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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 58th Year in Business! All Thanks to YOU!

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

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

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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 Introduces the BraunAbility MXV – the First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV - 02/11/2016

Ford Introduces the BraunAbility MXV, the First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV

PEKIN, Ill. – Ford just introduced the BraunAbility MXV – the first wheelchair-accessible SUV. The world’s best-selling SUV for 25 years now, the Ford Explorer, is actually the inspiration of the BaunAbility MXV. 

Because Ford stops at absolutely nothing to provide their customers with the best vehicles, they partnered up with BraunAbility to give Wheelchair users the accessibility they need in a car, but also the style and bold spirit of the 2016 Ford Explorer.

The Marketing Manager of Ford, Mark Odeh, had this to say, “We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly respected brand like BraunAbility. Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation.”

Ford introduces the BraunAbility MXV – the first wheelchair-accessible SUV in the Explorer Base, XLT, and Limited models to give riders and drivers the plenty of feature options. Coming standard on all models will come with patented sliding-door technology, a powered, lighted in-floor ramp, and removable driver and passenger seats. Plus, to maximize on convenience the key fob operates the door and the ramp. If you’re looking to take a trip, you’ll also be happy to know that there is an available tow package.

The most important feature to the BrauAbility MXV is the spacious interior made for wheelchair comfort and movement. Also, wheelchair users have the opportunity to drive the vehicle or sit in any of the passenger seats. Here are your following interior dimensions:
  • 55-inch usable side door opening height
  • 28 1/2-inch usable ramp width
  • 58-inch interior height (vehicle center)
  • 59-inch interior height (for driver and passenger)
  • 55-inch interior floor length behind front seats
  • 59 1/2-inch interior width at B-pillar

Under the hood of the new BraunAbility MXV you’ll find a 3.5L V6 engine, which offers the same performance of the 2016 Ford Explorer. The MXV has an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. To top it all off the SUV has an estimated towing maximum of 5,000-lbs.

Do you love the 2016 Ford Explorer as much as we do? Come to Velde Ford to take a test drive in one today. We’re excited to find the perfect vehicle for you to take home 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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Downloadable 2016 Ford F-250 Brochure - 02/10/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– When it comes to finding the right heavy-duty pickup truck to handle your big jobs, you can't go wrong with the 2016 Ford F-250. To learn more about the 2016 Ford F-250, download your brochure below for details and photos.

Downloadable 2016 Ford F-250 Brochure


The 2016 Ford F-250 is available in the cab configuration Regular Cab and trim levels XL and XLT; cab configuration Super Cab and trim levels XL, XLT, and Lariat; and cab configuration Crew Cab and trim levels XL, XLT, and Lariat. The 2016 Ford F-250 offers multiple options for a variety of different pickup drivers. You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford F-250 brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors.

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 Transit-350 Brochure - 02/10/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– The Ford Transit-350 cargo vans or passenger wagons are built on a rugged platform and offer large interiors with vast cargo capacities, with a choice of single or dual-rear wheels. Trim levels include Cargo Van, Wagon, and Extended Cargo Van. Download your free 2016 Ford Transit-350 brochure below to get details and photos of this one-of-a-kind work van.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-350 Brochure


When you go with a 2016 Ford Transit-350, it's because you need a heavy-duty van that can handle a multitude of formidable jobs. Whether you need to get people places or haul onerous equipment around from job-to-job, the 2016 Ford Transit-350 offers a range of trim options to satisfy your specific needs. You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-350 brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors.

