American Pawn
5175 Government St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225- 926-0456


10224 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Phone 225-924-0617
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Member of National Pawnbroker's Association Louisiana Pawnbroker's Association

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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 can not 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 on a pawn transaction is 20% per month.

What if I can not 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 pawn shops deal with stolen property?
In Louisiana, as well as most other states, pawn shops 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 BR City Police Dept. The police compares our lists with all of the burglary/robbery lists in their computer. Studies have shown that less than 1/10th of 1% of items taken in pawn shops 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 record. 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 ½ of the new retail price. Your loan amount will be determined according to this fact.

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