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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 60th Year in Business! All Thanks to YOU!

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

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

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Velde Ford Offers New and Used Cars and Great Customer Service in Pekin, IL.

Although Velde Ford is proud the offer a great inventory of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, we believe the thing that sets us apart from others is our fantastic customer service.

Throughout the entire Ford car buying process, we will remain committed to your complete satisfaction. After all, Velde Ford believes we are in the business of making lifelong friends as opposed to simply selling a car or truck and sending you on your way.

To learn more about our company culture and why Velde Ford is so unlike any Ford dealership you’ve ever visited, click the link.

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A Letter From Tim Saurs, President & General Manager of Velde Ford in Pekin, IL

As the owner of Velde Ford, I am extremely proud of my employees and their dedication to our customers. My father and Lynn founded this dealership on the idea that the customer’s satisfaction comes before the sale of the vehicle. I am proud to carry out this belief at Velde Ford today.

We believe our customer’s satisfaction should be our number one priority. It is because of this belief that we strive to provide unparalleled customer service. Only at Velde Ford will you be treated with such care and attention.

I guarantee you’ll enjoy your time spent at Velde Ford. When you stop by our dealership in Pekin, IL, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and say ‘hello’ to my family and myself.

I look forward to seeing you at Velde Ford soon.

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At Velde Ford, we are changing the Ford leasing experience and making it more enjoyable and beneficial to our customers. We offer unparalleled customer service, great Ford leasing deals, and knowledgeable Ford representatives that are on hand to walk you through the entire Ford leasing process.

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At Velde Ford, we are dedicated to providing you with a great experience – no matter the reason for your visit!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Cleaning and Vehicle Detail Tips


1. Clear the Trash & Junk

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


2. Vacuum Your Interior

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


3. Wipe Down Interior Surfaces

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


4. Clean the Windows

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


5. Wash the Exterior

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


6. Treat Your Tires/Wheels to a Brush

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



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

Spring Cleaning and Vehicle Detail Tips

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

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

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

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Fiesta Brochure - 04/24/2017

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



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

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

We want you to make the right vehicle purchase for your needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford F-150 or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Focus Brochure - 04/24/2017

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



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

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

We want you to make the right vehicle purchase for your needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Focus or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle - 04/20/2017

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


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

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



Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle


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


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

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


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle


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


Quick Springtime Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

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

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

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

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

Kode with Klossy - Ford Scholarships

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

Kode with Klossy - Ford Scholarships

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

Kode with Klossy - Ford Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

Ford Truck Comparison from Velde Ford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Kid Friendly Pets - 03/23/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Are your kids begging for a pet? If you're like most parents, you might feel apprehensive about getting your child their first pet. We came up with a list of 6 kid friendly, easy to manage pets that won't drive you crazy! Animals are a fun and rewarding addition to your family! Check out these fun critters to pick up from the pet store:


1. Hermit Crabs



Hermit crabs are probably the most low maintenance pets you can think of. They're a great first pet for kids learning responsibility and they're very inexpensive.


2. Hamsters



Hamsters are also a great low-maintenance pet for kids. They are relatively easy to care for and can be fun to play with and handle outside of their cages.

3. Guinea Pigs



Guinea pigs require a bit more space than their hamster friends as they grow to a larger size. They are also much more vocal and can be a great pet for kids.

4. Fish


Once you have their habitat set up, fresh water fish are probably the easiest and most visually appealing pets to care for. The hardest part is keeping the tank clean!

5. Tortoise



Tortoise are an easy to care for and fun pet for children. Be aware though, that they're lifespan is rather long so you could be in for a time commitment! 


6. Rabbits



Rabbits require a bit more attention and space than other small pets, but given the proper attention they can make cuddly companions! They can even be easily trained to use a litter box!

There are tons of other animals that would make great small additions to the family, but these 6 kid friendly pets are our favorite! We would like to encourage you to do a lot of research when choosing to bring an animal into your home! Always purchase pets from reputable stores and never remove an animal from the wild! To ensure your pets are receiving the best care possible, be sure to consult with professionals before bringing your new friend home! 

While you're getting your home ready for a new companion, be sure to take good care of your vehicle investment! Check out our routine maintenance pages and our seasonal maintenance pages to stay up to date on your vehicle service. Check out our spring car care pages for advice on spring cleaning for your vehicle! 

