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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 dedicated to providing you with a great experience – no matter the reason for your visit!

If you’re here for car or truck service, we encourage you to take advantage of our Velde Ford Service Center. We are proud of our ASE Certified Service Technicians and their ability to work quickly and efficiently.

Additionally, our Velde Ford Collision Center is full of experts that can take your totaled car and make it look like new once again.

No matter the service you require – oil change, tire rotation, full body repair – we are happy to serve you. We service all makes and models, both foreign and domestic. So please don’t hesitate to bring your car or truck to Velde Ford today!

We are proud to be the Ford dealership of choice for the Pekin, IL community. In addition to Pekin, we happily serve customers from Peoria, Tremont, Morton, Bartonville, Washington, Peoria Heights, East Peoria, Bellevue, Marquette Heights, Creve Coeur, and Canton.

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Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America - 09/22/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford Motor Company's new collaboration with Girl Scouts Councils is creating encouraging atmospheres for young girls to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math related fields (STEAM). By introducing elementary school students to the Girls Fast Track Race program, collaborators feel it will provide girls with a creative environment to learn about high tech fields of study.

Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America

Four Girl Scouts Councils, Tropical Florida, Southeastern Michigan, Northeast Texas, and Northern New Jersey, have partnered with Ford, and participated in the Girls Fast Track Race program. The program provides a hands-on learning experience for 200 girls from each district, allowing them to learn about the automotive engineering industry, and build their own track race cars.

Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America

Ford's commitment to STEAM education corresponds with their desire to inspire and educate young students. This collaboration is just one of the many programs now being offered through www.fordsteamexperience.com. Visit the website to learn more about programs near you!

Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America

“We believe that all young children have an aptitude for technical subjects – what’s often lacking is the encouragement and additional support to succeed,” Tracy Magee, Ford primary brand experiential manager said. “Ford is deeply committed to education and through creative programs such as the Girls’ Fast Track Races, we hope to spark excitement among the youth and inspire them to pursue future careers in high-tech fields.”

Ford Motor Company's collaboration with Girl Scouts Councils across America and their ongoing effort to promote STEAM related education is exciting and important for our youngest generation. With help and encouragement from Ford, these young students will be inspired to pursue high-tech career paths. At Velde Ford Pekin, we think this partnership is a great testimony to Ford's commitment to bettering our communities. 

Don't Forget to enter for your chance to win a 2 year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape! The winner will be announced this Saturday, September 24th! 

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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Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall - 09/19/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – It's the perfect time of year to drink apple cider and eat donuts! The days are getting shorter and cooler, but there's still a touch of warmth in the air. If you're wondering what to do on your next day off, round up your family or friends and adventure to a near by apple orchard or cider mill! These seasonal specialty locations are only open for a portion of the year, so take advantage of the fall's best delicacies while they're around! Here are four apple orchards to check out this fall!

Christ Orchard - Elmwood, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Christ Orchard is located about 30 minutes from Pekin. They offer a wide variety of apples and other fall produce items.


Tanners Orchard - Speer, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Tanners Orchard is 45 minutes outside of Pekin. They offer fun for everyone, with a farmers market, you-pick apples, and a corn maze!

Jeffries Orchard - Springfield, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Jeffries is just about an hour away from Pekin. They offer a huge variety of fall produce and tons of fun for the whole family!

Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm - Clinton, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Wagon Wheel is also just about an hour from Pekin. They have delicious cider and donuts and offer their famous cider slushies!

Plan a trip to one, or all, of these apple orchards to check out this fall! You won't be disappointed and we think you'll leave feeling perfectly full of cider and donuts. If you're planning any other fall road trips, you should schedule an appointment at Velde Ford Pekin! We'd love to make sure you're staying safe out on the road this season! 

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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Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier - 09/15/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – This time of the year can be busy! With school back in session and sports and activities in full swing, you might not feel like cooking dinner every night of the week. These freezer-to-crockpot meals should make your life a little easier on those hectic evenings. Set aside a few hours to prep when you have some spare time and you’ll always have something to pop into the slow cooker. Also keep in mind that most slow cooker recipes can be altered to be freezer-friendly by simply leaving out the liquids until it’s time to cook! Simple, hearty, and delicious, you and your family are sure to be pleased!

