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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 Warriors in Pink - 07/28/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – According to a study conducted by Ford Warriors in Pink, one of the biggest concerns of breast cancer patients is their ability to maintain their daily schedules. Ford Warriors in Pink is an organization that supports breast cancer patients and their families. For 22 years they have offered assistance and support to patients, survivors, and co-survivors. Through their More Good Days initiative, they hope to offer convenient services like organic meal planning and free rides to breast cancer patients.

More Good Days
More Good Days is Ford Warriors in Pink’s initiative to help breast cancer patients and their families enjoy more good days. They do this by offering helpful services to ensure that life stays as normal as possible during cancer treatment. They provide resources on their website for services like organic meal planning, free house cleaning, mastectomy specific clothing items, and other services and tips.

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Models of Courage
Ford Warriors in Pink has also created the Models of Courage program. This program highlights breast cancer survivors, patients, and co-survivors to provide courageous models to others fighting a similar battle. They aim to show that there are good days and that women can thrive during and after their breast cancer diagnosis.

Gear that Gives
Every year Ford Warriors in Pink offers clothing items each with a specified donation amount as part of their cost. This month they have launched the 2016 line of clothing, including a sweatshirt specifically for women who have undergone mastectomy surgery.

Ford Warriors in Pink

Ford Warriors in Pink continues to offer support and assistance to the large population of those impacted by breast cancer. If you would like more information about Ford Warriors in Pink check out their website! You can read about all of the services they offer, tips for patients and families, or purchase clothing to donate to the fight against breast cancer! At Velde Ford, we are always concerned with your safety and well-being. If you think it's time to schedule your routine maintenance, make an appointment with our service center 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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5 Ice Cream Treats to Make at Home - 07/26/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Has there ever been a better time than the middle of the summer to talk about ice cream? Illinois is hot, and ice cream is cold. Need we say more? Check out these 5 ice cream treats to make at home, and treat yourself and your family to a cool dessert or snack!

1. Ice Cream Sandwich

5 Ice Cream Treats to Make at Home

If you want a simple homemade ice cream novelty, try this take on a classic and make your own ice cream sandwiches. Get as creative as you want with it. Make your cookies from scratch or buy your favorites at the store. Experiment with toppings and flavors, or try this recipe for instructions.

2. Frozen Ice Cream S’mores

5 Ice Cream Treats to Make at Home

This twist on a summertime favorite is sure to be a hit. All you really need is some graham crackers, ice cream, marshmallow fluff, and chocolate. But if you want a fun recipe, try this one.

3. Nutella Cool Whip Popsicles

5 Ice Cream Treats to Make at Home

All you need for these sweet frozen snacks is milk, nutella, and cool whip. Follow this recipe for the right proportions. You’ll also need popsicle molds to freeze your treats. 

4. Ice Cream Cupcakes

5 Ice Cream Treats to Make at Home

You could definitely alter this recipe to your liking, but these ice cream cupcakes are a good starting point. Try a different flavor of ice cream or a different type of cookie to personalize your cupcakes!

5. Ice Cream Tacos

5 Ice Cream Treats to Make at Home

At first glance, these might seem complicated but this recipe is surprisingly simple. Try filling them with different flavors and using different toppings for more variety!

Hopefully these 5 ice cream treats to make at home inspire you to make your own cool desserts! If not, maybe they’ll inspire you to go to the ice cream shop! Get creative and cool off in this heat! Don’t forget to head over to Velde Ford, or VeldeFordPekin.com to enter our vehicle giveaway contest! Since Velde Ford is turning 60, we’re giving away a 2 year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape! Entry is free so go sign up!

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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2017 Ford Escape Vehicle Giveaway at Velde Ford - 07/25/2016

2017 Ford Escape Vehicle Giveaway at Velde Ford

PEKIN, Ill., – Velde Ford is turning 60 and we want your help to celebrate! As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, family, and friends who have helped us throughout the years, we’re giving away a car! Enter to win the 2017 Ford Escape Vehicle Giveaway at Velde Ford!

To enter, you must be 21 years of age and live in the state of Illinois. All you have to do is fill out the form on our website or stop by the dealership. As well as a 2 year lease on the 2017 Ford Escape, the winner will also receive a 24 month maintenance plan. The winner will be announced on September 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM. You must be present at the drawing in order to win, so don’t miss out!

2017 Ford Escape Vehicle Giveaway at Velde Ford

We’re pretty excited that Velde Ford is celebrating its 60th anniversary and we’re happy to offer our valued customers the chance to win our 2017 Ford Escape Giveaway at Velde Ford. Remember, there’s no purchase necessary to win and all you have to do is fill out the form online! Thanks for 60 years of awesome business!

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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Filters and Fluids ­ – Routine Auto Maintenance at Velde Ford - 07/21/2016

Filters and Fluids ­ – Routine Auto Maintenance at Velde Ford

PEKIN, Ill., – Routine auto service is an important part of maintaining your car for many years to come. Routine maintenance includes services like oil changes and tire alignments, but don’t forget about your vehicle’s filters and other fluids as well! We want to help you keep your car in the best possible shape, so we’ve created our filters and fluids – routine auto maintenance at Velde Ford pages to give you a few reminders.

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Filters and Fluids ­ – Routine Auto Maintenance at Velde Ford

On this page we discus the types of filters you’ll find inside your car, how they function, and why you need to change them regularly. Filters included are the oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, and transmission filter. Also included on this page are ways to tell if a filter needs changing.

Filters and Fluids ­ – Routine Auto Maintenance at Velde Ford

On this page we talk about the different fluids that keep your car running and when you need to change them. We give lots of information about your coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, oil, and washer fluid, and why it’s important to maintain accurate levels of each!

