The Benz Is Hot In A Bandit Economy...And Even The Legit Fix Stolen Cars

In the Balkans' largest open-air car bazaar, on the desolate outskirts of the Albanian port of Durres, a smooth-talking salesman is trying to close a deal on a six-month-old Mercedes Benz. "For you, sir, $13,000," he purrs, fingering his gold chains and running a manicured finger along the hood. "I can see you're an expert."

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