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U.S. Junk Cars Sustain A Local Microeconomy In Guatemala

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A version of this story aired on Texas Standard from KUT Austin.


MARFA, Texas — Old cars that have little resale value in the United States are being towed in caravans that begin in California, Arizona and Texas and end up in Guatemala.

The cars are also loaded up with old bicycles, recycled car batteries and clothing that have been jettisoned in the United States.

The vehicles are fixed up in Guatemala and sold across Central America.

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