We want your car to last you for years to come. Don’t waste money on costly repairs because you didn’t keep up with your routine maintenance. Following our filters and fluids – routine auto maintenance at Velde Ford guides will ensure that your vehicle investment lasts as long as possible. Take a look at all of our routine maintenance pages to stay informed about best practices for your car. Our service professionals at Velde Ford Pekin would be more than happy to perform any services your car may need. You can schedule a service appointment online at your convenience to keep your car in tip-top 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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Ford Finds an Unlikely Partner in Sustainability - 07/20/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford Motor Company has been a long time proponent for the use of sustainable materials in the auto industry. They began researching such ideas back in 2000 and have since implemented eight sustainable materials in their vehicles and products. Now Ford has found an unlikely partner in sustainability with the tequila industry: Jose Cuervo.

Most people are unaware of agricultural by-products and the ways they can be recycled. The agriculture industry creates 5 billion metric tons of waste every year, lots of which could be put to use in other industries.

Ford Finds an Unlikely Partner in Sustainability

“At Ford, we aim to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Ford senior technical leader of the sustainability research department, Debbie Mielewski. “As a leader in the sustainability space, we are developing new technologies to efficiently employ discarded materials and fibers, while potentially reducing the use of petrochemicals and light-weighting our vehicles for desired fuel economy.”

Ford has decided to team up with Jose Cuervo, the tequila distributor, to begin using some of the by-products produced by the Agave plant during the tequila making process. The left over plant fibers are already used as a fertilizer on the Agave farms, and by local artisans, and could potentially be used as a bioplastic for the interior and exterior of Ford vehicles. The pseudo plastic being created would be much lighter than regular plastic, improving vehicle efficiency.

Ford Finds an Unlikely Partner in Sustainability

Velde Ford is proud to support such sustainable practices in the auto industry and is happy to announce that Ford has found an unlikely partner in sustainability. We would like to encourage everyone to recycle and reuse as much of your everyday waste as possible. To learn more about Ford’s partnership with Jose Cuervo click here.


If you’d like to support a company that supports the environment, head down to Velde Ford Pekin and test-drive a new vehicle today! We have tons of new and used vehicles available to lease or to purchase! Our sales team would be happy to help you find the best car for your needs!

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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How to Play Pokémon Go Safely - 07/19/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – You’ve probably noticed an increased number of people wandering the streets of Pekin in the last few weeks. Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm and even begun to spark controversies. We’re here to provide you with some tips for how to play Pokémon Go safely! If you play, you’ve surely seen the warning at the beginning of the game to remain aware of your surroundings, but we’ve got some even better ideas.

How to Play Pokémon Go Safely

Tips for playing Pokémon Go Safely…

On Foot
The idea of the game is to get players active in the real world. By walking to Pokés tops and gyms, you have the chance to hatch your eggs and catch some Pokémon on the way to your destinations. Poké stops and gyms are usually located in highly populated areas, so it’s important that you be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Watch for traffic when crossing streets. 
  • Don’t walk along busy roads where there are no sidewalks, especially at night. (You’re unlikely to find good stuff here anyway) 
  • Don’t play alone, especially in areas you are unfamiliar with or at night. It’s more fun to play with a friend. 
  • Be aware of the general public and those not on their phones. Look up to avoid bumping into to people or being rude. 
On Bike
While biking is a great way to get exercise, it’s not the safest way to catch ‘em all. You can download maps of your area to find out where poke stops are located near you. This will allow you to plan your Poké-venture accordingly.
  • Don’t look at your phone while riding! You can leave the app open in your pocket so GPS can locate you for egg hatching purposes, but please don’t try to catch that weedle while you’re also trying to steer your bike. It’s not worth it. 
  • Be aware of traffic! This is always important when you’re riding your bike. Again, don’t try to play between destinations. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and your belongings once you’ve reached your location. Don’t leave your bike or personal items unattended. 
How to Play Pokémon Go Safely

DON’T POKEMON GO AND DRIVE

Don’t text and drive, don’t change the music and drive, don’t Pokémon Go and drive! Distracted driving puts you and everyone around you at risk! It can wait until you get there. If you absolutely feel the need to travel for your Pokémon Go adventures, plan your stops according to the map in your area and don’t play in between! Store your phone where you won’t be tempted to use it!

We hope our tips inspire you to be the safest, smartest trainer of them all. If you have any tips for how to play Pokémon Go safely, be sure to share them with us in the comments. If you are in need of a new ride to get you to those trainer meet-ups around town, head over to Velde Ford and one of our trained sales professionals will help you find the right new or used vehicle to match your specific needs. Don’t forget you can schedule your routine maintenance with our Velde Ford Service Center as well!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing Pokémon trainers 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’s New Robotic Technology - 07/14/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – It’s 2016 and robots are no longer a futuristic possibility, but a reality in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries, and now the automotive industry. Ford’s new robotic technology known as collaborative robots, or co-bots, has been implemented to help assist factory workers on the assembly line.

Ford’s New Robotic Technology

Co-bot Technology…

Eases difficulty of tasks
Co-bots don’t have human strength restrictions, meaning they are able to assist in completing tasks that would be arduous to factory workers.

Improves safety of workers
Co-bots are capable of sensing the smallest object in their path, including arms and fingers, to improve worker safety conditions.

Enhances speed of tasks
Co-bot technology complements the already skilled workers. Instead of manually lifting and positioning parts, the robots can swiftly lift and place heavy objects, increasing speed on the assembly line.

Ford’s New Robotic Technology

As well as assisting workers in their day-to-day tasks, collaborative robots are also a huge testament to the leaps and bounds Ford is making to progress automotive industry technology. The trial introduction of the co-bots at Ford’s Cologne, Germany assembly plant is being used as research to pinpoint operations that would be best completed by the new robotic technology. With the implementation of this exciting new technology, Ford hopes to continue the progressive movement and enhance productivity and safety in all of its plants around the world.



