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Requirements to Get Your Personal Loan Approved

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For the right consumers, personal loans can be a quick way to get much-needed cash for anything from a home repair to a college tuition. With the right qualifications, you can be approved for a personal loan in the morning and have the cash deposited into your account in as little as one day depending on the lender.

While applying is easy, qualifying for a personal loan may be more difficult. Here’s what you need to know about personal loans and how to get approved for one.

What is a personal loan?

A personal loan allows a consumer to borrow a lump sum of money for personal use and pay it back in fixed monthly payments over a set amount of time.

One significant difference between unsecured personal loans and other types of loans is that they don’t require collateral. When you buy a car, for example, the car serves as collateral and the lender can repossess it if you fall behind on your mortgage payments. To get an unsecured personal loan, you just have to qualify.

Personal loans come in a wide range of amounts and interest rates. The terms of personal loans vary by lender and range from six months to 84 months as of Feb. 2, 2018. They can be for as little as $2,000 and as much as $100,000, although the majority of personal loans are for much less. Best Eggs’ loans average between $13,000 and $14,000, according to Bobby Ritterbeck, chief marketing officer for the company.

What are personal loans used for?

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Unlike a mortgage, which is a loan for a house, or an auto loan, which must be spent on a vehicle, personal loans can be used for almost anything.

“People use it for a ton of reasons, from home repairs to medical [expenses] to all kinds of major purchases,” Ritterbeck said. People most commonly take out personal loans, however, for debt consolidation. In this process, borrowers use a personal loan to pay off other high-interest debts, which can simplify and reduce their monthly debt payments.

Alia Dudum, millennial money expert at LendingClub, said that LendingClub encourages anyone who needs credit to think about personal loans as “a responsible way to pay for something expensive,” whether the expense is planned or unexpected.

“You can’t always control when you have a major expense, but you can make good decisions,” she said. LendingClub’s borrowers primarily use personal loans to pay off high-interest debt, unexpected expenses such as medical bills or car repairs or a planned expense such as a vacation or home remodel.

How do I qualify for a personal loan?

Most lenders will look at two factors when you apply for unsecured personal loans: your credit history and your ability to repay the loan. Borrowers don’t have to provide collateral, such as a house or car to back their loan, nor do they need a cosigner (unless a cosigner is needed to strengthen your odds of getting approved).

Instead, lenders will look at your personal credit history and other factors, such as your income.

“That makes it easier for us to provide you quicker and easier access to your loan in comparison, to say, a mortgage loan that requires an appraisal of your home,” Dudum said.

Here’s a breakdown of how lenders determine whether you qualify for a loan.

Credit score

Each lender will determine its minimum credit score for receiving a personal loan, and some are more lenient than others regarding what scores they will accept. For Best Egg, for example, the average credit score for qualified applicants is 710. Ritterbeck said that most conservative financial institutions are comfortable issuing personal loans to applicants with scores around 680 and above.

Your credit score matters because it is a reflection of your ability to repay a loan. The score is compiled from information gleaned about how you handle credit, which could include:

  • Types of credit or loans you’ve carried (revolving, like credit, or non-revolving, like a mortgage)
  • The amount of each loan or the credit limit for each credit card you own vs. how much of that balance you are using from month to month
  • Whether you paid on time
  • Collections activity, bankruptcies, foreclosures or other negative marks

There are three federal credit reporting agencies that compete to compile American consumers’ credit histories: Equifax, Experian and Transunion. While each agency collects about the same information on each consumer, their credit score calculations may differ because the agency may not have collected the exact same information or it may store or display the information differently than the other agencies.

It’s important to note that your credit score will change over time as credit reporting agencies collect more information and tweak their calculation models. That means your score could be different from one month to the next.

Get your credit report and score for free

Each of the three reporting agencies will provide one free credit report a year, which you can get by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com or calling 1-877-322-8228.

There are lots of ways to get your credit score or credit score estimate for free these days. The Discover Scorecard, for example, offers a free FICO score.
Here’s our guide on getting your free credit score >

How to improve your credit score to get better loan terms

 

First, look for errors on your credit report, where you may find information that is inaccurate or wrong. If you find errors that could have lowered your credit score, dispute the error with the appropriate credit bureau. Check all three reports.

Then, take a look at your financial situation and make some changes.