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Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids! - 02/10/2016

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

1. "I Dig You!"
Fill a clear plastic bag with your child's favorite Valentine's Day candy, then insert a small plastic shovel. Seal it with an "I Dig You" tag and your child's name! 
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2. "Just Popping in to say, Happy Valentine's Day"
Valentines do not always have to include candy! Bubbles are not only inexpensive for you, but they're also a blast for the kids!
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3. Flower Tootsie Pops
Are you feeling extra "crafty" today? With a few muffin cups and some tape, you can make these adorable Flower Tootsie Pops in just a matter of minutes! You will find the complete tutorial here.
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4. Valentine S'mores in a Jar
If you choose to do this project for a large group, we suggest using a festive bag as opposed to a mason jar for each valentine. You can easily find all of the contents for a "Valentine S'mores in a Jar" - Valentine's Day marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers - at your local grocery store!
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5. "Valentine, You RULE!"
Rulers are a great valentine alternative. This is a gift that your child's classmates can store in their desks and use for the rest of the school year!
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

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

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

Looking for a great gift for your valentine this year? Try a new car from Velde Ford! That special someone is sure to love the all-new 2016 Ford Fusion. 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 F-150 Raptor Prepares for Off-Road Racing Series - 02/05/2016

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Prepares for Off-Road Racing Series

PEKIN, Ill. – There’s a new creature in the desert that you should be aware of. The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is preparing for an off road race series called the 2016 Best in the Desert.

The racing series will really put the all-new Raptor to the test in every terrain with a tough stretch of courses. The core of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is a purpose-built fully boxed frame made from more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor now.

A lot of features go into the Ford Raptor to make it the ultimate off-road truck, and some of those features are the same in the actual production Raptor like:
  • Torsen front differential to improve off-road capability further, significantly increasing grip for the front end and allowing the truck to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires
  • First-ever dual exhaust and new Ford Performance 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires enhance off-road performance
Greg Foutz, owner of Foutz Motorsports, Ford’s truck builder and primary race truck driver said,” This is the most stock truck I’ve ever seen in my time building Ford race trucks. Without custom technology or other modifications, this all-new Raptor is ready to prove the toughness and performance in the Best in the Desert series.”

The Raptor has plenty of modifications to make it a beast on the trail including:
  • Race-optimized three-inch-diameter external-bypass front and rear Fox Racing Shox similar to Raptor’s segment-exclusive internal-bypass Fox Racing Shox
  • Race-optimized front and rear springs raise ride height to gain additional ground clearance and provide increased compression rate to handle extreme terrain
  • Custom-fabricated roll cage
  • MasterCraft seats with five-point harness safety belts and window nets
  • LED light bars
  • Racing fuel cell
  • Lowrance GPS
  • RacePak digital dash and data logger

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor prepares for an off-road racing series with its drivers Greg Foutz and Tim Casey, who are both champions of numerous stock full-class desert races.

The F-10 Raptor runs off Ford’s second-generation high-output 3.5L EcoBoost engine and a all-new 10-speed transmission for better efficiency.

The power distribution between the rear and front wheels is done with a new transfer case that combines the best traits of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. This will help send power to the wheels in slippery conditions.

The off-road technology has formed into an all-new Terrain Management System which lets the driver select different modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions. There are six preset modes:
  • Normal mode for everyday driving
  • Street mode for higher-performance, on-road driving
  • Weather mode for rain, snow or ice
  • Mud and sand mode for muddy, sandy trails and terrain
  • Baja mode for high-speed desert running
  • Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling

If you’d like to see this truck in action, here are the following Ford F-150 Raptor dates and locations:
  • Parker 425, Parker, Arizona, Feb. 4-7  
  • Mint 400, Las Vegas, March 10-14
  • Laughlin Desert Classic, Laughlin, Nevada, May 5
  • Vegas to Reno, Nevada, Aug. 17-20
  • Bluewater Challenge, Parker, Arizona, Sept. 10-Oct. 6
  • Pahrump Nugget 250, Pahrump, Nevada, Dec. 1-4

We look forward to seeing updates on the racing series as it begins this weekend! Looking for a truck to take you on adventures? Velde Ford has plenty to choose from. Take a look at the 2016 Ford F-150, it may not be the Raptor, but it’ll still get you where you want to go.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-250 Brochure - 02/05/2016