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

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Edge Brochure - 03/22/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn all about the 2017 Ford Edge! When you read the downloadable 2017 Ford Edge brochure from Velde Ford, you'll have access to all the things you need to know before you buy.


Downloadable 2017 Ford Edge Brochure

When you download the 2017 Ford Edge brochure from Velde Ford, you'll see tons of vehicle photos, and learn all about the awesome features, details, specifications, and more. Buying a new vehicle can be an intimidating process so we want to make sure you have all the information you need!

Get your research started by reading the downloadable 2017 Ford Edge brochure and view all of the various trim levels available for drivers! Once you've finished reading, you can start shopping online, all without ever leaving home.

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Edge or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford C-MAX Brochure - 03/22/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Get ready to learn all about Ford's latest small plug-in hybrid vehicle! The downloadable 2017 Ford C-MAX brochure from Velde Ford has all the information you need to get your vehicle buying process started!



Get your research started if you're interested in buying or leasing a 2017 Ford C-MAX! Check out all of the vehicle features and details, infotainment options, photos, and much more when you read the downloadable 2017 Ford C-MAX brochure from Velde Ford! Browse this comprehensive guide right from your smart device or computer!

Because driver needs and personality vary greatly, it's important to choose a trim level that will suit your life! View the many trim levels and model options when you download your 2017 Ford C-MAX brochure. After you read up on your new car, get started shopping online!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford C-MAX or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Taurus Brochure - 03/17/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Check out the 2017 Ford Taurus downloadable brochure from Velde Pekin to learn about Ford's full-size sedan! You're going to want to take a look for yourself!


Downloadable 2017 Ford Taurus Brochure

If you were thinking of buying or leasing a new 2017 Ford Taurus, start your research with the downloadable 2017 Taurus brochure! You can see vehicle photos, features, specifications, and more with just the click of a button.

Learn about all of the available trim levels of the 2017 Ford Taurus when you download the electronic brochure. The variety of options can cater to a variety of drivers, so get started searching for your new ride!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Taurus or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Ethisphere Names Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies - 03/13/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – For the eighth year in a row, Ford Motor Company has been named among Ethispere's list of World's Most Ethical Companies! Ford places emphasis on being what they call "a good corporate citizen" which is how they found themselves amongst companies such as Kellogg, GE, and many others.

Ethisphere Names Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies

It comes as no surprise to us that Ford has achieved this accomplishment for 8 years in a row, more than any other auto maker. With their commitment to their many community outreach programs on the local and global levels, Velde Ford is proud to support such an ethical company.

In addition to their programs directed at human rights and safe working conditions, Ford is also dedicated to sourcing conflict-free minerals and keeping our environment safe and clean!

Additionally, Ford is proud of its longstanding relationships with suppliers and its top-notch training and best practices.

In addition to this year's spot on Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies, Ford has also been recognized by numerous other third-party companies:


  • 2017 World's Most Admired Company by Fortune
  • 2016 The Just 100: America's Best Corporate Citizens by Forbes
  • 2016 America's Best Employer by Forbes
  • 2016 Top Green Company by Newsweek
  • 2016 World's Most Attractive Employer for Engineering and IT by Universum
  • 2016 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index

If you're interested in supporting one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, and you're also interested in seeing what it's like to be treated like family, come to Velde Ford of Pekin and check out our vast inventory of new and used vehicles. You can also take advantage of our broad range of vehicle services

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

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Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie! - 03/08/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Every year on March 14th, mathematicians rejoice as we celebrate National Pi Day. This year at Velde Ford, we're wondering if there is a proper way to celebrate this holiday. The best way we can think of to celebrate Pi Day is with a pie! Although pies have nothing to do with pi, who doesn't need an excuse to eat delicious baked goods? Check out the recipes below to bring Pi Day to your kitchen! 


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This chocolate lover's dream is basically a giant, gooey brownie. If that doesn't sound good to you, we don't know what will. Pair it with some ice cream and you're good to go.


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This classic favorite is fairly simple to make and delicious to eat! You could make the crust and pudding from scratch, or you could follow this recipe with the store bought goods.


