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What to Do If You Get in an Accident - 07/20/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– Getting into a car accident can be a very stressful situation. The Illinois Department of Transportation estimates that at least 1,055 deaths occurred on Illinois roads due to car accidents, the highest it's been since 2008. Keeping alert and aware on the road can reduce or altogether prevent accidents from occurring in most situations, although it's impossible to predict the behaviors of other drivers. If you find yourself in a collision, no matter how big or small the damage is, knowing what to do if you get in an accident will keep you prepared for any situation.

What to Do If You Get in an Accident

Step 1: Get to Safety


The moment you get into an accident can put you into shock, but getting to safety is one of the most important steps in ensuring you and your passengers are not further hurt. If you're able to move your vehicle, pull over on the shoulder or a safe area to get away from oncoming traffic. However, if the damages to your vehicle are too severe to move your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights to inform other drivers of your inability to move. This will prevent further damage from occurring and can potentially prevent the accident from getting any worse. 

Step 2: Make Sure Everyone is Okay


Your next step is making sure that everyone involved in the accident is okay. Ask your passengers, if you have any, if they feel fine or if they have any pain. If any of your passengers or other parties involved in the accident require medical attention, call 911 immediately. Sometimes, even minor symptoms like dizziness can lead to worse symptoms if left untreated, so it's better to be safe than sorry in accident-related situations. 

Step 3: Call the Police


After ensuring that everyone involved in the accident is okay, it's time to call the police to the scene. No matter how minor the accident may be, a police report is needed to provide proof to your insurance company when filing a claim. After the police provides their report, call the station the officer responded from to receive a copy for yourself to give to your insurance company, if the officer didn't already provide you with one. You can also file an accident report with your DMV if the police are unable to arrive on scene.

Step 4: Exchange Insurance Information


While you're waiting for the police to arrive, it's best to gather as much information as you can on the scene. In order to help file a claim with your insurance company, we recommend gathering these items:
  • Insurance information from any other parties involved
  • License plate numbers
  • Vehicle registration of other parties involved
  • Pictures of the accident
  • Eyewitness testimonials and contact information
  • The name of the police officer responding
Having this information on hand will improve your chances of receiving a beneficial insurance claim. Making sure you obtain as much proof as possible can make a huge difference when you finally file for your claim, so keep a record of your accident on hand for quick reference!

Step 5: File an Insurance Claim


Once you've obtained all of the proof in order to file the claim, it's time to call your insurance company. Before you make the call, make sure you have these three items on hand to reference:

  1. A copy of the police report
  2. The insurance information, license plate number, and a copy of the vehicle registration of any other parties involved
  3. Any additional evidence to benefit your case (eyewitness testimonials, pictures of the accident, etc.)
If you aren't sure what to do when you file an insurance claim, we can help too! After you schedule your appointment to get your vehicle repaired, we can help you through the entire process of filing your claim, from start to finish! Our knowledgable Finance Team can work with you directly to file the claim, or they can save you the stress and file the claim for you! Whether you file your insurance claim on your own or with us, make sure you write down your claim number - you'll need it!

Step 6: Schedule an Appointment


Now that you have your insurance claim number, police report, and all of the information regarding your accident, it's time to schedule your appointment for service. While every accident is different and there is no definitive timetable for any collision repair, we are happy to make arrangements for you if needed. If you're in need of a temporary vehicle while we repair yours, we can provide you with a rental to help you get back on the road right away!

Whether it's a mild accident or something more severe, we at Velde Ford Pekin are here to help you through every step of the way. Staying apprehensive and focused on the road is key to avoiding car accidents. However, making sure you know what to do if you get in an accident will prepare you in the event that one actually occurs. You can further prepare yourself by learning about the different types of accidents and how to avoid them. Learning the ins and outs of insurance claims will also give you an advantage when you go to file one, and it can better help you communicate with your insurance company as you navigate through this stressful process. We hope that our guide on what to do in the event of an accident prepares you for anything, should it occur in the future.

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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Great Gardening Tips for Beginners this Summer - 07/18/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– Gardening is one of the most satisfying hobbies you can undertake this summer, but it can also be one of the most challenging. Providing the right amount of sunlight, fertilizer, and water to all of your plants can be difficult to keep track of. However, watching your flowers bloom and your vegetables sprout and grow is worth the wait and the effort! Earn your green thumb this season with these great gardening tips for beginners this summer!

Great Gardening Tips for Beginners this Summer

Get Your Soil Tested

Your garden's soil provides nutrients to your plants, keeping them healthy and growing. Keeping track of your soil's pH levels and texture will determine whether or not plants can grow in your garden. Since certain plants thrive in specific pH levels, it's best to get your soil tested so you know what plants can and can't grow. For example, the ground near or underneath pine trees will likely have very acidic soil due to the falling needles, and be much tougher for plants to grow in. You can either send your soil in to a nearby nursery, or get your own testing kit from Home Depot or Lowe's. If you'd like to try a homemade testing kit, put soil in two cups of water. Then, put baking soda in one cup, and vinegar in another. If the vinegar cup fizzes, you have alkali soil, and if the baking soda cup fizzes, you have acidic soil.

Repurpose Coffee Grounds & Eggshells

These homemade remedies are perfect if you need to keep pesky insects away from your plants! Sprinkling used coffee grounds in your soil will keep ants, snails, and slugs away from your budding plants. If you coarsely crush your egg shells and sprinkle them around your plants, you can create a barricade to protect them from slugs, snails, and other soft-bodied pests. The smell of eggshells and coffee grounds are deterrents for deer and other hungry mammals, too! Coffee grounds and eggshells also make excellent compost, providing more nutrients to your growing plants.

Great Gardening Tips for Beginners this Summer

Keep Your Plant Tags



If you aren't sure about how much or how little to water your plant or what environment is most healthy for it, keeping the plant tags will help! Your plant tags detail how much water it needs, the sunlight it requires, and the environment it grows best in. You can even create a scrapbook to keep track of the plants you're growing, their requirements, and, if you're feeling creative, a few sketches of what the plant looks like. It's a great way to keep track of your plants' needs!

Keep an Easy-to-Read Rain Gauge

Rain gauges are extremely useful on both hot and rainy summer days. You can monitor the amount of water that gets to your plants to determine whether they're getting not enough or too much. Rain gauges, while very helpful, can be occasionally difficult to read, especially on rainy and humid days. Put a few droplets of food coloring in the gauge to make the water level extremely legible, helping you keep track of the output of your sprinkler or rainwater. Just make sure you install it away from the trees to prevent water runoff!

Great Gardening Tips for Beginners this Summer

Start with Easy Plants

The best way to hone your skills as a gardener is to get started with some easy-to-maintain plants! These little guys require little to no maintenance and provide the perfect starting point as you dive headfirst into gardening. Plants like lavender, snapdragons, and pansies are very low maintenance and can live a very long time if properly cared for. Once you've built up your confidence with these plants, you can expand your garden with some easy-to-grow vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, and basil. Before you know it, you'll have a fully furnished garden with the best homegrown veggies of the Midwest!

