About LoanMe

If you’re a resident of Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico, or Utah, LoanMe is an online lender that claims to provide fast and easy personal, business, and auto loans to customers who might not otherwise qualify for financing. LoanMe customers have the ability to take out loans of up to $100K, which can be repaid in monthly installments over the course of 1, 5, and even 10 years in some instances.

With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at LoanMe’s specializations:

Personal Loans

According to the LoanMe website, you can apply for one of their auto loans online or over the phone, and can have the cash transferred to your bank account in as little as one business day. Once your loan is in place, the company claims to provide easy monthly payments without a prepayment penalty.

Similar to LendUp, LoanMe claims to report your on-time payments to each of the 3 credit bureaus, possibly improving your credit score.

Small Business Loans

Whether due to unexpected bills or the fact that your business can’t be served by a traditional lender, LoanMe’s small business loans are claimed to provide a quick, unsecured infusion of cash at a fixed interest rate with low monthly payments.

Auto Loans

According to a press release on the company’s website, LoanMe also “provides loans for the individuals who would not otherwise be able to purchase an automobile,” and specifically, for those who have a FICO score of 475 and above and are looking to borrow $30,000 or less.

However, the auto loans division of LoanMe appears to be pending, as there are no specific details provided about how LoanMe can help consumers obtain auto loans, other than claiming to work directly with dealerships to provide a simple and efficient loans. In addition, we’re not advised what benefits LoanMe provides compared to the competition.

Why Would You Consider a LoanMe Loan?

It can be stressful to need money quickly, regardless whether it’s for rent or mortgage payments, to put food on the table and feed your family, to cover unexpected hospital bills or car repairs, or anything else. And at first glance, lenders such as LoanMe might seem like a good option to get you and your family out of a tight situation. But is this actually the case? Consider the following:

Watch Your Bottom Line

As with any other personal lender, LoanMe charges very high interest rates for their loans, and in general you should try to pay them off in as little time as possible. Otherwise, you could end up paying much more than your original loan amount.

Considerations for LoanMe Auto Loans

For example, taking a look at LoanMe’s Personal Rates pages for the state of CA, if you take out a $3,100 (plus a $75 fee) loan with an interest rate of 135%, your monthly payments will amount to $351.09 over the course of 47 months. You definitely don’t need a calculator to figure out that your repayment total will be much, much higher than your original loan. But to put it in concrete terms, if you followed this payment schedule, you’d end up paying more than $16,500 for your $3,100 loan!

Considerations for LoanMe’s Business Loans

And if you think LoanMe’s rates for business loans are any lower, you might be surprised. An example scenario on LoanMe’s Rates pages indicates that a $15,000 loan will come with a $1,500 origination fee, and will be assessed an interest rate of 39%. Over the course of 120 months, this borrower would pay minimum monthly payments of $498.23, bringing their grand total to almost $60K!

There Are Guidelines to be Met

Although LoanMe has broader lending guidelines than a traditional lender (and the interest rates to go along with it), such as a bank or credit union, there are still some minimum requirements you’ll need to meet.

First, regardless of the loan type you’re looking for, you’ll need to provide a bank statement, proof of income, and must be at least 21 years of age with a valid ID, such as a driver’s license.

Also, in addition to a minimum credit score, auto loan applicants are required to “have a minimum gross monthly income of $1,800 from all sources to qualify. Joint applicants must have a gross monthly combined income of $2,800, and one applicant must have $2,000 from a single source. Applicant(s) must provide current paystub with year-to-date earnings dated no more than 30 days prior to funding.”

From a business loans standpoint, you’ll need to be a for-profit enterprise that’s been in business for at least 2 months, you’ll need to have a bank account in your business’ name, and you’ll need to prove your income. Finally, you’ll need to have a personal credit score of at least 500.

LoanMe’s Online Customer Reputation

Overall, LoanMe, Inc based out of Anaheim, CA, appears to have garnered a fairly low online customer reputation since opening their doors in 2013. As with most payday lenders, the primary complaints revolve around extraordinarily high interest rates.

However, we did find one customer review claiming that LoanMe and CashCall are the same company. Possibly in support of this assertion, we found a LoanMe Franchise Dealer Questionnaire hosted on the CashCall website.

Despite their seemingly negative online reputation with customers though, LoanMe has an A- BBB rating with only 1 complaint filed, which claimed that rates and fees changed between what was quoted by the company and what was reflected on the loan paperwork when it came time for approval.

