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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 59th 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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Ford Motor Company Brings Innovative Job Training to South Africa - 05/24/2016

 PEKIN, Ill. – The Ford Motor Company fund has announced that they will be growing their philanthropic branch. With the creation of a new entrepreneurial development center, Ford Motor Company brings innovative job training to South Africa. This development will help around 200 people annually. 

Ford Motor Company Brings Innovative Job Training to South Africa 

Modeled after the original Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Southwest Detroit, the Pretoria, South Africa location aims to create a blend of training packages to prepare students to find jobs after graduating from the Ford Resource and Engagement Center. Career guidance and presentation skill tips will be offered. Courses will be available in financial literacy, business and entrepreneurial skills, vocational, and technical training. This development center marks the first global expansion of Ford’s philanthropic branch.

“Our Ford Better World philosophy is more than just a series of projects – it permeates everything we do as a company,” said Jeff Nemeth, Ford president and CEO, Sub Saharan Africa region. “Social, environmental and economic sustainability are all interlinked and cannot be taken in isolation from one another. We are proud of this investment in our community and, ultimately, our people. Education plays a significant role in our lives and these projects will allow the community to benefit from our contributions to the economy.”

Ford Motor Company Brings Innovative Job Training to South Africa

As well as the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Pretoria, Ford has also made a number of investments and been involved in philanthropic activities across Africa. These include:

·      The Blue Village initiative in Port Elizabeth. Every year employees from the Silverton Ford Assembly Plant help to create new homes in the village of Vastrap. The Blue Village initiative supports education and development.
·      Ford College Community Challenge Program. Student-led community projects in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, and South Africa benefitted from a $100,000 investment to support the Ford College Community Challenge program. Each project addresses local needs and supports sustainable living and working conditions.
·      Riders for Health delivers medical professionals and supplies across rural areas of Africa. A $75,000 grant allowed extended vehicle management and training to mechanics in order to maintain the vehicles used to deliver medical necessities.
·      Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy in Morocco. A $200,000 investment will allow the academy to extend to Saudi Arabia.
·      Ford Volunteer Corps is made up of Ford South Africa employees who have spent over 6,700 hours on community service projects in South Africa.
·      Driving Skills for Life is a program that provides hands-on experience for more than 400 newly licensed students in Saudi Arabia.

Ford is dedicated to its philanthropic efforts both national and globally. Ford Motor Company brings innovative job training to South Africa with the announcement of the new Resource and Engagement center. This news continues the reach of the Ford philanthropic branch, and we’re proud to report such globally relevant topics to our customers on behalf of Ford Motor Company.

If you're also looking to make a difference this summer then stop in to Velde Ford in Pekin, IL! We can get you behind the wheel of a new Ford Fiesta. When it comes to financing we want to help you decide between buying and leasing. Our new Buying vs. Leasing pagebreaks down the pros and cons of each option. Be sure to check out or How to Buy and How to Lease pages for more information on how each process works. If you're looking to keep your current car or truck running smoothly, be sure to make an appointment online or call (888) 221-2804.

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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6 Ideas for a More Festive Memorial Day - 05/23/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – For most people, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer and all that comes with it. Celebratory cookouts will take place; boats will enter the lake for the first time in months. There are sure to be fireworks and parades, but does your party need a little extra something this year? Try our 6 ideas for a more festive Memorial Day and you wont be sorry. Good food, fun crafts, and easy decorations, what more could you ask for?

Get your party started with some easy do-it-yourself decorations:

These fun mason jar centerpieces are sure to be a hit with your party guests:
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Keep the cutlery in order with these festive DIY tin can containers:
6 Ideas for a More Festive Memorial Day

Don’t forget about the kids. When they’re not playing outside they’ll need something to keep their little hands busy:

These fun cupcake liner fireworks are an easy craft that kids can do on their own:
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These patriotic hats are a simple way to keep the kids busy:
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Don’t forget about the most important part of the day! The food:

This Mexican-style grilled corn is a fun and delicious twist on an all-American classic:
6 Ideas for a More Festive Memorial Day

Finish off the day with this pretty and delicious, red, white, and blue fruit pizza:
6 Ideas for a More Festive Memorial Day

Enjoy a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! We hope our 6 ideas for a more festive Memorial Day will inspire you during this patriotic holiday! Now that summer has officially arrived, do you have any family trips coming up? Make sure your vehicle is in great working condition before you head out on your adventures! Schedule an appointment with our service center online or call (888) 221-2804. Our ASE certified technicians will make sure everything is running smoothly. If you’re looking for a new ride this summer, you might want to consider the differences between buying vs. leasing. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of each on our new pages. You can also check out the How to Buy and How to Lease pages for more information about how each process works.

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The 2016 Ford Fiesta Has the Cool Factor You Need - 05/20/2016

The 2016 Ford Fiesta Has the Cool Factor You Need

PEKIN, Ill. – One of Ford’s sporty cars – the 2016 Fiesta - was named one of the Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 by Kelley Blue Book. With this year being the sixth time on the list, the 2016 Ford Fiesta has the cool factor you need in your next vehicle!

To qualify for Kelley Blue Book’s cool list the car needs to be fun to drive and have the starting purchase price under $18,000, but the Ford Fiesta has so much more to offer than that. Not only is this vehicle fun, it’s also compact, super affordable, and sports a great style.

Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, made a comment on the their list saying, “Our annual Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 is one of Kelley Blue Book’s longest-running lists, and it’s incredible to see all of the amazing tech features and amenities you can get on an affordable car these days compared to a decade ago.”