PEKIN, Ill. ––  If you're looking for the perfect vehicle to run a business out of, the 2016 Ford Transit-250 can get the job done. The 2016 Ford Transit-250 can be outfitted with a variety of engines, ranging from a 275-hp 3.7-liter V6; or a 310-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6; lastly a 185-hp 3.2-liter Powerstroke I-5 diesel.  Learn more about this unique vehicle and get details and photos when you download your 2016 Ford Transit-250 brochure below.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-250 Brochure


The 2016 Ford Transit-250 is available in two trim levels, Cargo Van and Extended Cargo Van. No matter what level of performance power you need to get your most arduous jobs done, the 2016 Ford Transit-250 offers a range of options that make it able to meet the needs of various business owners. You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-250 brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi Brochure - 02/05/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– The C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid uses Ford's powersplit technology to significantly improve fuel economy over similarly sized vehicles using conventional powertrains. The C-Max Energi uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine combined with a lithium-ion battery-driven electric motor. You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors.

Downloadable 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi Brochure


The new vehicle of the 21st century is one powered by electricity, and the 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi is exemplary of this phenomenon occurring in the auto industry at a rapid pace. To learn more about the 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, download a brochure below for insightful details and energizing photos that will make you fall in love with this futuristic auto.

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Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday - 02/02/2016

PEKIN, Illi. - Are you ready for a showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos on Sunday? While the teams prepare to take on each other at Super Bowl 50, we are preparing to take on the kitchen! It is no secret that a majority of Super Bowl menus revolve around the pre-game appetizers, so we are here to provide you with some Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

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


Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday! 

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday


Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday


Game-Winning Appetizer Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Don't forget, you will find these recipes and dozens of other tasty dishes when you visit our Pinterest page! Need a ride to your game day celebration? Velde will help you get there with a 2016 Ford Focus or the 2016 Ford Fusion. Come on in and we'll help you find the perfect vehicle to take home. 

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7 Awesome Tips for Saving on Your Next Vacation - 01/29/2016

7 Awesome Saving Tips for Your Next Vacation

PEKIN, Ill. – Winter is in full swing, and if you’re not into snowy activities like sledding and skiing, then you’re probably dreaming of the sunshine and a warm beach. There’s no better way to get over those winter blues than planning yourself a great vacation! To get you started, we have 7 awesome tips for saving on your next vacation.

1.     Make yourself a vacation fund. By having a separate fund from the rest of your accounts, you’re less likely to dip into more money than you wanted to spend.
2.     Signing up for email alerts from companies like hotel chains and airlines can save you a ton! Take advantage of any sales they may have going on.
3.     All-inclusive resorts are worth the cost. When you factor in food, drinks, and other amenities you really are getting the best bang for your buck, so don’t write them off. 
4.     Check into your credit card rewards program. A lot of programs offer discounts on travel, like hotels and flights.
5.     Look into public transportation at your destination. The bus system will save you loads of money in the long run, and sometimes you’ll get to meet nice locals!
6.     Remember, hotels aren’t the only way to go. A lot of major cities will have apartments and houses you can rent out, and they’re usually much more economical.
7.     Book your next vacation with family and friends. The more people that go on a trip, the more costs you can split between stay, food, and activities.

These tips will help you plan a great vacation on an even better budget. If you’re looking for a way to get to your destination, take a look at the 2016 Ford Explorer at Velde Ford. It’s big enough for plenty of passengers and has all the latest technology to keep you safe and connected while you’re on the road.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Brochure - 01/29/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– The 2016 C-MAX Hybrid provides drivers with great fuel economy, achieving 42 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, but it also offers great style, too. You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid brochure.