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki 

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

2. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

3. Ham & Navy Bean Stew

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

4. White Chicken Chili

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

5. Potato Corn Chowder

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

We hope our favorite freezer-to-crockpot meals make your life easier this school year! Don't feel stressed about what to cook for dinner every single night! Make a few of these ahead of time so you can toss one into to the slow cooker and have a hot meal ready when you walk through the door at the end of the day! Make the rest of your life a little easier too, by winning a two year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape! We're celebrating Velde Ford's 60th Anniversary with a vehicle giveaway, so enter online for your chance to win! 

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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B&O PLAY Customizable Sound System - 09/13/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford Motor Company is excited to announce their newest partnership; one that will bring a high quality sound experience to customers beginning in 2017. Ford and HARMAN will be collaborating to bring users the B&O PLAY customizable sound system.

B&O PLAY Customizable Sound System

Ford knows that car buyers are becoming increasingly influenced by audio brands. Drivers don’t just want a good car with a reliable engine, they want an entertainment experience as well. For Americans who spend a large portion of their lives commuting to work, a comfortable in-car experience is an important factor when considering a new vehicle. One-third of new car buyers say that the audio brand provided by their next vehicle would have an impact on their purchase, according to an Ipsos study in 2016.

In addition to providing a state of the art driving experience, Ford places an emphasis on the types of emotional connections people often feel with music and songs. Through these connections, Ford and Harmon feel their partnership demonstrates their shared commitments to quality, freedom, and innovative design.

B&O PLAY Customizable Sound System

The B&O PLAY system in new Ford vehicles will offer a customized audio system for users with personalized speaker placement and calibration. This means that high quality sound will be maintained in any driving condition!

Velde Ford Pekin knows that entertainment, including music and sound quality, is becoming increasingly important to buyers. The introduction of the B&O PLAY customizable sound system next year will provide continuing improvement to Ford’s line of technologies. To see what your Ford is capable of right now, check out our Ford SYNC Technology pages!

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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Tailgate Recipes for Football Season - 09/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Football season is upon us! Tailgate parties are about to start popping up left and right! We think snacks are the best part of any party. Scratching your head about what to bring? Don't just grab a boring bag of chips! Check out our favorite tailgate recipes for football season!

1. Broccoli Rabe Grinders

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
These veggie sandwiches are the perfect snack to keep one hand free for cheering!

2. Popcorn Toffee Bars

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
Sweet, crunchy, and easy to make! These are the perfect tailgate dessert!

3. Spicy Pigs in a Blanket

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
The ultimate party food, these pigs in a blanket take it up a notch with their spicy flavor!

4. Chili Verde

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
Vegetarian-friendly chili will have everyone coming back for seconds! Soup is the perfect way to stay warm on a cool game day!

5. Chicken Wings

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
Need we say more? You can't have a tailgate without chicken wings! 

6. Mini Meatball Sandwiches

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
Who wouldn't love a perfect, bite-sized sandwich! Plus they're adorable! 

7. Touchdown Turnovers

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
Chocolatey, flaky, and simple to make! These turnovers are to die for!

8. Jalapeño Poppers

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
This classic appetizer is super cheesy and perfectly spicy! 


9. Buffalo Chicken Roll-ups

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
Finger food that's packed with flavor is the best tailgate snack, in our opinion.


10. Spinach Mushroom Dip

Tailgate Recipes for Football Season
We can't forget about the spinach dip! No party would ever be complete without the dip!

We hope our tailgate recipes for football season give you some creative ideas to take to your next party! While you're busy cheering on your favorite team this fall, don't forget your car needs love too! The weather will be getting cold soon, so make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape to get you to and from the games! Schedule an appointment at Velde Ford on our website, or take a look at our routine maintenance and service FAQ pages for some useful tips and tricks! 