LoanMe Pricing

As we mentioned above, your LoanMe personal, auto, or business loan’s APR, fees, and repayment terms will vary based on a wide number of factors, including loan amount, credit history, the state in which you live, and more.

With this said though, personal loan interest rates can vary between 34% and 204%, and fees between $75 and $950. Business loan interest rates can vary between 24% and 149%, and fees between 3% and 10% of your loan amount.

Important note: Keep in mind that, regardless of the type of loan you need, any fees are taken out after the loan has been funded. In other words, if you take out a $10K loan with a $750 fee, you’ll pay interest on the full $10K, but will have actually only received a $9,250 loan. In a very real way, this means that LoanMe is taking money from you, and charging you to do it.

If you need to talk with LoanMe customer service to ask about LoanMe’s fees and interest rates, they can be reached at 844-474-2886.

Should You Use LoanMe to Find Your Next Loan?

Chopping to the Point: While it’s definitely positive that LoanMe attaches fixed interest rates and repayment schedules to their loans, their extraordinarily high interest rates mean that you should only use them as a last resort, and only if you can pay off your loan quickly.

Otherwise, you might find that your once-small loan has ballooned into a much great amount—one that you may never have the ability to fully pay off.

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29 Customer Reviews for LoanMe

Average Customer Rating: 1.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 3 4 star: 0 3 star: 0 2 star: 1 1 star:  25
Bottom Line: 17% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Worst company ever

    This company will distort, mislead, and lie in order to tie you and your family up in a loan. You will never get out of, and that's not all; expect a 33% to 55% origination fee (which will be hidden in the small print, if at all) on top of the highest interest rates ever seen from a lending company. CONSUMERS BEWARE.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 26 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Interest rate rip-off

    My credit score is 620 (although not the best, but not the worst) and I foolishly, extremely foolishly agreed to a 138% interest rate on a $3,100 loan. I ended up paying them, after six payments, $5300. Do not use this company, please shop around. Do not let desperation lead you to a foolish mistake.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    LoanMe is awful

    • Los Angeles, California,
    • Mar 6, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I'm giving them zero stars here.

    I was "approved" and then told to give them my bank statements, bank login information on my online access, and my online access bank code. They couldn't verify that bank account, but the rep named Rachael says, "But I see your other accounts with the banks, so let's login into those accounts for verification." Um, how could they possibly see my other accounts? I didn't tell them about those accounts, and if they can see those then clearly I should be verified right?

    This sounds so shady to me, and I will be looking for a class action lawsuit shortly. Don't "hard hit" your credit score with them!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 35 people found this review helpful

    Don't blame LoanMe

    First and foremost, they are probably the only financial institution that would even consider giving you a loan. All the rates and information are displayed for you to see, and the customer representative explains everything on voice recording, so you knew the cost of the loan before you signed for it. Yet, you took the loan. Who is to blame here?

    The key to this type of loan is to pay it off fast! If you cannot do that, be prepared to make your payments and be happy that although this is an expensive form of credit, you received help when you needed it, and you also received relief from the situation that made you borrow.

    My representative, Melanie, was exceptional. I took the loan knowing the cost and terms. However, I resolved to pay it off within 18 months. Again, the longer you hold the note, the more expensive it will be.

    Knowing this, you must make the choice, but do not bad mouth the hand that is feeding you. This has worked for me, and I was glad to have received the help.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 22 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Very concerned, stay away

    This company is a joke.

    My credit score is 688, which is not great; but good. I applied for a personal loan of $10,000 to do some home improvement work. They told me I was approved and just needed to verify my bank account. After "verifying" my account four times, they said it had only been open for one month. I have had the account for over 20 years and called the bank. I called back my "Senior Loan Agent" Andre to tell him that they were checking my wife's Christmas Club account and not our checking account.

    Then a customer service representative called to ask me some questions to verify my identity. I answered everything, and he said I would be getting a call from Andre with good news. I literally was hanging up with him when I got the "decline" letter. It indicated that it was because of my credit score and delinquent account. I missed one payment of $40 back in 2013, but other then that, I have one credit card, no loans, nothing.

