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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34 Consumer Reviews for LoanMe

Average Consumer Rating: 1.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 4 4 star: 0 3 star: 0 2 star: 1 1 star:  29
Bottom Line: 18% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    LoanMe is a scam

    • San Leandro, CA,
    • Nov 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Do not borrow money from LoanMe. After applying for this loan, they gave me a 35% interest rate, which was a lie. After signing the documents to receive the loan. I thought I was in a 35% locked interest rate. So one week later I received a form from LoanMe stating the interest rate was 101.38%. After I received the paperwork inside was a payment schedule to pay $567.00 per month when nothing goes towards the principal! I would end up in 7 years paying $41,000 on a $7600 loan! You got to be kidding me.

    I closed my checking account. They are "NOT" collecting $567.00 payments when nothing is applied to the loan is illegal! So they reported it to the credit bureaus. They claim they are exempt from the Usery Law in California. This may be true, but they lied to me about the interest rate to get me to sign the loan is fraud. I will fight this with an attorney. Do "NOT borrow from LoanMe. They will not get a penny back from me. If it goes to small claims, I will fight this truth and nail.

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

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Regardless of how desperate you are, do not borrow from them!

    • California,
    • Aug 5, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My title really says it all. If you are really needing funds, this company will loan them to you, but it comes at a HEFTY price. Keep in mind, the incredibly high interest rate (mine was 179%) is a daily rate.

    Four months ago, I borrowed $2,500 and have paid the monthly payments on time to the tune of $1,200. Today, my payoff amount was $2,962. Had I have continued paying the monthly amounts, I would have paid $18,000.

    This is a predatory loan company, and even the employees will subtly warn you. If I could turn back time, I would have paid the late penalty on rent, and let my utilities get shut off. Please don't do this!

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

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Thieves

    After going online to pay off the entire loan due to the ridiculous interest rates, LoanMe turned around and took additional money out of my account claiming there was a principal balance remaining. How? If the balance was at 0 after I paid it off. Scam! Thieves! A $3000 loan will cost you over $10,000 after all the fees. Never ever will I recommend or use this lender again. I am looking into a lawyer.

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

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  • 7 out 16 people found this review helpful

    The best lender

    • California,
    • Apr 16, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    It was quick and easy. The loan agent, Monty (Afred) Hervey, not only he has a sweet and charming voice, but indeed he was very patient, humorous, courteous, polite, and persistent. He made everything easy for me when I was hopeless and impatient. I have no complaints, and I would highly recommend anyone to this lender and the loan agent, Monty Hervey, in particular. Because of my credit history/score and debts, I don't blame anyone for the high interest rate, and I did not mind since I got the loan when I most need it. What goes around, comes around and God bless you, Monty, for all your efforts in helping people.

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

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    • Nov 10, 2018

      samuel m.

      Yes, what comes around goes around.

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  • 27 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Jerk reps

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Oct 9, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    The LoanMe reps are jerks! They talk to you dismissively and rudely. You're trying to be polite over the phone, and they just cut you off or over talk you. I will pay them off all at once and get these jackals out of my life; I don't need some idiot who can barely speak English berating me like he is superior to me just because I have a loan with them.

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

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  • 45 out 45 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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  • 56 out 57 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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  • 38 out 38 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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  • 25 out 63 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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  • 41 out 43 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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  • 32 out 34 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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