Ford’s new robotic technology is changing the way cars are produced. What do you think about robots working in factories? We think this forward momentum is just what the auto industry needs! The Ford SYNC technology in your Ford vehicle isn’t quite as advanced as the co-bot technology, but it can still do some pretty awesome stuff. If you want to learn more about Ford SYNC and all of your vehicle’s capabilities, be sure to check out our Ford SYNC Technology page 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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Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool - 07/11/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – We know that summer can get hot in Pekin. Have you considered what this means for your four-legged friends? We’ve taken the time to give you some tips for keeping your dog cool this summer. It’s important to take care of yourself in the heat, but it’s just as important to make sure your pets are safe and comfortable too!

Fun Ways to Stay Cool

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool

  • Give your pup a fun place to cool off by providing him with a kiddie pool to splash in! They’re relatively small and inexpensive and can give your dog a place to cool off from the sun.
  • You can make your own pupsicles by freezing a hard biscuit in an ice cube tray, or find a doggie ice cream recipe like these ones to make a cool treat for your pup.
  • If your dog likes to swim, find a dog friendly beach nearby and take them for a dip! Swimming will allow them to exercise without getting overheated.

Doggie Dos For Summer Heat


Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool

  • Always have a cool place available for your pet to rest. If you’re outside this could just be a shady spot for them to lie. In the house it could be as simple as a tile floor. If there aren’t any particularly cool places inside, you can provide them with a chilled towel to rest on.
  • Always have water available wherever you are! Keep your dog’s water dish full and fresh at all times and be sure to bring water on walks and car trips. Remember to have a place for them to get a drink outside too.

Doggie Don’ts for Summer Heat


Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool

  • Don’t shave your dog! It may seem like all that fur is causing them to overheat, but really it provides insulation to regulate body temperature. If you shave them too short, they could overheat more quickly, or even get sunburned.
  • Don’t walk or exercise your dog during the hot afternoon hours. Go for walks in the morning or the evening when it’s cooler. If it’s too hot, skip the walk for that day.

We hope these tips for keeping your dog cool this summer will help you keep your pets more comfortable in the heat! One last reminder from Velde Ford Pekin, never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle! Even with the windows down it can be way too hot inside your car for your dog! Leave your pet at home where it’s cool!

Do you know about the cool features your Ford vehicle has with Ford SYNC technology? Check out our Ford Technology page to read about the capabilities your car has! From safety to connectivity, stay up to date and learn what your car can do for you!

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 Super Duty – Smart Driver Assist Technologies - 07/07/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty is here and it’s ready to make a statement. Ford is giving drivers the control they want with the new Ford Super Duty – smart driver assist technologies. New features include:


Ford Super Duty – Smart Driver Assist Technologies
  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning
  • Adaptive Steering
  • Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage
  • BoxLink with locking cleats
  • Trailer Camera
  • Inflatable rear outboard safety belts
  • Multicontour front seats
  • Power-deployable running boards
  • PowerScope power-telescoping and power-folding trailer tow mirrors
  • Remote tailgate release
  • Flat load floor
  • Stowable loading ramps
  • SYNC 3
  • Tailgate step
  • Trailer Reverse Guidance
  • Trailer tire pressure monitoring
  • Utility lighting system

These adaptive technologies were designed to help drivers stay in control on their truck, even when towing up to 31,500 pounds. The adaptive cruise control allows drivers to set following distance and speed. If traffic slows down, the truck automatically adjusts to its preset following distance. This also helps drivers maintain their speed, even while they are towing large amounts up hill. Adaptive steering control changes the amount of steering input needed according to the speed of the vehicle. This makes for a more controlled and maneuverable steering experience.

As well as the adaptive driving technologies, the new Super Duty comes with many safety technology features like the back up camera and Blind Spot Information System. It also offers drivers a world of connectivity with Ford SYNC 3.

Ford Super Duty – Smart Driver Assist Technologies

The 2017 Ford Super Duty will be available later this year.

Have confidence in your truck with the 2017 Ford Super Duty – smart driver assist technologies! If you’re curious about your current Ford vehicle technology, read our latest Ford SYNC page at VeldeFordPekin.com! You can learn about what your vehicle is capable of and all of the latest updates!

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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10 Clever Camping Tips - 07/06/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Are you planning a camping trip this summer? The nice weather presents a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the season! Make your camping time more convenient with our list of 10 clever camping tips.


1. Toothpaste Dots

10 Clever Camping Tips

Rather than packing the entire tube of toothpaste, make small toothpaste dots by squeezing the toothpaste onto wax paper or tinfoil. Allow them to dry a few days before you leave and pack them in a smaller container.

2. DIY Fire Starters

10 Clever Camping Tips

Don’t throw away the dryer lint! Put it inside of empty toilet paper tubes and use it to start your campfires.

3. Store Plastic Cutlery and Napkins

10 Clever Camping Tips

Use a recycled drink holder to store your napkins and plastic silverware. This will keep you more organized!

4. Store Matches in a Mason Jar


Before heading into the wilderness, transfer matches from their original cardboard box, into a mason jar. Buy strike anywhere matches and glue a piece of sandpaper to the lid for easy lighting. This will keep your matches safe and dry.

5. Gallon Jug Lamp

10 Clever Camping Tips

Use a gallon jug filled with water and a headlamp to create a lamp for your tent or table area. The water reflects the headlamp to create more ambient light.

6. Pre-whisk Eggs

10 Clever Camping Tips

Save yourself some trouble at mealtime by whisking your scrambled eggs at home. Transport them in a plastic container for convenience. This also saves you from broken eggs in the cooler.

7. Store Snacks in Plastic Containers

10 Clever Camping Tips

Rather than bringing the whole bag or box of snacks, store snacks in plastic containers. This keeps food fresh and dry, and combats crunching!

8. Collapsible Trash Can

10 Clever Camping Tips

A collapsible mesh laundry basket makes a great trash can. Line the basket with a trash bag and to keep your trash receptacle accessible and contained.

9. 2-Liter Toilet Paper Holder

10 Clever Camping Tips

To keep your toilet paper dry, transform a 2-liter plastic bottle into a toilet paper holder. Just cut off the bottom, insert the roll, and pop the bottom back on!