There’s really no shortage of amenities and features that the 2016 Ford Fiesta offers. Customers can choose between a hatch or sedan body style, whatever fits their needs, and don’t forget the engines. Choose between the powerful and efficient 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine to the more sporty 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine available in the Fiesta ST.

Don’t forget that all new Ford vehicles come standard with SYNC 3, which offers you all the mobility connectivity you could want! Ford drivers can use voice recognition, sync and stream music, and use the SYNC AppLink to control mobile apps while you’re driving. Other available technology features you’ll love in the Fiesta include a rear view camera, Hill Start Assist, and Navigation System with Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link.

The 2016 Ford Fiesta has the cool factor you need in your next vehicle! Learn more about the sporty car by visiting our 2016 Ford Fiesta Brochure online. Read about the trim level and safety features this vehicle has to offer. Looking for something a little bigger? We recommend the 2016 Ford Fusion or the 2016 Ford Focus.

When you’re thinking about getting a new vehicle, make sure you take a look at our new Buying vs. Leasing page online. Compare your options by learning about the each process on our How to Buy and How to Lease pages. We want you to feel confident in your decision to invest in a new vehicle from Velde Ford.

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Buying Vs. Leasing at Velde Ford - 05/20/2016

Buying Vs. Leasing at Velde Ford

PEKIN, Ill. – Are you in the market for your next vehicle? We’re here to help at Velde Ford! We have a wonderful team of sales representatives who are ready to help you find the perfect vehicle that will meet all your needs. The first step to getting a new vehicle is to decide if you’re going to buy or lease. Buying and leasing are both very big investments, and we understand that at Velde. That’s why we’re here to help you decide which option will make the best fit for you. This month, our team has focused on Buying vs. Leasing at Velde Ford on our website. We have three new pages that you’re going to want to check out. Each page will give you a better understanding of buying and leasing, and help you make the decision on which option will meet your needs better. Take a look at the pages below:

Buying vs. Leasing:Take a look at our Buying vs. Leasing page for a side-by-side comparison of each option. Looking at the pros and cons of each will help you decide which option will be the best for you. When you decide to invest in a new vehicle, we recommend check out this page first.

How to Lease: Our How to Lease page will go over everything you need to know about leasing a vehicle at Velde Ford. Each section of this page will go over why to lease, the leasing process at the dealership and before the dealership, financial terms that you should be aware of, and what the residual value of a lease car is and how it affects you. All of these topics should be put into consideration before deciding to lease a vehicle.

How to Buy: On our How to Buy Page you’ll find all the information you need to make a confident decision of purchasing a vehicle at Velde Ford. Topics that will be broken down include: Why to buy, the buying process online and at our dealership, financial terms, the cost of ownership. Each of these elements play a key role in the decision to buy a vehicle, so we recommend looking them over thoroughly before making your final decision.

After you’ve read our Buying vs. Leasing pages online, we hope you have a better understanding of each option, and you’re confident in the one you choose. Feel free to call one of our wonderful team members at Velde Ford if you have any questions at (888) 221-2804. You can count on us to offer you the best dealership experience in the Pekin area. Start your shopping online today by looking over our Model Overview pages. Each page will give you details on each Ford model that is on the market right now. We encourage you to take a look at our inventory as well to pick out a couple vehicle you’d like to test drive when you coming into our dealership. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, put in an inquiry on our Find Me a Vehicle page, and sales representative will get in touch with you. We look forward to working with you at Velde Ford, and we’re excited to find you the vehicle of your dreams!

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7 Grilling Safety Tips You Should Know - 05/17/2016

7 Grilling Safety Tips You Should Know

PEKIN, Ill. – Memorial Day weekend is just the around the corner and so is grilling season, if you haven’t started already. During the warmer months, there’s no better meal then one made over the grill. If you haven't yet, you can try out these mouthwatering grilling recipes that we blogged about last week! While grilling is fun to do and a great way to get everyone together, safety should still be on your mind. Here are 7 grilling safety tips you should know this season to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy. 
  1. Propane and charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and away from your home, camper, or other large structures while you’re cooking. It’s important to keep them out from under tents or awnings as well.
  2. Make sure your grill is stable before use. Check to see that all four corners are evenly flat on the ground. This will ensure that your grill won’t tip over while cooking.
  3. Children and pets should never be playing around a grill. Don’t take a chance of anyone getting burned. As a general rule, kids and animals should stay at least 4 feet away from the grill while it is in use.
  4. Don’t leave your grill unattended. When you’re ready to start cooking, make sure you bring everything you need from the house outside so you’re not making trips back and forth.
  5. Use proper barbecuing utensils. Grilling utensils have extra long handles that make food handling easier and safer. These utensils help avoid burns and splatters.
  6. Be prepared for anything. In case of a fire, you should have a plan ready. For a grease fire you can use baking soda. Also have a fire extinguisher ready, or if you don’t have one of those, a bucket of sand or a garden hose.
  7. Don’t ever try to move a grill while it’s hot. Once the grill is lit, it shouldn’t be moved. Moving a grill is not safe because you could easily get burned or the grill could tip over. 
Please remember these 7 grilling safety tips and enjoy your delicious food! Another way to keep your family happy and healthy, is by making sure your family vehicle gets the Spring Car Care it needs this season. Visit our website and learn about the important maintenance tips your tires, wipers, and car fluids need for the spring season. Schedule your season service appointment at Velde Ford today.