Gardening can be tedious, but remaining diligent and attentive to your plants will give you a beautiful landscape and fresh fruits and vegetables for your home. Give your home's exterior a personal touch with these great gardening tips for beginners this summer. For some additional inspiration, hobbies, and crafting ideas this summer, follow our DIY + Crafts page on Pinterest! Also, keep an eye out for our regularly updated coupons and follow our summer car care tips to keep your vehicle in good working order this season. But if you're in the market for a new vehicle, take a look at our Ford crossover comparison to find the perfect crossover for your lifestyle!

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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One-of-a-Kind Dessert Recipes for Your Next Summer Get-Together - 07/13/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– If you've got a sweet tooth and you love to entertain family and friends, we've got some special ideas for you! Give these one-of-a-kind dessert recipes for your next summer get-together a go to give your guest's taste buds the special treatment they deserve. If you're looking for more dessert inspiration or want to test your cooking skills with other recipes, follow our delicious dishes board on Pinterest. Our board contains recipes for every meal, from savory breakfasts to midnight snacks. Enjoy!

Watermelon Cake


One-of-a-Kind Dessert Recipes

What's more perfect than a watermelon themed cake for the summer season? We're drooling just writing about this one. This recipe is made with just a few simple and easy-to-find ingredients, and ends up looking beautiful inside and out. Get the kids involved in making the cake for a piece they can be proud of, too! Find the ingredient list and the step-by-step instructions online by clicking the link. 

Four Ingredient Cake Batter Dip


One-of-a-Kind Dessert Recipes

Not only is this four ingredient cake batter dip extremely easy to make, it's also incredibly delicious and fun. All you need is some cool whip, cake mix, cream cheese, and milk, and voila! You've got yourself an incredibly delicious no-bake treat for everyone to enjoy. This dip is whipped up in a matter of minutes and is one that'll impress even the pickiest of dessert connoisseurs!


Taking the best of two foods, apple pie dessert nachos combines the sweet and savory flavor of apple pie with the convenience of nachos! This handy dessert snack is best shared with a few people; however, you can adjust the recipe to make more for a bigger crowd. With just a few ingredients, around 15 minutes of cooking, and a little bit of carefree compilation, your guest's taste buds will be singing! 

Pineapple Creme Brulee



If you're looking for a more challenging, but very rewarding dish, this one is perfect! You can hone your culinary skills by making some mouth-watering pineapple creme brulee! This multi-ingredient recipe takes extra care and requires a culinary torch for the brulee, so make sure you're prepared before you get started. These custard filled pineapples are sure to be the hit of any summer get-together, from family gatherings to catching up with old friends. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cone



Love ice cream? Love chocolate chip cookies? Get the best of both worlds with this mind blowing combination. Chocolate chip cookie cones are made the same way regular chocolate chip cookies are, but require just a few extra steps to add that unique cone shape. Take a look at the recipe for the secret, then give it a go and fill it with your favorite flavor ice cream! 

Follow our Pinterest page for more one-of-a-kind dessert recipes for your next summer get-together! While you're out and about getting the ingredients for these fun dessert recipes, stop by Velde Ford for an oil change, tire rotation, or any other service. Make sure to take a look at our summer car care tips to make sure your vehicle is up to speed this season so you and your family can enjoy any road trip or in-town travels! Before you stop in, check out our coupons to save on auto service. 

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Different Types of Vehicle Collisions and How to Avoid Them - 07/11/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– According to the National Safety Council, in 2016, over 4.6 million people were injured in car accidents last year. At Velde Ford, your safety is our biggest priority. We want our customers to maintain their and their passenger's safety and prepare themselves for any vehicle situation on and off the road. We've put together a list of different types of vehicle collisions and how to avoid them to reduce your chances of getting into a car accident. While, in some cases, it can be impossible to stop an accident from occurring, this list should help remind you to remain alert and ready to reduce or prevent an accident.

Different Types of Vehicle Collisions and How to Avoid Them


Single Car Accidents

Single car accidents are exactly as they sound, because they only involve one vehicle. These types of accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, from runaway deer to slippery roads, but usually occur when drivers aren't paying attention or aren't properly adjusting their driving to the condition of the road. These types of accidents can cause a wide range of damage and injury depending on the impact point and severity of the accident, but are one of the most preventable types collisions. Remaining alert and utilizing your mirrors, windshield wipers, lights and high-beams, and keeping close watch of warning signs and nearby drivers can help to reduce the chances of a single car accident from occurring.


Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident and occur when one driver hits another from behind, typically causing damage to both vehicles. Depending on the speed of the rear-ender, damages can be very minor or potentially very costly and can even deploy airbags. The vehicle that rear-ends another usually receives more damage, and in some instances, can severely damage critical components of their vehicle. The best way to prevent rear-end collisions from happening is by keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. Keep your eyes on the road to avoid any potential distractions, and be prepared to brake in emergencies or when following other drivers closely in traffic. 


Side-Impact Collisions

Better known as "T-bone" or "broadside" collisions, side-impact collisions are when the side of one vehicle is hit by the front of another. The speed of both vehicles and the angle at which the side-impacter hits the other vehicle can cause potentially extreme vehicle damage and injuries to persons within the vehicles. These types of collisions can be very expensive and dangerous, because they typically involve body work in repair, and are most likely to occur at intersections and stops. Going slow and paying attention to other drivers, even during green lights, is the best way to prevent side-impact collisions.


Sideswipe Collisions

Different from side-impact collisions, sideswipe collisions happen when two vehicles driving parallel to one another touch and "swipe" each other. The damage range for sideswipe collisions is entirely dependent on the direction both vehicles are heading, the speed, and the impact itself. If both vehicles are traveling in the same direction and neither lose any control, they may only suffer minor cosmetic damage. However, if they're going separate directions, it can cause vehicles to lose control and spin into objects or other vehicles, causing property damage and personal injury. To avoid these types of collisions, keep an eye on your blind spots before switching lanes and make sure to avoid vehicles you see that are swerving or driving close to or over the lane lines. 


Multi-Car Pileups

Involving two or more vehicles, multi-car pileups are most likely to happen on highways and freeways. Multi-car pileups can occur vey quickly and can be among the most expensive types of accidents due to the multi-risk factor. They can potentially cause fires, severe injuries, and costly damage or vehicle totaling. If you're involved in this type of collision, stay in your vehicle to avoid the risk of getting injured from what's happening outside. Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles and being aware of the road's condition will greatly reduce your risk of getting in a multi-car pileup. Remaining attentive of all situations will ensure your safety on the highway.



We know that it's impossible to predict the behavior of other drivers, but informing yourself on different types of vehicle collisions and how to avoid them will increase your safety on the road and minimize your chances of getting into an accident. If you happen to find yourself in an accident and need auto body repair or collision services, we'd be happy to help! Your insurance company cannot tell you where to go for repairs. It's your choice, so choose the best! You can schedule a free collision repair estimate online, or by giving our friendly team a call. 