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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Limited-Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150 - 09/06/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford Motor Company is excited to announce the release of 400 Limited-Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150s. Texas is the United State’s largest truck market, with Ford F-Series trucks being the best selling models. Features of the new pickup include:


Limited-Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150
  • Cowboys edition star badging on front doors and tailgate
  • Blue-white-blue rocker panel to represent Cowboy’s helmet stripe
  • 20-inch chrome wheels with star center caps
  • Cargo bed mat with Cowboys star logo
  • Laser-etched chrome foot plates with Cowboys word mark on front doors
  • Cowboys logo stitched floor mats
  • “1 of 400” Cowboys edition interior badge, featuring Jerry Jones autograph

Limited-Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150

The release of the Limited Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150 accompanies the opening of the Ford Center at The Star. This state-of-the-art training facility provides a 12,000-seat indoor stadium and corporate headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys in Frisco, Texas. Athletes in the Frisco Independent School District will also utilize the stadium.

Limited-Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150

The arrival of the Limited-Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150 demonstrates a long relationship between Ford Motor Company and its commitment to bettering American athletic programs, including youth athletics. Ford has had ties with the Dallas team for more than 20 years, and is excited to offer fans the opportunity to purchase this top-of-the-line vehicle! To get behind the wheel of a Ford F-150, stop by Velde Ford Pekin to test drive one for yourself! If you're not convinced that every other truck is history, check out our F-150 info page!

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 Motor Company Global Caring Month - 08/30/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – This September, Ford Motor Company will participate in Global Caring Month. As a part of the month’s community service projects, the Thailand Clean Water Community Project will be put into action as the winner of the Bill Ford Better World Challenge for a $200,000 grant.

Ford Motor Company Global Caring Month

Chanthaburi, a town that maintains a school and serves 3,300 residents, will have its water system rebuilt by a group of Ford volunteers. They plan to repair water storage tanks and install purifiers to give the people of the town access to fresh clean water. They will also install new sinks and restroom fixtures and the new water system will help irrigate crops and gardens.

Ford Motor Company Global Caring Month

In addition to the Thailand Clean Water Community Project, 20,000 Ford volunteers will complete hundreds of projects all over the world. Some of these projects include:

Renovating a school in Angola
Repairing a nursery, daycare, and library for children in Brazil
Assisting a food bank in Columbia
Improving and modernizing a mental health facility in the United Kingdom
Renovating a home for senior citizens in India

Ford Motor Company Global Caring Month

These are just few of the many global projects that will be completed this month. They will continue to contribute to the more than 1 million hours of community service that has been performed by Ford Volunteer Corps since 2005 when the program began. As well as service projects, Ford Fund will also be increasing its financial contributions during Global Caring Month.

Ford Motor Company Global Caring Month provides necessary relief to those in need all over the world. For more information about Ford Volunteer Corps and ways to get involved, visit www.volunteer.ford.com. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a 2 year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape from Velde Ford Pekin! As part of our 60th Anniversary Celebration, we want to do something fun for our community! You can enter 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 Locations to Visit on Labor Day Weekend - 08/29/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – It’s almost time to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. For most, Labor Day represents the coming of fall weather, the start of school, and one last chance to hang out at the lake. This Labor Day, take advantage of the nice weather and your last chance for a summer getaway and try planning a short trip to one of these 5 locations to visit on Labor Day weekend.

Starved Rock State Park

5 Locations to Visit on Labor Day Weekend

Just about 70 miles northeast of Pekin, is Starved Rock State Park. Packed with beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, this park is the perfect weekend destination. You can rent paddle boats on the Illinois River and take guided hikes along the park trails.


Evanston, Illinois

5 Locations to Visit on Labor Day Weekend

If you’re up for a little further excursion and you’d like to get your feet wet in Lake Michigan, make the 180-mile trek just north of Chicago. In Evanston you’ll find beaches, lighthouses, and B&Bs for a leisurely weekend getaway.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

5 Locations to Visit on Labor Day Weekend

About a 3-hour drive north of Pekin you’ll find Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Spend the weekend lounging on the beach or shopping and eating in town. You can take a boat tour or walk along the Geneva Lake Shore Path!

