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I used to work with a guy who ran a side used car business of buying only Mercedes', monkeying with the documents (don't even want to know if they were stolen, totaled/repaired, etc), and exporting them to Nigeria. Supposedly it was cheaper for him to send them from the USA to Nigeria than other exporters in Europe could do b/c they were "used" cars. Go figure. We all thought it had to be a scam, but if Nigeria doesn't care what condition their used cars come in, why should I? We figured the cars were probably reported "totalled" through insurance or licensing whereby he could buy them super cheap as scrap or junk parts or whatever, clean them up and export them. But it was always Mercedes he talked about, nothing else he exported.

Sometimes I wonder what happened to him. He took a short trip back to his home town in Nigeria which turned into a 2 month long odyssey of (supposedly) malaria infection and other ailments (including supposedly being forced into some ritual where his uncle cut slits in his arm to scar him!) and they finally fired him. Fascinating character, but I never cared whether his exports were cool or not, unless the cars were stolen. Just b/c they're "totalled" by our standards doesn't mean the cars aren't useful somewhere else.

If nothing else, though, your friend might check with the local zoning people. In some municipalities there are ordinances on running businesses out of homes, and how many cars and traffic and such can be generated in residential neighborhoods.
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