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May is the Month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness - 05/12/2016

May is the Month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness

PEKIN, Ill. – May is the month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness. Velde Ford takes your safety very seriously. Keeping you and other drivers on the road is our first priority. During the nicer months, it’s important to start looking for motorcyclists on the road. Too many accidents are caused between car drivers and motorcycle riders that could be easily prevented. Staying safe on the road is a two-way street and a shared effort, so take a look at these safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists.

Tips for Motorcyclists:
  • Wearing the right gear for riding is the key to your safety. A helmet, closed toe shoes, pants, a motorcycle jacket, and gloves should all be worn. Although some motorcycle gear can be a little heavy to wear, it’s going to ease your fall in case you ever get into an accident. Some of the gear, like your helmet, will also help protect you from flying debris when you’re riding.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and always watch out for potential road hazards. As a motorcyclist, you’re harder to see in traffic. Being aware of other drivers around you and looking out for any road hazards like potholes, train tracks, and construction will help you avoid any potential accidents.
  • Use your turn signals and headlights. The key is to make you as visible as possible to other drivers. This is also very important to other drivers, but motorcyclists especially. You’re more likely to get into an accident when other cars can’t see you or don’t know where you’re going. 
  • Check the weather. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in a rainstorm or thunderstorm when you’re on your motorcycle. Double checking the weather will help your avoid these situations and keep you safe on the road.

Tips for Drivers:
  • If you’re driving behind a motorcycle, leave at lease a 3-4 second following distance between you and the bike. If there’s ever a case than you need to stop quickly or swerve, you want to have the time to do that and avoid hitting the motorcyclist in front of you.
  • Consider the condition of the road you’re on. If you’re on a road with potholes, railroad tracks, or even construction, the motorcyclists will need to slow down and avoid these obstacles more than a person with a car. We recommend following even further behind when encountering road conditions like this.
  • Always, always, always check your blind spots! This is one of the leading causes of accidents between cars and motorcycles. Motorcyclists move much quicker and are much smaller, making them harder to see when they’re coming up in your blind spot. Double checking your mirrors and looking over your shoulders will help you avoid any potential accidents.
  • Don’t try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Even if your car is on the smaller size, it’s never safe to share a lane. In the case that you have to swerve or the motorcyclist needs to swerve, you may collide. Give the motorcycle the space it needs to drive. 

Although May is the month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness, you should practice these tips every month to keep safe on the road. Your safety goes beyond these helpful tips. Take a look at our Spring Car Care pages online to learn about the maintenance your tires, car fluids, and suspension and alignment need this season. Routine maintenance will not only keep you safe on the road, but your vehicle will perform its best as well. Schedule your spring service appointment online today.

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6 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes - 05/11/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – The weather is getting warmer and the sun is coming out! There’s no better way to enjoy a warm, sunny afternoon than firing up the grill and making a delicious meal. Get your tongs ready, and try out these 6 mouthwatering BBQ recipes. Any of these recipes would be perfect for a mid-week dinner, a delicious Saturday lunch, or a Memorial Day dish. Happy grilling!

6 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

6 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

6 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

6 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

6 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

6 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

There’s no way your neighbors won’t be jealous when you’re cooking up these 6 mouthwatering BBQ recipes! If your family is into camping and the great outdoors, try out these 5 delicious camping recipes too! While you’re enjoying the sunny weather outdoors, it’s easy to forget about the care your vehicle needs. Don’t forget to make an appointment at Velde Ford for your spring auto service. Head on over to our website to see what routine maintenance your tires, alignment, and suspension need this season.

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Strobe Light Kits Now Available for Ford F-150s - 05/03/2016

Strobe Light Kits Now Available for Ford F-150s

PEKIN, Ill. – Ford trucks have always played a huge role in the jobs of our working class customers, and we’re proud to supply trucks that work just as hard as you do. Our truck fans will be very excited to hear that the strobe warning LED light kits are now available on the Ford F-150s for the first time. Now F-150 fleet customers can take their work to the next level.

The strobe light kits that are now available for the Ford F-150s are designed for road construction crews or municipal crews. The lights help warn passing on oncoming drivers that workers are present at a site and to slow down or proceed with caution.

The light kit consists of front-and rear-mounted amber lens. The forward facing signals are at the edge of the hood near the windshield, and the rear-facing lights are set on both sides of the stop light at the top of the truck. The front lights can be seen as far as 1,000 feet during the day and up to a mile at night, and the rear lights offer up to 180 degrees of illumination. Truck drivers have the ability to change the flash pattern as well to fit their needs.



The lights kits are already available for the 2016 F-Series Super Duty trucks, but Ford is all about giving its customers exactly what they need, so providing the kit for the F-150 makes your work safer and your truck a better tool. These kits are low powered LEDs that work perfectly with the F-150’s high-strength aluminum-alloy body and are weather-resistant.

Kent Bock, a Ford commercial accessory business development manger says, “Ford designed the first-ever factory-installed LED warning light kit based on fleet customer input. Because it comes directly from Ford, customers can trust that this light kit is Built Ford Tough. Ordering is as easy as checking a box, and the truck is delivered to your dealer with the system installed.”

If you have a fleet identification number, you can order your strobe light kit as soon as you’d like. For safety reasons, it’s important to keep in mind that this light kit is not used for regular driving conditions, but in work areas only.

Remember that even your work truck needs routine seasonal maintenance. Take a look at our Spring Car Care pages online to see what your services your vehicle needs this season. Routine maintenance is important to keep you safe on the road and to keep your vehicle performing its best. Feel free to schedule your spring service appointment with us online today.