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

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Ford Ranks #2 in Initial Quality by J.D. Power - 07/07/2017


Ford Ranks #2 in Initial Quality by J.D. Power

PEKIN, Ill.,––J.D. Power, a global market research company, runs a study each and every year. This year, the annual IQS (Initial Quality Study) came with some surprises. Ford now ranks #2 in initial quality by J.D Power. This is the best ranking Ford has received yet in the 31 years the IQS has been conducted. In fact, vehicle satisfaction as a whole is now at its highest level. Let's take a look at the study and some of its findings:

First, this study is run to measure new car owner satisfaction and vehicle quality. The data is collected from the first 90 days of vehicle ownership, and is done with over 200 study parameters! The data comes from about 80,000 new-car owners of 33 brands and various models from each brand.

The data collected reveals audio/communication/entertainment/navigation to still be the highest cause for complaint or most identified problem area, yet it was also the category with the most improvement. Ford has most definitely been a part of this movement. Ford is working on equipping 70% of vehicles with SYNC 3, which is significantly improved in comparison to previous SYNC versions.

The study also revealed Ford took a big leap in vehicle problems. In 2016 Ford vehicles 102 problems per 100 vehicles, but improved to 86/100 in 2017. The "Big 3", which includes Ford, outperformed imports in this category for the second year in a row.

Within the IQS, J.D. Power ranks top cars, trucks, and SUV models. The 2017 Ford Expedition ranked in the top 10, and came out #9 in 24 ranked vehicles. This model had no changes, but will see a big change with the redesigned 2018 model. The 2017 Ford Mustang also ranked in the top ten and came out #10.

At Velde Ford, it's our goal to treat you like family which means providing you the highest quality Ford vehicles. We're proud to offer the #2 ranked car brand in initial quality by J.D. Power. If you're interested in a large SUV or a sports car, we highly recommend taking a test drive of the 2017 Ford Expedition or 2017 Ford Mustang to feel the quality for yourself! Stay tuned to our blog and on social media for new information about the redesigned and refreshed 2018 models and new technology, safety, and quality innovations Ford continues to roll out!

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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Why You Should Consider Buying a CPO Ford - 07/05/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – If you are in the market for a new vehicle, there are several 'types' of vehicles you can choose from. You can purchase or lease a new vehicle, purchase a used vehicle, or purchase a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO). Each have their own unique benefits, but today, we'll be talking about why you should consider buying a CPO Ford. If you're thinking about buying used, a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is a great option! Take a closer look at why by reading below.

Why You Should Consider Buying a CPO Ford

CPO vehicles must meet initial quality marks, come with extensive warranty coverage, and offer the reliability you want in a new-to-you vehicle.

First, the vehicle must be within the previous 5 model years, have less than 80,000 miles, and have a clean title obtained through the vehicle history report process. If a vehicle doesn't meet these qualifications, it will not become a CPO!

Next, the vehicle must pass a rigorous 172-point inspection process in order to be classified as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. You'll be able to enjoy warranty coverage and roadside assistance at a much cheaper rate with a CPO! Make the most of these features and more today. 

Lastly, you'll be able to rest easy knowing that your CPO Ford is safe and secure with the unique warranty and roadside assistance program. Your Certified Pre-Owned Ford will come equipped with a 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty and a 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. These warranties, coupled with the reliable roadside assistance program, keep you and your vehicle insured and safe anywhere your road travels take you (in the U.S. and Canada)! 

We hope this brief overview of why you should consider buying a CPO Ford helps you better understand the benefits of buying used over buying new! Take a look at the our wide range of CPO vehicles available to you at Velde Ford, and make an appointment to take a test drive. If you're still mulling over your buying options, and aren't sure where to look, our staff would be more than happy to guide you. We're proud to serve the areas of Pekin, North Pekin, Peoria, Normal, Chatham, East Peoria, Bloomington, and beyond!

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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The Velde Lease Experience - 06/29/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – At Velde Ford, we hold ourselves to a very high standard and strive to make your experience at our car dealership fun and enjoyable. With the Velde lease experience, we will go above and beyond to make sure that you find the vehicle of your dreams for an affordable rate. Leasing with Velde Ford allows you to "rent" a brand new vehicle of your choice for a few years with a fixed and affordable rate. We will work with you every step of the way and create a welcoming and positive environment for everyone from first-time vehicle owners to retirees looking for the perfect ride! It's our goal at Velde Ford to make sure we aren't like the average dealership. We want to make your experience at Velde Ford the best it can possibly be!

The Velde Lease Experience


We'd rather see you satisfied with your purchase than sell a vehicle. This is what separates us from the typical dealership. If you choose to lease a vehicle, no matter what vehicle you choose, we will make sure you get a good deal. Ensuring your satisfaction with your purchase is our top priority. We're happy to help you through the whole process, too! Leasing a vehicle can be a confusing process, but we're here to reduce as much stress as we can. Our sales staff will be happy to sit with you in our lobby, offer a refreshment, and answer any questions you may have. Making sure you know what you'll be getting with your lease, as well as the terms of the lease, is the most important part of the Velde Lease Experience. 

There are quite a few benefits when you choose to lease a vehicle through Velde Ford Pekin. Some of the biggest perks of the Velde Lease Experience include:

  • Low Out-of-Pocket Repair Costs: Since all of our leased vehicles come with warranties that typically last through your entire lease, you won't have to worry about costly repairs.
  • A Brand New Car Every Few Years: If you continue to lease vehicles, in a few years, you'll be able to replace your previous vehicle with a brand new one! This will eliminate the hassle of trying to sell your old vehicle, potential costs, and it'll give you a fresh new ride every few years!
  • Low Sales Tax: You'll only have to pay sales tax on the financed portion. The rest of the taxes are covered, which means you'll have a much lower sales tax compared to a purchased vehicle.
  • Down Payments are Less than a Loan: Since you only pay for the amount of time you use the vehicle, you will be paying much less than you normally would when you purchase a vehicle.
If you're having difficulty choosing between leasing and buying a vehicle, consider these leasing benefits! The Velde Lease Experience means much more than selling vehicles. We don't want to make a sale - we want to ensure that you have the best car dealership experience possible. We're not in the business of making a quick buck: we're in the business of making friends. Take a look at some of the other benefits of the Velde Lease Experience on our website, or contact us to set up an appointment to talk about it in person! Although we're located in Pekin, we're happy to service the surrounding communities of Peoria, East Peoria, Lincoln, Bloomington, Washington, Chatham, North Pekin, Midway, Normal, and beyond!

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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Great Life Hacks For College Students - 06/26/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – In just a few short months, college students will be returning back to school! While they only visit for a short time, helping to prepare them for the world of adulthood can make all the difference in these upcoming years. Whether they're incoming college freshmen or seniors about to graduate, these great life hacks for college students will help them be more organized and learn new skills! You won't be able to help them all the time, but you can at least prepare them for any struggles they may have while they're away from home!

