You can believe whatever you chose. The industry wide fleet discount
averages around $600 if one buys more than five. There are additional
discounts available to governments fleets that buy hundreds but generally
they are no more than an addition $600. Many of the rebates offered to
individuals, by domestics and imports, are far greater than $1,200. In any
event the sale must go through a dealership no matter what you believe.
Ford, in the late nineties, bought back some of its franchises from the
older, smaller, 'mom and pop' dealerships to build big stores to operate as
company owed stores, in competition with franchised dealerships. The Nation
Ford Dealer Council, of which our group was a member, stated franchise
infringement litigation. The court issued a cease and desist order and
instructed Ford to divest themselves of the stores
I don't care whether they go through a dealership or not. The bottom
line is that GM and Ford are getting a lot less money off fleet sales.
All the knowledgeable sources which I posted (and which you
conveniently clipped) agreed on this point. you so make a point that
they are also heavily discounting retail sales as well. Bottom line is
that no one will by the cars unless they are sold for less than the
total cost of production. Hence GM's predicament.
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