Apple River Canyon, Illinois

5 Locations to Visit on Labor Day Weekend

This state park lies just 7 miles outside of the better-known town of Galena. It offers beautiful hiking trails and tons of wildlife. If you like to fish, this is the place to visit! This quiet refuge will provide some R&R this Labor Day weekend.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

5 Locations to Visit on Labor Day Weekend

Go for a bike ride or a hike through the 29,000 acres of open prairie in Midewin. If you’re interested in gardening or flowers you can visit the Seed Nursery. This unique location is a fun Labor Day destination, just 120 miles northeast of Pekin.

If you’re wondering what to do with your day off this holiday, take a trip to one of these 5 locations to visit on Labor Day weekend! If you're looking for more Illinois travel ideas, check out our Pinterest! We have tons of travel destinations on our Illinois and Travel boards! When you get home, be sure to enter to win a 2 year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape during Velde’s 60th Anniversary Celebration! Take all the adventures you can imagine in Ford’s compact crossover!

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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Hold on to Summer a Little Longer with Velde Ford - 08/25/2016

PEKIN, Ill.,– Unfortunately, summer is on its last leg here in Pekin. We’re disappointed to see the warm weather fading away, but we want to help you hold on to summer a little longer with this list from Velde Ford. Take advantage of the warm temperatures while they’re still around and savor every bit of free time you have left!

Have a cook out

Hold on to Summer a Little Longer with Velde Ford

You don’t have to throw a party, just use the weather to your advantage and cook on the grill before it’s too cold outside! Cook hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and whatever other summery food you can think of before they go out of season!

Go swimming

Hold on to Summer a Little Longer with Velde Ford

Get one last swim in before Labor Day rolls around! Head to the beach or a friend’s pool while the weather still permits and soak up as much sun as possible! You could even combine your cook out with a pool party to kill two birds with one stone.

Eat ice cream

Hold on to Summer a Little Longer with Velde Ford

The weather is no excuse not to eat ice cream, but what is better than a huge ice cream cone in the August heat? Use the end of the summer as an excuse to indulge in your favorite flavor!

Go to lunch and sit outside

Hold on to Summer a Little Longer with Velde Ford

When fall starts to bring cooler temperatures, your favorite restaurant will shut down the patio! Go sit outside and enjoy your favorite meal while the weather is still permitting!

Read a book

Hold on to Summer a Little Longer with Velde Ford

We all have that bucket list book we never got to! You meant to pick it up all summer and somehow it’s still just sitting on your nightstand, unopened. Use what little free time is left, relax, and read all day long!

We don’t mean to be a bummer, but the warm weather is on its way out, and fall will soon replace it. Hold on to summer a little longer with Velde Ford by doing a few more summery activities before it’s time to pull out your sweaters. Keep in mind, our 60th Anniversary Celebration is quickly approaching! Don’t miss your chance to win a 2 year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape! Enter online!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Ford GT in Production for Two More Years - 08/24/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford has announced that the new Ford GT will be in production for two more years! This is exciting news for fans and applicants, as it gives more potential customers the chance to purchase Ford’s carbon fiber supercar.

Ford GT in Production for Two More Years

The third production year will support applicants who were wait listed. Deferred applicants and others who may have missed the application window will be able to renew or submit their applications in production year four. By continuing GT production, Ford hopes to satisfy their “most loyal Ford ambassadors.”

Ford GT in Production for Two More Years

The Ford GT boasts many performance features that make it desirable to collectors and super-fans. Features include:
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine
  • 600+ horsepower
  • Carbon-fiber, lightweight body
  • Rear Wing to enhance airflow
  • Buttress to reduce drag
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes
Ford GT in Production for Two More Years

The exciting news that the Ford GT will be in production for two more years, comes in time to support the decision made by Ford Performance to continue using the Ford GT in IMSA and World Endurance Championship series races. Are you a sports car super-fan? You can learn more about the Ford GT online, or schedule a test drive of a Ford Mustang at Velde Ford Pekin!