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Mouthwatering Mother's Day Brunch Ideas - 05/02/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – Shout out to all the amazing moms out there! If you ask us, moms don't get enough appreciation for all that they do. They truly are modern day superheroes, and we're definitely thankful for all that our moms have done for us.

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 8th, and we hope your kiddos treat you to the pampered day you deserve! One amazing way to celebrate this Sunday is with a mouthwatering Mother's Day brunch that brings the whole family together, and we think these delicious recipes will put a smile on everyone's face!

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If you really want to treat your mom to something extra special this Mother's Day, why not surprise her with a new ride?! We can help you find a vehicle she will love at Velde Ford. Choose from plenty of great Ford models on our website! If she already has a Ford that she loves, take care of her seasonal service by scheduling a spring service appointment. We'll make sure her vehicle is updated with the routine mainteance it needs and keep her safe on the road.

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Ford Helps The Salvation Army with Disaster Relief - 04/28/2016

Ford Helps The Salvation Army with Disaster Relief

PEKIN, Ill. – Ford Motor Company has been giving back to its Michigan communities for years now, and now Ford is helping The Salvation Army with disaster relief.

A 2016 Ford Transit 350 cargo van has been designed to help respond to emergency situations in Southeast Michigan. The cargo van will be used by a disaster services volunteer team that responds to requests from local authorities. The volunteer team provides food, drinks, clothing, communication support, blankets, temporary shelter, and cleanup kits to victims of an extreme disaster, as well as the first responders like police and firefighters.

Janet Lawson, the director of the Ford Motor Company fund and the philanthropic arm of Ford, is thrilled to be part of this project saying, “Assisting with disaster relief is an important part of our mission to serve the communities where we live and work. The flexibility of the Ford Transit van makes it a great fit for The Salvation Army’s emergency response fleet.”

The sleek design of the Ford Transit 350 gives it an advantage to maneuver in small places where an emergency might occur. Inside the cargo van, the ceiling is 6ft 9in so most people can stand comfortably. To prepare for any situation there is LED strobe lighting in the roof and grille, along with sirens and external speakers. So everyone on the disaster team can stay connected at all times, there’s also a ham radio antenna and generator. On the inside of the cargo van is a stove, microwave, coffeemaker, freezer, sink, electric hot water heater, and a refrigerator.

Ford Helps The Salvation Army with Disaster Relief

Fords help with The Salvation Army will serve up to 250 victims is a disaster. Another Transit is being donated to Kansas City as well. We’re proud to be part of such a great company that’s always willing to help their community. If you need any help with your vehicle needs, come to Velde Ford. We’re happy to take care of you and your vehicle. Take a look at our Spring Car Care section to see what kind of maintenance your vehicle needs this season. Schedule your service appointment with us online.

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5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes - 04/26/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – The weather is getting warmer, and summer vacation is right around the corner! Summer is full of fun adventures like road trips, day trips, and of course, camping. Camping is all about living the easy life, and enjoying the outdoors in beautiful Illinois with friends and family. Upgrade your camping style this year and try these 5 delicious & flavorful camping recipes.

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes  

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

 5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

Keep in mind that these 5 delicious & flavorful camping recipes will need to be prepared ahead of time and then packed with the rest of your food for your next camping adventure. Looking for a new SUV that will fit the whole family and all of your camping supplies? Velde Ford can help you with that. Take a look at the 2016 Ford Expedition EL. Parents will love the safety and technology features with this vehicle and the kids will love all the room they have during road trips. Come in for a test drive today if you’re interested.

Already have the perfect vehicle for your camping trips? Head on over to our Spring Car Care section on our website to learn about the maintenance your wipers, tires, and car fluids need this season. Make sure your vehicle is ready for your camping trip and schedule your spring service appointment at our Service Center online.

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Ford Mustang is the Most Popular Car Around the World - 04/22/2016

Ford Mustang is the Most Popular Car Around the World

PEKIN, Ill. – A global takeover by one of the most iconic cars around has happened. If you’re a pony fan, you’ll be happy to know that the Ford Mustang is the most popular car around the world by ranking as the best selling sports coupe globally.

Globally, Ford has sold 110,000 Mustang Coupes according to IHS Automotive. On top of that, 30,000 Mustang Convertibles were sold. In total, the belling selling sports car topped off at 141,868 units sold.

Erich Merkle, a Ford sales analyst was thrilled to report about the Mustang’s sales saying, “U.S. consumers have enjoyed interesting foreign sports cars for decades, so it was time for the Americans to return the favor with the worldwide launch of the new Mustang. Global markets have responded in a huge way. Ford Mustang was the only sports coupe in the world with more than 100,000 units registered last year.”

In the upcoming year, Ford projects that the sales are only going to increase since last year. The Mustangs are available in 140 markets, including Australia. While a lot of American millennials are looking forward to the 2.3L EcoBoost engine, the markets overseas are all about the V8.

Here are some numbers for the Ford Mustang around the world:
  • Since the Mustang has was put on sale in Europe, which was last summer, over 16,600 vehicles have been ordered.
  • In the United Kingdom a total of 3,500 Mustangs have been sold.
  • 339 Mustangs have been sold in France.
  • In March, the Mustang was the number one selling sports coupe in Germany.
  • The Mustang was also the top selling sports coupe in China throughout the fourth-quarter of 2015.
  • The Mustang was so popular in Australia that is was the number one selling sports coupe for the first three months is went on sale, and initially sold out through 2017.
  • Bringing it all the way back, In the US there were 12,563 Mustangs sold.

