In a file photo, workers at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio put the final touches on 2011 Chevrolet Cobalts. The weakening dollar will allow U.S. automakers to export at a financial advantage. Mark Duncan/AP hide caption

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President Obama and congressional leaders work to strike a deal to raise the debt limit at the White House, July 14. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Customers walk past a Toyota FJ Cruiser. Toyota brought in 19 percent of African-American buyers, 22 percent of Latino buyers and 33 percent of Asian-American buyers. Yoshikazu Tsuno/Getty Images hide caption

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Although the recession ended two years ago, Americans are still feeling the effects. Consumers are continuing to rely on thrifty measures to push their money further. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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