  • Lower your debt: Stop spending on credit cards and come up with a strategy for paying down your balances.
  • Pay your bills on time: As much as 35 percent of your credit score could be based on your payment history, so make sure you pay all of your bills on time. If you are forgetful, set up automatic payments or monthly reminders.
  • Don’t close your unused credit card accounts: Unless your credit cards carry expensive annual fees, there’s no real benefit to closing them even if you aren’t using them. Your credit score will take into account the average length of time you’ve been using credit, so holding an account for a long time could actually benefit your score.
  • Don’t open new credit: As you rein back your spending, avoid the temptation to apply for more credit cards. Lenders may consider you risky if you open a lot of new accounts in a short amount of time.

The length of time it takes to improve your credit score depends on why your credit score is low in the first place. In any case, the personal financial discipline you develop as you work to improve your score will leave you with better spending and saving habits.

Debt-to-income ratio (DTI)

Your DTI is the amount of monthly debt obligations you have, including credit card payments, auto loans and student loans, divided by your monthly gross income. The calculation shows lenders the percentage of your income that you use to pay off debts.

“Lenders see this as an indicator of your ability to comfortably take on and pay off more debt,” Dudum said.

Wells Fargo lists a DTI of 35 percent as “looking good” and indicating that your debt is manageable in relation to your income, and that you likely have spending money left over after you pay your bills.

If you have a DTI between 36 and 49 percent, you may want to improve your financial situation so that you are in better shape to handle extra expenses. If your DTI is in this range, lenders
may look at additional eligibility criteria, like your income or whether you have a cosigner.

Credit utilization rate: This rate is calculated by dividing how much credit you’re using (the statement balance for each of your accounts) by the amount of credit you have
access to. “If it’s higher than about 30 percent, many financial companies see this as an indicator that you might not be as responsible as you could be,” Dudum said.

Credit history: How you’ve managed debt in the past can be a good determinant for how likely you are to pay back a personal loan. That means if you have little or no credit history, lenders may not approve your personal loan application.

“If you don’t have a track record with credit, it’s difficult for lenders to guess how you might handle paying your debts,” Dudum said.

Cosigner: If you have trouble meeting personal loan requirements, which could happen if you have a low credit score, no credit history or a bankruptcy in your past, you may need a cosigner.

Typically, cosigners are trusted friends or family members with good credit who will agree to take responsibility for the loan if you can’t make the payments. Lenders will factor in your cosigner’s credit history and credit score rather than yours when determining whether you qualify for the loan, which will up your chances of qualifying and securing a good interest rate.

Proceed with caution when considering a cosigner. If you don’t make your loan payments, you could ruin your cosigner’s credit history, stick them with the balance of the loan, and wreck your relationship with your cosigner.

How to apply for a personal loan

The application process for an unsecured personal loan is simple and fast.

“The old way is you’d walk into your local bank, wait in line to speak with a loan officer and apply that way,” Ritterbeck said. “In a lot of cases today you can still do that, but you also can go online, and in some cases call, and get a decision in a couple of minutes of what options are available to you.”

Online lending platforms will first ask you to fill out an application to check your credit rate. The personal loan industry can often show you your personal loan options without running a “hard” credit inquiry that would impact your credit score. These are typically called pre-approvals or prequalification checks but they aren’t final. When you are ready to apply for the loan, it will result in a hard credit inquiry. You may be able to get free quotes from LendingTree’s personal loan marketplace by filling out a short online form. LendingTree is the parent company of MagnifyMoney.

After you receive options for a personal loan, including the amount you qualify for and the interest rate, you can choose one to apply. “Generally speaking, the better your credit profile, the lower the rate of interest you’ll be charged in exchange for borrowing,” Dudum said. “That said, there are many other factors we take into consideration. One number couldn’t tell your whole financial story.”

Interest rates vary, but they can be as high as each state allows. OneMain, for example, can offer interest rates as high as almost 35.99% on personal loans, and Best Egg’s highest rate is 29.99%.

Once you decide which loan to apply for, you’ll need to submit proof of employment and income, such as a pay stub, said Kim Wijkstrom, chief marketing officer for OneMain Financial. Decisions on the loan can come within the hour, and the money could be deposited in your account the same day.