Ford GT in Production for Two More Years

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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Great Used Back to School Buys for College Students - 08/17/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – It’s almost time to go back to school. If you’re a parent with older children, this might mean it’s back to preparing for college. While school supplies and textbooks are an important part of back to school preparations, have you considered how your student will be returning to campus this fall? At Velde Ford we want you and your family to stay safe all the time. For college students, a reliable car with plenty of space, at an affordable price is the best way to go. We’ve highlighted 3 great used back to school buys for college students to help you get ready for fall!

2011 Ford Focus Sedan


Great Used Back to School Buys for College Students

Our used 2011 Ford Focus is a steal for your college student at $5,997! It gets great gas mileage at 25 city/34 hwy mpg, for those drives between home and campus. With 107,950 miles it still has plenty of life ahead of it! It also features an auxiliary audio output so your student can play their favorite music through the speakers! Stop by or give us a call at (888) 221-2804 to check out this used Ford Focus!

2011 Ford Taurus


Great Used Back to School Buys for College Students

Our 2011 Ford Taurus is a great, reliable vehicle for your college student! With the low mileage of only 80,290 priced at $12,993, it will last them throughout college and beyond! It gets 18 city/27 hwy mpg and features tons of Ford safety features to keep them safe on their drives from home to school! Check it our on our website or stop by to see it for yourself!



Great Used Back to School Buys for College Students

Our used 2015 Ford Fiesta only has 19,000 miles and is priced to move at $11,942! Its awesome gas mileage of 27 city/ 37 hwy means fewer fill ups for your student! A hatchback is a great option for college students with a bit of cargo room to get their belongings back and forth from school! Check it out at the dealership or online!

This fall, check out all of our great used back to school buys for college students by browsing our used car inventory online! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be sure to give us a call at (888) 221-2804 or stop by the dealership so we can assist you in your search!

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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Go Back to School with 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas - 08/16/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – It’s time to start thinking about getting the kids back to school! In the midst of all your school supply and clothing shopping, you may have forgotten about packing lunches! Go back to school with 5 creative lunchbox ideas, so you can nix the boring sandwiches!

1. Breakfast for Lunch 

Go Back to School with 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas

Breakfast is the best meal of the day, so why not have it twice? This link has a breakfast lunch box idea with a list to follow, or you can create your own breakfast lunchbox. Try dry cereal, yogurt, berries or other fruit, leftover pancakes, English muffins, etc.

2. Make Your Own Lunchable 


Go Back to School with 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas

Kids always love Lunchables, but they aren’t the healthiest or the most cost effective. Make your own with this list, or make it up! Try including crackers, fruit, cookies, cheese, lunchmeat, carrots, etc.

3. Snack Packs 


Go Back to School with 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas

Who doesn’t love bite-sized food? Small food items are easier for kids to eat, and you can give them lots of variety. Try this list of items to include in their lunches or go with things you know they like. Try grapes, carrots, cheese cubes, lunchmeat, cucumbers, applesauce, or anything else you can think of!


4. Wraps 


Go Back to School with 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas

Wraps are a great alternative to regular sandwiches. This list has a few good ideas, but we especially like the almond butter strawberry wrap. Sounds more like dessert than lunch! You can always use peanut butter if you have picky eater on your hands.

5. Bagel with Cream Cheese 


Go Back to School with 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas

A bagel is also a good alternative to a sandwich. You can use peanut butter and jelly instead of cream cheese, and include some other small snacks like crackers and veggies.

Send your kids back to school with these 5 creative lunchbox ideas! They’ll be happy not to be having a boring sandwich every day, and you can feel good about knowing exactly what they’re eating! No matter what you pack your kids in their school lunches, they’re sure to get excited about back to school shopping! Do some back to school shopping for yourself and check out our selection of great Ford vehicles! You can start shopping online at Velde Ford today!

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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6 Canning Recipes to Help Savor Summer - 08/11/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – As the growing season nears its end, fresh fruits and vegetables are jumping off their vines and plants! It’s the perfect time to preserve some of those fresh flavors. Whether you grow your own produce, or find it at a farmers market, we think these 6 canning recipes will help savor summer, so you can enjoy delicious fruits and veggies all year long!

1. Canned Tomatoes

6 Canning Recipes to Help Savor Summer

Canned tomatoes are great for making soups and sauces! This recipe has instructions for the entire process, to help you preserve freshness and infuse flavors.