With the Ford Mustang being the most popular car around the world, plants aren’t even able to keep up with the demand, but if you're in our area, you're in luck! If you’re interested in getting your own Mustang, take a look at our inventory online and make a visit to Velde Ford.

We’ll be happy to schedule a test drive for you and get you into one of the most popular cars in the world! If you’re happy with the Ford you’re already driving, take a look at our Spring Car Care section online. Learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs this season, and schedule an appointment with us today,

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10 Tips to Make the Planet Greener for Earth Day - 04/21/2016

10 Tips to Make the Planet Greener for Earth Day

PEKIN, Ill. – Earth Day 2016 is here, and it’s time to actively take steps towards a more green and healthy planet. We celebrate Earth Day every year to show appreciation to our planet and inspire others to do the same. While some will volunteer around their community, or others towards a specific cause, you can make a difference in your everyday life with these 10 tips to make the planet greener for Earth Day.

10 Tips to Make the Planet Greener for Earth Day
  1. Invest in a bike. Biking may not be as fast as driving, but it’s much better for the planet and you. Biking is still a great form of transportation if you only need to go a few miles, and you get a great workout.
  2. Open your curtains. Let the sunshine in on sunny days and you’ll have no need to turn on your lights. You can open up your window, too for fresh air instead of turning on your air conditioner.
  3. Plant a garden. Having a garden not only provides you with fresh and healthy food, but it’s great for the soil as well.
  4. Turn off and unplug electronics. If you’re not using an electronic make sure you unplug it. By keeping it plugged in, even if it’s not turned on, can waste electricity.
  5. Start using reusable bags. A lot of paper and plastic bags are used at the grocery store, but you can start making a difference and use less with reusable bags.
  6. Buy a water bottle. Instead of wasting plastic by using disposable plastic water bottles, invest in a reusable option. If you’re worried about clean water, you can buy a water filter too. It’ll save you money in the long run, and the cut down on plastic thrown away. If you do use the disposable bottles, make sure to recycle them! 
  7. Pay your bills online. Not only will this cut down on paper, but it’s also super convenient for you. If you’re worried about forgetting about them, look into auto pay.
  8. Switch your shower head. If you have an old shower head, changing it to a newer, more efficient option will save thousands of gallons a year.
  9. Plant some trees in your yard. One tree can absorb up to a ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Bonus: you’re adding nice landscaping to your yard.
  10. Run a full dishwasher. It’s better to run a dishwasher than hand wash dishes, but when you run it make sure it’s completely full so you’re not wasting water and you don’t have to do more loads than needed.
With these tips, you’ll be on your way to making the planet a cleaner and better place. If you’re thinking about investing in a new car soon, look into one of fuel-efficient Fords available at Velde Ford. Newer and more fuel-efficient vehicles are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time! If you’re happy with the vehicle you already have, check out our Spring Car Care section on our website. Keeping your vehicle up to date with the routine maintenance it needs every season will keep your vehicle performing its best.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Taurus Brochure - 04/15/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – If you’re looking for top-of-the-line performance and sophisticated style, then the 2016 Ford Taurus is perfect for you. This full-size sedan offers generous space for you, your passengers, and in the trunk, plus the latest in Ford SYNC technologies to keep you connected at all times on the road. To see all the information on this full-size sedan, download the 2016 Ford Taurus brochure below.

2016 Ford Taurus Downloadable Brochure

Ford SYNC keeps the driver connected and safe on the road. Hands-free calling, automatic phone book download, voice-activated music commands, Sync AppLink, and 911 Assist will help you keep your eyes will on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. With the SYNC AppLink you can connect your phone and manage your favorite phone apps like Pandora with just the sound of your voice.

The 2016 Ford Taurus comes in four different trim levels. Choose between SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. In the SHO trim level drivers will enjoy the twin-turbo and direct-injection 3.5L EcoBoost engine. If you’re looking for extra performance drivers can opt in for the SHO Performance Package with an enhanced sport-tuned suspension, sport-calibrated steering, performance summer tires, and performance friction brake pads. See all the options and trim levels in the downloadable 2016 Ford Taurus brochure.

Come into Velde Ford and test drive the 2016 Ford Taurus today. 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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Ford F-150 Earned A 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick - 04/14/2016

Ford F-150 Earns 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick

PEKIN, Ill. – We’re very happy to announce that the Ford F-150 earned a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick for the SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations, making it the only large pickup to earn this recognition.

The Ford F-150 earned the 2016 IIHS Safety Pick with its all-new military-grade, aluminum alloy body high-strength steel frame, and smart engineering. Thanks to the new build, the F-150 is 700lbs lighter, which helped it score top ratings in payload, towing, and EPA-estimated gas fuel economy.

Very proud of the achievement, Raj Nair, the Ford executive vice president, said, “From the moment our team set out to design and build the new F-150, we knew it had to be best-in-class. From the moment our team set out to design and build the new F-150, we knew it had to be best-in-class.”

Ford engineers worked diligently to make the F-150 the best and safest truck on the road. With 31 safety-related innovations, the F-150 was sure to be one of the safest on the road. The F-150 was also put through rigorous testing with supercomputer simulations and advance laboratories.

We’re also proud to say that the 2016 F-150 earned a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick and is the only full-size pickup that has earned a five-star rating for the driver and passenger in all crash test modes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2016 Ford F-150 head on over to VeldeFordPekin.com! Our F-150 page outlines safety features, technology features, upgradable packages, engine options, and competing model comparisons. Learn why every other truck is history by going online today. Interested in taking one for a test drive? Check out our inventory to find one that you like and come into our dealership. Our sale representatives at Velde Ford are happy to take care of you and get you in the truck of your dreams.