Lenders with alternative qualifications

Not all lenders follow the typical formula for personal loan requirements. OneMain, for example, uses credit scores as a guideline that gives a picture of a consumer’s credit history and focuses more on the applicant’s income and debt obligations, Wijkstrom said.
Here are others:

SoFi: SoFi is strict about approvals, as it prefers applicants with a good job and a history of on-time payments. It also does not allow cosigners or joint applicants. SoFi is unique in that there is No origination fee and has additional perks like loan forbearance if a borrower loses a job through no fault of his or her own. Interest will continue to accrue and is added to the loan balance, and SoFi will not report your payments to a credit bureau as being overdue.
Read our review of SoFi here.

SoFi
APR

5.99%
To
20.01%

Credit Req.

680

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 84

months

Origination Fee

No origination fee

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Fixed rates from 5.99% APR to 20.01% APR (with AutoPay). Variable rates from 6.49% APR to 14.70% APR (with AutoPay). SoFi rate ranges are current as of November 15, 2019 and are subject to change without notice. Not all rates and amounts available in all states. See Personal Loan eligibility details. Not all applicants qualify for the lowest rate. If approved for a loan, to qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. Your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including evaluation of your credit worthiness, years of professional experience, income and other factors. See APR examples and terms. Interest rates on variable rate loans are capped at 14.95%. Lowest variable rate of 6.49% APR assumes current 1-month LIBOR rate of 1.81% plus 4.93% margin minus 0.25% AutoPay discount. For the SoFi variable rate loan, the 1-month LIBOR index will adjust monthly and the loan payment will be re-amortized and may change monthly. APRs for variable rate loans may increase after origination if the LIBOR index increases. The SoFi 0.25% AutoPay interest rate reduction requires you to agree to make monthly principal and interest payments by an automatic monthly deduction from a savings or checking account. The benefit will discontinue and be lost for periods in which you do not pay by automatic deduction from a savings or checking account.

All rates, terms, and figures are subject to change by the lender without notice. For the most up-to-date information, visit the lender's website directly. To check the rates and terms you qualify for, SoFi conducts a soft credit pull that will not affect your credit score. However, if you choose a product and continue your application, we will request your full credit report from one or more consumer reporting agencies, which is considered a hard credit pull.

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SoFi Personal Loans are not available to residents of MS. Minimum loan requirements might be higher than $5,000 in specific states due to legal requirements. Fixed and variable-rate caps may be lower in some states due to legal requirements and may impact your eligibility to qualify for a SoFi loan.

If you lose your job through no fault of your own, you may apply for Unemployment Protection. SoFi will suspend your monthly SoFi loan payments and provide job placement assistance during your forbearance period. Interest will continue to accrue and will be added to your principal balance at the end of each forbearance period, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Benefits are offered in three month increments, and capped at 12 months, in aggregate, over the life of the loan. To be eligible for this assistance you must provide proof that you have applied for and are eligible for unemployment compensation, and you must actively work with our Career Advisory Group to look for new employment. If the loan is co-signed the unemployment protection applies where both the borrower and cosigner lose their job and meet conditions.

Terms and Conditions Apply. SOFI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. To qualify, a borrower must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in an eligible state and meet SoFi's underwriting requirements. Not all borrowers receive the lowest rate. To qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. If approved, your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including term of loan, a responsible financial history, years of experience, income and other factors. Rates and Terms are subject to change at anytime without notice and are subject to state restrictions. SoFi refinance loans are private loans and do not have the same repayment options that the federal loan program offers such as Income Based Repayment or Income Contingent Repayment or PAYE. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Financing Law License No. 6054612. SoFi loans are originated by SoFi Lending Corp., NMLS # 1121636. (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)

Upstart: While Upstart initially focused on helping graduate students with significant debt, it now also offers loans to consumers with a strong credit history. Upstart’s formula for calculating approval is unique and considers an applicant’s career, education, job history and standardized test scores.
Read our review of Upstart here.

APR

6.46%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

620

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 & 60

months

Origination Fee

Up to 8.00%

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Earnest: Unlike most lenders, Earnest uses a merit-based system for determining who qualifies for a loan. Recent graduates and others who are starting to build credit history may qualify for these loans, which offer some of the most flexible terms along with customized loan and repayment plans.

What if you are rejected for a personal loan?