Make Early Wake-ups Easier



If they have trouble waking up in the morning, tell them to put their phone in a glass overnight. When their alarm goes off, the glass will amplify that sound and make it easier for them to wake up. Plus, they'll have to reach into the glass to turn off the alarm. If they put it away from their bed, like say across the room on their dresser, they'll have to get out of bed to turn it off, and that way, they'll be awake in no time! 

Color Code Your Keys



If they have trouble distinguishing keys, you can color code them! Using nail polish and some Scotch tape, you'll be able to tell them apart in no time! You can color code them based on their dorm room, house, car key, and other important keys to keep them organized. If you're feeling creative, you can make some pretty cool designs, too!

Hang Products From Your Curtain Rod



Say goodbye to the shower caddy! Using your shower curtain rod and a few clips, you'll be able to organize their entire shower, from hair products to skin care. This is a great way to keep their shower space open, their roommates happy, and their products all in one place. 

Bring Lots of Tupperware



Keep food for as long as possible with lots of tupperware! They'll be able to save everything from breakfast foods to midnight snacks, keeping them as fresh as possible! This is a great way to save money and time, allowing your students to focus more of your efforts towards classes. Plus, they'll be able to stack their tupperware in the fridge, keeping their roommates happy! 

Save Money For Life Goals



College is one of the most exciting times of your life. You don't have many responsibilities, you have plenty of free time, and you're given a lot of opportunities to learn about yourself. Students will find their passions and things they want to spend money on. In order to achieve those goals, though, the best strategy is to start saving money now! Collect loose change, leftover money from every paycheck, and odd job money to save up for those goals. Whether it's seeing concerts, grad school, or other hobbies, saving money in advance will give them more time to enjoy the fun without the stress.

Preparing for the next step of starting college can be overwhelming. With more expectations handed to college students and the responsibilities of taking care of themselves, it can leave parents worried about their kids. You can keep your young adults prepared with these great life hacks for college students. If they visit and are in need of some vehicle repairs, schedule an appointment with us and we'll get your vehicle looked at as soon as possible! Make sure their college experience is the best one yet, and don't forget to call them frequently!

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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Summer Car Care & Organizational Tips - 06/22/2017

PEKIN, Ill., – Check the temperature: sunny days and warm weather are here to stay! Road trip season has officially begun, which means you'll be spending a lot of time in your vehicle. With that in mind, we've put together a list of summer car care and organizational tips to get your vehicle ready to go for any road trip, no matter how big or small! From cooling systems to U/V protection, we've got you covered with tips and tricks to make sure you enjoy every drive this season. We've also included a few DIY tips to help you keep your vehicle organized for those long drives. Gear up and get your vehicle up to speed this summer!

Summer Car Care & Organizational Tips

1. Regularly Check Your Cooling System


Keeping your engine cool is just as important as keeping yourself cool! Your engine's coolant helps to reduce the temperature of the engine on hot days, and without coolant, it can heat up your engine and potentially cause a lot of damage to the interior. If you see any colorful fluids leaking from your vehicle or smell something sweet, bring your vehicle into our Service Center to get it checked out immediately!

2. Make Sure Your A/C is Working


This is a no-brainer, but it's better to be safe than sorry! You won't want to be stuck in rush hour traffic or on a road trip without a fresh breeze cooling you down. If you notice a lack of airflow or your vehicle doesn't produce A/C, get it checked out as soon as you can! Sometimes, all you may need is just a simple filter or fan replaced. These simple fixes can make all the difference in the world on scorching hot Illinois days!

3. Clean Your Car's Exterior and Interior


You'd be surprised at how much of a difference this can make! Having a cleaner interior will help on hot days and decrease internal temperatures when you enter your vehicle. If your windshield is dirty, it can get extremely hazy on hot summer nights and make it difficult to drive. Making sure you have a clean interior and exterior is not only safe, but it'll make your car look a lot better for those fun nights out with your family and friends!

4. Check Your Vehicle's Suspension


The long winter seasons take a toll on a vehicle's suspension, especially during pothole season. Repeated damage to the suspension can misalign your wheels and steering. A good rule of thumb is that if it takes a lot of effort to turn, there is a chance you could have damage to your suspension. If you've hit a large pothole and your steering seems a bit off, schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Our Service Staff is extremely experienced with suspension care and will get your car back into your hands in no time!

5. Keep An Eye on Your Fluid Levels


Keeping a lookout for wiper fluid, power steering fluid, brake pad fluids, and oil levels will allow your vehicle to run smoothly and efficiently through the warm months. Your power steering fluid will help you control your car through turns and reduce resistance, while your brake pad fluids will help to reduce resistance with braking, especially in quick scenarios. Your oil helps to lubricate your vehicle's engine, which will keep it running without heating or warping any other parts of the vehicle. While it may be a hot summer, the chance of it raining is extremely likely! Make sure you've got wiper fluid to wash off any dirt on your windshield so that you can drive clearly!

Keep your car clean this summer with these organizational ideas:


Summer Car Care & Organizational Tips

  • If you have a dog, consider investing in a dog seat cover. This will keep the fur off your seats!
  • Add hooks or hangers to your seats to carry groceries or backpacks easily.
  • Get a cooler for your car to keep some drinks nice and chilly for the kids!
  • Store plastic bags in a Kleenex box. They could come in handy later!
  • Keep loose change in an empty gum container so you can have it nearby without making a mess.
Summer Car Care & Organizational Tips

If you like these ideas, check out our Pinterest page for more DIY car fun! Organizing your vehicle can be fun and easy this summer with these summer car care and organizational tips! You can keep your vehicle clean and your passengers happy with some quick and easy maintenance. In no time, you'll have a fresh and efficient vehicle and you'll be ready to tackle road trip season! By following all of our tips, you'll have more room, increased safety, and extended life for your vehicle in only a matter of minutes! If you're in need of additional vehicle maintenance, feel free to schedule an appointment and our Service Staff will get your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible!

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

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Ford Debuts First Film on Amazon Prime - 06/19/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– The annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race was in for a surprise last year. For the first time in 50 years, the Ford GT made its return with a new and improved look. The GT's return mirrored its first victory 50 years ago to the day. Amazon released a documentary entitled "The Return", chronicling the production and victory of this remarkable vehicle. On Saturday, Ford debuts its first film on Amazon Prime, giving viewers the chance to watch this vehicle come to life from start to finish. You can watch this documentary on Amazon Prime as soon as it's available!


Directed by Emmy-award winner Erich Joiner, the documentary follows an intense journey to this once-in-a-lifetime competition to make history. The Ford GT was entered in the oldest endurance race in history for the first time in half a century. The GT's legacy of a 1-2-3 victory in 1966, coupled with advancements of competitive technology, put the pressure on the design and development team of the GT. Joiner's documentary follows the team from start to finish as they piece the vehicle together and enter the competition, bringing history to life with the fresh redesign of the GT.

"As a director and an avid racing enthusiast, I set out to make a passion project of a movie,” said Joiner. “I was able to shoot things that very few people ever get to witness about building a world-class race car and program. And then putting this new car and team up against the best in the world at the Le Mans 24 Hours. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I will never forget.”

