Thursday, July 20, 2017

What to Do If You Get in an Accident

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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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great Gardening Tips for Beginners this Summer

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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

One-of-a-Kind Dessert Recipes for Your Next Summer Get-Together

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. 

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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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Different Types of Vehicle Collisions and How to Avoid Them

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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Friday, July 7, 2017

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


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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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why You Should Consider Buying a CPO Ford

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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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Velde Lease Experience

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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