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5 Travel Snacks Perfect for any Road Trip - 04/13/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – With summer approaching quickly, it’s time to get your road trips planned and organized. First, you need to start with picking your perfect destination. Want to explore a city? Try Chicago! Looking for more of a family vacation spot? Check out the Wisconsin Dells! Once you figure out your destination, it’s time to start thinking about what you need to pack. That’s one list we can help you with though! You’re in charge of packing your shoes and clothes, but we’ve got you covered with the food. Check out these 5 travel snacks perfect for any road trip! From healthy to not so much, and from salty to sweet, your trip will be awesome with these treats in the passenger seat.

5 Travel Snacks That Are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

Don’t forget to check out our spring car care section on our website. Make sure your vehicle gets the routine maintenance it needs this season so it’s road trip ready for the summer. Schedule your spring service appointment with our experts at Velde Ford. We’re happy to take care of anything you need in the Pekin area. If you’re looking for a new Ford for your summer road trips check out the 2016 Ford Expedition EL. With plenty of space, safety features, and technology features the whole family will love this SUV.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Expedition EL Brochure - 04/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – The 2016 Ford Expedition EL will take you and your family on any adventure you choose. With unstoppable power, capability, and lots of space the whole family will love the Expedition EL. Feel confident that you and your family are always safe in the Expedition EL with the government’s highest safety rating – a 2015 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score. Learn more about the 2016 Ford Expedition EL by downloading your free brochure below.


Downloadable 2016 Ford Expedition EL Brochure

The whole family will be comfortable in the Expedition EL with a total of 130.8 cubic ft. of cargo space. With the Powerfold 3rd-row seat, switching from space for more passengers to space for more cargo is simple and seamless. Plus, if you have a lot of passengers there’s always room for their luggage as well with 42.6 cubic ft. of space in the trunk. Drivers will enjoy an adjustable Cargo Management System as well to keep all the backseat cargo neat and organized.

Under the hood of the 2016 Ford Expedition EL there a 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged direct-injection engine that kicks pout 365 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired up with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, drivers will get an EPA-estimated rating of 22 MPG on the highway. To learn more about the performance and features of the 2016 Ford Expedition EL, download your free brochure.

If you decide that the 2016 Ford Expedition EL is the perfect addition to your family, stop by Velde Ford. 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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Downloadable 2016 Ford Edge Brochure - 04/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – The 2016 Ford Edge will take you on any adventure in style. With its bold stance and fluid lines, the Edge will always turn heads. New for the 2016 model, SYNC 3 brings the latest technology to the Edge keeping you connected no matter where you venture to. Find out more about the 2016 Ford Edge by downloading the brochure below.


  Downloadable 2016 Ford Edge Brochure

Ford SYNC keeps you connected and safe on the road. With features like hands-free calling, automatic phone book download, voice-activated music commands, Sync AppLink, and 911 Assist your eyes will remain on the road and your hands will stay on the steering wheel. Plus, with the SYNC AppLink, you can control your favorite phone apps with just the sound of your voice.

There are 5 trim levels to choose from with the 2016 Ford Edge. Choose from the SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. All 5 trim levels offer a smooth and quiet ride that you and your passengers can enjoy. In the Edge Sport you’ll get the ultimate driving experience with a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection 2.7L EcoBoost engine. Plus, with an EPA-estimated rating of 24 MPG on the highway, the Edge ranks best-in-class with gas, V6hp, and torque. Download the 2016 Ford Edge brochure to learn more about the trims options and features.

If you want to start riding in style, take the 2016 Ford Edge for a test drive today 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. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot! - 04/07/2016

The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot!

PEKIN, Ill. – If you’re looking for a rockin’ summer ride, we’ve got something for you! Ford Motor Company just made a huge announcement that the 2017 Ford Mustang is going to make your summer hot with three new colors and upgraded standard features.

The 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will be going on sale this June, and Ford Performance ensured that this would be the best Mustang on the market. Mustang fans have expressed to Ford what they look for in their next sports car. Ford's global director Dave Pericak says, "At the end of last year we started offering a back seat option for Shelby GT350R due to customer demand. Now, we have adjusted the packages available to continue to provide more of what customers want on the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”

The 2017 Ford Mustang will make your summer hot in three new colors: Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue, and Grabber Blue. For those of your who were crazy about the Track Page from previous Mustangs you’ll be happy to hear it’s coming standard on the 2017 model with features that include:
  • Aluminum tower-to-tower brace
  • MagneRide damping system
  • High-downforce decklid spoiler
  • Engine oil, transmission, and differential coolers

Ford Performance is also offering two other packages you can add onto you new Mustang including an Electronics Package and Convenience Package. The Electronics Package includes SYNC 3, a nine-speaker audio system, and voice activated navigation. The Convenience Package offers the same as the Electronics Package, but also includes leather-trimmed power sport seats.

The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot!

The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot!

You can look forward to test-driving the 2017 Mustang at Velde Ford this June! While you’re waiting until then, get your current Ford ready for spring. Check out our spring car care page on our website and see what maintenance your vehicle may need this season. From tires to wiper blades, our team of experts can help you with all of your vehicle service needs. Schedule a service appointment with us today at Velde Ford online.

