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TransUnion: National Auto Loan Delinquency Rate Remains Flat While Debt Grows

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Aug 20, 2013) - The national auto loan delinquency rate (the percentage of accounts 60 or more days past due) remained relatively flat year over year moving from 0.79% in Q2 2012 to 0.80% in Q2 2013. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, the auto loan delinquency rate experienced an 8-basis point drop from 0.88% in Q1 2013.

Auto loan balances continue to increase, jumping more than 4% between Q2 2012 ($12,875) and Q2 2013 ($13,435). Every state except for Michigan experienced an increase in average auto loan balances during this timeframe. 

The data provided are gathered from TransUnion's proprietary Industry Insights Report, a quarterly overview summarizing data, trends and perspectives on the U.S. consumer lending industry. The report is based on anonymized credit data from virtually every credit-active consumer in the United States. 

"Our second quarter data are favorable for the auto loan market, as delinquencies remained largely unchanged while auto loan debt rose once again in the last year," said Peter Turek, vice president of automotive for TransUnion. "It's encouraging to see consumers take on more auto debt while delinquencies remain low. Consumers clearly are more confident in managing additional debt."

While subprime borrower debt increased more than 7% in the last year, delinquency levels for this segment remained about the same, moving from 4.94% in Q2 2012 to 5.02% in Q2 2013. As a percentage of borrowers, the subprime group did not change from last year, still constituting 14.9% of all new accounts.

 
Total Account Volume - Percentage of Subprime Borrowers
Q2 2013 Q2 2012 Q2 2011 Q2 2010 Q2 2009 Q2 2008
14.9% 14.9% 15.7% 17.8% 19.8% 19.9%
           

"This is a positive sign since increased balances for the subprime group indicate that they are receiving new loans. The fact that the increase in delinquencies is only a minor one is especially important, as we often find that borrowers who have problems making payments do so within the first year of a loan," added Turek.

TransUnion's Industry Insights Report also showed a continued increase in total auto account volumes, with a 4% rise observed in the last year.

 
Total Account Volume
Q2 2013 Q2 2012 Q2 2011 Q2 2010 Q2 2009
58.23mm 55.98mm 53.11mm 53.29mm 56.94mm
         

"As we've observed in recent quarters, total auto account volume continues to increase," said Turek. "We expect to see volumes rise in line with overall auto sales and other demand drivers, like replacement of older vehicles and improving employment numbers."

Q2 2013 Auto Loan Statistics - 60 Days+ Delinquency Rates   

       
Quarter over Quarter Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
USA 0.88% 0.80% (9.6%)
       
       
Year over year Q2 2012 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
USA 0.79% 0.80% 0.7%
       
   
Highest Auto Loan Delinquency States Q2 2013
Oklahoma 1,53%
Mississippi 1.46%
Louisiana 1.35%
Alabama 1.27%
   
   
Lowest Auto Loan Delinquency States Q2 2013
North Dakota 0.43%
Minnesota 0.49%
Vermont 0.49%
Washington 0.52%
   
       
Top 3 Year-over-Year Increases Q2 2012 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
Wyoming 0.59% 0.68% 15.3%
Alaska 0.49% 0.55% 12.2%
Michigan 0.75% 0.84% 12.0%
       
Top 3 Year-over-Year Declines Q2 2012 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
Vermont 0.57% 0.49% (14.0%)
South Dakota 0.72% 0.62% (13.9%)
Oregon 0.63% 0.55% (12.7%)
       

Q2 2013 Auto Loan Statistics - Average Account Balance

       
Quarter over Quarter Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
USA $13,260 $13,435 1.3%
       
       
Year over year Q2 2012 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
USA $12,875 $13,435 4.3%
       
   
Highest Auto Loan Balance States Q2 2013
Texas $15,978
Alaska $15,823
Louisiana $15,708
Wyoming $15,522
   
   
Lowest Auto Loan Balance States Q2 2013
Michigan $10,992
Rhode Island $11,552
Maine $11,612
Wisconsin $11,635
   
       
Top 3 Year-over-Year Increases Q2 2012 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
Louisiana $14,657 $15,708 7.2%
New Mexico $13,844 $14,835 7.2%
Oklahoma $13,731 $14,697 7.0%
       
Top 3 Year-over-Year Declines Q2 2012 Q2 2013 Pct. Change
Michigan $11,078 $10,922 (0.8%)
       
       
       

*Michigan was the only state with a yearly decline.

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