Downloadable 2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Brochure


The 2016 C-MAX Hybrid is a compact car with a stylish hatchback design available in two trim levels––SE and SEL. To see all the details on this impressive sedan download the 2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid brochure. With stunning aesthetics, versatility, and ingenious interior packaging, the 2016 C-MAX Hybrid will continue to impress down each road you travel. Bluetooth and MP3 capability, steering wheel controls, stability control, dual zone climate control, and plenty of space for five passengers help the 2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid stand out.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-150 Brochure - 01/29/2016

PEKIN, Ill. ––  The 2016 Ford Transit-150 provides a range of convenient features as a commercial work van. On the road, you can rest assured the 2016 Ford Transit will keep you relaxed in its comfortable interior with refined design with creative storage solutions and spirited driving dynamics. Check out the other features of these great Ford cargo and passenger vans, including its various trim levels, design elements, performance capabilities, and modern technologies.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-150 Brochure

2016 Ford Transit-150 cargo vans or passenger wagons are built on a rugged platform and offer large interiors with vast cargo capacities.  You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford Transit-150 brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors.

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The Fabric of Ford - 01/26/2016

The Fabric of Ford

PEKIN, Ill. – When you’re in the market for a car there’s a few things you know to look for like the make and model, the color of the car, technology features, and possibly the safety features you’d like to have. Have you ever thought about the materials that make up your interior? No worries if you haven’t, because the fabric of Ford goes through extreme testing to make sure your interior will last as long as your car does.

The interior of your Ford will inevitably show signs of wear and tear over the years, just like the exterior of your vehicle does. To help the durability of the all the fabrics, plastics, and leathers Ford engineers put every material through thorough testing to see how each ones stands the test of time.

With these tests, Ford engineers are ensuring that it’s going to take more than a spilled coffee, slight scuff, or a small scratch will permanently damage the materials.

The fabric of Fordgoes through these tests:
  • The Five-Finger Scratch Test – Different samples of fabric are scratched to see how much abuse they can take.
  • The Soil and Cleanability Test – Different seat fabrics are splashed with different substances to evaluate how well they can be cleaned afterwards, which tests the overall stain resistance.
  • The Resistance to Dye Transfer Test - Materials of different colors (like blue jeans) are rubbed against the leather used for car seats to see if any stains are left behind.
  • The Mace Snagging Test – Spins seat fabric on rotating rollers roughly 600 times while they’re repeatedly stuck by a spikey iron ball to test the strength.

In addition to these durability tests, there’s also a team of examiners that smell various samples of the materials to keep the interior odor free.

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All of these tests are performed to make sure you get the best quality vehicles from Ford. If you’re looking for a great vehicle, head to Velde Ford. We have plenty of cars, trucks, and SUVs to choose from. We’re confident that we can find the perfect vehicle for you!

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Expedition Brochure - 01/22/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– Available in five trim levels––XL, XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum––the 2016 Ford Expedition is powered by a 365-hp 3.5L engine that gives drivers 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway; not bad for a full-size SUV. You can learn everything you want to know about the 2016 Expedition–– Ford’s popular full-size SUV, available in multiple trim levels with a variety of impressive features––by downloading the brochure below.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Expedition Brochure


You can see all the available features––like Ford SYNC, MP3 compatibility, adjustable pedals, leather seats, dual zone climate control, and steering wheel controls, among others––in the downloadable 2016 Ford Expedition brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Focus Electric Brochure - 01/22/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– The 2016 Ford Focus Electric includes the latest technology and style, setting a new standard in the compact car category. New for 2016 the Focus Electric is available with SYNC and SYNC 3, which replace MyFord and MyFord Touch. You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford Focus Electric brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors. 


Downloadable 2016 Ford Focus Electric Brochure


The 2016 Ford Focus Electric is small, economical, and fun, but it also offers drivers a unique option of electric range with a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery. When you drive a 2016 Ford Focus Electric, expect MPGe of 110 city and 99 highway, which means you'll save loads of cash on your daily commute and other travels. Download your 2016 Ford Focus Electric brochure below to get details and photos that will give you more information on the benefits of owning one of these compact cars.

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20 Ways to Enjoy Winter - 01/22/2016

20 Ways to Enjoy This Winter

PEKIN, Ill. – Winter is blasting us with snow and freezing temperatures, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on having fun. We may not be able to do as much as we can in the summer, but try out these 20 ways to enjoy winter, and you’ll have a great season ahead of you.