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This easy eclair pie is to die for! The chocolatey swirl on the top is made from chocolate syrup, but if you're feeling ambitious, you could try melting chocolate and drizzling it on! 


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

This cherry crumble pie has a delicious crumb topping rather than a traditional pie crust. It would go great with some vanilla ice cream! 


Celebrate Pi Day with a Pie!

Blueberry sour cream pie is a little different than a traditional fruit pie, but it's just as good, if not better! 

So whether you're excited about Pi Day because you have the first 100 digits memorized or because you just like to eat pie, we hope you celebrate Pi Day with a Pie and try out some of our favorite recipes! Why not treat yourself for this yearly event! We think your stomach will thank you! If you want your car to thank you, don't forget to stay up to date on your routine maintenance! You can schedule a service appointment online or give us a call at your convenience! 

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

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F-150 Earns Dependability Award from J.D. Power - 02/28/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – The Ford F-Series has now been the top-selling truck in the United States for 40 years! Last week, the Ford F-150 Earned the Dependability Award from J.D. Power. This award was earned by the 2014 model year F-150, as the study is conducted when the vehicle is three years old.

Most truck shoppers listed the F-150's quality as a main reason for buying. This sets the F-150 apart from its competitors and is a definite attribute in earning the Dependability Award from J.D. Power.

F-150 Earns Dependability Award from J.D. Power

Since 1977, Ford has sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks. It's safe to say that the large light duty pickup truck is well loved, and for good reason.

F-150 Earns Dependability Award from J.D. Power

“All customers demand quality vehicles, and truck customers depend on toughness and reliability most of all,” Bennie Fowler, Ford group vice president for quality said of this distinction. “That’s why Built Ford Tough is much more than a slogan. It’s how we develop the F-150 and how we deliver on our promise to customers to continuously improve America’s favorite pickup truck.”

At Velde Ford, we're not surprised to hear that the F-150 earned the Dependability Award from J.D. Power. These long-lasting, well-loved, pickup trucks are a favorite across the board! If you'd like to get behind the wheel of one for yourself, schedule a test drive at Velde Ford! We think you'll love it, so start browsing models in our online inventory! We look forward to working with you soon!

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

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Flex Brochure - 02/27/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Take a look at the 2017 Ford Flex downloadable brochure to learn all about Ford's flexible crossover! The Ford Flex is here to take your breath away!


Downloadable 2017 Ford Flex Brochure

If you're interested in driving a Ford crossover vehicle, take a look at the downloadable 2017 Ford Flex brochure to see if your next vehicle purchase or lease will lead you to drivers seat of a Flex! You can read all about the wide variety of trim levels an features offered in the 2017 Ford Flex!

Download the 2017 Ford Flex brochure to see photos, vehicle specifications, color options, and more! Wherever life takes you, the Ford Flex is ready for your adventures! Learn more by reading the downloadable 2017 Ford Flex brochure

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Flex or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Refreshing Salad Recipes - 02/23/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Since it feels like spring has sprung, we decided to gather some of our favorite refreshing salad recipes for you to try! As well as being refreshing for these strangely balmy days, salads are good for you and can help boost your immune system this time of year. Using fresh fruits and veggies with lots of antioxidants will help keep you out of the doctor's office.

Kale Caesar Salad



Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing













Crunchy Asian Rice Salad




Whether you're looking for a side dish to go with dinner, or a light meal for these unseasonably warm days, we hope you enjoy our favorite refreshing salad recipes! We made sure to share recipes that don't require any seasonal fruits or veggies so you should easily be able to find all of the necessary ingredients at the grocery store! For more delicious recipes, be sure to check out our Pinterest page where we regularly share our favorite meals, desserts, and more!

Even though it may not feel like winter, you should still be aware of your vehicles maintenance needs! With the temperatures so high, it's the perfect time to get a car wash to avoid corrosion from salt on the roads! Take a look at our helpful maintenance pages to give you an idea of what warning signs to look out for signs of wear!

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Will Your Car Soon Become Your Personal Assistant? - 02/21/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – We already know that today's new vehicles are equipped with technologically advanced features like hands-free phone calls and voice-controlled GPS. These features make our lives more convenient and keep us safe while distracted driving is on the rise. With technology always improving around us we find ourselves asking will your car soon become your personal assistant? 