10. Prepare Salad in To-Go Cups

10 Clever Camping Tips

For a quick campsite lunch, prepare chopped salad at home before you leave and store the salads in plastic to-go cups. This will keep your salad fresh and the straw hole makes a nice fork holder!

We think our list of 10 clever camping tips will help your camping trip be the most convenient one yet! If we missed any important tips, be sure to let us know! If you want to stay connected during your travels, be sure to utilize Ford SYNC! Check out our newest Ford SYNC Technology page to better understand the technologies your Ford vehicle is capable of.

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 2016 Ford Flex Brochure - 07/05/2016

 Downloadable 2016 Ford Flex Brochure

PEKIN, Ill., – Check out everything the 2016 Ford Flex has to offer when you download the 2016 Ford Flex electronic brochure. Ford’s functional crossover brings you the style you want, and the technologies you need to stay connected.


 Downloadable 2016 Ford Flex Brochure

With Ford SYNC technology, you can always stay connected in your 2016 Ford Flex. From hands-free calling to easy navigation, you’ll never want to leave your car! SYNC allows you to connect your devices and play music. It can even call 911 for you in the case of an emergency.

 Downloadable 2016 Ford Flex Brochure

Drive comfortably with the whole family in the 2016 Ford Flex. This spacious crossover seats up to 7 people. With adjustable seating options and storage features, you’ll always have the space and comfort you need to get you where you’re going. To get more info, read the downloadable 2016 Ford Flex brochure.

We want your driving experience to be the best one possible! Head down to Velde Ford Pekin to buy or lease your new 2016 Ford Flex. 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. 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 Transit Connect Wagon Offers Versatility and Flexibility - 06/30/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Have you ever wanted to pursue your goals or hobbies but felt you didn’t have the resources you need? The Ford Transit Connect Wagon offers versatility and flexibility; two things you need to fulfill your passions. Devin Stovall, the winner of the 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon giveaway, is proving this to be true.

Ford Transit Connect Wagon Offers Versatility and Flexibility

The recent giveaway winner plans to use his Ford Transit Connect Wagon as a mobile bicycle and wheelchair repair shop! Stovall works full-time at a bicycle shop, but plans to use his free time to help BMX bikers, mountain bikers, and senior citizens repair their wheels.

Ford Transit Connect Wagon Offers Versatility and Flexibility

Stovall is a great example of how important having the proper resources to pursue your passions can be. Many Americans are looking to supplement their income by starting side businesses, something that has been made ever more convenient by the popularity of the Internet world and social media platforms. But while technological advancements help to an extent, having the space and resources to create these business ventures is crucial. In the case of Stovall, his Transit Connect provides him with the mobile office space he needs. It also provides him with the ideal vehicle for his family in his everyday life. You can learn more about Devin and his endeavors by clicking here.

Ford Transit Connect Wagon Offers Versatility and Flexibility

If you think it sounds like the Ford Transit Connect Wagon offers versatility and flexibility you need to start pursuing your dreams, you can test drive one for yourself at Velde Ford Pekin. We think the Ford Transit Connect Wagon provides the perfect opportunity to grow your side business, follow your dreams, or take your family wherever your heart desires!

Don’t forget to stay up to date on all of your vehicle maintenance needs this summer. Use our Summer Car Care pages at Velde Ford Pekin to help you with your car service needs. Learn all about your cooling and A/C systems, your fuel system, your exterior lights, how to prevent sun damage, and why it’s important to fix cosmetic damage to 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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Ford SYNC Vehicle Technology with MyFord Touch - 06/29/2016

Ford SYNC Vehicle Technology with MyFord Touch

PEKIN, Ill., – We want to give you the best car experience possible at Velde Ford. That’s why we’ve created our new Ford SYNC Vehicle Technology with MyFord Touch informational page. We want to help you understand and utilize your vehicle’s technology capabilities. Visit the Ford SYNC Vehicle Technology with MyFord Touch page on www.VeldeFordPekin.com.
Page details include:

SYNC Hands-Free Calling
With SYNC Hands-Free Calling, you can make calls from your cell phone through your vehicles speakers, without ever taking your eyes off the road.

Ford SYNC 911 Assist
In the case of an accident, this feature allows your vehicle to call emergency services for you if you’re unable to make the call yourself.

Ford SYNC Vehicle Technology with MyFord Touch

Infotainment System Voice Recognition

This feature is activated by a button on your steering wheel and allows you to make a call, send a text, or control your music without taking your hands off the wheel.

SYNC AppLink with Voice Control
SYNC AppLink allows you to control your favorite apps on your smartphone while driving. You can listen to sports broadcasts or your favorite music and radio apps.

Ford SYNC 3 plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Control your smartphone through the speakers of you car and utilize navigation, make calls and listen to voicemails without becoming a distracted driver.

Siri Seamless Integration
Use Siri as you normally would on your iPhone with the Siri Eyes Free feature. You can use this feature to check traffic conditions and look for restaurants in your area.

Music Search and Control

Control your in-car music by connecting your devices through Bluetooth or with a USB cord. Then use your voice to pick your songs!

Climate Control Through Ford SYNC
Save your preferred climate settings and return to them later with a simple voice command.

Ford SYNC Vehicle Technology with MyFord Touch

Ford SYNC Connect
Available with SYNC 3, use the FordPass app to track your car’s location, start your car remotely, and lock and unlock your car from your smartphone.

We want you to have the latest and greatest technologies in your vehicle to make your driving experience the most convenient it can be. With our new Ford SYNC Vehicle Technology with MyFord Touch informational page, we hope you can get an idea of your vehicles capabilities!

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 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for 4th of July - 06/28/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – How are you planning to celebrate your 4th of July? Whether you’re having a huge cookout or a small gathering with friends and family, these 5 red, white, and blue recipes for 4th of July are guaranteed to spice up your celebration!

5 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for 4th of July

1. First, you’ll want a patriotic appetizer! What cookout would be complete without deviled eggs? Try this tutorial on how to make red, white and blue deviled eggs! It shows you how to dye the eggs and how to make the filling, as well as how to cook the perfect hard-boiled egg.