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5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts - 04/06/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – With rainy days like today, nobody wants to be outside. We’re all patiently waiting for the warmer weather that spring promises, but until that comes around we have a few things to keep you busy and out of the rain. 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.

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.

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FordPass Has Partnered with Spotify - 04/01/2016

FordPass Partners with Spotify

PEKIN, Ill. – This year Ford has been making huge strides forward in their Ford Smart Mobility plan. The plan is centralized around bettering the mobility possibilities for Ford customers, and overall giving Ford customers more in mobility assistance. FordPass has been a huge part of this push giving Ford drivers a mobile app they can interact with. FordPass has been working to including features users want including it's most recent partner, Spotify. FordPass customers have four different elements they can use:

Marketplace: Ford is partnering with a few companies that will makes finding and reserving a parking spot easy, not matter what city you’re in. In this element you can also take advantage of car sharing and borrowing when you’re traveling in a different city. The best feature is you can schedule a service appointment with just a touch of a button.

FordGuides: FordGuides are here for your convenience! If you need help with anything FordPass, these are the people you’re going to want to call. For example, if you need to reserve a parking space but you’re unsure how to go about that, call a FordGuide and they’ll walk you through the steps and get you on your way in no time!

Appreciation: With FordPass, Ford wants to show their appreciation to you as a customer. Get bonus merchandise and invited to exclusive events with FordPass partners – like Spotify. Also, you can look forward to getting awesome prizes just be interacting on your FordPass app.

FordHubs: FordHubs will be actual stations that you can stop at in certain cities. FordGuides will be on site for any questions or mobility help. In the future, Ford also Ford plans on hosting special events at the hubs like car reveals and more!

You can find more general information on the FordPassapp and its elements in one of our past blogs.

Recently, Ford has partnered with Spotify along with many other companies including McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, and BP. Ford measured that people spent 900 hours yearly on their mobile device, and 25 of those hours listening to music. Spotify is going to being FordPass customers the ultimate music experience on and off the road. Ford partnering with Spotify will bring customers perks through the Appreciation element of the mobile app. They’ll be able to have access to unique experience and merchandise.

FordPass will be launching this April! Want to take advantage of all these awesome benefits you get with FordPass? Come to Velde Ford and we’ll hook you up with a brand new 2016 Ford Taurus! If you’re not in the market for a new Ford, then check out our new spring car care section on our website. Learn about the routine maintenance your tires, wipers, and fluids need this season. Schedule a service appointmentwith our experts today!

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DIY Gardening Projects for Spring - 03/30/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – Spring is finally here and the warmer weather is on its way! If you’re an avid gardener, this may be your favorite time of the year. It’s time to start planning what you’re planting this year, and if you’re bored of the same old veggies, fruits, plants, and flowers year after year, then we have something for you! Take your green thumb to the next level with one of our creative DIY gardening projects this spring. We guarantee your garden will be the coolest one on the block, no matter the size!

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

 DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring


 DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

 DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring  

With these awesome gardening project ideas you’ll be ready for the warmer weather in no time! To make sure your vehicle is just as prepared for spring as you are, we have a new spring car care section on our website. Check it out to learn more about the routine maintenanceyour vehicle needs this season. Schedule a service appointment with our experts at Velde Ford today.

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Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts - 03/29/2016

Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts

PEKIN, Ill. – Spring is finally here at Velde Ford! We want to make sure that you’re always driving safely on the road, so we’ve made a section on our website that focuses on spring car care by the Velde Ford service experts. Taking proper care of your vehicle involves getting the routine maintenance and services it needs every season. Below you’ll see the sections that we cover in our spring car care. Learn about all about the maintenance your wipers, tires, fluids, alignment, and suspension your vehicle needs. You'll also find a section on spring cleaning for your car to get it neat and tidy for the season. Keeping a clean car will ensure you’re free of distractions on the road and prolong the life of your vehicle. Velde Ford understands how much of an investment your vehicle is, so we’re going to help anyway we can to keep it running and in perfect condition. Prepare your vehicle for the spring season with our service experts at Velde Ford.

Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts


Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts

Wipers: Your wipers blades are essential to your safety in the rainy spring season. Working alongside your windshield fluid, wiper blades that are in good condition will keep your view clean and clear. Take a look at our spring wiper blades page to learn about the signs your wipers need to be replaced. Come to our Velde Ford Service Center if you need help picking out your new spring wiper blades. We’ll be happy to install them for you too!

Tires: Now is the perfect time to switch from those winter tires to all season tires. If you already have all season tires, it’s important to ensure that your tread is in good condition. Head on over to our spring tire page for the signs of wear and tear on your tread. Good tires will keep you safe on the rainy spring roads with the traction you need. If you’re unsure of your tires’ condition, make an appointment at our Service Center at Velde Ford online. We’ll inspect, rotate, and install tires for your vehicle.

Fluids: Your fluids will play a key role in your vehicle’s performance and efficiency. Each fluid plays a different role for your vehicle, and each of them has a different service schedule as well. On our spring fluids page you’ll find a list of three different fluids you should check this season along with the fluid’s purpose and service interval. Servicing your fluids this spring includes checking their levels, flushing, changing, and topping them off as needed. If you need any of these done for the season, schedule an appointment with our service experts online.

Suspension &Alignment: Your vehicle’s suspension and alignment keep your ride nice and easy on the road. Keeping up with your spring alignment care will ensure your vehicle drives straight on the road. With spring suspension care, your vehicle will always give you a smooth and even ride on the road. Go to our spring suspension and alignment care page for warning signs your vehicle needs to be serviced. Your suspension and alignment will affect your vehicle’s overall performance, so it’s important to keep up on their routine maintenance. Make your spring suspension and alignment service appointment with Velde Ford online.