You may not qualify for a personal loan the first time you apply, but it is possible to improve your financial position and successfully qualify later.

“People are of course usually very disappointed if they don’t get a loan, and the first thing to address is the emotional response,” Wijkstrom said. “Don’t be defeated when rejected.”

At OneMain, financial advisers will talk with clients about why they were not approved and what they can change. Sometimes that means fixing their credit history, such as paying bills on time for a set period. Others may find errors on their credit report that hurt their chances of qualifying for a personal loan.

You may also want to look into other options for credit, such as equity in your home that could help you get a different kind of loan, Ritterbeck said.

When used wisely, personal loans can help you get out of debt and manage large expenses. Regardless of when you need a personal loan, it’s never too early to integrate good habits into your financial life to ensure that when you do apply for a personal loan, you will qualify for the amount you need.

 

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The Best Personal Loans for People with Bad Credit

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If you have bad credit, it can be difficult qualifying for a personal loan. Some of the best personal loans for bad credit — defined here as a credit score below 640 — come from lenders who consider other information in addition to your credit score. These lenders might not offer the lowest interest rates or biggest loan amounts, but you won’t be automatically disqualified just because your credit is less than stellar.

Read on to learn about the personal loan products we selected.

The 3 best personal loans for bad credit

 

LendingPoint

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APR

9.99% - 35.99%

5.99% - 29.99%

6.46% - 35.99%

Terms

24 to 48 months

36 or 60 months

36 & 60 months

Loan amount

$2,000 - $25,000

$4,000 - $25,000

$1,000 - $50,000

Origination fee

0.00% - 6.00%

1.00% - 5.00%

Up to 8.00%

Credit score requirement

585

600

620

LendingPoint

LendingPoint offers personal loans for fair credit borrowers. Although loan amounts are restrictive, the lender has more repayment terms to choose from (though a shorter maximum term) compared to the other options included here. The funds can be deposited the next business day after loan approval, as well.

LendingPoint considers more than your credit score when reviewing your application. The lender looks at factors such as:

  • Job history
  • Income
  • Financial history
  • Credit behavior

When applying, you can expect LendingPoint to request additional documentation, such as proof of income and recent bank statements.

Peerform

Peerform is a peer-to-peer lending platform through which borrowers may access personal loans. These loans come with the lowest APR range and the lowest maximum origination fee among the personal loans we reviewed on the MagnifyMoney marketplace for borrowers with credit scores below 640. That means Peerform may be a good option for bad credit borrowers hoping to minimize their overall cost of borrowing.

Potential borrowers should know that the process of getting a loan through Peerform is different from getting a loan through a traditional lender. After you register on Peerform and select your loan terms, your loan inquiry will be listed on the Peerform platform. From there, investors can choose to fund your loan.

The minimum credit score requirement for Peerform is reasonable, at 600. But as with any unsecured personal loan, only the most creditworthy borrowers will qualify for the lowest interest rates. Further, the loan amounts are more restrictive than for those offered through Upstart and LendingPoint.

Upstart

Upstart’s APR range is slightly higher than the two competitors in our selection. This includes a higher cap on the origination fee. Although Upstart has a higher credit score requirement than Peerform and LendingPoint, the lender specifies on their website that it considers education and employment information in their underwriting.

Upstart offers the most generous loan amount range, potentially making them a good option if you want to borrow either very small amounts (less than $2,000) or large amounts (more than $25,000). Once your loan is approved and you accept it, you can receive funds as soon as the next business day.

How to compare and choose a personal loan

When comparing personal loans to find the best one for your financial situation, it’s important to read the fine print and make sure you understand each lender’s terms and conditions. The table below details important features to consider.

APR

APR (annual percentage rate) is the primary factor in determining how much your loan will cost over time.

Credit score requirements

Look for credit score requirements or a pre-approval tool to figure out your chances of approval before applying.

Loan amount

The loan amount determines how much money you can borrow, although only the most creditworthy borrowers will qualify for the highest loan amounts.

Loan term

The loan term determines how long you have to pay off your loan. The longer the loan term, the lower your monthly payments, but a long loan term also means paying more in interest.

Origination fee

Origination fees are charged by some lenders in order to process your loan, and they're typically deducted from your loan amount upfront.

Prepayment fee

Prepayment fees are charged if you pay off your loan ahead of schedule and should be avoided when possible.

