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JAPANESE Auction

Read & Understand

Auction sheets are an essential part of buying used cars from Japan. USS Auction sheets are the first point of inspection when selecting your used car for purchase. The Auction reports are produced by professional inspectors employed by the auction house, independant of us, your export agent, and the seller of the vehicle in question. They can give us fairly good idea of the condition, history and market value of specific vehicle before the auction commences with basic information like.


  • If the Vehicle has any crash history
  • First registration date of the vehicle in Japan (Important when buying a car such as a Mercedes Benz as the registration date and actual production date may be different)
  • Any dents or scratches on the vehicle, rated in severity.
  • Actual chassis number (To be used for conformation of the year of the vehicle and check with manufacturer of any factory options etc)(Also important to make sure the car you are sold is the car that is shipped!)
  • Any rust or corrosion on the vehicle.
  • Interior condition
  • Any engine noise or transmission problem
  • Oil leaks

  • If the vehicle has been resprayed.
  • Afte the inspector has checked the vehicle, he(or she) will “Grade” (Explanation of the grades below) the interior and exterior of the vehicle, and also give the car a total grade, giving us a clear indication of the condition and value of the vehicle in the market.

    Though the Auction sheets are a great resource, they should not be relied upon 100% and should only be used as a indication of the condition of the car. In addition to the auction sheets, we always check the car personally, to get a true picture of the target vehicle. We can actually call you from beside the car at auction for a more through inspection giving you confidence in what you are purchasing.

    Below you will find more specific information on Auction sheet grading and interior grades and also a full translation of a several different Auction Sheets – Very useful information for reading the Japanese Auction Sheets if you are not fluent in Japanese!. We can help with the translations of the Auction Sheets also.


    Us Auction Sheet Translation




    ARAI AUCTION SHEET TRANSLATION



    HAA & JAA AUCTION SHEET TRANSLATION



    CAA AUCTION SHEET TRANSLATION





    Auction Grade

    Detail

    S

    The car is less than 12 months old from the first registration date and under 10,000km.
    As good as new. The exterior and interior are in immaculate condition.

    6

    The car is less than 36 months old from the first registration date and under 30,000km.
    Basicly a very late model and new new car.

    5

    The car is under 50,000km.
    The exterior may have some very minor scratches/scrapes and dents. A very difficult grade to obtain, the unit will be in near perfect condition with very minor imperfections.

    4.5

    The car is under 100,000km. Again, a very high grade that you can be confident in. The car may have some very slight imperfections in the body work, but will not need major repair. Grade 6,5 and 4.5 are the top grades you could expect for a used car, and as such attract the top prices in the top 10%.

    4

    The car is under 150,000km
    The exterior may have some scratches/scrapes and dents. The car is in above average condition. No Crash history
    The interior may have some tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require some minor repair. The auction sheet will tell us in more detail.
    Generally a 4 grade car is a good target and the most popular for export. Price range will be in the top 30%.

    3.5

    The exterior has some noticeable large scratches/scrapes and/or large dents. They may require some minor panel beating work and/or painting.
    The interior may have many tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require repairs. Auction sheet will explain in more detail. The car is in average condition taking in to consideration the year and ks on the car.

    3

    The exterior has many noticeable large scratches/scrapes, paint blemishes, and/or large dents. They will require major panel beating work and/or painting.
    The interior has many tears, cigarette burn marks, and/or stains. They will require many repairs and/or interior parts will need to be replaced.

    2

    The car is in very bad condition – PASS

    1

    The car which has one or more of the following :
    1. An aftermarket turbo
    2. An automatic transmission converted to manual transmission
    3. Flood damage
    4. Fire extinguisher damage

    RA

    The car which has had accident damage which can be ranked MINOR, and has been repaired.

    R

    The car has had accident damage and has been repaired.The auction definition “A car which has had accident damage” is a car that has accident damage to the following area(s) which parts were repaired or replaced : 1. Lower Tie Bar or Frame 2. Windshield Pillar (A Pillar) 3. Center Pillar (B Pillar) 4. Rear Pillar (C Pillar) 5. Strut Housing 6. Roof Panel 7. Trunk flooring Panel 8. Floor Pan. These cars can be good buying, and the repair work can be of top standard. Thorough inspection at auction and the car can be purchased if the repair is good. Repair may be invisible…or could be bad! We will be onsite to check and give you our opinion.

    ***

    The car has had major accident damage, and has NOT been repaired yet. Or a car with an engine that does not work due to major engine trouble.





     

    Interior

    Detail

    A

    Repairs are unnecessary.
    New or near new condition.

    B

    Minor repairs are not necessary.
    The most popular grade for export. Very clean interior.

    C

    Repairs are necessary.
    The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
    1) Tears, cigarette burn marks, worn patches, visible open screw holes, dashboard warping, and/or dashboard has some small tears.
    2) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned.

    D

    Major repairs are necessary.
    The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
    1) Several cigarette burn marks in the interior.
    2) Dashboard has a major warp.
    3) The interior is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Some dirty patches will remain after cleaning. Needs work.

    E

    Major repairs are necessary.
    The car has some, or all of the following conditions :
    1) The dashboard has major tears.
    2) The interior is very dirty and has some major tears. The interior is flattened.
    3) The interior has a bad smell.





    Auction Sheet Abbreviations


    AC

    Air conditioner

    FA/AT

    Automatic transmission

    F5

    Manual (5-speed) transmission

    PS

    Power steering

    SR

    Sunroof

    AW

    Original alloy wheels

    NAVI

    Navigator

    AAC

    Climate control air conditioner

    CA

    Column automatic transmission

    F6

    Manual (6-speed) transmission

    PW

    Power windows

    TV

    Television

    KAWA

    Leather seats

    AIRBAGU

    Airbag





    A1 Small Scratch
    A2 Scratch
    A3 Big Scratch
    B - Dent with scratch
    E1 Few Dimples
    E2 Several Dimples
    E3 Many Dimples
    U1 Small Dent
    U2 Dent
    U3 Big Dent
    W1 Repair Mark/Wave (hardly detectable)
    W2 Repair Mark/Wave
    W3 Obvious Repair Mark/Wave (needs to be repainted)
    S1 Rust
    S2 Heavy Rust
    C1 Corrosion
    C2 Heavy Corrosion
    P - Paint marked
    H - Paint faded

    X Need to be replaced
    XX Replaced
    B1 Distortion on (radiator) core support or back panel (approximately size of a thumb)
    B2 Big Distortion on (radiator) core support or back panel
    Y1 Small Hole or Crack
    Y2 Hole or Crack
    Y3 Big Hole or Crack
    X1 Small Crack on Windshield (approximately 1cm)
    R Repaired Crack on Windshield
    RX Repaired Crack on Windshield (needs to be replaced)
    X Crack on Windshield (needs to be replaced)
    G - Stone chip in glass