The Return shows Ford's efforts to challenge itself while also going lengths to honor the GT's storied history. World-class drivers, members of the Ford family, and the GT's design team are interviewed to give viewers exclusive access to this special project. Viewers will get the opportunity to watch the teamwork of every group as they face the trials of creating a supercar and shattering the expectations of the vehicle itself. The documentary features never-before-seen footage of the production and historical elements that played a part in the overall creation of the vehicle. 

Ford's dedication to history and moving forward in the world is highlighted in The Return. Amazon Prime members have the chance to watch Ford debut its first film on Amazon Prime, which will be available on June 24th, 2017. While you're waiting for a chance to view this exclusive documentary, take a look at some of Ford's other models in our vehicle inventory! Take some time to learn about Velde Ford Pekin's personal care that we show each of our customers and find out why we aren't just any other dealership. We hope to see you soon!

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Tasty 4th of July Cookout Recipes - 06/16/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– With the 4th of July only a few weeks away, everyone is getting ready for cookout season to begin! Make sure your family and friends are well fed this year with some tasty 4th of July Cookout recipes that will be sure to have the kids asking for seconds. We've included some cookout classics and some new takes on recipes that you'll want to give a try as soon as you can! Show off your best red, white, and blue as you peruse these mouth-watering American recipes.

1. No-Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake


Tasty 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Whip up the best tasting stars and stripes this year in no time! The best part is, it doesn't need an oven, it's very low in calories, and it only takes a few hours to make! Impress your friends and family this season by showing them how delicious patriotism can truly be.

2. Campfire Baked Beans


Tasty 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Bring out your inner cowboy this season with some campfire baked beans. This fresh tasting side dish is sure to be a cookout favorite. The recipe serves a lot of people and is very easy to cook, so you can teach your kids to give them some cooking pointers, too!

3. American Potato Salad


Tasty 4th of July Cookout Recipes

A barbecue classic, cooking potato salad will bring back memories of fireworks, picnics, and family gatherings. The best part about potato salad is that you can be creative with it and experiment with spices and different ingredients to make it your own! For an extra dash of flavor, add some red onion or yellow mustard to give it that kick it needs.

4. Black Bean Burgers


Tasty 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Looking for a healthier (and more affordable) burger? Black bean burgers, a fresh take on a cookout staple, will leave your waist and wallet feeling much better than normal burgers. They also take much less time to cook, too! Give this surprisingly tasty entree a shot this summer - you won't regret it!

5. Pasta Salad


Tasty 4th of July Cookout Recipes

If you're on the hunt for an easy, light side dish, pasta salad is your answer! The combination of salami, cheese, vegetables, and pasta will go perfectly with the dressing that ties it all together. Take a bite of this cookout favorite today! Pasta salad is also very customizable, so you can change different ingredients based on your children's preferences of flavor!

No matter how you celebrate this 4th of July, make sure your dishes are the best of the best! Our list of tasty 4th of July cookout recipes should give you a large helping of creative dishes to be the talk of any event! Save yourself some money this season with some of our auto service coupons, and be sure to extend the life of your vehicle with some tips and tricks to keep it running strong this summer!

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Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Vehicle in Good Condition - 06/14/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– The best way to keep your vehicle running well for as long as possible is through consistent care and effort. We at Velde Ford Pekin have compiled a list of tips and tricks to keep your car in good condition from the experts themselves! Using these pro tips will keep your vehicle in good condition and can help you keep track of anything your vehicle may need. You'll be a pro in vehicle care in no time! 

Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Vehicle in Good Condition

Keep a Vehicle Service Log


This is an excellent way to keep track of any repairs or maintenance done on your vehicle. Using a log will allow you to keep track of when you'll need oil changes, tire rotations, and more. You can also use your service log to schedule future appointments with brake examinations and other inspections to keep your vehicle running smoothly! Some maintenance, like oil changes, should be done every 3,000-5,000 miles, while others, like fuel filter replacements, need to be done at longer timeframes. Check your owner's manual for more information!

Buy the Right Kind of Fuel for Your Vehicle


If your vehicle owner's manual says that you should fill your car with regular fuel, fill your car with regular fuel! Using higher octane fuel on a car that only requires regular fuel won't make much of a difference with your car and cause you to spend money you could use somewhere else. However, if your car requires higher octane fuel, make sure you fill it accordingly, because if you don't, you can cause serious damage to your engine. Read your owner's manual for any questions you may have!

Keep Your Vehicle Clean


Make sure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle are cleaned regularly! Exterior dirtiness can cause rust to build up on your vehicle and can reduce its value and potentially damage necessary parts. Waiting for the next rainstorm to "clean" you car doesn't cut it! Your vehicle's interior is just as important, as a dirty interior can cause dust and dirt to accumulate. If this happens, your chance of getting sick in your vehicle goes up significantly, so make sure you keep all parts of your vehicle clean and healthy!

Fuel Economy Tips


The best way to improve your fuel economy is by keeping a close eye on your tire pressure. If you have adequate tire pressure by keeping your tires regularly filled and cared for, your tire life will be greatly extended and you'll get better gas mileage! Closing your windows or sunroof will help as well, as it will reduce wind resistance on your vehicle. If you accelerate smoothly when you drive, you'll be able to make the most of any trip you make, big or small!

Go Easy on a New Vehicle


If you just purchased a new vehicle, you probably want to take it out as much as you can. Negative habits like speeding and excessive towing can take a toll on a new vehicle. If you go slow and keep the towing to a minimum for at least the first 1,000-1,500 miles, you can ensure a much longer life for your vehicle. Avoiding bad driving habits like these can make your driving experience painless and enjoyable, especially with that brand new set of wheels!

We at Velde Ford want to make sure you're enjoying your vehicle experience for as long as possible. Making the most of your investment is the best way to enjoy a stress-free time on and off the road. Our list of tips and tricks to keep your vehicle in good condition should help you achieve this! If you have other questions or would like some more tips, feel free to check out our Tips & Tricks page or contact us!

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How to Treat Your Dad Right This Father's Day - 06/09/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,––Next Sunday, June 18th, is Father's Day! Just like Mother's Day, this holiday is all for celebrating Dad. Whether you have a Father, Husband, Grandpa, or Brother that you're honoring for being an awesome parent, there are plenty of ways to do so. If you're celebrating a certain father in your life, but aren't quite sure what to do, we can help. Check out these simple ideas on how to treat your Dad right this Father's Day.

How to Treat Your Dad Right This Father's Day


1. Give Him a Homemade Gift

You can make him a neat gift yourself, or have the little ones craft something up. Personalized homemade gifts are some of the most valuable. Here are a few ideas:

-A decorated photo frame 
-A themed basket of small gifts
-A painted t-shirt
-A coin plate or memory box
-A keychain
-A card with a handwritten message


2. Make Him a Delicious Meal

Show your Dad you truly care and whip him up his favorite meal! Whether you make a dinner for a crowd, or a dessert for a few, we know he'll appreciate a tasty treat. Get some great ideas on our Pinterest page! 