Late payment fee

Late payment fees are charged if you miss a loan payment. Avoid these by always making payments on time.

Check processing fee

Many lenders charge a check processing fee if you choose to make your loan payments by physical check rather than electronically.

Loan restrictions

While personal loans are flexible, you can't always use them for any purpose. Check if there are restrictions on how you can use your funds.

The primary factors to consider are the APR — essentially the cost of your loan — as well as the loan term, loan amount and credit score requirements. If those factors match up with your needs, move on to considering other fees, such as origination fees, prepayment fees, late payment fees and check processing fees.

Finally, make sure that the personal loan you’re considering can be used for your needs. Some personal loans are geared toward paying off or consolidating debt, while others might be designed to pay for home improvements or a new car. By going through this checklist, you’ll be more likely to find a personal loan that’s the best fit for you.

The application process for a personal loan

  1. Determine your eligibility: Each of these lenders offer a pre-qualification tool that allows you to check what loan rates you might qualify for without impacting your credit. Use these tools to determine whether or not you’re eligible for the loan you need.
  2. Consider adding a cosigner: It’s easier to get a competitive interest rate for your credit profile if you can find a cosigner to lean on. However, this person will be held responsible for your debt if you can’t pay it off, so make sure you have a solid plan in place to repay your loan.
  3. Prepare your loan materials: To complete most loan applications, you’ll need to provide basic information like your full name, address and social security number, plus any documents required to verify your identity and income. These can include a driver’s license, passport, or government-issued ID, pay stubs, bank statements and information regarding your current debts if you’re consolidating.
  4. Complete the loan application: Once you’ve gathered the necessary materials, you can fill out your chosen lender’s online application form. You might receive a decision immediately, or the lender may ask to see additional materials to verify your income and identity. With peer-to-peer lending platforms, your loan will need to be funded by investors before you can receive your money.
  5. Add a bank account to receive your funds: If you’re approved, you’ll need to add and verify a bank account where you’d like your funds to be deposited. You’ll then receive your funds within one day to two weeks, depending on the lender.
  6. Follow up with lenders that reject you: If you’re rejected for the loan of your choice, it can be helpful to follow up with the lender and ask why. Their answer will provide guidance as to how you can improve your chances of approval.

Alternatives to a bad credit personal loan

  1. Ask for help from friends and family: The best alternative to a bad credit personal loan is borrowing from friends and family. Even if they charge you interest, you’re likely to save the most money with this method. Just make sure you have a plan to repay the loan, or you could risk destroying important relationships.
  2. Consider a home equity loan or line of credit (HELOC): If you’re a homeowner who has paid off a portion of your home, you may be able to take out a loan against the equity in your house. Home equity loans and HELOCs tend to be easier to qualify for and offer lower rates because you offer your house as collateral. Just know that you risk losing your home if you don’t pay off the loan.
  3. Secured loan:Secured loans are backed by collateral as well, making it easier to qualify for lower interest rates. Aside from borrowing against your house, you can often borrow against other property such as a car or a boat, or even an upfront deposit. Again, you risk losing your collateral if you don’t pay off the loan on time.
  4. Charge a credit card: Credit cards can come with higher interest rates than personal loans depending on your credit. However, if you need money now and can’t qualify for lower interest rates, you might be better off charging a credit card. Make sure you pay off your balance diligently to minimize interest charges.

Improving your credit score for future loans

If you can’t get approved for the best personal loans for your credit profile, it might be worth trying to repair your credit before you borrow money. A better score will help you qualify for loans with better terms and lower interest rates.

While improving your credit takes time, you’re bound to see your credit score increase if you can consistently follow the steps below:

  1. Go through your credit report and dispute any errors
  2. Pay all of your bills on time, and make any late payments before your debt goes to collections
  3. Pay off debt, focusing on paying down high credit card balances first
  4. Consider applying for a secured credit card and using it responsibly and regularly

Methodology

Our selection of the best personal loan lenders for bad credit was based on offers listed on MagnifyMoney’s personal loan marketplace. Lenders were chosen on December 18, 2019 assuming:

  • Credit score of poor (below 640)
  • Loan amount of $5,000
  • Zip code 11220

Lenders were chosen based on APR ranges for each of the above credit score ranges. Ties were broken by assessing: 1) Origination fees 2) flexibility of term lengths. Lenders who do not specify credit score requirements on their website were excluded when assessing lenders for borrowers with poor credit.

