American Pawn FAQ
Common Questions About Pawning in Baton Rouge
What is a pawn?
A pawn is a secured loan. The loan amount is based on merchandise brought to the pawn store to be held as collateral for a cash loan.
Does a pawn affect my credit rating?
Since a pawn is a secured loan, it does not affect your credit. There is never a credit check, and your credit report cannot be affected by any pawn transactions.
How long do I have to redeem my merchandise?
In Louisiana, pawn transactions must be held by the pawnbroker for three months.
How much does a pawn transaction cost?
In Louisiana, the interest and service charges on a pawn transaction totals 20% per month.
What if I cannot redeem my merchandise by the maturity date of the loan?
You may extend or renew your loan by paying a portion of the interest due. There is no limit to the number of extensions you can make.
Do pawnshops deal with stolen property?
In Louisiana, as well as most other states, pawnshops are required by law to report all merchandise taken on a daily basis. In Baton Rouge, we are required to fax and mail a copy of our daily acquisitions to the Baton Rouge City Police Department. The police compare our lists with all of the burglary/robbery lists in their computer. Studies have shown that fewer than one-tenth of one percent of items taken in pawnshops are stolen.
How do you know an item is not stolen?
We have many systems in place to deter criminals from pawning stolen items. In addition to reporting our acquisitions on a daily basis, we also hold all items that we buy, take or trade for 30 days to allow the police to check our records. Anyone who sells, trades or pawns any item must show a valid government-issued picture ID (driver's license, state-issued ID, military ID, etc.) in order to complete their transactions. This is a major deterrent as criminals do not wish to identify themselves.
How much should I expect for a loan on my merchandise?
Loans vary according to the merchandise. There is no minimum or maximum dollar amount allowed on a pawn transaction. Because the pawnbroker has to recoup his money by selling the item, if you choose not to redeem it, you should expect to receive only a portion of its retail value. Most items will sell for about half of the new retail price. Your loan amount will be determined according to this fact.