3. Run Errands for Him

You can easily let your Dad relax on Father's Day, or any other day by dedicating your time and energy towards the things he might not really want to do, a.k.a. errands. Here are a few ideas:

-Get his oil changed (schedule an oil change appointment at Velde Ford online)
-Mow the lawn
-Wash the car
-Clean the house or do chores
-Fix something around the house



4. Do a Special Activity with Him

Depending on what your Dad likes to do, spending time together is one of the best gifts you can give because you can make memories together. Some ideas of activities you could do together:

-Grill dinner
-Go golfing
-Get some ice cream
-Go to a Peoria Chiefs game
-Take a walk along the Peoria riverfront
-Watch his favorite show or movie
-Reminisce on old photos
-Go for a drive (schedule a test drive with a Mustang at Velde Ford and surprise him!)



We hope all the Dad's in Pekin, Illinois have a wonderful Father's Day next Sunday with our tips on how to treat your Dad right! If your Dad is looking for a new Ford F-150 or Ford Mustang, we'd be happy to help. We're a family-owned dealership and we're happy to treat each and every one of our customers as family, too. Learn more about who we are and how we can provide you a great dealership experience!

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Summer Movies to See with the Family - 06/08/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,––Summer hasn't officially begun yet, but the temperatures are about to climb! Back in the day, when the weather got too hot, we took a trip to the movie theater where the air conditioning was on full blast. You can still do that today when the sun is blazing hot with your little ones for a fun and different type of Summer outing! OR you can stick around at home with the AC going and popsicles in hand to watch a good flick together. Check out these Summer movies to see with the family:


@ the Theater


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Out Now! 
Summer Movies to See with the Family



Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Out Now! 
Summer Movies to See with the Family


Cars 3 

June 16th 
Summer Movies to See with the Family



Despicable Me 3

June 30th
Summer Movies to See with the Family



Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 7th 
Summer Movies to See with the Family




@ Home


The Goonies

Summer Movies to See with the Family

The Lego Movie

Summer Movies to See with the Family


How to Train Your Dragon

Summer Movies to See with the Family

The Princess Bride

Summer Movies to See with the Family

Inside Out

Summer Movies to See with the Family


Other movies you might consider to watch as a family at home include: Finding Nemo, Jumanji, Tangled, The Karate Kid, The Little Mermaid, The Parent Trap, Mrs. Doubtfire and more! Check out this best kids movies list we found and make your own list of movies to see with family. We hope you and your family find ways to have fun and stay cool together this Summer season. If you're headed out on an adventure, make sure to have your vehicle serviced before you go for your safety. Check out our Summer Car Care tips and schedule a service appointment 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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Ford Awards $20,000 in Scholarships to Essay Contest Winners - 06/02/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– Last week, the annual Ford Freedom Award's Scholar Experience took place. Over 1,700 of Michigan and Illinois' youth participated in an essay contest, writing about how they could use their passions to help bring people together. At the end of the night, Ford awarded $20,000 in scholarships to winners of the essay contest. Ford, in partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Detroit Newspapers in Education, hosted the contest for 4th-8th graders.

Ford Awards $20,000 in Scholarships to Essay Contest Winners


The winner, Mohammad Muntakim, an 8th grader from Davison Elementary-Middle School, received $5,000 for his essay, which described his passion for respect through Academic Games. The second place winner received $2,500, while the third place winner received $1,500. Both of the runner ups each received $500. The remaining $10,000 distributed between all of the winning entrants to help bring their ideas to life. The students will also receive exclusive mentors, who will guide them in the directions they need to achieve proper success. 

Subsequently, the Ford Freedom Awards were distributed to their respective winners this year. The theme, "Talents That Unite! How African Americans Bring Diverse Communities Together Across America", celebrates the accomplishments of winners in the past, and focuses on the road ahead for potential winners in the future. The winning essays and accolades of the Freedom Awards were added to the 2017 Talents that Unite program, which showcases each winning essay and project.

"This year’s Ford Freedom Award recipient is the late August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author who is best known for his play “Fences,” the 1987 Tony Award winner for best play.

The 2017 Ford Freedom Award scholar is Floyd Norman, a distinguished animator and the first African American to be hired at Disney. Norman’s career spans nearly six decades including work on family favorites such as “The Jungle Book”, “Mulan” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” In 2007, Norman received the prestigious Disney Legend award. He also co-founded Vignette Films to produce movies about black history for high schools."


Ford's close bond with the African American community dates back to the early 20th century, when it was the largest employer of African Americans in the auto industry. Today, it continues to recognize this legacy with programs like Ford Freedom Unsung, Ford Blue Oval Scholars, and the Ford Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge. Ford's award of $20,000 in scholarships to essay contest winners shows their care and time they put towards the communities that have given them so much.

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Vehicle Maintenance Lights and What They Mean - 05/31/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– Your vehicle's dashboard can tell you a lot about it and what services it may need. While some, like the Check Engine light are very severe, there are also a lot of other lights that can illuminate for smaller issues that can become large if not properly taken care of. We at Velde Ford have created a list of vehicle maintenance lights and what they mean so that you're prepared for every situation on or off the road!

Vehicle Maintenance Lights and What They Mean

Check Battery Light


Vehicle Maintenance Lights and What They Mean

If this symbol lights up, make sure you get serviced right away! This light could mean that your battery has low power, which can leave your vehicle unable to start up. If you leave it unchecked, it can result in engine failure, so make sure you get your battery checked as soon as possible. Our expert battery technicians will help you get everything fixed in a timely manner.

Oil Warning Light


Vehicle Maintenance Lights and What They Mean

This light could be indicating that your vehicle has low oil pressure or a low oil level. If you see this while driving, pull over somewhere safe and check your oil level as quickly as possible! Driving on a low oil level can cause serious damage to your engine from component overheating. Making sure you get any oil issues taken care of as soon as possible is important in maintaining a healthy vehicle.

Low Tire Pressure Light


Vehicle Maintenance Lights and What They Mean

If one or more of your tires has low pressure, this light will illuminate to inform you of the problem. Check your tires immediately and take them in for a diagnostic as soon as possible. Small punctures or leaks can be affordably repaired, but larger damage may end up costing more. Sometimes, you may just need to fill up your tire with air, but it's better to be safe than sorry!

Hood Ajar Light


Vehicle Maintenance Lights and What They Mean

Close your hood as soon as you are able to when you see this light! It means your hood wasn't fully closed when you last shut it. Driving without your hood fully closed for an extended period of time can cause the hood to fly up, which can eliminate your visibility on the road and potentially damage your windshield. Make sure you don't see this symbol while you're driving!

Airbag Malfunction Light


Vehicle Maintenance Lights and What They Mean

This light will come on when one of the airbags in your vehicle isn't working properly. While you're able to drive just fine without an airbag, it's highly encouraged that you get your airbags fixed as soon as possible. Without an airbag, you don't have anything to protect you if you happen to get into an accident. Staying proactive of this warning light is very important! 

