Auction grades are usually divided into three sections: Overall condition of the vehicle, exterior condition and interior condition. The overall condition is usually graded from 0-6, with zero being a crashed car and 6 being basically new.
S Superior to Grade 6 or higher: 6 or higher As good as new. Exterior and interior are in immaculate condition. Some cars in these grades have never been driven.
5 = Excellent condition. A car that doesn’t need any work done.
4.5 = Very good condition, may have been repaired slightly or have a few slight scratches.
4 = Good condition, but with are a few scratches or minor dents.
3.5 = Average condition with noticeable but not severe repairs, scratches or dents.
3 = Average condition with conspicuous scratches, dents, repairs and maybe some faded/peeling paint or blemishes.
0/R/RA = Repaired vehicle. A car which has had minor or major accident damage which and which has been repaired. Definitions of repaired, major repairs, minor repairs, etc seem to differ greatly from auction to auction.
The interior the grades usually range from A-D with A being the best:
A = Immaculate condition
B = Good condition
C = Slightly dirty, with maybe some stains, wear and possibly cigarette burns.
D = Dirty and worn with noticeable stains and/or damage.
On all auction sheets you will see an auction grade for the vehicle. The independent inspectors in Japan who grade the vehicles ensure absolute reliability. The interior and exterior are given grades.
S it's new
6 or higher
Vehicle is as new. Usually only given to vehicles that have never been driven.
5 Vehicle is in near new condition. All original body parts. No repair needed on vehicle. Usually only given to vehicles less than 3 years old. Bodywork in top condition.
4.5 Vehicle is in excellent condition. If it has had repair it was done very well. Very few slight scratches or dents. Nothing major at all.
3.5 Vehicle has a few scratches or dents visible to the eye. One or 2 panels on vehicle may have been replaced but has been done to an acceptable standard. The grade is usually given to a vehicle in average condition.
3 Vehicle in overall good condition, few scratches and dents due to normal wear and tear as you would get with any normal vehicle.
Vehicle has been in minor accident. It has been repaired to an acceptable standard.
An auction grade 1 vehicle does NOT always mean it is a bad vehicle. Under the following circumstances it is given this grade:
1) Vehicle has been modified with performance upgrades such as aftermarket turbo.
2) Auto transmission converted to manual transmission. See auction sheet text translation for confirmation of this.
3) Flood damage. See auction sheet text translation for confirmation of this.
******* SPECIAL SECTION ********
A, 0 or R
A is a vehicle which has been in an accident where some parts have been repaired or replaced.
Accident damaged vehicle however has not been repaired. Vehicle may have engine problems.
A Immaculate condition
B Very good condition, very little dirt.
C Slightly dirty, will need to be cleaned to bring up to a good standard.
D Dirty vehicle, some wear on interior. Cleaning needed.
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