In collaboration with RWTH Aachen University, Ford is researching the use of microphones to improve speech processing in vehicles. This type of research has the potential to allow your vehicle to learn all about your preferences. In-car cameras could also be used to read facial expressions and create the "empathetic car," one that knows how you're feeling when you sit down.

As early as this summer, Ford vehicles will begin allowing drivers to access Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa through Ford SYNC 3. Alexa understands 23 different languages and is expected to bring drivers more convenient ways to navigate while operating their vehicle.


But with all of these technology advancements at our fingertips, and the idea that our cars may soon become more like personal assistants, we may find ourselves wondering if we've taken things a bit too far. Do cars really need to do more than take us from point a to point b? Do we need to be able to ask our vehicle's a question? What do you think of all of these proposed new features?

You can read more about Ford's latest research project with RWTH Aachen University and see what features and improvements will soon become available in the Ford MediaCenter.

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

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Downloadable 2017 Ford Mustang Brochure - 02/21/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Are you ready to read all about the 2017 Ford Mustang? Download the electronic PDF brochure from Velde Ford to learn about all the details of Ford's famous pony car.



Downloadable 2017 Ford Mustang Brochure

Sports car fans will definitely want to take a look at the 2017 Ford Mustang brochure to learn all about the powerful design, improved performance features, and customizable add-ons. If you're interested in buying or leasing the latest Mustang from Velde Ford, this electronic brochure is a great place to start your research!

The 2017 Ford Mustang comes in multiple trim levels and a variety of interior and exterior color options. See which options are best for you when you read the downloadable 2017 Ford Mustang brochure from Velde Ford!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford Mustang or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 Brochure - 02/20/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Get ready to learn all about the 2017 Ford F-150! Download the the electronic brochure from Velde Ford to see all the details of the safest F-150 ever!

Downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 Brochure



If you're interested in buying or leasing the latest F-150 from Velde Ford, you'll definitely want to take a look at the downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 brochure. You can read about its powerful towing capacities and safety features that earned it its 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. 

The 2017 Ford F-150 is available in many different trim levels and interior and exterior color packages. There's a reason that the Ford F-Series trucks have been the best selling trucks in America for 40 years! Find out why by reading the downloadable 2017 Ford F-150 brochure!

We want you make the right vehicle purchase for you needs and lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Velde Ford to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Ford F-150 or any of our other Ford models! Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Introducing New Ford Wind Tunnel Complex - 02/16/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – In an attempt to improve increased fuel efficiency in their vehicles and meet the demands of many consumers, Ford is happy to introduce their new wind tunnel complex to test new production and racing vehicles. The new facility will take up 13 acres of land next to Ford's current Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Michigan. Construction of the facility, which will will provide state-of-the-art testing simulations, will begin in 2017.

A five-belt conveyor system will be able to recreate drag and road conditions without the need to leave the facility! In order to improve fuel efficiency, each vehicle wheel will receive its own conveyor belt, simulating up to 155 mph airflow. The belts will allow the wheels to move at up to 200 mph!



 In addition to fuel efficiency, the wind tunnel complex will also be able to test for aerodynamic shielding, high-speed performance, and can reach temperatures between -40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These conditions will allow for extreme testing to take place without having to travel to extreme climates.

"This new wind tunnel facility will not only allow us to test our performance and racing vehicle line-up but will also enable us to share innovations across all our global Ford products,” Ford Performance global director, Dave Pericak said of the new facility.

Introducing New Ford Wind Tunnel Complex

We can't wait for the new Ford wind tunnel complex to begin construction, and we're excited to see what new advancements will come from this awesome test arena. If you want to read more details, check out the Ford MediaCenter press release! While we anxiously await this new arrival, you may want to schedule a test drive of your favorite Ford at Velde! Call to make an appointment so we can have it warmed up when you get here!

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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Happy Valentine's Day - What We Love - 02/14/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – It's Valentine's Day! People all across the country are celebrating with chocolate and heart shaped cards. At the risk of sounding cliché, we just wanted to say Happy Valentine's Day and share what we love with all of you! Even if Valentine's Day isn't really your thing, we think it's a nice opportunity talk about the things that make us happy!

