Delinquencies on U.S. automobile loans by banks increased in the fourth quarter of last year but remained low by historical standards, according to a new report.

The national auto delinquency rate for banks was 0.41%, the report from TransUnion stated. That's up from 0.38% in the third quarter of 2012, but down from 0.46% one year earlier. The delinquency rate measures the percentage of borrowers whose loans are at least 60 days past due.

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