Vehicle maintenance can be a very tedious task. However, keeping yourself safe on the road is a priority, especially when any warning lights illuminate on your vehicle's dashboard. We hope this list of vehicle maintenance lights and what they mean helps you to stay prepared if your vehicle has any issues! If you see an issue we didn't mention, you can refer to our vehicle dashboard light guide for a full list of symbols your car may show and their meanings. If anything does end up coming up and you need assistance, be sure to schedule an appointment to make sure your car is in good hands!

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Explore Ford's Most Advanced Safety Features at Velde in Pekin, IL - 05/24/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– Family and friends are a priority for us at Velde Ford. We strive to offer the most dependable safety features to ensure our customers can get to their destinations safely. Our newest vehicles have state-of-the-art safety features that build on standard safety features like ABS brakes and traction controls, making our vehicles very reliable for the road ahead. Feel free to stop by Velde Ford to explore Ford's most advanced safety features

Explore Ford's Most Advanced Safety Features at Velde in Pekin, IL

Some of Ford's cutting edge features sound almost too good to be true. The Adaptive Cruise Control practically allows your car to drive on its own, combining cruise control and radar technology to adjust your speed and employ braking whenever you need. It works hand in hand with Lane Keeping technology to help with lane drifting and can alert a driver if they accidentally swerve into another lane. This technology improves safety on the road and helps to keep drivers away from danger!

Using the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and Cross-Traffic Alert system can also help with merging into different lanes. These driver assist features help to cover your blind spots, shining a small light on your side mirror to let you know if there are vehicles in your blind spot. The Cross-Traffic Alert helps to alert you of incoming vehicles when you're in reverse, keeping you aware of vehicles over 45 feet away. However, make sure you look over your shoulder to remain safe!

Explore Ford's Most Advanced Safety Features at Velde in Pekin, IL

The Rear View Camera and Enhanced Active Park Assist can make parking a much easier task. When you shift your car into reverse, your console screen will display a video feed of what's directly behind your vehicle and project guidelines to help you help you fit into sparking spaces. The Enhanced Active Park Assist scans the sides of your vehicles to find appropriate areas to park, showing them on your center display screen to help you find the best spot you can find while you park.

While these are only a few examples of Ford's most advanced safety features, there several other features that offer exclusive features to ensure maximum safety both on and off the road. If you have any safety questions or would like additional explanation about the features, feel free to contact us and our Service Team staff will be happy to assist you! At Velde Ford, we care about you and want to treat you like family. Learn more about us so we can help you with any automotive issues you may have!

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What to Do This Week in Pekin - 05/24/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,–– It's finally summertime! The warm weather means that fun in the sun is a must! Pekin and the surrounding area have a lot of fun events going on through the weekend and into next week. There are lots of chances for you to enjoy some outdoor activities this week, with plenty of activities for both family and friends to experience! We have created a guide on what to do this week in Pekin for you to enjoy. We've included plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Take a look below!

Watch a Peoria Chiefs Game this Weekend


What to Do This Week in Pekin



Next week, the Peoria Chiefs play the Wisconsin Timber in Dozer Park at 7:30. Make a fun day out of watching some of Minor League Baseball's rising stars and take your family out for an affordable and exciting day in the ballpark! If you can't catch the game on May 30th, you can check out their schedule for other games as well!

Check Out Upcoming Concerts at the Peoria Civic Center


What to Do This Week in Pekin



Looking for live entertainment? The Peoria Civic Center is hosting tons of shows these next few months, from REO Speedwagon to Dancing With the Stars: Live! Tickets are going fast, so make sure you purchase them as quickly as possible! Plan a fun day for your friends or family and take in the wide range of events available for patrons.

Run in a 5K or Fun Run!

What to Do This Week in Pekin


The Common Ground Community Center is hosting a 5K Fun Run/1M Fun Run in Delavan, IL this Saturday at 8:00 AM. The proceeds raised will go towards renovations at the Common Ground, which will use the funds to create summer youth programs and fixing up the youth recreational center and kitchen cafe. Register for a fun 5K for a good cause! If you can't make it, there are plenty of other 5Ks that are happening throughout next month, as well!

Children's Storytime at Barnes and Noble in Bloomington

What to Do This Week in Pekin





This Saturday at 10:00 AM, the Barnes and Noble in Bloomington will be participating in their bi-weekly Children's Storytime event. Their newest book being read this week is written by New York Times bestselling author-team James and Kimberly Dean. In it, Pete the Cat is learning a cool new dance, the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities will also take place, so be sure to make it a fun day full of learning!

With so many activities going on around Pekin, there's sure to be fun for everyone of all ages! Make the most of the sunny days to come and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. We hope this guide on what to do this week in Perkin comes in handy when you begin planning your activities for the weekend. While you're out and active, follow a few tips to make sure your car is in good condition, and make refer to our FAQ if you have any questions or concerns!

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Ford's Sporty Car Offering Remains Desirable Amongst Millennials - 05/17/2017

PEKIN, Ill., ––Despite the change in market towards SUVs and crossovers, Ford is still attracting young buyers thanks to their strong offering in sporty cars. Ford recently saw a steep decline in car sales in the past month because of the market shift, but remain optimistic for the future with their performance variants. Ford's sporty car offering, which includes the Ford Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS, and Fusion Sport models, remains desirable amongst millennials.

Ford's Sporty Car Offering Remains Desirable Amongst Millennials


Stock performance variants of Ford's current car offering has been sought after for a while, and now they're a reality, and one of Ford's best chances at making a connection with the millennial market. The customer's you would expect to buy these cars are "not just young at heart; they're actually younger on average" according to Ford.

The most popular sporty car of the bunch is the Ford Fiesta ST, which holds an average buyer's age of 35 years. In fact, the standard variant of the Fiesta holds an average buyer's age of 45 years. Second in line, the Focus RS, sells to 41 year olds, while the Focus sells to 46 year olds. The younger buyers also hold higher household incomes, which might make them more eligible or interested to step into the sporty car market in the first place. Within the first three months of 2017, millennial buyers have contributed to a 45% increase in sporty car sales for Ford.

“With repeat customers making up around half of industry sales, capturing younger buyers while they still have many vehicle purchases remaining in their lives is good for business,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager.


With Ford's sporty car offering remaining desirable amongst millenials, we hope to see the trend continue across even more models. At Velde Ford, we want to help you find your dream vehicle regardless of your age, budget, or wants. If you're interested in the 2017 Fiesta, Focus or Fusion, you can stop by our dealership in Pekin to take a closer look, or shop our new vehicle inventory 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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Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids - 05/15/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,––If you haven't checked the weather yet, it's time you knew we've got some gorgeous weather ahead of us, which makes it a great time to get outside and spend time together as a family! Some great ways to get outdoors and enjoy the weather includes taking walks, playing with your favorite doggo in the backyard, and lounging on the deck with the ones you love, but maybe it's time to mix it up? We've got some great ideas on fun activities to do outside with the kids this week.

