In the bad old days of Detroit, Ford (NYSE: F ) and its local rivals often used fleet sales as a way to boost tired models, by selling them to rental-car companies at deep discounts. That tactic kept factories busy and made sales numbers seem good for a while, but eventually it eroded profits and crushed resale values.
Some investors still worry when they hear about "fleet sales," but the truth is, Ford doesn't do business like that anymore. Fleet sales are still a very important part of Ford's business, but nowadays they're profitable sales -- and the majority of them aren't to rental-car companies. In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at Ford's recent fleet sales numbers, and explains why this kind of business might actually be a very good thing for Ford.
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