5 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for 4th of July

2. Next, you’ll want some side dishes. Start with this red, white, and blueberry caprese salad. This creative side dish is pretty to look at and delicious to eat!

5 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for 4th of July

3. As another side dish, try this red, white and blue pasta salad. It includes a recipe to follow, but once you learn how to dye the pasta you could easily alter it to your own favorite pasta salad recipe!

5 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for 4th of July

4. Time for the main course. We found these fun red, white, and bleu cheese sliders. It’s a pretty simple recipe perfect for grilling.

5 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for 4th of July

5. Last but not least, don’t forget about dessert! These red, white, and blue cupcake cones are cute, delicious, and very kid friendly.

No matter what you have planned for this summer’s 4th of July celebration, these 5 red, white, and blue recipes for 4th of July will help your holiday be a success! If you have any favorite patriotic recipes that we missed, be sure to share them with us! If your 4th of July plans include traveling, take a look at our Summer Car Care pages to help you keep up on your seasonal vehicle maintenance. We include tons of helpful info about your cooling and A/C systems, fuel system, exterior lights, cosmetic repairs, and sun protection!

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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Escape the Room – Ford Edition - 06/21/2016

Escape the Room – Ford Edition

PEKIN, Ill., – The popular interactive game experience Escape the Room has partnered with Ford to create the largest game concept of its type. Escape the Room – Ford Edition, or Escape NYC was compiled by a partnership trifecta: Ford, Escape the Room designer Victor Blake, and the I LOVE NEW YORK campaign.

Escape the Room is an interactive game experience that involves players and their ability to solve puzzles, clues, and find hidden objects in order to escape the room they are seemingly trapped in. This weekend, June 23-26, competitors will participate in the largest Escape the Room experience yet, complete with the first drivable experience of its type.

Escape the Room – Ford Edition

Housed in midtown Manhattan’s Moynihan Station, the game will take up 35,000 square feet. We think the coolest part, is the incorporation of the 2017 Ford Escape and all of its latest technology features. Although the game experience itself is kept top secret, we do know that Escape NYC uses SYNC AppLink, SYNC 3, and SYNC Connect features, as well as some safety features like the collision warning, park assist, and rearview camera.

Escape the Room – Ford Edition

As well as the integration of the 2017 Ford Escape and it’s awesome features, the I LOVE NEW YORK campaign aims to raise awareness and bring light to some lesser known destinations in New York.

So what do you think? Would you try to Escape the Room – Ford Edition? If you’d like to try out a 2017 Ford Escape without all the pressure of an interactive game experience, you can come down to Velde Ford in Pekin and test-drive one for yourself! Call us at (888) 221-2804. We would love to tell you all about the latest technologies and safety features offered on any of the Ford Vehicles.

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10 Summer Bucket List Ideas - 06/20/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Who says summer bucket lists are just for kids? Although our 10 summer bucket list ideas can definitely include children, they’re also perfect for any adult looking to be a little adventurous this summer. Don’t let the good weather pass you by! Take advantage of the upcoming summer months! Can you check everything off of our list before fall rolls around?

1. Take a road trip

10 Summer Bucket List Ideas


Taking a road trip doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. It doesn’t call for much planning either! Grab a friend, pack some snacks, fill up your tank, and just drive! You might be surprised at the fun things you find on your little adventure! If you’re the type of person who needs to have a plan, head to Chicago with our 5 fun Chicago destinations. Chicago is less than 3 hours from Pekin! If that’s too far, Champaign is just a little over an hour drive!


2. Go camping in the backyard

Camping is great summer bucket list item because you can make it as big of a deal as you want! Setting up a tent in the backyard with the kids can be just as much fun as planning a camping trip over a long weekend. Not only are you within close range of running water, running inside is easy in the case of inclement weather! You can still do all the fun camping things like roasting marshmallows over the fire pit and sleeping on air mattresses in sleeping bags, all while being a few steps from indoor bathrooms!

3. Try something new

10 Summer Bucket List Ideas

Summertime presents a great opportunity to try new things! What is something you’ve always wanted to do but never actually done before? Have you ever gone paddle boarding or kayaking? What about hiking or rock climbing? Make a commitment to yourself this summer to try something new and exciting! It could be something as small as trying a new food or recipe! Step out of your comfort zone!


4. Cook a meal from farmers market ingredients

This summer, the Pekin Farmers Market will be held every Thursday through September 3rd from 4-6pm. A great meal to prepare from farmers market ingredients would be a fresh omelet! You can find farm fresh eggs, veggies and cheese to cook a delicious breakfast, all while supporting your local farmers!


5. Attend an outdoor concert

10 Summer Bucket List Ideas

Live music is always a great time, but take advantage of the good weather and go to an outdoor show! Whether it’s a big name artist or a small local band, you’re sure to have a great time listening to some music under the sun or the stars!


6. Read a new book

Make yourself a list of books you’ve been dying to read. Maybe they’re the classics you never got to or an author a friend recommended. Whatever the case, summer is a great time to catch up on the reading you’ve been falling behind on.


7. Plan a picnic

10 Summer Bucket List Ideas

Whether it’s you and a friend, you and your kids, or you and your significant other, who doesn’t love a good a picnic? Pack up a lunch and blanket and take it to your favorite beach or other outdoor area! If the weather isn’t looking so great, you can always try an indoor picnic on the living room floor!

8. Tie Dye

Do you have some old dingy white clothes lying around? Run to the local craft store and pick up a tie dye kit! Turn your unwanted clothes into works of art. You could also try tie dying old white shoes or sheets! Tie dye is a great outdoor activity for kids and adults!

9. Start a garden

10 Summer Bucket List Ideas

Have you always wanted to start a garden in your backyard? Summer is the perfect time! If you don’t have space in your yard for a garden, you could try this fun DIY window box garden! Plant fruits, veggies, herbs, or flowers! Watching something grow is always rewarding!


