Fair, Isaac Co., better known as FICO, and the Professional Risk Managers' International Association sponsored the quarterly survey, and the Columbia School of Business in New York analyzed the responses. Results for the second quarter were announced Tuesday, July 9.
Almost half the respondents said they expect auto loan delinquencies to stay about the same. Nearly all the rest said auto delinquencies would increase or decrease slightly.
Separately, U.S. credit bureaus reported that auto loan delinquencies are close to record lows despite an increase in volume, including an increase in subprime auto loans.
In addition, survey respondents were asked to rank which lending sector they considered the greatest credit risk for the next six months: autos, credit cards, mortgages or small business lending. Autos got the smallest response, at only 15 percent. Credit cards were highest, at about 36 percent.