6 Canning Recipes to Help Savor Summer

This recipe is an interesting way to use up those fresh zucchinis that pop up in farmers markets and produce stands this time of year! Try this as an alternative to regular pickle relish on your next hot dog or hamburger!

3. Bread and Butter Pickles


6 Canning Recipes to Help Savor Summer

August is a wonderful time for cucumbers! Take advantage of the fresh veggies and try your hand at making pickles! These bread and butter pickles are sweet and delicious and go great with any sandwich!

4. Dilly Beans


6 Canning Recipes to Help Savor Summer

Another bountiful veggie this time of year is green beans! Follow this recipe to create your own pickled green beans.



6 Canning Recipes to Help Savor Summer

Although this recipe doesn’t call for any cans, freezing corn is great way to preserve its flavor. Follow the instructions for blanching and bagging!

6. Peach Preserves


6 Canning Recipes to Help Savor Summer

Don’t forget about fresh, juicy, peaches! This recipe is simple, and very different than classic peach jam or jelly.

Whether you grow your own produce, or visit the farmers market often, we think it’s the perfect time to preserve some of summer’s fresh flavors. The 6 canning recipes will help savor summer until it comes around again! While you’re preparing to preserve your favorite fruits and veggies, don’t forget to keep up on your vehicle maintenance by scheduling a service appointment 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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August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month - 08/09/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month! At Velde Ford, your safety is our top priority! We’ve created this list of signs your brakes are in need of service so that you can always be safe on the road! It’s recommended that you have your brakes inspected at least once a year, so be sure to schedule your service appointment at Velde Ford Pekin Service Center! Here are some signs to look out for:

1. Brake Pedal Vibration
If your brake pedal vibrates under your foot when you press on the brakes, this could be a sign of warped rotors. You’ll want to schedule an appointment to have your brakes checked at Velde Ford Service Center.

August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month

2. Pulling
You may notice your steering wheel wants to pull to the left or the right when you step on the brakes. This is a sign of multiple brake system issues, so you’ll want to have your brakes checked as soon as possible.

3. Your Dashboard Brake Light Illuminates
Your brake light is the most obvious sign of a brake system issue. It could just mean your emergency brake is engaged, so be sure to check if that’s the case. If not, you’ll want to schedule a service appointment at Velde Ford Service Center.

August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month

4. Grinding Noise
If you hear a grinding noise when you engage your brakes, this is probably the sound of the metal disc rubbing against a caliper. This noise probably indicates that you’ve damaged your rotors and could potentially be a costly repair. Be sure to schedule a service appointment right away.

5. High Pitched Screeching Noise
A high pitched screeching noise that occurs when you press on the brakes is a tell tale sign that your brake pads need to be replaced. This noise is from the wear indicator on the brake pad warning you that it’s time to have your brakes checked.

August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month

Since August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month, it’s a perfect time to have your brakes checked at the Velde Ford Service Center! If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, be sure to have your vehicle inspected right away. We want to make sure you’re staying safe on the road, so be sure to stay up to date on all of your vehicle’s routine maintenance!

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Dashboard Light Guide from Velde Ford Pekin - 08/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – At Velde Ford in Pekin, we know understanding cars can be complicated. We want to make your vehicle experience as simple as possible! Don’t be confused by the lights and symbols that pop up on your dashboard. Use our Dashboard Light Guide from Velde Ford Pekin page to understand what your car is trying to tell you!

 Dashboard Light Guide from Velde Ford Pekin

Vehicle Performance Lights on Your Dashboard
These lights could mean that there is a problem with a component of your vehicle that is responsible for its performance. Don’t wait to have a professional evaluate the issue.

  • Service Engine Light
  • Battery Light
  • Check Engine Light
  • Oil Warning Light
  • Brake Warning Lights
  • Engine Coolant Temperature

Dashboard Lights - Optional Features
These lights will only appear on your dashboard if your Ford vehicle is equipped with the respective features. Sometimes they indicate a problem, but often they are just to notify you that a feature is in use or shutting off.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Powertrain Fault
  • Stability Control
  • Electric Park Brake
  • Auto Start-Stop

Standard Notifications on Your Dashboard
These lights can be found on most vehicles. They are to inform you when a standard vehicle feature is being used or to give you a reminder or notification.