10. Watch fireworks

Summer is pretty much the only time to catch a fireworks show. Fourth of July will be here before you know it, so make sure you plan to head to a fireworks display. If you’re bringing the kids along, sparklers are always a fun activity! Just be sure to review safety with them and make sure sparklers are allowed if you’re in a public park.

Summer is the best time to check off some bucket list items! Can you complete all of our 10 summer bucket list ideas? Did we miss anything? Let us know! If you’re planning any road trips this summer be sure your vehicle is running smoothly! Check out our Summer Car Care pages to find tips and tricks on keeping your cooling and A/C system, fuel system, and exterior lights in working order. You can also look at our cosmetic repairs page for more info on fixing your dings and dents, and our sun protection page for tips on how to protect your car from the sun this summer!

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 Fun Chicago Destinations - 06/17/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Summer has officially arrived in Illinois and we’d like to inspire you to take a road trip adventure! We picked 5 fun Chicago destinations to see this summer. Chicago is located about 170 miles northeast of Pekin, right on Lake Michigan. It will take you a little less than 3 hours to get there, the perfect distance for a road trip! We think you’ll like these fun places:

Oz Park 
5 Fun Chicago Destinations

Oz Park is The Wizard of Oz themed park located in the Lincoln Park community of Chicago. The park was originally an effort to enhance the community. Now it serves as a unique playground and park featuring fun statues of Oz characters.

Lincoln Park Zoo 

5 Fun Chicago Destinations

Lincoln Park Zoo is a completely free outdoor attraction located in Lincoln Park in Chicago. The zoo features tons of different wildlife including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Did we mention it’s free?

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool 

5 Fun Chicago Destinations

Originally built in 1889 as part of a Victorian garden, the lily pool was adopted by Alfred Caldwell in 1936. The Lincoln Park Conservancy picked it up in 1997 and brought it back to its former glory. They now maintain the beautiful 2.7 acre historical landmark.

Navy Pier 

5 Fun Chicago Destinations

Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most well renowned attractions and landmarks. With so much food, the Ferris wheel, and its redeveloped atmosphere, there’s something at Navy Pier for everyone. Be sure to check their website for lists of events and activities.

The International Museum of Surgical Science 

5 Fun Chicago Destinations

If you need to get out of the heat or the rain this summer, and you want a different museum experience than the art, science, and field museums offer, check out the International Museum of Surgical Science. The IMSS is the only museum in North America dedicated to the history of surgery!

We hope these 5 fun Chicago destinations pique your interest and motivate you to hit the road! If you decide to go on any road trips this summer, be sure your car is up to date on all of its maintenance. Head over to our new Summer Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin pages to help you keep your car running smoothly. If you’d like to schedule a service appointment you can fill out our online form. Don’t forget to check our Service FAQ page 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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2017 Ford Fusion Earns A Top Safety Pick+ Award - 06/15/2016

2017 Ford Fusion Earns A Top Safety Pick+ Award

PEKIN, Ill., – The 2017 Ford Fusion earns a Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) by earning good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests. Each test targets a different area of the vehicle and how it will hold up in the case of a crash.

These five tests include moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints, and front crash prevention. To earn a Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must receive good ratings in all categories, as well as have a front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating. The 2017 Ford Fusion received superior marks in the front crash prevention category.

2017 Ford Fusion Earns A Top Safety Pick+ Award

The 2017 Fusion was designed with a new modified front-end structure, which helped it get a good rating in the overlap front test. As well as this addition, the new Fusion offers an optional active braking system to help drivers avoid collisions. This improvement helped it receive its superior rating in the front crash prevention category.

As well as the new safety features, the Ford Fusion’s other features include a pedestrian detection system, hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability, lane-keeping assist, and Blind Spot Information system with cross-traffic alert.

2017 Ford Fusion Earns A Top Safety Pick+ Award

We’re happy to announce that the 2017 Ford Fusion earns a Top Safety Pick+ Award from the IIHS. If you’d like to test drive the 2016 Ford Fusion, come down to Velde Ford Pekin, or schedule an appointment online! If you need any help with your routine maintenance this summer, be sure to check our new Summer Car Care pages for tons of helpful information about your cooling and A/C system, exterior lights, fuel system, cosmetic repairs, and sun protection!

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Summer Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin - 06/14/2016

Summer Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin

PEKIN, Ill., – Summer has arrived in Illinois and we know what that means! Time to hit the road for those summer travel plans. With that in mind, we’ve put together our new Summer Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin pages. We know you might get lost in the excitement of summer vacation, but don’t forget to keep your vehicle up to date on its maintenance. In our new pages we’ve outlined some of the basic maintenance you should keep up with on your car during the summer season, including your cooling and A/C systems, cosmetic damage fixes, exterior lights, fuel system, and sun protection. If you’re planning any trips this summer, it’s crucial to keep your car ready to travel! We want to make sure you and your passengers reach your destination safely and comfortably. Check out the pages below:

Summer Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin

Cooling and A/C Systems: Here we go over the importance of your cooling and A/C systems in your car. We outline some warning signs to look for that could mean your cooling or A/C systems aren’t working properly. The cooling system keeps your engine from overheating and the A/C system keeps you cool on the road. Don’t get stuck in the hot weather due to unchecked cooling or A/C systems.

Cosmetic Damage: On this page we talk about why it’s easiest to fix cosmetic damages during the summer. We run through some common cosmetic fixes that need to be made and why it’s important to the life of your vehicle to have them fixed. Many cosmetic damages can cause rust, which greatly decreases the value of your car. Save yourself precious time and money by fixing cosmetic damages as soon as you can.

Exterior Lights: Here we go over the different types of exterior lights that are found on your vehicle and why you need to keep them in good working condition. Light maintenance often gets overlooked when it comes to routine car care, but exterior lights play a huge role in keeping you safe on the road. We discuss different types of headlights and how you can change them yourself at home, as well as an easy way to make sure your exterior lights are working properly.

