to create with your children!

5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

We hope you have a great time making these crafts while the rain subsides and the sun comes out! Something else you can do on this rainy day is check out our spring car care section on our website! The service experts at Velde Ford want to make sure your vehicle is performing its best every season. Learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs this season and schedule a service appointment online.

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Kode with Klossy - Ford Summer Camp Scholarships - 04/04/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – By the year 2022, it is expected that 9 million jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields will exist. Ford has already committed to Ford STEAM Experience, a program designed to inspire young minds to pursue science and math related fields of study. Now, by partnering with Kode with Klossy, Ford will provide 300 scholarships to allow young women to attend Kode with Klossy, coding related summer camps across the country.

Kode with Klossy - Ford Scholarships

Kode with Klossy is an organization founded by supermodel Karlie Kloss, for young women ages 13 to 18 who are interested in technical coding. This year the program will expand to 15 summer camps in 10 cities across the country. Ford will provide 300 scholarships to girls who apply online at kodewithklossy.com.

Kode with Klossy - Ford Scholarships

Ford is committed to ensuring that today's youth pursue their interests in the technical fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. By encouraging young people to follow their dreams, Ford has continuously made a difference in young lives across the country. By providing scholarships for Kode with Klossy students, Ford aims to provide young women with a place to explore their computer science interests, thus furthering Ford's commitment to STEAM education in America.

Kode with Klossy - Ford Scholarships

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a scholarship, apply online!

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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Ford Truck Comparison from Velde Ford - 03/28/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Deciding on a new vehicle is always a tough choice to make. We wanted to help you with your research by creating our Ford truck comparison from Velde Ford! Focus on finding the right truck for your needs and take a look at our helpful Ford truck comparison before you purchase your next vehicle!

Once you've decided on a Ford pickup, you're on your way to finding your new vehicle. On the Velde truck comparison page, you can see helpful vehicle specs, photos, size comparisons, vehicle capacities, and more! Learn all about the 2017 Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350. You may also want to check out our car comparison or crossover comparison pages to help you in your vehicle search!

Ford Truck Comparison from Velde Ford

When deciding on your next Ford truck, make sure to utilize our handy Ford truck comparison page from Velde Ford! Take care of your existing vehicle investment by using our routine maintenance pages to help you keep your car in great shape!

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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A, X, Z, D Plan Pricing from Velde Ford - 03/28/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Did you know you may qualify for discounts, rebates and incentives from Ford? Eligible Ford employees, as well as their suitable friends and family members could qualify for A, X, Z, or D plan pricing from Velde Ford!

Learn about A, X, Z, and D plan pricing on the newest page of our website! Ford discounts apply to current Ford employees, Ford Retirees, friends and family members of Ford employees or retirees, and Ford dealership employees and eligible acquaintances. To find out if you or someone you know may qualify for A, X, Z, or D plan pricing from Velde Ford, visit our website!

A, X, Z, D Plan Pricing from Velde Ford

The details might seem a little complicated, but we've spelled it all out on our newest webpage. You could save big money on your next new Ford vehicle purchase or lease with A, X, Z, D plan pricing from Velde Ford! We want to make sure you're getting the best deal possible, so check out our other helpful finance pages to find out if you qualify for auto loans, extended warranty, and more!

Give us a call or stop by the dealership for more information!

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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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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