  • Turn Signals
  • Cruise Control
  • Door Ajar
  • Trunk Ajar
  • Hood Ajar
  • Seat Belt
  • Airbag Malfunction
  • Fuel Level
  • Low Tire Pressure

After you’ve read our Dashboard Light Guide from Velde Ford Pekin page, if you still have questions or are unsure of what symbol on your dashboard means, be sure to reach one of our service professionals. They can assist you in diagnosing any problems your vehicle may be having. If you suspect there is a serious problem with your vehicle, make an appointment on our website or give us a call.

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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August is National Family Fun Month - 08/02/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Did you know that August is National Family Fun Month? Spending time with your family is always a great idea, but take advantage of this excuse to force your children/siblings, etc., to hang out with you! We came up with this list of things to do with your family that will keep everyone entertained!

1. Cook a Family Meal

August is National Family Fun Month

What’s better than time spent in the kitchen with people you love? Kids always like to be involved with cooking and baking, give everyone a job to do! Or you could try something like personal pizzas, so everyone can have exactly what they like!


2. Family Game Night

Let everyone pick a board or interactive game and take turns playing everyone’s choice. If there are too many people in your family, take a vote to decide which games will be played!


 3. Make a Craft Together

August is National Family Fun Month

Hop on Pinterest and find a craft or project that everyone can create together! This list has some great ideas. We especially like the DIY Mason jar aquarium. It would be perfect for any age group!


4. Go to the Movies

If you want an activity to get everyone out of the house, head to the movie theatre! Going to the movies can be pretty pricey with all those snacks, so depending on the size of your family you may want to opt for number 5 instead.

5. Family Movie Night

August is National Family Fun Month

Turn your living room into the movie theatre! Picking a movie might be a tough decision, but the popcorn and pajamas will be a crowd-pleaser!

Since August is National Family Fun Month, we hope you find a way to celebrate wit your family! Hopefully our list gives you some good ideas or inspires you to come up with more ways to spend time with your family. At Velde Ford, we want to keep you and your family safe all year round. Be sure to check our routine maintenance page for tips on keeping your car in great shape. Don’t forget to check the latest fluids and filters pages for helpful info about your vehicle’s fluid and filter maintenance.

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Ford adds 8 Ford Flex utility vehicles to the DAV Transportation Network - 08/01/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford Motor Company has been involved with helping military personnel since the time of Model Ts. Since 1974, Ford has donated close to $9.8 million to organizations that benefit US military. Through their partnership with Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Ford has provided 199 vehicles to allow transportation for disabled vets to access health care appointments. This week Ford adds 8 Ford Flex utility vehicles to the DAV Transportation Network, for a total 207 vehicles over the past 20 years.

Ford adds 8 Ford Flex utility vehicles to the DAV Transportation Network

Without the help of the DAV volunteers and the Ford provided vehicles, many disabled veterans around the country would be unable to receive health care. Since Ford partnered with DAV in 1987, since then 17.3 million veterans have been able to reach their healthcare appointments and treatments.

As well as their partnership with DAV, Ford Fund, the philanthropic program of Ford Motor Company, supports the DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship. This program provides grant money for youth who have volunteered with disabled veterans in their communities.

Ford adds 8 Ford Flex utility vehicles to the DAV Transportation Network

Ford Motor Company is a proud supporter of DAV and of all veterans across America. We are happy to announce the addition of 8 Ford Flex utility vehicles to the DAV Transportation Network. For more information about the DAV and how you can help disable veterans in your area, visit their website: https://www.dav.org/ You can make donations in the form of monetary payment, or you can donate a car! To keep your own car up to speed, be sure to check out our filters and fluids pages at Velde Ford Pekin for tips on when to change your vehicle’s filters and fluids.

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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.

Ford Warriors in Pink

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.

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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!

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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.

Vehicle Filters


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!

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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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