Fuel System: On this page we go over what your fuel system does for your car and the different components that make it up. We discuss some warning signs that may mean your fuel system is working inefficiently and why it’s important to maintain your fuel system in your vehicle. Gasoline is the main source of power in your vehicle. If the fuel system isn’t working properly you could be causing expensive damage to your vehicle. If you notice the warning signs we mention, don’t wait to have your fuel system serviced.

Sun Protection: On the Sun Protection page, we talk about some tips and tricks for protecting your car from the harmful UV rays of the sun. We go over the different types of damage that can be cause by the sun and how you can prevent them from occurring.

After you’ve read all the pages on Summer Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin, we hope you have a better understanding of the importance of maintaining your car in the summer. We’d love to help you with your cooling or A/C system, cosmetic damages, exterior lights, fuel system, or sun protection to get your vehicle ready for those summer adventures. Make sure to give us a call at (888) 221-2804 or make an appointment with our service center online. If you have any other service or maintenance questions, you can always check the FAQ section of our website.

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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5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Buying Gifts - 06/10/2016

5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Buying Gifts
PEKIN, Ill., – Father's Day is almost here! Is your dad a techie? Does he buy himself everything before you get the chance to get him a gift? Maybe he just isn’t the gift type of guy. Whatever the case, Father’s Day is a time to celebrate your dad. Normally this means buying a gift that will probably sit around un-used. But gifts aren’t the only way to show Dad some appreciation this year. We’ve put together a list of stuff to do on Father’s Day for the dad who already has it all. Here are 5 ways to celebrate Father’s Day without buying gifts.

Cook him dinner. Or breakfast, everyone loves breakfast! Who doesn’t love to eat? But cooking can be hard work. So let dad take a load off this Father’s Day and we guarantee it won’t matter what you make, not having to prepare it first will make your meal for dad the best gift ever.
5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Buying Gifts
Do something together. Does your dad play golf? Perhaps he likes to ride his bike. Whatever his hobbies are, do something you dad likes to do. Spending time together is always a great gift for parents.
5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Buying Gifts
Watch his favorite show or sports with him on TV. Dads love to watch TV. For Father’s Day, try to give up the remote and let your dad choose the channel. Maybe you’ll learn that your dad really enjoys daytime TV or maybe you’ll just get a few laughs in on the couch.
5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Buying Gifts
Do a project together. If there’s some house or yard work your dad has been putting off, help him get to it. Make sure he knows you’re available to help. Time is a precious thing.
5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Buying Gifts
Go see a baseball game. Or any other sporting event. Dads love sports. Maybe you’re not the biggest sports fan in the world but it’s sure to make a great gift if you grab a few tickets for a local game.
5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Buying Gifts
However you decide to celebrate your dad this year, make sure to spend some time together. We hope we gave you some good ideas with these 5 ways to celebrate Father’s Day without buying gifts.

Have you or your dad been thinking of buying a car, but you’re not sure if leasing might be the better option? Check out our Buying vs. Leasing page to see the pros and cons of each option. Once you’ve made a choice, head to the How to Buy or How to Lease pages to get more information on the process that’s right for you.

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 Leaders Recognized as Some of Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women - 06/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Crain’s Detroit Business list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan has been released and it includes some of Ford’s own! The award’s purpose is to acknowledge outstanding leaders influencing key decisions across industries, companies, academia, and in civic and policy organizations in Ford's home state of Michigan. Below are the Ford leaders recognized as some of Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women:

Birgit Behrendt
Ford Leaders Recognized as Some of Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women
Vice president, global programs and purchasing operations

"I was never afraid to ask questions — it is not a sign of weakness. In fact, asking the right questions can be very powerful."

Originally from Germany, Behrendt is supervisor to 2,800 people worldwide at Ford. She is responsible for using Ford’s global scale to increase operational efficiency. She is also involved in Ford’s Diversity Council and diversity efforts to support women, minorities, and veterans.

Donna Inch
Ford Leaders Recognized as Some of Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women
Chairman and CEO, Ford Land

"Success doesn't come from just showing up," she said. "I always liked that quote by Henry Ford: 'Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.' If you think you can do it, you can. You just have to plot out how you get there."

Graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Inch has held many finance titles at Ford. She was once manager of worldwide revenue and manger of North American truck pricing. She has been CEO since 2010. Inch leads Ford Land, as well as Ford’s 10- year plan to modernize its research and engineering practices in Dearborn, Michigan.

Marcy Klevorn
Ford Leaders Recognized as Some of Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women
Vice President and CIO

"You can think about technology and assets, but if you can't find something special in the people that work here, you're not going to get the job done."

Graduate of the University of Michigan, Klevorn was once a consulting program manager on Ford’s purchasing system, as well as IT director for Ford Europe. Before gaining the title of Ford’s first female CIO in 2015, she was the director of the CIO office. She is now responsible for 11,000 employees.

Crain’s Detroit Business has honored Detroit women in the past, but this is the first time that women from across the entire state of Michigan are being considered for the honor. We are proud to report these Ford leaders recognized as some of Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women.

If you’re interested in buying a vehicle this summer, be sure to head over to our How to Buy page to read about the buying process. If you’ve been wondering about how leasing works, check out the similar page on How to Lease. If you can’t decide between the two, our Buying vs. Leasing page will break down the pros and cons of each so you can feel comfortable with whichever decision you make!

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Introducing the 2016 Ford Fusion - 06/06/2016

Introducing the 2016 Ford Fusion

PEKIN, Ill., – If you’re looking for a car with a bold design and the latest technology features, then the Consumers Digest Best Buy Award Winner is what you need! Introducing the 2016 Ford Fusion, with available MyFord or MyFord Touch SYNC technologies and numerous other entertainment and safety features. Cruise around in style while feeling the safety and functionality of the new 2016 Ford Fusion.

Ford Fusion Hybrid
If you’ve ever been curious about the hybrid car craze, the Ford Fusion Energi offers the best of both worlds. Efficiency is the main focus of this plug-in hybrid sedan. With an estimated mileage rating of 40 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, the Ford Fusion Hybrid gives you the freedom to go further.