Happy Valentine's Day - What We Love

1. Cars

This one is probably pretty obvious. We love cool cars and we love our Fords! We like selling cars, but most importantly, we love quality vehicles and getting our guests into something they love, too.

2. Our Employees

We think it's important to treat everyone like family! That's what we are, one big Velde Family. It's the reason we love coming to work everyday.

3. Our Guests

Just like we consider our employees family, we consider our guests to be family, too. No matter your reason for visiting, it's always our intention to make your dealership experience fantastic.

4. Our Support Systems

Whoever it may be, a spouse, friend, or other family member, we all love the people who support us on a daily basis. We couldn't be where we are without them backing us all the way.

5. Our Community

The community of Pekin and the surrounding areas are one of the biggest reasons we're able to continue doing what we do. We love showing our support for community events and we love all of the support we receive in return!


Thanks for reading about the things we love! We hope everyone has a happy Valentine's Day and get's to share what you love with people you care about! If you're feeling like your vehicle needs a little TLC, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Velde Ford!

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Ford Fusion and Fiesta Take Home New Awards - 02/10/2017

PEKIN, Ill., –  This week, the Ford Fusion and Fiesta took home new awards from Kelley Blue Book and MotorWeek. The 2017 Ford Fusion was named Best Family Sedan in the 2017 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards, while the 2017 Ford Fiesta won the award for Lowest Projected Five-Year Ownership Costs from Kelley Blue Book. Check out the reasons these cars are turning heads!

2017 Ford Fusion


Ford Fusion and Fiesta Take Home New Awards

This Ford sedan is the first Ford vehicle in North America to provide adaptive cruise control to its drivers. The stop-and-go functionality means a safer driving experience. It also has available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. The Fusion Sport comes with 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine and All-Wheel-Drive, earning its place as the Best Family Sedan.

2017 Ford Fiesta


Ford Fusion and Fiesta Take Home New Awards

Kelley Blue Book gave the Ford Fiesta a Fair Purchase Price rating, referencing its low maintenance costs, earning its place as best 5-Year Cost to Own Award for sporty compact cars. The Ford Fiesta gets an impressive 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The ST model comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine.

Velde Ford is proud to present the Ford Fusion and Fiesta as they take home new awards this week! If you're interested in learning more about these great Ford vehicles, you can take a look at our Ford Car Comparison page! Check out our online inventory of Ford Fusions or Ford Fiestas and then schedule a test drive at the dealership! You can always give us a call with any questions!

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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DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart - 02/08/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Valentine's Day is always a fun way to show the people in your life that you care about them. Valentine's Day parties at school are an exciting opportunity for kids to share treats and cards with classmates! So whether you're looking for some creative ways to share the love at work, or your kids need to hand out cards to their friends at school, these DIY Valentines are perfect for the kids or kids at heart! 

Valentine's Day Mice


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

Hershey's Kisses make perfect little mice when combined with a few crafting supplies! Your kids or coworkers will appreciate these cute treats.

Starburst Candy Valentines


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

These printable Valentines can be paired with Starburst candy for a nice message and tasty morsel!

Dino Cards


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

We think no matter your age, your friends will love these awesome dinosaur cards, complete with equally as awesome dinosaur puns.

Owl Craft


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

The puns are pretty awesome with this little guy too. Any heart shaped candy will make for perfect Valentine's Day owl eyes!

Star Wars Pixie Stix Lightsabers 


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

These are awesome for your Star Wars loving kid (or co-workers). You can easily print the cards and add the pixie stix as lightsabers! 

Goldfish Fishbowl 


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

Let everyone know you're happy to be in the same "school" with these cute Goldfish bowls.

Bouncy Ball Solar System


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

These are a super fun and creative way to use a bouncy ball in your valentines! No candy, but still a fun alternative to regular cards.


Cereal Valentines


DIY Valentines for the Kids or Kids at Heart

We love these cereal box valentines! They're so unique and clever!

If you have a Valentine's Day party to attend this year, use these DIY Valentines for the kids or kids at heart to inspire you! Many of the projects above include free printables for your convenience. Don't forget to treat your vehicle to a little Valentine's Day love this year with our coupons page to save you money!

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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