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Customer Testimonials for Velde Ford in Pekin, IL

At Velde Ford, we are proud of the comfortable and enjoyable experience we offer our customers. We are able to do this because we genuinely enjoy being able to take care of the automobile needs for the communities of Pekin, Peoria and more!

Additionally, our employees enjoy working with Tim and his family – so much in fact that many of them have been employed at Velde Ford since the 1970’s!

We believe this is not only because Velde Ford is a great place to work and visit, but also because our owner, Tim Saurs, is such a joy to work with! You’ll often see him walking through the dealership, greeting customers and interacting with his family – many of which work at Velde Ford!

If you have already visited us, you know that we offer our customers a car buying experience that is exciting, genuine, and enjoyable. Whether you enjoyed your time with us or not, we encourage you to share your story with us.

No matter if you were shopping for a new or used vehicle, taking advantage of our Service Center, getting financed, or just stopping by to say hi, we genuinely care about how you felt after leaving our dealership. So feel free to add your review and let potential customers know how we are doing!

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Thank you very much. I'm a Dodge guy, but I was very impressed with the Ford in every way. My favorite color too, by the way. I even drove 3 different styles of the Dodge trucks. I even checked out the Toyota Tundra, the Sierra and the Silverado. Nothing compares to the Beautiful Ford I bought. I love the color, the style and everything about it. Your man, Phil Durham, is awesome. He was just as impressive. The Ford sold itself, but having a salesman so intuitive as to all the computer workings of the vehicle was the icing on the cake. Thank you guys very much.

Drew Simpson

The commercial doesn’t lie! We will always keep buying from Velde!

Ron J. Tinnon

The Velde team is excellent. Dave Kohene made my buying experience a pleasure. The service department is awesome. Tim Saurs had done a wonderful job putting this team together. When the time comes to buy again, I will go to Velde first.

Larry Weinzimmer

My daughter and I just bought a used Ford Escape at Velde Ford. We worked with Randy Seward and had a great experience! Thanks so much for making our car-buying experience so positive!

Sharon Janssen Phelps

I just had a truly awesome buying experience and Randy Seward was my salesperson. I didn’t feel pressured at all and I feel he worked with me and made it a pleasurable experience. I would highly recommend him and Velde Ford in the future and I’m very happy with my new purchase!

Robert Stone

Outstanding people at this dealership, and always willing to make you a great deal on any car. Service department has always delivered at a fair price

Natasha Elledge

I had a great experience at Velde! Mike Brenkman was absolutely wonderful with finding a vehicle to match what I was needing. Was very friendly, fast service! Definitely recommend anyone looking for a vehicle to go see Mike! Thanks again!

Wes Smith

Great services, friendly sales staff. Thanks, Chris Cochran and the service department. Job well done.

Jeri Lou Peters

We have now purchased our fourth vehicle through Velde Ford. We have always had great service from Mike Brenkman. I called him a week or so ago, told him what I was looking for. Well, I changed my mind to a car, called him first thing this morning about a Buick that was in the lot. By the time we got there, he had her all cleaned, gas tank full, and ready for us to check out. Best guy we’ve ever worked with on buying cars! Would definitely recommend him to anyone! Gave us a good deal on our trade-in that we bought there four years ago. Definitely will keep being repeat customers.

Paul Berns

Great staff, very friendly, and do what they can to earn your business. Looking forward to working with them in the future.

Linda Sue Shafer

Kudos to Velde Ford. Today they gave a new Escape to a very happy family. What a wonderful message they have give the people of Pekin. They set the bar for all the other dealerships. Congratulations on your 60th Anniversary!

Jane Knight

Thank you, from the Pekin VFW, for your kind support and hole sponsorship of the VFW Golf Tournament fundraiser. Your support helped raise $6,712 for our Veteran programs. Businesses such as yours are a credit to the community!

Dan and Cathy Beaird

We want to thank Mike Closen for another great experience purchasing a new vehicle! We previously purchased a Ford Explorer, which we loved and drove for many years. Our experience purchasing that truck is what lead us back to Mike. He has a way of narrowing the search for the perfect vehicle (actually listens and understands our needs!). We really appreciate his vast knowledge of vehicles and his ability of making the process of finding the right car easy and fun! This time, we bought a beautiful 2014 Ford Taurus and couldn’t be happier. He really helped us find the best deal for our needs and hit the mark again! We always look forward to working with Mike and Velde Ford - thanks, Mike!!

Preston Kraushaar

My wife and I have purchased our last five vehicles from Mike Closen and have loved every one of them. The service and knowledge we get from Velde Ford and Mike are hands down the best we have had. They have always looked out for us and led us in the best direction for what we are looking for at the time. For the past ten years, and hopefully many more in the future, I’ll keep buying my cars from there. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Velde Ford and Mike Closen for everything!!

