CHICAGO – Rhode Island had the second-lowest average auto loan balance in the nation in the second quarter, according to a TransUnion report that also showed the national auto loan delinquency rate remained relatively flat.
The average account balance on auto loans in Rhode Island was $11,552 in the second quarter. Only Michigan, at $10,992, had a lower average account balance.
Nationally, the average balance stood at $13,435 in the second quarter, up from $12,875 in the second quarter of 2012.
The national auto loan delinquency rate, or the percentage of accounts 60 days or more past due, remained nearly the same over the year, rising from 0.79 percent in the second quarter of 2012 to 0.8 percent in the same period this year.
Delinquency rate data was not provided for Rhode Island.
“It’s encouraging to see consumers take on more auto debt while delinquencies remain low,” said Peter Turek, vice president of automotive for TransUnion, in a statement. “Consumers clearly are more confident in managing additional debt.”
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