Car Spring Cleaning:Make your vehicle spotless this spring with our service expert’s best tips and tricks for cleaning. Keeping your vehicle clean has many benefits. To name a few you’ll always be prepared in an emergency, you’ll never be distracted by clutter, and you can increase your vehicle’s life span. The cleaner you keep your vehicle the longer your interior and exterior materials will last. Also, with spring being the perfect month for cleaning out your vehicle, we have a step-by-step guide to get all the salt from the winter months out of your carpets. Follow these tips and tricks for your spring car cleaning and your vehicle will look great this spring and plenty more seasons to come!

The service experts at Velde Ford are happy to provide the information you need to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. Knowing the services your vehicle needs each season will keep your vehicle performing its best all year round. We’re happy to take care of your wipers, tires, fluids, suspension, and alignment at our Service Center. If you ever have any questions about the routine maintenance for your vehicle, give us a call at (888) 221-2804 or take a look at our service FAQ page. You can schedule your spring car care appointment online today. We are located in Pekin, IL, but we’re happy to extend our services to our neighboring cities of Peoria, Tremont, Morton, and Washington. We look forward to helping you get ready for spring at Velde Ford!

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6 Traveling Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe - 03/25/2016

6 Travelling Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe

VELDE, Ill. – Summer road trips are the best! With spring finally here, your family might already be thinking about where your vacation destination will be this year. If you’re going camping or visiting other family members, it’s likely you’re bringing the dog along with you, because they’re family too. Your safety on the road is always very important to us, but your furry friend’s safety is just as important. If you’re taking a road trip with the whole family this spring or summer, follow these 6 traveling tips to keep your dog safe.

6 Traveling Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe
  1. The front seat is for humans. We know your dog looks like a great copilot, but he/she is not safe in the front seat. First off, if an accident occurs and the airbag deploys, they could seriously get hurt, even if they’re in a crate. Second, it’s very distracting to you as a driver to have them sitting in the front seat with you. Your eyes should always be focused on the road.
  2. Pets shouldn’t roam in the vehicle. Going along with the first tip, this is a huge distraction to the drive and also another safety risk for your canine friend. You can either get them an appropriate sized crate and anchor it down so it doesn’t bounce or slide or you can get a dog seatbelt that will keep them safely tied to the seat comfortably.
  3. Don’t skip rest stops! Your dog doesn't have a voice to tell you when he might need to use the bathroom, so stop intermittently to make sure they're ok. Not only that, but being cramped inside a car for too long isn’t good for you or your dog. Go for a walk and stretch your legs. This can also help with their rambunctiousness in the vehicle. Keep in mind that when you’re letting your dog out of the car he/she should have their collar and leash on with a name tag.
  4. Keep your dog’s head inside the vehicle. We know that your dog loves sticking their head out the window, but this can be dangerous for him/her. Flying debris and other objects can get into your dog’s eyes, and the cold air from the wind can actually get into their lungs and make them sick. So while they may look like they’re enjoying themselves, it’s not worth their safety.
  5. Don’t ever leave your dog alone in the car. This is a big no-no. Even if it’s nice outside, your vehicle gets much hotter in a small period of time. Cracking your window isn’t the best idea either; it can still get too hot in there for them. Also, what may seem like a short amount of time for you, is not for your dog. This could also cause anxiety. 
  6. Give you dog as much comfort as possible. Some dogs like traveling, and others don’t. Either way, trying to comfort them with a familiar toy or some company from a person that’s not driving is important. This will keep our dog from getting to excited or anxious. Keep in mind that this should not be the job of just one person, try switching off duties every hour or so.
With these traveling tips, you and your dog will have a great road trip vacation. Before you start your road trip though, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready to go. Check out our service FAQ page to learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs to perform its best. We’re happy to take care of your brakes, tires, wipers, or anything else you need before you hit the road. You can schedule a service appointment online or over the phone by calling (888) 221-2804.

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Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps - 03/21/2016

PEKIN, Illi. - As one of Easter's most infamous candies, Peeps really should serve as a multipurpose item; don't you think? In order to make your Easter as peep-alicious as possible, we thought we would present you with six things you can do with Easter Peeps! From homemade centerpieces to a delicious dessert, you won't have an excuse to leave any extra Peeps sitting around the house.

Whether you are in search of a recipe to make for Easter brunch or a fun craft for the kids to do during your celebration, you can find dozens of great ideas on our Pinterest page!


Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Peeps Topiary Craft
Why keep Peeps tucked away inside of the Easter basket when you can make them the center of attention? Here are the instructions on how to make this colorful masterpiece.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

A soft, chewy sugar cookie with a sweet marshmallow Peep in the middle. Need we say more?
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Easter Peeps Centerpiece 
You can keep this centerpiece out all season long! All you need is a large vase, a drinking glass, jelly beans, and your favorite flowers. Read the step by step instructions here.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

It's safe to say that these bars are little slices of Easter candy heaven with chocolate cake, marshmallow peeps, and easter M&M's! 
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

How would you like to HANG out with your Peeps on Easter? (See what we did there?) This Peeps Easter Wreath is easier to make than you would think! Here are the instructions
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Peeps Fruit Kabobs
Pair your Peeps with a few pieces of juicy fruit on a wooden skewer and you've got a great grab-and-go treat for the kids.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

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