Introducing the 2016 Ford Fusion

SYNC Technologies
The 2016 Ford Fusion is available with two SYNC options. With Ford SYNC you have the ability to use your voice to make calls hands-free, control apps and music, and more! If you choose to upgrade to MyFord Touch, you’ll get to enjoy a color-coded LCD touch screen, navigation and voice controlled climate control.

Introducing the 2016 Ford Fusion

Other Technologies
The 2016 Ford Fusion offers tons of technologies designed with you in mind. Rear view cameras come standard, while many features are optional. Optional features include:
  • Class-Exclusive Active Park Assist
  • Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive System
  • Auto Start-Stop
  • Heated and Cooled Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane-Keeping System and Driver Alert System
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
Introducing the 2016 Ford Fusion

Come experience the 2016 Ford Fusion for yourself! Schedule a test drive at Velde Ford Pekin. We’re happy to be introducing the 2016 Ford Fusion and we’d love it if you would come see what all the excitement is about for yourself! With three available trim levels and three available engines, we’re sure we can put you in the perfect car for your needs! Not sure whether to buy or lease the new Ford Fusion? Our Buying vs. Leasing page can help you with that! Visit our website to learn more about the 2016 Ford Fusion and everything it has to offer! Feel free to contact us at (989) 288-2657 with any questions!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing outstanding customer 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 Fusion Energi Will Take You Further Than Any Other Plug-In Hybrid - 06/03/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Have you ever found yourself worried how far your tank of gas will get you? Worry no more! The newest 2017 Ford Fusion Energi will take you further than any other plug-in hybrid model. Its combined range of 610 miles on a full tank of gas and a full battery charge is the highest on the hybrid market in the United States.

Ford is currently the number one seller of plug-in hybrids, and has been since 2015. This statistic appears to be on an upward trend, as Fusion Energi sales are up 58% through April. With more and more people deciding to buy hybrid, it’s important that these vehicles are competitive when it comes to range.
Ford Fusion Energi will take you further than any other plug-in hybrid

“Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles until you run down the battery,” Wade Jackson, marketing manager for Ford Fusion said, “then they work exactly like a conventional hybrid. Fusion Energi – with a full battery and a full tank of gas – can go from San Diego, through Los Angeles and all the way up to San Francisco, and still have up to 110 miles of range remaining.”

Ford Fusion Energi will take you further than any other plug-in hybrid

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi has an EPA-estimated rating of 43 city/41 hwy, a 14 gallon tank and 21 miles all-electric range.

Ford Fusion Energi will take you further than any other plug-in hybrid

That sounds great, but what does that mean for consumers? Well the way we see it, this means the Ford Fusion Energi will take you further than any other plug in hybrid. It means extending the life of your road trips and vacations, and saving you money in the long run. Hybrids bring together the efficiency of electric vehicles, while allowing you to maintain the convenience and familiarity of gas run cars. Come down to the dealership to find out about all the excitement surrounding hybrid cars. You can even test-drive a 2016 Ford Fusion Energi for yourself!

If you’re looking for a new ride this summer, we want to help you decide between buying and leasing. Our new Buying vs. Leasing page breaks down the pros and cons of each option. Be sure to check out our How to buy and How to Lease pages for more information on how each process works.

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National Tire Safety Week - 06/01/2016

PEKIN, Ill.––This week is National Tire Safety Week! With the unofficial kick-off of summer that Memorial Day represents, vacation time and road trips might be on the mind. Take some time this week to make sure your vehicle’s tires are up for anything this summer. Don’t get stranded or left in a less than desirable situation due to unchecked tires! While some tire tragedies are simply caused by an accident, many can be prevented by following these simple maintenance tips, most of which can be done at home.


Check your tire pressure

National Tire Safety Week

You should know the correct tire pressure for your vehicle and check it at least once a month. The correct pounds/square inch (psi) can be found on a sticker somewhere along inside of your driver side door. Generally, most vehicles should be kept around 30 psi. You can purchase an inexpensive tire pressure gauge at a local hardware or car care store and keep it in your car. Under inflated tires can cause uneven wear and become a safety hazard if left unchecked.


Check your tire tread

National Tire Safety Week

Many people rely on the “penny check” to tell them if their tires are beginning to wear out. If you stick a penny in between the tire tread with Lincoln’s head facing down, and you can see all of Lincoln’s head above the tread then it’s definitely time for new tires. Driving on tires that are too worn can be extremely dangerous, putting you at higher risk of sliding on the road in wet conditions. Worn tires are also more likely to become flat in the case of potholes or sharp objects.



Have your tires balanced, rotated and aligned

National Tire Safety Week

You can’t balance, rotate, or align your tires without the proper equipment, so it’s important to bring your vehicle in for these routine maintenance checks. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles to avoid uneven wear. You may notice that your steering wheel pulls to one side or vibrates while you’re driving. If this is the case, your tires probably need to be aligned or balanced. If tires are not aligned and balanced correctly, uneven wear can also occur. If you are allowing your tires to wear unevenly, you will find that you need to replace them more often, causing you to spend more money more often.

Always keep a spare tire and tools in your car

National Tire Safety Week

Accidents happen even when you do everything you can to avoid them. It’s important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Keep a properly inflated spare tire in your vehicle at all times, as well as the equipment needed to change a tire. You should also always have your insurance card and phone number to a roadside assistance service in the case that you cannot fix the problem yourself.


We hope that you take some time out of this National Tire Safety Week to make sure your tires are in good condition! If you’re having any trouble or think you need an alignment check, come down to the Velde Ford Pekin today or schedule an appointment online. Our ASE Certified technicians would be happy to make sure your vehicle is running smoothly this summer.

If you’re looking for a new ride this summer, we want to help you decide between buying and leasing. Our new Buying vs. Leasing page breaks down the pros and cons of each option. Be sure to check out our How to buy and How to Lease pages for more information on how each process works.

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 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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