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LoanMart Car Title Loan Review

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LoanMart
APR

30.00%
To
199.00%

Credit Req.

Not specified

Terms

Up to 60

months

Origination Fee

Varies by state

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LoanMart auto title loan details

Terms

Fees and penalties

  • Term lengths: Up to 60 months
  • APR range: 30.00% - 199.00%
  • Loan amounts: $2,600 - $50,000
  • Time to funding: As soon as 24 hours after submitting required documentation
  • Credit check:Poor-credit applicants will be considered
  • Origination fee: Varies by state
  • Prepayment fee: None
  • Late payment fee: Varies by state
  • Other fees: DMV charges possible in some states

LoanMart product details

LoanMart offers auto title loans at a lower interest rate than most of its competitors, but they are still an expensive form of credit. To secure your loan, you will have to sign over the title of your vehicle as collateral. It’s easiest to do this if your car is paid off, but you may still qualify if you have a few payments left depending on your vehicle’s equity.

The APR you are charged will include any origination fees, as well as possible Department of Motor Vehicle fees, though these do not appear to be excessive. If the title is in your name and you’re looking to get a loan, LoanMart will contact the DMV on your behalf.

One of the most noteworthy things about LoanMart’s auto title loans is its terms. While many auto title loans require you to pay back your loan within a month, LoanMart gives you up to five years. Its term lengths are more in line with what you would find with an unsecured personal loan. And your car can be repossessed with an auto title loan, which makes unsecured personal loans preferable. Not everyone will qualify, though.

Eligibility requirements

  • Minimum credit score: Not specified, though LoanMart says almost anyone can qualify for its car title loan
  • Minimum credit history: You can still qualify if you have poor credit or a bankruptcy on your record, but it will most likely to impact your APR
  • Maximum debt-to-income ratio: Not specified

The primary thing you’ll need when applying for a car title loan from LoanMart is a vehicle. While your credit history will be evaluated, a bad credit history won’t necessarily disqualify you like it does with other lenders.

You must also be a resident in one of the states in which LoanMart issues auto title loans:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Utah

Applying for an auto title loan from LoanMart

  • Fill out an application: You can apply online, via phone (855-422-7412) or at a LoanMart location.
  • Receive a quote: Within an hour of submitting your application, you should receive a quote — if you’ve been approved — with the amount you are able to borrow.
  • Submit documentation: If you move forward, you will need to submit documentation to support your application. This includes a government-issued ID, your car title, proof of income and proof of residence.
  • Sign and cash: After you submit your documentation, you will sign the final paperwork. You can then choose to receive your money electronically, via paper check or in person at a LoanMart location. You may also be able to pick up your funds through MoneyGram at select Walmart locations.
Pros and cons of a LoanMart auto title loan

Pros:

Cons:

  • Longer loan terms: LoanMart loans can be repaid over up to 60 months. Many car title loans are extremely short, ending within 15 to 30 days.
  • Lower APR: LoanMart’s APR offerings can be notably lower than other auto title lenders.
  • Quick turnaround: LoanMart will provide funding in as few as 24 hours if you submit the necessary documents and signatures by 2 p.m. Pacific time on a business day.
  • Credit reporting: LoanMart reports your payments to two of the three major credit bureaus: Experian and Equifax. This can help you rebuild a positive credit history.
  • Expensive form of borrowing:  Even the lowest APR available through LoanMart is higher than what you’re likely to be offered via an unsecured personal loan with another lender.
  • You could lose your car: If you can’t repay your loan, you could lose your vehicle.
  • Limited availability: LoanMart only issues title loans to residents in 7 states.
  • Amount you can borrow depends on your car: Newer cars with a clean title will yield a higher offer from LoanMart than a vehicle of an earlier model year with a rusted-out bottom. That’s good news if you have a newer vehicle, but potentially disappointing for everyone who does not.

Who’s the best fit for a LoanMart auto title loan?