    I am amazed at the fact that they literally ran me through the ringer and after verifying my identity, declined me? What a joke. Stay away. I wasted an entire day, part of my wife's day and received a hard hit on my credit score!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Pre qualified and approved still landed me hard inquiry and denial

    • Sacramento, CA,
    • Jan 9, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have a fairly decent rising credit score of 660 and wanted to consolidate a few bills, so when I received a letter stating I was prequalified to receive a loan, I decided to try it.

    I was a little hesitant at first because I try not to let places pull my credit score unless I'm more than likely going to be approved. So when the web page stated that I could get pre-approved without affecting my credit, I was all in.

    Once I was pre-approved, an agent telephoned me to complete the deal and stated that they needed permission to run the credit and that of course, it will show up on my report as a hard inquiry. I gave my consent because according to the website, I was already pre-approved.

    The agent returned on the phone to state it was not approved and does not state why, but that they will send me a letter, to which I can write a correspondence to ask why.

    Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed, not because the loan did not go through, but because I felt like I was misled into applying for the loan and received a hard inquiry in the process.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 45 out 46 people found this review helpful

    LoanMe is a scam

    • California,
    • Dec 28, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    LoanMe is a scam. They prey on innocent people who are having difficulties with finances. They lie and say they do not have loans under 2500, forcing you to take a minimum 2600 dollar loan. In California, if a loan is 2600 dollars or more, they can charge you what ever interest rate they want. They have me at an interest rate of about 139%. I have a 300 monthly payment that I will be paying on for almost 4 years and will pay back a total of 14,122.37 on a 2600 loan.

    This has to be illegal. The only reason I took this loan was because it was my only option at the time to pay my rent and feed my kids. Companies like this should not be able to take advantage of people in such an immoral manor.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 22 out 22 people found this review helpful

    After 10 months of $383 pymts, I still owed $2600

    • Victorville, CA,
    • Dec 26, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    My wife was going to help me with payments, so I got her logged in online, which I hadn't done since the $283-payments came out of my checking account the 5th of each month.

    She pointed out to me that the load was at 135% and only $4-$5 of each payment went to the principal, the rest to interest. According to the online statement not until Oct. 2018 would we START paying on just the principle. So, around June 2019 the loan would be paid off, which makes it out to be a total of $10,000 plus for a $2600 loan I was making almost $300/mo automatically taken from my checking account.

    This is a total scam and should be reported! I got the runaround every time we asked if we could make extra payments to go towards principle and never got a straight answer. My wife made one $200 extra and it went straight to interest.

    Thank God my wife borrowed from her 401k and paid them off for $2,060. I told them to lose my number and blocked them from my account.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Fraud; Misrepresentation of Products & Services

    Though this company charges extremely high interest rates, I knew that going in. The primary reason for taking this loan was based on the simple fact that I was told my good payments would reflect on my credit. The loan officer led me to believe I would be reported to the credit bureau(s) after several on-time payments and nothing in the mail regarding statements about those payments I called the company requesting information about why I wasn't being provided anything on what I've paid and owed. I also advised at this time there was no reporting on my credit. In reply, they advised they were above the law and didn't have to provide statements and that they only reported to 1 credit bureau not all 3. Upset and frustrated by this action, I advised that was misrepresentation of the product and agreements signed. I argued multiple times, that was illegal and unfair practices underneath FDCPA & FTC and as a result I am with holding payment until this can be further reviewed pending Federal Investigation.

    As a warning DO NOT Borrow money from this organization, protect yourself and your rights.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Unsatisfactory responses

    • California,
    • Oct 15, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I applied for a loan and the rep emails me and says I need to submit more documents and information. After giving the documents and more information and answering all of their questions, underwriting comes back and says they want to wait until they see the next pay hit before proceeding.

    I have just recently gone from W2 + commissions to commission only and I provided all the information and yet my pre-qualified approval means nothing to them.

    I sent the rep multiple emails and suggestion options and even asked for a manager and they just blew me aside like I was a nobody.

    I would not recommend this company based on my experience.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 37 out 37 people found this review helpful

    Whatever you do DON'T get the loan

    • Anaheim,
    • Sep 4, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I would rate it a 0. I was in need of cash to pay off a credit card so I thought I'd get a quick loan for that. I never thought the interest would be 135%. I made a mistake and didn't read the contract clearly. I do recall the gentleman that assisted me say that it would be 35%. I do not recommend this loan place​. They will take your money and you'll end up paying 10x more. I got a loan for $2600, their contract stated by the time I finished paying it would be $13000. RIDICULOUS. Whatever you do please don't do it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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