Baghdad car buyers

Car seekers check out the vehicles at a neighborhood lot in Baghdad. Away from the authorized dealerships, new car prices are inflated to meet demand. One merchant displayed a fully loaded 2009 Ford Flex, which he planned to sell for $60,000, almost double what it would cost in the States. These lot owners buy from dealers in Kuwait and Jordan, then ship the cars into Iraq.
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( Saad Khalaf / Los Angeles Times )

Car seekers check out the vehicles at a neighborhood lot in Baghdad. Away from the authorized dealerships, new car prices are inflated to meet demand. One merchant displayed a fully loaded 2009 Ford Flex, which he planned to sell for $60,000, almost double what it would cost in the States. These lot owners buy from dealers in Kuwait and Jordan, then ship the cars into Iraq.

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