20 Ways to Enjoy Winter
  1. Take a painting class
  2. Start a new workout
  3. Plan a summer vacation
  4. Go sledding down a huge hill
  5. Try snowboarding or skiing
  6. Test out different cocoa recipes
  7. Read an entire book series
  8. Cozy up by the fire
  9. Build a snowman like Olaf
  10. Make an awesome snow fort
  11. Start an epic snowball fight
  12. Start crafting
  13. Make a knitted hat or scarf
  14. Go snowmobiling
  15. Try snowshoeing
  16. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  17. See your favorite hockey team
  18. Try a new hobby
  19. Make snow angels
  20. Go ice skating
Whether you like to stay inside or venture outside, enjoy your winter season with this list of activities. Don’t forget to take care of your vehicle this winter too. The cold weather can be harsh on your car, but with the proper maintenance it’ll run better and longer. Schedule any auto service at Velde Ford online or over the phone. 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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What is the Difference Between Buying and Leasing? - 01/22/2016

What is the Difference Between Buying and Leasing?

PEKIN, Ill. – Buying or leasing a car is a huge decision. With many different benefits for both options, you ultimately have to choose what works best for your unique situation. To help you out we’re going to tell you what the difference is between buying and leasing a car.

Benefits of Buying:
  • You own the vehicle.
  • You can sell or trade vehicle at any time.
  • You can customize your vehicle.
  • No mileage limit.
  • After you’re done paying the vehicle off, you have no more payments.

Disadvantages of Buying:
  • Higher down payment.
  • Higher monthly payments.
  • You’re responsible for car repairs.
  • You have the hassle of trading in or selling your car.
  • Car depreciates in value over the years.

Benefits of Leasing:
  • Lower monthly payments.
  • Lower down payment.
  • Normally a better/ more updated car.
  • You can have a new car every 2-3 years.
  • Lower repair costs.
Disadvantages of Leasing:
  • You don’t own the car.
  • No customization allowed.
  • Penalty for going over mileage.
  • It’s expensive to terminate a lease contract early.
  • Leasing is more expensive in the long run.
So what is the difference between buying and leasing? Well, there are many! It all depends on what you’re looking for in a vehicle. Would you rather own one vehicle for several years and pay less, or would you like a new car every two to three years for a little more money? They both have great benefits no matter what you choose.

When you make the decision, head on over to Velde Ford. Take a test drive in one of our cars, trucks, or SUVs. Our sales team will always find the right vehicle for you! 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 Fiesta Brochure - 01/15/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– The 2016 Ford Fiesta is a practical subcompact sedan with style and incredible craftsmanship you’ll want to know. Three trim levels, stunning aesthetics, versatility, and quality interior packaging make the 2016 Fiesta a car that will continue to impress down each road you travel. To see all the details on this impressive subcompact sedan, download the 2016 Ford Fiesta brochure.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Fiesta Brochure


The 2016 Ford Fiesta comes available in the S, SE, and Titanium trim levels. Keyless entry, SYNC, bucket seats, and plenty of space for five passengers all allow the 2016 Ford Fiesta to stand out as more than just a typical smaller sedan.

The 2016 Fiesta provides drivers with great fuel economy, achieving 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, but it also offers great style, too. You can see all the available features in the downloadable 2016 Ford Fiesta brochure and decide what you’ll be bragging about to your neighbors.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Fusion Brochure - 01/15/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– Discover all there is to know about the 2016 Ford Fusion, Ford's expressive and efficient midsize sedans that offers plenty of space for comfort, modern technologies that add convenience, and great design elements to enhance your driving experience.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Fusion Brochure


The 2016 Ford Fusion is a midsize sedan that offers three engines, as well as front-wheel or all-wheel drive––the Fusion has something for everyone. You can purchase or lease your 2016 Ford Fusion in three available trim levels, including S, SE, and Touring.