If you have no other options and are determined to take out an auto title loan, LoanMart is one of your better options:

  • APRs are clearly advertised
  • APRs for qualified applicants can be lower than the competition depending on the state in which you live
  • Your credit history plays less of a role; if it’s poor, though, you’re likely to end up at the higher end of the APR range

Auto title loans are an expensive form of borrowing. While LoanMart can be preferable to other lenders in its space, that doesn’t change the fact that you should explore all other options before putting up the title of your car as collateral for fast cash.

LoanMart consumer reviews

Borrowers have ranked LoanMart a 4.3 out of 5 (53 reviews) on LendingTree, which owns MagnifyMoney. That ranking does include customers that have used its other products, such as personal loans or auto refinance.

Borrowers praised the ease of the application process with LoanMart, and the assistance provided by loan officers. Dan from Tucson, Ariz., wrote: “They were all very nice and the process moved very quickly. I had my loan in less than 24 hours. I would use them, again.”

Negative reviews cite not being approved after submitting documentation or rising APRs after documentation was reviewed. If you are applying for an auto title loan from LoanMart, be aware that your quote is not set in stone until after your loan officer has reviewed your documentation.

LoanMart FAQ

Yes. You don’t need to have to have a job to qualify for an auto title loan from LoanMart, but you need income. This income can potentially come from retirement, disability or Social Security benefits. You can also qualify with a cosigner.

If there is an “or” between the names on the title, you can apply like normal. If there is an “and” between your names, both of the owners will need to be on your LoanMart application. If your title reads “and/or,” you will need to contact LoanMart to guide you through the process.

You don’t need a bank account unless you are trying to prove self-employment income or you would like your funding deposited directly into your account.

Typically, your first payment is due 30 days after your funds are disbursed.

You can pay via the mobile app, online, with Automated Clearing House (ACH) auto payments, paper check via mail, over the phone or in person at a LoanMart location.

Worst-case scenario, your car is repossessed. But if you can’t make an on-time payment, LoanMart encourages you to contact them right away to work out an alternative.

Besides auto title loans, LoanMart offers high-interest, unsecured personal loans. LoanMart personal loans do not offer competitive terms.

You can spend this money on whatever you’d like. However, with the lowest possible APR at 30.00%, the bill or circumstance has to be dramatically dire to justify the costs of financing.

One may be requested if you take out a loan for $10,000 or more.

LoanMart subtracts the remaining balance on your traditional auto loan from the current market value of your vehicle if you still owe car payments.

Alternative loan options

LendingPoint

APR

9.99%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

585

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 48

months

Origination Fee

0.00% - 6.00%

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LendingPoint is an online lender that targets borrowers with fair credit, and allows borrowing up to $25,000.... Read More

LendingPoint offers personal loans rather than title loans. These loans hands-down beat LoanMart loans, whether you’re considering a LoanMart personal loan or title loan.

LendingPoint’s APR offerings are substantially lower, and you can borrow a larger amount of money when compared to LoanMart’s unsecured personal loans — up to $25,000.

However, you do need to have a credit score of at least 585 to qualify for a loan from LendingPoint, where LoanMart’s credit requirements are more flexible (at a cost).

Upstart

APR

6.46%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

620

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 & 60

months

Origination Fee

Up to 8.00%

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on LendingTree’s secure website

Upstart is an online lender created by ex-Googlers.... Read More

Upstart connects borrowers with partner lenders for unsecured personal loans.

Again, unsecured loans are usually preferable to title loans, and Upstart’s rates are superior to LoanMart’s. It also allows you to borrow outside of the range offered by LoanMart. With Upstart, you can potentially borrow as little as $1,000 and as much as $50,000.

Upstart’s credit standards may be higher than LoanMart’s, but it does strive for some flexibility. Besides your credit score, Upstart looks at your:

  • Education
  • Area of study
  • Career history

LendingClub

APR

6.95%
To
35.89%

Credit Req.

Not specified

Terms

36 or 60

months

Origination Fee

1.00% - 6.00%

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on LendingTree’s secure website

LendingClub is a great tool for borrowers that can offer competitive interest rates.... Read More

LendingClub’s most comparable product to LoanMart’s auto title loans is its unsecured personal loans, which come with lower rates but higher credit standards.

LoanMart can get you your money in one day, while LendingClub will take at least four. LoanMart can also loan you up to $10,000 more than LendingClub. Regardless, there will be very few circumstances where it wouldn’t be worth applying with LendingClub for its competitive APRs.

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