Bobbysue Chambers

Amber worked for a week straight to get me the perfect deal in my price range and at an amazing interest rate. She sincerely cares about her clients, she would text me at home to update me on anything that was going on in the process of purchasing my 2015 Ford Fusion! I would highly recommend her to any of my family and friends looking to purchase a new car! Doing business with Amber was a wonderful experience and I will definitely be back!

Shelby Shoemake

My husband and I bought a King Ranch Super Duty F-250 from Velde Ford while my husband was working in Pekin, Illinois. We had the best experience. We are from Mississippi, which is a 13-hour drive to Pekin. We would make that long drive just to come to Velde! Amber Bellis sold us the truck and she is the best salesperson we’ve ever had! I highly recommend her to anyone who wants great service. She made sure we had everything we wanted, plus more!

Brian Thielbar

I’ve bought 3 vehicles here in the last 6 months. The salesman was very nice and the helpful and the buying process went very smoothly. Hats off to these men and women for doing a great job keeping their customers happy!

Rhonda Berry

I called Mike Shibly and told him I needed a new Escape. The next day I went there to see him and told him what I wanted. He got the job done - I got a brand-new Escape the same day, a full buffet lunch, and excellent service from Mike and his staff. I love my new Escape and I will recommend my family and friends go see Mike for a new car. Thank you, Mike! I appreciate the great service you gave me. Thanks again!


After finding out I had some VERY bad gas in my ST, North Bros was able to fix it. Thanks to Terrick and Joe for the great customer support!

Sarah Walls

I just want to thank North Bros for the awesome transaction I had today! Especially Matt McCutcheon and David Johnson! They really went above and beyond to make sure the entire process ran smoothly for me. My husband is thrilled with his new truck, and I am thrilled with the great price NB was able to get me! Thanks again, we will definitely be repeat customers!

Logan K.

I would happily send anyone to the Pekin Velde. First off, if you are looking for a car at Velde Ford, talk to Randy Seward. He is friendly and has a great sense of humor. More importantly than that, if you know the needs of the vehicle you are looking for, he is knowledgeable and can put you in exactly what you want. Regarding the dealership, I was very pleased. Everyone seems to enjoy working there, making it a very laid back environment. They have a good selection of vehicles. They were able to beat the financing through my local bank, saving me quite a bit on interest.

Stacey V.

We had tried working with other Ford dealerships in the area, (not Velde), but the service was terrible. We were pressured to buy a car on their lot, (not Velde). I wanted a car with a specific color and options which thy were apparently not able or willing to locate. We even sent stickers we had found of other cars on the internet that were close to what we wanted – to give them an idea. We told them, (not Velde), the exact car I wanted and I thought it would be easy for them to locate. By searching for the car I wanted by zip code, I was starting to feel like I was selling myself the car. I expressed my frustration, (3 days of trying to get them to locate a car), to a friend and he suggested Velde Ford. The difference in service was night and day. I called Lynzie and she located 3 cars – exactly like I wanted within an hour of me contacting her. We went in that night to finalize the deal with Richard Welker. I had my new car within a business day. The service we received when buying our car was great at Velde Ford.

Jennifer J.

Chris was great to work with. He was very knowledgeable about the vehicles and what was on hand. He presented us with the information without being pushy or obnoxious and let us take time to test drive and make decisions without feeling pressured. This was by far the best car buying experience I’ve ever had. I will definitely come back for my next vehicle!

Jim F.

I must tell you this. We have become Big Ford fans over the years. A Great Product must be backed by a Great Dealership! We feel we are dealt with very fairly by Dave and the rest of the staff! A Dealer must also be backed with a Great Service Dept.!!! Don, Kevin and all the other guys are Super to deal with. I would just like to say Thank You for being a Dealership my wife and I can Trust!

James H.

Very courteous staff that just wanted me to be happy. Great Experience. Definitely will be back.

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The Words of Dr. Paul

"After 30 Years of Trading with Velde Ford... TRUST Says it All!"

The Words of Steve and Jean

"Personalized Service" ... has kept Steve & Jean coming back to Velde Ford for over 25 years.

The Words of Jennifer

... he made it the most incredible, exciting experience ever! I have never had so much fun!

The Words of Carolyn

"We are fans of Velde Ford!" We love the family orientated business, and the Service is great!

The Words of Mandy

family friendly, .... no pressure, ... an experience of a lifetime.

The Words of Debbie

After generations of family buying from Velde Ford, "I would not go anywhere else."

The Words of Andy

Velde Ford's Employees, Service & Prices are "unmatched" by any other dealer.

The Words of Randy & Patty

We have shopped at Velde Ford for decades ... very Satisfied with the Service & Quality of Ford Vehicles.

The Words of Jack

I would recommend Velde Ford to anyone, ...to be taken care of properly.

The Words of Mara

I chose Velde Ford because they have a very friendly staff... "by far one of the best dealerships I have seen."

The Words of Liz & Rex

The #1 thing I have found is Trust! Everyone I have dealt with at Velde Ford "is "Trustworthy!"