Latin Correspondent | In Venezuela’s stalling auto industry, buying a car is no easy task

The empty showroom at a Chevrolet dealership in the western Venezuelan city of Mérida is a skeleton of a once-thriving auto industry. Two salespersons sat talking with one another at one of the three desks making a sad effort to fill the space.

They told me they didn’t have any cars. If I wanted one, I could put my name on the list, with certainty that I wouldn’t get the car this year, and speculation that I probably wouldn’t get it next year.

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