Some of the standout features available in the 2016 Ford Fusion that will add convenience and comfort to your driving experience include power leather heated seats, Bluetooth and MP3 compatibility, steering wheel controls, and SYNC, just to name a few. You can see all of the features and other details about the 2016 Ford Fusion in the downloadable 2016 Ford Fusion brochure that will help you decide which trim level and additional features meet your needs.

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Ford is Bringing Customers More Convenience with FordPass - 01/14/2016

Ford is Bring Customers More Convenience with FordPass

PEKIN, Ill. – Ford is making huge strides with its Ford Smart Mobility plan, which is all about taking the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience, and data and analytics. Moving forward on the mobility section, Ford is bringing its customers more convenience with FordPass, their new phone application.

A FordPass membership will be free to all Ford vehicle owners and non-owners. FordPass has four key elements: Marketplace, FordGuides, Appreciation, and FordHubs.

Marketplace

Right now, Ford is working on a partnership with ParkWhiz and Parkopedia to assist people with finding and paying for parking in an easier way. Ford is also working with FlightCar, which is a program that lets you borrow and share vehicles when you travel. In the future, Ford plans on offering services like ride sharing, car sharing, and multimodal transportation.

FordGuides

FordGuides is a small feature, but probably the best feature nonetheless. At just the touch of a button, you’ll be able to live chat with a FordGuide that can assist you with anything you need. FordGuides' only jobs are to guide, serve, and help solve mobility challenges, so you won’t ever get a sales pitch when talking to them.

Appreciation

Appreciation is all about you! The more you do with FordPass, the more appreciation you get. For example, members will be rewarded for signing up, talking to a FordGuide, or booking parking. Also, by collaborating with partners like McDonald’s or 7-Eleven, FordPass will give members access to merchandise and unique experiences. 

FordHubs

Last, but not least, is FordHubs. With the start of FordPass comes the start of FordHubs, which will be a place where consumers can explore the company’s latest innovations, learn about their mobility services, and experience exclusive events. The first hub will be established this year at the Westfield Urban Trade Center in New York, with more following in San Francisco, London, and Shanghai. Each FordHub will have FordGuides to answer any questions for you and let you know what mobility offers are available in your city.

Ford is bringing customers much more convenience with FordPass, which will launch in April for the United States and Canada. Until then, if you’re looking for a new Ford, come to Velde to check out our cars, trucks, and SUS for sale. We’re happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for you! 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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7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For - 01/12/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – Although winter has been here for a while, we’re just now feeling its full effect with the large amounts of snow and bone-chilling temperatures. There’s no better way to warm up than with some delicious, hot soup. This season, you have to try these 7 delicious soups that you will go crazy for!

7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For



7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For

7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For 

7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For 

7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For 

7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For 

7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For

 7 Delicious Soups That You Will Go Crazy For

We hope you stay warm and enjoy winter with these delicious soup recipes! You can also stay warm this winter in a brand new Ford! Stop by Velde Ford today to find your next vehicle. 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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Smart Cars Meet Smart Homes with Ford SYNC - 01/07/2016

Smart Cars Meet Smart Homes with Ford SYNC

PEKIN, Ill. – Ford is working on linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to allow Ford drivers more control between their houses and vehicles. Soon smart cars will meet smart homes with Ford SYNC.

Amazon Echo and Wink connectivity innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, which is the plan to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, and autonomous vehicles. Ford is planning on linking the home automation devices to its vehicles with the help of Ford SYNC. 

Smart cars will meet smart homes with Ford SYNC Connect technology by using the Amazon cloud-based voice service, Alexa. This will allow customers to access their vehicle controls inside their homes and vice versa. Using Amazon Echo, Ford owners could give Alexa a command from inside their home to do the following:

  • Start/spot vehicle
  • Lock/unlock
  • State range and charge status of electric vehicle
  • Check fuel level
  • State vehicle mileage summary
  • Provide vehicle location with street name and driving time

Or you can give Alexa a command from your vehicle for your home like:

  • Turn porch light on/off
  • Turn lights on/off
  • Close/shut garage door
  • Control thermostat
  • Check security system