1. Color Scavenger Hunt

Color a few blocks on a white paper bag and set out to find objects that match that color! 
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids

2. Sidewalk Chalk Pops

Make and use these sidewalk chalk pops together! The handles make it easy for little ones to hold without as much mess. 

3. Rainbow Bubble Snakes

Honestly, who doesn't love blowing bubbles?! All the supplies you need for this are probably already in your house, too. 
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids


4. Leaf Rubbing Collage 

Take a walk around the park, or head to the woods if you have a spot nearby to collect different types of leaves - just watch out for poison ivy! Then do the coloring outside!
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids

5. Tin Can Bowling

Classic bowling can be done in your backyard easily with some empty tin cans and a small ball. 
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids

6. Marshmallow Shooters

You can create a target-based game in the yard with these fun little shooters!
Fun Activities to Do Outside with the Kids



We hope you get outside this week to enjoy the awesome weather with your family and loved ones. Are there any fun activities you like to do outside with the kids during the Spring and Summer months? Let us know on social media! We're a big family at Velde Ford Pekin and aim to service each and every customer as if they're family, too. Learn more about our team online and let us know how we can help you with finding a new car, finding a used car, or servicing your Ford


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9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes - 05/09/2017

PEKIN, Ill.,––Mother's Day is this weekend! Have you gotten your mom a gift yet? If you haven't decided what to do, or are planning on having guests over for a Mother's Day meal, we've got some great ideas! Check out these 9 Mother's Day brunch recipes that you can use to cook your mom something she'll love. We've broken down these ideas into a few categories to help you get it right for your special lady. Just remember to do the dishes, too!


For the Mother that loves eggs...

Eggs Benedict Quiche

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Eggs in Clouds

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Breakfast Pizza with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes



For the Mother with a sweet tooth...

Blueberry Croissant Puff

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes


Maple Bacon Pancake Bites

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes



For the Mother who likes bacon and ham...

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Crispy Cheese and Bacon Potatoes

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes


Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake

9 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes


Whether you choose to make these 9 Mother's Day brunch recipes or not, we hope you enjoy spending time with family this weekend! Family is such an important thing to us at Velde Ford Pekin. We want to help you, your Mom, and the rest of your family stay safe on the road with routine maintenance, get a great deal on vehicle detailing services, and drive a reliable and affordable Ford vehicle. See what Velde Ford is all about on our website, and stop by for a refreshing and positive dealership experience! 

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Turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for Off-Road Excellence - 05/08/2017

Turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for Off-Road Excellence

PEKIN, Ill.,––Are you someone who craves adventure? Who wants to take themselves off the road and into the sandy dunes, muddy trails, or rocky hills? If so, you can turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for off-road excellence. The comeback kid, the Raptor, is here with a cutting-edge terrain management system thanks to the AWD/4WD transfer case. Let's take a look at what makes this pickup truck unique.

When Ford first announced a new Raptor, the new design and powerful engines were the big selling points; however, as many have discovered, the terrain management system and transfer case have become the focus. The goal of Ford's innovative team was to improve the daily driving experience, while cohesively offering the ultimate off-road experience.



The terrain management system is enabled by the dual-mode transfer case that uses both AWD and 4WD systems and electronic lockers that is able to more intelligently distribute power to the front and rear wheels in response to the terrain it's experiencing.

"With the clutch-based feature of the transfer case, drivers can travel on-road using the 4x4 auto setting, which delivers the benefit of four-wheel drive without the repercussions of component damage or driveline binding – something that can occur when drivers try to use mechanically locked systems on high-traction surfaces like pavement."

Ford specifically calibrated the automatic 4WD to specific road surface conditions, so the transfer case can alter the clutch torque to best fit the environment. With the terrain management system, drivers can select weather modes to finely tune their driving experience, or rely on the Raptor's default electronic shift-on-the-fly system.

If you're interested in a better 4x4 experience, you can turn to the 2017 Raptor F-150 for off-road excellence. If you simply need a great driving experience and strong towing capabilities, we recommend taking a look at the 2017 Ford F-150. We'd be happy to show you how an F-150 pickup can provide just what you need on the road and on the worksite at Velde Ford! Learn all about the F-150 on our website, and get in contact with us


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Sustainable Bamboo Materials for Ford's Vehicle Interiors - 05/03/2017

Sustainable Bamboo Materials for Ford's Vehicle Interiors

PEKIN, Ill.,––Ford is thankfully a company that puts a lot of work into the design of their vehicles. From the shape of the car, to the ergonomic shape of the seats, right down to the wearability of the interior materials, Ford has it all covered. Ford consistently researches user habits, material options, etc. to provide their customers the best and longest lasting solution. The most recent topic of research is sustainable bamboo materials for Ford's vehicle interiors.

Bamboo has been touted as one of the world's strongest naturally occurring materials. Even Thomas Edison was smart enough to use this miracle material in the testing process while making the first ever light bulb! You might have experienced bamboo flooring or bamboo in a dish, but maybe not in a vehicle. Bamboo is a material that has been used and tested for many applications for centuries and now it's making its way into textiles that are vehicle-interior ready.


Ford has actually been working with bamboo for several years now to test and evaluate the tensile strength. This simply means how resistant the material is to being pulled apart. In testing, the bamboo has been combined with some plastics to increase the strength. It's been found to be a stronger and more comprehensive material in comparison to natural and synthetic fiber materials.

Because of the quick growing rate of bamboo, which is typically two to five years to maturity, this is a material that is even more sustainable and ready for mass production. While tests on bamboo materials continue, it may not be long before we see bamboo in the interior of Ford vehicles! It might not surprise you, but Ford is already using other sustainable materials such as post-consumer cotton for interior padding, recycled plastic bottles for floor carpeting, recycled tires for seals and gaskets, etc.

If you're a fan of keeping emissions low and using sustainable materials, Ford is the brand to look out for when you're out to purchase a car. Ford has many vehicles in the current model year lineup that provide great gas mileage, with electric or hybrid options as well. You can explore all the Ford models available at Velde Ford Pekin online! If you're curious as to how they perform on the road, we'd be happy to set you up with a test drive.


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Downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect Brochure from Velde Ford - 05/02/2017

PEKIN, Ill. –– The 2017 Ford Transit Connect provides a versatile answer for the business owner who needs a vehicle for delivery services, on-call maintenance, etc. The Ford Transit Connect combines flexibility, functionality, and reliability into three available trim levels, XL, XLT, and Titanium with a long or short wheelbase option - all of which you can read about in the downloadable brochure from Velde Ford!

Downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect Brochure

Downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect Brochure from Velde Ford


Become familiar the 2017 Ford Transit Connect, a standout in the small commercial van segment, in the digital brochure. There you can see plenty of photos, available trim options, and details about the various features like the Quickclear electric windshield defroster, 180 degree swing rear cargo doors, and rugged vinyl flooring. Get your free downloadable 2017 Ford Transit Connect brochure from Velde Ford today and don't hesitate to contact our helpful team with any questions you might have.

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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 care 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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