You know that General Electric (NYSE: GE) makes light bulbs and washing machines. You've probably heard by now that it's also been dabbling in the mortgage market. But did you know it also rents cars?

I was surprised as you. But when rumors began swirling yesterday that GE could possibly purchase an auto-and-van leasing business from Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE: RBS), I did a little digging. Surprisingly, it seems GE already owns a fleet of 1 million automobiles, which it leases out to customers around the globe. (Incidentally, this answers another question a lot of investors have been posing me lately: What's up with GE buying all those electric Volts from General Motors (NYSE: GM)? Turns out, GE may have a use for them after all.)

So in short, this rumor isn't quite as strange as it sounds. GE's expanding a business it already knows well. And with RBS under pressure to raise cash to repay its bailout to the British government, chances are GE can squeeze a good price out of a motivated seller. Sounds like good news for GE shareholders.

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Fool contributor Rich Smith has no position in any company named above, but Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of General Motors.

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