While Ford is figuring out all the systems, now is the best time to purchase a new Ford with the option of Ford SYNC. Come into Velde Ford today and we’ll find you a great vehicle to take home. 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 Focus Brochure - 01/07/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– Become familiar the 2016 Ford Focus, including its various trim levels, design elements, performance capabilities, and modern technologies that make the 2016 Ford Focus one of the great sedans of today.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Focus Brochure

Downloadable 2016 Ford Focus Brochure
Available in the S, SE, and Titanium trim levels, the 2016 Ford Focus small, economical, and fun but it includes the latest technology and style; setting a new standard in the compact car category. On the road, you can rest assured the 2016 Ford Focus will keep you relaxed in its comfortable interior, and energized by the experience of its high performance and advanced features like SYNC 3.

Speaking of performance, you have the choice between a 2.0L and 1.0L EcoBoost engine for your 2016 Ford Focus, depending on what trim level you prefer. You can find all of the facts and details on the 2016 Ford Focus in the downloadable 2016 Ford Focus brochure and decide which specifications of each trim level and engine fit your needs best.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Brochure - 01/07/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid is an invitation for everyone to get in and enjoy the ride. This spacious midsize sedan offers buyers an earth-friendly alternative to regular mid-size sedans with a hybrid system shines with reduced emissions and increased fuel economy, all wrapped in a sleek new body. To see interior pictures download the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid brochure.

Downloadable 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Brochure

Downloadable 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Brochure
The Fusion Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in combination with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, and comes available in three trim levels– S, SE, and Titanium. The Fusion Hybrid combines the very best features of a spacious midsize sedan like sophisticated styling and state-of-the-art technology.

With the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid, you get convenient features like a Bluetooth, MP3 compatibility, dual zone climate control, steering wheel controls, and many others. Reap the benefits of an amazing 44 mpg city and 41 mpg highway offered by the 2016 Fusion Hybrid. Details on these convenient features can be seen in the downloadable 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid brochure.

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17 Super Simple Ways to Stay Healthy All Year - 01/06/2016

17 Super Simple Ways to Stay Healthy All Year

PEKIN, Ill. – Most New Year resolutions have something to do with eating healthier or getting in shape. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way and we usually forget our resolutions by February.  To give you some extra help in keeping your resolutions, we have 17 super simple ways to stay healthy all year round.

17 Super Simple Ways to Stay Healthy All Year
  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Exercise at least 20 minutes a day.
  3. Cut down on fast food.
  4. Eat a good, healthy breakfast.
  5. Go outside and get some fresh air.
  6. Catch up on some sleep.
  7. Take a multivitamin.
  8. Laugh more; worry less.
  9. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  10. Play with your animals.
  11. Munch on healthy snacks.
  12. Treat yourself to a massage.
  13. Volunteer at a non-profit.
  14. Stop eating when you’re full.
  15. Get routine checkups.
  16. Think more positively.
  17. Meditate in the morning.
Whether your resolutions are for better physical or mental health these simple ways to stay healthy will help you stay on track with your resolutions all year round. Need a healthier car this year too? Stop by Velde Ford for a brand new Ford car or schedule a service appointment with us online. At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford F-150 Brochure - 12/30/2015

PEKIN, Ill. –– Become familiar the 2016 Ford F-150, including its various trim levels, design elements, performance capabilities, and modern technologies that make the 2016 Ford F-150 one of the great trucks of today.

Downloadable 2016 Ford F-150 Brochure


Available in Regular Cab XL and XLT trim levels; SuperCab XL, XLT, and Lariat trim levels; and SuperCrew Cab XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trim levels, the 2016 Ford F-150 is ready to meet the needs of various drivers. On the road, you can rest assured the 2016 Ford F-150 will keep you relaxed in its comfortable interior, and energized by the experience of its power in towing and hauling.

You can find all of the facts and details on the 2016 Ford F-150 in the downloadable 2016 Ford F-150 brochure and decide which specifications of each trim level and engine fit your needs best.

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