What are Signature Loans?

There are two types of loans: “secured loans” and “unsecured loans”. Secured loans are protected by collateral. A Signature loan is categorized as “unsecured” since it is not protected by collateral. A Title loan is considered “secured” since it is protected by an asset, in this case, a vehicle. A signature loan is often smaller than a title loan since it is not protected by an asset, so lenders are less likely to loan larger amounts.  Although title loans are generally larger than signature loans, the loan amount is determined by the value of the asset (vehicle) including factors such as year, make, model and mileage. A simple online title loans calculator can help tell you how much loan you can get. Your personal credit score is not usually a factor in determining approval or the loan amount. The lender or bank will hold the title of the vehicle until the loan has been paid. With a Signature loan proof of income is usually required and it is a factor in determining the amount of loan approved.

Signature Loans vs. Title Loans

Signature Loans
Credit card purchases, student loans and personal loans are all similar in that they are unsecured loans that do not require collateral. Lenders of these types of unsecured loans take more of a risk if the borrower goes into default (non-payment), so interest rates may be higher for an unsecured loan such as a Signature Loan. For Signature loan approval, a lender may check you credit and payment history, and require sufficient income to repay the loan. The lender may also require a co-signer on the loan, but the co-signer would traditionally sign a promissory note and only called in the event the original borrow defaults on payment.
Title Loans
A title loan is a way to get cash using your car title instead of your credit score. When it comes to getting good information for car title loans, check with trusted online resources. The size of your title loan is determined by the amount of cash you need, your vehicle’s value, and your ability to repay. A typical car title loan may vary between $1,000 and $10,000 depending on the amount of loan desired and the value of the vehicle (asset). Borrowers can repay the car title loan with a single payment, or repay the loan on an installment plan.

Title Loan benefits with TitleMax

As one of the nation’s largest car title lending companies, TitleMax® has streamlined the car title loan process to be as fast and simple as can be and takes about 30 minutes at one of 1000+ locations. Thousands of people turn to TitleMax® every day to get the cash they need. Getting a car title loan with TitleMax® has other practical benefits:

  • Get quick approval for a title loan online
  • All credit types welcome
  • Quick and easy approval process
  • Cash in about 30 minutes
  • Friendly customer service
  • All makes and models accepted
  • You get to keep driving your car
  • Convenient payments options
  • * Maximum loan amount in Illinois is $4,000. Maximum loan amount in Mississippi is $2,500. Maximum loan amount in Tennessee is $6,500, assuming customer qualifies and accepts both the Pledge and Line of Credit. Minimum loan amount in California is $2,600.
  • ** Car title loans may require a credit check in California. Motorcycle title loan and pawn approval requires satisfaction of all loan eligibility requirements including a vehicle evaluation and a credit check.
  • *** To be approved for a title loan or pawn, you must be at least 18 years of age (19 in Alabama). Account approval subject to vehicle inspection, appraisal, and, if applicable, a credit check.
  • † Proof of income is required in Illinois, Nevada, some Texas locations, and California. In California you are also required to provide proof of residency, and a valid vehicle registration to obtain a loan.
  • ‡ Signature and personal loans are offered by an affiliate of TitleMax® and are currently only available in Florida. Account approval requires satisfaction of all loan eligibility requirements, including a credit inquiry, and, if applicable, motor vehicle appraisal.
  • § Refinancing of a competitor’s title loan is not available in Mississippi or Virginia. In Illinois, you are required to have reduced your original principal balance by 20% before refinancing. TitleMax®, TitleBucks®, and InstaLoan®, are not considered competitors. Please see a store associate for details.
  • - TitleMax of Virginia, Inc. d/b/a TitleMax® is licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, license number VTL-11.
  • - In Texas, TitleMax® acts as a Credit Services Organization to assist customers in obtaining a loan through an unaffiliated third party lender. Please see store associate for details. Please see Texas Schedule of All Fees.
  • - In GA, TitleMax® offers Title Pawns.
  • - In CA, Loans are made by TitleMax of California, Inc., California Finance Lenders Law License No. 603K014.